Tim Gavrich

Senior Writer

Tim Gavrich is a Senior Writer for Golf Advisor. A student of course design since he took up the game at age six, he also played for his college team at Washington and Lee University and still tries to tee it up in competition whenever possible. He has been involved in the golf industry since graduating in 2011, and has written full-time about golf travel and architecture since 2014. A native of Avon, Connecticut now residing in Vero Beach, Florida, he has played golf on two continents so far and is not too bad on Bermuda greens for a left-handed New Englander. Follow him on Twitter @TimGavrich and on Instagram @TimGavrich.

  • 5.0 stars from 5

    Winter Park Golf Course

    "Quaint golf, exemplified"

    A round at Winter Park 9 is like eating a couple of the tastiest potato chips on earth - you won't want to stop at a single helping. Scaled down by necessity to a short length many tough-golf purists might scoff at, all it takes is a single loop for WP9 to get its hooks into you. The firm turf, plentiful short grass, intricate greens and rugged bunkering make for an experience where you'll forget how short the course is in the midst of all the fun you're having. It is a great example of a municipality maximizing every square yard of its golf assets. more »

    3.0 stars from 5

    Country Club of Miami - East

    "Looking toward better days"

    The Country Club of Miami exemplifies the crossroads at which many local golf courses sit these days. Once a thriving private club, it is now a 36-hole facility home to two golf courses that have seen their fair share of challenges in recent years. Tons of deferred maintenance and understaffing has the courses in fairly rough shape around the edges, but with Golf Miami-Dade offices on site, there is a focus on rehabbing the Country Club. In particular, there is a little pitch-and-putt course in significant disrepair. This could be a tremendous community asset if improved. The East is the shorter of the two Robert Trent Jones designs, and despite its length (just 6,300 yards from the tips), it can sneak up on you, with greens where short-siding yourself is an easy way to make bogey or worse. The drivable par-4 8th is a highlight, and the course finishes strong at 17 and 18. Here's hoping the future is better than the recent past at the Country Club of Miami. more »

    4.0 stars from 5

    Ibis Golf & Country Club

    "Pleasant Florida club golf"

    The Tradition is one of three Nicklaus family courses accessible to members of the sprawling Club at Ibis, and it's a solid experience. Like many residential courses, it has its share of OB stakes separating the playing corridors from (nice) houses, but thankfully those corridors are plenty wide. What gives Tradition a bit of an advantage is its greens, which are more undulating and inventive than one might expect from a (Steve) Nicklaus Design effort. There's some water, but not too much, and the aforementioned greens no doubt hold the interest of the members who play the course often. more »