The Biltmore serves as an imposing background to this challenging course.. In Short Donald Ross designed the 18-hole course in 1925, about the same time George Merrick was putting together Coral Gables, the world's most meticulously planned city. The city still owns the course, one of the oldest in the county. It features mercifully wide fairways and few bunkers, but the challenge arises when you hit the greens. Ross was famous for designing small greens with many undulations, and even the non-duffer can easily three-putt here. This challenging, yet not quite insane, par-71 golf course has one undeniable benefit that none others can boast: It sits in the shadow of the historic Biltmore Hotel. The Biltmore has one of the county's largest golf pro shops. And if you're looking for the 19th hole, there's always the hotel. While you're there, check out one of the world's largest swimming pools.