In recent years, the State of Florida has become an ideal area for golfing especially because it is open all year long. The state’s over 1000 courses are very accessible to the public, including private courses during May to October.
With so many golf courses in Florida, it’s hard to choose where to tee, and we hope these suggestions would help.
Biltmore Hotel – Located in Miami. This beautiful 18-hole golf course on Biltmore Hotel is designed by Donald Ross. It is open to the public, and you might even spot some popular celebrities at the tee like Bill Clinton.
Doral Golf Resort and Spa – Located in Miami. This resort has four championship-level courses, making it one of the city’s best golf destinations. The Blue Monster course, which hosts the annual Doral-Ryder Open, can be found here.
PGA National Resort and Spa – Located in Palm Beach. The national headquarters of the PGA is a premier golf destination with five 18-hole courses on more than 2,300 acres.
Emerald Dunes Golf Course – Located in West Palm Beach. Designed by Tom Fazio, this very pricey golf course features 60 acres of water as well as stunning views of the Atlantic.
Tiburón Golf Club – Located in Naples. The home of the luxurious Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort has 36 championship holes that are as challenging as the British Open, but without the thick thatch.
Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club – Located in Naples. One of Florida’s oldest golf courses, it is relatively flat with small greens and masterful bunkers.
Mangrove Bay Golf Course – Located in St. Petersburg. One of the top 50 municipal courses in the United States, it hugs the inlets of Old Tampa Bay and offers 18-hole, par-72 play.
The Westin Innisbrook Resort – Located in Tarpon Springs. The former home of the annual JCPenney Classic has been hailed by Golfweek magazine as number one in Florida.
Walt Disney World – Located in Orlando. The resorts surrounding the theme park have 99 regulation holes. It also has master-level miniature courses.
LPGA International – Located in Daytona Beach. This "women-friendly" course designed by Rees-Jones has multiple tee settings, unrestricted tee times, and state-of-the-art facilities.
TPC at Sawgrass – Located in Ponte Vedra Beach, near Jacksonville. Pete Dye’s Tournament Players Club (TPC) at Sawgrass is a consistent top-10 lister. It contains 99 holes, with the 17th hole (the tricky one) being the most photographed in the world.
Ocean Hammock Golf Club – Located in Palm Coast, near Daytona Beach. Six of its holes skirt the Atlantic Ocean, making this Jack Niklaus-designed course the first authentic seaside links built in Florida since the 1920s.