Best Places to Golf in Florida
Enjoy a day on the links at these impressive courses
Hit 'em far and straight (hopefully) at the following 10 beautiful courses in sunny, tropical Florida:
TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Verda Beach
Home to PGA Tour headquarters, Tournament Players Club at Sawgrass is an 18-hole public course in Ponte Verda Beach near Jacksonville. Voted the No. 1 course in Florida by many golf publications, TPC Sawgrass is known for its 17th hole – a par 3, 137-yard island green completely surrounded by water.
World Woods, Brooksville
Two distinct 18-hole public golf courses – Pine Barrens and Rolling Oaks – make up World Woods Golf Club, designed by architect Tom Fazio. Each venue features wide fairways and large sand bunkers, and also on the grounds is a short nine-hole executive course, three practice holes and a two-acre putting green.
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Trump Blue Monster, Miami
The world famous Trump Blue Monster Golf Course at Trump National Doral Miami has been a challenging test for top PGA golfers for more than 50 years. The private layout spans 7,608 yards with deep bunkers, deep rough, difficult water hazards, rolling greens and Bermuda grass fairways.
Streamsong Red & Blue, Fort Meade
The Streamsong Resort is a public spa and golf resort with two courses called Red and Blue situated near a 216-room hotel. Course layouts include wide fairways, large ponds and deep bunkers, and Golfweek magazine rates both Red and Blue among the top 40 public courses in the world.
Bay Hill, Orlando
The famed Bay Hill Golf Club & Lodge is a private resort known for its challenging layout that includes long rough and elevated greens. The course has hosted the annual Arnold Palmer Invitational since 1979, and off-the-course amenities available to club members include a swimming pool, tennis courts and a spa.
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Innisbrook, Palm Harbor
Near Tampa in Palm Harbor is Innisbrook Resort & Golf Club, a private country club with three restaurants and a 620-room hotel. Well-known architect Larry Packard designed the massive grounds and its four golf courses that are named Island, Copperhead, Highlands North and Highlands South.
Turnberry Isle, Miami
Two 18-hole championship courses – Soffer and Miller – make up Turnberry Isle, which was designed by PGA legend Raymond Floyd. Both public venues feature a number of elevation changes, rolling greens, deep bunkers and wide fairways, and Turnberry Isle has been rated 4 1/2 stars by Golf Digest.
Waldorf Astoria, Orlando
Rated among “Top Courses You Can Play” by Golf Magazine, the public Waldorf Astoria Golf Club features 18 holes measuring 7,108 yards situated among cypress tree-lined fairways and undulating Bermuda grass greens. Two practice greens are on site along with a spacious driving range, and private lessons are available.
The private Tiburón Golf Club has two courses – Gold and Black – that were designed by Greg Norman. The Gold Course hosts the annual Franklin Templeton Shootout each year that includes members of the PGA Tour and Champions Tour, and the Gold Course also hosts an LPGA Tour event every November.
Old Corkscrew, Estero
Designed by Jack Nicklaus, the public Old Corkscrew Golf Club is a challenging yet fair test for golfers of all levels. The course features plenty of oak, pine and cypress trees lining fairways that range from narrow to very wide. Old Corkscrew rewards precision shots more than power golf.