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Top Golf Courses and Resorts in Florida
Florida "The Sunshine State" needs no introduction. The famous peninsula panhandle is where golfers of all skill levels visit in search of tropical conditions and lush fairways.
Top Golf Courses and Resorts in Florida
Florida is paradise for enthusiastic golfers of all levels, with over 1,250 courses across the state. Beginner or experienced professional, there's sure to be an amazing course close to where you're staying.
Thanks to the incredible weather Florida is so well known for, you'll be able to get out there and practice your swing no matter what time of year you visit too. Discover some of Florida's top-rated golf courses in our guide below.
Best Golf Courses in Orlando
You might know Orlando well for its many theme parks, but did you know the city has plenty of world-class golf courses too? It's perfect if you'd like to visit more than one professional-level course during your stay, and you'll find some of the very best below.
- Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes
If you're looking for an idyllic location to play golf, the Ritz-Carlton Orlando is it. Designed by Greg Norman, the 18-hole course will put even experts to the test. You can't beat the atmosphere either, it's a truly idyllic spot.
- Waldorf Astoria Golf Club
Rated by Golf Magazine as one of the "Top Courses You Can Play", the Par 72 golf course at Walford Astoria brings together nature and intelligent design to offer a challenging 18-hole experience. There's a practice range, putting green and chipping area too, if you'd rather not take on the entire course.
- Tranquilio Golf Club at Four Seasons Orlando
One of the golf courses based inside the Walt Disney World, the Tranquilio Golf Club is part of the Four Seasons Resort Orlando. Set to host the LGPA Tour's 2019 Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions, this amazing course is one of the best in the state.
With a Club Membership you'll also have access to the fitness centre and exercise classes, alongside the hotel's tennis, basketball and volleyball courts.
Best Golf Courses in Miami
Miami, too, has its fair share of impressive courses. Beginner or pro, don't miss our top two picks:
- Doral Golf Resort and Spa Miami
With over $250 million recently spent on the Doral, it's a must-visit for any golf lover. There are five 18-hole courses to take on, including the infamous Blue Monster and the Red Tiger. The Rick Smith Golf School is fantastic for little ones too.
- The Breakers Palm Beach
Florida's oldest golf course, The Breakers has a rich heritage which attracts golfers worldwide. It has recently been renovated by world-renowned architect Rees Jones, and both championship courses aim to challenge and inspire.
Best Golf Courses in Tampa
If you're heading towards the Gulf Coast, Tampa is a hotspot for beautiful greens. You'll be spoilt for choice, with over 10 courses offering something for every skill level, here we highlight a couple of our top picks.
- Old Memorial Golf Club
A Par 72 course just outside of Tampa, Old Memorial Golf Club is open year-round for golfers to get stuck in. Designed by architect Steve Smyers, 18 holes and outstanding views await. It's a wonderful place to while away an afternoon.
- Saddlebrook Resort Tampa
At Saddlebrook Resort Tampa, golfers can make the most of two 18-hole courses. The Par 71 Palmer Golf Course spans across 6,641 yards and features ponds, bunkers and impressive driving areas. The second, known as the Saddlebrook Golf Course, is a Par 70 course designed by golfing legend Arnold Palmer. It's a brilliant course to tick off your list
Best Golf Courses in West Palm Beach
The dynamic city of West Palm Beach is an incredible destination, attracting thousands of visitors every single year. Just like many other major cities in Florida, golf is an intrinsic part of the area. Try our top suggestions during your stay:
- PGA National Resort and Spa
The recently renovated PGA National Resort and Spa is actually a beautiful place to stay when visiting West Palm Beach, but even if you just head here for a round of golf you're sure to have an unforgettable time. Five championship courses await, created by golfing pros to help you refine your skills.
- The Championship Course at Trump West Palm Beach
Another not-to-be-missed golf course in West Palm Beach, The Championship Course is a Par 72 course that stretches 7,326 yards from the Championship tees and 6,666 yards from the back tees. Visit here if you love playing in a picturesque location and you're not afraid of being tested - it's Florida's highest elevated golf course!
Florida golfing tips from Paul Mason
Golf holiday business owner, Paul Mason, has offered his advice on where to golf in Florida. He also provides his top tops for avoiding alligators and hiring clubs from his time spent there:
You could spend a long time in Florida and never play two courses twice, it is a heaven for golfers. If you want to tick a few courses off your bucket list then Sawgrass, Streamsong, Seminole and Jupiter Hills spring to mind - there is so much choice though that everyone's budget will be met.
My tips would be to watch the gators, be vigilant near water, drop another ball and play on! Florida is one of the easier places in the world to play golf, it is so geared up for the golfing tourist. With all that sunshine it isn't hard to have beautifully manicured courses, you will really enjoy. Booking in advance at the more prestigious courses is a must and you should really be looking to book well in advance not to cause disappointment
A lot of people like to play with their own set of clubs wherever they go, I know I do, however to hire clubs in Florida is remarkably easy. You can either hire by the day at certain clubs or through a hire company for several days, this usually varies between $35 - $55 per day.
Interested in exploring what else Florida has to offer? There are loads of free activities to do in the Sunshine State - read our guide to discover more.
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