Golf courses

14 Best Golf Courses in Florida

Florida was destined to be a golf destination, with year-round sunny weather and miles of coastline on the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. Abundant natural vegetation and trees, from palms in the south to pines and oaks in the north, provide beautiful backdrops, while lakes, rivers, and canals add scenery and challenges to Florida golf courses.


Resort hotels and residential communities also take advantage of all that Florida has to offer, and many include several golf courses as well as other amenities. Vacationers, full-time Floridians, and part-time visitors can find courses to enjoy, whether they’re beginners or accomplished players.


The Sunshine State is home to an array of golfing opportunities, and these are some of the best golf courses in Florida, from Destin to Miami.



sarasota

Lakewood Ranch

Located approximately 21 km from the Ritz-Carlton Resort, Lakewood Ranch is set among tropical wetlands with mature oak trees and native grasses. The walkable course designed by Tom Fazio includes 12 lakes and many elevation changes. The private lesson is open to guests of the Ritz Carlton Sarasota.


Sarasota National Golf Club

This course is surrounded by native wetlands and nature reserves. As an Audubon International certified signature sanctuary, the course is both beautiful and challenging with water coming into play on many of its 18 holes.


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Tampa

Saddlebrook Holiday Resort

The station features two scenic courses, both designed by Arnold Palmer. The Palmer course offers wide fairways and rolling greens protected by white sand bunkers, water hazards and Bermuda grass. The fairways of the Saddlebrook course are lined with mature cypresses and oaks. The signature 18th hole plays between tall cypress trees to a green surrounded by three bunkers and a pond.


Innisbrook

About twenty miles from Tampa to Palm Harbor, Innisbrook is home to four courses, including the Copperhead course where the PGA TOUR’s annual Valspar Championship is played. The copper head features rolling terrain, lakes, ponds and pine trees along its fairways. The North courseNarrow fairways, abundant trees, water hazards and bunkers make playing a challenging experience. The South route is a links-style design with water hazards and gulf breezes. Built in 1970, the Island route features narrow fairways, bunkers, elevation changes and views of Lake Innisbrook.


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Ponte Vedra Beach

TPC Sawgrass

The Stadium routehome of the Players Championship, was built in 1980 as the venue for the event permanent home. Designer Pete Dye created the course which includes the famous par three 17th hole and its island green. The Dye Valley The course, opened in 1987, features large greens, hills, sloping fairways and water hazards.


Ponte Vedra Inn & Club

Two courses, the Ocean Course and the Lagoon Course, both featuring links-style golf, elevated Bermuda grass greens and steep bunkers. The Ocean course was built nearly 100 years ago. It has been renovated several times with modern turfs and design improvements. The Lagoon route was designed by Robert Trent Jones and Joe Lee. Lakes, lagoons, pines, palms and oaks add to the challenge.


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St. Augustine

Global Golf Village

Headquarters of the World Golf Hall of Fame, the station offers two championship courses. The king and bear was designed by Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus, incorporating the styles of both players, the only collaboration between the two famous champions. The course features lakes, pines, oaks and fast greens. The Slammer and squire The course is set in wooded areas and unspoilt wetlands with water hazards and contoured greens.


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Orlando

Bear Den Resort

Guests can play three iconic golf courses designed by Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Tom Watson, each offering distinct layouts. The Nicklaus The course features a park-style layout with elevated tee boxes and greens. The Palm The hilly terrain and elevation changes of the course combine with wide fairways. The Watson The course is set amongst native grasses, flowers and foliage with fast rolling fairways and large greens.


Streamsong

three different golf course by renowned designers offer visitors unique golfing experiences. Streamsong Red, a design by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, takes golfers through sand dunes, lakes, rolling terrain and open savannah. The Blue, created by Tom Doak, features elevation changes, dunes, ponds, native grasses, and huge bunkers. The Black Gil Hanse course is known for its breathtaking views and sandy ridges.



West palm beach

PGA National Resort

The hardest layout to National PGA is the Champion Course, with water obstacles, wind and bunkers. The Palm, named after its designer, is considered one of the most entertaining, scenic and fair courses for players of all skill levels. The Fazio features a classic layout and features one of the toughest holes in the resort. Located eight kilometers from the resort, the Domain is one of the shortest courses at PGA National, with a mix of challenging holes, wide fairways and generously placed greens. The Match is a new course with a modern twist and a non-traditional setup for fun play. Designed by Andy Staple, the Clip is a nine-hole course with holes ranging from 60 to 130 yards.


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Fate

Kelly Plantation Golf Club

Located on the shores of Choctawhatchee Bay, this Fred Couples / Gene Bates design features wide fairways, large contoured greens and towering trees. The eco-friendly course offers panoramic views of the bay and lush native landscape.


Emerald Bay Golf Club

Designed by Bob Cupp, the lesson is located between the beaches of South Walton and the shores of Choctawhatchee Bay, with water features on 12 of its holes. Four sets of tees make it enjoyable for golfers of all skill levels, and the views from the back nine are spectacular.


Burnt Pine Golf Club

Located at Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort, the lesson was designed by Rees Jones. Pine forests, wetlands, rolling fairways and challenging bunkers provide an interesting layout with beautiful views over the bay.


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Miami

The Biltmore Golf Course

The Biltmore Golf Course was originally designed in 1925 by Donald Ross, and it was updated in 2018. The playable course weaves through the canals and features Bermuda grass fairways, fast greens, mature trees and long by three.