GOLFING IN FLORIDA

Travel information about golf, golf courses and golfing in Florida

Hitting the green 365 days out of the year is no problem in Florida. With many courses open year-round, and more than 1,300 courses to choose from, Florida is any golfer's paradise. Grab your clubs and get ready to explore the wonders of Florida golf.




golf in Florida
Florida is one of the only places where beginner and skilled golfers alike can play with the pros. The Tournament Player Course at Sawgrass has been called the most famous golf hole in the world and is the Stadium course home in the annual Players’ Championship. 

A stop on the PGA tour, the Bay Hill invitational course in Orlando is the masterpiece of golf legend Arnold Palmer. This 18-hole course has been labeled one of the toughest .... yet golfers find it irresistibly enjoyable.  

Visitors can leave their handicap behind and step up their game at one of the greatest golf destinations in the country. With thousands of courses throughout the state, Florida is bound to be a hole in one for golfers of all levels.



GOLFING IN NORTHWEST FLORIDA

Destin/Fort Walton Beach
Acclaimed for its sporting collection of great golf escapes, the Destin-Fort Walton Beach-Okaloosa Island area tees up an incredible 1,080 holes. From challenging links designed by world-renowned architects to panoramic enticements engineered by Mother Nature, the courses capitalize on woods and wetlands for scenic – yet sinister – contrasts.

Panama City
Panama City Beach has five 18-hole championship golf courses. The destination was named the third best golf town in the U.S. by Golf Digest magazine.

Pensacola
Golfers will find that the grass is greener in Pensacola, with more than a dozen 18-hole courses available in the area. With Pensacola’s sunny weather, golfers can play year-round. The area is home to the Blue Angels Classic, an official Champions Tour Event, and the American Amateur Classic, both held in May.

Seaside/Beaches of South Walton
After taking a dip in the Gulf of Mexico, biking down a scenic trail and fishing in the Choctawhatchee Bay, golf enthusiasts will be yearning to take a swing at one of Beaches of South Walton's highly acclaimed golf courses. With 207 challenging holes on nine of the Gulf's top-rated, professionally designed, well-manicured courses, spending a day on links is par for the course.



GOLFING IN NORTH CENTRAL FLORIDA

Tallahassee
Appealing to the strokes of different folks, Tallahassee features 99 holes of golf on six courses.




GOLFING IN NORTHEAST FLORIDA

Jacksonville
Walk in the footsteps of champions on one of Jacksonville’s 72 golf courses, or simply admire their accomplishments at the World Golf Hall of Fame. The region is also home to the headquarters of the PGA Tour and host of The Players Championship.

Palm Coast Area
Ocean Hammock course in the Palm Coast area is the only course in 70 years to open with eight oceanfront holes along the Atlantic coast. This magnificent course has received accolades such as earning a spot in the "Top 10 New Courses You Can Play" by Golf Magazine and a Silver Medal by Golf Magazine in 2004.  

St. Augustine/Ponte Vedra Beach
Golfers visiting the northeast Florida communities of Ponte Vedra Beach and St. Augustine can tee it up at some of the most challenging and scenic golf courses in all of Florida. The county's world-renowned courses include the TPC Stadium® Course at Sawgrass, home of the PGA TOUR's annual THE PLAYERS Championship; along with the Slammer and Squire and King and Bear championship courses at the World Golf Village. Less recognized, but equally enjoyable, resort, public and semi-private courses are also plentiful.

The World Golf Village, in St. Augustine, is home to the World Golf Hall of Fame. The Village offers visitors a great round of golf, and an extraordinary look at the history of golf, from the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, Scotland to the first female golfer in a generation to play in the PGA Tour event. 



GOLFING IN CENTRAL WEST FLORIDA

Clearwater
The Clearwater area is a golfer’s paradise. The list here includes golf courses in Clearwater itself only. Seven are public 18-hole courses – Cliff Stevens Disc Course, Countryside Country Club, Northeast Coachman Disc Course, Airco Golf Course, Chi Chi Rodriguez Golf Club, Clearwater Country Club and Clearwater Golf Park. The Cove Cay Country Club is a semi-private course of 18 holes.

St. Petersburg/Clearwater
There are nearly 50 golf courses in the area, including three golf resorts.

Tampa
When it comes to golf, there’s no shortage of courses in the Bay area. Tampa has dozens of public, semiprivate and private golf courses. The temperate climate enables golfers to challenge a variety of courses year round. Of the 107 popular vacation destinations rated by Rand McNally, the Tampa/Hillsborough County area outranked many other major cities for golf facilities. Golf Digest magazine named Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater the #3 best urban city for golf in 2002. Tampa is also home to two golf schools: the Ben Sutton Golf School at the Sun City Center Inn and the World Headquarters of the Arnold Palmer Golf Academy at the Saddlebrook Resort.



GOLFING IN CENTRAL FLORIDA

Kissimmee
More than a dozen golf courses in Kissimmee provide plenty of chances to hit the links while visiting the area. Many courses were designed by legends of the game, including Johnny Miller’s course at Harmony Golf Preserve, Tom Watson and Arnold Palmer at Reunion Resort and Greg Norman at Champions Gate Golf Resort. Plus there are more than visitors can imagine of public and resort courses, including Mystic Dunes, Falcon’s Fire Golf Club and Celebration Golf Club.

Ocala
Golfers may choose from 15 public, private and semi-private Marion County golf courses. The terrain may be wooded or open, table flat or rolling hills. The City of Ocala operates 2 excellent public 18-hole golf courses within the city limits — Ocala Municipal Golf Course and Pine Oaks Golf Course. One of the courses open to the public is Golden Ocala Golf & Country Club on US Highway 27, just west of I-75. What makes this course talked about in golfing circles are the eight special holes that have been designed to duplicate famous holes from Scotland’s St. Andrews course, and the Masters Course in Augusta, Georgia.

Orlando
Golf aficionados are in their element in Orlando thanks to the area’s great lineup of world-class golf. Whether playing a championship course, learning from the pros or cheering on a favorite from the gallery, Orlando’s got the ticket to the best links around. With 168 spectacular golf courses located within a 45-minute drive of downtown, golfers can try their hand at an array of challenging and diverse courses designed by such legends as Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman, Tom Watson and Rees Jones.



GOLFING IN CENTRAL EAST FLORIDA

Daytona Beach
Great golf in the Daytona Beach area abounds with beautifully sculptured golf courses designed for amateurs and pros alike. Daytona Beach is also home to the Ladies Professional Golf Association's international headquarters. Because of its growing popularity as a premier golfing destination, the area has established Golf Daytona Beach, a program which offers special golf promotional packages to visitors allowing advance tee-time and hotel bookings.


GOLFING IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA

Bradenton
Golfers will be thrilled to learn this sleepy beach destination is home to 20 gorgeous courses – 45 if you count the Sarasota area! The diverse course range provides golfers with everything from tight executive par threes to the sprawling expanse of challenging 18-hole courses.

Fort Myers
With more than 95 golf courses at last count, the Fort Myers/Sanibel area provides a wealth of opportunity for anyone looking to enjoy a day on the links. According to the National Golf Foundation, southwest Florida scores highly in the number of potential golfers per 18 holes of golf. Fort Myers is tied for fourth nationally. Combine an abundance of municipal, daily fee and private courses with ideal weather (an average annual temperature of 73.3 degrees), and it’s easy to see why southwest Florida is regarded as a veritable golf heaven.

Marco Island
Marco Island is an oasis for getaway golfing with several courses located nearby including The Rookery at Marco – Marco Island Marriott’s newly redesigned Audubon-certified course that also features the Faldo Institute golf instruction program. There are many nearby courses in Naples easily accessible to Marco Island.

Naples
With nearly 90 golf courses in the Greater Naples area, the region is frequently either first or second in USA rankings of most golf holes per capita. A growing number of public courses provide ample opportunity for visitors to get into the swing. However, many area resorts either own their own private courses or have affiliate relationships with area private clubs.

Sarasota
Known as Florida's "Cradle of Golf", Sarasota was home to the first course in the state and one of America's first golf courses built in 1905 by Sir John Hamilton Gillespie, a Scottish colonist. The nine-hole course was located in the heart of today's downtown near today's Golf, Links and Gillespie Streets. The community's early ties to golf can still be found today at Bobby Jones Golf Complex. Today, Sarasota offers more than 1,000 holes at public, semi-private and private courses.


GOLFING IN SOUTHEAST FLORIDA

Fort Lauderdale
There are more than 67 courses in Broward County ranging from the exclusive Grande Oaks Club to a par 3.

Miami
Some of the most challenging and beautiful golf courses in the world are found in Miami from the Miami Beach Golf Club to Doral’s famed Blue Monster. There are also numerous public courses, including Crandon Park Golf Course, considered one of the most beautiful and difficult par-72 courses in the state.

Palm Beach
This area boasts the largest number of golf courses in the county a.k.a. Florida’s Golf Capital SM. Palm Beach County offers enjoyment for players of all levels. From top-rated public courses to world-renowned resort facilities, golf is the game. A who’s who of professional golfers call Palm Beach County their home. Various resorts feature demanding courses, on-site pros and instructional academies, and offer golf packages including luxurious accommodations, green fees and gourmet meals.




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