Your Guide to Florida Golf
One of the big draws of a Florida vacation is its wide variety of exceptional golf courses. With over 1,250 courses, Florida boasts some of the nation’s most prestigious courses, the Sunshine State has unlimited options for a golf-centric vacation. Regardless of whether you want a premium resort experience or a more laid back trip appropriate for the entire family, you will find the golf options that you need in Florida. Here are four ideas to consider for your next Florida golfing adventure:
GOLF MAGIC ABOUNDS IN ORLANDO – Although the theme park mecca of Orlando is primarily known for Walt Disney World and Universal Studies, golf aficionados have long known that the city also features some of the country’s best golf courses. Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge includes a championship course partnered with charming overnight accommodations. The Grand Cypress is an excellent choice for families with its spacious condos and 45 holes of Jack Nicklaus Signature-designed courses. Even Disney World boasts 63 holes of its own spread across its distinct courses, meaning that you do not have to leave the property to get in your golf while on a family vacation. Just outside of Orlando is the Kissimmee Bay Country Club. Nominated as one of America’s top new courses by Golf Digest and maintained by the famous Hampton Golf Course Management company.
HEAD NORTH TO TPC SAWGRASS: Not to be outdone by its southern counterparts, the northern part of Florida is a hot spot for golf vacationers. As the premier golf resort in the region, the TPC Sawgrass features The Players stadium course and the Dyes Valley course. A variety of packages make it easy to combine golf with world-class accommodations and a variety of other fun vacation experiences.
TASTE OF THE ISLANDS: As the only public golf course on Key Biscayne, Crandon Golf is a championship course boasting sweeping views of the water and lush foliage. The secluded course is located on the barrier island of Key Biscayne, just ten minutes from downtown Miami. This idyllic course is the perfect choice for when you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and tee off in a truly tropical location. Once you hit that first ball, you will forget that you are just minutes away from the action of Miami.
HIT THE GREENS ON THE EMERALD COAST: The beautiful Emerald Coast has emerged as a leading golf destination, making it a must-see spot for any golf lover. Located on the panhandle of Florida, this region encompasses both Destin and Panama City. The area gets its name from the stunning contrast between the sugar white sandy beaches and rich emerald color of the ocean water. The flagship golf experience on the Emerald Coast is the massive Sandestin Golf Resort in Destin. Spanning 2,400 acres, the resort offers four golf courses and almost 2,000 guest accommodation units. A little farther north up the road, you will find the premium Watercolor Inn in Panama City. This resort features two championship golf courses with Tom Fazio’s Camp Creek Greg Norman’s Shark’s Tooth.
The only thing left to do is to hit the links!