Accept a challenge at Turnberry Isle Resort's Soffer Golf Course, hole 9 — Photo courtesy of John Cameron
Great golf holes can be found all over Florida, with the greatest concentration of these found in Miami and throughout South Florida, like hole 9 of the Soffer course at Turnberry Isle Resort, north of Miami.
Two great holes come from Streamsong Resort, a 2012 addition to the Florida golf landscape. The Red and Blue courses here have been carved out of a reclaimed phosphate mine. Two spectacular par three holes here feature dramatically elevated tee boxes, fairly unique to Florida, that are played over water.
The Biltmore Coral Gables Golf Course's hole 16 is one of the most spectacular holes in Florida — Photo courtesy of John Cameron
Golf holes on water are always popular, as they're as challenging as they are scenic. Examples of these can be found on the hole 16 of The Biltmore Coral Gables' golf course, the Ocean Course at Hammock Beach Resort and holes 13 through 17 on Charlotte Harbor at The Gasparilla Inn and Club.
Greens surrounded by water are a welcome feature on many Florida courses. Hole 16 at The Rookery Golf Course, part of the Marco Island Marriott Beach resort collection, is a perfect example, as is PGA National's par three hole 17.
Audubon-certified courses like Hammock Bay – sister course of The Rookery – are popular for the wildlife they attract and preserve.
Golfers love to play where the pros do, and Florida courses present lots of opportunities to tee it up in the footsteps of the best. No other state is home to as many PGA Tour Players as Florida, with the majority residing in the Palm Beach area.
The Blue Monster championship course at Doral – home to Trump National and The Pritiken Longevity Center and Spa – has hosted the likes of Tiger Woods and Rory MacIlroy and continues to host the PGA Tour annually.