Florida's Most Intriguing Golf Courses That You Can Play Now

The best thing about the following list of top golf courses is the range of golf tracks that can be found here. While the topography of Florida is fairly flat, numerous golf course designers, who are well represented here, use creative touches to create memorable golf experiences throughout Florida.

At TPC Sawgrass, Pete Dye, following a suggestion from his wife, created his famous island green on the 17th hole of the Stadium Course, home of the Players Championship.

An hour north of Sawgrass, Pete Dye created five holes along the Atlantic and another island green at the 18th hole of his Ocean Links course

At Streamsong, you'll find two courses carved from an old phosphate mine, Audubon certified properties and courses at the Marriott Marco Island where golfers are challenged by water hazards, winds and the rough, to name a few.

All of the golf courses mentioned here are open to the public while only one, Gasparilla Golf Club requires a golfer to be a guest at the respective resort. All offer twilight rates that start mid afternoon and all represent great golfing value particularly in the low season summer months. 

Several courses, such as PGA National and The Blue Monster are desirable because they allow golf fans to play in the footsteps of the greats as they continue to host annual PGA Tour events. Others are valued for their natural beauty and proximity to larger urban areas. Rest assured, wherever you find yourself in Florida, there's a golf course for you. Use this list as a good starting point to the great variety of choice that exists in the sunshine state.

Outside the city

Home of The Players Championship held every May,TPC Sawgrass is best known for its challenging island green on the 17th hole of the Stadium Course. TPC Sawgrass is a 20-minute drive from the USA's most historic city, St. Augustine and The World...  Read More

Outside the city

Ocean Links, another Pete Dye design is part of the Omni Amelia Island Resort and features five ocean side holes and an island green on the 18th. The oceanfront holes set along a sand dune ridge include #4, #5, #6, #15 and #16 and feature...  Read More

The Soffer Course at Turnberry Isle, Miami was originally designed by Robert Trent Jones senior and later re-imagined by Raymond Floyd. Key features include beautifully landscaped holes on lush green velvet fairways, an island green on the 18th...  Read More

The Hammock Bay golf course is a beautiful track with lots of natural vegetation, birds and wildlife - you may even encounter a sleepy aligator on your round. The course features 18 distinct holes designed by Peter Jacobsen and Jim Hardy. It's a...  Read More

The Red Course at Streamsong starts with a dramatic elevated tee over an abandoned phosphate mine. Designed by Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coor, it's Florida's hottest golf course. The Red Course and her sister, The Blue course feature much greater...  Read More

Outside the city

Located in beautiful Jupiter, Palm Beach County which is home to more PGA Tour players than anywhere else in the country, the Abacoa golf course was designed by architect Joe Lee. At Abacoa, the TifEagle grass greens present minimal contours for...  Read More

A true "golf on the ocean" experience can be had by playing this attractive par 3 course sitting between the Atlantic Ocean and Florida's Intercoastal Waterway in Palm Beach County. Raymond Floyd redesigned this beauty rated in the "Top 50 Most...  Read More

Outside the city

Home of the LPGA Tour, LPGA International is owned by the City of Daytona Beach and features two, 4-star championship golf courses for professional women golfers, club members and at times, the playing public. The Hills Course was named for the...  Read More

The Biltmore Hotel Coral Gables Golf Course features a par 71, Donald Ross design from 1926. Doglegs both right and left figure prominently here adding to the challenge - suitable for the University of Miami's women's team who play here. The...  Read More

Outside the city

This The par 72, 6,837-yard course is a Pete Dye redesign features five holes on Charlotte Harbor in the Gulf of Mexico and is open to guests of the Gasparilla Inn and Club who do not require tee times. As an added bonus, golfers can often...  Read More


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