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 in south Florida. Here 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.




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


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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


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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


Blue Monster Course at Trump National Doral
Photo courtesy of Doral Resort & Spa


Dubbed "Best Course in Florida" in 2007 by Travel + Leisure Golf Magazine the Blue Monster golf course at Trump National Doral/The Pritiken Longevity Center has hosted top PGA Championships since 1962. Dotted with water hazards and sand traps,...  Read More




Miami's top public golf course is scenic, well maintained and an excellent value for your golfing dollar. Sitting on beautiful Key Biscayne, it's a twenty to thirty minute drive to downtown Miami across the Rickenbacker Causeway. Natural...  Read More


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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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Meet Sherel Purcell

Sherel Purcell is a travel writer who specializes in golf, Montreal and Quebec, contemporary art, cycling and food and wine. Her articles appear on USA Today's 10Best, About.com, Aol, Matador,...  More About Sherel

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