Omni Amelia Island 18th hole Ocean Links Golf Course — Photo courtesy of John Cameron
Every golf course has that special or signature hole that brings golfers back time and time again. An obvious example is the 17th hole with its spectacular island green at TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course, home of the Players Championship held here every May.
Several of the PGA Tour players stay on site at the beautiful Sawgrass Marriott Resort where dedicated hotel professionals insure everything runs smoothly not just for the world's top golfers but for the many golfing guests who can play the famous Stadium course and take multiple shots at the tricky 17th.
Another Pete Dye-designed course can be found a little more than an hour away. The Omni Amelia Island offers its own island green on the 18th hole of the Ocean Links course.
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.
Photo courtesy of Sherel Purcell 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.
17th hole TPC Sawgrass — Photo courtesy of John Cameron 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.
These are just a few of our picks for Florida's great golf holes found all over the state including Miami, such as hole 9 of the Soffer course at Turnberry Isle Resort, just north of Miami Beach.