Get A Hole In One At The 10Best Golf Resorts In South Florida

Top golf resorts are found all over Miami and South Florida and each one offers something a little unique: from the home of PGA matches at PGA National to Audubon-certified golf courses at Marriott Beach Resort Marco Island.

Have trouble making your tee times? Golf where they're not required. Just show up and pick your starting hole at the Gasparilla Inn and Club. Want a change from the ordinary clubhouse? Head to Hammock Beach Resort's Conservatory Course tucked inside a huge, light-filled domed greenhouse. 

When was the last time you walked a resort course? Both Streamsong courses the Red and Blue provide a good walk, unspoiled. Some resorts like Turnberry Isle, PGA National, and Streamsong offer players a caddy who knows the course, for a true PGA Tour experience.

And if your game needs a tune-up before your round, many resorts offer on-site instruction, from the Leadbetter Academy at PGA National to the Annika Sorenstam Academy and the Putting PAD at Reunion Golf Resort and Spa.

If you're a fan of golf course designers Dye, Floyd, Palmer, Nicklaus, Miller, Watson, you'll find them all here in Florida starting in Miami and stretching outside the city.


LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort - A Noble House Resort
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LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort offers a luxury experience on a pristine, private, six-acre white sand beach on the Gulf of Mexico, complete with award-winning beachside dining, luxurious spa, waterfront views from each guest room and suite, and an exclusive golf club. LaPlaya Golf Club's challenging and beautiful 18-hole, par 72 Robert Cupp-designed golf course includes an elegant clubhouse and full practice facilities. LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort's colorful lobby reflects Naples' abundant flora and fauna with custom artwork of hibiscus flowers and monstera leaves. Among its other amenities, La Playa features a 23-slip marina overlooking Vanderbilt Bay as well as an array of water activities, including fishing charters, boat rentals, kayaks, and parasailing.

Recommended for Golf Resorts because: Just two hours West, this property offers the best of a golf resort combined with a beach getaway in a comfortable, relaxing setting.

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Mention Marco Island and you'll get nothing but positive responses from people who have visited the largest of Florida's Ten Thousand Islands. It seems like just about everyone loves vacationing at this little island located on the Gulf of Mexico. Opt for a poolside villa or a penthouse suite with lots of outdoor space overlooking the Gulf of Mexico while staying at this upscale resort. Two towers offer lots of choice in standard rooms too. Dining options include a made to order pizza restaurant right on the water and a bar with live entertainment - both are perfect for watching the sunset. Two outstanding courses are within a 15-minute drive and include the Audubon-certified Hammock Bay Course and The Rookery--both of which offer lots of bird and wildlife spotting opportunities.

Recommended for Golf Resorts because: The Marco Island Marriott offers 36 holes on two private championship courses for an unbeatable golf experience.

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Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa
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Built in 2007, the Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort is an oasis located on Riviera Beach. You'll feel at home in this luxe hotel featuring 193 condo-style suites with amenities like a full kitchen, dishwasher, and washer/dryer. Outdoor amenities include living room-style seating beside fire-pits and two pools (an infinity pool for adults and a children's pool with a water-slide). Guests can enjoy dinner at the on-site restaurant, 3800 Ocean located in the gorgeous lobby. And if you're feeling like a game of golf, you can book tee times through knowledgeable concierge to play PGA National, Abacoa, and a nine-hole municipal course right on the Atlantic, The Palm Beach Par 3 Golf Course along with other notable tracks.

Recommended for Golf Resorts because: The resort's concierge is a golf expert who can get you a tee time at PGA National or other local favorites like Abacoa Golf Course.

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Between bustling Miami and laid back Key West, you'll find Cheeca Lodge & Spa–"a beautiful resort with shady palms, warm sandy beaches, and zero stress. Featuring 214 rooms and suites (including adorable casitas for extra privacy), pools for adults and families, an 8-hole par 3 golf course, first-class dining, and more, Cheeca makes for both a great resting place and an excellent destination. Honeymooners will love the private outdoor soaking tubs, ocean and lagoon-front suites, oceanfront tiki bar, and getting pampered at the spa. Families will be thrilled with the Camp Cheeca environmental program, game room and video game library, and book collection. And all will enjoy the watersports facility, including scubadiving, sunset cruises, fishing charters, parasailing, and more.

Recommended for Golf Resorts because: Enjoy a brief hour-and-a-half drive south into the Florida Keys to get to this intimate 8-hole course, designed by Jack Nicklaus for all levels.

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While Don Shula is widely known as the former football coach of the Dolphins, Miamian's also know his name today as sysnonymous with one of the top golf resorts in town. An athlete's dream, this resort encompasses 500 acres, with pristine golf courses, tennis courts, racquetball, basketball, badminton, a massive health club with all the latest equipment, and even a tennis racket-shaped pool. Rooms and suites are comfortably furnished, with all the necessary amenities, and within its sprawling layout, the resort features a main street neighborhood with restaurants, a movie theater, and shops. 205 rooms and suites in the hotel, plus 84 additional rooms at the golf club.

Recommended for Golf Resorts because: It's the only Florida location of The Putting Pad, featuring lessons from putting gurus Frank Thomas and Valerie Melvin.

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Palm Beach Gardens is a haven for golfers, and they all know to take their clubs over to the PGA National Resort and Spa. This luxury resort is home to five championship golf courses that are an absolute dream to play on. What's more, they also host the PGA Tour's Honda Classic and the Bear Trap. Of course, you don't have to be much of a golfer to stay here as there's plenty more to enjoy. Try enjoying a game at the sports and racquet club, or make it a day of pampering at the 40,000 square foot European spa.

Recommended for Golf Resorts because: Among the many reasons we love this resort is the fact that PGA greats like Tiger and Rory have both played here. Also: the spa.

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The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne is the best choice for golfers who want to play the wonderful Crandon Golf course at Key Biscayne. Offering the perfect combination of tranquility and adventure, this Miami area resort is ideal for both family vacations and romantic retreats. Minutes from Miami yet far from the urban buzz, The Ritz-Carlton is a haven of relaxation, with a 20,000-square-foot spa, two heated oceanfront pools and a gorgeous calm warm beach - perfect for all swimmers. Visitors seeking a dynamic day in paradise can also enjoy water sports, golf, tennis and biking. Stylish ocean-inspired rooms and exotic cuisine complete the package.

Recommended for Golf Resorts because: The Ritz is just a short drive from the 72-hole picturesque Crandon Park Golf Course–"a challenge most golfers would love to face.

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This secluded 205-acre private island, the former winter estate of the Vanderbilts, is accessible only by air or water, so helicopters, seaplanes, and yachts are common sights. Once on the island, you may never want to leave, and you wouldn't have to. There are seven restaurants and bars, tennis courts, a nine-hole golf course, a full-service spa and health club, plus an array of shops and services. Accommodations are available in a variety of configurations from rooms to suites to private cottages and villas. All are thoughtfully furnished, and all guests receive complimentary golf cart use for the length of their stay.

Recommended for Golf Resorts because: The uniquely designed Links at Fisher Island stunning seaside views across 9 holes. Play here and you'll certainly be the envy of many.

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During its early years, the Biltmore made a name for itself hosting such notables as Ginger Rogers, Bing Crosby, Al Capone, and the Roosevelts. During WWII, it served as a military hospital and continued in that capacity until 1968. Not until 1987 did a thorough renovation restore it to luxury hotel status. Today, this National Historic Landmark hotel offers only the best in accommodations and services, and it still attracts an array of celebrities and dignitaries from around the world. On-site facilities include a golf course, fitness center, full spa, tennis courts, and the largest hotel swimming pool in the Continental United States.

Recommended for Golf Resorts because: Part of one of Miami's most notable and picturesque hotels, the 18-hole, 71-par Biltmore Golf Course serves as headquarters for the Jim McLean Golf School.

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The Turnberry Isle Resort is a golfer's paradise nestled within one of Miami's more affluent neighborhoods. The 300-acre resort features 36 holes of golf that have served as host for several LPGA and South Florida PGA championships. Guests are also welcome to take private lessons during their stay. If golf doesn't do it for you though, there are plenty of family-friendly activities, including a lazy river and a waterslide at the Laguna pool. A second pool, Cascata, sits amongst a peaceful Mediterranean-like setting. Fine dining can be enjoyed throughout your stay at restaurants like Michael Mina's Bourbon Steak and Corsair. New additions like Surf House will appear later this year. All guests are welcome at the private Turnberry Miami Beach Club accessible via a free shuttle that runs every half hour.

Recommended for Golf Resorts because: Turnberry Isle Resort is a favorite of visitors and locals alike who come for both the championship golf courses and the impeccable dining.

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