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Florida Golf Courses Guide - Golf Courses in Florida

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The clubhouse at Sawgrass TPC

The New Clubhouse at Sawgrass TPC

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The Bottom Line

Florida Golf Courses, from Pensacola in the west to Ponte Vedra in the east to Miami in the south are, arguably, the most popular in the U.S., especially during the winter months. There are literally hundreds of amazing golf courses in Florida, including the TPC at Sawgrass; the two great Greg Norman courses at ChampionsGate, Orlando; the incredible golf complex at Doral; the five courses at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens; and the beautiful courses on the Gulf Coast from Pensacola to Naples. Florida is a treasure chest of magnificent courses. The problem will be deciding which of the jewels you'd like to play.

Pros

  • Florida has a huge number of great golf courses including the PGA National and the TPC at Sawgrass
  • The weather is almost always good, even in winter months
  • There are four major air terminals that put all of Florida's great courses within easy reach

Cons

  • The Best of the Best are usually extremely busy during the winter season
  • Green fees can be expensive during the high season

Description

  • Florida is a golfer's paradise where players of any skill level will find a challenge on public and semi-private courses.
  • Florida’s climate makes it possible, and pleasurable, to play golf the year-round.
  • You can visit Florida year after year, any time of year, for the rest of your life and never play the same course twice.

Guide Review - Florida Golf Courses Guide - Golf Courses in Florida

Florida boasts of more than 1,000 courses catering to golfers of every level of skill. For instance, in the Naples area alone, which includes Marco Island, there are more than 40 golf courses, and there are more being constructed each year. The Southeast Atlantic coast offers more than 100 courses.

All of Florida’s golf courses are open the year-round, even in the Northeast - the average mean temperature there is 70 degrees, although I’ve been in St. Augustine when it hit below freezing. Even so, the courses were open and playable.

In South Florida, the low season is from May through October when the courses are rarely crowded - you can pick your tee time and usually take it easy and enjoy the moment. Also, during those months, many of private clubs in the area open their courses to the public.

Florida is home to the PGA Tour, Champions Tour, LPGA, PGA of America, World Golf Hall of Fame and more professional golfers than any other state. The Tournament Players Club is at Sawgrass; the PGA National is at Palm Beach Gardens; the LPGA International is at Daytona Beach. So, Florida really is the center of professional golf in the United States.

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And there’s so much more. A Florida golf vacation offers something for everyone – there are no golf widows here. For the kids there are the great theme parks; for the ladies there are hundreds of spas of international repute; for the entire family there are the world famous beaches (Florida boasts of at least five of the world’s top ten beaches). Then there are the attractions, shopping, dining and entertainment. Whatever the occasion - a business convention, a group outing for golfers or the family vacation – and no matter where you stay, there’s always a great course nearby and plenty to see and do for everyone else. Florida has it all!

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