Best golf courses in Florida
Looking for the perfect destination for your next US golf break? We share our top picks for a fantastic round of golf in Florida to help you decide!
From Jacksonville right down to Miami, it’s the golf state that has it all. We are often asked by our customers, what are the best golf courses in Florida? Here’s just a few of our favourite top golf courses in that could be the perfect destination for your next golf holiday.
The Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass
Built by the legendary Pete Dye on what was Florida swampland, the legendary Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass is the ultimate golfing challenge, with water, waste-bunkers and even alligators lying in wait. This magnificent layout builds and builds to an epic, water-strewn Par 5/3/4 finish that strikes fear into the hearts of Tour Pros and hackers alike, not least at the iconic island green 17th. More than 150,000 balls end up submerged there every year… will yours?
Oak Marsh Course at Omni Amelia Island Resort
Just half-an-hour north of Jacksonville lies Amelia Island – part of the beautiful Sea Islands - where no less than four superb courses await the travelling golfer. We recommend making the Omni Amelia Island Plantation hotel your base for exploring the very best golf on offer, including the recently renovated Pete Dye design Oak Marsh that is one of the very best in the area.
King and Bear at World Golf Village
Home of the World Golf Village, St Augustine, some 40 miles south of Jacksonville, is a definite must-visit for anyone considering the northern areas for their golf break in Florida. The Hall of Fame itself is well worth a visit, but it’s the golf we’re really interested in, particularly the King & Bear and the Slammer & Squire layouts. You’d expect courses where Nicklaus, Palmer, Snead & Sarazen collaborate to be worth a play, and these two glorious layouts will not disappoint.
Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Club
Arnold Palmer might have left his mark at St Augustine, but it’s Orlando’s Bay Hill Resort that is the King’s royal residence. With three beautifully manicured loops of nine, the PGA Tour venue – close to Orlando Airport – is a perfect base for an Orlando golf break, offering luxurious accommodation and a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere. The man himself lives on-site during the winter months so keep an eye out for golfing royalty!
Watson's Independence Course at Reunion Golf Resort
No resort in the world can claim to offer Signature design layouts from Nicklaus, Palmer and Watson (Tom, not Bubba), but at the very lovely Reunion, south-west of Orlando, that’s exactly what’s on offer. The Watson course is the most highly regarded, offering unusual elevation changes and colossal amounts of bunkering, but all three are great fun to play. And if it’s all going wrong, there’s always the Annika Sorenstam Academy.
Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Golf Resort
Another venue with multiple courses, Innisbrook’s star attraction remains the sensational Copperhead layout, a long-time PGA Tour tournament host. It’s one of four at this excellent Tampa resort, and is famed for its lovely tree-lined routing and demanding tee shots. The Island course is now a close rival to its supremacy, having itself enjoyed a massive renovation in recent times. Accuracy, not brute strength, is the key, making it the perfect partner for the longer Copperhead.
The Blue Monster Course at Trump National Doral
As you might expect from a Trump resort, Doral is now bigger and better than ever. Located near downtown Miami, the vacation behemoth is a brilliant place to stay and play, with everything you could wish for onsite. The Blue Monster – another long-time PGA Tour stop – is the undoubted star of the show, having enjoyed a massive upgrade from Gil Hanse in 2014. It’s now longer and tougher than ever! With three more courses having been renovated now’s the time to try Trump for yourself.
The Champion Course at PGA National
The Champion Course at PGA National – just one of five great layouts at this West Palm Beach venue – is another with a closing stretch that is infamous in golfing circles. The so-called Bear Trap (holes 15-17) has decided many a Honda Classic on what is officially the Tour’s toughest course, but these are only 3 of 90 magnificent holes at what is one of America’s finest resorts. A recent refurbishment has improved it even further.
Located on Florida’s aptly-named Paradise Coast on the Gulf of Mexico, Marco Island is a truly idyllic place for a USA golf holiday. Close to the Everglades and Naples, we recommend the Marriott Beach Resort as the perfect base for your trip. It recently enjoyed a $250million upgrade and offers all the amenities you’d expect, along with two quality golf courses in the form of the Rookery and Hammock Bay.