Golf in the United States
Florida’s Top Golfing Destinations
If you’re heading to Florida for a golf holiday, you’re in for a treat. With some of the world’s best courses to be found in and around Orlando and Miami, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Florida has become a popular destination for golf trips thanks to its beautiful weather all year round, and the wide selection of top-ranked golf courses. It’s also the state that many golf professionals choose to call home.
With over 1250 golf courses to choose from in Florida, we’ve selected a few of the top courses that you shouldn’t miss on a golf trip to the Sunshine State. Not only are these courses in pristine condition, but they’re also host to a number of PGA competitions every year.
Golf Courses in Orlando
Orlando, home to Walt Disney World, is one of the America’s most visited family destinations. This makes it the perfect place to combine a family holiday with a few rounds of golf at some of the best courses in the world. Two that you won’t want to miss are Bay Hill Club and Lodge and TPC Sawgrass.
Bay Hill Club and Lodge
Since the early 1970’s Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge has been golf legend Arnold Palmer’s winter home. The resort continues to draw large crowds every year in March for the PGA TOUR’s Arnold Palmer Invitational.
Set in the suburbs of Orlando, this exceptional course is only open to club members and registered guests, an experience which is complemented by facilities that include a comfortable lodge with a spa, dining room, tennis, golf instruction, and more.
TPC Sawgrass is a world-class golf experience that is hard to beat. Head to Ponte Vedra and enjoy playing on one of the most famous golf courses in history. It’s the home of THE PLAYERS Stadium Course, as well as being the birthplace of the TPC Network. The golf course was opened in 1980 and offers manicured greens, challenging holes, and unmatched facilities.
The course was developed by Pete Dye and forms the backdrop to the PGA Tour headquarters offering two championship courses and regularly earning a top spot on international golf course ranking every year. It’s most famous for its notorious 17th island green on the Stadium Course.
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Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa
Sawgrass Golf Course
Golf Courses in Miami
Miami has much to offer as a tourist destination, with its beautiful beaches, art deco architecture, and glittering nightlife. But golfers will only have eyes for the world-famous courses that call the city home, the two most famous of which are the Trump National Doral and Trump International Golf Club West Palm Beach.
Trump National Doral Miami
Trump National Doral Miami currently has 72 holes of golf and features four championship golf courses, Blue Monster, Golden Palm, Red Tiger, and Silver Fox. Doral’s signature course is the Blue Monster. The golf resort was founded in 1962 by Alfred Kaskel and has played host to a number of important tournaments, including the Doral Open on the PGA tour and the WGC-Cadillac Championship, among others.
The Blue Monster
This course has been completely redesigned by Gil Hanse and features deep bunkers, long fairways, interesting greens, challenging water hazards, and deep Bermuda rough.
The Golden Palm
The design quality and attention to detail make The Golden Palm a true championship course with its wide-open vistas, tree-lined fairways, and contoured greens.
The Red Tiger
Named by the late Jackie Gleason, the Red Tiger has undergone dramatic changes under the guidance of Gil Hanse, making it an exciting challenge for golfers of all abilities.
The Silver Fox
One of the most demanding courses in the United States, the Silver Fox course incorporates water hazards into 17 of the 18 holes, along with striking white-sand bunkers that ensure a difficult approach to the green.
PGA National Golf Club West Palm Beach
The Championship Course in West Palm Beach, designed by Jim Fazio, was opened in 1999. It’s been rated the number 1 golf course in Florida by Florida Golf Magazine, and every year continues to hold a spot in the top 50 in Golf Digest and Golf Magazine.
Built in the beautiful West Palm Beach area, the course has been home to the The Honda Classic in the past and is unique in that it features six tees per hole for players to choose form. The iconic design combines a southern oak forest with a variety of tropical plants and palms that are synonymous with the region.
PGA National Golf Course
Trump National Doral Golf Course
PGA National Golf Course
Other Noteworthy Courses in Florida
Once you’ve explored the cream of what Orlando and Miami have to offer, there are several other awe-inspiring courses that are worth a look. Our top recommendations include:
- Kelly Plantation Golf Club, rated in the top 5% of golf courses in North America by Golf Digest
- Cooperhead Innisbrook, Palm Harbor is home to 4 championship golf courses, the most famous of which is the Cooperhead Course
- Tiburón Golf Club, home to the LPGA Tour’s CME Group Tour Championship and the PGA TOUR’s QBE Shootout
- Grande Lakes Orlando, this course offers some of the most challenging golf in Florida which is enhanced by their commitment to preserving the wildlife habitat and natural resources
- Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, set along the spectacularly beautiful Emerald Coast, the resort offers 4 award-winning courses
- Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort has 3 championship courses, each of which offers their own unique style and flair
- World Woods, is Florida’s only five-star public golf course offering two courses designed by Tom Fazio. The Pine Barrens course, named for the pines that outline the course, is the more famous of the two courses.
Whether you choose to make Orlando or Miami your base, you’ll have your pick of top-class facilities and breath-taking courses as you choose from some of the best courses in the world. We recommend Bay Hill Club and Lodge and TPC Sawgrass in Orlando, and in Miami, we recommend Trump National Doral Miami and Trump International Gold Club West Palm Beach.