Best Golf Courses In Florida
Best Florida Golf Courses
As one TeeOff golfer recently chirped, “Finding a great golf course in the Sunshine State is almost as easy as locating one’s shadow,” and we couldn’t agree more. The tough thing is narrowing the great courses in Florida down to a single “Best Of” list, but after many hours of deliberation on courses from Miami, Jacksonville, Naples, Orlando and everywhere else in Florida, we arrived at 10 tracks that you simply can’t go wrong with. The pro tip is to play ‘em all, and trust us, you won’t be disappointed!
- Naples, Florida
- Designed by Robert Cupp, Jr., The Rookery at Marco features pristine course conditions and a layout that incorporates lakes, ponds, shallow wetlands and an abundance of wildlife. Evoking the roots of its name, “bird sanctuary,” The Rookery dazzles the senses with a plethora of winged species from blue herons to bald eagles, and its risk reward Floridian layout gives golfers ample opportunities to make a few birdies of their own, too!
- Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
- Recent renovations to this Pete Dye classic give Ponte Vedra Beach residents and visitors alike an opportunity to play an enhanced version of what has always been one of Florida’s best tracks. Larger TifEagle Bermuda greens highlight the renovation of Dye’s Valley, and the reworked white-sand bunkers frame the golf course so perfectly that you’ll almost want to hit your ball in them. Almost.
- Orlando, Florida
- Cast in the shadows of Epcot and the Magic Kingdom, Hawk’s Landing Golf Club is a sporty, challenging Floridian layout that leaves golfers searching for a little magic to fire a low score. Beautifully crafted by Robert Cupp, Jr., Hawk’s Landing Golf Club taps into Florida’s abundance of natural elements to create a 220-acre sanctuary in the heart of Orlando that feels a million miles from the hustle and bustle of tourists donning Mickey Mouse ears.
- Howey in the Hills, Florida
- Opened in 1917, the El Campeon Championship Course is one of the oldest courses in the South, and it continues to withstand the test of time by offering golfers a steady dose of challenge and entertainment. Palm trees. Pines. Water. Elevation changes. El Campeon is equal parts Florida and North Carolina, and just when you think you’ve got it all figured out, you arrive at the double dogleg 17th hole and you’re sucked back into the challenge to leave El Campeon triumphantly as The Champion. Its sister course, Las Colinas, is a great test too!
- Doral, Florida
- Trump National Doral Miami is a golf mecca in South Florida that was recently renovated by Gil Hanse to make it even better. Stretching out to over 7,600 yards from the tips, The Blue Monster still packs the most punch of the bunch, and PGA TOUR fans will assuredly remember a few lengthy shots from their favorite pros the minute they step foot on this hallowed, classic Florida layout. And don’t sleep on Golden Palm & Red Tiger— both tracks are well worth your best shot!
- Amelia Island, Florida
- Designed by Pete Dye, The Oak Marsh Golf Course is nothing short of diabolical. Short by modern standards at just 6,500 yards from the tips, Oak Marsh packs plenty of punch with tight fairways and perfectly placed bunkers that are best admired from afar. And with lengthy wetland vistas and peekaboo Atlantic Ocean views, Oak Marsh asks that golfers keep their eye on the prize and reserve those memorable panoramas for long golf cart rides between birdies and pars.
- Estero, Florida
- Located just north of Naples in Estero, the track at Old Corkscrew is stunningly carved through woods and marshes, and the houses that pepper most Florida layouts are replaced with memorable views of the surrounding terrain. The 151 slope from the tips is plenty of golf for the best of the best, but like all Nicklaus tracks, there’s a tee box and route to the green that’s suitable for all… just don’t hold your breath waiting for a perfectly flat lie in the fairway, because you know Nicklaus loves to leave the land be!
- Palm Harbor, Florida
- Home to one of the greatest three-hole stretches in golf, “The Snake Pit,” The Copperhead Course at Innisbrook is a PGA TOUR-worthy test of golf. With 18 holes named after different species of snakes and a parkland layout that weaves through gigantic pines and perfect white-sand bunkers, Copperhead comes with one pro tip that you simply can’t afford to forget, “Don’t get yourself bit… And make sure to stay and play Island & South Course, too.”
- Streamsong, Florida
- “Surrounded by nature as far as the eye can see,” Streamsong is laid out over 16,000 acres of diverse Florida landscape, and it contains world-class designs that have been steeped in critical acclaim since the day they opened. Black and Blue are amazing, but if you can only play one, Streamsong Red gets our nod. Designed by Coore and Crenshaw, Red features expansive lakes and massive sand dunes parted by pristine fairways, and while every hole is a marvel on the eyes, 16 just might be the prettiest Par 3 you’ll ever play.
- Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
- Most 140-yard par 3s don’t elicit a sense of fear or reverence, but the 17th hole at Sawgrass is a notable exception. Long considered a perennial PGA TOUR fan favorite, the island green at this Pete Dye-designed gem presents a truly unique opportunity for fans to not only watch the best in the world squirm in their shoes and simply hope to find land, but to try this tough test for themselves!