Did you know there are over 1500 golf courses in Florida? That’s 27,000 holes, thousands of bunkers, and endless water hazards. That’s hundreds of broken tees, lost balls, and sunburned golfers every day, too 🙂

So if you love golf, and you’re on vacation in Florida, how do you choose out of SO MANY incredible options?

We created this list based on golfer reviews, course layout & upkeep, pricing, extra amenities, and much more. We highly recommend booking a tee time at these award-winning courses on your next trip to the Sunshine State.

Orange County National Golf Center || Winter Garden, FL

In their own words: If you are looking for the best golf in Orlando, FL and want to know who has the finest course layouts, conditions and facilities, look no further than Orange County National Golf Center and Lodge.

Whatever the goal for your Orlando golf vacation – 36 holes per day, first class instruction, hours of range time, or memories of sharing good times with friends, OCN has something for you.

Two championship courses, a 9 hole short course, Central Florida’s Premier Golf Academy and the largest driving range and practice facility in America are all at one location.

TPC Treviso Bay || Naples, FL

In their own words: Blending the time-honored traditions of golf with modern conveniences, TPC Treviso Bay boasts 18 holes of picturesque and beautifully maintained golf; an array of amenities; and the personalized service and outstanding privileges that have become synonymous with the PGA TOUR’s acclaimed TPC Network of clubs. At TPC Treviso Bay, remarkable golf is just the beginning of an outstanding PGA TOUR experience.

Arthur Hills and Hal Sutton strived to create a design where every hole challenges not only your skills with a golf club, but your ability to out think the course and conditions. Each hole tests your ability to fit the shot to the situation – whether it is how to play a bump-and-run, high fade, lob shot, wind-cheater, or the hardest shot of all – the straight drive. At TPC Treviso Bay you’ll need them all.

St. James Bay Golf Resort || Carrabelle, FL

In their own words: St. James Bay Golf Resort, located just east of beautiful Carrabelle, Florida is only minutes away from St. George Island, Cape San Blas, Apalachicola and all the white sand beaches your bare feet can enjoy. Tallahassee’s Regional Airport is less than an hour away.

St. James Bay Golf Resort offers an eco-friendly layout, the area’s only Audubon Signature Sanctuary, meticulously groomed and maintained, with GPS equipped golf carts, two practice putting greens, full size driving range and a fun filled nature inspired round of golf.

Stay and play packages are available at St. James Bay Golf Resort with options for two and three bedroom luxury accommodations directly on the golf course. Well appointed amenities including tennis courts, swimming pools, and workout facility are available for resort guests. Stop in for a meal at the locally renowned Crooked River Grill Restaurant with a full service bar and the best in Southern and Coastal inspired comfort food.

Streamsong Golf Resort || Bowling Green, FL

In their own words: Forget about any shot you’ve ever played, any course you’ve ever visited. When it comes to golf at Streamsong®, there is no comparison. Because for the first time in their considerable careers, renowned golf architects Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw of Coore & Crenshaw, and Tom Doak of Renaissance Golf Design, worked side by side simultaneously to create two extraordinary 18-hole golf masterpieces—both of which were specifically designed to be walked and offer the ultimate golfing experience, the likes of which Florida has never seen.

The driving force behind Streamsong is The Mosaic Company and its visionary use of land recovered from a former phosphate mine. Through the land recovery process, sand dunes were created throughout the property, which made for dramatic rises in elevation and the perfect base for fairways and greens with a stunning variety in contour. This inspired combination of indigenous and man-made terrain—coupled with the imaginations of three of the finest golf course architects in the world—set the stage for two of the best links-style golf courses ever to be played.

Forest Glen Golf & Country Club || Naples, FL

In their own words: Forest Glen Golf & Country Club in Naples, Florida is a club of distinction for those who desire a community with friendly people, superior golf, quality tennis, and first rate dining in the serenity of a nature preserve.

In 2008, renowned architects, Arthur Hills-Steve Forrest and Associates designed an extraordinary layout that enhanced and improved our 18-hole course featuring 6,820 yards of Championship Golf on Sea Isle Supreme Paspalum Grass.

Forest Glen is a full service club offering tennis courts, swimming pools, state of the art fitness center, fine dining, meeting and banquet facilities and many other amenities.  Residents also enjoy a paved path through the preserve for biking, jogging or simply strolling through the community.  Additionally Forest Glen offers many fitness classes such as: Pilates, Water Aerobics, Body Sculpting, Yoga & Private Personal Training!

Mission Inn Resort & Club || Howey-in-the-Hills, FL

In their own words: There are two championship courses at Mission Inn, one of Florida’s top golf resorts, that provide exceptional challenge and play. The golf experience is truly remarkable from the scenery—hills that roll and pitch, mature pine and magnolia trees that tower, eagles and ospreys that fly overhead. The terrain of this part of Central Florida, originally orange groves, provides up to 85 ft. elevation changes and a peaceful ambiance void of fairway houses and condos.

Spend the day challenging one of Florida’s oldest course, El CampeĂłn known for his steep hills and required shotmaking skills or play among the rolling hills and sweeping fairways of the Las Colinas Course. Both are quality 18-hole championship courses that have earned their share of accolades from members and resort guests alike. Come and stay over as a resort guest on specially designed golf packages or drive in with your friends for a remarkable 36 holes of golf and lunch at Nicker’s restaurant!

Golfers looking to hone their skills can practice on the oversized golf range, large putting green or chipping areas or enroll in one of three on-site golf schools. Our professional, friendly staff is at the ready and knowledgeable PGA professionals are available to help lower your score and there is even a strength and conditioning coach available to you with advanced reservations. We encourage you to take advantage of one of our various golf packages tailored for a memorable stay-and-play experience.

Southern Hills Plantation || Brooksville, FL

In their own words: Nestled within the rolling hills of Brooksville, Florida, Southern Hills Plantation provides a unique terrain. Elevations of 60 to nearly 250 feet provide a truly unique opportunity for golfers at the Pete Dye Signature Golf Course. Designed to maximize natural elevations and views, the private, 18-hole course is rated by Golf Week as one of the top 100 residential courses in the United States.

The golf experience is elevated to new heights with generous course corridors, expansive landing areas and natural buffers that frame each hole. Pete Dye designed the superb practice facilities including a driving range, chipping and putting greens, and a six hole par three course with features that are sure to improve every aspect of a golfer’s short game.

Innisbrook Golf Resort || Palm Harbor, FL

In their own words: Tee off among champions. Not only do we consistently receive top accolades – including Golf Magazine’s “Top 100 You Can Play,” and Golf Digest’s “Top 75 Golf Resorts in America” – our Florida golf resort also hosts an annual PGA TOUR championship each March.

Innisbrook Resort is home to four outstanding courses – all designed by the innovative and imaginative architect Lawrence Packard – including the top-rated Copperhead course, which welcomes the world’s finest players each March when the PGA TOUR visits Innisbrook for the Valspar Championship.

As an Innisbrook guest, not only can you play where the world’s finest professionals love to play, you can also take advantage of three other championship layouts featuring up to 70 feet of elevation change, and scenery more reminiscent of the Carolina sand hills and Georgia foothills than the typical Florida terrain.

Candler Hills Golf Club || Ocala, Florida

In their own words: Home of the Ocala Open golf tournament, the Candler Hills Golf Course is a beautiful Par-72 semi-private championship golf course that has five sets of tees ranging in length from 4,877 to 7,233 yards creating a rewarding experience for golfers of various handicaps. Enjoy the picturesque scenery and unique layout, but most importantly, enjoy your round of golf! With a Palm Springs-style landscape the course’s natural splendor is enhanced by the variety of trees including sabal palms, live oaks and slash pines and various ornamental grasses…this is not your typical Florida golf course.


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  1. Matt — Have you posted previously on what constitutes high spin and low spin, and what swing elements and club characteristics affect spin? I could use a primer. Many thanks as always for your great site. (FYI, I’m going to Streamsong with a group soon and have been circulating your reviews to my companions.)

  2. Matt — Have you posted previously on what constitutes high spin and low spin, and what swing elements and club characteristics affect spin? I could use a primer. Many thanks as always for your great site. (FYI, I’m going to Streamsong with a group soon and have been circulating your reviews to my companions.)

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