Florida golf vacations not only give you a chance to golf some of the most prestigious courses in the U.S., but they also provide a relaxing escape to a tropical paradise of warm breezes and sandy beaches. Florida’s popularity with golfers means you’ve got plenty of options when it comes to choosing a destination.
Tampa has a lot to offer golfers of all levels, from challenges like the sand bunkers and water hazards at Rocky Point Golf Course to the simple but scenic Mangrove Bay. If you’re really into water hazards, stop by Pebble Creek Country Club and you’ll find water at every hole. Tampa also offers small pubic courses like Persimmon Hill, where the narrow greens let you test the accuracy of your tee shots.
With over 20 challenging golf courses, Orlando’s more than just a place to play mini-golf with Mickey. For serious golf, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better choice than Champion’s Gate, where you can take your pick of two premier 18-hole championship courses. If you don’t might splashing out for a stay at the Bay Hill Club and Lodge, you can get guest access to the huge Bay Hill Golf Course, too. In the market for budget Florida golf vacations? Then try some of the less pricy public courses like those at the Cypress Creek Country Club or the Eastwood Golf Club.
Popular for its vibrant nightlife and warm beaches, Miami is also home to the CA Championship, part of the World Golf Championship. If you’re looking for a high-class course on the beach, try the Palmetto Golf Course. Coming with a partner who’s not much for chasing that little white ball around? Then base your stay at the Doral Golf Resort and Spa, where the non-golfer can get a massage or go for a workout while you take on the resort’s famous Blue Monster Course. Miami also offers a few hidden gems among the public courses like the Fontainebleau Park Golf Course and the California Golf Club.
Florida golf vacations present a hard-to-beat opportunity to pair a luxury vacation on a tropical beach with a few rounds on some the South’s greatest golf courses. Just remember, though, some courses may be members-only or require reservations during the high season, so make sure you plan ahead.
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