October 4th is National Golf Lovers Day!
Did you know that Florida has more golf clubs than any other state (1200+)? The Sunshine State also has one of golf’s oldest histories in the country! In 1886 a Scottish immigrant named John Gillepsie moved to Sarasota and built a long greenway with two holes. From there, some early courses were created along with the construction of hotels and railroads in the area in the 1890s.
With so many beautiful courses in the state, it’s hard to choose our favorites! Read on to check out our list of the best golf courses in Florida!
This golf course in South Florida has attracted attention, which is difficult with the many golf courses in the area. Calusa Pines is different because it “goes to excess…but in such subtle way that it becomes memorable”. The course has been named “Top Ten Best New Private Clubs” in the US according to Golf Digest. Calusa Pines also features ten holes with amazing views and hills that influence the course.
However, the hills of the course blend in perfectly with the surroundings and seem natural to the eye. Calusa Pines features so many native plants that it’s hard to imagine that the course was manmade. The course provides an amazing golf game in a relaxed environment for those who truly enjoy the game of golf. Because of its popularity, the club doesn’t release membership information and doesn’t have tee times.
This course is a natural beauty that sits in Northwest Florida next to green waters and white sand beaches. Camp Creek Golf Club doesn’t follow the traditional flat terrain of the Sunshine State, but is instead a challenge!
One of the first things you’ll notice about Camp Creek is that there are no visible houses on the course. You’ll instead see natural plants that are home to wildlife of the area. The course has a strong commitment to enhancing the environment while also providing a great game of golf! They have received certification in the Cooperative Sanctuary Program for golf courses through Audubon International. This certification allows golf courses to help their wildlife habitats and protect natural resources for all.
This course is located in downtown Tallahassee and less than five minutes from the State Capitol, Florida State University, and Florida A&M University. Capital City Country Club is surrounded by the pine trees and Spanish oaks of the local parks. This club is semi-private and offers public and membership play on a unique Florida golf course. Architect AW Tillinghast designed this 18-hole course utilizing the rolling hills full of wildlife. This has earned it a reputation as the most beautiful course in Tallahassee.
Not only a golf course, but Capital City Country Club also contains the Champions Bar and Grill, which is known for amazing food and signature cocktails. In addition, there are two large banquet rooms for weddings, birthdays, and large meetings. You can’t miss the Olympic size swimming pool that offers swimming lessons during the warmer summer months. If you love tennis, Capital City also has five courts in the area including both hard and clay. They also have a large driving range, practice putting greens, fitness center, and a pro shop!
Looking to make it a day trip? Check out our favorite things to do in Tallahassee here!
Jack Nicklaus and Tony Jacklin, two golf legends, designed and created The Concession Golf Club in the Lakewood Ranch area of Manatee County. They have been providing great golf games for the public since 2006, and pride themselves on being different. There are no houses located on this course, and instead, the course focuses on the natural beauty of the area.
The course has since evolved since 2006, however, the natural beauty of the area remains untouched. The Concession has hosted prestigious events like the NCAA Division I Championship and the Biennial Concession Cup. Rolex has even given the golf course a great honor – they have put two beautiful 10-foot clocks on the course.
The Concession is known as one of the most difficult courses in Florida with 520 acres of play. The course winds around the natural beauty of the area including wetlands, pine trees, and oak trees.
Located in Fleming Island amongst a forest of pine trees is Eagle Harbor Golf Club. This course was designed by award-winning course architect Clyde B. Johnson. Johnson built the course among Bermuda grass fairways, multi-tiered greens, and white sugar sand bunkers
Eagle Harbor Golf Course also features water on their course. Not only is the course located between Black Creek and Doctors Lake, but they are also located very near the St. Johns River. The course offers stunning views of Florida landscape including a visitor favorite 0 the island green. Golfers of all levels will love this course!
This course is private and member-owned located in the John’s Island Community in Vero Beach. John’s Island Club is located between three miles of beach along the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian River Lagoon. In addition to its three 18-hole championship golf courses, John’s Island includes casual dining, 17 clay tennis courts, singles and doubles squash courts, pickleball courts, a fitness center, two croquet lawns, and an array of social and recreational activities.
Priding themselves on being an exclusive and private club, John’s Island provides first-class activities, dining, and entertainment for all of their members as well as their guests.
This course includes five championship courses! No matter what level of golfer you are, you and your friends will love the PGA National Golf Club. These courses are perfect for golfing with friends, a corporate team outing, or a custom tournament.
One of the big draws of visiting the PGA National Golf Club is its signature Champion Course. This course was originally designed by Tom and George Fazio and was later redesigned by Jack Nicklaus. Any level of golfer will enjoy the course since they have five sets of tees to make the course more playable. One feature of the Champion is known as the Bear Trap, which crosses three of the holes! This course is considered one of Florida’s greatest golf challenges. USA Today even calls the Bear Trap “one of the toughest stretches in golf”.
This course is home to The Players Championship, the birthplace of the TPC Network, and is a backdrop to the PGA Tour headquarters. TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach is one of the world’s most famous golf courses. This course features one of the most difficult holes on the PGA Tour! The 17th hole is a par-3 hole and contains an island green that is difficult to even a PGA Tour pro.
TPC Sawgrass was built to challenge even a pro golfer! This makes it a fun viewing opportunity even for spectators at the two PGA Championship Courses at the Club.
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