Top 5 Most Famous Golf Courses in Florida

Sunshine and some of the best golf courses in America: what’s not to love about that match made in heaven? Florida is a golfer’s utopia, with some of the best in the sport choosing to sample the Floridian turf. Here are some of the most famous courses that are ideal for perfecting your swing:

Sawgrass

Ranked number 10 on Golf.com’s “Top 100 Courses You Can Play,” Sawgrass is the home of The Player’s Championship, and is considered the ‘fifth major’ on the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) tour.

You will have to fork out between $275 and $375 per round, so it may not be the best location for those hard of cash. Sawgrass’s most iconic hole is a 30 foot island surrounded by masses of water – it’s been the downfall of many a pro player. Can you nail it?

Doral

Known more commonly as ‘The Kingdom of Golf,’ you can find Doral Golf Resort east of the Miami International Airport. They offer five 18 hole courses, the most challenging of which is the famous Blue Monster. Tee off surrounded by palm trees for the quintessential Miami golfing experience.

Doral is currently undergoing investment, to the tune of millions of pounds, to up the luxe atmosphere of this resort even further.

Bay Hill

If you want exclusivity, you’ve got it at Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill. Unfortunately, you can’t just rock up and tee off wherever you like. The private course is only open to club members… so you’ve got to know people to get in the club. But even if you stay at the fringes, you’ll feel like you’re part of a special, VIP lodge. “The house that Arnie built” is great for some first class golf and a refreshing iced tea.

Innisbrook

Strangely, this golf course goes under many people’s radar, even though it’s been called one of the top five places to tee off by PGA players. Built in 1972, you can enjoy some amazing elevation changes and fast greens. Home to the legendary Copperhead run, you can play some fantastic golf, surrounded by beautiful scenery.

Seminole

A serious test of skill and a high quality golf course, you can tell this is a corker, seeing as so many CEOs and millionaires want to have it all to themselves. Completely private, with only 300 members, attending this golf course is by invitation only. Award-winning fairways and dune hazards, there’s not much to dislike about Seminole.

Better start earning that fortune quick…then you can afford the best golf has to offer and fly first class, instead of buying cheap tickets to Florida!

Things to Consider

Try going off-season to save serious cash. A lot of golf courses cost a king’s ransom to use, so bear that in mind.

Don’t even think about golfing during the midday heat in Florida’s summer months – you will melt in your polo sweatshirt. But, if you’re desperate to save coin, you can go at the most sweltering times for a cheaper price ticket. Good luck with that.

The end of Europe, Portugal

By Vera Petryk

I wanted to get to the end of the world, but money let me reach only the end of Europe. This is how I got to Portugal, the country that you never want to leave.

The first thought that stroke my head was Portugal history. I couldn’t help but wonder why did Portuguese sailors wanted to leave such beauty as Lisbon, Porto and Madeira.

Lisbon and Porto are most visited cities in Portugal, nevertheless, they managed to keep the prices pretty low. So if you want to save some money below is a list of things that will help you keeping your budget.

Public transport
First and most important tip in saving money in Portugal is usage of public transport. The country has a well-designed system of transportation that allows you to see all of Portuguese attractions.

N.º 22 — Portela / Aeroporto / Marquês de Pombal

N. º 44 — Moscavide / Aeroporto / Cais do Sodré – these buses go every day, the cost of the ticket is only 1,20 Euro.

Housing
Depending on your lifestyle and habits there are different places you can go to sleep in. The most famous are hostels. So-called youth choices for travelling are nice and comfortable dorms where each can get one of the 5-7 beds, shower, laundry and a free breakfast. The number of hostels in Portugal is uncountable so that anyone can find the one that is just right. Popular budget housing is renting apartments. You are renting them directly from owners through the internet or even by a phone. Most apartments have 1-2 bedrooms, a kitchen and a bathroom. The prices are depending on a location but are usually not more than 50 Euros per night.

Eating out
Portuguese cuisine is very mild and filling. It is known mostly for its extravagant fish recipes, imagine, that there are more than 1000 recipes how to cook codfish! In order to save some Euros I recommend eating at Portuguese canteens: they are rather busy and loud but the food quality is truly impressive. In such place you can eat a head off for less than 10 Euros. As for snacks, you can buy tortillas or “francesinha”, (little French lady), it is a sandwich made of two pieces of bread, meat and many-many olives.

As you see there are a lot of things that can save your budget. Most important is that the country is filled with fabulous spots and interesting places that you will surely appreciate during your budget trip to Portugal.