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:
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.