Best Golf Clubs in Florida (III)
Miles of lush green fairways, tee times available 365 days a year, courses designed by big-name architects and world-class golf academies are just a few of many reasons to tee up in Florida.
The golf course lineup in the Sunshine State features nearly 1,500 courses, including more than 50 amenity-laden resorts where golf is king.
When it’s time to chase the white dimpled ball, there’s no place better than a scenic and challenging golf course in Florida.
Best Golf Clubs in Florida: CENTRAL EAST
Daytona Beach is home to the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA), which is headquartered at LPGA International, an upscale resort/residential complex with two highly rated layouts: the Arthur Hills- designed Legends Course and the Rees Jones Champions Course.
To fully immerse you in the golf experience, the PGA Village in Port St. Lucie, owned and operated by the PGA of America, has 54 holes designed by Tom Fazio and Pete Dye and a state- of-the-art 35-acre learning and performance center for instruction and game improvement.
Best Golf Clubs in Florida: CENTRAL
Home to celebrity golfers such as Bubba Watson, Annika Sorenstam and Arnold Palmer, Orlando, which has more than 125 courses within a 45- mile radius, is a fantastic golf destination.
The Omni Orlando Resort at Champions Gate is one of the state’s most comprehensive golf re- sorts with two championship courses designed by Greg Norman, a lighted nine-hole, par 3 layout, and the world headquarters for the David Leadbetter Golf Academy. The resort was recognized as one of the Top 125 Golf Resorts in the World by Condé Nast Traveler.
For those who love Scottish and links-style golf, the Villas of Grand Cypress Orlando is home to Jack Nicklaus’ New Course, which in- corporates replicas of St. Andrews’ stone bridges and walls, deep pot bunkers and seven double greens. Nicklaus also designed 27 other holes at the resort.
Less than a 10-minute drive from Walt Disney World, Reunion, a Wyndham Grand Golf & Spa Resort, features three 18-hole lay- outs designed separately by Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson and Arnold Palmer, as well as the ANNIKA Academy, a golf school and teaching facility headed by golf great Annika Sorenstam.