Playing golf in Florida

October 30, 2015

Famous for the best beaches and being home to the largest theme parks in the world, Florida is also known as a top class golfing destination too. This article by Dan at takes you through a few hot spots.

Offering year round golf on over 1100 courses, golf is abundant in all 67 counties of Florida.

Golfers from all over the world will find a diverse and exciting range of courses and resorts. Some are just fun to play while others provide a serious challenge.

Top class golf practice and instruction facilities can also be found in Florida with some big name instructors such as Jay Golden, Bob Forward and Mary Slinkard. 

Orlando, Florida

The Orlando area is full of top rate courses and hosts two PGA tour events every year. There are 150 courses in the region to choose from for every level of golfer. Add to that, every major theme park has their own courses, golfers become well looked after on every level.

Many of the world’s top golfers have designed golf courses in Orlando.
One of the best known is Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club and Lodge which comprises three nine hole courses and has been part of the PGA tour since 1979. 

Golfers can expect service of the highest level a Bay Hill, but you have to be a guest or resort member to play.

Raymond Floyd, Jack Nicklaus, Nick Faldo, Johnny Miller and Gary Koch are other big names who have designed golf courses in Orlando.

Tampa Bay, Florida

Not too far from Orlando is the Tampa Bay area of Florida which is also gaining ground as a golf destination.

Golfers heading to Tampa will find many options including first class resorts, high quality courses and good standard private and public facilities.

Offering plenty of character and challenging features is the Copperhead Course. This golf course in Tampa is recognized as one of the best in the country and is open to resort guests, members and friends of members.
Other spotlight courses in Tampa Bay that provide various challenges are World Woods Golf Club, Pine Barrens and Rolling Oaks.

World Woods Golf Club has two courses, a short nine hole course and state of the art practice facilities. Pine Barrens makes for an enjoyable round of golf with unique challenges and Rolling Oaks meanders through gentle Florida farmland.

Women friendly golf courses

The Sunshine State is also home to a nice range of women friendly golf courses, in particular the Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero areas.

Many golf courses include options for shorter rounds and easy to walk fairways with reduced distances between greens and tees.

Quail Village Golf Club

Trailing through 300 well maintained homes is the picturesque and popular Quail Village Golf Club. Yardages range from 3700 to 4873 but don’t be fooled by the numbers as this is quite a challenge with a range of water hazards. Reasonably priced rounds and an easy walk make this a popular choice.

Raptor Bay Golf Club

Boasting five sets of tee boxes and the forward two tees rated for women North Bonita Springs Raptor Bay Golf Club plays 5030 to 6702 yards. Featuring two nine hole courses that both return to the clubhouse which is great for a shorter round.

Upscale Coconut Point mall and Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa provide options for shopping and relaxation away from the course.


No matter which destination you choose in Florida you are guaranteed some of the best golf courses and resort facilities anywhere in the US.

The Orlando area is a popular choice for those wishing to combine other holiday options with rounds of golf. 

Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando provide fun for all the family as well as their own golf courses and facilities.

Tampa Bay is an up and coming golf destination with good courses and facilities, while Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero have some great women friendly courses.

All in all the year round golf offered in the Sunshine State of Florida is top class and sure to please every level of golfer.