Florida: Tee Off in the Golf Capital of the U.S.
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
They say the grass isn’t always greener on the other side, but here in Florida the grass is always green on our 1,000-plus golf courses. The Pros visit Florida more than any other state and for good reason. Clocking in at number one in the nation for number of courses, come golf in paradise, because the grass really IS greener here in Florida.
- Home to some of golf’s most famous venues, Northeast Florida has it all. From where it all began at The World of Golf Hall of Fame in St. Augustine, to the annual PGA PLAYERS Championship held at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Verda Beach, this region of Florida is a must see for the golf enthusiast.
- If the challenge of the open sea excites you, visit the Hammock Dunes Club located in Palm Coast for the ultimate test provided by the Atlantic Ocean. With 3 holes located along the Atlantic, its Links Course offers a beautiful yet stimulating location to play.
Florida is the perfect place for golfing at every level and for every budget.
- Located in Panama City Beach, Camp Creek Golf Club is home to several US Open Qualifiers. With nearly 7,200 yards of rolling fairways and greens as well as driveable bunkers, it’s easy to see why.
- After sundown, relax and enjoy yourself at the many New Orleans-style seafood restaurants and live music at places like the Funky Blues Shack located in Destin.
- Whatever your persona, Florida has a course to accommodate your style and outing.
- The PGA Tour makes five trips to Florida each year and Central Florida is home to two of them. Both held each March, Palm Harbor’s Innisbrook Resort is the home of the Valspar Championship and Orlando’s Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club is home to the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
- With more than 170 courses to pick from, Orlando can satisfy family golfers, guy getaways, and the most discerning enthusiasts. The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club offers children and young adults up to age 17 a complimentary round with an adult.
- Travel west and the topography changes. Pine trees line the length of Brooksville’s World Woods Golf Club. Ranked by Golf Week as one of “America’s Best Modern Courses,” this location is quite a site to see.
- The birthplace of Florida golf is the Breakers Ocean Course. Henry Flagler, railroad tycoon and the “Father of Florida Tourism,” opened the Breakers hotel in 1896. More than 100 years later, Palm Beach stills calls itself Florida’s Golf Capital. From that first 9-hole course, Palm Beach County’s golf menu has expanded to 160 public and private courses. The Tom Fazio-designed Emerald Dunes is one of Golf Magazine’s “Top 100 Courses You Can Play.”
- An additional annual PGA Tour trip is the Palm Beach Garden’s PGA National Resort & Spa which takes on hosting the Honda Classic beginning each February.