Three Amazing Golf Courses Only Florida Could Have
Florida is home to some of the most luxurious and beautiful golf courses in America. With the warm and wet climate, the state is a perfect place for plush fairways, manicured greens and stunning vegetation that sparkles along the coastline.
Every year, Florida hosts several exciting professional golf tournaments, and these courses are some of the most gorgeous layouts in all of the Deep South.
Here is a look at three of the best golf courses in Florida. All three are courses open to the public and well worth a golf vacation to experience their delightful and entertaining design.
Streamsong Resort Red
Easily one of the most jaw-dropping golf courses in Florida is the Streamsong Red. The Red is one of three courses at the Streamsong Resort, and while every course of the trio is highly regarded, the Red is considered the crown jewel.
Carved out of the natural terrain, the Red incorporates sand dunes, flat stretched fairways and pearl blue lakes to create one of the most unbelievable layouts in all of Florida.
What makes the Red such a stunner is that whatever time of the day you play the course, you’ll be treated to postcard-worthy vistas. Whether it be in the bright sunshine of sunrise or the deep auburn backdrop of a Florida sunset, the Red is going to dazzle you.
But of course, people don’t come to the Red just for the views. They come for the magnificent golf, and the Red does not disappoint with challenging gameplay that forces the golfer to avoid deep natural bunkers and the most manicured grounds you’ll ever see on a golf course—perfect to try out your new irons.
Another course that brings the natural terrain with a slice of luxury is the Pine Barrens at World Woods Resort in Brooksville. The Pine Barrens course is another layout that could only come from the natural terrain and vegetation of Florida.
Named by the PGA as one of the “10 Most Beautiful Courses in the World,” Pine Barrens mixes in elevation changes, sand and exquisite design to create a magical golfing adventure.
With the natural surroundings incorporated into the layout at Pine Barrens, expect to see some of the local wildlife make their way through your playing group for an added bonus.
What makes Pine Barrens a truly unparalleled golf course is that every spot on the course can be played from without penalty. For example, golfers can ground their clubs in the sand and take practice swings (using their rangefinders to adjust the shot for example), making the course a once-in-a-lifetime event for traveling golf lovers.
One of the most popular courses in the world, let alone Florida, is the TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach. Known primarily for the island green on the par-3 17th, Sawgrass hosts the Players Championship every year.
Sawgrass is on many golfers’ bucket lists for the rich history and the chance to tell their friends if they landed their tee shot on the green at 17—or found the water.
With blazing fast greens and the purest fairways you’ve ever seen, Sawgrass brings Florida’s most dynamic natural features, water and sand, to the forefront in remarkable fashion.
If you make your way to the TPC Sawgrass, the final three holes are one of the finest finishing stretches that the pros play every year. Not only do you get the spectacle of the 17th hole, but you get the risk-reward thrill of the par-5 16th and the terrifying tee shot on 18th over water.
As with most golfers that play Sawgrass, the golf is secondary to the history and allure of the place, but for weekend warriors of all skill levels, the TPC Sawgrass is a course that must be played to be believed.