Florida has more golf courses than any other state, so it’s no surprise that it would have a great many resorts revolved around the sport. These resorts range from the exclusive to the affordable to the somewhere in between and with the beautiful weather and these gorgeous resorts, there is no wonder why golfers flock to Florida year around.
Of course our journey is on hold right now due to Covid19, so we took virtual tours, investigated reviews and surveyed the most popular golf publications to come up with a list for you of some of the top Florida golf vacation destinations in a variety of price ranges.
$$$$ – High End Luxury
The Breakers – Palm Beach
Since it was founded in the late 1800’s by business tycoon Henry Flagler, The Breakers Resort in Palm Beach has attracted the rich, the famous and the powerful for many years. Modeled after the magnificent Villa Medici in Rome, these grand accommodations on the sands of exclusive Palm Beach, exhibit the definition of luxurious and opulence.
Home to Florida’s oldest golf course, The Breakers Ocean Course was completely renovated in 2018 by renowned golf course architect Rees Jones and features: TifEagle Bermuda greens, 56 sand- and grass-faced bunkers, six lakes, lush tropical landscaping, continuous cart paths, 6,500-square-foot putting green, 18,000-square-foot practice green and left-to-right and right-to-left holes.
A glamours resort, with a beautiful view of the Atlantic Ocean featuring: a private beach, championship golfing, tennis courts, full service spa, fitness center, and fine dinning. But a stay here certainly does not come cheap. Starting at a price over $400 per night to upwards of $1,500 per night and perhaps more for the real exclusive experiences.
Closest International Airport: Palm Beach International Airport (PBI)
TPC Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa – Ponte Vedra Beach
Right next door to the famous TPC Sawgrass Golf Club, a stay at the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa will get you exclusive privileges to play where the pros do.
The Stadium Players Course at TPC Sawgrass was built in 1982 specifically to host The Players Championship and The Stadium Course has been honored by multiple golf publications as a top golf destination. Whatever your skill level may be, there is no question that a visit here will give you an unforgettable golfing experience.
At TPC Sawgrass Marriott Resort you can enjoy easy access to Jacksonville Beach and other great Jacksonville attractions or relax at the resort’s full-service hotel spa. Book a comfortable guest room or if you are traveling with family or a group, one and two bedroom villas are also available.
Closest International Airport: Jacksonville International Airport (JAX)
The Biltmore Hotel – Coral Gables
Established in 1926 and a National Historic Landmark, The Biltmore Hotel located in Coral Gables (Miami) is the definition of elegance. Sophistication is at the core of this 273-room resort with Mediterranean style architecture of classic Italian, Moorish, and Spanish influences. From it’s beginnings The Biltmore has been a favorite of world famous celebrities, the rich and the powerful, and perhaps is best known for having the largest hotel pool on the entire east coast of the United States.
The golf course at the Biltmore was originally designed in 1925 by legendary golf course architect Donald Ross and updated for the modern game in 2018. It is also home to the headquarters of what has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report, CNN, and Travel & Leisure Magazine as the “#1 Golf School in America”, The Jim McLean Golf School.
The iconic Biltmore has other luxurious offerings that one can indulge in as well, like an escape into tranquility in the Biltmore’s 12,000 square foot spa or you can take a journey into the culinary arts by taking a class at the Biltmore Culinary Academy. Guest can enjoy fine dining in one of 5 restaurants, including, the award winning Palme d’Or & Fontana.
Closest International Airport: Miami International Airport (MIA)
Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort – Naples
Get away to sunshine and the serene atmosphere of two golf courses certified as an Audobon Cooperative Sanctuary. This retreat just 3 miles from the Gulf of Mexico offers luxury amenities within a tropical setting. At the Ritz Carlton Naples Spa you can escape and rejuvenate in world class comfort or simply relax at the Ritz Carlton pool deck.
If you are looking for adventure within your golf vacation, then take the 45 minute drive to Everglades National Park, where you can take a thrilling airboat ride through the mangroves and get up close and personal with Florida’s favorite reptile, the alligator.
Closest International airport: Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW)
Omni Amelia Island Resort – Amelia Island
With breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and on the tip of one of Florida’s most beautiful barrier Islands lies the luxurious Omni Resort on Amelia Island.
Providing it’s guest with a First Class golf experience on two championship courses this beautiful ocean front resort also wows with 3 1/2 miles of pristine secluded beach.
World class pools, a nature inspired wellness spa, tennis program, fully equipped fitness center, 9 on site restaurants and ocean front guest rooms, provide it’s guest with luxury fit for royalty and an experience to last a lifetime.
Closest International Airport: Jacksonville International Airport
$$$ All the Amenities but at more Moderate Rates
PGA National Resort & Spa – Palm Beach Gardens
Home to the PGA Tour’s Honda Classic, the legendary Bear Trap, and no less than 5 championship courses, PGA National Resort & Spa is the ultimate golf experience resort.
Many memorable moments in golf history have happened on the greens and fairways of the PGA National resort and just being on those sacred golfing grounds can bring any skill level golfer, inspiration.
The Champion course, host to the Honda Classic, was redesigned by Jack Nicklaus in 2014 and is home of the “Bear Trap” one of the toughest stretches in golf. Among the other 4 courses and a more forgiving and perhaps accommodating course at PGA National Resort & Spa is “The Palmer” designed by golf legend, Arnold Palmer.
Of course we can not leave out the spa part of the PGA National Resort & Spa and the resort’s signature Waters of the World mineral pools. Relax, rejuvenate and indulge in luxury at this European influenced destination spa.
closest International Airport: Palm Beach International Airport (PBI)
Hammock Beach Golf Resort & Spa – Palm Coast
World class golf just steps from an unspoiled stretch of the Atlantic ocean, a 91,000 square foot pool complex complete with a lazy river, a luxury full service spa and dinning choices to satisfy every taste – how could you go wrong at Hammock Beach Resort and Spa?
A premiere resort where you can enjoy beachfront casual luxury just minutes away from historic St. Augustine, with two award winning golf courses designed by two of the biggest names in golf, Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson.
Closest International Airport: Daytona Beach International Airport (DAB)
Innisbrook Resort – Palm Harbor
Host to the PGA Tour’s Valspar Championship, the Innisbrook Resort is home to 4 outstanding courses that consistently receive top accolades. The courses designed by the innovative and imaginative architect Lawrence Packard, are both challenging and picturesque. Golfers will be immersed in nature as the many ponds and lakes that surrounds the grounds are home to abundant bird and wildlife.
Innisbrook Resort’s Salamander Spa is more than a place to relax and unwind, with it’s many offered services and treatments, it is truly a place to regenerate and feel new again.
Closest International Airports: St. Pete-Clearwater International (PIE) and Tampa International Airport (TPA)
Saddlebrook Resort – Wesley Chapel
Two beautiful golf courses both designed by golf legend Arnold Palmer, await the golfing vacationer at Saddlebrook Resort. Both courses with rolling fairways, well-maintained greens and wilderness areas full of cypress, pine and palm trees, can be appreciated by any skill level golfer.
This upscale resort also features a European style spa & salon, a renowned tennis program, three pools including the 500,000 gallon super pool, athletic training compound, fitness classes and more.
Closest International Airport: Tampa International (TPA)
Trump National- Doral Miami
This prestigious 800-acre resort features villa-style accommodations, on four championship golf courses, with tennis courts and the famous Royal Palm Pool featuring 18 private cabanas and a 125 foot slide.
Trump National Doral is perhaps best know for the course named The Blue Monster, and on it the famous 18th hole that is traditionally ranked as one of the most difficult on the PGA Tour.
Closest International Airport: Miami International (MIA)
Plantation on Crystal River – Crystal River
Surrounded by Kings Bay, this 232 acre west central Florida resort offers a golfing experience surrounded by scenic natural Florida. At the Plantation Resort on Crystal River, you can go after the big one and combine your golf vacation with some of the best salt or fresh water fishing in Florida, creating two vacations in one. Pack those fishing rods along with your golf clubs to enjoy offshore Gulf of Mexico sportfish catch opportunities that include grouper, a variety of snapper, smoker kingfish, and cobia.
Other amenities include: Beach chairs & umbrellas, Free play on the 9 hole golf course, driving range, outdoor heated lagoon pool, hot tub, fitness Center, tennis and more.
Crystal River is famous for being a gathering place of the manatee looking for warmer waters in the winter months. Hundreds upon hundreds of these gentle giants can be spotted at any given time on cold days, and it is truly an awe inspiring sight to be seen.
Closest International Airport: Tampa International Airport (TPA)
$$ – More Affordable But Yet Still Pretty Amazing
Holiday Inn Club Vacations at Orange Lake – Kissimmee
Spacious one, two or three bedroom villas are available at this resort minutes away from the Walt Disney World Resort Complex. Bring your clubs and your family and enjoy eight different restaurants/dining options, seven pools with water slides and a lazy river, four golf courses, three arcades, three fitness centers, two mini golf courses, daily activities in the kid’s center and more.
Play a great round of golf at any of the four pristine courses. With two 18-hole and two 9-hole courses, players of all levels are sure to be challenged. The kids can get in on the golf fun too, at either of the two mini-golf courses on property.
Closest International Airport:Orlando International Airport (MCO)
Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress – Orlando
Take a family golfing vacation full of magic in the gateway to the Walt Disney World Complex, at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress.
Tee off at the award winning Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course and afterward cool off in the family favorite 800,000-gallon pool, complete with a private cove, rocky cliffs and a rope bridge, where you can splash in waterfalls, swim through caves, or race down a waterslide. For the star like treatment visit the Marilyn Monroe Spa and Salon, designed to mimic the iconic starlet’s Hollywood home.
Other amenities include: shuttle to the all the theme Parks of the Walt Disney world complex, Universal Studios and Seaworld, tennis, rock climbing
closest International Airport: Orlando International (MCO)
Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge – Orlando
Bay Hill is best Known for the PGA Tour’s Arnold Palmer Invitational, and for being selected as one of the Top 50 Golf Clubs of America 2019-2020 by the Platinum Clubs® of America.
This 280 acre property features 70 lodge rooms, 9000 sq/ft of versatile meeting space, 27 holes of Golf, Arnold Palmer Golf Academy, Two-acre Short Game Practice Facility & Driving Range, full service Spa & Fitness Center, 3 dining locations & 3 bars, six lighted tennis courts, junior Olympic-size swimming pool, and a Marina with great Bass Fishing on the Butler Chain of Lakes. Conveniently located just 2 miles from the Convention Center , Universal Studios and The Walt Disney World Resort complex.
Closest International Airport: Orlando International (MCO)
Sheraton Panama City Beach Golf & Spa Resort – Panama City Beach
On the Florida Panhandle’s Emerald Coast, the Sheraton Panama City Beach Golf and Spa Resort, provides fun in the sun with picturesque views of St. Andrews Bay and set against the backdrop of the bay, nestled within a nature preserve, is a par 72 golf course designed by the Jack Nicklaus Design Team.
From the resort you can shuttle to Shell Island, one of the Gulf Coast’s most pristine areas or take advantage of the resort’s prime beachfront location with a range of on-site water sport rentals, including kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and Jet Skis. For a more relaxing experience, guests can enjoy some down time at the resort’s Serenity Spa.
Closest International Airport: Northwest Florida Beaches International (ECP)
Grand Palms Spa & Golf Resort – Pembroke Pines
Featuring 3 beautiful 9 hole courses and catering to vacationers looking for a value Florida golf resort, The Grand Palms Spa & Golf Resort provides all the amenities needed for an excellent vacation experience at the price to fit the budget.
A tropical oasis minutes from the beaches of south Florida, where golfers can enjoy comfortable accommodations and deluxe amenities that include a wellness spa and fitness programs.
Closest International Airport: Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International (FLL)
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