15 Best Public Golf Courses in Florida

There’s something about playing golf in Florida that seems almost poetic.

Between the great weather and the beauty of the state, it’s easy to imagine yourself enjoying all that sunshine while playing golf on a beautiful course that offers lots of greenery and ambiance.

Florida has thousands of golf courses all throughout the state, and whether you’re a newbie or have been playing for years, you should have no problems finding a course that will suit your needs.

Below is a list of some of the best public golf courses in the state.

1. Crooked Cat at Orange County National (Winter Garden)

Crooked Cat at Orange County National (Winter Garden)

With close to 7,500 yards of golfing opportunity, the Crooked Cat golf course was built in 1998 and designed by Phil Ritson, David Harman, and Isao Aoki.

You’ll get access to a practice hole and a driving range, and the course itself has lots of trees, bushes, water, and lush greenery to help make the most out of your time on the green.

It is perfect for players of all experience levels and it even offers drinks and brunch on the 19th hole.

Golf Course Information:

Crooked Cat at Orange County National
16301 Phil Ritson Way
Winter Garden, FL 34787
Telephone: 407-656-2626
www.ocngolf.com


2. Grand Cypress – New (Orlando)

Grand Cypress – New (Orlando)

Built in 1988 and designed by Jack Nicklaus and Gus Grantham, this golf course has luxurious Bermuda grass on the fairways and on the greens, and it is so well-designed that you can use the facility for banquets and meetings if you like.

It has also won numerous awards given out by Golf Advisor, including a golfers’ choice award in 2015, one of the top courses in Florida in 2015 and 2017, and one of the best course conditions in the United States in 2015.

You’ll have access to a clubhouse and restaurant, and you can walk the course instead of ride if you like.

Golf Course Information:

Grand Cypress – New (Orlando)
One North Jacaranda
Orlando, Florida 32836
Telephone: (407) 239-1909
www.grandcypress.com


3. King and Bear Golf Course at World Golf Village (St. Augustine)

King and Bear Golf Course at World Golf Village (St. Augustine)

An 18-hole golf course with 7,279 yards of playing fun.

It was built in 2000 and is the only golf course designed by two great legends – Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus. 

You can enjoy a great clubhouse with a jacuzzi when you’re done with your game, and there is also a restaurant in case you get hungry.

This golf course offers a driving range, golf simulator, and indoor practice area, and the course itself is dotted with palm trees, water, and lots of lush greenery that makes it both fun to play on and aesthetically pleasing.

Golf Course Information:

King and Bear Golf Course at World Golf Village

1 World Golf Pl, St
Augustine, FL 32092
Telephone: 800-948-4653
www.worldgolfvillage.com


4. Las Colinas at Mission Inn Resort and Club

Las Colinas at Mission Inn Resort and Club

With a full 7,230 yards of playing room, this golf course truly offers something for all enthusiasts, regardless of why you’re there in the first place.

It has 18 holes and was built in 1992. It has beautiful Bermuda grass in both the fairways and the greens, and it was designed by Gary Koch.

At this golf course, you’ll have access to both a putting green and a driving range, and there is even a teaching pro on staff who is always happy to help you improve your game.

You can enjoy brunch and drinks on the 19th hole, and golfers tend to love playing on multiple courses there and the fact that it is a great course for more advanced players.

Golf Course Information:

Las Colinas at Mission Inn Resort and Club
10400 County Road 48
Howey-in-the-Hills, FL, USA 34737
Telephone: 352-268-9574
missioninnresort.com


5. Mission Inn Resort and Club – El Campeon Course (Howey in the Hills)

With 18 holes and a total of 7,015 yards to enjoy, the El Campeon course at the Mission Inn Resort is a sight to behold.

It’s an old course that was built in 1917 by George O’Neil, and you can enjoy beautiful Bermuda grass on the fairways and on the greens.

You’ll have access to both a putting green and a driving range, and you can stay onsite and enjoy snacks, a full restaurant, and a spa and great clubhouse.

With small bridges, waterfalls, and tall palm trees, this course is nothing short of spectacular and it is the perfect place to be when you need a weekend getaway, especially if you’re an advanced player who likes more of a challenge in your play time.

Golf Course Information:

Mission Inn Resort and Club – El Campeon Course
10400 County Road 48
Howey-in-the-Hills, FL, USA 34737
Telephone: 352-268-9574
missioninnresort.com


6. Palm Beach Par 3 Golf Course (Palm Beach)

Palm Beach Par 3 Golf Course (Palm Beach)

When you think of playing golf in Florida, what could be better than playing in Palm Beach?

This golf course is an 18-hole public/municipal course that offers nearly 2,600 yards of playing opportunity, and it is always one of the top-rated par 3 golf courses in the entire country.

It is located near the ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway, so you do get some breezes that could affect your game.

Nevertheless, golf enthusiasts love this course not just for the challenges but also for the beauty of the entire area.

Built in 1961 and designed by Joe Lee and Dick Wilson, this is one golf course you’ll never regret visiting.

Golf Course Information:

Palm Beach Par 3 Golf Course (Palm Beach)
2345 South Ocean Blvd
Palm Beach, FL 33480
Telephone: 561-547-0598
www.fossiltrace.com


7. Pine Barrens at World Woods Golf Club (Brooksville)

Pine Barrens at World Woods Golf Club (Brooksville)

When you play on this course, the dozens of pine trees will make you think you’re far away from the coastline and will lure you in and make you feel more welcome there.

It is considered some of Tom Fazio’s best work and one of the best golf courses in the entire state of Florida.

It has been around since 1993 and was designed by Fazio and Dennis Wise. Winter rye grass covers the fairways, while the greens consist of Tifdwarf grass for the ultimate in beauty and comfort.

It is truly a spectacular course for both newbies and more experienced golfers.

Golf Course Information:

Pine Barrens at World Woods Golf Club
17590 Ponce De Leon Boulevard
Brooksville, FL 34614
Telephone: (352) 796-5500
www.worldwoods.com


8. Ritz Carlton Golf Club – Grande Lakes

With a name like Ritz Carlton, you already know this is going to be a great golf course, and this one is nothing short of spectacular.

It has 18 holes and 7,122 yards of playing opportunity, and it is perfect for both newbies and more advanced players.

The course was built in 2003 and designed by Greg Norman, and you get access to a driving range and putting green, not to mention a teaching pro in case you want to improve your game some.

You can rent carts and even clubs if you don’t have any of your own, and not only do you have access to a spa and a great clubhouse, but there are lodging facilities available as well.

Golf Course Information:

Ritz Carlton Golf Club – Grande Lakes (Orlando)
4040 Central Florida Pkwy
Orlando, FL 32837

Telephone: 407-393-4900
www.ritzcarlton.com


9. Rolling Oaks at World Woods Golf Club (Brooksville)

The course was built in 1993 and designed by Tom Fazio and Dennis Wise.

It has winter rye grass on the fairways and Tifdwarf grass on the greens for you to enjoy.

You can rent carts and clubs if you like, and the course itself has so many trees that you might think you were right in the middle of the forest.

You also get access to a driving range and a practice hole, as well as snacks and a great clubhouse.

This golf club has won numerous Golf Advisor awards, including being voted one of the top courses in Florida in 2017, 2018, and 2019.

This is an unforgettable golf course that offers no disappointment to golfers.

Golf Course Information:

Rolling Oaks at World Woods Golf Club (Brooksville)
17590 Ponce de Leon Blvd
Brooksville, Florida 34614

Telephone: (352) 796-5500
www.worldwoods.com


10. Streamsong Resort – Red Course (Fort Meade)

You can play on this 18-hole golf course all year round, and its 7,148 yards of playing opportunity means you’ll enjoy every minute of it.

Some of the many perks include Bermuda grass on the fairways, an on-staff teaching pro for those times when you wish to improve your game, carts and even clubs you can rent, and a putting green whenever you need it.

It also has a great clubhouse and a spa, not to mention a view that includes hills, water areas, and lots of trees and greenery.

The 19th hole is great for enjoying drinks and dinner, and it is great for weekend getaways, especially if you’re a walker on the course.

Golf Course Information:

Streamsong Resort – Red Course (Fort Meade)

Old Hwy 37, Fort Meade
Florida 33841, Polk Country
Telephone: (863) 428-1000


11. TPC Sawgrass – Dye’s Valley Course (Ponte Vedra Beach)

With lots of trees and water to enjoy, this is a very enjoyable golf course that offers 6,847 yards of beautiful playing areas.

The course was renovated in 2006 and lots more trees were added, allowing you to enjoy even more beauty than before.

The 18-hole course is second to none when it comes to beauty and the challenges of the course, so whether you’re a beginner or a more experienced player, you’ll get a lot out of it every time you play.

It was built in 1987 and has Bermuda grass on both the greens and the fairways, and when you’re ready for a snack or even a meal, you won’t have to travel far to get it.

Golf Course Information:

TPC Sawgrass – Dye’s Valley Course (Ponte Vedra Beach)

110 Championship Way
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082

Telephone: (904) 273-3235
tpc.com


12. TPC Sawgrass – THE PLAYERS Stadium Course (Ponte Vedra Beach)

This golf course was created for the spectators’ pleasure and therefore has perks such as clear views that allow you to see everything going on there.

Hole 17 consists of a treacherous island green, and it consists of sandy waste areas, lots of water hazards, and lots of oaks, palms, and pines to see along the way.

It is such a unique course that no two consecutive holes ever face the same direction, and with 7,245 yards of playing areas, you’ll enjoy the course from beginning to end.

It has been around since 1981 and offers Bermuda grass on both the fairways and the greens, and it was voted one of the top courses in Florida by Golf Advisor in the years 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019.

Golf Course Information:

TPC Sawgrass – THE PLAYERS Stadium Course (Ponte Vedra Beach)

110 Championship Way
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
Phone: (904) 273-3235

tpc.com


13. Tranquilo Golf Club at Four Seasons Resort (Orlando)

With a little more than 6,900 yards of playing fun, this golf course has Bermuda grass on both the fairways and the greens, and you can play there all year long.

It was built in 1992 and designed by Tom Fazio and Dennis Wise, and it was voted one of the friendliest golf courses in the country by Golf Advisor in 2015 and 2017.

You can rent carts, clubs, and a GPS device if you like, and the course itself has lots of trees, water, and even a quaint bridge or two.

It is a great place to play for both newbies and more experienced players, and you can even enjoy outdoor dining and drinks on the 19th hole.

Golf Course Information:

Tranquilo Golf Club at Four Seasons Resort (Orlando)
3451 Golf View Dr
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Telephone: 407-313-7777

www.fourseasons.com


14. Trump National Doral Miami – Red Tiger Course (Miami)

Formerly called the Red Course, this golf course offers 18 holes and nearly 6,400 yards of play opportunity.

It has strategically placed bunkers to make the course a bit more challenging, and it is one of five great golf courses at this resort.

You get access to a golf school and a chipping area, not to mention a putting green, and you can enjoy some very challenging greens on the sixth and 14th holes.

Best of all, you can play on this golf course regardless of your level of experience, and between the lakes and water hazards, not to mention the greenery and the trees, this is one course you’ll be able to enjoy more each time you visit it.

Golf Course Information:

Trump National Doral Miami – Red Tiger Course (Miami)

4400 N.W. 87th Avenue
Miami, FL 33178

Telephone: 305.592.2000
www.trumpgolfdoral.com


15. Waldorf Astoria Golf Club (Orlando)

Built in 2009 and designed by Rees Jones and Steve Weisser, this golf course offers a golf school academy and a teaching pro in case you’d like to get some help improving your game.

You’ll get access to a driving range and putting green, and you can rent carts, clubs, and even a GPS device along the way.

The course is open all year long thanks to its being in sunny Florida, and it has won tons of awards handed out by Golf Advisor, including top courses in Florida, best off-course amenities, friendliest courses, and golfers’ choice awards, so you know you’re getting a lot of perks when you decide to play golf here.

Golf Course Information:

Waldorf Astoria Golf Club (Orlando)
14200 Bonnet Creek Resort Lane
Orlando, FL 32821
Telephone: 407.597.5500

www.waldorfastoriaorlando.com


Conclusion

In addition to all of the other wonderful things to do in Florida, it’s good to know you can add some time on the golf course to that list.

Florida has hundreds of golf courses throughout the state, and thanks to the weather the state can boast about, you can enjoy most of these outings any time of the year. 

If you love to golf, Florida is the perfect place to go for your next vacation. These golf courses and others are there to help you enjoy every moment of your time there, and they are certain never to disappoint.



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