15 Best Public Golf Courses in South Florida

When you think of places that are perfect for playing golf, it's hard to think of somewhere more favorable to this sport than South Florida.

With loads of sunshine and natural landscapes, this part of Florida is perfect for this amazing sport.

 If you're really into playing golf and interested in finding some public courses to play on, you're in luck because South Florida has hundreds of them sprinkled throughout the area.

While most are 18-hole courses, many of them are smaller or even larger, and they seem to compete with one another to make sure their attention to detail and treatment of the customers are better than the next person's.

If you'd like to research some of the best public courses throughout South Florida, below are a handful to help get you started.

1. The Bridges at Springtree Golf Club (Sunrise)

The Bridges at Springtree Golf Club (Sunrise)

This 18-hole golf course offers an executive-style design and more than 4,000 yards of playing opportunity. It has been around since 1972 and is open all year long.

Supreme paspalum grass covers the fairways, while Premium paspalum grass covers the greens, and although there is no driving range, you do get a putting green if you'd like to practice a bit first.

There is also a bar and grill, snacks, and a nice clubhouse to sit in and enjoy a little relaxation after your game is over.

Golf Course Information:

The Bridges at Springtree Golf Club (Sunrise)

8150 Springtree Dr, Sunrise
FL 33351
Telephone: 503-829-8080
www.springtreegc.com


2. The Club at Eaglebrooke (Winter Haven)

The Club at Eaglebrooke (Winter Haven)

This course is truly exquisite and often considered one of the most attractive golf courses in the state of Florida.

It is an 18-hole course with 7,030 yards of playing opportunity and lots of beautiful green grass and trees to make each experience unique. Luxurious Bermuda grass covers the greens, and you can play here 12 months a year.

The course has been around since 1996 and was designed by Ron Garl. In addition, it was the first golf course to use Greg Norman's GN 1 grass, which is known for being some of the greenest grass around. It was a Golf Advisor Golfers' Choice Award in 2015, which is just one of its many awards.

Golf Course Information:

The Club at Eaglebrooke
1300 Eaglebrooke Blvd, Lakeland
FL 33813
Telephone: 863-701-0101
www.eaglebrooke.com

3. Crandon Golf at Key Biscayne (Key Biscayne)

An 18-hole golf course offering more than 7,300 yards of incredible golfing opportunity, this course was built in 1972 but got an update in 1993.

Located 10 minutes from downtown Miami, the world's largest tee, sandtraps, seven saltwater lakes, and many holes that overlook Biscayne Bay, which means you can enjoy a beautiful view regardless of which hole you're at. 

Don't be surprised by the animals you might see dashing across the course, which include lizards, egrets, pelicans, and even crocodiles.

Golf Course Information:

Crandon Golf at Key Biscayne (Key Biscayne)
6700 Crandon Blvd, Key Biscayne
FL 33149
Telephone:305-361-9129
golfcrandon.com


4. Harder Hall Country Club - 18-Hole Course (Sebring)

Harder Hall Country Club - 18-Hole Course (Sebring)

This 18-hole golf course provides 6,300 yards of golfing opportunities. The course has been around since 1958 and was designed by Dick Wilson.

You can play on it all year long, which is a huge advantage, and there is soft, gorgeous Bermuda grass covering the fairways for easy playing ability.

You'll have access to a teaching pro in case you'd like to improve your game some, you also get access to both a putting green and a driving range.

Golf Course Information:

Harder Hall Country Club - 18-Hole Course (Sebring)
3201 Golfview Rd, Sebring
FL 33875
Telephone:863-382-0500
www.harderhallgc.com


5. Highland Florida Golf Club (Lake Wales)

Highland Florida Golf Club (Lake Wales)

With 18 holes and 7,141 total yards to play on, this is a beautiful course that is covered with tift eagle grass on the greens and which has been around since 2002.

There is a nice restaurant and clubhouse on the site and your cart costs are included in the green fees.

It is a lovely course that provides drinks and a great view at the 19th hole, and some of the things players love the most about it include the bunkers, water hazards, and the exceptional views you can enjoy every time you play.

You can also have a great time whether you're just learning to play golf or you've been playing for years, and past players have also claimed this is one of those courses that is worth the drive.

Golf Course Information:

Highland Florida Golf Club (Lake Wales)
503 N Highland Park Dr, Lake Wales
FL 33898
Telephone:863-679-9478
highland-florida-golf-course


6.  Highlands Ridge Golf Club - North Course (Avon Park)

Highlands Ridge Golf Club - North Course (Avon Park)

With 18 holes and 7,141 total yards to play on, this is a beautiful course that is covered with tift eagle grass on the greens and which has been around since 2002.

There is a nice restaurant and clubhouse on the site and your cart costs are included in the green fees. It is a lovely course that provides drinks and a great view at the 19th hole, and some of the things players love the most about it include the bunkers, water hazards, and the exceptional views you can enjoy every time you play.

You can also have a great time whether you're just learning to play golf or you've been playing for years, and past players have also claimed this is one of those courses that is worth the drive.

Golf Course Information:

Highlands Ridge Golf Club - North Course (Avon Park)
Avon Park
FL 33825
Telephone:863-453-9991
www.golfhighlandridge.com


7. Highlands Ridge Golf Club - South Course (Avon Park)

Highlands Ridge Golf Club - South Course (Avon Park)

This course has 18 holes and a total of 6,176 yards of playing fun. It was designed by Steve Smyers and built in 1990, and you can play on the course all year long. Tift eagle grass covers the greens and makes for a lovely green indeed, and it even has a driving range in case you need it.

There is a nice onsite restaurant and a clubhouse to help you relax after your game is complete, and the green boasts large trees, lots of greenery, and a great place to enjoy the beautiful sunsets that are so common in this part of the country.

Your cart costs are included in the green fees, and you get a restaurant and great clubhouse to enjoy once your game is done.

Golf Course Information:

Highlands Ridge Golf Club - South Course
455 E Fairway Vista Dr #6002
Avon Park, FL 33825
Telephone:
www.highlandsridgegolf.com


8. Lake Bess Country Club (Winter Haven)

Lake Bess Country Club (Winter Haven)

Located east of Tampa, Winter Haven is a great place for a golf course. The golf course in this facility is a nine-hole course that boasts over 2,200 yards of playing fun.

It was built in 1994 and designed by Bill Degonda and John Olson, and you can play on it all year long. Trees, water, and lots of greenery await you on the course, and they even offer a driving range and putting green in case you'd like to get in a little practice before you start playing.

If you need to, you can rent carts, pull carts, and even clubs if you don't have your own, and you can even enjoy some food and drinks on-site once your golf game is complete.

For a nine-hole course, this course truly offers something for everyone, including a teaching pro in case you'd like to improve your game.

Golf Course Information:

Lake Bess Country Club (Winter Haven)
218 Golf Aire Blvd, Winter Haven
FL 33884
Telephone: 863-326-9171
lakebessgolfclub.com


9.Lake June West Golf Course (Lake Placid)

Lake June West Golf Course (Lake Placid)

This is a small, executive-style nine-hole golf course with just 1,368 yards of playing opportunity. If you're new to golf, these smaller courses are sometimes more comfortable and less intimidating for you.

This particular course offers perks such as a driving range, putting green, an on-staff teaching pro, and 12-month availability. It was built in 1980 and has gorgeous Bermuda grass in both the fairways and the greens.

You can rent carts, pull-carts, and even clubs if you don't have any of your own, and if you ever get tired of golf, you can swim, play billiards, and play tennis right there on the grounds.

Golf Course Information:

Lake June West Golf Course (Lake Placid)
057 Lake June Rd, Lake Placid
FL 33852
Telephone: 863-465-2888


10. Lily Lake Golf Resort (Frostproof)

Lily Lake Golf Resort (Frostproof)

With lots of trees, bushes, and lush greenery, the Lily Lake Golf Resort provides 2,270 yards of playing opportunity covering a total of nine holes. It was built in 1989 and contains beautiful Bermuda grass on both the fairways and the greens.

You can also play here all year long, which of course is one of the biggest advantages of installing a golf course in South Florida.

There is a putting green and driving range, and if you'd prefer to walk the course instead of taking a cart, you are welcome to do so.

You can also lease carts, pull-carts, and even clubs if you don't have your own, and when you're finished playing, you can stop and enjoy some snacks or even a meal at the onsite restaurant.

Golf Course Information:

Lily Lake Golf Resort (Frostproof)
6603 US-27, Frostproof
FL 33843
Telephone: 863-635-2676
lilylake.com


11. Miami Beach Golf Club (Miami Beach)

This golf club was built in 1923 but got an update in 2002. It is an 18-hole course that has lakes placed in strategic locations so that its beauty is highlighted and enjoyed every time you play.

Paspalum grass covers the fairways and the greens, and because of where it is located, you can play on this course all year long.

It has locker rooms, showers, and a great clubhouse for convenience, not to mention amenities such as beverage carts, snacks, a full restaurant, and even catering services if you need them.

Golf Course Information:

Miami Beach Golf Club (Miami Beach)
2301 Alton Rd, Miami Beach

FL 33140
Telephone: 305-532-3350
www.miamibeachgolfclub.com

12.Normandy Shores Golf Course (Miami Beach)

Built in 1941 but updated in 2008, this golf course consists of 18 holes and is open all year long. Beautiful paspalum grass covers the fairways and the greens, and if you need to rent carts or even clubs, you can do so easily. 

You'll also get access to a putting green and a driving range, and if you'd like to improve your golf game, you can easily utilize the services of their on-staff teaching pro.

Bright green with lots of water and trees, this is one course you'll always enjoy playing on.

Golf Course Information:

Normandy Shores Golf Course (Miami Beach)
2401 Biarritz Dr, Miami Beach

FL 33141

Telephone: 305-868-6502

www.normandyshoresgolfclub.com


13.Oakwood Golf Course (Lake Wales)

An 18-hole golf course with 6,681 yards of playing opportunity for golfers with all skill levels. Karl Litten helped develop and design the course in 1993, and you can play there all year long.

The fairways and greens are all covered with luxurious Bermuda grass and therefore both look great and feel great as you're playing.

Past players have given this course mostly "excellent" and "good" ratings in areas such as pace, value, layout, and amenities, among others, and the fact that it's accommodating for both inexperienced golfers and those who have been playing for many years.

It is a beautiful course that is still popular because it stays well-maintained and they take great care of it.

Golf Course Information:

Oakwood Golf Course (Lake Wales)
3301 Old Wailes Rd, Lake Wales
FL 33898
Telephone: 863-676-8558

www.oakwoodgolfcourse.net

14. Sebring Golf Club (Sebring)

This golf course has been around since 1928 but received a facelift in 2009, and the 18-hole course provides more than 6,200 yards of playing opportunity.

You get a driving range and a putting green if you need them, and if you choose to walk the course instead of taking a cart, you can do so any time.

You can rent carts and even clubs if you don't have any of your own, and you'll even have access to a pro in case you'd like to take a lesson or two to become a better player.

Previous golfers love the layout of the course and the fact that it is so well-maintained. Luxurious Bermuda grass covers the fairways and greens, so you can enjoy a course that is both challenging and aesthetically pleasing.

Golf Course Information:

Sebring Golf Club (Sebring)
3118 Golfview Rd, Sebring
FL 33870
Telephone:863-314-5919
mysebring.com

15.Westgate River Ranch Resort (River Ranch)

This is an executive-style golf course with nine holes and 6,642 yards of golfing opportunity. It was built in 2005 and is therefore a relatively new golf course, and it was designed by Joe Lee.

Beautiful Bermuda grass covers the fairways and the greens, and as long as the weather is fine, you can play here 12 months a year.

Whether you're just learning the sport of golf or you consider yourself right up there with Arnold Palmer, you can enjoy courses like this one because they work hard to accommodate everyone.

If you're looking at other fun stuff to do while you're there, you can play mini-golf, tennis, and even basketball.

Golf Course Information:

Westgate River Ranch Resort
3200 River Ranch Blvd, River Ranch
FL 33867
Telephone: 863-692-1321
resort.to


Conclusion

South Florida is a great place to find top-notch golf courses, and the ones mentioned above are just some of them.

Thanks to the mild temperatures present nearly every month of the year, you can play golf all year round on most golf courses, which gives you a lot of opportunities to improve your golf game.

Whether you live in Florida or you go there regularly on vacation, you'll find hundreds of golf courses all across the state, including public, private, semi-private, and resort courses. 

Whichever ones you prefer, they'll be easy to find, and the best part is, the vast majority of them accommodate both new players and people who have played golf for a very long time.



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