Florida has some of the best golf courses in the world and, at these amazing clubs, play is open to the public. There’s no doubt about it—Florida loves golf! Naturally, it’s also home to a ton of golf courses. Many of these are public courses, luckily for us! If you’re headed to Florida for golfing and you’re not sure where to go, why not try out a few of these courses? Here are twelve of the best public golf courses in Florida.
1 Streamsong Resort Red
Streamsong is one of the most unique courses you’ll ever play. It’s like artwork in turf form! The course has 18 holes, and it meanders through sand dunes, lakes, and gently rolling hills. It looks so natural, so fitting, that you’ll almost feel like you’re playing golf in the Florida’s natural world—as long as that world has a lawnmower and golf tees, of course. Depending on the season, it costs between $125 and $255 to play on this course if you’re not staying in the resort.
2 Hammock Dunes Club Links Course
This challenging course offers plenty of fun for both veteran and novice golfers. Twelve of the holes have water, and many also have sand traps. Looking for something to push you to your limits? Head to #2, where you’ll find trees, sand, water and a tough par 3 hole.
3 World Woods Golf Club Rolling Oaks
Rolling Oaks is a World Class Championship Golf Course. It’s a short course with nine holes, including seven par 3’s and two par 4’s. The course is stunning, with surrounding woodlands, sloping sandy areas, and plenty of green all around. It was designed to bring a world-class golfing experience to the people, and it definitely succeeds.
4 TPC Sawgrass
The Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort and Spa is home to TPC Sawgrass, a golf course you don’t want to miss during your Florida vacation. Architect Pete Dye created this challenging 36-hole course, and it has become one of the most popular courses in the area. The beautifully landscaped course surrounds a huge lake that reflects Florida’s expansive sky.
5 Southwood Golf Club, Tallahassee
While members of the Southwood Golf Club get special privileges and prices, this course is also open to the public. The course is located in a charming Southern style setting, with rocking chairs on the porch of the clubhouse, quaint ponds, and sweeping views of the endless green. Play a great game on the course, then spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing in the shade and enjoying the idyllic surroundings.
6 Polo Trace, Delray Beach
One thing that makes this public golf course awesome is the rates. The cost to play golf here is as low as $39! During the high season, it jumps to $99, but of course, that’s still a good price as far as golfing goes. The course has about 7,000 yards, and it features high-quality greens and beautiful fairways. The facility also has a shop and a bar and grill.
7 Trump National Doral Golf Club
This lovely golf course in Miami is a popular spot for weddings, but it’s also a great place to play golf while you’re in town. There are five courses at this golf resort, but the best one is Blue Monster. It was recently renovated by Gil Hanse, and was designed to be challenging and gorgeous. It has 7,608 yards that include plenty of water hazards and flowing turf.
8 PGA National Resort and Spa
Sit in the lap of luxury when you stay at this Palm Beach resort, or enjoy a taste of the luxe life when you play a round of golf here. This golf course and resort was designed to unite high-class Floridian luxury with the joy of golf. There are five courses here, including The Champion, which hosts the PGA Tour’s Honda Classic annually. This course includes the infamous Bear Trap, which spans three holes and makes this one of the most difficult courses in the PGA Tour. Are you up for the challenge?
Innisbrook Golf Resort’s popular Copperhead course is a must-play course for any serious golfer. The course has over 7,200 yards, and it’s full of ponds, rolling terrain, and plenty of local wildlife. This is a great way to see Florida’s nature while playing a good round of golf! Enjoy 18 holes of beauty in Northpalm Harbor.
10 Camp Creek Golf Club
Visit Water Sound for the opportunity to play this excellent golf course. This course does a wonderful job capturing the essence of the natural world, with plenty of trees and space for wild plants to grow along the edge of the green. As you play this 7,200 meter course, be sure to look for the wildlife that lives in this natural haven.
11 Orange County National, Orlando
Headed to Orlando? There is life beyond Disney World. Public golfing at this popular golf resort is very affordable. For as low as $19, you can play a course walking during a slow time of the day in the off-season. While prices go up depending on the time of year, Florida residents get further discounts on a round. There are three courses at this resort. Crooked Cat is a fun one, where you can enjoy lots of sand traps and plenty of greenery.
12 Victoria Hills Golf Club
Play 18 holes by the sea at this gorgeous course in DeLand. Ron Garl designed this golf course to mirror the natural ebb and flow of the hilly surroundings, creating a tree-lined haven for you to have your best game yet.
You don’t have to spend a fortune to play at some gorgeous, challenging golf courses on your next trip to Florida. Public golf courses are open for play year round. From the Panhandle to South Florida, pick one that will fit you to a “tee.”