Best Golf Courses
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Central Florida’s great year-round weather, unparalleled natural beauty and a diverse collection of golf courses, make it an ideal “golfcation” destination anytime of the year.
Avid golfers looking to plan the perfect getaway know that Central Florida provides some of the most affordable golf opportunities in the country (even during peak season) and that golfers of all abilities should have no problem finding course options to suit their game, as the area features 38 public-access courses. It’s easy to please everyone in your travel party while catering to each player's abilities.
Top Courses From Golf's Most Renowned Designers
Many of the games top designers, including Ted McDonald Ross, Bill Coore/Ben Crenshaw, Tom Doak and Ted McAnlis have left an indelible mark on the region, by providing distinct course designs, including spectacular resort layouts, undulating links-style courses and tree-lined parkland tracks.
Enjoy Central Florida's Picturesque Views and Scenery On The Links
Golfer’s will not only appreciate the area’s distinctive course designs, but also marvel at Central Florida’s natural beauty throughout their round. When compared to other flat-land areas in Florida, Polk County’s topography makes the area unique, and provided the game’s top course architects a very diverse foundation upon which to build their course designs.Boasting some of the highest points on peninsular Florida, courses throughout the region utilize the natural elevation changes and land contours, to provide a golf experience more akin to courses located in the northern states. Courses are defined by natural wetlands, marshes and many of the area’s lakes, while centuries old oaks, native palms and pine forests frame the fairways. Wildlife is plentiful and you may find that deer, bald eagles, foxes, osprey and sandhill cranes provide the perfect visual distractions during your round.
Streamsong® Resort: Big, Bold, Beautiful and Bucket List Worthy
The vision of three of today’s top golf course architects have teamed up to design 36 of the most spectacular golf holes in the United States. Streamsong Resort’s Red Course, designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, and the Blue Course designed by Tom Doak utilize the natural contours, sand dunes and native grasses to offer a golf experience that is reminiscent of the links-style courses of the British Isles.
Streamsong’s courses are atypical of most Florida golf courses. The Streamsong Courses trade palm trees, manicured flower beds, beach sand bunkers and house lined fairways for towering sand dunes, expansive waste areas, native grasses and sweeping vistas across the Central Florida horizon. Streamsong Resort’s courses have received widespread acclaim from mainstream publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Men’s Journal and USA Today, in addition to being ranked highly by all three of the major US golf publications. Streamsong’s accolades include Golf Magazine’s “Top 100 You Can Play” (#12 Red; #16 Blue), Golf Digest’s “America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses” (#18 Red; #24 Blue) and Golfweek’s “Best Resort Courses” (#12 Red; #14 Blue).
The two unprecedented 18-hole designs that incorporate sprawling lakes and lagoons, ambling landscapes, swells and vast sand dunes, offer players a visually stunning, challenging round unlike anything else they’ve ever experienced. You have to see it to believe it!
In addition to golf, Streamsong Resort features more than 200 guest rooms, three restaurants, spa, swimming pool, hiking trails, sporting clays range and guided bass fishing.
Which Courses Will You Play?
Making the decision to plan a Central Florida vacation for your next golf getaway is easy; it’s deciding which of our 38 stunning courses to visit that gets tricky. A few local favorites to consider include:
Southern Dunes Golf & Country Club: Located in Haines City, Southern Dunes is an award-winning championship course that has been ranked #6 on Golf Digest’s "Best Courses in the State" list. Southern Dunes is a demanding layout featuring high ornamental grasses and decorative plantings, paired with more than 180 distinctively colored bunkers that provide spectacular visual appeal and challenge throughout your round of golf. Southern Dunes challenges golfers with more than 100 feet of elevation change, rolling fairways and large undulating greens that will test even the most seasoned players in your foursome.
The Club At Eaglebrooke: Located in Lakeland, Eaglebrooke provides a challenging, but fair test of golf for players of all ability levels. Oak trees, numerous lakes and strategically placed mounding define the lush rolling fairways, and visually frame each hole as from the tee. Once you reach the fairway a premium is placed on your approach shot as Eaglebrooke features large undulating greens, many of which are well guarded by bunkers and waste areas.
Florida Historic Golf Trail: Take a step back in time and test your golf game on area courses that have been recognized as a part of Florida’s Historic Golf Trail, including two courses that were designed by Donald Ross. Dating back to the 1890’s, as Florida experienced the development of railroads and hotels, golf courses began to be built for those vacationing in the Florida Sunshine. To help enhance the awareness and increase the appreciation for Florida’s historic golf courses the Florida Department of State has recognized 51 public-access golf courses that were built prior to 1930 to be designated on Florida’s Historic Golf Trail. Central Florida is home to five historic courses designated on the list, more than any other Florida county, including Bartow Golf Course (1926), Cleveland Heights Golf Course (1925), Lake Wales Country Club (1926), Wedgewood Golf Club (1929) and Lekarica Hills Golf Course (1927).