Fancy trading your regular misty morning tee off for a sun-soaked round on one of America’s best golf courses? Florida is a haven for golf fans, boasting over 1000 courses, all with their greens and fairways bathed in near perfect playing conditions, all year round.
If you're looking to combine a golfing holiday with a visit to the theme parks of Orlando, there are a couple of excellent courses within driving (pardon the pun) distance of Disney. The award-winning Southern Dunes Golf and Country Club, just 30 minutes south of Disney and only 10 minutes to nearby Legoland, has some stunning properties set within its gated community with 24-hour security. Residents enjoy access to the Club House Restaurant and Bar and can enjoy luxury private estate facilities such as the community swimming pools, tennis courts and children's play areas. Local amenieties are within walking distance or relax with an afternoon stroll around Lake Joe.
Another "stay and play" option, and a favourite with many Florida Holidays clients is the Highlands Reserve Golf Club. Just ten minutes southwest of the theme parks, holiday homes and executive villas at Highlands Reserve also come with use of the club's course, practice range, pool, tennis courts and children's play area.
For those wishing to dedicate their stay purely to the tee, locations outside of Orlando offer some of the best courses in the country. The coastline of Jacksonville, on the northeast tip of Florida, is rapidly emerging as one of the state's greatest places to play. TPC Sawgrass in south Jacksonville is repeatedly voted amongst Florida's top three courses, and features the Stadium Course's signature 17th, infamously known as the "Island Green". Measuring just 121 metres from tee to green, it features just a small bunker to the front of its 24 metre long green which itself is surrounded by water save a small pathway. Each year it's estimated more than 100,000 balls are retrieved from the surrounding water. Definitely a must for those golfers who like a challenge! Pablo Creek is also situated in Jacksonville, along with other famous courses.
Elsewhere around the state, a number of other top-rated courses nestle within some of Florida's most popular destinations. Naples is home to Calusa Pines, Jupier Hills lays just north of Palm Beach, with the Trump International course also close by. Your biggest handicap may be deciding where to play.
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