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The top 5 Florida golf courses you just have to tee off on

  • Sport
  • By Ashleigh Simmons
  • Published 31 August 2018
  • Revised

The top 5 Florida golf courses you just have to tee off on

  • Sport
  • By Ashleigh Simmons
  • Published 31 August 2018
  • Revised

The top 5 Florida golf courses you just have to tee off on

  • Sport
  • By Ashleigh Simmons
  • Published 31 August 2018
  • Revised

Golf lovers, this one is for you. Florida needs little introduction, boasting year-round sunshine, friendly locals and an abundance of world-class attractions that makes this a holiday destination like no other. But the pristine golf courses are where this glorious state truly shines. There’s nothing else like teeing off with the heat on your back, the cool breeze around you and views of the most gorgeous scenery that’s almost blinding because it’s so beautiful. Whether you’re a complete beginner or a seasoned pro, Florida has a course for every ability and lush greenery is always guaranteed. So, what are you waiting for? Grab your clubs, your tweed hat and take to the Floridian fairways…
 

Seminole Golf Course and Club

Said by many to be one of the best golf courses in Florida, Seminole Golf Course and Club certainly has to be seen to be believed. Featuring a challenging 18-hole championship golf course for those who have an inner Tiger Woods, this fantastic Tallahassee venue is brilliant for those who are looking to both up their game and get a little more golfing experience. There are on-site PGA certified staff on hand too, ready and willing to assist golfers of any ability with individual private lessons and even group clinics.

Seminole Golf Club has seen many a famous face and was even the practice course for iconic golfer Ben Hogan who used to train on the gorgeous greens for 30 days every spring to prepare for the Masters. Oh, and did we mention that Seminole is consistently ranked as one of the Top 100 courses in the United States? Although the greens are open to the public, if you’re a regular visitor to Florida we highly recommend copping a membership to receive full benefits of this stunning location including the driving range and the attached country club.

Winged Boots Wisdom: Refuel with a tasty meal at the on-site Renegade Grill, perfect for tasty cuisine with views of the incredible course
 

The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes

Don’t be fooled into thinking that Orlando is Disney-infested and Mickey Mouse obsessed! This stunning golf course at the luxurious five-star Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes deserves accolades of the highest order. Why, you ask? A Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, the phrase natural beauty was certainly created with these fairways in mind, blending seamlessly into the Floridian landscape along with protecting natural resources and habitats for the perfect eco-friendly golf experience. It’s also GEO Certified, recognised for its commitment to the environment and continual improvement of its credible standard towards nature, water, energy and pollution control. The emerald greens of the grass and the cerulean blues of the lakes definitely make teeing off on this Greg Norman designed course an afternoon to remember and the subtle contoured fairways make each hole both a challenge and an experience for every kind of golfer.

18 holes of varying levels await you at Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes and provides the perfect setting for solo golfers, head-to-head matches and group events. Want to get the family involved? The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Orlando offer a fantastic programme where guests and visitors up to the age of 17 play at no charge with each paid adult round of golf. Expect an excellent Caddie Concierge Programme too, an unparalleled service where a professional attendant provides you with the likes of course navigation, cleaning of golf clubs, course strategy tips and hole descriptions and target lines. We told you it was perfect.

Winged Boots Wisdom: If your kids are not too interested in holding a nine iron, The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club offers FootGolf, a combination of football and golf for the ultimate hybrid game.
 

Disney's Lake Buena Vista Golf Course

Photo courtesy of: Walt Disney World Golf

So maybe getting away from Disney isn’t entirely possible but we can’t forget about the fabulous fairways at Disney’s Lake Buena Vista. The perfect course for golfers of every age and ability, this family-friendly venue has hosted the likes of the PGA Tour, the LGPA Tour and USGA events – yes, really! Boasting a classically regal country-club vibe (and a sprinkling of Disney magic), guests can expect meandering greenery, sparkling lakes and acres of lush pine forests that are so beautiful there’s a strong possibility you’ll be distracted from your game. The 18-hole extravaganza is rated an incredible four stars by Golf Digest and is also certified by Audubon International as a Cooperative Wildlife Sanctuary, making this yet another one of Florida’s eco-friendly golf courses.

Don’t forget your kit! Disney’s Lake Buena Vista Golf Course enforces a dress code with attention to footwear. Guests should note that the fairways are a non-metal spike facility thus metal spike alternatives or tennis shoes must be worn. Oh, and if you didn’t remember your clubs or your simply fancy treating yourself to new ones, head to the Pro Shop for both fantastic rentals and merchandise. Once you’re all kitted out, the choice is yours whether you want to practise your swing at the driving range, challenge yourself on all 18 holes or perfect your skill with a private lesson from a certified PGA instructor.

Winged Boots Wisdom: If you want to go at your own pace on the fairways, the nine-hole walking Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course is ideal for less confident golfers.

 


If you’re a fan of golf, you’ve most certainly heard of the Biltmore Golf Course. One of the most famous and expansive fairways in Florida, this Miami location is something to be applauded. 18-holes and designed by the legendary Donald Ross, expect nothing less than mind-blowing greenery and incomparable sapphires as the trees sway in the Floridian breeze and the lakes shine underneath the Miami sun. No matter what your skill level, Biltmore Golf Course is ideal for everyone but it’s worth mentioning that the course has challenged the likes of Tiger Woods, Babe Ruth and Walter Hagen. Impressive, right?

The Biltmore Hotel is home to the Jim McLean Golf School, recognised by the likes of CNN, Travel & Leisure magazine and U.S News & World Report to be the number one golf school in America. The school offers a brilliant variety of lessons and instruction from world-class professionals including Grayson Zacker who is ranked by Golf Digest as one of the 50 best teachers in America. From one-on-one lessons and group clinics to week-long golf summer camps and junior after-school programmes, the Jim McLean Golf School is where The Biltmore truly shines.
Winged Boots Wisdom: There’s no such thing as just one visit to The Biltmore Golf Course so invest in a membership and thank us later.

The Biltmore Golf Course

If you’re a fan of golf, you’ve most certainly heard of the Biltmore Golf Course. One of the most famous and expansive fairways in Florida, this Miami location is something to be applauded. 18-holes and designed by the legendary Donald Ross, expect nothing less than mind-blowing greenery and incomparable sapphires as the trees sway in the Floridian breeze and the lakes shine underneath the Miami sun. No matter what your skill level, Biltmore Golf Course is ideal for everyone but it’s worth mentioning that the course has challenged the likes of Tiger Woods, Babe Ruth and Walter Hagen. Impressive, right?

The Biltmore Hotel is home to the Jim McLean Golf School, recognised by the likes of CNN, Travel & Leisure magazine and U.S News & World Report to be the number one golf school in America. The school offers a brilliant variety of lessons and instruction from world-class professionals including Grayson Zacker who is ranked by Golf Digest as one of the 50 best teachers in America. From one-on-one lessons and group clinics to week-long golf summer camps and junior after-school programmes, the Jim McLean Golf School is where The Biltmore truly shines.
Winged Boots Wisdom: There’s no such thing as just one visit to The Biltmore Golf Course so invest in a membership and thank us later.

Waldorf Astoria, Orlando Golf Club

You just know that this golf course is going to be something special. The fairways at Waldorf Astoria in Orlando are designed by the iconic Rees Jones, perfectly manicured and immaculately conditioned for the ultimate afternoon playing underneath the Floridian sunshine. The natural contours of the property create the gorgeous meandering greens that surround the 18-holes and the entire course has been built with environmental consciousness in mind. Marvel at the stunning cypress trees as you make your way around the Par 72 course and even take a snap or two in-between holes. Trust us when we say that no filter is required!

Waldorf Astoria Golf Club is home to a superb practice range that features several target greens, brilliant for golfers to hone their skills with a variety of different clubs. Or if you’re in the mood to perfect your putt, you can’t go wrong with an hour or so on the putting green which is included in the daily resort charge. Individual private lessons are also available at Waldorf Astoria, expertly led by Golf Magazine’s Top 100 and Golf Digest’s Top 50 Golf Instructor Brian Mogg.
Winged Boots Wisdom: While you’re here, why not take up residence at the hotel? Waldorf Astoria Orlando boasts 500 luxurious rooms and suites, six delicious on-site restaurants and utter perfection to a ‘tee’.  
 

Tagged: Florida, North America, Waldorf Astoria Orlando, The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes
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