If you are moving to South Florida during golf season, you probably can’t wait to break out your clubs and hit the green. With over 1250 courses throughout the state, you’ll never run out of new places to play. No matter whether you’ve spent many vacations down here scouting out the best golf courses or this will be your first time, it’s always so exciting to discover that course that lets you relax and enjoy the beautiful Florida weather while challenging you to keep improving your game.
The Best Golf Courses in South Florida
Trump National Doral Miami
If you are an avid golfer, chances are you’ve probably already heard about the Doral Resort. Home to the famous Blue Monster course along with three other golf courses, the Doral offers several unique, exciting experiences all in one location. With the purchase of this resort by Donald Trump in 2012, changes were expected. But its rich golf history remains. The PGA Tour has made the Blue Monster an annual stop-off since 1962 making the layout as much a Miami institution as Joe’s Stone Crab, South Beach, and Art Basel.
Ranked the sixth-best public course in the state by Golf Magazine, the course has been tweaked numerous times over the years. The eight large lakes and over 100 bunkers define this flat, breezy layout, but most golfers walk (or drive) away with one lasting memory – the Blue Monster itself. The 467-yard, par-4 hole is among the toughest holes on the PGA Tour.
Designed with the ideals of relaxation and luxury, the Abacoa golf course is lined with serene ponds and impeccably groomed greens for a weekend of rest and recovery that can’t be beaten. The Abacoa is by far one of the finest public golf courses in South Florida. The course was last redesigned by renowned course architect, Joe Lee before he passed. In typical Joe Lee style, Abacoa’s bunkers and lakes, meet sloping fairways with almost no obstruction. There are numerous scenic views from 14 of its 18 holes, all surrounded by water. All of these features make the greens, tees, and fairways a divine pleasure.
PGA National Resort & Spa
The Champion is the centerpiece of this five-course complex located in Palm Beach Gardens. Jack Nicklaus’ redesign of a Tom Fazio layout has hosted a PGA Championship, a Ryder Cup, multiple Senior PGAs, and several Honda Classic finishes of the PGA Tour. Whether you are traveling to or living in South Florida, the PGA National is a must-play course. Play on the same courses as the legends and champions – taking your game to a whole new level.