Florida

Florida “The Sunshine State” needs little introduction. The famous peninsula panhandle is where many Americans escape for the winter and it’s also the State that is most commonly visited by foreign golfers in search of tropical conditions and lush fairways.

There are more than 1,250 Floridian golf courses, more than any other State, and many are open to the green fee paying public, however if you want to play the very best golf courses in Florida it will require effort and skilful networking.

The best course in Florida is Seminole and it’s likely to remain the top golf course in Florida for the foreseeable future. You’ll need to befriend a Seminole member to play there, but for most golfers, catching a glimpse of the notorious and infamous 17th island green on the Stadium course at TPC Sawgrass will set the pulse racing and the memory will remain permanently etched no matter how many balls plop into the water.

In June 2013, after a research period that extended to almost five years, we became the first publication to list Florida’s Top 100 Golf Courses. It was a significant effort with more than 200 Floridian courses on our shortlist. We can’t claim our inaugural Florida Top 100 is perfect, so if you have played many of Florida’s greatest golf courses and would like to help us shape and improve our rankings in the future, please contact us. Our editors will be thrilled to hear from you and we guarantee we'll respond.

Our Florida Best In State Rankings were last updated in May 2016. Click the link to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Florida

Seminole

1st Florida - Best in Area

Situated on the Atlantic side of Florida’s coastline, Seminole Golf Club is considered by critics to be one of the finest examples of golf course routing.

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TPC at Sawgrass (Stadium)

2nd Florida - Best in Area

Much has been written about the Stadium course at the Tournament Players Club at Sawgrass and we all know about the signature hole...

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Calusa Pines

3rd Florida - Best in Area

Calusa Pines Golf Club is an absolute blast and that’s official. $1m of dynamite was used to blast through tons of rock to create rare Floridian elevation changes...

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Streamsong (Red)

4th Florida - Best in Area

Remarkably, it’s said that the short par four 9th on the Red course is actually Tom Doak’s favourite golf hole out of all thirty-six at the Streamsong Resort.

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Streamsong (Blue)

5th Florida - Best in Area

The signature hole on the Blue course at Streamsong may well be the par three 7th, with its wonderfully contoured green nestled between a lake to the front and huge sand dunes to the rear.

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Jupiter Hills (Hills)

6th Florida - Best in Area

With holes routed across this unusually hilly site between acres of pine, oak and palmetto, it’s no surprise that the Hills golf course at Jupiter Hills Club is so well regarded and so fiercely protected by its ultra-exclusive membership.

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Concession

7th Florida - Best in Area

The Concession Golf Club is set in a 1,200-acre private community on Florida’s Gulf Coast. The club was inspired by the moment that has been referred to as the “greatest single sporting gesture ever”.

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Mountain Lake

8th Florida - Best in Area

Seth Raynor moved very little earth at Mountain Lake. The holes sit on rolling terrain not typically associated with Florida.

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Black Diamond Ranch (Quarry)

9th Florida - Best in Area

Designed by Tom Fazio and opened in 1987, the Quarry layout at Black Diamond Ranch Club is not a typical Florida golf course because it has so many changes in elevation.

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World Woods (Pine Barrens)

10th Florida - Best in Area

Golf is both a mental and physical game and you can be assured that Pine Barrens will stretch both to breaking point here at the stunning World Woods Golf Club.

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