Golfers from all over the world come to Florida to experience some of the best golf courses in the United States. From Pete Dye's Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass to Jack Nicklaus' The Club, Florida has a wide variety of courses that offer something for everyone. Whether you're looking for a challenging course or a relaxing round, there's something for everyone in the Sunshine State. In this article, we'll explore some of the best golf courses in Florida and what makes them so special.
The Players Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass is one of the five best masterpieces by legendary designer Pete Dye. It has been perplexing PGA Tour professionals since its inauguration in 1980 and is tied for No. 1 on Golfweek's list of best golf courses in Florida. It features some of Dye's best work, including the short par 4 fourth hole and the long par 4 14th hole.
The ranking is determined by a panel of 115 carefully selected panelists from 15 countries and every golf mecca in the world. Dye's Valley, located next to the Players Stadium Course, is also ranked No. 1 on Golfweek's list. While it may not have the same scale or fame as its neighbor, it does have many of the features, challenges and visual tricks that made its designer and namesake famous.
Red Course, designed by Coore and Crenshaw, tops the ranking of Streamsong courses and is ranked No. 2 on Golfweek's list. The Hanse Black Courses are not far behind, ranking No. 3 on Golfweek's list.
Donald Ross' Seminole is one of the most exclusive clubs in the United States and tops the list of private fields in Florida at No. 4 on Golfweek's list. Trump Doral's Blue Monster is also ranked No. 4 on Golfweek's list and has hosted PGA Tour events for 55 years.
It may not seem like it at first glance, but only the best golfers dare to challenge this 7,600-yard beast. Black Diamond Ranch is a unique course that requires players to leave behind typical Florida golf courses. It features huge cliffs and changes in elevation, with holes 13-17 featuring barrel walls. Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort is also ranked No.
5 on Golfweek's list and features one of the narrowest courses you can imagine. The Snake Pit, a three-hole stretch between holes 16-18, is one of the most brutal three-hole stretches on the PGA Tour. Streamsong Red, designed by Coore and Crenshaw, is always among the 20 best golf courses in the United States where you can play and is ranked No. 6 on Golfweek's list.
While its fairways are wide, you must be on the right side of the short grass to attack bowling greens. The 16th hole features a Biarritz green that requires a combination of power and finesse to master. Orange County National's practice facilities are what makes it unique and it ranks No. 7 on Golfweek's list.
Crooked Cat is a link style design in Central Florida that ranks No 8 on Golfweek's list and offers plenty of space from the start while challenging players with long, complex sloping green holes. Isleworth rounds out Golfweek's top 10 at No 9 with its 36 holes of professional golf that are impeccable and deep rivalry with Lake Nona for the Tavistock Cup title. The Dye Preserve rounds out our list at No 10 on Golfweek's list as one of South Florida's most exclusive clubs. Hole 17 is one of South Florida's most beautiful par 3s measuring 240 yards from the back tees with a lake running along its right side.