5 Top-Ranked Florida Golf Resorts for the Whole Family
At any given time, you’re likely to find a Floridian on the beach, on the water or on the golf course.
These top Florida golf resorts salute the Florida lifestyle offering access to award-winning golf, relaxing beaches and breathtaking water views – sometimes, all three in one spot – making them a go-to pick for golf lovers and their families.
Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa
At the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, plan to play any of the four nearby championship courses, reel in speckled trout on the Choctawhatchee Bay or simply relax on the fine quartz sand beaches of South Walton. The decadent Serenity by the Sea Spa is the ultimate stop for facials, massages and body treatments, incorporating seawater pearls and sea salts. After a day of action or relaxation, visit the on-site AAA Four-Diamond restaurant, Seagar’s Prime Steaks & Seafood, for the finest aged Prime USDA steaks and tempting seafood dishes. Stray from the resort, and you’ll be delighted by the shops at Grand Boulevard at Sandestin or Miramar Beach’s Silver Sands Premium Outlets.
The white sands and clear, blue-green waters of the Beaches of South Walton
Ponte Vedra Inn & Club
Play oceanfront golf at the Ocean and Lagoon courses at the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club, both providing golfers with their own unique challenges including water obstacles and dramatic course contours. The upscale resort welcomes the active with beach access, bicycle rentals, tennis, family and adults-only pools, a fitness center and activities for the kids. Relaxation packages are available at the luxurious spa, but the real treat is the oceanfront Seahorse Grille, where the bold and creative flavors are paired with serene views of the Atlantic coastline.
The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes
First things first: Golf-lovers can’t miss the 18-hole championship course designed by two-time British Open Champion Greg Norman. Encounter Florida’s nature on the contoured greens and pristine fairways of this Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. Convenient equipment rental packages make it easy to play. Off the course, enjoy tennis, bocce ball, pedal boating, kayaking and surrey bikes, not to mention the laid-back private poolside cabanas and the daily Ritz Kids Program. Visiting Orlando’s famed theme parks is made simple via shuttle service to and from the resort.
Innisbrook, A Salamander Golf & Spa Resort, Palm Harbor
Join the champions at Innisbrook, where you can play the famous Copperhead course, home to the PGA TOUR’s Valspar Championship. There are a total of four courses here, offering up to a 21-meter elevation change and hilly, forested terrain that’s uncharacteristic of Florida golf. At this family-friendly take on the luxury resort, kids can splash in the giant Loch Ness Monster Pool, while parents are pampered at the Salamander Spa. Just a quick shuttle ride from the resort, find the award-winning, white-sand beaches of Florida’s Gulf of Mexico coast.
Early morning fog welcoming golfers to Innisbrook in Palm Harbor
PGA National Resort & Spa, Palm Beach Gardens
The PGA National Resort & Spa gives is best known in golf circles for The Champion course, home to the PGA TOUR’s Honda Classic and the toughest course in Florida according to the PGA TOUR. The Champion is also renowned for the highly challenging Bear Trap, three consecutive holes that taunt even the most experienced player. And that’s just one of five courses here. After a day of golf, The Spa at PGA National beckons with more than 100 treatments on offer, Waters of the World pools and private women’s and men’s lounge areas equipped with steam, sauna and pool amenities. The resort is located just minutes from Palm Beach’s vibrant and lively downtown scene. Enjoy a night on the town, or stay at the resort for dinner at Ironwood Steak & Seafood, followed by cocktails at iBar.
Aerial view of PGA National Resort & Spa