Planning Your Golf Tour Of Florida

Captiva Island Golf Club, Captiva, Florida

There’s something about golf that has thousands of people hooked. It might be the scenery, the fresh air, or perhaps it’s the challenge and the knowledge that, whoever you’re with, you’re really playing against yourself. But one thing’s for certain, in the UK at least; it isn’t always the weather that gets you back on the course. The die-hard golfer will have a range of equipment for playing in cold, rainy or even snowy weather, but think how good it would be to play somewhere where you knew there’d be sunshine every time you teed off! If you book a golfing holiday in Florida …you can!

Why Florida?

Do you really need a reason other than endless sunshine? That’s okay, because Florida has more to offer: there are more golf courses there than in any other state in America, the hotels are plentiful and offer a range of facilities, allowing you to enjoy a tailor-made experience, the scenery is stunning no matter what part of Florida you visit and, because of the sheer volume of golf courses, the variety on offer is second to none. Whatever kind of course you like to play, Florida has it!

Getting from A to B

On a golfing holiday, the only journey you care about is the one from tee to tee and, perhaps, to the clubhouse, so a car is essential. You can, and should, arrange your car hire in advance to save hassle and additional expense at the airport when you arrive. Visit Alamo.co.uk, where you can select your vehicle and travel dates and if you pay in advance you can save money.

What are the best courses?

When a state has more than 1,250 golf courses, including some that are used on the PGA Tour, it can be a little tricky to single out the best, but I’ll give it a shot! Let’s start with PGA quality courses: the Doral Golf Resort in Miami boasts five championship courses including the Great White, which is the brainchild of the great Greg Norman; Bay Hill Club and Lodge is as beautifully laid out as you would expect of Arnold Palmer’s home course and you might see him around if you choose this resort, although I doubt that you’d get to play him a round as well; the recently renovated PGA National Resort and Spa is probably Florida’s most lauded collection of courses, of which there are five, and if you’re a big fan of the game, you will certainly have seen some of them on TV. All golf resorts include luxurious accommodation and additional entertainment for when the clubs are back in the bag.

Is Florida golf just for experts?

In Florida, there is golf available to you no matter what your ability level. If you are in Florida for the famous mouse and want to try golf while you’re there, you can even hire a set of clubs, and if you fancy yourself as the next Tiger Woods, Florida can give you the challenge you need. You should watch out though, because Tiger Woods actually plays in Orlando and it might put you off your swing if you think he’s watching you. There are many companies that arrange holidays specifically for the golfer and they can advise you on which resort or course is the best for your level of play; you can get some information from this local golfing blog that might help you to decide.

Whatever course you end up playing, don’t forget to arrange some hole-in-one insurance: just in case!

John is a travel writer from the UK – he plays off a 14

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