Golfing in Florida

There are over 1,250 golf courses to choose from in Florida – more than in any other US state – meaning that, asides from the fantastical delights of Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Studios, Florida is a top holiday destination for golfing enthusiasts.

Many of the golf courses here are designed by renowned golfing stars and you’ll get some of the most amazing scenery as you play. You could be teeing off surrounded by natural woodlands filled with wildlife, or on coastal courses with fantastic sea views.

If you’re keen to combine some golfing with a fun family holiday the golf resorts’ close proximity to some of Florida’s most exciting theme parks makes planning your holiday activities easy. While many golf resort hotels also have a range of additional facilities such as pampering spas, state-of-the-art gyms and open-air pools.

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Close to the parks

Accommodation options, such as ChampionsGate Resort hotel, offer splash parks for the kids and outdoor cinema nights. It’s also only 15 minutes away from Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Resort.

Disney’s Grand Floridian Orlando Resort and Spa, which is located in the Magic Kingdom Resort, is perfectly placed for you to take advantage of three magnificent Walt Disney Resort golf courses – Magnolia Golf Course, Palm Golf Course and Oak Trail Golf Course. And there’s also a fourth Disney course in the Lake Buena Vista area.

The Grand Floridian is styled as a luxurious Victorian mansion and offers a choice of five restaurants to enjoy delicious meals. It sits on the edge of the Seven Seas Lagoon – a manmade sandy beach where you and the kids can soak up the sunshine.

Meanwhile, Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando offers an exclusive programme for golfers. You’ll enjoy complimentary transfers and access to play at the Jack Nicklaus designed Grand Cypress Golf Club, as well as the Robert Trent Jones designed Metro West Golf Club.

With interiors and landscaped surroundings based on the charming Italian fishing village of Portofino, you’re ensured of stylish elegance during your stay. There are also three swimming pools and a stunning Italianate piazza for evening entertainment.

Play at magnificent golf courses

Outside of the resorts you can explore more of Florida’s golf courses and perhaps play at some of the most opulent and majestic in the state.

You could try the Waldorf Astoria Golf Club in Lake Buena Vista, which offers a championship course that meanders through a large wetland reserve. Or the Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando has its own wildlife reserve, so you’ll spot wild deer, turkey, osprey and turtles while you play.

Let your toddlers join in with some mini-golf

You’re never too young to start learning to play golf and at Walt Disney World Resort there are two mini-golf courses where kids from the age of three upwards can enjoy some golfing fun. The Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf Course features twirling obstacles and musical surprises or the Fantasia Fairways Miniature Golf Course has bunkers and sand traps, ideal for beginners.

Relax in fantastic golf resorts

The advantage of a golf resort holiday is that you can forget about all the little details and simply enjoy. The majority of these hotels are located right next to a golf course, or provide easy transfers to make your golf days relaxed and fun.

ChampionsGate Resort is a real golfing haven and boasts two superb golf courses. The International Course offers coastal links with sand dunes and undulating greens, while The National Course features rolling Florida plains and scenic woodland.