Top 25 courses in Florida according to Golf Advisor reviews in 2015



How deep is the Florida golf scene? According to Golf Advisor's 75,000-plus reviewers who posted a review in 2015, 10 courses were rated highly enough to crack the top 50 courses in the U.S.

So what can we learn from these ratings over the course of the year? First, compared to other warm weather destinations, Florida golf courses don't tend to have the wild weather swings compared to the Southwest desert or cooler winters of the Carolinas. Additionally, as a state with such an incredible number of courses, they have to price their green fees quite competitively. That means a lot of golfers are feeling five-star bang-for-their-buck in the Sunshine State.

Just about every destination is represented here, from south Florida to the Jacksonville area to central Florida. Many coveted resort courses are here, including Streamsong, Waldorf Astoria and Grand Cypress. Others are lesser-known semi-private and daily-fee facilities.

Some of these courses, particularly in southwest Florida, are only open to the public during certain times of year. In Naples, for example, it's pretty common practice to only accept outside play outside of the peak December-March months. Locals enjoy lower rates in the summertime after the snowbirds head back north the spring, often finding great value on some of the most expensive courses in the state.

Here is what golfers rated the Top 25 in 2015. Let us know what you think, or better yet, build your own list of top Florida courses by reviewing your favorites.

Top 25 courses in Florida


25. Hills Course at LPGA International

Daytona Beach
Architect: Arthur Hills

24. Riverwood Golf Club

Port Charlotte
Architect: Gene Bates

23. River Hall Country Club

Alva
Architect: Davis Love III

22. Blackstone Golf Course

Defuniak Springs
Architect: Bill Amick

21. Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Grande Lakes

Orlando
Architect: Greg Norman

20. Old Orange at Verandah Golf Club

Fort Myers
Architect: Bob Cupp

19. Rocky Bayou Country Club

Niceville

18. The Club At Hidden Creek

Navarre
Architect: Ron Garl

17. The Rookery At Marco

Naples
Architect: Bob Cupp

16. Skyview At Terra Vista Golf & Country Club

Hernando
Architect: Terry Lagree

15. Forest Glen Golf & Country Club

Naples
Architect: Arthur Hills

14. Cedar Hammock Golf & Country Club

Naples
Architect: Jed Azinger, Gordon C. Lewis

13. Red Course at Streamsong Resort

Fort Meade
Architects: Bill Coore, Ben Crenshaw

12. Southern Hills Plantation

Brooksville
Architect: Pete Dye

11. Melreese Golf Course at International Links Miami

Miami
Architects: Dick Wilson, Robert Trent Jones Sr.

10. St. James Bay

Carrabelle
Architect: Robert Walker

9. New Course at Grand Cypress Resort

Orlando
Architect: Jack Nicklaus

8. The Hideaway Country Club

Fort Myers
Architect: Ron Garl

7. Golf Club At North Hampton

Fernandina Beach
Architect: Arnold Palmer

6. Tranquilo Golf Club at Four Seasons

Lake Buena Vista
Architect: Tom Fazio

5. The Club at Eaglebrooke

Lakeland
Architect: Ron Garl

4. Candler Hills Golf and Country Club

Ocala
Architect: Gordon Lewis

3. Pine Barrens at World Woods Golf Club

Brooksville
Architect: Tom Fazio

2. Waldorf Astoria Golf Club

Lake Buena Vista
Architect: Rees Jones

1. El Campeon at Mission Inn Resort & Club

Howey in the Hills
Architect: George O'Neil

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