Best of 2016: Top 25 golf courses in Florida

There isn't a more competitive state list than Florida, home to more golf courses than any other.

The Top 25 courses in Florida helps showcase just how diverse the state's best courses can be. Snowbirds will tell you that Naples-area courses compared to Orlando or Jacksonville are all much different. From stadium-style golf to courses molded out of old mines, the best course architects have had plenty of unique sandboxes to play with. There are watery courses, particularly along the coasts, but also a few with rolling hills, too. The list shows off some of the newest courses, but also highlights history, including a course celebrating 100 years. Tournament venues certainly abound, but shorter courses have delighted enough golfers to make this list as well.

One feather in Florida's cap is that it fared quite well in our national lists, scoring the top course in our course conditions, staff friendliness and most-improved categories. Six courses made our overall Top 50.

We compiled the top 25 courses in Florida using your ratings and reviews submitted throughout the past year. We used a similar model to the national Top 50, which takes the combined score of a course's overall rating plus their average subcategory ratings. Active reviewers on our platform have more weight to their reviews than those without a lot of reviews.

You can view the Florida Top 25 below, as well is the number one course for each subcategory in 2016. Don't see your favorite Florida golf course? You can make your voice heard by writing a review here.

Top courses by subcategory in Florida in 2016

Course layout: El Campeon at Mission Inn Resort & Club
Course conditions: Forest Glen Golf & Country Club
Value: Forest Glen Golf & Country Club
Off-course amenities: TPC Sawgrass
Pace of play: Bella Collina
Staff friendliness: TPC Sawgrass
Most improved
: Oaks National (formerly Kissimmee Oaks)

Top 25 courses in Florida in 2016

25. Pine Barrens at World Woods Golf Club


24. The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club Orlando, Grande Lakes


23. Candler Hills Golf and Country Club


22. Las Colinas at Mission Inn Resort & Club

Howey in the Hills

21. TPC Treviso Bay


20. Crooked Cat at Orange County National

Winter Garden

19. St. James Bay Golf Club


18. Blue Course at Streamsong Resort

Fort Meade

17. King and Bear Golf Course at World Golf Village

St. Augustine

16. The Golf Club at North Hampton

Fernandina Beach

15. Hills Course at LPGA International

Daytona Beach

14. The Hideaway Country Club

Fort Myers

13. Forest Glen Golf & Country Club


12. Tranquilo Golf Club at Four Seasons

Lake Buena Vista

11. PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass

Ponte Vedra Beach

10. Hammock Bay Golf Course


9.The Rookery at Marco


8. Silver Fox at Trump National Doral Miami


7. Red Course at Streamsong Resort

Fort Meade

6. TPC Sawgrass Dye's Valley Course

Ponte Vedra Beach
No. 50 in the U.S. in 2016

5. North/South/East at Grand Cypress Resort

No. 49 in the U.S. in 2016

4. Waldorf Astoria Golf Club

No. 45 in the U.S. in 2016

3. Southern Hills Plantation Club

No. 27 in the U.S. in 2016

2. El Campeon at Mission Inn Resort & Club

Howey in the Hills
No. 13 in the U.S. in 2016

1. Kelly Plantation Golf Club

No. 10 in the U.S. in 2016

Feb 01, 2017

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Brandon Tucker is the Managing Editor for Golf Advisor. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and over 500 golf courses worldwide. While he's played some of the most prestigious courses in the world, Tucker's favorite way to play the game is on a great muni in under three hours. Follow Brandon on Twitter at @BrandonTucker and on Instagram at BrandonTuckerGC.