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

Architect: Davis Love III

22. Blackstone Golf Course

Defuniak Springs
Architect: Bill Amick

21. Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Grande Lakes

Architect: Greg Norman

20. Old Orange at Verandah Golf Club

Fort Myers
Architect: Bob Cupp

19. Rocky Bayou Country Club


18. The Club At Hidden Creek

Architect: Ron Garl

17. The Rookery At Marco

Architect: Bob Cupp

16. Skyview At Terra Vista Golf & Country Club

Architect: Terry Lagree

15. Forest Glen Golf & Country Club

Architect: Arthur Hills

14. Cedar Hammock Golf & Country Club

Architect: Jed Azinger, Gordon C. Lewis

13. Red Course at Streamsong Resort

Fort Meade
Architects: Bill Coore, Ben Crenshaw

12. Southern Hills Plantation

Architect: Pete Dye

11. Melreese Golf Course at International Links Miami

Architects: Dick Wilson, Robert Trent Jones Sr.

10. St. James Bay

Architect: Robert Walker

9. New Course at Grand Cypress Resort

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

Architect: Ron Garl

4. Candler Hills Golf and Country Club

Architect: Gordon Lewis

3. Pine Barrens at World Woods Golf Club

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

Feb 04, 2016

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floridagolf100's avatar
floridagolf100 wrote at 2016-11-14 15:20:08+00:00:

The fact TPC Sawgrass is not in the top 3, let alone not on the list invalidates Golf Advisor's method of producing such lists.  

BrandonTuckerGA's avatar
BrandonTuckerGA Staff wrote at 2016-11-14 15:53:00+00:00:

These lists are compiled using reviews from everyday user of Golf Advisor, not expert or editorial staff. Based on reading reviews of TPC Sawgrass, some leave underwhelmed based on the high green fee.

keikevik's avatar
keikevik wrote at 2016-02-24 14:31:49+00:00:

No Trump Doral, No TPC Sawgrass, No Streamsong... there are some great courses here but, this list needs some revamping. There is no way Melreese is the #11 course in the state. 

MikeBaileyGA's avatar
MikeBaileyGA Staff wrote at 2016-02-24 14:49:23+00:00:

The list can only be revamped by our readers, so get on the site and review your favorites, and encourage your golf buddies to do the same.

u00000406230's avatar
u00000406230 wrote at 2016-02-15 21:54:25+00:00:

Not sure you can have a top 25  Florida list and leave off TPC Sawgrass. IMO one of the top 10 courses in the country, let alone Florida. Just sayin...

BrandonTuckerGA's avatar
BrandonTuckerGA Staff wrote at 2016-02-24 14:38:59+00:00:

TPC Sawgrass seems to get mixed reviews from golfers on our site. A few 3-star reviews kept it off our 2015 list. 

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