Golf Advisor's Top 25 Courses in Florida in 2014



The golfing public has spoken. Based on your ratings and reviews submitted in 2014, we've compiled the top 25 golf courses in Florida.

We received more than 30,000 reviews in Florida by Golf Advisor raters. More than 400 golf courses qualified by receiving more than 20 reviews in the calendar year. Courses were ranked based on their average overall rating from reviews throughout the year.

Checking in at no. 1 is The Hideaway Country Club in Fort Myers. A private club, the course offers seasonal public access, and those who have had the chance to play it are clearly smitten.

"I don't think I've played on a course with better fairways and greens for the price," JJarrett1955 wrote. "And that includes courses like Old Corkscrew, Stoneybrook and The Raptor."

It was a dominant performance in 2014 for Hideaway, scoring highest in-state in four of the five subcategories: conditions, value, pace of play, and food & beverage.

Venetian Golf & River Club managed to upset them in the "condition of the overall facility" category.

The southwest side of Florida had plenty more entries into the top 25, including Old Orange at Verandah Golf Club, checking in at no. 3. All of the courses that made the list scored higher than a 4.5/5.0.

But entries span from Orlando to the panhandle and the Jacksonville area, so there's likely a top-rated course wherever you may be in the state.

Golf Advisor's Top 25 Courses in Florida

1. The Hideaway Country Club, Fort Myers

2. St. James Bay Golf Club, Carrabelle

3. Old Orange at Verandah Golf Club, Fort Myers

4. Venetian Golf & River Club, Venice

5. Riverwood Golf Club, Port Charlotte

6. Juliette Falls Golf Club, Dunnellon

7. Old Corkscrew Golf Club, Estero

8. Osprey Point Golf Course, Boca Raton

9. El Campeon at Mission Inn Resort & Club, Howey in the Hills

10. University Park Country Club, University Park

11. Colonial Country Club, Fort Myers

12. Golf Club At North Hampton, Fernandina Beach

13. Panther Lake at Orange County National, Winter Garden

14. Hills Course at LPGA International, Daytona Beach

15. Palm Beach Par 3 Golf Course, Palm Beach

16. Waldorf Astoria Golf Club, Orlando

17. Jones Course at LPGA International, Daytona Beach

18. The Club at Eaglebrooke, Lakeland

19. River Strand Golf and Country Club At Heritage Harbour, Bradenton

20. Candler Hills Golf and Country Club, Ocala

21. Whispering Oak at Verandah Golf Club, Fort Myers

22. Sarasota National Golf Club, Venice

23. Southwood Golf Club, Tallahassee

24. Pine Barrens at World Woods Golf Club, Brooksville

T-25. Crooked Cat at Orange County National, Winter Garden

T-25. Waterlefe Golf & River Club, Bradenton

Did your favorite course in Florida not make the list? Let us know in the comments below. Or leave a review by finding the course in our course guide.

Jan 14, 2015



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Avidgolfer88987's avatar
Avidgolfer88987 wrote at 2016-03-16 05:13:23+00:00:

Total BS... Where is Timuquana and Seminole??? What idiot came up with this list??

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BrandonTuckerGA Staff wrote at 2016-03-16 13:52:58+00:00:

These are based on ratings by golfers on Golf Advisor, and these are all public courses or at the very least private courses that offer some public play. 

spinit72's avatar
spinit72 wrote at 2015-03-05 07:29:46+00:00:

The "Creek" at Hammock Dunes should have easily made the Top 25 (Palm Coast)

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spinit72 wrote at 2015-03-05 07:28:52+00:00:

The  "Creek" course at Hammock Dunes is better then at least ten you have on the list of top 25.

mrmann68's avatar
mrmann68 wrote at 2015-02-27 17:51:36+00:00:

Brandon Tucker is the luckiest man alive bar none.

teetalk's avatar
teetalk wrote at 2015-01-22 13:08:45+00:00:

Brandon - I am shcoked that Long Mean Course at Fiddlesticks Country Club is not high on your list. Raises some credibility questions also that Old Corkscrew is #7? Try Fiddlesticks sometime soon then write about it! www.fiddlestickscc.com 


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