Luxurious Florida golf resorts and spas: From Destin to Palm Beach Gardens, the Sunshine State has it all

Luxurious Florida golf resorts and spas

Start in the Florida panhandle town of Destin. Head across the Sunshine State to Amelia Island. Make a beeline for Orlando, and then head toward the swanky digs of Palm Beach Gardens.

Talk about an all-star sampler platter for Florida resort golf. Whether it's finally making that much talked-about tee time or logging numerous spa hours, you'll get a true taste by hitting these distinctive North, Central and Southern parts of the Sunshine State.

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort fronts seven miles of pristine white sand beaches and features four courses, including Raven Golf Club and Baytowne Golf Club, which Golf Digest magazine has honored with 4-star rankings.

Amelia Island Plantation, located in the coastal nook where Florida meets Georgia, earned a Silver Medal designation from Golf magazine and boasts 72 holes, with signature layouts by renown architects Pete Dye and Tom Fazio. Dye collaborated with Bobby Weed on the Oak Marsh and Ocean Links courses. Fazio's stunning creation, Long Point, winds through the sand dunes and marshes along the Atlantic Ocean.

At the Ginn Reunion Resort, you can re-live the rivalries of Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson. The famed triumvirate held legendary battles on the golf course - and carried that competition into their architecture careers for this resort situated southwest of Orlando along Interstate 4. Each made his mark on signature designs named Independence (Watson), Legacy (Palmer) and Tradition (Nicklaus). Need to hone your skills before tackling these three challenges? Then sign up for a lesson at the Annika Academy, a golf school founded by LPGA Tour great Annika Sorenstam.

A fitting final stop awaits at the PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Home to five golf courses, holder of the prestigious American Automobile Association four-diamond golf resort designation, PGA National has captured the luxurious standard its name implies. You'll experience every aspect of Florida resort golf as you play the same layouts that have hosted the 1983 Ryder Cup, 1987 PGA Championship and Honda Classic on the PGA Tour.

With Florida golf, you can't cover the state any better.


Fort Myers Golf Package
Dates: December 1, 2015 - October 31, 2016
Enjoy the best of southwest Florida on this three-night, two-round golf package to Diamondhead Beach Resort, located on the "sugar-white" beaches of Ft. Myers. The resort features 124 one-bedroom suites with separate bedroom and living area. Includes golf at Eagle Ridge and Raptor Bay.
Price range: $352
Naples Golf Package
Dates: December 1, 2015 - December 25, 2016
Located between Naples and Ft. Myers, the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point overlooks Estero Bay on Florida's Gulf Coast. Includes four nights of accommodations and three rounds of golf at Raptor Bay Golf Club, Tiburon Golf Club and Old Corkscrew.
Price range: $502
Port Saint Lucie Golf Package
Dates: December 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016
Exciting golf awaits you at PGA Village in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Your foursome will share a two-bedroom unit at Perfect Drive Golf Villas, and tee it up at PGA Golf Club's Dye, Ryder, and Wanamaker Courses and at St. Lucie Trail, all run by the PGA of America. PGA Village also features one of the best practice facilities in the country and is home to the PGA Museum of Golf.
Price range: $375
Naples Golf Package
Dates: December 1, 2015 - December 31, 2016
The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples offers extraordinary accommodations and all the amenities you'd expect from a world-class resort. Stay three nights in style and your fourth night is free! Tee it up twice at Tiburon and once at nearby TPC Treviso Bay.
Price range: $617
Orlando Golf Package
Dates: December 15, 2015 - January 15, 2017
Stay at the 70-room Bay Hill Club & Lodge in Orlando. Amenities include a spa, fitness center, pool, tennis, and excellent dining. However, it's all about the golf and the Bay Hill experience is second to none. Who knows, you might even see Mr. Palmer!
Price range: $185