Luxurious Florida golf resorts and spas: From Destin to Palm Beach Gardens, the Sunshine State has it all
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 4½-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.
Dates: April 1, 2013 - December 31, 2013
This package includes Leadbetter Golf Academy's most popular two-day mini school, (totaling six hours of instruction) along with accommodations, breakfast, championship golf, and other resort amenities to round out your destination golf vacation at ChampionsGate. Once your reservation is confirmed, a pre-arrival coordinator will assist you with scheduling your two-day mini school, (scheduled any day except Sundays).
Price range: $410
Dates: April 15, 2013 - December 31, 2013
Enjoy Spectacular golf on your choice of FOUR Championship Golf Courses. This package includes upgraded Accommodations in a spacious Two-Bedroom Villa, Complimentary resort fees, Two Rounds of golf per night booked, Greens and Cart fees, and 50 percent off golf club rentals. Book now and Save!
Price range: $153
Dates: March 1, 2013 - September 26, 2013
Purchase a 3- or 7-day membership at Orlando's MetroWest Golf Club and enjoy unlimited golf, cart fees, and range balls. Book your morning round in advance and then book your replay round the same day of play. This Robert Trent Jones Sr. signature design features spring-fed lakes, mature native trees, rolling fairways with dramatic elevation changes, and large undulating greens surrounded by sculpted bunkers. MetroWest offers complimentary club storage so you don't have to lug your clubs to and from the club.
Price range: $90 - $276
Dates: January 1, 2013 - December 31, 2013
The Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa Dye's Duo Golf Experience Package lets you enjoy luxury accommodations, daily breakfast for golfer, two rounds of world-class golf (TPC Sawgrass' Stadium Course and Dye's Valley Course) , transportation to the golf courses, golf bag storage at the resort, a commemorative 17th Hole bag tag and more.
Price range: $304
Dates: January 1, 2013 - December 31, 2013
Explore Paradise with a luxury room, one round of golf and complimentary breakfast. A nightly stay and play package starts at only $79 per night double occupancy. Discover why we are known as "Florida's Friendliest Place".
Price range: $79