One of the best reasons for living in Florida is easy access to nearly limitless year-round golf. Our state offers everything from world-class destination courses that draw tourists from around the world to family-friendly greens where your kids can join in and practice their skills.
Even the most avid golfers will find it nearly impossible to get bored with the incredible variety in scenery and technical challenges, even within a single metropolitan area. Orlando, for one, is home to more than 200 courses. Some are affiliated with five-star resorts, like the Tranquilo Golf Club at the Four Seasons Orlando, and some are public courses, open to all. Many, like the National and International courses at ChampionsGate in Orlando offer discounts to neighborhood residents.
This year no fewer than eight Florida courses made Golf Magazine’s top 100 public spots to play in the US. Coming in a #10, Streamsong Resort is in easy striking distance from Orlando, Tampa Bay, Lakeland and Winter Haven. It contains two custom courses designed by world-renowned architects Coore & Crenshaw, and features sand dunes that make for dramatic elevation changes and allow for stunning vistas and varieties in contour.
Golf spectators and fans get plenty of love in our state, as well. Now in its 60th year, Orlando plays host to the annual PGA Merchandise Show at the Orange County Convention Center. It’s a mash-up of a tradeshow, swank product display expo, and high-energy networking event attracting more than 40,000 attendees each year. If you’re a golf fan and you haven’t been, it’s definitely worth a visit!
What’s more, the PGA headquarters resides in Palm Beach Gardens, in southern Florida. And from late February to early March, we host four PGA tournaments, including the Honda Classic at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens and the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill Club & Lodge in Orlando. If you live nearby, you are in luck, but for avid fans, these frequent golf invitationals are definitely worth a local trip, as well.