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Playing Like the Pros on Florida's Championship Courses

If you're looking to find the best golf courses in America and you're partial to a bit of southern sun, Florida has some superb championship resorts designed and endorsed by the professionals. For anyone planning a dedicated golfing holiday, the sunshine state makes for a pretty great choice.

The Best Golf Courses in America

At A Golfing Experience we’ve spent many years researching (it’s a tough gig) the best golf courses in America so we can help our clients organize their perfect bespoke vacation. In our expert opinion, these two in Florida stack up exceedingly well. 

TPC Sawgrass

Designed by the legendary Pete Dye, TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach has earned its stripes as one of the best golf courses in America. It’s home of the Players Championship and the PGA Headquarters – and that’s just the beginning of its impressive credentials. The 18-hole, 72-par course is set over 7,215 yards, and it’s consistently ranked among the top in the country. (If it looks familiar when you get there, you’ve more than likely seen it during the PGA TV coverage.) 

You’ll need to keep all your skills in sharp focus on a round here, as there are some tricky features that challenge even the pros – which is probably why they love it so much! The infamous par-3 17th hole, which features an island green, is one of the most notorious, so aim high and see if you can write yourself into the record books. 

World Golf Village

This incredible site is situated between Jacksonville and St Augustine and was created by the PGA Tour – and the resulting attention to detail really sets it apart. Comprising of the quirkily-named King & Bear and Slammer & Squire courses, it’s one of Florida’s most renowned resorts, and the kicker is that it’s also home to the World Golf Hall of Fame. 

King & Bear: What do you get when you combine the expertise of Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer? Pure genius! The King (Palmer) and the Bear (Nicklaus) have collaborated to design a highly player-friendly course, even for beginners. Don’t be misled, though, they’ve put in plenty of challenges – with some fast greens from Palmer and Nicklaus’s signature wide fairways. 

Slammer & Squire: If you prefer a short game, you’ll love the Bobby Weed-designed Slammer & Squire. After consultation with champions Sam Snead (the Slammer) and Gene Sarazen (the Squire), Weed developed the 6,939-yard, 18-hole course.  With an emphasis on the beautiful natural surroundings and a truly satisfying game for players of all abilities, this immaculately groomed course is one of Florida's favorites.

These are just two of the many excellent courses waiting for you in Florida, and with locations like these, you’ll be playing like a pro in no time. 

If you want to follow the pros and head to Florida, get in touch with us and we can organize all the details of your next trip.

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