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Florida “The Sunshine State” needs little introduction. The famous peninsula panhandle is where many Americans escape for the winter and it’s also the State that is most commonly visited by foreign golfers in search of tropical conditions and lush fairways.

There are more than 1,250 Floridian golf courses, more than any other State, and many are open to the green fee paying public, however if you want to play the very best golf courses in Florida it will require effort and skilful networking.

The best course in Florida is Seminole and it’s likely to remain the top golf course in Florida for the foreseeable future. You’ll need to befriend a Seminole member to play there, but for most golfers, catching a glimpse of the notorious and infamous 17th island green on the Stadium course at TPC Sawgrass will set the pulse racing and the memory will remain permanently etched no matter how many balls plop into the water.

In June 2013, after a research period that extended to almost five years, we became the first publication to list Florida’s Top 100 Golf Courses. It was a significant effort with more than 200 Floridian courses on our shortlist. We can’t claim our inaugural Florida Top 100 was perfect (nor can we claim our current list is faultless), so if you have played many of Florida’s greatest golf courses and would like to help us shape and improve our rankings in the future, please contact us. Our editors will be thrilled to hear from you and we guarantee we'll respond.

Our Florida Best In State Rankings were last updated in June 2018. Click the link to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Florida

Seminole

1st Florida - Best in Area

Situated on the Atlantic side of Florida’s coastline, Seminole Golf Club is considered by critics to be one of the finest examples of golf course routing.

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TPC Sawgrass (Stadium)

2nd Florida - Best in Area

Much has been written about the Stadium course at the Tournament Players Club at Sawgrass and we all know about the signature hole...

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Streamsong (Red)

3rd Florida - Best in Area

Remarkably, it’s said that the short par four 9th on the Red course is actually Tom Doak’s favourite golf hole on either the Red or the Blue course at the Streamsong Resort.

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Streamsong (Blue)

4th Florida - Best in Area

The signature hole on the Blue may well be the par three 7th, with its wonderfully contoured green nestled between a lake to the front and huge sand dunes to the rear. Tom Doak remarked: "My younger associates and I discussed the idea of putting in a zip line to get across the pond..."

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Calusa Pines

5th Florida - Best in Area

Calusa Pines Golf Club is an absolute blast and that’s official. $1m of dynamite was used to blast through tons of rock to create rare Floridian elevation changes...

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Streamsong (Black)

6th Florida - Best in Area

Streamsong's Black course is set separately to the south of the Red and Blue courses, and it’s also bigger in scale, with a massive eleven acres devoted to its putting surfaces and their tightly mown surrounds.

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Mountain Lake

7th Florida - Best in Area

Seth Raynor moved very little earth at Mountain Lake. The holes sit on rolling terrain not typically associated with Florida.

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John's Island (West)

8th Florida - Best in Area

The West course at John's Island Club is a Tom Fazio design that's routed across delightful terrain with tall sand ridges which rise up some fifty feet or so from the property.

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McArthur

9th Florida - Best in Area

The famous dairy family who started farming in Florida in the late 1920s with a handful of Jersey cows own McArthur Golf Club.

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Jupiter Hills (Hills)

10th Florida - Best in Area

With holes routed across this unusually hilly site between acres of pine, oak and palmetto, it’s no surprise that the Hills golf course at Jupiter Hills Club is so well regarded and so fiercely protected by its membership.

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Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Reviewed
1 Colin Braithwaite Courses Reviewed 54
2 M. James Ward Courses Reviewed 16
3 Andy Courses Reviewed 14
4 Steve MacQuarrie Courses Reviewed 13
5 Fergal O'Leary Courses Reviewed 12
6 Cédric Courses Reviewed 12
7 Javier Pintos Courses Reviewed 11
8 jeff irish Courses Reviewed 8
9 michael nowacki Courses Reviewed 7
10 David Davis Courses Reviewed 6