Words and photographs by Betsi & Jim Hill
If there is one thing Florida is known for besides sunshine and retirement, it’s golf resorts. Some of the best golf resorts are found in Florida, which boast gorgeous views and luxury amenities. Florida has over 1250 golf courses, more than any other state, ensuring you’ll have plenty of options.
This collection of golf resorts house notable and beautiful courses as well as luxury amenities and great service. If you’re an avid golfer in need of a pampering vacation, these resorts should be high on your list. and photogrpahs
Nestled in Coral Gables, Miami, The Biltmore is a stunning estate known for its luxury. A Golf’sDigest 2021 winner, their golf courses are not to be ignored. The Biltmore golf course is an 18 hole, 71 par course that has hosted the Junior Orange Bowl International Golf Championship. If you’re interested in sharpening your skills, take a few lessons at their well-known, on-site, Jim Mclean golf school. The Biltmore offers an exclusive package called the Golf Inclusive which offers a round of golf included in the price of your stay.
When you aren’t on the golf course, you can take a dip in the world-famous Biltmore pool. At 23,000 square feet, it is one of the largest hotel pools in the United States. The rooms are decorated with rich plum, sage, and gold tones imparting a royal and lavish vibe. Book a private cabana and spend the day relaxing with a private server, flat screen T.V., lounge chairs, and outdoor rain showers.
The spa is also available for relaxation, featuring Himalayan salt showers and eucalyptus steam rooms and a number of indulgent treatments. The Biltmore has four restaurants to choose from when you work up an appetite, offering poolside tapas, Sunday brunch, fine Italian dining, and sports bar bites. This Miami resort has everything you need for the ultimate golf vacation.
JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa
Located a little north of Miami is the JW Marriott Turnberry Resort and Spa. It is home to two 18-hole championship courses, The Soffer and The Miller Course, that have hosted many South Florida PGA and LPGA championships. The Soffer course offers challenges at every hole, with twisting creeks and lagoons. The Miller course is flanked by beautiful ficus and banyan trees and begs for strategic prowess.
The JW Marriott also offers a great golf package that includes 18 holes per day, a deep tissue massage and dinner at their award-winning steak house. If you’re traveling with the family, the resort offers many activities for kids, such as access to the Tidal Cove waterpark, arts and crafts, sports, and fitness programs.
Don’t miss out on dining at Bourbon Steak, their James Beard award-winning restaurant. Choose from their collection of 850 wines that pair perfectly with a Wagyu or Prime cut steak. The ambiance is ideal for a romantic dinner in a striking setting.
After enjoying all the amenities, the JW Marriott has to offer, venture out and find South Beach, Miami Seaquarium, and Aventura Mall just a short distance away. The location and perks of staying at the JW Marriott Resort make it a must-visit for a fully loaded golf retreat.
The poolscape at the Omni Amelia Island ©Omni Amelia Island Resort
Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, Fernandina Beach
Located on an East Coast barrier Island, The Omni Amelia Island Resort offers an ideal oceanside retreat. Play on one of two courses, the Oak Marsh or Long Point, dotted by lush marshes and sand dunes. The Oak Marsh golf course was designed by Pete Dye and features 14 holes with water obstructions. Omni offers a PGA Tour golf package that includes a resort credit, a PGA tour welcome amenity, and a round of golf for each day you stay.
Besides golf, a highlight of this coastal resort is their poolscape. The largest poolscape in Northern Florida includes a splash park and two majestic heated pools with poolside cabanas, lounge seating, and fire pits. Just a few steps from the ocean and beach, you can split your time between the wild ocean waves and the luxurious infinity-edge pool, stopping for a bite to eat at Oceanside restaurant.
Amelia Island offers plenty to do during your downtime. Are you staying for the weekend? Visit the farmer’s market available every Saturday morning, or go shopping in the historic district, which houses unique boutiques and galleries. Enjoy the ocean breeze and explore the town on a segway or bike!
The suites at the Resort at Longboat Key Club Sarasota are decorated with clean, fresh, nautical decor. ©The Resort at Longboat Key Club Facebook Page
The Resort At The Longboat Key Club
Indulge in breathtaking views of the Gulf at The Resort at the Longboat Key Club in Sarasota. A highly rated location to tee-off, this resort is a beacon of coastal luxury. Here you can have your choice of waterfront views of the beautiful Sarasota Bay or the turquoise waters of the Gulf while you play. For a light lunch or cocktails, visit Spike N’ Tees, an outdoor cafe with views of the course. They offer many healthy options important for fueling up before or after a long day on the course!
The rooms at this resort have a modern nautical vibe with either a beachfront, golf course or lagoon view. The rest of the hotel feels fresh and tropical with wooden accents, marble, plants, and a living green wall.
The Sarasota area is the perfect East coast location for a relaxing golf retreat. When you aren’t on the golf course, you can explore the surrounding area of Longboat Key, travel down to St. Armands circle for premium shopping and restaurants, or visit the powdery white sands of Longboat Key Beach! In the mood for some art and culture? Take a short drive to the famous Ringling Museum or watch a ballet at the Asolo Theatre.
The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes
Greg Norman-designed the golf green at the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes. Plus, it is a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, so it’s built with the environment and wildlife habitats in mind! It is an excellent place for a family golf vacation as they offer complimentary golf for children and young adults up to the age of 17, with each round of adult golf. They also provide lessons for both kids and adults.
Of course, the hotel itself is nothing short of spectacular. While at the Ritz, you’ll enjoy world-class service, luxurious rooms and suites, and outstanding amenities the Ritz-Carlton is known for.
For some true pampering in between hitting the golf course, indulge in some of their many spa services. The award-winning hotel spa offers a fitness center, a lap pool, a full salon and barbershop, as well as a health food cafe. Their spa treatments utilize herbs, honey, fruits, and other ingredients grown right on the premises, ensuring an incredibly fresh and indulgent experience.
To round up your family vacation, grab a shuttle to Disney World, SeaWorld, or Universal Studios for some extra fun in the sun, or go on an extended kayaking tour. No matter your desires, Orlando and The Ritz-Carlton will ensure your golf getaway is everything you’d hoped for.
PGA National Resort and Spa, Palm Beach Gardens
This incredible Palm Beach Gardens golf resort is home to Florida’s most extensive golf course, aptly named The Champion. It has hosted the Ryder Cup, PGA Championship, Senior PGA Championship in the past and currently is the host of the Honda Classic.Golf enthusiasts will love trying their hand at any of the resort’s 5 golf courses, especially “The Champion.”
The Champion is a tricky course that has thoroughly challenged even the best of golfers. Try it if you dare! For more forgiving courses, check out The Palmer or The Estate.
The resort also offers lessons for people of every age and skill level and a variety of training techniques. Visit the Pro Shop to get updated gear and attire from a wide range of brands, including designer and traditional.
When staying at the PGA National Resort and Spa, you’ll have the luxury of choosing from guest rooms, suites, cottages, and even vacation rental homes. No matter the occasion or size of your party you’ll find accommodations perfectly suited to you. Indulge in spa treatments, shopping, fitness, and kid-friendly activities while at this fully equipped golf resort.
The surrounding area of Palm Beach has a lot to offer in outdoor adventure and culture. Experience nature through an eco-tour at one of the various wildlife hot spots in the area. Airboat rides, swamp safaris, and walking trails through wildlife sanctuaries and nature centers are all available for the most ferocious of nature lovers. Or take a trip to visit some museums like the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum or the Norton Museum of Art!
Whatever your vacation style, these Florida golf resorts have got you covered. Don’t forget to plan your itinerary and check hotel safety guidelines before you go. Whether you’re looking for an all-inclusive experience or just want to golf the day away, you’ll find your perfect stay in Florida.