A Quick Nine: Best courses in South Florida

PGA Village
PGA of America
PGA Village in Port St. Lucie, Fla., made your list of best places to play golf in South Florida.
By
T.J. Auclair, Interactive Producer
PGA.com

Series: A Quick Nine

I don't know about you, but whenever I think about the state of Florida, the first thing that comes to mind after Disney World is golf.

With well over 1,000 golf courses in the Sunshine State there's always a place for you to tee it up. The PGA Tour is in the midst of its 2011 Florida Swing. Last week, the Honda Classic was played at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens. This week, the Tour traveled further south to the Miami area for the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral.

Keeping that in mind, we figured there was no better time than now to ask our PGA.com Facebook fans to identify to us the best places (non-private courses) in South Florida for this week's, 'A Quick Nine.'

We tried to make it easy for you by limiting the selections to a specific region of Florida, but with so many great places to play, it was still difficult.

Here's what you shared with us:

1. The Blue Monster at Doral, Doral, Fla. I think it's safe to say that Doral is a place that needs no introduction. If you've never been, you might want to put it toward the top of your bucket list.

Facebook fan quotes:

"Doral... go for a quick nine, stay and play all weekend." -- Scott Holcombe

"Doral is a pretty good start." -- John Steinberg

"Played Sawgrass twice. Doral is my next dream course in Florida." -- Brandon Jennings

2. Heron Creek Golf and Country Club, North Port, Fla. Heron Creek boasts 27 holes of Championship golf to go with an elegant clubhouse and fine amenities.

Facebook fan quote:

"Heron Creek in North Port." -- Dodie Grahn

3. PGA National -- Champion Course, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Famously known for its closing stretch, "The Bear Trap," you'd be hard-pressed to find a more demanding course in South Florida.

Facebook fan quote:

"Have to go with the home course and home of the Honda Classic -- the Champion course. Also love the Wanamaker at PGA Golf Club." -- Le Ann Finger

4. PGA Village, Port St. Lucie, Fla. This place is one of the absolute coolest to visit if you're a certified golf junkie. There are four courses, presenting a challenge to players of all skill levels.

Facebook fan quote:

"PGA Village in Port St. Lucie is GREAT!!!!" -- Lloyd Giardino III

5. Hammock Creek Golf Club, Palm City, Fla. Along with outstanding conditions, Hammock Creek claims that even its slowest rounds played clock in at just a shade over four hours.

Facebook fan quotes:

"Hammock Creek designed by Jack Nicklaus is in Palm City, FL and it beats all the public courses around here. Beautiful course in great shape, excellent greens, and GPS on your cart so you can track how far you are from the pin, and every hole has a picture so you are more knowledgeable of the holes you are playing on." -- Stephen Urbanik

"The man is right. Hammock Creek is dope! North Palm CC is a tough test! Of course it is it's a signature Nicklaus!" -- Ryan Gutzeit

6. Inverrary Country Club, East Course, Lauderhill, Fla. Inverrary offers two Robert Trent Jones, Sr. golf courses with the history and tradition of 15 PGA and LPGA tournaments. The famous signature East Course has boasted champions like Jack Nicklaus, Johhny Miller, Lee Trevino, Tom Kite, Hale Irwin and Tom Weiskopf.

Facebook fan quote:

"Inverrary East course. Haven't been there in years, but were very good layouts, with tournament history. That's where the Honda used to be played." -- Kirk Oguri

7. Westminster Golf Club, Lehigh, Fla. Located on the eastern edge of Fort Myers, Westminster Golf Club is open year round and can be as demanding as you want it to be depending on the set of tees you elect to play from.

Facebook fan quote:

"Westminster in Lehigh." -- David Concidine

8. Tiburon Golf Club, Naples, Fla. Home to the Shark Shootout, Tiburon is home to two 18-hole courses.

Facebook fan quotes:

"Tiburon." -- David Lockamy

"I haven't been to Florida in 30 years. But I hear that Tiburon is fantastic." -- Lou Pumphrey III

"Tiburon Golf Club in Naples." -- Ryan Asselta

9. Fairmont Turnberry Isle, Miami, Fla. The golf here is incredible, but even if you're not playing well, it's just a short drive to South Beach.

Facebook fan quote:

"The Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort & Spa Golf Course gives you Complimentary warm up bucket of golf balls prior to round. Unlimited admission to the Willow Stream spa including fitness center and classes. Complimentary shuttle service to the beach club and Aventura Mall." -- Judith Militante-Johnson  


Comments

bastiguff3

If you're traveling anywhere in south Florida either the east coast or west, use the Forelinksters guide to the best public golf courses to find the ones closest to your destination. All of the above courses are listed plus quite a few more here:
forelinksters.com/browse/cities/FL

vsinmd1

I used to work at Doral, and I can tell you from experience that the Blue Monster is nothing unless the wind is blowing at least 10-15 mph. The best course there was the white course until they let Greg Normal hose it up with all that coquina sand, like you'd ever find that in Florida. I also played a lot at Turnberry, the west course was always superior to the east course.
Inverrary is nice, even though it's in a crappy neighborhood now, not as well maintained as it once was.