If you think playing golf and going on a family vacation don’t go together, you obviously haven't made the most out of a holiday in Florida. The Sunshine State has so much more to offer tourists other than theme parks and Miami Beach. It’s also a haven for golfers who hope to take a break from visiting all the sights by playing a few rounds of the game. Here, we take a look at where to play golf in Florida.
Where to Play Golf in Florida: Lake Buena Vista Vs Ft Lauderdale
Florida has numerous golf courses where you can enjoy everything you love about the sport, and in this article, you will learn some of the reasons why playing golf at Lake Buena Vista and in the city of Fort Lauderdale may appeal.
Lake Buena Vista Golf Course
Disney’s Lake Buena Vista Golf Course is located at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, near the Disney Springs Marketplace. It is one of the four golf courses that is part of the Walt Disney World Golf family, has hosted the PGA Tour, the LPGA Tour, and USGA events. This 18-hole course, which was designed by Joe Lee, has received an impressive 4-star rating from Golf Digest. It is also certified as a Cooperative Wildlife Sanctuary by Audubon International. Built in 1972, Lake Buena Vista Golf Course is the shortest of all the Disney courses at 6,819 yards. This classic country-style club features sparkling lakes, pine forests, palmettos, and pastel villas that caters to all level of players.
Players are required to use golf carts and to wear proper golf attire, as well as shoes with non-metal spikes. Men may wear polo-style shirts with collars, turtleneck or mock turtleneck shirts, and slacks or Bermuda-length shorts while women may wear polo-style shirts with collars, suitable shorts or blouses (with or without collars), and slacks, skirts, or Bermuda-length shorts.
Whenever practical, players are paired into foursomes. However, if you are not confident about your golfing skills, you can have private golf lessons from PGA instructors for an additional fee. Professional lessons can be scheduled for juniors (guests 5-17 years old) and adults (guests 18 years old and over).
If you’re staying at one of the Lake Buena Vista hotels, complimentary taxi transportation is available. To confirm, you can check with Guest Services or the Concierge for the transportation options the hotel offers.
For a golf-lover, a vacation in Florida won’t be complete without a visit to Fort Lauderdale, a city that is home to 63 golf courses. With this many choices, you’ll be sure to find something that suits your preferences and your skill level.
Most of the golf courses in Fort Lauderdale are either private or semi-private, but there are two public courses, which are located in the same country club: the East and West Courses of Bonaventure Country Club. The East Course is an 18-hole, 7,000-yard, par-72 course. A few areas can be intimidating for beginners, but these would be a worthwhile challenge for intermediate and advanced players. The West Course, which is shorter at 6,100 yards is a bit easier for beginners but a few water hazards make playing a round fun and exciting.
City of Lauderhill Golf Club
Another course that is ideal for beginners is located in the City of Lauderhill Golf Club. This nine-hole course is great for a quick round during short holidays or when you only have an afternoon to play the game. The towering trees and plenty of water features, however, offer a challenge for a stimulating round or two of the game.
If you’re the type who prefer the exclusivity that private country clubs provide, you can't go wrong with Fort Lauderdale Country Club. Established in 1926, this club is the only one that offers a 36-hole manicured championship golf course in a setting of forested park-like area. Members from beginner to advanced levels can play in not just one but two golf courses and stay at a place they consider their home away from home. You can look here for a full range of hotels in Fort Lauderdale.
Which one suits you?
When choosing where to play golf in Florida, much will come down to the type of vacation you have planned, and also your level of golf. The Fort Lauderdale courses seem to have a lot to offer, but the Lake Buena Vista course has a degree of prestige. Have you played on any of these courses? We would love to hear from you. Please leave a comment below!