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Florida is considered to be the golf capital of the US. Not only is it the state with the most golf courses, but it’s also one of the most visited states in the country.

With the array of golf courses to choose from come many golf resorts. These range from ultra-luxurious properties with state-of-the-art facilities to resorts that’ll steal or waste so much of your hard-earned money that they should actually be featured on the crime channel.

To ensure that your next Florida golf trip runs smoothly, you don’t want to end up at the latter. So, here’s a look at which resorts you should definitely visit, and those you should definitely not. 

Best Golf Resorts in Florida

1. Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa 

Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa
Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa – Marriot.com

A quick Google search will tell you that Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa has a 4.4-star rating. The resort, which you can find near Jacksonville and Ponte Vedra Beach, is home to the TPC Sawgrass Golf Club, which has a fantastic 4.9-star rating on Golf Pass.

The resort also boasts many luxurious accommodation options, sparkling pools, and a world-class day spa. It placed in the Top 3 Golf Course/Country Club Wedding Venues at the 2023 Premier Bride Expo and Magazine. 

2. Ponte Vedra Inn & Club

Ponte Vedra Inn & Club
Ponte Vedra Inn & Club – pontevedra.com

Ponte Vedra Inn & Club also features in our list of the best golf resorts in Florida. With a 4.7-star Google rating, it’s no surprise that this resort is a favorite amongst Florida golfers. The Lagoon Course, just one of the two great courses at the resort, features in TripAdvisor’s list of the 5 best Ponte Vedra Beach golf courses. Plus, the resort is a proud holder of a 22-year AAA Five-Diamond streak. 

You’ll find Ponte Vedra Inn & Club near Jacksonville, where the beautiful amenities and friendly staff have been helping families make memories since 1928. The awards and accolades collected over the years include a Certificate of Excellence award by TripAdvisor, a 4-star rating by Forbes, a Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Award and a PGA Top Merchandiser Award. 

3. Trump National Doral Miami

Trump National Doral Miami
Trump National Doral Miami – trumphotels.com

Trump National Doral Miami is home to a total of 4 championship courses, including the Red Tiger, the Golden Palm, the Silver Fox, and the Blue Monster. The latter is a renowned course that has hosted multiple major PGA events over the years.

The resort boasts a rating of 4.5 stars, while each of the golf courses have their own high Golf Pass ratings, ranging from Silver Fox’s 4.3 stars Blue Monster’s 4.7 stars. 

The resort’s awards and accolades include an AAA Four Diamond rank, a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, multiple Four Star Awards by Forbes Travel Guide, multiple Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards, and an Editors’ Choice Award for Best Resorts in Florida by Golf Digest. 

4. PGA National Resort & Spa

PGA National Resort
PGA National Resort – pgaresort.com

If the PGA National Resort & Spa sounds familiar to you, it could be because of the fact that this premier Florida resort is home to the famed Champion Course, host of the Honda Classic. The 4.4-star rated resort houses five of the country’s championship courses, designed by the likes of Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and George and Tom Fazio. 

The resort’s awards and accolades include an AAA Four Diamond rank, a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, a Gold Key Award, and a Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Award. 

5. Streamsong Golf Resort

Streamsong Golf Resort
Streamsong Golf Resort – streamsongresort.com

Streamsong Golf Resort is a popular establishment nestled in a secluded part of Central Florida. The resort is rated 4.5 stars and it houses 3 courses designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, Tom Doak, and Gil Hanse & Jim Wagner.

The Coore/Crenshaw course (Streamsong Red) has a 5-star Golf Pass rating, the Doak course (Streamsong Blue) has a 4.9-star rating, and the Hanse/Wagner course (Streamsong Black) has a 4.8-star rating. 

Streamsong boasts many awards and accolades, including an AGM Platinum Award, two Best Golf Resort and one Best Executive Retreat Smart Stars Awards, Golf Digest Best Golf Resorts in Florida Editors’ Choice Awards, and multiple Golf Week and GOLF Magazine mentions. 

Worst Golf Resorts in Florida

1. Mystic Dunes Resort & Golf Club by Hilton

Mystic Dunes by Hilton has a 4.2-star Google rating and 4.0 stars on TripAdvisor, so you may be wondering why this premier destination is the first to feature in a list of the worst golf resorts in Florida. 

Unfortunately, the users on Yelp do not agree with the resort’s high ratings as its overall ratings on this platform is a mere 3 stars. According to previous visitors, this resort features run-down rooms, paper-thin walls, and loud plumbing that lets you know when your upstairs neighbor flushes the toilet. 

2. Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista – Disney Springs® Area

Once again, this Hilton golf resort seems to please Google and TripAdvisor guests while those on Yelp are experiencing something completely different. With 4.0 stars on TripAdvisor and only 3.0 stars on Yelp, this resort stirs up some mixed emotions and uncertainty.

However, according to those who had an unpleasant stay at the resort it lacks a modern touch, fresh air in the rooms, plumbing and electrical maintenance, and daily housekeeping. 

3. Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort

The Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is home to The Links Golf Club, the Baytowne Golf Club, the Raven Golf Club, and the Burnt Pine Golf Club, which each boast with a good rating ranging from 3.8 to 5.0 stars on Golf Pass. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for the resort itself, as users have found it to be worth no more than 2.4 stars. 

The majority of the reviewers claim that they received at the resort only to find that the room they booked doesn’t even closely resemble what they advertise on their website. 

4. Chateau Mar Golf Resort

The Chateau Mar Golf Resort Trademark Collection by Wyndham only has 3.9 stars on Google and 3.5 on TripAdvisor, which partly gives away the quality that you can expect. However, the 2.1 stars on Yelp should be enough to completely sway your decision if you were contemplating a stay at the resort. 

From the reviews, we could gather that the plumbing was faulty, the rooms were cluttered and not very tasteful, the surrounding neighborhood was crawling with thugs, and get this: there’s no on-site golf course! That’s right, despite the deceptive name, the ‘golf’ they refer to is across the Middle River, at Inverrary Golf Club. 

5. Grand Palms Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort

According to Google, the Grand Palms Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort is worthy of 3.4 stars, while the users on TripAdvisor feel that 2.5 stars is in order. On Yelp, users were utterly dissatisfied for the stay their money got them, resulting in an overall score of 1.4. 

One user claimed that the internet only works for 5 minutes every hour, while some of the other reviewers were disgusted with the cockroaches, bad smells, and rusty bathtubs in their rooms. Not to mention the lack of soundproofing as the highway is very close and very loud.

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