Friday, August 05, 2011

Best Golf Courses You Can Play

The areas of the US that I handle for Golf Zoo are Alabama (RTJ Golf Trail), Florida and Mississippi (Gulf Coast/Biloxi). I will include all the courses that I sell in these particular areas, along with any personal comments or suggestions. The courses will be in order of how they are rank in the state.


* Farmlinks at Pursell Farms
  • Golfweek - Best courses you can play (No. 1 in Alabama)
  • Golf Digest - Best places to play 2008-09, 4 1/2 stars
  • Lodging on site - 4 bedroom cottages that will sleep 8 guys
  • Located 45 minutes SE of Birmingham
*Ross Bridge - Birmingham
*Grand National (Lake) - Auburn
*The Shoals (Fighting Joe) - Muscle Shoals
*Timberline - Birmingham
*Grand National (Link) - Auburn
*Cambrian Ridge (Sherling/Canyon) - Greenville


*TPC Sawgrass (Players Stadium) - Ponte Vedra Beach
  • Home of the Players Championship
  • Number 18 on the list of top courses in the US
  • One of my favorites that I have the opportunity to sell
  • Stay and Play property - 4 other courses to choose from staying at facility
*World Woods (Pine Barrons) - Brooksville
  • Number 43 on the list of top courses in the US
  • Located 1 hour from either Tampa or Orlando
*PGA National Resort and Spa (Champion) - Palm Beach Gardens
  • Home of the PGA Tour Honda Classic
  • Stay and Play property, 4 other courses on site
*Bay Hill Club - Orlando (stay and play property)
- Home of PGA Tour Bayhill Invitational
*Sugarloaf Mountain Golf and Town Club - Minneola
*Juliette Falls GC - Dunnellon
*World Woods (Rolling Oaks) - Brooksville
*Ocean Course at Hammock Beach - Palm Coast (stay and play property)
*Doral Golf Resort & Spa (TPC Blue Monster) - Miami
  • Home of the PGA Tour World Golf Championship
  • U.S. Top Ten Golf Resorts (#7) - Travel + Leisure Golf
  • Top 75 Golf Resorts in North America (#72) - Golf Digest
  • 4 other courses on site
*Walt Disney World Resort (Magnolia) - Lake Buena Vista
*Southern Dunes GC - Haines City
*Fairmont Turnberry Isle (Soffer) - Aventura (stay and play property)
*Victoria Hills - Deland
*Fairmont Turnberry Isle (Miller) - Aventura (stay and play property)
*Lake Jovita (North) - Dade City
*Villa's of Grand Cypress (New Course) - Orlando
  • Top 50 Resort Course 2010 - Golf World
  • Nine-time Golf Magazine Gold Medal Award Winner
  • 45 holes on site designed by Jack Nicklaus
*Reunion Resort (Independence) - Orlando (stay and play property)
  • Fantastic 54 hole facility
  • Numerous lodging options onsite from 2 bedroom villa up to 8 bedroom private home
*Innisbrook (Copperhead) - Palm Harbor (stay and play property)
  • Top 100 you can play - Golf Magazine
  • Home of PGA Tour Transitions Championship
  • Three other courses on site
*Waldorf Astoria GC - Orlando
*TPC Sawgrass (Valley) - Ponte Vedra Beach
*Tiburon (Black) - Naples


*The Preserve GC - Vancleave
  • Best New Courses 2008 (#6) - Golfweek
  • America's Best New Courses 2007 (#6) - Golf Digest
*Shell Landing - Gautier
*The Bridges GC at Hollywood Casino - Bay St. Louis
*The Oaks - Pass Christian

Majority of the courses on this list I have played and I agree with all the rankings. Golf Zoo has access to all these courses mentioned above. Rates for these course vary. One rule of Thumb when looking at putting a golf package together:

Rates for most of these courses will be affected by the time of year and weather. When the weather is not good in the northern part of the US (winter), you can count on the prices being higher, in the golf areas where the weather is nicer. Summer in these areas is by far the least expensive time to play, especially in Florida. The shoulder season which is usually October thru December, is less expensive than the peak season - January thru April.

I hope this information has been helpful for our Blog readers. I would be happy to set up a package for any of these courses on the list and the areas where they are located. Please call me at 888.333.6103 or email me at to set up a golf package.

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