Were you late in taking up golf? I was just an occasional player as a youngster and didn’t get into it full-bore until college, learning the game at the Indiana University Golf Course. I could walk 18 holes for $9 with my student ID.
Since then I’ve always had a soft spot for college courses. And one of the best is right under our noses in Florida, at the University of Florida.
The Mark Bostick Golf Course in Gainesville was recently ranked 20th by Golfweek Magazine in its list of 30 “Best Campus Courses”, a Donald Ross-designed course that has welcomed golfers for nearly a century.
The course is the oldest on the magazine’s list, having opened in 1921. Eighty years later, in 2001, it was renovated by Jacksonville’s Bobby Weed. There’s rolling terrain and plenty of mature trees over 116 acres, a fairly cozy piece of land as evidenced by its 6,701-yard distance from the back tees.
Since 1962, the course has been home to the Gators, and major champions such as Mark Calcavecchia and Andy North have walked the fairways.
On weekends, students pay $25 to walk the course while guests pay double. Faculty, staff and alumni are in the middle. At any price, it’s a great chance to play a historic campus course.
If you go
Mark Bostick Golf Course
University of Florida
2800 SW 2nd Ave.