Florida Golf Calendar
By Carmen Bandea
Florida has more golf courses than any state in the nation, all of them bathed in sunshine. Here are just some of the deals and events to get you swinging...
SEBASTIAN GOLF COURSE – March showers bring April flowers, so thank goodness it’s April. This municipal course has a charming layout, gracefully placed among Mother Nature’s babbling brooks and century-old trees. Rates start at as low as $2.50. Can’t beat that price.
When: April 1-30
PANTHER Run – Join Head Golf Professional Benjamin Duffy on a journey to your best golfing self. Pay $210 for three one-hour lessons and receive the fourth free of charge. Make it a family outing and bring your mini-me with you. Benjamin will give them a free lesson.
Where: Ave Maria
SAWGRASS MARRIOTT GOLF RESORT & SPA – Home to the most notorious hole of golf, this championship course is for the brave of heart. The Stadium Play Package includes deluxe accommodations, breakfast each day and one round of golf on the Stadium Course. Rates start at $514.
When: through June 30
THE RAVEN – Select the Raven Experience Package to indulge in your choice of a hotel with up to three bedroom units, two rounds of golf with replay rounds available, plus unlimited use of the practice facility and practice balls during your stay. Rates start at $171.
When: through April 9
Where: Miramar Beach
SADDLEBROOK RESORT – Make spring break unforgettable this year with the Preferred Golfers Package. Stay in a deluxe suite, enjoy a buffet breakfast each morning, play 18 holes of golf per day, partake in the wine and cheese receptions, Children's Social, and Dive-In Movies with the family.
Where: Wesley Chapel
CYPRESS LAKE GOLF CLUB – Get the crew together for this Groupon deal. Play 18 holes with three of your buddies and receive 53 percent off your total bill. With your significant savings feel free to go double or nothing on the last hole. Rate: $85 for four.
When: Limited time
DISNEY GOLF COURSES - The four-round “Play Around the World” pass allows you to play one round of golf on each of Disney’s courses, the Palm and Magnolia championship course, the scenic Lake Buena Vista course and the shorter more walker-friendly Oak Trail course.
SANDRIDGE GOLF CLUB - Recognized as one of the finest golf facilities open to the public in Florida, this course is home to many amateur and junior tournaments. With surprisingly low rates, this course has an expanded driving range and numerous practice areas.
When: through April 9
Where: Vero Beach
GASPARILLA INN & CLUB – The Spring/Summer Pete Dye Golf Getaway package includes a deluxe room and 18 holes of golf with cart. It’s well situated for a relaxing getaway for those who enjoy a leisurely pace in natural surroundings. Meal plans available upon request. Rates start at $420.
When: April 17-27
Where: Boca Grande
GRAND PALMS – Vacation like you mean it with the Duffers Delight Package. Play 18 holes every day on the Pembroke Pines course, enjoy preferred tee times, start your day off right with a continental breakfast and reside in the Fort Lauderdale Hotel.
Where: Pembroke Pines
DUBSDREAD GOLF COURSE – Known as Orlando’s Home Golf Course, this good-looking course is also reasonably priced. With rates starting as low as $17 for juniors and $26 for adults, this former site of the Orlando Golf Open appeals to golfers both young and more experienced.
CHAMPIONS GATE – Stay at the four-diamond Omni Resort and play unlimited golf on their 36-hole facility designed by champion Greg Norman with the Ultimate Orlando Golf Getaway Package. Don’t’ forget to take a moment each morning to relax at Piper’s Grille and savor your complimentary breakfast.
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Carmen Bandea, born in Atlanta, moved to Florida at age 11 to attend IMG Academies, where she learned to appreciate and love golf. She is a professional golfer with experience on the Canadian, Symetra, LPGA and Hooters tours, plus Tour De Las Americas.