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
PALM BEACH COUNTY GOLF CLUBS – Join the E-Club and save $10 off your next round at Okeeheelee Golf Course, Osprey Point Golf Course, Park Ridge Golf Course or Southwinds Golf Course. Your toughest decision will be picking where you want to play.
When: Limited time
Where: Boca Raton
LPGA INTERNATIONAL – Stay at the Holiday Inn and play two rounds of golf at the same course that hosts the final stage of LPGA q-school. The Hills Course is narrower and demands a more conservative play while the Jones Course lets you play your driver all day long. Rates start at $176.
When: through 2017
MISSION INN RESORT – The Centennial Golf Package includes a deluxe room, one three-course wine dinner for two at El Conquistador, 18 holes of golf per day, a full breakfast and a gift bag including a logo golf towel, coozies and cooler for each guest. Rates start at $232.
When: through June 10
Where: Howey in the Hills
TIBURON GOLF COURSE - This gorgeous course, Home of the PGA Franklin Templeton Shootout, is teaming up with the Ritz so you can play unlimited golf on both The Gold and Black courses with the Gulf Coast Getaway Package. Rates start at $200.
When: through June 30
CYPRESS HEAD GOLF CLUB – For a quick getaway, The Ocean Breeze Club Hotel is offering a one-night special that includes one round of golf at Venetian Bay. Minutes away from the Atlantic Ocean, this package is the perfect refresher for the overworked soul.
When: through June 30
SHORE WALK – You and your pals can play University Park, Stoney Brook and Waterlefe with the Soak Up the Sun package. Reside in a two-bedroom, two-bath villa at the Shore Walk Vacation Villas for three nights and four days to soak up those sunshine rays.
When: May 4-7
RITZ CARLTON – The Golf Fore You Package lets you play unlimited golf on the course where both the LPGA and PGA make annual tour stops. This gorgeous Florida course boasts more than 300 palm trees, crystal blue waters and nearby white sand beaches. Rates start at $699.
RIDGEWOOD LAKES GOLF CLUB – Golf on a budget with this great Groupon deal. Take up to 57 percent off regular prices and click your way to savings. Play 18 holes of cart golf plus a small bucket of balls to start your round off right. Rates start at $19.
When: limited time
Where: Panama City
KEY ROYALE GOLF CLUB – Summer memberships are now available for $195 monthly with no initiation fee. This par 32, 9-hole walking course is the only golf course on Anna Maria Island. Your membership also includes a broad range of social activities such as mahjong, bridge, book club, and trivia.
When: May 1 – Oct. 31
Where: Anna Maria Island
NAPLES GRANDE – This package includes an extravagant room with one round of golf per day. With extraordinary elevations and unique water features, this course offers stunning fairways for year-round play.
When: through June 30
RENAISSANCE RESORT WORLD GOLF VILLAGE – Enjoy three nights’ accommodation at an AAA Four-Diamond Resort, play one round of golf on both the Slammer & Squire and the King & Bear and partake in a 90-minute tune up at the PGA TOUR Golf Academy. Rates start at $385.
When: through May 9
Where: St. Augustine
TPC TAMPA BAY – The Fun Friday format is a 9-hole shotgun start with individual stroke play and both closest-to-pin and long drive. The shotgun starts at 5 p.m. on Friday evenings and is followed by corn hole, ping pong and more. Rates start at $40.
When: May 26- Aug. 4
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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.