And the No. 1 Course You Can Play Is ...

By: Tim McDonald


Golfweek magazine named its most recent top 100 rankings, and the Stadium course at TPC Sawgrass is at the top of the heap in Florida's "best courses you can play" category -- which means courses the public is allowed to play. Ocean course at Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast  is No. 7 and the Blue Monster at Doral in Miami is No. 8.

I agree with Golfweek on those placements, however, I certainly would have ranked the Copperhead course at Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club higher than 18th, as did the magazine.

Florida has four other courses in the top 100 modern designs in the country, a separate category: Calusa Pines in Naples is No. 21, the Quarry course at Black Diamond Ranch in Lecanto is No. 41, Concession, a Jack Nicklaus design near Sarasota, is No. 60 and Jupiter Hills Club in Tequesta is No. 81.

In the "Classic" category – courses built before 1960 -- Seminole Golf Club, a Donald Ross design in North Palm Beach, is represented as always, this time at No. 14. At No. 67 is Mountain Lake in Lake Wales, a 1917 Seth Raynor work.

For new courses (meaning they opened in the last two calendar years) Florida has four on the national list: Bella Colina in Montverde at No. 19, the Deltona Club in Deltona at No. 28, TPC Treviso Bay in Naples at No. 34 and the Plantation Golf and Country Club at No. 38.

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