What's Your Favorite Private Course in Florida? Here's My Top-Five

By: Tim McDonald


It's no secret that the vast majority of golfers might never be members of some of the best golf clubs in the world simply because they're private.

That doesn't mean you can't play them. There are different  ways to get on ritzy, private courses, which I've written about before, and which I will detail even more in a future blog.

Florida is home to some of the best private courses in the world, so keep this in mind. Here are my top five, and please enjoy the slide show at the bottom.

1: Seminole Golf Club: This course is on just about every list of top golf courses in the state and country. Ben Hogan was an honorary member here.

2: Black Diamond, Quarry course: This is the most spectacular golf course in Florida, with wild elevation that makes you think you're in New Mexico.

3: The Palencia Club: I just played this course again recently, and it reminded me how good it truly is. It's an elegant Arthur Hills design, impeccably manicured, that flows throughout the 18 holes like a piece of treasured art.

4: Golden Ocala Golf and Equestrian Club: Built in the rolling horse land of Ocala, this is a course that mixes replica holes with original works by architect Ron Garl. It even has an "Amen Corner," based on Augusta National.

5: Shark's Tooth: This pristine layout in Northwest Florida is so gorgeous it looks like a painting. Prolific architect Greg Norman says it's one of his best designs in the world. It's a very playable course routed through gorgeous marsh and wild conservation areas.


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