There are still people who think of Florida as a winter destination, despite all those golfers enjoying the Sunshine State's 1,200 golf courses during the summer months.
It's hot, yes, but green fees are cheaper, fairways and greens are less crowded and you can always find ways to beat the heat – by teeing off early or late or playing where you're cooled by ocean or gulf breezes, which is easy to do since Florida has the most coastline of any state in the country south of Alaska.
U.S. News and World Report named West Palm Beach one of the top summer destinations in the world, along with such long-time luminaries as Paris, San Francisco, Maui, Aruba and Las Vegas.
West Palm is a good example of why Florida summer golf can be so enticing. The area is bulging with top-drawer tracks, from private to semi private to public.
It's home, of course, to the PGA National Resort, which would be a great anchor anywhere in the world. The area is also the playground of the world-famous Breakers golf resort, as well as private clubs like Seminole – consistently ranked as one of the best layouts in the world – Trump International and Emerald Dunes.
Public courses like Palm Beach National and The Links at Madison Green, along with terrific, well-maintained municipal courses like the Jack Nicklaus-designed North Palm Beach Country Club make the area accessible to all golfers, and one of the top summer golf destinations in the world.
Incidentally, you can now play a round at Madison Green for $29, with cart. That's a good deal on one of West Palm's better public courses.