It's a fairly well-known fact that a little town tucked down there so enticingly on Florida's southwest coast, Naples, has more golf holes per capita than almost any other place in the country.
And, judging by the readers of prestigious Conde Nast Traveler magazine, the golf resorts aren't bad either.
The magazine recently released its list of top golf resorts, state-by-state, as judged by the magazine's readers, and three of the top four are in Naples. That's a very impressive fact when you look at the overall quality of Florida's renowned resorts that cater to the golf crowd.
La Playa Beach and Golf Resort is No. 1, Tiburon Golf Club at the Ritz Carlton is No. 3 and the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort is No. 4.
I've played all of these, and I certainly wouldn't argue. La Playa has that beautiful, links-style layout designed by Robert Cupp that plays through colorful bougainvillea, gently rolling hills and terrain dotted with lakes that do double duty as scenic beauty and tactical obstacles.
Tiburon is home to Greg Norman's popular Shootout, and the two courses, the Gold and Black, are always impeccably manicured and both show a British influence with stacked sod-wall bunkers and fast, firm fairways.
The Marco Island Marriott has a course I almost always include whenever I consider Florida's most scenic courses, the Rookery, built on the edge of the Ten Thousand Islands. And now, it has challenging Hammock Bay, which it added recently.
All three of these golf resorts have excellent academies as well, places of learning where you can either learn the game or hone what you already have.
If you're looking for a tropical golf resort, the people have spoken.
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