Ocala and Marion County a Very Underrated Golf Destination

By: Tim McDonald

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Florida is teeming with under-publicized, underrated golf destinations, and one of the better ones is Ocala.

Most people who go to Ocala have business with a horse, or maybe bass, as in the fish. And it's true the area is the epicenter of the thoroughbred industry in Florida, and it does have great fishing.

But, if you're looking for a laid-back golf destination, without the urban congestion, you'll find some excellent golf options here and in the surrounding area. 
 
Without further ado, here are some of the best:
 
- Golden Ocala Golf and Equestrian Center is one of Florida architect Ron Garl's better works in the state. It's part replica course and part original, with superb conditioning throughout.
 
- Golden Hills Golf and Turf Club, now under new management, is a parkland course with tree-lined fairways that sits on the highest terrain in this part of the state. Great elevation changes.
 
- Rainbow Springs Golf and Country Club is as scenic as its name, straddling the Rainbow River and displaying massive oak trees.
 
- Candler Hills Golf Club boasts the longest par-5 in Florida at 662 yards, and measures a formidable 7,333 yards from the back tees. Don't be scared off, though; the fairways are wide and forgiving.
 
- Ocala Golf Club is a classic, old course with a recent modernization. This is a municipal course, opened in 1912, making it one of the state's elders.

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