Snowbird School: Florida Golf Resorts' Hidden Gems

By: Tim McDonald


Looking for a little warm Florida golf this winter, but having trouble deciding where to go? If you are, it might be because of information overload. With so many famous Florida golf resorts, which do you choose?

You can't go wrong with any of Florida's big-name golf resorts, but you could also consider some of the state's less-publicized resorts. Here are some of my favorites.
- Mission Inn: I love this place, with two excellent courses and a ton of things to do for the family.
- Orange Lake Resort: This is hardly a small resort, with four good courses, but it's often overshadowed by bigger Orlando resorts.
- Watercolor Inn: Beautiful spot with access to two of the best courses in northwest Florida, Shark's Tooth and Camp Creek.
- Plantation Golf Resort and Spa: An idyllic spot on the Crystal River on the Nature Coast, Plantation has 27 holes of golf.
- Inn at Wildwood: Located on the Forgotten Coast, this is a small resort with one course, with plenty of outdoor activities nearby in wilderness areas and the Gulf Coast.
- Club Med Sandpiper: One of the few Club Meds with a golf course.
- Admiral Lehigh Golf Resort: The only resort in Lee County with two courses.
- Bluewater Bay: In a town called Niceville, this resort has four nine-hole tracks. Be nice.
- Shula's Hotel and Golf Club: This resort in south Florida is owned by the former Miami Dolphin's coach. It also has a great steakhouse where I once ate 16 ounces of prime beef and lived to tell the tale.
- Spring Lake Golf Resort: Spring Lake is in Sebring, a small town in central Florida well-known for its car racing, and has two 18-hole courses.

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