Florida Golf Calendar
By Carmen Bandea
Florida has more golf courses than any state in the nation, all of them bathed in sunshine. Here are just some of the golf deals and events to get you swinging...
BANYAN KAY – This newly opened course is offering memberships that give members access to the 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature Course, special invitations to preview events at the new resort opening in 2019 and discounts for the pro shop and the highly anticipated resort. Join before Dec. 1 to save $10,000 in membership fees.
Where: West Palm Beach
MARK BOSTICK COURSE – Since 1962, this course has shared a special relationship with the University of Florida golf teams. The course has been home to the Gators’ day-to-day operations through six NCAA championships and 21 Southeastern Conferences. Play like a Gator for $45.
Where: Citrus Springs
GASPARILLA – The Fall Pete Dye Golf Getaway Package includes deluxe accommodations, access to The Inn’s private Beach Club, 18 holes of golf with cart and, upon request, optional meal plans. There’s also the 12 Days of Christmas Party.
When: Nov. 4-19, Dec. 4-19
Where: Boca Grande
BLACK BEAR GOLF CLUB - This P. B. Dye-designed course is one of few links-style courses in the area. The course allows golfers of all levels to experience a fun and challenging round. Rates start at $25.
LONG BOAT KEY – The Stay and Play Package includes an elegant beachfront room, a daily $100 resort credit for use at the tennis center gardens, championship golf courses, a stylish spa, and award-winning dining. Rates start at $325.
When: through Dec. 24
Where: Long Boat Key
ST JOHNS GOLF CLUB – Every Thursday and Friday morning from 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m., St Johns hosts a women-only clinic. Learn how to better your swing and hone your short game for the ultimate morning of golf fun. Rates start at $15.
ORANGE COUNTY NATIONAL – The Florida Golf Stay and Play Package includes accommodations at the recently renovated Lodge, complimentary range balls before your round on your day of play, and complimentary walking fees on the Tooth.
Where: Winter Garden
KILLIAN GREENS - One of South Florida's most frequented courses and open year-round to all guests. Walk 18 holes for as little as $20 or take a cart for $30. They also offer personalized golf lessons for both adults and children.
TRANQUILO FOUR SEASONS RESORT – The Bobby Jones Golf and Spa Experience Package includes a luxurious suite, $100 daily resort credit toward a golf lesson, a round of 18 holes or a spa treatment, $100 credit in the Golf Shop, and the Bobby Jones coffee table book.
When: through Dec. 25
Where: Lake Buena Vista
AMELIA RIVER GOLF CLUB - Sculpted around a forest of live oaks, sabal palms, pines and wax myrtles, this Tom Jackson-designed track plays to 6,808 yards from the back tees, offering a challenge to all skill levels. Rates start at $29.65.
Where: Amelia Island
THE BREAKERS – The Fall Savings Package includes full breakfast buffet at The Circle or The Beach Club Restaurant, unlimited access to the ocean fitness center (including cycling and yoga classes), and golf course discounts during holiday stays for Thanksgiving.
When: through Dec. 15
Where: Palm Beach
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Carmen Bandea, born in Atlanta, moved to Florida at age 11 to attend IMG Academies, where she learned to appreciate and love golf. She is a professional golfer with experience on the Canadian, Symetra, LPGA and Hooters tours, plus Tour De Las Americas.