Florida is home to over one thousand golf clubs, so to say you have a great deal of choice is an understatement. With courses designed by some of the greats – Arnold Palmer, Greg Norman and Joe Lee to name but a few – you’re in for a treat if you’re a golf lover in the sunshine state. Florida also welcomes many excellent tournaments, competitions and charity events, so even if you can’t play like a pro, you are able to watch and learn from them at least.
So what are the more challenging courses available in Florida? Each player is unique, but generally a difficult course will have more hazards, decisions for you to make, elevation changes. For some golfers, the more challenging the better as you want to keep pushing yourself to improve.
Let’s take a look at some of the harder golf courses on offer in this fine state:
1. The Club at Bella Collina, Montverde
This 18 hole course is a great choice for advanced players, and has a strong reputation. The challenges here include changes in elevation, bunkers and undulating greens; all surrounded by scenic views. It is well laid out, fair and fun has a good pace of play and it is even good value for money. It pretty much ticks all the boxes, and comes very highly recommended.
2. Crooked Cat at Orange County National, Orange County
Conveniently located, as a golfer you will face bunkers, forced carries and undulating greens at this impressive course- just remember to bring your ‘A’ game to these 18 holes. The service here is second to none and the price is very reasonable. Enjoy the Bermuda grass and start choosing your path wisely.
3. Reunion Resort and Club, Reunion
This is a relatively new course, intelligently designed by Tom Watson to present some interesting obstacles and trials for the more skilled golfer. Although not as well-known as the previous two, this course can still hold its own. Luckily it has a great practice area too, so you can warm yourself up before taking on the 18 holes. Hundreds of bunkers make for an interesting round, as well as elevation changes. Certainly one to put on the list for those who want to be tested.