Nicknamed the ‘Sunshine City’ in the ‘Sunshine State’, there’s little doubt that you’re in for a clear day when you play a round in St. Petersburg. After exploring some the award-winning beaches, the famed Salvador Dali Museum and sampling some of freshest and most delicious food around, try out one or all of these excellent golf courses in the area:
- Renaissance Vinoy Resort
This historic venue has been operating since 1925, and was thankfully saved from destruction in the 1980s. Is was then reopened, impeccably renovated and is now protected by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. It has continued to excel as a location to visit, celebrate in and golf. The course continues to be improved, ensuring you a fun, fast, demanding game. Lots of water hazards and an ever-present wind present a fair challenge for even the average golfer. It also has a driving range, practice putting green, bunker and chipping area to assist with improving your game.
- St. Petersburg Country Club
Moving on to another historic course, the St. Petersburg Country Club is a demanding par 72 course, intelligently designed in 1924 by Herbert Strong. It features water hazards, bunkers and undulating greens to test you, and is a peaceful place to play with well-maintained greens and helpful staff. All in all, great value for money in classic country club surroundings.
- Mangrove Bay Golf Course
This is a less well-known course, but is well-liked by locals thanks to its reasonable prices. It is the only championship municipal golf course in the area, and it is of a very high standard. Natural mangroves frame the sides of the course, close by to the water’s edge, which make for a scenic atmosphere within which to play. It can be busy at times, so be patient as this can be a long round – this only further attests to how popular the course is. This is a par 72, has practice areas to hone your skills and is suitable for players of every ability.