Florida is a naturally beautiful state with a mild climate that appeals to outdoor enthusiasts. It comes to no surprise that it would be home to scenic golf courses. The Palm Harbor area boasts some of the nicest resorts and most challenging courses around. Here are some of the best golf courses to visit the next time you’re in the Palm Harbor area.
Tarpon Woods Golf Club – Public
Tarpon Woods Golf Club opened in 1971 as the Tarpon Woods Country Club. It contains a 6,613 yard, 72 par course designed by Lane Marshall, notorious for designing multiple West coast Florida courses. Tarpon Woods features an 18 hole golf course with breathtaking scenery in the Florida landscape. You may even spot wildlife during your game such as alligators, turkeys, otters, deer, and exotic birds. Tarpon Woods offers a golf academy for beginners to learn to play golf. The beautiful club also hosts weddings and other special events.
East Lake Woodlands Country Club – Private
This private country club is home to two championship 18 hole golf courses. This country club prides itself on being a club for the whole family to enjoy. The club features 17 tennis courts, a fitness center, two pools, and great dining at the Compass Grill. You’ll also find summer camps and plenty of special events year round. You don’t have to live in East Lake Woodlands to join this country club.
Highland Lakes Golf Course – Private
Highland Lakes on Lake Tarpon is an active adult golfing community. This community is for adults ages 55 and up. It’s located in Palm Harbor and features plenty of recreational and entertainment opportunities in addition to its golf courses. It’s close to gulf beaches, museums, and a variety of restaurants. Residents can play golf to their heart’s content on three private executive golf courses with 27 holes. Highland Lakes includes many country club style amenities for its community of nearly 2,500 attached single family and villa style homes on over 650 acres. The main clubhouse offers a spa, tennis courts, an Olympic sized pool, craft rooms, billiards room, and much more.
Chi Chi Rodriguez Public Golf Club – Public
This public golf club is a par 69 course with 12 holes, two-tiered greens, and over 70 sand traps. It covers 140 acres of wooded upland featuring fairways with Bermuda grass. It’s located on the Academy’s Campus in Clearwater. Proceeds from the golf course benefit the public Academy students.
Innisbrook Eagles Watch – Resort
This golf resort offers an epic golfer’s retreat to its guests. Innisbrook is A Salamander Golf & Spa resort located on 900 acres of rolling landscape with 70 acres of serene lakes. Within close proximity of the Tampa International Airport, this resort appeals to guests from all over the country. It features four championship golf courses and hosts the PGA Tour’s Valspar Championship in March. It offers luxury rooms and executive suites, a variety of fine dining restaurants and bars, a fitness center and spa, and venues for special events and meeting rooms. This resort is the perfect getaway for golfers.