Best golf courses: Florida - South West

Golf in Naples, Port Charlotte & Sarasota: The selection of golf courses in south west Florida is also pretty extensive. Enjoy a few rounds at the championship course at University Park Country Club in Sarasota or the scenic woodland environment, stylish layout and excellent bunkering at Old Corkscrew Golf Club in Naples/Fort Myers. The resort golf courses here are also top-grade, particularly the five-star rated Ritz-Carlton Members Club set amidst a landscape of wetlands and open fields. To make the most of your golfing trip, and to help in your planning, you can look up the location of the best courses in South West Florida on our customised maps.

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Sarasota
Tway, Bob

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Sarasota

Designer

Bob Tway and Lee Singletary
Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
Naples / Ft Myers
Hurdzan/Fry

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Private club

Nearest city

Naples / Ft Myers

Designer

Hurdzan/Fry Design (Dr Michael J. Hurdzan & Dana Fry).

Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
Sarasota
Nicklaus & Jacklin

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Private club

Nearest city

Sarasota

Designer

Jack Nicklaus in association with Tony Jacklin.

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Naples / Ft Myers
von Hagge & Devlin

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Naples / Ft Myers

Designer

Robert von Hagge & Bruce Devlin
3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Naples / Ft Myers
Ross, Donald

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Naples / Ft Myers

Designer

Donald Ross
Unrated: Well regarded course not yet visited by the Where2Golf team.
Visitors welcome
Sarasota
Powell, Chip

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Sarasota

Designer

Chip Powell
4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Rsrt guests only
Naples / Ft Myers
Jacobsen & Hardy

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Rsrt guests only

Nearest city

Naples / Ft Myers

Designer

Peter Jacobsen & Jim Hardy
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Sarasota
Hills, Arthur

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Visitors welcome

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Sarasota

Designer

Arthur Hills

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Sarasota
Hills, Arthur

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Visitors welcome

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Sarasota

Designer

Arthur Hills
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Sarasota
Palmer, Arnold

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Visitors welcome

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Sarasota

Designer

An Arnold Palmer Signature Course.

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Naples / Ft Myers
Jones Sr, Trevino & Player

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Naples / Ft Myers

Designer

Flamingo Island course - Robert Trent Jones (1990); Mustang course - Lee Trevino (1991); The Classics CC - Gary Player (1991).

3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Naples / Ft Myers
Garl, Ron

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Naples / Ft Myers

Designer

Unknown designers created the front-nine in the 1920s, and back-nine in the 1930s. Most recently Ron Garl significantly upgraded the design in the 1980s and 1990s.
4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Rsrt guests only
Naples / Ft Myers
Jones, Rees

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Rsrt guests only

Nearest city

Naples / Ft Myers

Designer

Rees Jones
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
(Closed in 2013)
Sarasota
Garl, Ron

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(Closed in 2013)

Nearest city

Sarasota

Designer

Ron Garl
4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Naples / Ft Myers
Nicklaus, Jack

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Naples / Ft Myers

Designer

A Jack Nicklaus Signature Design
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Naples / Ft Myers
Floyd, Raymond

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Naples / Ft Myers

Designer

Raymond Floyd
5-star: Fabulous – courses don’t get much better than this.
Rsrt guests only
Sarasota
Fazio, Tom

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Rsrt guests only

Nearest city

Sarasota

Designer

Tom Fazio
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Naples / Ft Myers
Love III, Davis

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Naples / Ft Myers

Designer

A Davis Love III Signature course

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Sarasota
Hills, Arthur

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Sarasota

Designer

Arthur Hills

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Sarasota
Bates, Gene

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Sarasota

Designer

Gene Bates

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Rsrt guests only
Naples / Ft Myers
Cupp Jr, Jacobsen & Hardy

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Rsrt guests only

Nearest city

Naples / Ft Myers

Designer

Original design by Joe Lee (1991); revamped by Robert "Bobby" Cupp Jr (2002), and Peter Jacobsen & Jim Hardy (2014).

Unrated: Well regarded course not yet visited by the Where2Golf team.
Visitors welcome
Sarasota
Lewis, Gordon

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Sarasota

Designer

Gordon Lewis
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Naples / Ft Myers
Norman, Greg

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Naples / Ft Myers

Designer

Greg Norman

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Naples / Ft Myers
Norman, Greg

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Naples / Ft Myers

Designer

Greg Norman

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Sarasota
Garl, Ron

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Sarasota

Designer

Ron Garl
3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Naples / Ft Myers
Lewis, Gordon

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Naples / Ft Myers

Designer

Gordon Lewis
4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Sarasota
Powell, Chip

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Sarasota

Designer

Chip Powell
4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Sarasota
McAnlis, Ted

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Sarasota

Designer

Ted McAnlis

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