SouthWood Golf Club
From Miami to Gainesville, Florida is full of good college golf courses. One of these is SouthWood Golf Club in Tallahassee, one of the Atlantic Coast Conference’s most challenging layouts.
SouthWood Golf Club is home to both the Florida State University men’s and women’s golf teams. Like most modern courses, it tips out at over 7,000 yards. But the key to this Gene Bates, Fred Couples design lies in reading the greens on short to mid-range putts. Hasty strokes often miss, dare we say, wide right.
Fall is prime time to visit, what with football season in full swing and day time temps leveling off from their late-summer peak. Five Georgia cracker box style cottages sit on a hill just a mile from the golf course, welcoming golfers with front porches, mini-kitchens and gas fireplaces. For more information, visit www.southwoodgolfclub.com.
WaterColor Inn and Resort
Guests of the WaterColor Inn & Resort and WaterColor/WaterSound luxury vacation rentals in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida now have access to two highly-rated private courses: Camp Creek, a Tom Fazio-stunner featuring coastal dunes covered in native grasses, and Shark’s Tooth, a Greg Norman signature layout that hugs the banks of Lake Powell.
Here, golfers can avoid the crowds often associated with Florida resort while soaking up a true member for a day experience. If it’s a family-first vacation, the resort also offers the Davis Love III-designed Origins Course. Crafted specifically for juniors and beginners, the innovative layout plays as a six-hole regulation and 10-hole par-3 course.
All three courses are within 30 minutes of the WaterColor Inn. For more information on golf packages, visit www.watercolorinn.com or www.watercolorvacations.com.
Those heading to Orlando or Daytona this winter can escape for a quick round at Victoria Hills in DeLand. What you’ll get for your money: an ornate Ron Garl-designed layout that’s a far cry from the flat, palm-tree-and-pond lined courses of south Florida.
From first tee box to 18th green, there’s more than 60 feet of elevation change, and holes are canopied with Spanish Moss-draped live oaks. For more information, visit www.victoriahillsgolfclub.com.