Tee off with the best golfing in Florida And explore local gems the whole family will love
Recognized as one of the top golfing destinations in the state by experienced golfers and beginners alike, Lake County has more than two dozen golf courses that offer challenging play in addition to spectacular views. And while golf is a beloved part of the lifestyle here, it’s the allure of small-town charm paired with vibrant communities and a wide array of eclectic restaurants and boutique shopping that keep this golfing destination at the top of the list.
Visitors can tee off at a range of public and semi-private courses in the area, and two of the most distinguished courses are found at Mission Inn Resort & Club, located in Howey-in-the-Hills. The El Campeón course, known for its 85-foot elevation changes that are uncharacteristic to Florida courses, is one of the best in the nation, coming in at Golf Advisor’s national No. 2 spot in 2015, and taking the top spot in the state. This championship course was built in 1917 and features water on 13 of its 18 holes. The 17th hole is a par 5 with a double dogleg and more obstacles than some entire courses, sure to both challenge and captivate golfers as they return time and time again to try their swings. The Las Colinas course, also at Mission Inn Resort & Club, is another championship-level course that challenges golfers with large fairways and expansive greens. These courses often play host to events like NCAA championships, PGA and LPGA events, and the U.S. Open, but all are welcome to request a tee time when courses are available.
A wide range of other golf experiences are available in the area, including the luxurious, semi-private Bella Collina Golf Club in Montverde where golfers can tee off among vineyards and beautiful estate homes. The casual golfer might enjoy the public Green Valley Country Club in Clermont, with an 18-hole course designed by Golf-Course Architect Lloyd Clifton. With stunning courses in every corner of Lake County, golfers and their families are never more than a stone’s throw away from quaint downtown shopping, exquisite one-of-a kind restaurants, art galleries, sparkling lakes, manicured waterfront parks and countless ways to connect with nature through trails and blueways. For shopping and restaurants, try downtown Mount Dora or the Ruby Brick Road in Tavares. Both are located on Lake Dora, with the latter just a few hundred yards from a seaplane base that offers chartered tours.
The towns of Leesburg, Tavares, Clermont and Eustis each boast waterfront parks with stunning views, perfect for a post-lunch stroll or family play time. Rent a boat, take a boat tour, charter a fishing guide or launch your own boat to explore the many lakes of Lake County – with more than 1,000 to choose from, it’s no wonder why this is both a premier fishing destination and a gem for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts. There are many natural locales, including state parks, natural preserves, trailheads and other conservation areas, that are ideal for kayaking, paddle boarding, hiking or exploring trails on horseback.
These exceptional experiences, paired with some of the best golfing the state has to offer, epitomize the Real Florida lifestyle. Whether near or far, start planning your trip and book a stay at an area resort to experience the hospitality, charm and appeal that make Lake County a loved destination for golfers and their families.