Tee Off a Golf Adventure to Remember on Florida’s Paradise Coast

True golf lovers look for the finest greens, most challenging holes and best weather for their golf getaways. But when it comes to finding the perfect golf paradise, there’s only one place to tee it up: Naples, Marco Island and the Everglades on Florida’s Paradise Coast. 

Located on the Gulf of Mexico two hours from Miami and just three and a half hours from Orlando, Flori-da’s Paradise Coast is the perfect destination to enjoy thrilling golf and the best of Florida’s natural beauty. 

The hardest part of the entire trip is deciding which golf courses to play. And with more golf holes per cap-ita in the US, it’s not an easy decision. Many of the courses have been designed by legends like Tom Fazio, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Greg Norman. Regardless of your handicap, you’ll find courses that challenge and inspire you. 

Not only is the area home to breathtaking courses, it’s also the site of multiple professional golf events throughout the year. The best of the LPGA compete at the CME Group Tour in mid-November. The annu-al QBE Shootout is at the Tiburón Golf Club in early December, featuring 24 professionals paired into 12 two-person teams, hosted by World Golf Hall-of-Famer Greg Norman. Then, in February is the Champi-ons Tour Chubb Classic, which takes place at the TwinEagles Club in Naples.

When your round is over, move from lush greens to luxurious comfort. With a wide variety of accom-modations including resorts, boutique hotels, cozy bed & breakfasts and vacation homes, you’ll find the right level of amenities and features to suit your needs. And if you don’t want to waste any time away from the links (even to sleep), the area has numerous golf resorts to keep you close to the action. Some of these resorts include the La Playa Beach & Golf Resort; the J. W. Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort; Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club; the Naples Grande; and the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples. 

While most of your golf trip will be filled with rolling greens and challenging links, do not miss the rest of Paradise. For unique eco-experiences, there’s no Florida destination more iconic than the world-famous Everglades. It’s the only subtropical preserve in North America and it’s yours to explore with a guided tour by kayak, canoe or airboat. If you’d rather hike and spot wildlife. You can discover hundreds of bird species (including bald eagles, brown pelicans, roseate spoonbills, white ibises, great blue herons, green herons, snowy egrets, red-shouldered hawks and ospreys), plus manatees, alligators and other animals found in Florida and the Everglades.

When you’ve worked up an appetite, Florida’s Paradise Coast offers one of the best dining scenes in the country. Taste world-class cuisine like seasonal stone crab, fresh-caught seafood and local Florida produce at awarding-winning restaurants. Toast the day’s low rounds with a local of craft beer or cocktails at eclectic bars. With local brews from Naples Beach Brewery, Riptide Brewing Company, Bone Hook Brewing, Mar-co Island Brewery and Oil Well Craft Beer, you’re sure to find one you’ll love.

If you’re hungrier for culture than food, Paradise has you covered. Visit one of the many area art galleries, museums and historic sites. Or indulge in a show at performing arts centers like Artis—Naples, Naples Players or Gulfshore Playhouse. And if you need to bring home gifts or souvenirs, be sure to check out the latest fashions, gadgets and more when you shop in Naples and Marco Island at locations like 5th Avenue South, 3rd Street South, Venetian Village, Waterside Shops Mercato or Miromar Outlets.

No trip to Florida’s Paradise Coast is ever complete without a beach day or two. Enjoy miles of uncrowded white sands and turquoise Gulf waters in Naples and Marco Island. Whether you prefer to relax and soak up the warm sunshine or get out in the water for swimming, paddle boarding or on a personal watercraft, you’ll discover why these beaches are constantly ranked among the best in the country.

Best of all, with the year-round excellent weather, it’s always the ideal season to visit. Come fall in love with Paradise and play where the pros play when you explore the world-class adventure of a golf getaway in Naples, Marco Island and the Everglades.