Top 25 courses in Florida according to Golf Advisor reviews in 2015

How deep is the Florida golf scene? According to Golf Advisor's 75,000-plus reviewers who posted a review in 2015, 10 courses were rated highly enough to crack the top 50 courses in the U.S.

So what can we learn from these ratings over the course of the year? First, compared to other warm weather destinations, Florida golf courses don't tend to have the wild weather swings compared to the Southwest desert or cooler winters of the Carolinas. Additionally, as a state with such an incredible number of courses, they have to price their green fees quite competitively. That means a lot of golfers are feeling five-star bang-for-their-buck in the Sunshine State.

Just about every destination is represented here, from south Florida to the Jacksonville area to central Florida. Many coveted resort courses are here, including Streamsong, Waldorf Astoria and Grand Cypress. Others are lesser-known semi-private and daily-fee facilities.

Some of these courses, particularly in southwest Florida, are only open to the public during certain times of year. In Naples, for example, it's pretty common practice to only accept outside play outside of the peak December-March months. Locals enjoy lower rates in the summertime after the snowbirds head back north the spring, often finding great value on some of the most expensive courses in the state.

Here is what golfers rated the Top 25 in 2015. Let us know what you think, or better yet, build your own list of top Florida courses by reviewing your favorites.

Top 25 courses in Florida


Daytona Beach
Architect: Arthur Hills


Port Charlotte
Architect: Gene Bates


Alva
Architect: Davis Love III


Defuniak Springs
Architect: Bill Amick


Orlando
Architect: Greg Norman


Fort Myers
Architect: Bob Cupp


Niceville


Navarre
Architect: Ron Garl


Naples
Architect: Bob Cupp


Hernando
Architect: Terry Lagree


Naples
Architect: Arthur Hills


Naples
Architect: Jed Azinger, Gordon C. Lewis


Fort Meade
Architects: Bill Coore, Ben Crenshaw


Brooksville
Architect: Pete Dye


Miami
Architects: Dick Wilson, Robert Trent Jones Sr.


Carrabelle
Architect: Robert Walker


Orlando
Architect: Jack Nicklaus


Fort Myers
Architect: Ron Garl


Fernandina Beach
Architect: Arnold Palmer


Lake Buena Vista
Architect: Tom Fazio


Lakeland
Architect: Ron Garl


Ocala
Architect: Gordon Lewis


Brooksville
Architect: Tom Fazio


Lake Buena Vista
Architect: Rees Jones


Howey in the Hills
Architect: George O'Neil


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The fact TPC Sawgrass is not in the top 3, let alone not on the list invalidates Golf Advisor's method of producing such lists.

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These lists are compiled using reviews from everyday user of Golf Advisor, not expert or editorial staff. Based on reading reviews of TPC Sawgrass, some leave underwhelmed based on the high green fee. http://www.golfadvisor.com/courses/15881-tpc-sawgrass-the-players-stadium-course/

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No Trump Doral, No TPC Sawgrass, No Streamsong... there are some great courses here but, this list needs some revamping. There is no way Melreese is the #11 course in the state.

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The list can only be revamped by our readers, so get on the site and review your favorites, and encourage your golf buddies to do the same.

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Not sure you can have a top 25  Florida list and leave off TPC Sawgrass. IMO one of the top 10 courses in the country, let alone Florida. Just sayin...

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TPC Sawgrass seems to get mixed reviews from golfers on our site. A few 3-star reviews kept it off our 2015 list.

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