Every year a multitude of visitors arrive in Florida looking for the Disney experience but while here a significant number want to take part in the Florida golfing scene. This is the second in a series of articles looking at various aspects of the Florida golfing scene, with this feature looking at what is on offer on Florida’s Nature Coast.
The Nature Coast can be found at the upper western coast of the state and boasts an abundance of wildlife and areas of outstanding natural beauty. Florida has one of the largest concentrations of freshwater springs in the world, with over 350, and nearly 200 of these can be found in this region. If you are looking to enjoy your golfing alongside other outdoor pursuits including fishing, walking or boating, the nature Coast offers it all. The Nature Coast is only an hour and a half north of Tampa and there are numerous attractions besides golf including a must-see in the manatee population of Crystal River (the largest in Florida) and the option of a visit to Cedar Key, an historic fishing village nestling on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico.
Nature Coast Golf
As well as the attractions of mother nature, there is a thriving golf scene to be enjoyed. A varied diet of different course types are on offer designed by top architects including Tom Fazio and John Sanford. The following are just a selection of golf courses on offer;
Brooksville – home to World Woods Golf Course (in most people’s Florida Top 10), which contains two Tom Fazio designed courses, Pine Barrens carved through a pine forest, and Rolling Oaks which is notable for its giant oak trees.
Crystal River – where you can find the Plantation Inn and Golf Resort, a well established institution oozing southern charm and hospitality. Plantation Inn is a PGA standard course and there is Lagoons nine-hole course for those with less experience.
Dunnellon – lying a few miles northeast of Crystal River can be found Juliette Falls, designed by John Sanford a stunning venue with rolling parkland and a number of waterfalls.
All in all, the Nature Coast is a fantastic destination for those who like their golf, mixed in with an encounter with nature.