Gainesville, Florida, is home to beautiful and challenging golf courses. Whether you're a seasoned pro or a beginner, you're sure to find a course that suits your skill level and provides an enjoyable day on the links. Alachua County, where Gainesville is located, has several golf courses, and each one offers something unique and special.
One of the most notable courses in the area is the Mark Bostick Golf Course at the University of Florida. This private course, designed by Donald Ross in 1921, is considered one of the top college golf courses in the country. It features rolling hills, beautiful trees, and challenging greens that require precision and strategy. In addition to being a great course to play, it also hosts several collegiate events throughout the year, including the Gator Invitational and the Florida Gators Women's Invitational. To play the Mark Bostick Golf Course you must be affiliated with the University or a guest of someone who is affiliated with the University. There are plans for students, faculty, and alumni and options for annual or semester memberships.
Ironwood Golf Course, owned by the City of Gainesville, earned the prestigious designation as an "Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary". The 18-hole, par 72 championship course, named by Golf Digest as one of the best places to play, hosts over 50 tournaments a year.
Turkey Creek Golf Club, Alachua County's other public course, is an 18-hole, par 72 course. Fairways are lined with live oaks (some over 100 years old) and tall pine trees. The course hosts tournaments, events, scrambles and more.
Another great option in the area is Hawkstone Country Club formerly known as Haile Plantation Golf and Country Club. This course, designed by Gary Player, is a beautiful and challenging layout that provides a great test of golf. It features rolling fairways, well-placed bunkers, and water hazards that come into play on several holes. The course is also home to the annual Haile Plantation Invitational, which draws golfers from all over the state. To play the course, you do need to know a member, become a member or be invited to participate in the Invitational.
In addition to the great courses in the area, Gainesville and Alachua County also host several golf events throughout the year. The Greater Gainesville Golf Championship is one of the most popular events, featuring a three-day tournament that attracts golfers from all over the state. The event is held at several different courses in the area and provides a great opportunity to play some of the best courses in Gainesville and Alachua County.
It's worth mentioning that the architect who designed Hotel Eleo, which is located in Gainesville, also designed Streamsong, which is known for its stunning golf courses. The Streamsong Resort, located in central Florida, features three championship courses designed by Tom Doak and Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw. These courses are considered some of the best in the country and provide a truly unforgettable golf experience.
Gainesville and Alachua County offer some of the best golfing experiences in Florida. With a variety of courses to choose from and several events throughout the year, it's a great destination for golfers of all skill levels. And if you're driving south after visiting Gainesville, don't miss the chance to play the courses at Streamsong Resort. You will immediately notice the architect's signature design elements, including the use of curves and Corten steel featured at both Streamsong and Hotel ELEO at the University of Florida.