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Make room for golf in your Florida vacation


Florida is blessed with some of the top-rated golf courses in the country, along with resorts that are renowned the world over.

Golf is a central part of the Florida lifestyle with more than 1,000 public and private courses around the state.

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In the Orlando area, In the Orlando area, Walt Disney World offers 99 holes over 5 courses. The FUNAI Classic championship features golf's greatest pros challenging each other on Disney's Palm and Magnolia Golf Courses. These courses are all equipped with the latest in GPS technology. Each golf card shows a detailed image of the hole you are on with distances based on the GPS unit built into the cart. Each of Disneyís golf courses are named after the surroundings, Magnolia because of the scent from the Magnolia trees that litter the holes, Palm because of the palm trees that are placed throughout the 18 holes giving it an extra little something, Oak trail because of the lush oak forests that the 9-hole walking course is built within. Disney golf courses are top notch and receive between 4-5 stars on all of its courses from Golf Digest.

The PGA Tour comes calling every spring, and it's possible to duplicate the professionals' swing through the state, staying and playing at the likes of Miami's Doral Golf Resort and Spa, Orlando's Bay Hill Lodge or the Tournament Players Club at Sawgrass.

The LPGA and the Senior Tour also play multiple events in the Sunshine State, from Palm Beach to Naples to Tampa.

The World Golf Village, located between Jacksonville and St. Augustine, is the home of the World Golf Hall of Fame. Admission to the hall of fame is $19.50 for adults and cheaper for students and seniors.

The Hall of Fame also has an IMAX movie theater and can be added to a general admission ticket for only $5. The museum has many exhibits both permanent and touring which feature recent and historic events. The golf museum  is a great place to visit and a top class museum.

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The hall dedicates over 32,000 square feet to exhibits. Permanent displays are located on The Front Nine -- The Historical Game, and The Back Nine -- The Modern Game. New acquisitions and Hall of Fame Member memorabilia are housed within the Hall of Fame proper at the base of the tower on the second floor.

Other exhibits honor Byron Nelson, Ben Hoganís historic 1953 season and Annika Sorenstam's week on the PGA Tour.

Florida is home to numerous Golf associations like the LPGA and the PGA tour. The PGA tour finds itís home in beautiful north east Florida where they are stations in Ponte Vedra.

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Since 1989, the Ladies Professional Golf Association has been headquartered in Daytona Beach The LPGA is the largest golf association for women in the world and it is based out of beautiful Florida. It brings thousands and thousands of visitors to the state each yeah and takes a president when picking home courses.

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