Championship Golf Courses at The Villages

Golf Courses at The VillagesPlaying golf within The Villages, Florida is a wonderful experience. In addition to dozens of Executive Golf Courses, The Villages golf center boasts nine of the most beautiful and challenging Championship  golf courses in the nation, and should not be missed by any golf enthusiast. Each of these golfing facilities, feature an on site country club, restaurant, and a well-stocked pro shop. Golfers can bring their own cart, or use one of the villages golf carts. Because they are nestled together in such close proximity, this is a great place to plan a golf-centered vacation.


1. Cane Garden Country Club

This stunning, 27 hole golf course, is one of the most spectacular in Florida, and is adjacent to an eagle preserve that contains 140 acres. Here, one could only hope to see an eagle on their scorecard, but are more likely to see them in the preserve. An amazing pair of bald eagles nests can be viewed from the fifth tee, and there are other fascinating species in the area. The Cane Garden clubhouse features relaxing outdoor hammocks, where you may want to take a short break between golfing rounds.

2. Hacienda Hills Golf and Country Club

Hacienda Hills’ golf course features 27 challenging holes, which are excellent for all levels of players. Infamous golfer, Chi Chi Rodriguez, has enjoyed many rounds of gold here, and claimed that two of his all-time favorite holes are the Hacienda Hill’s golf course. Every hole features bunkers, and tricky water hazards exist on fourteen of them.

3. Glenview Champions Country Club

The championship course at Glenview was designed under the guidance and consult of golf pros Tommy Aaron, John Mahaffey, and Hubert Green. This course boasts more than 7100 yards of challenging holes, with bunkers and several demanding random elevation changes. The terrain here will be easily conquered by using one of the villages golf carts on site. With five sets of tees on the course, Glenview’s course is easy to play on for all handicap levels, due to their tee placements.

4. Havana Country Club

Havana may very well be the most challenging of the area’s courses. Every hole features surprising undulations on the greens, and the fairways tend to have some extreme shifts in elevation. This championship course is known nationwide for its amazing and complex finishing holes. Rest assured that you will possibly use every club in your bag on this course, and even the most skilled golfers enjoy the tremendous challenge that Havana presents them.

5. Mallory Hill Country Club

Resting on one of the highest points inGolf the Villages the county, is Mallory Hill’s 27 hole golf course, which is one of the newest additions to The Village’s course offerings. This establishment is in an Audubon Certified Sanctuary and offers great bird watching, in addition to a stunning course. Elevation changes on the fairways and the Bermuda grass greens create a challenging course that is excellent for all skill levels. The slope rating here is 139 and the USGA rating of this golf course is 74.5. The clubhouse here boasts interesting architecture and interior design to be enjoyed while resting up between rounds.

6. The Nancy Lopez Legacy Course

Designed by golfing hall of famer, Nancy Lopez, this amazing course is designed to be user friendly for golfers of varying skill levels. With a par 72 course, a rating of 73.3, and 6900 yards of play to be had, there is something here for every golfer to enjoy. There are four tee off points that make things easy for players of differing handicaps. The natural setting here has been preserved as much as possible, and creates interesting challenges for golfers to test their skills. This course boasts some of the most beautiful landscaping among the area courses, and is an Audubon Certified Sanctuary. Not to mention the great full service Legacy Restaurant.

7. Orange Blossom Hills Golf and Country Club

This eighteen hole golf course, is the oldest championship course of its size in The Villages. Orange Blossom challenges golfers from tee-off, and each of them will require the use of various drivers, creating a unique golfing experience. Most of the greens here have subtle breaks that require golfers to utilize their finest putting skills to obtain good scores on the course. There are more than 6200 yards of play to be had here, but the difficulty and required precision to play the holes here, make it seem much longer than it is. The Orange Blossom Hills course features lovely terrain of gentle hills, small bridges, and some grand-scale oak trees.

8. Palmer Legends Country Club

Palmer Legends championship golf course features 27 holes, and it possesses some of the most scenic views amongst The Village’s golfing facilities. There is a surplus of water hazards, one of them being Lake Sumner. There are several challenging bunkers in the course, and they will put any golfer’s skills to the ultimate test. Additionally, this club boasts an excellent practice facility that offers putting greens, chipping greens, and practice bunkers. Lessons are available from The Villages Golf Academy, which is at this location.

9. Tierra Del Sol Golf and Country Club

This championship 18 hole course has hosted many major golf tournaments, including the Samsung World Championship of Women’s Golf. The front nine holes at this course are straightforward, but the back nine, is part of a nature preserve, so the game can become a bit more intense, as it presents quite a few challenges of water and bunkers. This course offers more than 6800 yards to play, and there are four sets of tees to enhance playability for all levels of golfers. There is an on-site putting and chipping green, as well as a warm up net to get those limbs loosened up.

Whether you play one or all, of these amazing championship courses during your stay in The Villages, know that you are experiencing some of the finest greens in the country. Known nationwide for their superior design, lovely landscapes, and excellent bird watching opportunities, these courses should be on the bucket list for every golf enthusiast.
Consider renting one of the many excellent cottages in the area, which puts you in close proximity to all the golfing action. There are plenty of cottage rentals at The Villages, FL available with a variety of amenities that can be reserved at reasonable rates, and they are an excellent lodging choice in the area.

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