What makes a great Florida golf course? For the beginner, it’s things like generous fairways and putting greens that aren’t deceptively slanted (most commonly away from the hole). The experienced golfer looks for challenging water hazards and treacherous sand traps that could swallow entire towns. And all golfers agree that the best courses offer amazing views, friendly and helpful staff, well-tended greens, and a clubhouse that’s worth shooting 18 grueling holes to get there.
Gainesville’s long, rich history in sports makes it a golfer’s dream spot. Whether you’re a pro who’s new to Gainesville or a longtime native who only recently worked up the nerve to invest in a set of clubs, Gainesville’s golf courses have something to offer everyone. So polish those wedges, knock the dried mud off your golf spikes, and make some excuse to avoid Saturday’s family picnic. Here’s where you’ll be instead.
Gainesville Golf & Country Club gets some of the highest customer ratings of any of Gainesville’s courses. Located just a few miles outside of Gainesville, it’s open year-round; however, it is a membership-based club. Memberships are reasonably affordable, with a single golf membership just under $300 per month and a family golf membership for just over $350. Corporate memberships are also available. But members and those who’ve visited the course with friends say this course is on par with the likes of Harbor Town, Kiawah Island, TPC Sugarloaf, and other world-renown courses.
Ironwood Golf Course consistently receives excellent customer ratings—partly because it’s a course both seasoned golfers and the newbies can enjoy, and also because the green fees are astoundingly affordable. If you’re flexible about the tee time, you can get rates well below $20 per person. Ironwood is scheduled for renovations over the summer, so get your game booked now, or wait until September. By then, Gainesville ought to get some bearable temperatures so that you won’t end the round drenched in sweat. The driving range remains open during the renovation, so you can still practice your swing and stay in shape. Just call ahead to check their hours of operation.
- University of Florida Golf Course (Mark Bostick Golf Course)
If you’re a golfer with a connection to the University of Florida (a current student, employee, or alumni), you know that this course is arguably the best in all of Gainesville. It isn’t cheap, even with student and alumni discounts, but the course is remarkable, no matter your skill levels. Plus, the staff is incredibly helpful when it comes to advising golfers of the best ways to get around the course. The course is amazingly well-groomed, and the workers are truly friendly. Who knows? You might luck out and get a tee time that lets you cross paths with one of UF’s living legends.
As another members-only club, Haile Plantation is a family-friendly course that’s ideal if you want the little ones to follow in your golfing footsteps. They even have a junior golf school if you’re convinced your child is headed for the PGA or LPGA. The club also offers a variety of members-only events during the year, including wine tastings, couples scrambles (the couples who golf together stay together, but they probably don’t speak anymore), and club championships. The Gary Player-designed course is located near campus and playable by all skill levels.
Wait! If you golfed here in the past and were tragically disappointed, get ready to change your mind. This course used to get some of the worst online ratings of any of Gainesville’s courses, but they closed down, renovated, and reopened with a new owner and an entirely new look. Recent customers rate the course incredibly well, although it’s a challenging one for beginning golfers. The fairways are narrow and tight, the greens are small, and the terrain isn’t very forgiving. But there are some easier holes along the way where you can salvage your score if you’re careful. If you book online, you can find lots of tee times starting around $15 for weekdays and $20 to $25 on weekends.
Find a Golfing Buddy in a New Buick or GMC
Of course, if you’re going to haul around regulation clubs, golf shoes, and a couple of friends, you need space. Stepping up to the tee is Gainesville Buick GMC. With an offering of truly drive-worthy new Buicks and Chevys, as well as pre-owned vehicles, you and your buddies can get to the course in style. Check out the all-new Buick Enclave, which features over 23 generous cubic feet of cargo space and 2,000 lbs. towing capacity. If you don’t have lots of gear to haul, you’ll look fashionable rolling into the parking lot in a sporty Cascada Convertible. Or, you can arrive in grace and style with a brand new LaCrosse or Regal. When you shop at Gainesville Buick GMC, it’s your choice!
So head down to our Gainesville dealership at 2101 N Main Street, or call one of our knowledgeable and helpful dealers at (352) 201-3583. We probably can’t do much about that wicked slice, but we can definitely fix you up with the car to get you to the golf course. Contact Gainesville Buick GMC to find and finance your new ride today!
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