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Take a Swing At These 8 Golf Courses In Martin And St. Lucie Counties

by Madelaine Boyer Aug 06, 2018 04:53 PM

There’s nothing quite like perfecting your swing while playing golf in beautiful, sunny Florida. But what could make your golf experience even better and unlike any other? How about heading over to one of the many luxury public and private golf courses in  Martin and St. Lucie counties?

Whether you’re playing a full 18 holes with your friends or co-workers, or you’re just looking to practice by hitting some balls out onto the driving range, theses eight golf courses in in the local area offer something special for everyone. 

PGA Golf Club at PGA Village

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Featuring a trio of award-winning golf courses masterfully designed on the Treasure Coast by the renowned Tom Fazio and Pete Dye, PGA Golf Club aims to offer a truly professional level golf experience for those looking for something out of the ordinary. Offering both public and private access, golfers can either book a public tee time for $55 per person or become a PGA golf club member, which provides access to all three courses and a variety of other benefits. PGA also features a 35-acre learning center for golf training and lessons to those new to golf or long-time players looking to improve their play. 

1916 Perfect Drive, Port St. Lucie; 772.467.1300; pgavillage.com

The Legacy Golf & Tennis Club

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A hidden gem found within the hallowed gates of the PGA Village, often mistaken for one of the three PGA courses, is the Legacy Golf Club. The fully private club sports an 18-hole championship golf course, designed by golf course architect George Fazio, and offers five sets of tees to accommodate every skill level. Along with the award-winning golf course, members can also hone their skills at the practice facility that features a double sided driving range, multiple chipping areas and a large putting green. In addition to golf, the host for the U.S. Open Qualifiers also offers members access to six har-tru tennis courts, two pickleball courts, three bocce courts, a dog park, a miniature golf course, a swimming pool and two dining facilities. 

9000 Clubhouse Drive, Port St. Lucie; 772.466.7888; legacygolfandtennis.com/guest-welcome

St. Lucie Trail Golf Club

Affordable quality play on lush Florida greenery is what sets the St. Lucie Trail Golf Club apart from the many other public golf courses found in the Stuart area. Originally designed by Jim Fazio, this 18-hole community course was given a fresh look and feel after its 2014 renovation under the direction of the club’s superintendent, Dick Gray. Offering expansive nature views on almost every hole, the course offers players unique challenges to put their skills to the test as well as more forgiving play experiences to just relax and enjoy the course. From $32 to $37, players with any level of skill can play a few rounds on the expansive greens and fairways. 

951 SW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie; 772.340.1444; stlucietrail.com

The Fox Club

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Set among soft pines, radiant lakes and nature preserves teeming with wildlife, this private golf club continues to maintain its status as one of Florida’s best-kept secrets. The Fox Club aims to offer golfers a feeling of tranquil relaxation on a pristine golf course set away from the hustle and bustle of city life just minutes away. During a redesign in 2004 by British Open champion Darren Clarke and Walker Cup member Eoghan O’Connell the greens were elevated, deep bunkers and pine trees were added and the course was lengthened by a whooping 600 yards to give the Fox Club a layout unique to the area. By expanding the club amenities and perfecting the course to provide the ultimate experience in golf, the Fox Club strives to grant its members and their guests a first-class experience. 

10664 SW Whooping Crane Way, Palm City; 772.597.4222; foxclubfl.com

Gator Trace Golf & Country Club 

It’s not very often that you can enjoy the country club experience without having to pay those sometimes expensive annual club fees, but Gator Trace Golf & Country Club offers just that. For $20, golfers can tee off on its exclusive Arthur Hills-designed golf course (open to the public), while also enjoying the lush natural habitat. Put your skills to the test with a water hazard on every hole and be sure to take in the expanse of over 6,000 yards of green during your round of golf. After a great day on the course, sit back and enjoy a delicious prime rib and shrimp buffet or barbecued ribs at the Gator Trace clubhouse. All of the Gator Trace facilities are open to the public, but club memberships that include extra privileges and special discounts are also available.

4302 Gator Trace Drive, Fort Pierce; 772.464.0407; gatortracecountryclub.com

Champions Club at Summerfield

Experience the first public golf course to be awarded the Audubon Signature Sanctuary designation because of its natural beauty. When designing the course, Tom Fazio intended to emphasize the premise that, “Golf courses should reflect the natural beauty of their environments.” Therefore, this public course offers golfers of varying skill levels a challenging yet enjoyable experience on a course that harmoniously transitions the naturally occurring landscape into the more developed areas of the course. Starting at $25, golfers can play 18 holes on this beautifully designed public course unlike any other. The Champion’s Golf Club also offers players the opportunity to learn from the best at its golf academy. 

3400 SE Summerfield Way, Stuart; 772.283.1500; thechampionsclubgolf.com

Indianwood Golf & Country Club

How often can you say you have experienced a country club community that loves and appreciates golf while also putting an emphasis on inviting all skill levels of golfers to play on its exclusive golf course? Indianwood Golf & Country Club does just that by offering members, as well as golfers from all walks of life, the opportunity to enjoy a course cultivated for the most luxurious of country club communities. Ted McAnlis, course architect to such courses as St. Andrew’s in Boca Raton and Wellington Golf Club in Palm Beach County, designed this 18-hole course to give today’s golfers a challenging yet rewarding play experience, regardless of skill level. For $20, non-member golfers can also enjoy a golf and lunch package that includes a cart for the course. 

14007 SW Golf Club Drive, Indiantown; 772.597.3794; indiantownindianwoodgolfclub.com

Willoughby Golf Club

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Looking for a challenge, but not one that makes you want to throw your club into a lake after hitting a ball into the bunker? Don’t get “teed” off and play at the private golf course at Willoughby Golf Club. Designed by course architect Arthur Hill, this course ensures that all players are suitably challenged but will never feel hopeless or a sense of monotony that you may find in other course layouts. With a design that blends the beauty of the natural surroundings and hazards that seem reminiscent of both Florida and North Carolina, this course aims to have players thinking it’s a bit unlike anything else. Members of this private country club enjoy a course that truly challenges, and also have access to tennis, fishing, a pool overlooking the golf course and an array of luxury dining options. 

3001 SE Doubleton Drive, Stuart; 772.220.6000; willoughbygolfclub.com

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