Talking GolfGetaways, Episode 9: Eric Hart’s top 5 family-fun golf resorts in Florida
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Talking GolfGetaways, Episode 9: Eric Hart’s top 5 family-fun golf resorts in Florida

With beach, pools, golf and more, Omni Amelia Island Plantation tops Eric Hart’s list of family-fun resorts in Florida.


Florida. We know it, we love it. It’s truly a vacation hot spot. With winter and holiday vacation time approaching, Florida comes into sharp focus. And though it’s an all-year round destination, Florida is on everyone’s list of go-to winter destinations.

That’s why trying to get GolfGetaways Family Travel Editor Eric Hart to narrow his favorite Florida resorts to only five is a laughable request. “It’s brutal to have to narrow my “Best List” down to a Top 5 when I could talk for three hours on a number of other properties in Florida with the same level of excitement,” he says.

And yet on this episode of the “Talking GolfGetaways” podcast, hosts Mitch Laurance and Darin Bunch asked him to keep it tight and give us just five. Of course, it’s never that simple with Eric, so we discuss six great Florida golf resorts (and a few other spots as well). Plus, you’ll never meet anyone with as much passion for mini-golf as Eric Hart, whose son has a sixth sense for sniffing out putt-putt courses.

Eric shares his thoughts on a golf state he clearly loves, zeroing in on his list of the five all-around resorts worth your travel time. Find out why the Florida panhandle’s WaterColor Inn, the Orlando area’s Reunion Resort, iconic Bay Hill (Eric seems on the verge of an emotional experience talking about his idol Arnold Palmer), Hammock Beach and Omni Amelia Island Plantation all make the cut.

And then start packing your bags. And your clubs. Florida, here you’ll come.

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