Mixing golf with your favorite Florida football team

Westchase Golf Club is convenient to Buccaneers and Bulls fans.

How great is it to have football back? OK, so football weather hasn’t quite returned yet, but for all fans of the Gators, Seminoles, Hurricanes, et al, early September is one of the best times of the year.

If your fan routine includes going to the games and tailgating, are you making an entire weekend out of it? Bringing the clubs? Here’s some options for game-weekend football, listed by team.

Central Florida Knights: One of the closest courses to Bright House Networks Stadium is Twin Rivers in Oviedo, a semi-private course designed by Oviedo native Joe Lee.

Florida Gators: If you don’t have a connection to the Mark Bostick Golf Course on campus, Ironwood is the next closest option. The Gainesville municipal course had $1.3 million in renovations in 2010 and is just northeast of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

Florida State Seminoles/FAMU Rattlers: Any trip to Tallahassee is enhanced by a run to Southwood Golf Club, No. 25 on Golf Magazine’s recent list of Florida’s best public courses.

Jacksonville Jaguars: Windsor Parke Golf Club is an easy dash to or from EverBank Field, an Arthur Hills design midway between Jacksonville and the beaches.

Miami Dolphins/Miami Hurricanes: Legendary coach Don Shula’s name graces a hotel and golf club in Miami Lakes near Sun Life Stadium. The Senator Golf Course opened in 1962, eight years before Shula's tenure began with the Dolphins.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers/South Florida Bulls: Take the Veterans’ Expressway north of Raymond James Stadium to find plenty of golf options. Picturesque Westchase Golf Club is one of the better courses and priced right.
 

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