By Dave Daubert

In “Pure Florida,” nothing beats playing around beneath a clear blue sky with the warmth of the sun and gulf breezes wafting across the course.

In “Pure Florida,” Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach, the outside activities are considered some of the best in the state, and playing golf tops the list of favorites. Rated the third best place to live and play golf in the entire U.S. by Golf Digest, the “Pure Florida” area features two 4.5-star clubs and multiple Audubon Certified Courses.

Even if you’re a duffer, it’s impossible to have a bad day playing when you’re surrounded by beautiful scenery, enjoying incredible year-round weather, and pearly white gulf beaches are nearby. Come see why they say, “Our best side is Outside” in Pure Florida.

The Charlotte Harbor Gulf Island Coast offers year-round play on 20 different courses with 450 scenic holes.

Here are some of my favorites:

Babcock National Golf Club is the latest 18 hole offering featuring a meticulous design by Gordan Lewis that provides a unique golfing experience. The 7,100-plus-yard with 5 sets of tees plays through idyllic scenery. It has pristine fairways and strategically placed bunkers and it is the centerpiece of a new gated development named Babcock Ranch just west of Interstate 75.

Boca Royale Golf & Country Club in Englewood is a golfer’s paradise, complete with a well-kept practice facility and recently renovated 18 holes with Champion UltraDwarf bermuda greens and five tee boxes stretching to 6,200 yards. The layout commands close to 150 acres of ponds and lakes, tropical native preserves and evergreen fairways.

Charlotte Harbor National at Bobcat Trail, located in North Port, is the shared vision of architect Lee Singletary and 1986 Championship winner Bob Tway. The 7,100-yard design is a stern test of golf for the big hitters and a bit less for us duffers playing forward. In 2017, former director of the North Florida PGA Section, Rich Smith, and his wife Ellen bought the club and have since totally transformed the aging gem into a sparkling wonder and have made it the top club in the area. More