All resorts listed below were ranked as Silver Medal winners in Golf Magazine's Premier Resort rankings.
Hammock Beach Resort (386-246-5500, hammockbeach.com)
With 320 accommodations nestled away in an ocean-fronting tower and a small, intimate lodge, Hammock is part of the Grand Golf Resorts of Florida collection (which includes Innisbrook Resort near Tampa and Reunion Resort in Orlando). Non-golf options include a multi-level water park, spa and a marina on the Intracoastal Waterway that offers charter services.
Ponte Vedra Inn & Club (904-285-1111, pontevedra.com)
The AAA Five-Diamond rated Ponte Vedra Inn & Club is celebrating its 85th anniversary this year. The historic oceanfront resort includes 250 luxurious rooms, plus beach access, pools, tennis, fitness center, spa, shopping and fine dining.
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort (800-622-1038, sandestin.com)
Located just east of Fort Walton Beach in northwest Florida, this resort offers almost 1,300 rooms, villas and condos spread throughout a 2,400-acre property. In addition to four golf courses, you can relax at multiple pools and on white sand beaches, use tennis or fitness center facilities, and select from numerous dining options at the Village of Baytowne Wharf.
Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa (800-457-4653, sawgrassmarriott.com)
Staying at the Sawgrass Marriott not only provides unsurpassed access to the Players Stadium course and its sibling, Dye's Valley, but also allows you access to private clubs including Palencia Country Club (with views of the Intracoastal and a memorable quartet of par 5s) and Sawgrass Country Club (site of The Players Championship from 1977-1981). The resort also offers various packages that often include a round on the famed Stadium course.
Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort (904-261-6161, omnihotels.com)
Reopening in March, after an $85 million renovation that will add 155 more rooms, new pool and new dining choices, this oceanfront resort also features 12 different types of villas (villasofameliaisland.com)