Destination Guide

Destination: Ocala

Set in the north central part of the state, Ocala attracts visitors with its Old Florida charm and a laid-back lifestyle dominated by horse farms, tree-laden golf courses, an historic downtown and easy access to the Ocala National Forest, Appleton Museum of Art and Silver Springs theme park.

The revitalized downtown area is a social epicenter with a collection of restaurants, taverns and boutique shops as well as a farmers market. In addition, there' s a large residential historic district with spectacular examples of Victorian architecture.

Dubbed as the "horse capital of the world," Ocala has hundreds of horse farms where thoroughbreds and other horses such as the Tennessee Walker, Arabian and Paso Fino are bred and trained. In fact, nearly 50 different breeds are represented in the area. Horse farms in Ocala have produced numerous Kentucky Derby winners and Breeders Cup Champions.

Visitors to the area gravitate to the main attractions for activities such as hiking, fishing and camping at the Ocala National Forest; viewing an impressive collection of European, American and Contemporary Art at the Appleton Museum of Art; and cruising on glass bottom boats, taking nature tours and enjoying live concerts at Silver Springs.

Car enthusiasts enjoy the Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing, which has an amazing collection of drag racers, classic cars and hot rods.

For golfers, the verdant, undulating land surrounding the city has provided architects such as Ron Garl, Desmond Muirhead and Karl Litten with engaging terrain to design a wide variety of course experiences. A propensity of large oak trees and rolling hills provides golfers with always-interesting play options.

The Ocala area's impressive course menu includes public, private and semi-private golf courses, including two of Florida's best public layouts: Ocala Golf Club, and Pine Oaks of Ocala.

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Courses

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Juliette Falls
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Dunnellon $22
Spruce Creek Preserve Golf Club
Tee Times
Dunnellon $12
Ocala Golf Club
Tee Times
Ocala $10
Candler Hills Golf Club
Tee Times
Ocala $16
Sanctuary Course at Pennbrooke Fairways
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Leesburg $15
Meadows&Oaks Course at Pennbrooke Fairways
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Leesburg $15
Country Club at Silver Springs Shores
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Ocala $10
LakeSide Golf & Country Club Inverness $24 - $28
Masters Course at Eagle Ridge Golf Club
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Summerfield $19.95
The Links at Spruce Creek South Summerfield $15 - $25
Lake Diamond Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Ocala $10
Heritage Course at Eagle Ridge Golf Club
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Summerfield $19.95
SummerGlen Golf Club
Tee Times
Ocala $22
Trilogy Golf Club at Ocala Preserve - Players Loop
Tee Times
Ocala $12
Royal Oaks Golf Club
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Ocala $18
Water Oak Country Club
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Lady Lake $10
Point O'Woods Golf Course
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Inverness $10
Harbor Hills Country Club Lady Lake $59
Rolling Greens Executive Golf Course
Tee Times
Ocala $25
Trilogy Golf Club at Ocala Preserve - Skills Course
Tee Times
Ocala $12
Memorial Course at Eagle Ridge Golf Club
Tee Times
Summerfield $19.95
Stonecrest Golf Club - Meadows Course Summerfield N/A
Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Lady Lake $20 - $22
Stone Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Ocala $23
Ocala Palms Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Ocala $10
Champions Course at Eagle Ridge Golf Club
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Summerfield $19.95
Stonecrest Golf Club
Tee Times
Summerfield $10
Silver Lake at The Villages Executive Golf Trail Lady Lake $7 - $11
Laurel Valley Course at Palmer Legends Lady Lake $15.50 - $41.00
Erinn/Ashley at Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf & Country Club Lady Lake $27 - $75
Hibiscus/Jacaranda at Cane Garden Country Club Lady Lake $28 - $77
Oakleigh at The Villages Executive Golf Trail Lady Lake $7 - $11
Tarpon Boil at The Villages Executive Golf Trail Lady Lake $7 - $11
Heron at The Villages Executive Golf Trail Lady Lake $7 - $11
Orange Blossom Hills Golf & Country Club The Villages $24 - $66
Redfish Run at The Villages Executive Golf Trail Lady Lake $7 - $11
Walnut Grove at The Villages Executive Golf Trail Lady Lake $7 - $11
Amelia/Caroline at Mallory Hill Golf Course Lady Lake $28 - $77
De La Vista at The Villages Executive Golf Trail Lady Lake $7 - $11
El Diablo at The Villages Executive Golf Trail Lady Lake $7 - $11
Links at On Top of the World Ocala $20
Saddlebrook at The Villages Executive Golf Trail Lady Lake $7 - $11
Allamanda/Hibiscus at Cane Garden Country Club Lady Lake $28 - $77
Turtle Mound at The Villages Executive Golf Trail Lady Lake $7 - $11
Marion Oaks Country Club Ocala $30
Pimlico at The Villages Executive Golf Trail Lady Lake $7 - $11
Sarasota at The Villages Executive Golf Trail The Villages $7 - $11
Sweetgum at The Villages Executive Golf Trail Lady Lake $7 - $11
Churchill Greens at The Villages Executive Golf Trail Lady Lake $7 - $11
Bonita Pass at The Villages Executive Golf Trail Lady Lake $7 - $11
Seminole Course at Belle Glade Country Club The Villages $14.00 - $38.50
Kenya/Hemingway at Havana Country Club Lady Lake $28 - $77
Cherry Hills Course at Palmer Legends Lady Lake $15.50 - $41.00
Kilimanjaro/Kenya at Havana Country Club Lady Lake $28 - $77
Fox Run at Glenview Champions Country Club The Villages $13.50 - $37.50
Bogart at The Villages Executive Golf Trail Lady Lake $7 - $11
Yankee Clipper at The Villages Executive Golf Trail Lady Lake $7 - $11
Palmetto at The Villages Executive Golf Trail Lady Lake $7 - $11
Evans Prairie Country Club - Egret/Killdeer The Villages $27 - $75
Destin/Fort Walton at Bonifay Country Club The Villages $28 - $77
Escambia at The Villages Executive Golf Trail The Villages $7 - $11
Hill Top at The Villages Executive Golf Trail Lady Lake $7 - $11
El Santiago at The Villages Executive Golf Trail Lady Lake $7 - $11
Briarwood at The Villages Executive Golf Trail Lady Lake $7 - $11
Mira Mesa at The Villages Executive Golf Trail Lady Lake $7 - $11
Evans Prairie Country Club - Osprey/Egret The Villages $27 - $75
Killdeer/Osprey at Evans Prairie Country Club The Villages $27 - $75
Bacall at The Villages Executive Golf Trail Lady Lake $7 - $11
Riley Grove Course at Palmer Legends Lady Lake $15.50 - $41.00
Talley Ho at Glenview Champions Country Club The Villages $13.50 - $37.50
Hawkes Bay at The Villages Executive Golf Trail Lady Lake $7 - $11
Chula Vista at The Villages Executive Golf Trail Lady Lake $7 - $11
Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club Ocala $200
Palms/Lakes at Hacienda Hills Golf & Country Club The Villages $25 - $69
Country Club of Ocala Ocala $83
Truman at The Villages Executive Golf Trail Lady Lake $7 - $11
Volusia at The Villages Executive Golf Trail The Villages $7 - $11
Jacaranda/Allamanda at Cane Garden Country Club Lady Lake $28 - $77
Amberwood at The Villages Executive Golf Trail Lady Lake $7 - $11
Pensacola/Destin at Bonifay Country Club The Villages $28 - $77
Baseline Golf Course Ocala $20 - $27
Tierra Del Sol Golf & Country Club The Villages $25 - $72
Sandhill at The Villages Executive Golf Trail Lady Lake $7 - $11
Hemingway/Kilimanjaro at Havana Country Club Lady Lake $28 - $77
Tortoise & Hare at On Top of the World Ocala $20
Belle Glade Country Club - Tequesta Course The Villages $14.00 - $38.50
Ashley/Torri at Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf & Country Club Lady Lake $27 - $75
Ocala National at Golden Hills Country Club
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Ocala $20
Southern Star at The Villages Executive Golf Trail Lady Lake $7 - $11
Stirrup at Glenview Champions Country Club The Villages $13.50 - $37.50
Belmont at The Villages Executive Golf Trail Lady Lake $7 - $11
Pelican at The Villages Executive Golf Trail Lady Lake $7 - $11
Roosevelt Course at The Villages Executive Golf Trail Lady Lake $7 - $11
Mangrove at The Villages Executive Golf Trail Lady Lake $7 - $11
Belle Glade Country Club - Calusa Course The Villages $14.00 - $38.50
Lakes/Oaks at Hacienda Hills Golf & Country Club The Villages $25 - $69
Caroline/Virginia at Mallory Hill Golf Course Lady Lake $28 - $77
Fort Walton/Pensacola at Bonifay Country Club The Villages $28 - $77
Huntington Golf Club Ocala $22
Torri/Erinn at Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf & Country Club Lady Lake $27 - $75
Oaks/Palms at Hacienda Hills Golf & Country Club The Villages $25 - $69
Okeechobee at The Villages Executive Golf Trail The Villages $7 - $11
Virginia/Amelia at Mallory Hill Golf Course Lady Lake $28 - $77
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