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