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