Tampa Bay is home to some of Florida's best golf courses. Just ask Golf Digest.
The golf magazine put six Tampa Bay area courses at or near the top of its new ranking of Florida's 75 best public courses.
Topping the list are two courses at the two-year-old Streamsong Resort about an hour east of Tampa. Streamsong's Red Course, designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, comes in No. 1 on the Golf Digest ranking.
Coore describes the setting of Streamsong Red as "some of the most unusual, interesting and dramatic land forms we have ever encountered. The landscape is different that anything we've ever worked with."
At No. 3 on the Golf Digest list is Streamsong's Tom Doak-designed Blue course. Like it's Red counterpart, the Blue course gets its unique landscape -- native grasses, deep ponds and huge bunkers -- from the process of mining phosphate fertilizer. The resort was developed by The Mosaic Co.
At No. 4 on the Golf Digest list is the 18-hole Pine Barrens course at World Woods Golf Club in Brooksville, Florida, about an hour north of Tampa International Airport. Wild Woods was designed by Tom Fazio.
Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club's Copperhead course in Palm Harbor, Fla., ranked No. 6 on Golf Digest's public course list. Copperhead hosts the PGA Tour's Valspar Championship each March. Copperhead is included in Golf Magazine's "Top 100 Course You can Play" and is a must for serious golfers.
Innibrook's Island course ranks No. 24 on the list of Florida's Top 75 public courses. As making the list was TPC Tampa Bay in Lutz, about 30 minutes from downtown Tampa, ranked No. 28.