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  Bandon is Awesome. Here's a link to my Bandon Dunes trip report from Septmeber. There are lots of Pix and descriptions of the holes  if you scroll down.   http://golfcourses.weebly.com/bandon-dunes-resort-bandon-oregon.html
The first two that I would suggest are top tier courses at second tier prices: Vista Verde and Southern Dunes. They are two of the best courses in the area and not too expensive. They are "Must Play" courses. I also like Rancho Manana. You have the Raven on your list. There are two Raven courses. One is near the airport and is an Eastern style course with decidous trees. The other one which I prefer is Raven at Verrado which is West of Phoenix and is very good. Raven at...
6 very nice courses and Barefoot is a nice place to stay. I'm sure you and your group will have a great trip.
There are a number of Orlando courses that I'd suggest over Royal Oak. I thought you were looking for decdent courses as close to Melbourne as possible. Here's a limk to my favorite Orlando courses. Most of them are an hour to 1.5 hours from Melbourne. Eagle Creek is close to Orlando airport, about an hour from Melbourne.   http://golfcourses.weebly.com/orlando-fl.html
The best example I can think of are the greens on Old Macdonald at Bandon Dunes. They are 18 of the largest, most undulating and most intersting greens in the world. Including several "false fronted" greens, a Biarritz (#8) , a punchbowl  (#18) and more. There is a new DVD about the design and construction of the course that you may find interesting. Here's a link to the DVD http://www.bandondunesgolf.com/products/old_macdonald_dvd/1144.php?page_id=10   Edit: For...
Bay Tree National is a nice course in Melbourne. http://www.baytreenational.com/sites/courses/layout9.asp?id=806&page=45068   Don't know Harmony Ranch, but Harmony Preserve is a nice course about 40 minutes west of Melbourne   Royal Oak is in Titusville, about 40 minutes north of Melbourne
As others have siad, It is a big state with lots of courses at lots of prices.   If you are considering the Orlando area check out this site:  http://golfcourses.weebly.com/orlando-fl.html - Orlando courses   If you are considering the Tampa area, I'd suggest World Woods. There are two of the best courses in the State at Worldwoods and it is reasonbly priced   If you are considering the West Plam area, I'd suggest PGA Village which has three good...
I'd suggest that you call Brian Noblin at Myrtle Beach Golf Desk. I've used him to book MB trips several times and found him to be honost, knowledegeable and helpful. He'll help you put together a package that will meet your needs at your price point and it won't be overwhleming. 800- 642-3108   http://www.golfdesk.com/   By the way, February can be quite cold in MB. You  can have frost delays and probably won't be able to play 36 holes a day. The main benefit of MB in...
I've played more than 60 of the 100+ courses that remain open on the Grand Strand. My three favorites are True Blue, Caledonia and The Dunes Club.I'll give a description and reasonas at the end of the post.  On the Myrtle Beach Golf Talk forum their was a recent thread askingposters to name their five favorite MB courses. Of the first 21 replies, the courses that were named more than once were as follows. I would inlude most of those in my list of top 20 MB...
Here's a link to an interesting artcile that just appeared in the Wall St Journal about the tstae of golf courses in the U.S.The article says in part that "We won't see anything like the boom that began around 1990 and extended into the early 2000s. During that period, according to the National Golf Foundation, an average of 300 courses a year made their debut in the U.S. The peak was 2000, when about 400 courses opened. Every year since 2006, more courses have closed in...
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