Jacksonville & Northeast Florida Golf Vacations and Packages
Golf destinations across the world can boast of outstanding golf courses, a variety of accommodations and appealing nightlife and dining.
But only one destination offers the opportunity to take a stroll through the storied history of the great game of golf. Northeast Florida is home to the World Golf Hall of Fame, the centerpiece of the World Golf Village in St. Augustine.
Along with golf’s most historic museum, the World Golf Village features two outstanding golf courses. The King & Bear is the only design collaboration between golf’s greatest legends, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus. Set among pristine lakes, beautiful Loblolly pines, and stately oak trees, the King & Bear is known as a driver’s course, reflecting the games of its two namesakes. Also on property are the wide fairways and undulating greens of the Slammer & Squire, named after Sam Snead and Gene Sarazen. Set next door to the Slammer & Squire, The Renaissance Resort offers a comfortable and convenient place to lay your head at night.
The World Golf Village is just one reason to consider Northeast Florida for your next golf vacation. But there are many others, including some world famous golf courses.
Let’s start with Ponte Vedra Beach, home of the PGA Tour and “golf’s fifth major,” THE PLAYERS Championship at THE PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass. A round on Pete Dye’s most famous design is just one option we offer for your trip to Florida’s northeast coast. You’ll always remember taking on the infamous island green 17th hole.
While Sawgrass is tops on most golfer’s must-play list, there are other options at Sawgrass including Dye’s Valley Course, Marsh Landing, and Sawgrass Country Club, which is considered by locals to be the toughest of all the area courses. It was also the original host of THE PLAYERS Championship back in the day.
The best way to play these diverse and memorable courses is to stay on property at the beautiful Sawgrass Marriott. The resort recently underwent a multi-million dollar renovation, and includes a beach club, spa, and several delightful restaurants.
Further up the coast almost into Georgia you’ll find Omni Amelia Island Plantation and its three golf courses. The Omni features luxurious oceanfront accommodations, world-class resort pools, championship golf, full-service spa, and endless dining options. The three Audubon International Certified Sanctuary golf courses were designed by Pete Dye, Bobby Weed, and Tom Fazio. Experienced golfers will recognize Dye’s classic work on Oak Marsh, which plays only 6,500 yards but requires spot on accuracy with its tight fairways and small greens. Weed’s Ocean Links is appropriately named, as five holes play along the oceanfront. The rest of the course winds through lagoons, marsh wetlands and dunes. Fazio did some of his finest work at Long Point, named among Florida’s Top 50 courses by Golfweek. The rolling fairways wind through three spectacular and distinctive settings: the magnificent marshes, the thick oak and pine forest and the scenic oceanfront dunes.
We also work with other properties on Amelia Island, including the family-owned Amelia Hotel at The Beach in the heart of quaint Fernandina Beach, and the Golf Club at North Hampton, a memorable Arnold Palmer design.
If the big-city atmosphere is more to your liking, we can set you up in One Ocean Resort and Spa at Atlantic Beach just east of downtown Jacksonville, where all the great nightlife awaits. It is very convenient to many of the region’s great tracks, like the Golf Club at South Hampton, a fun Mark McCumber design, or St. John’s Golf & Country Club, a favorite among locals.
About a 45-minute drive south from Jacksonville is the popular Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast, where two highly ranked and diverse courses await your best shot. Jack Nicklaus’ Ocean Hammock features six holes along the Atlantic Ocean, and several memorable inland holes. Tom Watson’s Conservatory is a few miles inland. You will be talking about the spectacular back nine for many years to come.
Another 30 minutes south is the home of the LPGA Tour, LPGA International. Courses by Arthur Hills and Rees Jones are as different as their designers, offering an outstanding golf experience. And while in the area, NASCAR fans can take a tour of nearby Daytona International Speedway.
The northeast region of Florida, known as Florida’s First Coast, is among the most historic areas in the U.S. St. Augustine is recognized as the nation’s oldest city, where the Spanish explorers landed and settled more than 500 year ago.
Blend in all the wonderful golf and accommodation choices and you have a vacation spot worthy of a spot on any golfer’s bucket list.