September 16, 2021
Besides having some of the best beaches in Florida, we also boast some the best golf courses in the state with 99 CHALLENGING YET PICTURESQUE GOLF HOLES. Amelia Island is a true golfer’s paradise for players of every skill level so gather your friends together and “fore”get about going anywhere else. We’ve got golf packages with accommodations ranging from quiet B&B’s to luxury resorts to oceanfront hotels. Here’s a sneak peek at all 5 island courses to whet your golfing appetite.
If you’re looking for a challenging yet fair course layout for all players, Amelia River is the one for you. This Tom Jackson designed course offers 18-holes of smooth TifEagle greens all in a natural setting lined with ancient oaks, palmettos and southern pines. Jackson took full advantage of what nature laid before him, utilizing both water and land. The signature hole #17 is a par 3 over water and onto an island green so your shot here better be pretty accurate. Grab a tasty bite to eat at the River Bar & Grill where you can enjoy burgers, sandwiches, salads or as rumor has it, the best hot dog on the island.
“Beautiful 27-hole course and the best golf value on the island.” That phrase is repeated time and time again when describing the Fernandina Beach Golf Club. Featuring 27 holes of public golf, each of the three nine-hole layouts measure more than 3,000 yards from the championship tees and offer generous fairways, plenty of native foliage, and impeccable greens. The practice range and putting greens are maintained with same degree of professionalism as the golf courses so they’re always in great shape. Hungry or thirsty? The Grille Room is the ideal place for a quick bite on the turn, hearty breakfast, or beer to cry in after your round.
Located on property at THE RITZ-CARLTON, AMELIA ISLAND, The Golf Club of Amelia Island is a Mark McCumber and Gene Littler course design and is challenging yet forgiving, with water that comes into play on 13 of it’s 18-holes. Winding through woods with the Atlantic ocean nearby, this course provides stands of gorgeous moss-draped oaks all along the front nine while rolling marshes and more water come into play on the back nine. After your round, gather with friends and reward yourselves with a stunning view of the 18th Hole and delicious cocktails and cuisine from The Legends Lounge.
Built shortly after the completion of the Harbour Town Golf Links at Hilton Head Island, Oak Marsh Golf Course is another classic Pete Dye-design stretching 6,500 yards at par 72 and featuring tight fairways, bulkheads, and seemingly tiny greens that make full use of meandering creeks and marshland. Located on the property of Omni Amelia Island Resort, Oak Marsh is open to the public and gives players what they want – a fun course to play with outstanding scenery. “Bring your A-game because the wind can make for some tricky shots.” After play, relax with lunch and libations on the large outdoor terrace that overlooks hole #9. A great ending to a great day on the links.
Guests of Omni Amelia Island Resort have access to play Long Point, a member-only private golf course within the resort. Named one of the top twenty courses in Florida, Long Point features Tom Fazio at his best in three distinct environments – marshes, thick forests, and stunning ocean dunes – all with Fazio’s touches like big waste bunkers and huge undulating greens.
If you’re feeling like your game could use a few pointers or if you need to start from scratch with lessons, Amelia Island offers some of the best academy’s and instruction in the country:THE PERFORMANCE GOLF ACADEMY AT THE GOLF CLUB OF AMELIA ISLAND offers individualized instruction for players of all levels. For more information, call (904) 277-8015 or (800) 245-4224. THE GOLF ACADEMY AT THE AMELIA RIVER CLUB provides private lessons, group coaching sessions and clinics, as well as Junior Golf Camps in the summertime. For more information, call (904) 491-8500.Plan your next golf getaway and save with FLORIDA’S FIRST COAST OF GOLF where you can view hotel and resort photos, book a room, reserve vacation golf packages, and explore golf courses near each hotel or resort. Pack your bags, your clubs and your friends for an unforgettable time on the links of Amelia Island.
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