Florida’s Historic Coast - A Golfer’s Paradise
St. Augustine, Fla. -- A destination on every golfer’s bucket list, Florida’s Historic Coast has more than a dozen championship golf courses.
The most famous course, THE PLAYERS Stadium Course with its world-renowned 17th island hole at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, is where THE PLAYERS Championship takes place in May. The Stadium Course was designed to improve the overall on-site fan experience. Players find a selection of short, medium and long holes within categories of par-3s, par-4s and par-5s; both right and left doglegs; and a course routing laid out so no two consecutive holes ever play the same direction. In May 2016, the PLAYERS Stadium course will be closing for approximately six months for a renovation project following the 2016 PLAYERS Championship. While the entire scope of the project is still being finalized, THE PLAYERS Stadium greens will be resurfaced, transitioning from Mini Verde to TifEagle Bermudagrass. The course is scheduled to reopen in mid-November 2016.
Dye’s Valley Course at TPC Sawgrass, the sister-course to the world-famous THE PLAYERS Stadium Course, is available for play year round. Seasoned and casual golfers can benefit from the design of this golf course with wider fairways and larger greens.
Just a few minutes away at the World Golf Village in St. Augustine, vacationers live out their golf fantasies on two great courses – the Slammer & Squire inspired by Gene Sarazen and Sam Snead - and the King & Bear, jointly designed by golfing greats Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer. The Slammer & Squire is a 6,939 yard resort course with views of the World Golf Hall of Fame and is distinguished by memorable par-3s, preserved woodlands, wetland and natural beauty. The King & Bear is a 7,279 yard course that is eminently playable and picturesque with par-5s amid lakes and live oaks. The King & Bear is rated among Golf Week’s Top Resort Courses.
The World Golf Hall of Fame is the only place in the world where golf’s greatest players are enshrined along with exhibits tracing the evolution of the game and personal memorabilia and artifacts from its 146 members. Cross over the Swilcan Burn Bridge replica, play the 18-hole natural grass putting course or try your hand on the Challenge Hole. With unique items from golf’s biggest names including Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Nancy Lopez, Phil Mickelson, Gary Player and Annika Sorenstam (just to name a few), the Hall of Fame is truly one of the game’s most revered places.
At the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club, the Lagoon Course is a 6,022 yard, par 70 masterpiece. The course places a premium on accurate drives and thoughtful approaches. Water is definitely a dominant feature with a mosaic of lakes and lagoons taunting golfers on 11 holes. The par-72, 6,811 yard Ocean Course at Ponte Vedra Inn & Club has served as the site for the U.S. Open qualifying round five times.
In additional to these well-known courses there are nearly a dozen other must-play championship courses available for visitors to play.
Golf Travel Deals:
The St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches Visitors and Convention Bureau is the best source for special offers and deals for visitors. Each category of deals is customized to suit the different interests of visitors. From romance to golf or family getaways, these special offers provide even more reasons to visit Florida’s Historic Coast.
Florida’s Historic Coast has special offers for Golf Getaways featuring the ultimate golf experiences that are on every golfers bucket list, even ticket and lodging packages to THE PLAYERS Championship!
Florida’s First Coast of Golf is a portal to all things golf and travel in Northeast Florida. Find travel packages, book accommodations, schedule tee times and more all from www.florida-golf.org.
Located midway between Daytona Beach and Jacksonville, Florida's Historic Coast includes historic St. Augustine, the outstanding golf and seaside elegance of Ponte Vedra, and 42 miles of pristine Atlantic beaches. For more information on events, activities, holiday getaways and vacation opportunities in St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches, go to the Visitors and Convention Bureau website at www.FloridasHistoricCoast.com, become a fan on Facebook or call 1.800.653.2489.