Miles of green and warm breezy days deem Florida as a state where there is never a bad time to find yourself on a golf course. But, did you know that times of the year are more ideal than others?
While Florida is a renowned Summer destination for golfers, a significant drop in temperature, fewer vacationers, and a constant cool breeze, beckons golf players to schedule their golf vacations during the Fall and Winter season. If you’re planning on visiting the Old City between October and March, here’s what you need to know about golf courses in St. Augustine. The following list is of public courses in St. Augustine.
King & Bear – World Golf Village Resort
Location: 1 King and Bear Dr.
About: Having been listed in Arnold Palmers “Dream 18” in Sports Illustrated’s Preview to the Ryder Cup 2006, as one of the Top Public Courses in Florida in 2015 by Golf Digest’s, and as one of the Best Courses You Can Play in Florida in Golf Magazine’s 2016-2017 edition, most people have heard of the King & Bear course. As a collaborate design between Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus, King & Bear is a world-wide famous golf course with challenges only an avid golfer could face yet has player-friendly conditions that a beginner will enjoy.
The courses’ location is as majestic as its design. Various ponds line the course, giant oak trees provide endless shade and the course boasts 7,279 yards of soft, short, and crisp grass that make for perfect playing conditions. Furthermore, Bear & King is so beautiful that it is often the site of weddings.
Fun fact: The King & Bear Golf Course in World Golf Village Resort is actually named after designers Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus. During their playing careers, Palmer was given the name “The King” while Jack Nicklaus received the name “Golden Bear”.
Location: 301 Royal St. Augustine Pkwy
About: Featured on www.floridastatehomes.com, Royal St. Augustine Golf & Country Club is a beautiful course great for couples, friend groups, and individuals! Just minutes from Historic Downtown, the 6529-yard and 18-hole golf course have the diversity every golf player desires. Well placed bunkers, large lakes, sandy waste areas, and moguled fairways allow for avid players to enjoy a challenging round of golf while beginners use the course to learn the fundamentals of the game.
Royal St. Augustine Golf & Country Club has a clubhouse on site with a full liquor, beer, and wine bar. Enjoy the spacious clubhouse to catch a sports game or relish after a great day on the course.
Slammer & Squire – World Golf Village Resort
Location: 2 World Golf Pl.
About: The Slammer & Squire Golf Course at the World Golf Village Resort is another well-loved course in St. Augustine and the surrounding area. The design was a team effort by architect Bobby Weed as well as Sam Snead and Gene Sarazen, two World Golf Hall of Fame members. Tee off from under the World Golf Hall of Fame tower clock and start your trip through this 18-hole and 6,939-yard rolling course. The rolling green is best-known for its short game – a skill Snead and Sarazen knew all too well. Lined with wetlands, untouched forests, and pristine grass, visitors often refer to this course as stunning.
Location: 315 S Hampton Club Way
About: Designed by Mark McCumber, the practice ground and short game area at the Golf Club at South Hampton are just the places for beginners to get started or for professionals to brush up on their skills. The club boasts; a spacious double-ended 85,000 sq. ft of practice area; a 100 yd open-ended short range with multiple targets; a short game practice area featuring 18,000 sq. ft green.
When you’re ready to hit the course, head over to the 18-hole green which embodies 16 large lakes and over 60 contoured bunkers. This is the type of golf course that calls for every club in the bag. Although an experienced golfer will find it challenging, newbies will find it encouraging and educational.
Not only are Fall and Winter a great time to visit a golf course in Florida, but they’re also great times to watch the greatest players in the world compete! From Florida Amateur Golf Tournaments to PGA Tournaments, Florida golf competitions are as common as golf courses!
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