Stunning natural beauty with unpretentious metropolitan style is what Jacksonville is all about. Considered as Florida’s largest city, the city is home to sky scrapers, several other notable structures, and the United State’s largest urban park system. With the majestic views from the Atlantic Ocean and St. John’s River, the city is often flocked by guests who want to unwind or take a relaxing golf vacation with nature’s finest beauty. Aside from the array of parks that provides endless water adventures, Jacksonville’s vast lands also hold some of the world’s exceptional golf courses that have been attracting golfers from all parts of the globe. Some of the well-loved greens in the city include the Conservatory at Hammock Beach, St. John’s Golf and Country Club, the Amelia National Golf & Country Club, the Oak Marsh Course, and the TPC Stadium at Sawgrass.
Considered as a signature masterpiece of Tom Watson, the Conservatory at Hammock Beach is all about the undulating greens and dramatic elevations that are not common in Florida. This 18-hole layout is also highlighted by babbling brooks, man-made waterfalls, and the veneered field stone works. Watson also added bunkers of coquina shell and white sand, sod-faced bunkers, and at each hole, the six tee boxes. Golfers of all ability levels will surely have the exciting tee times at this British links-style golf.
St. John’s Golf and Country Club
St. John’s Golf and Country Club is a Clyde Johnston masterpiece that offers a gigantic 7,200 yards of play. This 18-hole layout is set in a pine forest and features five sets of tees and a family tee. The course has also added the electric cab carts with GPS, windshields, bag protectors, the 10,000 square foot of putting green, a chipping green, practice bunkers, and the double-sided driving range.
Amelia National Golf & Country Club
Formerly known as the Royal Amelia, the Amelia National Golf & Country Club has been cited among Jacksonville’s best-conditioned courses. This 18-hole challenging golf facility features the well-manicured rolling fairways, the Tif Eagle-covered greens, and the smooth bunkers that require every golfer’s control and accuracy. Tom Jackson also added the strategically arranged golf holes that exude an authentic traditional Scottish links course. The layout’s 5th and 13th holes can be located along Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport’s borders.
The Oak Marsh Golf Course is among the classic designs of Pete Dye which was built in 1972. This challenging 14-hole course features the small bulk headed greens and tight fairways that meander through the islands’ moss draped heritage oaks and the serpentine salt marsh creeks. The course already served numerous golf competitions including the PGA Section Championship in 1991 and the Society of Seniors Championship in 1992. The Oak Marsh was also cited as one of the prestigious “Top 75 Resort Courses in the U.S.” by Golf Digest.
The TPC Stadium at Sawgrass, redesigned by the famed Pete Dye, has been considered as the stadium golf’s debut. The course features the numerous moguls and pot bunkers, watery oppositions on each of the holes, and the waste areas. This par-72 layout has already received a number of citations including the “Top 100 Courses You Can Play in the U.S.” by GOLF Magazine, and the “America’s 100 Best Modern Courses” by GOLFWEEK.