GC Amelia Island at Summer Beach is one of Florida’s best-kept treasures. Opened in 1987, this golf vacation destination winds along the Atlantic Ocean and showcases the natural beauty of the island. The varied terrain provides magnificent views throughout the place. Towering pines, oaks, and palms are abundant while the ocean provides plenty of challenges.
GC Amelia Island at Summer Beach features 6,692 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. Its tree-lined front nine is laid out on flat terrain through the forested parkland covered in shimmering lakes – this beautiful threat is present on all but two holes. On the other hand, the back nine features a scenery of wide fairways and marshes. The place also has lots of sand bunkers so players should be a little more careful. The elevated greens require them to hit over another marsh to reach it, and sharply falls off to a deep pot bunker on the right. The course and its multiple tees make playing fun and challenging for players of various skill levels. With these elements of hazards and numerous tee boxes, a golf trip to this 18-hole course will undoubtedly offer a challenging game.
GC Amelia Island at Summer Beach also boasts of its first class services with its professional staff, indoor and outdoor guest seating, and elegant restaurants. All the things that visitors are looking for in a perfect golf vacation is all here – the paradise-like environment, tough rounds of golf, and outstanding amenities.
Golf is not exactly a race to the finish type of sport, but the Lexington Oaks Golf Club gives a round here a race track atmosphere. And why not, this golf vacation destination is a true blue Florida golf course but with a good helping of Kentucky horse country. It has all the signature Florida golf course features of bunkers and water play, but accentuated by white stable fences and a race track theme, thereby making golf games hereabouts extra interesting, and extra beautiful.
The Lexington Oaks Golf Club is located in Wesley Chapel, Fl., 20 minutes from downtown Tampa. It was opened in January of 2000, with Gordon Lewis as the designer. Apart from the Kentucky accents, the golf course is still 200% Floridan. The holes wind around dramatic elevations, through marshes, lakes and natural wetlands. Water plays on almost all but one of the 18 holes, making the course extra demanding on accuracy and club choice. And, needless to say, a golf course in the Sunshine State will never be complete without sand. On this particular course, 70 white sand bunkers make their appearance known and REMEMBERED. On top of an interesting layout and aesthetic qualities, an excellent golf trip facility as it is, the amenities are naturally excellent.
From the aqua driving range to the large putting and chipping greens, all the way to the elegant clubhouse and full-stocked pro shop, everything a golfer would need and want in a golf vacation is here. The Lexington Oaks Golf Club is, undoubtedly, on the front lines in the race to becoming Florida’s best and most favorite golf course.
The Aliante Golf Club lays a little over 7,000 yards from the longest tees, par 72. In the course’s front nine, hundreds of pear trees make an odd appearance. At first glance, they look quite misplaced in a sea of arroyos and rocky desert terrain. All the more “misplaced” are the Mondale pines and purple locust trees in the back nines. The palette of colors they create truly spice up the usual golden casts of sunlight on the wide desert. But as much as they looked out of place here, a golfer knows by heart what designer Gary Panks was trying to achieve. These trees work rather well with the course’s sizable serving of large bunkers and rocky arroyos to urge the golfers to use every club in the bag. That, and to make his heart rate fluctuate as much as the elevation changes hereabouts. Some interesting water features make an appearance in the right amount and in just the right places to complete the golf vacation package.
And with five sets of tees, theAliante Golf Club opens its unique offers to more golfers. And no matter how eclectic a combination its features are, this course has arguably perfected the mixture of excellence in scenery and challenge. This most definitely gives an unusual twist to the usual Las Vegas golf trips.
The clubhouse at Aliante Golf Club features a well celebrated pro shop, bar and grill with gastronomic servings for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Food for the eyes are also offered at the outdoor pavilion where the magnificent view unfolds on the nearby Sheep Mountains. Aside from relaxing moments, this location also provides an area for practice which is a 50,000 square foot grass range showcasing over 40 hitting stations. The huge putting green of 14,000 square feet and the short game area contain sand bunkers and chipping areas. From various angles on this golf vacation destination, golfers can practice chips and pitches with assured molded skills and even learn new ones from the golf treasure.
When people tagged this a ‘best kept secret’, they certainly must have forgotten that it is more an open secret. Golfers, locals and visitors know that, in British Columbia, there is only one place that could get them pure golf vacation goodness. No fancy names, no unnecessary activities and offerings, just golf at its purest, cleanest, truest. The Meadows at Pemberton Golf Club is a treasure, something that golf enthusiast can’t help but know more about.
Set in the shadow of the majestic Mt Currie, the Meadows at Pemberton Golf Club is well loved for being so natural and diverse. The front nine, an exposed area aptly called the Meadows, is a challenging opener with two notable par 3s and the signature 8thhole island green. In perfect contrast to it is the heavily forested back nine which is a tighter and tougher challenge that sets a perfect tone that is closer to anybody’s round at the course. Sightings of two or more of the rare black squirrel completes anybody’s golf trip adventure at this 6,407-yard, par-72 spectacle.
But sheer is never out-and-out without a take at their gastronomic haven named after their famous exotic and hairy friends. The Black Squirrel Restaurant is the best go-to place at the Meadows at Pemberton Golf Club. The menu is filled with original dishes – all of which they would recommend to be washed down with another original: the Black Squirrel Ale. And the setting couldn’t be any more perfect. The views of the surrounding mountain is definitely the ‘picture’ in picturesque. Guest, however, are often faced with a hard decision in jest whether to selfishly keep this golf vacation destination a secret, or to spread the “know”. But this place is just too good to be hidden, however special it is to be shared.
Much can be thanked to the legendary golf vacation destination architect Jack Nicklaus, and this son, Jack Nicklaus II, for the outstanding layout of the 18 holes’ TwinEagles Club – The Talon, one of the two amazing golf courses in the resort along with the Eagle course. One of the top residential golf courses in Southwest Florida, the Talon course is a landscape that primarily pays homage to the lineage of traditional golf in St, Andrews Scotland, which is the mother of all golf games.
Tradition is evident in the undulating greens and rolling dunes, as well as the luscious fairways of TwinEagles Club – The Talon. To heighten the atmosphere of a play, deep pot bunkers are strategically place all throughout, along with water hazards that add to the demand on the holes. Anyone aiming to replicate the Nicklaus style of golf can captivate the attitude in the way this golf trip location was built –playing the way the Nicklaus’ put energy and expertise into a shot strategy as they outmatch the 7,193 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course rates 75.5 with a slope rating of 141.
In an effort to assist guests into having the best golf vacation in TwinEagles Club – The Talon, practice facilities are offered including double-ended driving range and a short game area. Guests can definitely play where the professionals hit the course and where the home to the The Champions Tour Ace Group Classic and CME Titleholders Championship is. After opening in 2008 and under the New Leaf management headed by General Manager, Jay Severso, this destination has consistently followed through with its fame.
Classic has never been this interesting to contemporary locations until one unravels the beauty of the golf vacation spot at Naples, Florida known as TPC Treviso Bay. Installing conveniences brought by modernity into a course that stood the test of time is the main asset of this 18 holes picturesque beauty. The place includes a list of amenities and services tailored fit to the needs of every guest. The amazing experience offered by this course made its name synonymous to the world’s prestigious community hosting tournaments called PGA TOUR’s TPC Network of clubs.
Reopened in 2008, TPC Treviso Bay is a secluded and pristine golf vacation destination with thick scrub vegetation, tee cover and water features on a stunning 7,367-yard layout. A guest’s first impression of this place is that it’s outstanding and unparalleled. The magnificent attitude of the fountains, bridges, fancy homes and Mediterranean architecture give it away. The two-mile drive to the course adds to the convenience. Practise facilities make up for any issue on the challenging demands of the course.
What really makes guests talk about this golf trip, though, is the water that steals the show away especially on the Caple hole at no. 11 and the par 5s at nos. 12 and 18. Needless to say, players usually throw so many balls on TPC Treviso Bay because of its toughness. In fact, Director of Golf Mark Wilhelmi said that one has to take a look at this course a couple of times before perfecting a round and using one ball for the entire play. The meticulous layout of this sophisticated course lead to it hosting the Champions Tour’s 2009 ACE Group Classic under the new owner Lennar Homes. The course is definitely a tournament condition!
Known to provide the ultimate golfing lifestyle, The Plantation Golf and Country Club showcases an abundance of indigenous trees, land preserve and dramatically manicured fairways. Sculptured on open spaces, the golf vacation course anchors a community that maintains to preserve the natural habitat of which is the main enjoyment of the place.
The Plantation Golf and Country Club, which anchors the community, is carved out of open areas, preserving the natural habitat for the enjoyment of the residents. Designed by renowned golf architect, Hurdzan-Fry, this golf vacation destination spot provides a demanding and arduous layout that provokes the best of a players’ skills. Numerous rolls on the fairways and dips to create a defined target are present along with the highlighted greens with many chipping areas developed to test a player’s ability at a short game. With just the right steep faces, the bunkering here is just a manageable deep. There are no striking elevation changes, though, but the meticulously arranged landscape still forces players to take a risk and employ the best of their abilities.
Serving as the centerpiece and relaxation area of the The Plantation golf course is the golf and social clubhouse called Great House. The place is a 38,000 square feet glory that features an interior design reminiscent of an exquisite British Colonial manor abode. The focus is the Dartington’s, a restaurant and bar with two cozy fireplaces just right for an after game delight. Spectacular views of the golf trip course is fed from the broad terraces encircling the house making it a startling venue for fun-filled and memorable events.
As a PGA-Rated Sanibel Golf Course, the Dunes Golf & Tennis Club offers extraordinary golf vacation experience with its lush exhibition of tropical links and sensational back nine. With a wildlife preserve sanctioned by Audubon Cooperative Society, this location in known to be one of the few genuinely environmentally sensitive courses. Here, players can hone their skills as they drive through via the innovative aqua driving range, while relishing the scenery and magnificent conditions of premier golf. The perfectly manicured greens and contoured fairways here contribute to the challenge of the seemingly tough layout.
The Dunes Golf & Tennis Club having 18 holes championship golf is a mastery by Mark McCumber. Tee times are open from Tuesdays to Sundays starting at 7am to 3pm. Monday operations start from 7am and ends at 5:30p. This golf vacation destination is open to both members and resort guests. Of all Sanibel or Captiva Island, it has the only practice range available. Providing for best instructions, allowing first time players to get captivated with the game even more, staffs of PGA and USTA professionals are present.
Aside from the impressive landscape that captures the best of every player, Dunes Golf & Tennis Club is also known to offer complete golf vacation packages. The list starts from the full-service pro shop and leads on to the sparkling swimming pool. Thirteen Har-Tru tennis courts are also coddled in the privy section of the place. For fulfilling ambiance, the towering clubhouse serves satisfying treats at the award-winning restaurant that also offers delightful catering, for both on and off site events. The place is known to be perfect for serious business meetings and intimate wedding receptions, alike, with indoor and outdoor venues to choose from.
Florida is known to be the hub for beaches and other recreational activities associated with sunshine. So it is no wonder why it has also become the home of several popular golf vacation destinations in the world. One of the most sought for is the Pelican’s Nest Golf Club – Hurricane Course which is located in Naples and designed by one of the foremost name in architecture, Tom Fazio. The course measures 6,894 yards from the longest tees, playing for a par of 72. Water comes into play in this layout that exhibits the Fazio signature bunkering. That means a well-shaped sand bunker strategically placed in specific directions to add demand and drama on the field. Putting a little heart into this arduous course are the indigenous vegetation which is a congregation of large oaks, pines and cypresses. The six tees on each hole adds for a golfers challenge, along with a handicap that matters.
Adding to the interesting features of this golf trip destination is the newly redeveloped clubhouse that stands a towering 45,000 square foot. The Thirsty Pelican Lounge caters for casual dining, while the Grill Room and the Terrace opens for incomparable fun. For golf enthusiast who would like to spend romantic memories in Pelican’s Nest Golf Club – Hurricane Course, aside from playing, the initiate setting in the newly renovated dining rooms serves the most amorous culinary treats, signature seafood dishes and heart-warming delights.
The amazing design and showcases in Pelican’s Nest Golf Club – Hurricane Course has lead to more recognitions, aside from the obvious increasing number of guests coming in. Golf Digest merited it with a four-star rating –a proud gathering of those flashy that always define anything into fame. The course also received the honor as Florida’s most favorite golf vacation spot.
Guests usually go to a golf vacation destination to try the area without planning to go back, unless they are professional players who want to treat the area as a practise range, of course. Despite the habit mentioned, a place in Fort Myers, Florida has been capturing the interest of people, making them come back more than many times as they are expected to. Having 27 holes to offer a championship golf experience on, the Pelican Preserve captivates its visitors by and large using its pristine green and indigenous preserve environment. Abundant water, sand and grasses complement the spacious landing areas and smooth contours of TifEagle “Ultradwarf” greens in this one of a kind layout. Fairways strike dramatically into ones aesthetic conditions as it weave through the 1,100-acre community like the rhythm on a tribal woman’s dress -seamlessly eccentric and well-toned.
Chip Powell proved his ingenuity in Pelican Preserve not only for outstanding design wise but also for the deceiving approaches and unique tale-tell of each holes. The dynamic golf vacation experience one gets here means a range of different features for both pros and amateurs alike. New players won’t jump into this laborious layout without getting a chance to practice at the aqua range. Shot games and generous putting greens are also accessible for warm ups. And if a player is confident enough to dive into the challenge, there lies the expanse, at plain sight, anticipating anyone who is ready to outmatch it.
After the game, players can go into the impressive clubhouse where full-service amenities await. The bar is also an option to dive into post game recreational activities, aside from the many golf vacation packages abound at the Pelican Preserve Plaza del Sol.