Daytona Beach, FL
Twenty years ago Daytona Beach was not in the picture when vacationing golfers were considering a Florida golf getaway. Daytona was home to NASCAR race fans in February, bike enthusiasts in March, spring-breaking teenagers in March and April, and beachgoers throughout the year.
But golf? Only the locals hit the links in Daytona. My, how that has changed.
Thanks to the foresight of several businessmen and the surgical touch of golf course architects like Jack Nicklaus, Rees Jones, Ron Garl, Arthur Hills, and even Donald Ross, Daytona Beach is now one of the state's most popular golf destinations.
One of the key factors behind the growth of golf in Daytona is LPGA International, home of the LPGA. Rees Jones carved a traditional links-style 7,088-yard design, with strategic mounding, numerous expanses of sand bunkers, natural marsh areas, beautiful lakes and undulating greens. This course hosted an LPGA Tour event, and is the current home of the LPGA Tour Qualifying School.
Three years later in 1997, the Arthur Hills course opened, and it too is utilized in the qualifying school. The Hills Course offers a different challenge from the Jones Course, winding through natural wetlands and narrow pine corridors, with small greens as targets.
One of the most picturesque layouts in the area is Halifax Plantation Golf Club. Nestled within a lush and magnificent canopy of century-old oaks, tall pines and natural vegetation on high rolling terrain, Halifax Plantation is a favorite among locals. Designed by architect, Bill Amick, the course features large, undulating greens and several elevated tee boxes.
Venetian Bay is one of the newest courses in the area, and also one of the most enjoyable to play. Generous landing areas are prevalent throughout the layout, along with a plethora of strategically placed bunkers. The front nine plays through more of the wooded portion of the property and the back nine has fewer trees and more parallel fairways, giving it a links look.
A short drive from Daytona in Deland you'll find a true hidden gem by Ron Garl, Victoria Hills. Garl utilized all that Mother Nature provided at this site. Rolling hills, buffers of oak hammocks, Augusta Pines, historic oaks and sandy terrain of natural wetlands are the visuals a golfer can expect at Victoria Hills Golf Club.
At Daytona Beach Country Club you'll find a rare pleasure for Florida, an original Donald Ross layout. The tee shots are very forgiving, but approaches are demanding if you want to get close to the flagstick. The second course at DBGC winds its way through dense Florida oak and pine. There is more water in play and the greens offer more undulation on this course.
Renowned architects Arthur Hills and Mike Dasher utilized the abundant Florida topography, thick forests, wetlands and water to create a challenging layout at Cypress Head Golf Club. The course features interesting design characteristics, such as back-to-back par 3's on the front 9 and back-to-back par 5's on the back nine.
Other popular courses that we work with include Indigo Lakes, which once hosted an LPGA Tour event, The Club at Pelican Bay featuring 27 holes by Arthur Hills and Crane Lakes, a challenging semi-private course.
As one would expect from a popular beach destination like Daytona, the accommodation choices are numerous and diverse. We have several partners with whom we work closely.
One of them is up the road a few miles in Palm Coast. But Hammock Beach Resort is worth the drive. Right on the ocean with views Jack Nicklaus' Ocean Hammock golf course, this special resort has it all. You can zip down the water flume or float the lazy river current in the 91,000 square-foot water pavilion. There is oceanfront dining and a luxurious spa.
The Shores Resort & Spa is a beach hotel complete with four-poster feather beds, door-less Italian marble showers, 42-inch flat-screen televisions, and views of the Atlantic Ocean or Intracoastal Waterway.
The Wyndham Ocean Walk is on the beach and minutes from Ocean Walk Village and Daytona Lagoon Water Park. This beach condominium resort is within close proximity of Daytona Beach Band Shell and Ocean Center.
Perry's Ocean Edge Resort has a fascinating history, having originally opened in 1941 with Mr. Robert and Mrs. Ruby Perry and 17 units. Over the years the second floor and more rooms were added to the original section. On your way to the golf course you can grab a homemade donut made fresh daily, one of the many traditions at Perry's.
Looking for something off the ocean? Homewood Suites Daytona Speedway/Airport, about a mile off I-95, features spacious studio suites and one- and two-bedroom suites. You can start your day with the complimentary daily Suite Start™ Breakfast Buffet.
Wherever you decide to stay and play, Daytona Beach is one of Florida's most exciting golf destinations with plenty of great courses, a wide range of accommodations, and a unique collection of other sites, restaurants, and nightlife for off the course fun!