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Destination: Jacksonville / First Coast

Anyone who's been there will tell you that Jacksonville is one of the best-kept secrets on the eastern seaboard. A vibrant, midsize city with an enviable waterfront setting and an NFL franchise, "J-ville" as locals call it, often plays second fiddle to Atlanta, Charlotte, and even instate rivals Tampa and Miami in the Southern city popularity contest.

For golfers seeking to soak up the seemingly endless array of daily fee golf offerings, this anonymity is part of the allure.

Beginning at State Highway 210 at the north end of St. Johns County (approximately three miles south of Jacksonville and Duval County) and stretching south to State Highway 207, there are seven golf courses within two miles of the interstate, most built within the last four years. Another 20 miles in each direction brings in nearly two dozen more.

As to why the sudden boom here, the simplest of answers might be the best: it's where the people are. Architect Clyde Johnston says "I speculate that the I-95 corridor is desirable since traffic around Jacksonville has become more congested. [It] could be the World Golf Village aspect also."

Jacksonville lays claim to around 70 golf courses, most of which are available to the golfing public. Further cementing the First Coast's reputation as one of the true golf capitals of the south, the PGA Tour and Senior PGA Tour headquarters are in Jacksonville and the World Golf Village is a chip shot away in St. Augustine.

As for the lay of the land, Jacksonville and its environs are ill suited for most types of agriculture. Sandy soil and pine-packed parcels set up much better for (you guessed it), golf. The courses of the First Coast generally require accuracy above all other elements of the game. But there's enough variety in this not so little slice of golf heaven to keep ever make and model of golfer satisfied.

Jacksonville Transportation


Some of Florida's best coastal courses can be found in and around Jacksonville and St. Augustine. If you're flying, Jacksonville International Airport serves most of Florida's Northern Atlantic Coast. JIA has daily departures and arrivals to most major cities on all major US airlines. JIA is part of the Jacksonville Airport Authority, which also contains three other smaller airports. Craig Airport, Herlong Airport and Cecil Field are located through the Jacksonville community and may be able to get you closer to your destination.

If you're driving, you'll probably take either I-95 or I-10. I-95 runs north/south along the East Coast, from Washington D.C. to Miami. It will take you into Jacksonville. If you are driving from the West, you'll likely take I-10, which traverses the entire South, from Los Angeles to Jacksonville.

I-10 which connects Jacksonville with Tallahassee and the rest of Florida's Panhandle coastline. If you want to take a scenic drive along the western seaboard, you can take Highway 41 from Miami, through the Everglades and north to Tampa. Highway 98 runs along the coast of the Panhandle west to Pensacola.

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Courses

Course City Rates from
Course City Rates from
Red Course at Magnolia Point Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Green Cove Springs $20
Blue Course at Magnolia Point Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Green Cove Springs $20
Cimarrone Golf Club
Tee Times
Jacksonville $18
Country Club of Orange Park
Tee Times
Orange Park $29.35
Windsor Parke Golf Club
Tee Times
Jacksonville $24.99
Ocean Links Course at Amelia Island Plantation
Tee Times
Amelia Island $39
White Course at Magnolia Point Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Green Cove Springs $20 - $39
Bent Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Jacksonville $11.95
Golf Club At Fleming Island
Tee Times
Orange Park $20
Jacksonville Beach Golf Club
Tee Times
Jacksonville Beach $15.86
Ponte Vedra Golf & Country Club at Sawgrass
Tee Times
Ponte Vedra Beach $240
Queen's Harbour Yacht & Country Club
Tee Times
Jacksonville $28
Golf Club At South Hampton
Tee Times
Saint Augustine $20
Julington Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Jacksonville $28.95 - $39.95
North/East at St. Johns Golf Club
Tee Times
Elkton $15
Blue Sky Golf Club
Tee Times
Jacksonville $24.95 - $29.95
Fiddler's Green At Cecil Field
Tee Times
Jacksonville $10
Deerfield Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Callahan $24
East/South at St. Johns Golf Club
Tee Times
Elkton $15
The First Tee of Jacksonville - Brentwood Golf Course
Tee Times
Jacksonville $10
Amelia River Golf Club
Tee Times
Fernandina Beach $35 - $79
Hyde Park Golf Club
Tee Times
Jacksonville $11
Oak Marsh Course at Amelia Island Plantation
Tee Times
Amelia Island $39
Windy Harbor Golf Club
Tee Times
Mayport $10
Palatka Golf Club
Tee Times
Palatka $10
South/North at St. Johns Golf Club
Tee Times
Elkton $15
Eagle Harbor Golf Club
Tee Times
Orange Park $53
King and Bear Golf Course at World Golf Village
Tee Times
St Augustine $89 - $199
North/West at Fernandina Beach Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fernandina Beach $24
St. Johns Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
St. Augustine $21.25
River Bend Golf Links
Tee Times
Green Cove Springs $18 - $23
White Nine at NAS Jacksonville Golf Club
Tee Times
Jacksonville $15
Royal St. Augustine Golf and Country Club
Tee Times
St. Augustine $32
Eagle Landing Golf Club
Tee Times
Orange Park $22
West/South at Fernandina Beach Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fernandina Beach $24
The Golf Club at North Hampton
Tee Times
Fernandina Beach $29
South/North at Fernandina Beach Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fernandina Beach $24
Blue Cypress Golf Club
Tee Times
Jacksonville $12 - $18
Slammer and Squire Golf Course at World Golf Village
Tee Times
St. Augustine $99 - $159
Blue Nine at NAS Jacksonville Golf Club
Tee Times
Jacksonville $15
Red Nine at NAS Jacksonville Golf Club
Tee Times
Jacksonville $15
TPC Sawgrass - Dye's Valley Course
Tee Times
Ponte Vedra Beach $69
Panther Creek Golf Club Jacksonville $38
Lagoon at Ponte Vedra Inn & Club Ponte Vedra Beach $150
St. Augustine Shores Golf Club Saint Augustine $30
Penney Farms Retirement Community Golf Course Penney Farms $2
Jacksonville Golf & Country Club Jacksonville $25 - $75
East/South at Sawgrass Country Club Ponte Vedra Beach $92
Marsh Landing Country Club Ponte Vedra Beach $30 - $100
The Palencia Club Saint Augustine $70
Glen Kernan Golf & Country Club Jacksonville $123
Deercreek Country Club Jacksonville $55
Hidden Hills Country Club Jacksonville $60
San Jose Country Club Jacksonville $65
Marsh Creek Country Club Saint Augustine $60
Amelia National Golf & Country Club Ferandina Beach $85
South/West at Sawgrass Country Club Ponte Vedra Beach $92
UNF Golf Complex at the Hayt Learning Center
Tee Times
Jacksonville $9
Palm Valley Golf Club Ponte Vedra Beach $7.88 - $10.00
Ocean Course at Ponte Vedra Inn & Club Ponte Vedra Beach $225
Golf Club of Amelia Island Amelia Island $185
Long Point Course at Amelia Island Plantation Amelia Island $175 - $200
Plantation at Ponte Vedra Golf Club Ponte Vedra Beach $92
Deerwood Country Club Jacksonville $50 - $65
Pablo Creek Club Jacksonville $95
Atlantic Beach Country Club Atlantic Beach $50
Timuquana Country Club Jacksonville $72 - $90
TPC Sawgrass - THE PLAYERS Stadium Course Ponte Vedra Beach $196 - 335
West/East at Sawgrass Country Club Ponte Vedra Beach $92
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