Destination Guide

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.

See also

TPC Sawgrass

Destination: Jacksonville/First Coast

Jacksonville isn't the biggest city in the southeast, but don't tell its golf that. Home to the World Golf Village, the TPC at Sawgrass and more than 60 more courses, the First Coast is a top choice for golf in Florida.
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Courses

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Course City Rates from
Magnolia Point Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Green Cove Springs $10
Golf Club At Fleming Island
Tee Times
Orange Park $18
Jacksonville Beach Golf Club
Tee Times
Jacksonville Beach $15
Amelia River Golf Club
Tee Times
Fernandina Beach $49.95
Cimarrone Golf Club
Tee Times
Jacksonville $20
The Oak Bridge Club
Tee Times
Ponte Vedra Beach $19
Bent Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Jacksonville $10
Windy Harbor Golf Club
Tee Times
Mayport $11
Golf Club At South Hampton
Tee Times
Saint Augustine $20
Royal St. Augustine Golf and Country Club
Tee Times
St. Augustine $7
St. Johns Golf Club
Tee Times
Elkton $13
Red Nine at NAS Jacksonville Golf Club Jacksonville $15
South/North at Fernandina Beach Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fernandina Beach $10
Hyde Park Golf Club
Tee Times
Jacksonville $11
The Golf Club at North Hampton
Tee Times
Fernandina Beach $20
White Nine at NAS Jacksonville Golf Club Jacksonville $15
Palm Valley Golf Club Ponte Vedra Beach $7.88 - $10.00
Slammer and Squire Golf Course at World Golf Village
Tee Times
St. Augustine $38
Palatka Golf Club
Tee Times
Palatka $9
King and Bear Golf Course at World Golf Village
Tee Times
St Augustine $49
Queen's Harbour Yacht & Country Club
Tee Times
Jacksonville $39
Long Point Course at Amelia Island Club Amelia Island $175 - $200
West/South at Fernandina Beach Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fernandina Beach $10
Blue Cypress Golf Club Jacksonville $12 - $18
Julington Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Jacksonville $18.78
St. Johns Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
St. Augustine $25
Eagle Landing Golf Club
Tee Times
Orange Park $21
Fiddler's Green At Cecil Field
Tee Times
Jacksonville $15
Oak Marsh Course at Omni Amelia Island Resort
Tee Times
Amelia Island $26
Windsor Parke Golf Club
Tee Times
Jacksonville $27
Blue Nine at NAS Jacksonville Golf Club Jacksonville $15
Amelia National Golf & Country Club Ferandina Beach $85
Eagle Harbor Golf Club
Tee Times
Orange Park $21.03
North/West at Fernandina Beach Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fernandina Beach $10
Blue Sky Golf Club
Tee Times
Jacksonville $22.95
TPC Sawgrass - Dye's Valley Course
Tee Times
Ponte Vedra Beach $90
The First Tee of North Florida - Brentwood Golf Course
Tee Times
Jacksonville $10
The Palencia Club Saint Augustine $70
West/East at Sawgrass Country Club Ponte Vedra Beach $285
Pablo Creek Club Jacksonville $95
Hidden Hills Country Club Jacksonville $29 - $44
East/South at Sawgrass Country Club Ponte Vedra Beach $285
Jacksonville Golf & Country Club Jacksonville $25 - $75
Deercreek Country Club Jacksonville $55
Lagoon at Ponte Vedra Inn & Club Ponte Vedra Beach $150
Atlantic Beach Country Club Atlantic Beach $50
Ocean Course at Ponte Vedra Inn & Club Ponte Vedra Beach $225
Golf Club of Amelia Island Amelia Island $200
Penney Farms Retirement Community Golf Course Penney Farms $2
Deerwood Country Club Jacksonville $45 - $65
TPC Sawgrass - THE PLAYERS Stadium Course Ponte Vedra Beach $196 - $335
UNF Golf Complex at the Hayt Learning Center
Tee Times
Jacksonville $12
Plantation at Ponte Vedra Golf Club Ponte Vedra Beach $85
Timuquana Country Club Jacksonville $72 - $90
Glen Kernan Golf & Country Club Jacksonville $123
South/West at Sawgrass Country Club Ponte Vedra Beach $285
Marsh Creek Country Club Saint Augustine $60 - $65
San Jose Country Club Jacksonville $65
St. Augustine Shores Golf Club Saint Augustine $30
Marsh Landing Country Club Ponte Vedra Beach $30 - $100
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