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.

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Courses

Course City Rates from
Course City Rates from
Queen's Harbour Yacht & Country Club
Tee Times
Jacksonville $35
Cimarrone Golf Club
Tee Times
Jacksonville $20
The Oak Bridge Club
Tee Times
Ponte Vedra Beach $240
Golf Club At South Hampton
Tee Times
Saint Augustine $20
Red Course at Magnolia Point Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Green Cove Springs $20 - $39
Blue Course at Magnolia Point Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Green Cove Springs $20 - $39
Bent Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Jacksonville $11.95
Jacksonville Beach Golf Club
Tee Times
Jacksonville Beach $15.86
White Course at Magnolia Point Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Green Cove Springs $20 - $39
Windsor Parke Golf Club
Tee Times
Jacksonville $24.99
Ocean Links Course at Amelia Island Plantation
Tee Times
Amelia Island $34.95
Country Club of Orange Park
Tee Times
Orange Park $27.95
Golf Club At Fleming Island
Tee Times
Orange Park $20
South/North at St. Johns Golf Club
Tee Times
Elkton $22
Oak Marsh Course at Amelia Island Plantation
Tee Times
Amelia Island $34.95
North/East at St. Johns Golf Club
Tee Times
Elkton $22
East/South at St. Johns Golf Club
Tee Times
Elkton $22
Windy Harbor Golf Club
Tee Times
Mayport $17
The First Tee of Jacksonville - Brentwood Golf Course
Tee Times
Jacksonville $10
Blue Sky Golf Club
Tee Times
Jacksonville $14.95 - $32.95
Julington Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Jacksonville $28.95 - $39.95
Amelia River Golf Club
Tee Times
Fernandina Beach $35 - $79
Palatka Golf Club
Tee Times
Palatka $15
Hyde Park Golf Club
Tee Times
Jacksonville $18
Deerfield Lakes Golf Club
Tee Times
Callahan $24
Fiddler's Green At Cecil Field
Tee Times
Jacksonville $10
King and Bear Golf Course at World Golf Village
Tee Times
St Augustine $79 - $179
Eagle Harbor Golf Club
Tee Times
Orange Park $53
Slammer and Squire Golf Course at World Golf Village
Tee Times
St. Augustine $59 - $139
River Bend Golf Links
Tee Times
Green Cove Springs $18 - $23
South/North at Fernandina Beach Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fernandina Beach $23
The Golf Club at North Hampton
Tee Times
Fernandina Beach $29
West/South at Fernandina Beach Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fernandina Beach $24
Blue Cypress Golf Club
Tee Times
Jacksonville $12 - $18
White Nine at NAS Jacksonville Golf Club
Tee Times
Jacksonville $15
Eagle Landing Golf Club
Tee Times
Orange Park $22
Royal St. Augustine Golf and Country Club
Tee Times
St. Augustine $18
TPC Sawgrass - Dye's Valley Course
Tee Times
Ponte Vedra Beach $90
Red Nine at NAS Jacksonville Golf Club
Tee Times
Jacksonville $15
St. Johns Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
St. Augustine $25
Blue Nine at NAS Jacksonville Golf Club
Tee Times
Jacksonville $15
North/West at Fernandina Beach Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fernandina Beach $23
Marsh Landing Country Club Ponte Vedra Beach $30 - $100
South/West at Sawgrass Country Club Ponte Vedra Beach $92
Jacksonville Golf & Country Club Jacksonville $25 - $75
Plantation at Ponte Vedra Golf Club Ponte Vedra Beach $85
West/East at Sawgrass Country Club Ponte Vedra Beach $92
Marsh Creek Country Club Saint Augustine $60
Timuquana Country Club Jacksonville $72 - $90
St. Augustine Shores Golf Club Saint Augustine $30
East/South at Sawgrass Country Club Ponte Vedra Beach $92
Hidden Hills Country Club Jacksonville $60
Glen Kernan Golf & Country Club Jacksonville $123
Palm Valley Golf Club Ponte Vedra Beach $7.88 - $10.00
Long Point Course at Amelia Island Plantation Amelia Island $175 - $200
Ocean Course at Ponte Vedra Inn & Club Ponte Vedra Beach $225
San Jose Country Club Jacksonville $65
Lagoon at Ponte Vedra Inn & Club Ponte Vedra Beach $150
Atlantic Beach Country Club Atlantic Beach $50
Deercreek Country Club Jacksonville $55
Panther Creek Golf Club Jacksonville $38
Amelia National Golf & Country Club Ferandina Beach $85
Deerwood Country Club Jacksonville $45 - $65
Golf Club of Amelia Island Amelia Island $185
UNF Golf Complex at the Hayt Learning Center
Tee Times
Jacksonville $9
Penney Farms Retirement Community Golf Course Penney Farms $2
TPC Sawgrass - THE PLAYERS Stadium Course Ponte Vedra Beach $196 - 335
Pablo Creek Club Jacksonville $95
The Palencia Club Saint Augustine $70
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