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

Course City Rates from
Course City Rates from
Windy Harbor Golf Club
Tee Times
Mayport $11
Magnolia Point Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Green Cove Springs $10
Golf Club At South Hampton
Tee Times
Saint Augustine $20
Amelia River Golf Club
Tee Times
Fernandina Beach $49.95
Golf Club At Fleming Island
Tee Times
Orange Park $18
Cimarrone Golf Club
Tee Times
Jacksonville $20
Bent Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Jacksonville $10
Country Club of Orange Park
Tee Times
Orange Park $23
Jacksonville Beach Golf Club
Tee Times
Jacksonville Beach $15
The Oak Bridge Club
Tee Times
Ponte Vedra Beach $19
South/North at St. Johns Golf Club
Tee Times
Elkton $13
Julington Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Jacksonville $18.78
Slammer and Squire Golf Course at World Golf Village
Tee Times
St. Augustine $38
King and Bear Golf Course at World Golf Village
Tee Times
St Augustine $49
Windsor Parke Golf Club
Tee Times
Jacksonville $27
Blue Cypress Golf Club Jacksonville $12 - $18
East/South at St. Johns Golf Club
Tee Times
Elkton $13
South/North at Fernandina Beach Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fernandina Beach $10
Red Nine at NAS Jacksonville Golf Club Jacksonville $15
Blue Nine at NAS Jacksonville Golf Club Jacksonville $15
Deerfield Lakes Golf Club Callahan $24
Eagle Harbor Golf Club
Tee Times
Orange Park $21.03
Hyde Park Golf Club
Tee Times
Jacksonville $11
Blue Sky Golf Club
Tee Times
Jacksonville $22.95
Fiddler's Green At Cecil Field
Tee Times
Jacksonville $15
Eagle Landing Golf Club
Tee Times
Orange Park $21
West/South at Fernandina Beach Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fernandina Beach $10
Palatka Golf Club
Tee Times
Palatka $9
North/West at Fernandina Beach Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Fernandina Beach $10
The First Tee of North Florida - Brentwood Golf Course
Tee Times
Jacksonville $10
Royal St. Augustine Golf and Country Club
Tee Times
St. Augustine $7
River Bend Golf Links
Tee Times
Green Cove Springs $12
North/East at St. Johns Golf Club
Tee Times
Elkton $13
TPC Sawgrass - Dye's Valley Course
Tee Times
Ponte Vedra Beach $90
The Golf Club at North Hampton
Tee Times
Fernandina Beach $20
Oak Marsh Course at Amelia Island Plantation
Tee Times
Amelia Island $26
Queen's Harbour Yacht & Country Club
Tee Times
Jacksonville $39
White Nine at NAS Jacksonville Golf Club Jacksonville $15
St. Johns Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
St. Augustine $25
Deercreek Country Club Jacksonville $55
Glen Kernan Golf & Country Club Jacksonville $123
Atlantic Beach Country Club Atlantic Beach $50
Hidden Hills Country Club Jacksonville $29 - $44
Jacksonville Golf & Country Club Jacksonville $25 - $75
Golf Club of Amelia Island Amelia Island $185
Marsh Creek Country Club Saint Augustine $60 - $65
Amelia National Golf & Country Club Ferandina Beach $85
Lagoon at Ponte Vedra Inn & Club Ponte Vedra Beach $150
TPC Sawgrass - THE PLAYERS Stadium Course Ponte Vedra Beach $196 - $335
Timuquana Country Club Jacksonville $72 - $90
UNF Golf Complex at the Hayt Learning Center
Tee Times
Jacksonville $12
Penney Farms Retirement Community Golf Course Penney Farms $2
West/East at Sawgrass Country Club Ponte Vedra Beach $285
Palm Valley Golf Club Ponte Vedra Beach $7.88 - $10.00
St. Augustine Shores Golf Club Saint Augustine $30
Marsh Landing Country Club Ponte Vedra Beach $30 - $100
Plantation at Ponte Vedra Golf Club Ponte Vedra Beach $85
South/West at Sawgrass Country Club Ponte Vedra Beach $285
Long Point Course at Amelia Island Club Amelia Island $175 - $200
San Jose Country Club Jacksonville $65
Ocean Course at Ponte Vedra Inn & Club Ponte Vedra Beach $225
The Palencia Club Saint Augustine $70
East/South at Sawgrass Country Club Ponte Vedra Beach $285
Deerwood Country Club Jacksonville $45 - $65
Pablo Creek Club Jacksonville $95
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