The Ryder Cup is going to Whistling Straits, Wisconsin, in 2020; golfers everywhere will want to know where the best golf is to be found in the USA. Amelia Island, just off the coast of North East Florida, has some of the finest golf courses and resorts in the country.
The Oak Marsh Golf Course
One of two championship golf courses at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, Oak Marsh is one of the truly classic Pete Dye-designed golf courses in the world (Dye also designed the Whistling Straits course). This course is noted for its tight fairways and small greens, meandering along serpentine salt marsh creeks and through the moss draped heritage oaks for which Amelia Island is famous. A par 72, the 6,500-yard course has 14 holes with water hazards and numerous bulk-headed greens. A variety of bunkers are placed throughout the course to add to the challenge, and a natural approach has been maintained as well with the use of coquina shell cart paths, native plant life and preserved habitats for the local wildlife. www.omnihotels.com/hotels/amelia-island-plantation/golf · Par 72
· Length 6,500 yards
· 18 holes
The Golf Club of Amelia Island
An Amelia Island club where golf blends with the beach. Not far from Fernandina Beach and Jacksonville, golfers will find one of Florida’s few resorts that brings together their love of the sport and the sea. The Golf Club of Amelia Island features an 18-hole championship course designed by PGA Tour veteran Mark McCumber and golf legend Gene Littler. Lush and meticulously manicured, the course offers challenging yet fun play with strategically placed bunkers and shifting ocean breezes. Open to members and guests staying at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island and Summer Beach Resort hotels.
The Golf Club is also home to The Academy, where individual instruction is offered for players of all levels. www.golfclubofamelia.com
· Par 72
· Length 6,692 yards
· 18 holes
Amelia River Golf Club
Known for its incredibly smooth Eagle greens, manicured fairways and challenging pin positions, Amelia River is one of the most prestigious courses in all North Florida. Sculpted around a forest of Live Oaks, Sabal Palms, Pines and Wax Myrtles, this Tom Jackson designed facility plays to 6,808 yards from the back tees. Whether a true beginner or a single digit handicapper, the par 72 course is a challenge golfer of all skill levels. Open to the general public and members. www.golfclubameliariver.com
· Par 72
· Length 6,808 yards
· 18 holes
Fernandina Beach Golf Club
An excellent municipal facility featuring twenty-seven holes of golf, laid out over 3 courses. Proximity to Jacksonville and the beach ensure that this golf club is one of the most popular golf facilities in the island. The sub-tropical climate and warm Florida sun make the impeccable greens that much more enjoyable and enticing. Each course measures well over 3,000 yards from the championship tees and presents a one-of-a-kind challenge. www.fernandinabeachgolfclub.com
· Short Course Golf with par and yardage dependent on which configuration is booked
Long Point Golf Course
Long Point is the primary golf course for Amelia Island Club members. Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort guests may reserve tee times one day in advance, based upon availability. Completed in 1987, Tom Fazio’s award-winning design challenges golfers with natural hazards, tight fairways and elevated greens. The rolling fairways wind through three spectacular and distinctive settings: the magnificent marshes, the thick oak and pine forest, and the scenic dunes with oceanfront holes.
· Par 72 course
· Back-tee yardage of 6,775 yards.
To book a golf holiday to Amelia Island go to www.eaglegolftours.com
Amelia Island is 13 miles long and two miles wide and just a short 30 minute drive from Jacksonville International Airport. Mild temperatures and cool sea breezes make Amelia Island a four-season destination.
For further information go to www.ameliaisland.com