Golf.com crowned north Florida the “Golf Capital of Florida,” in no small part because of some of the extraordinary courses located in the St. Augustine and Jacksonville areas.
Here are five golf courses that make northeast Florida a “golf mecca”:
1. TPC Sawgrass – Located in Ponte Vedra and annual host of The Players Championship, TPC is the home of the Valley Course and the Stadium Course, known as one of the most difficult golf courses in the world. The remarkable design of the Stadium Course (created in 1981 on the back of a napkin) is full of strategic challenges, including reachable par-5s, turf-covered spectator mounds and lots of water. Both courses are worth the pilgrimage to the Jacksonville area.
2. World Golf Village – World-renowned for two famous courses and as home to the World Golf Hall of Fame, World Golf Village features the Slammer & Squire (named for Sam Snead and Gene Sarazen), which features wide fairways, nuanced greens, and plenty of water along with spectacular views of the World Golf Hall of Fame, and the challenging King & Bear (co-desi
gned by Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer), a “driver’s course” with “the wide fairways of Nicklaus and the fast greens of Palmer.” Arnold Palmer selected short par 4 #15 as one of his “Dream 18” in Sports Illustrated’s Preview to the Ryder Cup 2006.
3. Amelia Island Plantation – This family-friendly resort is known for its exceptional golf (along with other family attractions that are worth investigating). Try Long Point with its ocean side par-3s or Oak Marsh with its mossy Spanish oak trees and wetlands.
4. Ponte Vedra Inn & Club – So exclusive you have to stay at the hotel to enjoy the course, the Ponte Vedra’s Ocean Course is a traditional 1930s design. It would have been the site of the 1939 Ryder Cup, but WWII got in the way. It’s known for one of the first island greens: its tiny par-3 #9. All 14 clubs required for this resort’s two courses.
5. Hammock Beach – The Ocean Course (designed by Jack Nicklaus) runs six holes along the Atlantic Ocean for a remarkable view. The nearby Conservatory Course is known as one of the toughest fields in Florida, with its island greens and an 18th hole tee box that sits 100 feet above the fairway.
Written By Troy C. White, Developer La Fontana, a new condo development in St. Augustine, Florida
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Whether you’re buying a condo as your first home or moving into one during your twilight years, condo life is different than living in a traditional home. Many people find they prefer it! Here’s a short-list of the unique advantages inherent in condo living:
You get your weekends back
Skip the house maintenance and yardwork! All those mundane, physically demanding tasks you spend entire weekends working on? A thing of the past. That honey-do list that never seems to end? Crumple it up and start working on your bucket list.In a condo, the maintenance and repair of the building, the grounds and the irrigation system, to name just a few, are taken care of by a professional management company that works for YOU, under the direction of your condo association. You get to sit back and watch the magic from the comfort of your lanai. As for cleaning out your closets, well, that’s still on you.
There’s a genuine sense of community
When you live in a traditional home, it’s quite possible to live in a neighborhood without ever meeting many of your neighbors. Physical distance has a tendency to breed emotional distance and homes can become like fortresses with neighbors rarely venturing out to connect with one another.Condos, by design, often strike a good balance between privacy and community. Yes, you live closer to other people, but that’s a good thing. Proximity provides you the opportunity to connect with neighbors in both large and small ways, a smile and greeting at the elevator with some and lunch, shows and nights out on the town with others.
You have an active say in your neighborhood
One of the biggest benefits of living in a condo community is that you have a say in how your neighborhood is managed. If you feel something needs to be changed, you can petition for it. If you want to voice a complaint to people who can make a change, you can be heard. After all, those people are your neighbors!You can attend condo association meetings, run for the board of directors or participate on one or more of the various committees established by condo associations to improve community life. As part of a condo community, you have numerous avenues for making your voice heard about what’s wrong (or right!) with your community.
Condo life gives you the gift of TIME
You’ve probably heard the adage that no person at the end of his life ever said he wished he had spent more time raking leaves and fixing gutters. Well, maybe the adage doesn’t go exactly like that but the sentiment is the same! When you’re able to leave all the worries and hours spent on the up-keep of a traditional home behind, you’re given the gift of time. You have more time to pursue passions, enjoy your kids or grandkids, read, get active and healthy, and take up that hobby that has been perpetually sacrificed on the altar of landscape maintenance!