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7 Courses That Will Make You Want to Retire in Northeast Florida

There’s a reason so many golf legends choose to retire in Florida. The ocean breeze, mild temperatures and convenient location to some of the top courses in the country make the allure of settling down here so desirable.

We’ve gathered some of the top courses so you can start planning your “permanent vacation” and play year-round in Northeast Florida. 

 

1. Omni Amelia Island Oak Marsh - Amelia Island

Selected by Travel & Leisure Golf as one of “Florida’s 50 finest courses” and as one of the “Top 75 Resort Courses in the U.S.” by Golf Digest, Omni Island Oak Marsh is the ultimate destination for relaxation. The Pete Dye-designed course offers a challenge for golfers of all skill levels and is noted for its tight fairways, small greens, and stunning natural scenery filled with well-preserved wildlife habitats. You’ll also find an oceanfront resort with world-class pools, a full service spa, and activities like water aerobics to reduce stress and increase muscle relaxation.

2. The Amelia River Club - Fernandina Beach

Golfing Amelia River Club is an ideal way to spend your days regardless of your skill level. A local favorite, this 18-hole competitive course has immaculate fairways and incredibly smooth greens. Become a member and enjoy perks like discounted cart fees, reduced guest rates, unlimited use of range and practice facilities as well as USGA handicap services. After a day on the greens, visit the River Bar & Grill where you’ll find amazing food along with a friendly, attentive staff who will take care of you from start to finish.

3. TPC Sawgrass - Ponte Vedra

Whether you’re booking a tee time at Dye’s Valley Course or THE PLAYERS Stadium Course, you’ll be walking the same course that legendary golf professionals have traveled for decades. Put your skills to the test at the challenging Stadium Course. Dye’s Valley Course offers a fair level of difficulty as well and is often referred to as one of the top courses in Florida. Fortunately, for retired veterans, the course also offers a military discount for you day of play. Pro tip: As long as you can avoid the water, your game should be strong. 

4. Hammock Beach Golf Resort & Spa - Palm Coast

Maybe its the slow tempo of the game of the mild physical demand, but there’s a reason golf is the choice of sport for many older adults. For a luxury golf experience, try Hammock Beach Golf Resort & Spa. Offering packages that will suit any type of golfer or fellow vacationer, enjoy this easy-living beachfront resort style of life with breathtaking views. Drop off the grandkids at the Kids Crew Daycare Program, or send the spouse to the spa all while you enjoy a relaxing day on this award-winning course.

5. King & Bear at the World Golf Village Resort - St Augustine

Named for its designers, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus, you can tee off at King & Bear surrounded by loblolly pines and 200-year-old oak trees that are as calming for the soul as golf is for the mind. The course offers a veterans discount of 15% off your stay at the resort or a day of golf. Added bonus, parking is close to the bag drop making it accessible for golfers after a long day on your feet. Visiting with friends or family? Stop by the clubhouse for post–game food and drinks or enjoy the World Golf Hall of Fame while you’re here.

6. Cimarrone Golf Club - Jacksonville

Cimarrone Golf Club is the perfect place for players of all abilities and ages. This semi-private club was ranked 4 stars out of five by Golf Digest Places to Play and chosen as one of the Top 100 Golf Courses in Florida. You’ll delight in the exciting layout as this course is as equally beautiful as it is challenging, with water and sand traps surrounding the greens. The location features a practice facility with short game areas, a 10,00 square foot clubhouse, a restaurant, lounge and banquet halls. There’s something for everyone at Cimarrone.

7. Eagle Landing Golf Club - Clay County

This semi-private, par-72 course is as calming as they come. Watch your ball wind delicately through the fairway planked by Southern pine and palmetto trees. If relaxation is what you're looking for, you’ve come to the right place. Enjoy discounted rates for seniors and veterans and free golf clinics for members. The Landing Bar & Grill has indoor and outdoor dining options to rejuvenate before or after a day on the course. There’s also a Sports Bar so you can enjoy a close up view of tournaments. Bring the whole family and enjoy nearby amenities including a swim park with pools, water slides, and cabana bar as well as the athletic center complete with tennis and pickleball courts.

 If you're questioning whether or not to make northeast Florida your permanent home-away-from-home, listen to the pros. Ryan Blaum (Jacksonville), Jim Furyk (Ponte Vedra), Billy Horschel (Jacksonville). Vijay Singh (Ponte Vedra), and course designer Bobby Weed (Ponte Vedra) all call Florida home. Beautiful weather, beautiful scenery and a ton of golf makes this a retirees/snowbird’s paradise.