Escape Winter on Florida’s First Coast of Golf

Gray skies, frigid winds, and piles of slush making you want to flee south? Don’t forget to pack your clubs, because Florida’s First Coast of Golf is waiting to welcome you. Here are 6 reasons why Florida’s First Coast Is the perfect place to escape winter if you love to golf.

1. Florida Weather 

From January through April, the weather in NE Florida is about as good as it gets for golf. Rain is at a minimum, sunshine is at a maximum, breezes are balmy, and it’s not too hot. 

2. Northeast Florida Has Excellent Spas

Nothing cures the aches and pains of winter like a day at the spa, and Northeast Florida has a few that should be on every spa lover’s bucket list. For example, the spa at the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort is an oasis of wellness and serenity, offering a state-of-the-art fitness center, relaxation pool, steam room, sauna, indoor/outdoor hot tubs, and a chic cafe, Soothies, which serves fresh snacks, light meals, and a range of beverages, many of them with bubbles. We guarantee that after your Sawgrass Signature Massage with full body loofah buff, you’ll be glowing as you sip Bellinis by the pool, and winter will seem like a distant dream. To see the full menu of spa services offered at the Sawgrass Spa, click here


Many spa resorts on Florida’s First Coast offer golf & spa weekend deals. Make sure to check these out as you’re planning your winter getaway. 

3. The Beaches & More 

While golf may be the main entree of your long-awaited winter vacation, we recommend sampling a few side dishes, too. Florida’s First Coast boasts dozens of other activities besides golf, and these appeal to golfers and non-golfers alike. 

Did we mention BEACHES?

Yes, vast, unspoiled beaches, all up and down Florida’s First Coast. You can read more about NE Florida beaches here. Visitors frequent Northeast Florida beaches year round, but some may find it too chilly to swim in the sea in January and February, when air temperatures hover around 70 degrees. By March, though, NE Florida beaches are in full swing. 

Other Outdoor Activities

Besides spectacular beaches, you can also discover dozens of beautiful parks, natural reserves, and pristine rivers & waterways in NE Florida, with abundant opportunities for outdoor recreation. In winter, the mild weather is ideal for enjoying many of these outdoor activities, including hiking, biking, horsebackriding, kayaking, boating, and more. You can learn more about these opportunities here

History, Culture, & Events

Learn more about history by visiting the nation’s oldest city, St. Augustine. Experience the vibrant culture and nightlife of Jacksonville, Florida’s largest and most populous city. Attend exciting events such as tournaments and sporting competitions, boat shows, musical performances, art fairs, and more that are held during winter all throughout Florida’s First Coast. To learn more about special events in different regions of NE Florida, select a region below. 

4. THE PLAYERS Championship Happens in Northeast Florida in Winter

Time your visit right and you get the once-in-a-lifetime experience of attending THE PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass, the biggest tournament on the PGA Tour. This year THE PLAYERS Championship will take place from March 8–13, 2022. For more information on THE PLAYERS Championship or to purchase tickets, click here

5. Some of the World’s Finest Golf Courses

Florida’s First Coast has golf courses in spades, some among the most celebrated golf courses in the world. Take your pick from over 75 miles of coastal golf courses in 5 different regions, each with its own unique culture, topography, and ambience. No other golf destination in Florida or perhaps the entire country offers this kind of variety. 



6. Florida's First Coast Has World-Class Resorts

Florida’s First Coast of Golf beckons winter-weary travelers with bright skies, azure waters, and fairways galore. To book your winter escape, click here for information on packages.