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Family-Friendly Golf Courses in North Florida

When you’re a golf-enthusiast that lives and plays on Florida’s First Coast, your world is a lot bigger than say, a golf-enthusiast in practically any other part of the world. There are a lot of places to play and enjoy! But alas, I have realized that in some of my previous posts, I have been a little biased to places that are nearer to me. For this post however, I am going to keep in mind that with a car packed full of kids, you need to head somewhere that’s close by and family-friendly. So the following list is broken down by different regions of North Florida. Find a spot closest to your home, or to the hotel or resort you are staying in for your vacation, and check out the family golf fun nearby!

When you’re a golf-enthusiast that lives and plays on Florida’s First Coast, your world is a lot bigger than say, a golf-enthusiast in practically any other part of the world. There are a lot of places to play and enjoy! But alas, I have realized that in some of my previous posts, I have been a little biased to places that are nearer to me. For this post however, I am going to keep in mind that with a car packed full of kids, you need to head somewhere that’s close by and family-friendly. So the following list is broken down by different regions of North Florida. Find a spot closest to your home, or to the hotel or resort you are staying in for your vacation, and check out the family golf fun nearby!

Northern North Florida (Nassau County - Amelia Island)

The Omni Amelia Island Plantation has 54 holes of golf and offers a $50 resort credit if you stay there that can be used on the course. The unlimited golf package offers unlimited green fees and two courses that have two forward family tees: Oak Marsh & Ocean Links. Even if you have little ones that aren’t in the mood to play every hole, Ocean Links has 5 holes that are have oceanfront views and are beautiful places to explore! If they aren’t down for playing golf every day of the vacation (like I’m sure you will be), the resort also offers a really fun kids camp!

North East Northern Florida (Jacksonville)

Windsor Park Golf Club is a great course for junior players. Junior members have access to special junior club member tournaments, the PGA Junior League, the NFJG Tournaments, US Kids Tournaments, and the Hurricane Jr. Golf Tour. When they join, they get their own junior membership bag tag, reduced prices on all merchandise in the shops, 3 small baskets per day for the driving range program, and juniors play free when accompanied by an adult. The social membership for juniors is also excellent: movies on the range, pizza and putting mixers, video game night, trivia, dances, and social networking skills clinics. Kids can learn to fundraise and budget, have professional role models, learn about physical and psychological wellness to avoid burnout in the workplace/school in golf clinics offered throughout the year. This is an excellent family-oriented course.

Middle North Florida (St. Augustine & Ponte Vedra)

The St. John’s Golf and Country Club hosts a fantastic series of clinics for young golfers (ages 10-18) every Wednesday at 3pm for only $15. The clinic focuses on fundamentals and offers some personalized one-on-one instruction. Each clinic focuses on one topic, and builds off of the last clinic. Space is limited to the first 10 to sign up. The junior membership is $79 a month, and includes unlimited range access, unlimited walking Monday - thursday and after twilight Friday - Sunday, 20% off all golf merchandise and Grille Room beverages, and members are eligible to play in 4 tournaments. Monday afternoons are reserved for junior member only games.  

Southern North Florida (Palm Coast and Flagler Beaches)

Located in Daytona Beach, The Jones Course at LPGA International offers many programs for kids and families, including the PGA Junior Golf Camps for ages 6-17. The camps are broken up by levels and each focuses on teaching techniques and approaches that will improve your kid’s skills throughout the entire summer. The camp director has been trained and certified by PGA of America, and has years of experience working with junior golfers. This course has a 4-star rating from Golf Digest and it’s location is hard to beat, as there are endless family activities involving games, fun, and speed in Daytona Beach.

Check out these courses and many other fun family-friendly golf activities in North Florida. These are a few of the best, but I cannot stress this enough: if you want your kids to love golf, get them enrolled in a summer program or year-round junior membership today. It’s a great investment for building up a genuine interest in the sport and if they show talent, getting involved at a young age will set them up for a lifetime of golf confidence and success.