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Father & Son Golfing in Northeast Florida

As evidenced by Tiger Woods and his son, emerging superstar Charlie Axel Woods, there is perhaps no better father and son bonding experience than golfing, and there’s no better place to spend time together than on the treasured coastal courses of Northeast Florida.

When not on the green, dad and son alike can hone their skills and shop for the latest in golfing apparel, equipment and more, or be inspired by legendary golfers in the World Golf Hall of Fame.

1. Play (and Stay) Like the Pros

Northeast Florida has no shortage of acclaimed courses and luxurious resorts to choose from — Amelia Island, Jacksonville and The Beaches, St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches, Clay County and Palm Coast & The Flagler Beaches — all perfect for father-son golf getaways. Reconnect and make lasting memories as you navigate the same award-winning courses that host championship events including THE PLAYERS Championship, PGA TOUR and Champions Tour, or were designed by some of golf’s finest.

The shimmering water of TPC Sawgrass' Stadium Course in Northeast Florida surrounds the iconic 17th hole with tall trees in the background.

The "Island Green" 17 hole at TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course

Test your skills at Pete Dye’s legendary TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course, whose 7,215 yard course challenges even the most seasoned of golfers with daring drives and difficult holes — including the dreaded “Island Green” 17. For a slightly less challenging yet still pro-level experience, opt for TPC Sawgrass’ 6,838-yard, 72-par Dye’s Valley Course offers Afterwards, relax at the Sawgrass Marriott Resort & Spa, complete with pools, seven restaurants and lounges and a Cabana Beach Club that provides direct access to Ponte Vedra Beach.

Challenge dad to a round just yards from the Atlantic Ocean at one of the four courses located nearby Omni Amelia Island Resort, such as the Fernandina Beach Golf Club, which offers a varied, 27-hole experience and a Lighthouse Driving Range. Also on Amelia Island, The Amelia River Golf Club is an esteemed course suitable for novice or expert players, with 18 challenging holes and a wide open layout reminiscent of a Scottish links course. The Omni Amelia Island: PGA Golf Tour Package includes one round of golf per registered guest, per day plus a branded hat and golf balls that make for the perfect souvenir.

A sand bunker, putting green, lake and building surrounded by trees at Hidden Hills Golf Club in Northeast Florida.

Hidden Hills Golf Club

Or, show your son how it’s done at the Arnold Palmer-designed Hidden Hills Golf Club, just a short drive from the Jacksonville Airport and area beaches. This wild, pine- and oak-laden course occupies one of the highest points in Jacksonville, with rolling hills and curves creating an exciting challenge. Play at Hidden Hills, Hammock Beach and St. John’s Golf & Country Club is included in vacation packages, such as those offered by the Courtyard Oceanfront Jacksonville Beach and Doubletree Jacksonville Riverfront.

2. Reflect on Golf Legends at the World Golf Hall of Fame

Spend time together exploring the history of the sport and admiring some of golf’s greatest names and memorabilia at the World Golf Hall of Fame. Learn about great father-son duos throughout history, such as PGA Tour winners and Hall of Fame inductees Old Tom Morris and his son, Young Tom Morris, as well as Willie Park Sr. and Willie Park Jr.

Interior of a gallery inside the World Golf Hall of Fame in Northeast Florida, with graphics on the walls depicting top golfers throughout history

World Golf Hall of Fame | Photo credit: worldgolfvillage.com

The Hall of Fame is just one part of the experience at World Golf Village, a top choice for where to base a family Florida golf adventure. Here, golfers can stay at one of three properties, such as the AAA Four-Diamond Renaissance World Village Resort, hone your skills at the PGA TOUR Golf Academy, and golf the greens of the official Hall of Fame courses — King & Bear from the minds of Arnold Palmer and Jack Niclaus and the Bobby Weed-designed Slammer & Squire. Complimentary shuttle service connects guests with historic downtown St. Augustine for even more golfing and Florida exploration.

3. Tee Up a Shopping Spree or Training Session at the PGA TOUR Superstore

Whether shopping for a perfect Father’s Day gift, or just looking for the latest in golf accessories, apparel and equipment, the massive, 25,000-square-foot PGA TOUR Superstore in Jacksonville is a must-visit. Bring in your current clubs for adjustments and repairs, including enhancements to loft and lie angles, gripping and shaftwork. Or, if you’re in need of new clubs, consult the on-site experts for custom-fitted drivers, irons, wedges and putters.

A man standing with a golf club in front of a projector screen receives lessons from an employee at PGA TOUR Superstore in Northeast Florida.

PGA TOUR Superstore | Photo credit: pgatoursuperstore.com

Brush up on golf skills at the 1,134 square-foot putting green or in one of several high-tech interactive simulators. If either father or son need extra instruction, 45-minute training sessions with a PGA TOUR Superstore Certified Golf Instructor are also available. These hands-on educational workshops feature state-of-the-art technology that monitors a ball’s flight trajectory and video capture and playback of golf swings within a comfortable environment. Look for special in-store events and clinics throughout the year, including a free golf clinic on the second Saturday of each month addressing common golfing mistakes.

4. Extend the Experience with a Trip to TopGolf

Open day and night, TopGolf is a paradise for golf-lovers and a perfect place to extend father-son bonding time while in Northeast Florida. This expansive entertainment center in Jacksonville, Florida, spans three floors and is part sports lounge, part driving range, and is ideal for golfers of all ages and skill levels.

A group seated around a table reacts to a shot at TopGolf in Jacksonville, Florida, with the large green driving range in the background

TopGolf in Jacksonville, Florida | Photo credit: topgolf.com

In one of over 100 all-weather semi-private bays, take turns driving balls into the distance and try to sink a shot in outfield targets. Innovative technology built into the balls allows you to easily keep score — perfect for some friendly father-son competition. Or enjoy quality time with one another as you watch live sports on one of the over 200 HDTVs throughout the complex, including at the on-site restaurant and rooftop lounge. A 14-hole miniature golf course is perfect for the younger crowd and for those longing to return home with treasured childhood memories in Northeast Florida.

Learn more about family-friendly golf vacations in Northeast Florida, explore the region’s courses, browse available vacation packages and start planning your perfect father and son golf getaway.