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Foster’s Fairway: Fernandina Beach Golf Club

With three unique par nines and located in one of the most picturesque places on Florida's First Coast, Fernandina Beach Golf Club should be a must on your golf list.

Local golfer Dylan Foster provides the inside scoop on area greens. In his blog, Foster uncovers the treasures that make golfing on the First Coast a pleasure—intricate doglegs, challenging water hazards and refreshing drink specials on the 19th hole.

 

 

Anyone who plays golf knows that there are very few things that are certain when you hit the links on any given day.  Whether you’re playing in a tournament or just out for a relaxing round, you can’t take anything for granted, which is part of the reason why so many of us love the game.  We’ve all had those days where one part of our game is in perfect sync, but another part is nowhere to be found.  If you’re staying in Jacksonville, or anywhere in Northeast Florida, no matter how your round might fair, if you’ve got a tee time booked for Fernandina Beach Golf Club, you’re guaranteed to at least one spectacular drive.

Located in beautiful Fernandina Beach, just off state road A1A, the trip out to Fernandina Beach Golf Course might be one of the best drives in Northeast Florida.  Depending on where you’re staying, Google maps might have you take a couple of different routes to get to the course, but make sure you take Highway 105 to SR A1A, rather that I-95.  It might take a little bit longer to get out there, but the drive along the beach is well worth the extra time.  Better yet, if you’re staying out at the beaches, you can take the St. Johns River Ferry for $6.00.

The Golf Course itself offers a pretty unique experience as well.  With three sets of 9’s (North, West, and South) you have options to choose from, or you could even squeeze in all three nines if you feel so inclined.  Each has different levels of difficulty and you can get some nice variety between nines. 
For example, if you like to get your round off to an easier start and finish up with more of a challenge, you might want to try playing the North Course, then the West Course.  Playing 3,094 yards from the back tees, the North Course is the shortest course at the club.  Outside of a water hazard down the right side of the par-4 sixth, most of the holes on this 9 are pretty straightforward.  Players with lower handicaps are likely to have some easier approach shots on some of the shorter holes, which hopefully translates into a few more birdies and pars.

The transition from the North Course to the West Course is certainly notable.  Playing 3,683 yard from the blues, the West Course is considerably longer and in turn more challenging.  It doesn’t take long for you to realize this either.  The 607 yard par-5 second is the longest hole of any of the three courses and the slight dogleg on the hole puts a lot of emphasis on your tee shot.  A poor drive off the tee can make this long par-5 even longer.  The West Course also has the longest par three as well.  Playing 227 yards from the blue tees, with a strong headwind you might find yourself pulling out a three wood or even a driver.

With three distinct 9-hole courses, Fernandina Beach Golf Club offers some variety that you might not be able to find at other golf courses.  Even if you aren’t staying on Amelia Island or Fernandina Beach, a trip up the coast along with a day on the course is something you have to consider if you’ve come to visit Florida’s First Coast.