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Foster’s Fairway: St. Johns Golf and Country Club

The beauty and challenge of a great course can be experienced at an affordable price when you play St. Johns Golf and Country Club.

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.

 

Everyone has dreams of that perfect golf weekend.  Resort on the beach, tee times at Pebble Beach and and dinner at a fabulous steakhouse.  For most of us though, this kind of getaway is a little bit out of reach and, therefore, a more economical weekend might be desirable and attainable.  Thankfully, Florida’s First Coast has plenty of affordable hotel and golf packages that still offer a great relaxing weekend, while not breaking the bank.

If you’re looking for this type of reasonably priced vacation, St. Johns Golf and Country Club needs to be on your list of courses to play.  With perfectly kept greens, manicured fairways, and well kept bunkers, the condition of the course has to be its strength.  Add six sets of teeing grounds, an expansive clubhouse, and 10,000 square foot putting green and you have yourself a great golf experience for all handicaps that is surprisingly affordable.

The course gets you started nicely with a straightforward par-4, followed by a dogleg par-5, and a beautifully design par-3 third.  The first three holes give you a nice sense of the overall character of the course and what to expect for the rest of your round.   One thing in particular you might notice is how deceptively fast the greens are.  Be mindful of any slopes or ridges you might be putting over, as you can easily be looking at a few three puts on your score card.

One thing that can make the course interesting is wind, particularly if it’s coming out of the northeast at say 20-25 miles per hour.  Some holes, like the par-4 fourth and par-3 fifth, can play directly downwind, making for approach shots that may need to a club taken off.  On the flip side, holes such as the par-4 ninth and fifteenth can play much harder than their handicap.  In both cases, if you don’t have a well placed tee shot, you’re likely looking at a long iron or hybrid into greens guarded by bunkers.

What also makes the course ideal for a weekend getaway is its location.  Just south of the I-295 beltway, the course is an easy drive whether you’re staying in St. Augustine, downtown Jacksonville or the Beaches.  Plus, it’s just minutes away from the World Golf Village, so you can schedule an early tee time and head a couple of exits down and visit the World Golf Hall of Fame, IMAX, or grab some beers at Caddyshack.

Given the location, course condition, and price, you absolutely can’t go wrong with a day of hitting the links at St. Johns Golf and Country Club.  Sure, we all might want to make it to Pebble Beach with an ocean front suite, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get just as much fun out of the many affordable options Northeast Florida has to offer, especially with courses like this one.