Golf Tips & Insights from This North Hampton Pro

Are you wondering what golf is like in Northeast Florida, or are you curious to learn more about a course recognized by many as the best Arnold Palmer golf course in the state? Maybe you’re looking for some tips as a new player to the game. Any way you slice it, this interview will give you some good information. 

Blaze Grinn, PGA - Director of Golf for The Golf Club at North Hampton in Fernandina Beach, FL, shares some pro tips and insights with Florida’s First Coast of Golf (FFCG). 

Take a look. 


FFCG: What are your five best golf tips for the novice player?


1. See a professional for starting points and etiquette.

2. Don’t buy a full set.

3. Practice with a purpose.

4. Putt around the house on a carpet.

5. Enjoy the challenges, the scenery, the company and the tradition.


FFCG: What are some of your secrets to a good golf swing? 

Blaze: Hit the ground in the right spot. Play whatever shot you feel comfortable with. Manage your risks!


FFCG: What clubs do you recommend newcomers have when first starting?

Blaze: A driver, 2 hybrids, 5,7,9, pitching wedge, sand wedge and putter. Fill in clubs as you get more speed.



FFCG: What are your top golf hacks for improving your game?

Blaze: Take a lesson. Quick tips are named that because they stop working...quick.


FFCG: What are some of your go-to gadgets and equipment? 

Blaze: A decent Bluetooth speaker, a cool divot repair tool, mallet putters and comfortable shoes.


FFCG: Course conditions are important to golfers. What are some unique things about The Golf Club at North Hampton? 

Blaze: We are in the process of a bunker renovation to be completed in 2019. The front nine and some significant back nine bunkers have already been completed. We strive to be good stewards to a wonderful Arnold Palmer Signature design, which is unique to the area.



FFCG: What can golfers expect with the club’s green fees? Food & beverage? Staff service? Ease of scheduling tee times? 

Blaze: 10-minute tee times allow for a good pace of play, where golfers won’t feel bunched up on the first tee. We feel our pricing is a value for the level of service and course conditions we provide. Tee times can be booked through our website, over the phone, or on a few third-party booking sites as well.


FFCG: What are a few of your other favorite courses to play in the area? 

Blaze: Atlantic Beach Country Club and San Jose Country Club offer two widely different layouts and sets of challenges.


FFCG: Favorite holes? 

Blaze: I’m always a fan of short par 4s such as #5 and #10 here at North Hampton—so many options for playing them.


FFCG: Why do you love to golf in Northeast Florida? 

Blaze: I love to play anywhere, but Northeast Florida is full of great golf and is a hub for a wide range of travel from Georgia, South Carolina and Northwest Florida.

And there you have it; short, sweet and super helpful! If you’re itching to get out on this course or others in the area, check out our packages and tee times to get started. For lodging around The Golf Club of North Hampton, browse the packages and stay details from Residence Inn Amelia Island, Hampton Inn & Suites Amelia Island, or Seaside Amelia Inn



More on This Fernandina Beach Course

Sculpted out of pure Florida woodlands, you will find yourself playing around 10 spring-fed lakes, coquina boulders and man-made sand dunes. On the front nine, you’ll be surrounded by woodlands with rolling fairways and immaculate greens found in between the trees. The wide-open contoured back nine may give you the feeling that you stepped onto Turnberry or Carnoustie.