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Guide to Family-Friendly Golf Vacations in Northeast Florida

Check out these ideas for maximizing both golf time and family time on your next trip to North Florida, the ideal location to enjoy tee time and time with those you love. There is no reason to choose one or the other when you can have them both!

Family-Friendly Resorts in Northeast Florida

A great way to get the most out of your golf time and family time while in Northeast Florida is to choose the right resort. Here are two family-friendly resort options with incredible golf options to boot.

1. Sawgrass Marriott Resort & Spa

While the Sawgrass Marriott Resort is the gateway to play the TPC at Sawgrass’s Stadium and Valley courses, it also offers family-friendly amenities to keep your little ones occupied while you enjoy your 18.

  • With the option of reserving a room, suite, or villa suite, your family is sure to be comfortable. 
  • The daily resort fee also includes access to the Cabana Beach Club, with shuttle service and golf bag storage.  
  • Families can also take advantage of the Sawgrass Kids Klub, where children ages 5 —12 will enjoy activities and parents will enjoy peace of mind.
  • With a family-friendly pool at both the resort and beach club as well as with beach access, families can stay active throughout their stay. 

2. Omni Amelia Island Resort

Another great family-friendly golf resort in Northeast Florida is the Omni Amelia Island Resort, which offers a variety of age-specific, supervised recreational activities for children, teens, and young adults.

  • Kids can spend the day playing games in Camp Amelia or attend the Camp @ Night events. 
  • Junior Adventurers will enjoy their new gamers' lounge along with the activities and trips for those ages 9 —15. 
  • The Omni Amelia Island Resort also offers recreation for the whole family, such as movie nights, seasonal beach fires, games, and crafts.

To see a full listing of accommodations options, please visit our Lodging Page.

Family-Friendly Golf Courses in Northeast Florida

When you’re a golf enthusiast that lives and plays on Florida’s First Coast, your world is a lot bigger than that of a golfer practically anywhere else on the planet. There are so many places to play and enjoy! 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!

1. Jacksonville Area

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!

2. St. Augustine & Ponte Vedra Area

The St. John’s Golf and Country Club hosts a fantastic series of clinics for young golfers (ages 10–18) every Wednesday at 3 pm for only $15.

  • The clinics focus on fundamentals and offer some personalized one-on-one instruction.
  • Each clinic focuses on one topic and builds off of the last clinic.
  • The clinics are small enough to ensure one-on-one attention; 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.
  • Members are eligible to play in 4 tournaments.
  • Monday afternoons are reserved for junior member-only games.  

3. 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.
  • The course has a 4-star rating from Golf Digest.
  • Its location is hard to beat, as there are endless family activities involving games, fun, and speed in Daytona Beach.

These are a few of the best courses, 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.

Other Family-Friendly Activities in Northeast Florida

Beyond traditional golf, there are plenty of other family-friendly things to do in Northeast Florida. Check them out!

1. Miniature Golf

A round of putt-putt golf is a perfect activity for your "miniatures" who want to experience golf on the First Coast's championship courses. A local favorite spot for mini golf in Northeast Florida is Fiesta Falls in St. Augustine. 

2. World Golf Hall of Fame

At the World Golf Hall of Fame, you can view historic artifacts, personal memorabilia from the Hall of Fame members, videos, photos, and interactive exhibitions.

3. Nature Hikes

Nature hikes are a fun and adventurous activity for your little explorers. Several trails are near golf courses throughout northeast Florida. The Florida Trail also runs through Northeast Florida, touching on centuries of Florida history. 

4. Beach Time

Explore the beaches along Florida's First Coast: Amelia Island, Jacksonville, Clay County, Palm Coast and Flagler Beaches, and St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra Beach. For more information about visiting Jacksonville beaches, click here

5. First Coast Shopping

Florida is home to several shopping districts including the St. John's Town Center, the St. Augustine Premium Outlets, Nocatee Town Center and more