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4 Reasons Florida’s First Coast is the Perfect Place to Celebrate NYE

This New Year’s Eve watch the ball drop on and off the course with these undeniable reasons to visit Florida’s premiere golf destination.

1. Spend your New Year’s Eve on the Green

From unforgettable oceanfront views to top of the line luxury resorts, Northeast Florida offers a variety of lodging options for your holiday. As a premier golf destination, Florida’s First Coast is home to 58 courses to fit your needs, with over 75 miles of world-class coastal golf courses, resorts, and plenty of post-green activities to round out your vacation and make your ultimate golf vacation to Northeast Florida that much better.

Escape the everyday world and find inspiration on Amelia Island, a peaceful golf paradise located just off the coast of Northeast Florida. Enjoy championship courses in St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra (home of THE PLAYERS Championship!) or experience some of Florida’s most opulent oceanfront golf in Palm Coast and The Flagler Beaches. Or, select from lush oceanside resorts and popular public courses in Jacksonville, award-winning courses in the heart of Clay County, and more just west of the St. Johns River. Whatever your preference, Florida’s First Coast offers a golf experience to meet any golfer’s needs. 

2. Celebrate in Style

Unlace your cleats and strap on your wingtips for a night of champagne and fine dining at Ponte Vedra Inn & Club for a  Four Course Dinner or head over to their sister resort The Lodge & Club for a black tie NYE Party. A stay includes complimentary shuttle service to and from locations so you won’t miss your tee time after a night of celebration.

Have the family in town? After a day of scoring eagles and aces, celebrate by watching these can’t miss fireworks happening at various locations throughout Northeast Florida including The Beach Blast Off in St. Augustine (you can even book a charter boat to get that panoramic view) and a spectacular show in downtown Jacksonville. For a local twist on an age old tradition, check out the Amelia Island Shrimp Drop and fireworks from 5-8 pm on NYE. Enjoy food vendors, party favors, live music, a kids’ zone, roaming pirates and a giant sparkling shrimp (in lieu of a ball) drop. The kids will love it and the adults will have enough time for their own celebration afterward. 

On a trip with the pals? Experience over 3 million lights adorning St. Augustine’s downtown district during Nights of Lights or take a Booze and Bites tour in downtown Amelia Island while sampling delicious food prepared by local chefs and tasty cocktails by the city’s most talented bartenders.

3. Perfect Weather for Tee Time

The average temperatures in late December/early January range between 66 and 71 with temps dropping just a little in the evening. You couldn’t ask for better conditions for a winter golf getaway! But just in case you haven’t packed the proper attire, head over to the PGA TOUR Superstore and pick up a polo, light sweater, and sunglasses. You’re going to need it with the breeze and sunshine reflecting off the waters. The ideal weather and locations make for a pretty busy season over the holiday. Be sure to reserve your tee time well in advance to secure your NYE or New Year’s Day on the green. 

4. A New Year’s Resolution You’ll Actually Keep

A new year calls for new resolutions, and whether yours is to improve your swing, your fitness or your overall game, we have the perfect one for you — just play more golf! The best part? We can help you keep this one, because here on Florida’s First Coast of Golf, there is no shortage of reasons why your top New Year’s resolution should not be just that.

If you’re looking to sharpen your skills,  Florida’s First Coast is also home to some of the top rated Golf Schools in the US. St. Augustine. With top instructors, highly advanced teaching technology, and top-notch facilities, you can discover some new skills and start making that New Year's resolution a reality. While you're at it, be sure to brush up on your golfing expertise at the World Golf Hall of Fame, which has interactive exhibitions, two putting greens, and a golf simulator.

Playing more golf on Florida’s First Coast is easy—we promise you that. Let us help you plan the ultimate golf vacation for you and your group and, if you’re already ready to start making that New Year’s resolution, book a tee time!