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Steaks, Stogies, Stout and Scots: Clay County

Florida golf vacations are perfect for those who want to relax and unwind while enjoying some unforgettable golf along the way. For many, however, making the vacation truly memorable requires more than just excellent golf courses.

The ideal golf getaway includes a juicy steak, a bold-flavored cigar, an ice-cold brew and some post-round fun. Since Clay County provides all of these opportunities, it should be high on the list for anyone planning a Florida stay-and-play vacation.

 

Golf

Enjoy lush fairways and vintage Florida scenery along Florida’s First Coast at the Eagle Landing Golf Club. Tucked away in the Oakleaf Plantation community in Orange Park, the club features classic holes and luxurious amenities including a clubhouse, athletic club and village store. There is something for everyone at this friendly and affordable golf destination near Jacksonville. Of course, with more than 75 miles of coastal golf courses,  you also have your pick of nearby play options to explore.

 

Steaks

There’s nothing better after a long day of golf than sitting down to a large, juicy steak, and Clay County serves up some of the best beef in the region. For a rustic steakhouse experience, try Ted’s Montana Grill. A celebration of Big Sky Country and big dinner plates, Ted’s is famous for serving bison as an alternative to beef in some dishes; but don’t worry, you can still get a delicious Kansas City strip or Delmonico ribeye.

If you’re up for a classic steak house and a scenic drive, visit the Tree Steakhouse across the Buckman Bridge in Mandarin.  Located just nine miles east of Orange Park Mall, the Tree Steakhouse is a five-star restaurant featuring all the classic steak cuts such as ribeyes and New York strips.

Other restaurants in the area that offer great steaks at a great price include Texas Roadhouse, Outback Steakhouse, Longhorn Steakhouse and Mojo Bar-B-Que, which serves its beef with a Southern flair and features a blues bar and a North Carolina-style BBQ pit.

 

Stout

Clay County has no shortage of premium beer stops, and three of the most popular options in the area include Tap’s Bar and Grill, the Mellow Mushroom and Brewer’s Pizza. Tap’s is a gastropub with a robust American menu and a wonderful bar selection that includes many imports and exotics. Mellow Mushroom is a laid-back beer drinker’s paradise and features a massive selection of local craft beers. Orange Park’s only pub that makes beer onsite, Brewer’s offers a wide range of local and regional beers from artisans who are passionate about handcrafted beer.

 

Stogies

An engaging cigar bar, Island Girl Cigars is a premier option for satisfying your tobacco cravings in Clay County. All Florida golf vacations should include a stop here, but don’t let the casual atmosphere fool you. Island Girl Cigars houses one of the most impressive cigar inventories in the state. Visitors can enjoy good company, fine cigars and a wide selection of wine, spirits and beer.

 

Scottish Games

What better way to pay homage to the roots of the modern game of golf than to celebrate it in true Scotland style. Clay County Fairgrounds is home to the Northeast Florida Scottish Games and Festival. The Games continue to grow and reflect on the deep connections and effects the Scots and their descendants have had on Northeast Florida. Make some plans to make a day of it and enjoy the competitions, music, Celtic wares, outdoor recreational activities and so much more. 

Ready to have some fun in Florida? Be sure to check out all of the lodging options and packages for your golf vacation, or link up with our experts to help you plan.