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Florida’s First Coast of Golf Celebrates 25 Years

From the Georgia/Florida border south to Flagler County, the First Coast of Golf(FFCG) has been promoting the resorts, hotels, golf schools and courses to the world for a quarter of a century. In 1992 tourism leaders in northeast Florida took notice of Myrtle Beach’s success in bolstering their market share by promoting golf vacations at their Grand Strand hotels and courses.

With 120 miles of Atlantic Ocean coast line, courses designed by the best in the business, a variety of accommodation choices and great destinations, it was an easy decision to begin marketing the area as a place to come and play. Celebrating their Silver Anniversary Florida’s First Coast of Golf has been chosen by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators(IAGTO) as the 2017 North American Golf Destination of the Year. This prestigious award comes from a worldwide group of Golf Tour Professionals and further validates the success of FFCG and the wonderful place it has been to stay & play these past 25 years.

David Reese, President of FFCG, states, “The First Coast of Golf, one of the strongest regional cooperatives in the State of Florida, has been birthed on the philosophy that by combining product and financial resources ‘all boats will rise with the incoming tide’.” In other words, by working together as a united campaign all the 61 partners will enjoy, more play, increased revenue and the local governments a bigger tax base. It’s a win-win-win situation.

With great towns like historical Fernandina Beach; the metropolis of Jacksonville and its popular riverfront, the Jaguars pro football team, and new Daily’s Place Amphitheater next to Everbank Stadium; the Nation’s Oldest City- St. Augustine; World Golf Village and the quaint Flagler Beach, the First Coast is more than just a golf destination. It is a Golf Destination with Perks. The home of the Players’ Championship, the PGA TOUR’s fifth major, which will be contested at TPC Sawgrass May 8-13, 2018 in Ponte Vedra Beach. The Web.com Tour Championship is played at Atlantic Beach Country Club in early September. If the greatest players in the world play here and their headquarters is here, this should be the holy grail to golfers who want to test their mettle versus the best courses.

The First Coast has easy access by car from the west, south and north with the junction of Interstates 10 & 95. The Jacksonville International Airport provides connecting flights from anywhere in the world to get to the course from the concourse. Did I mention you can play 365 days a year here with great weather and great deals. I have stayed at many of the hotels that are First Coast of Golf partners, and haven’t had a bad night.

They must be doing something right to be going strong for 25 years. Why not come celebrate with Florida’s First Coast of Golf and play a round or 2, or more.

Check it out at Florida-Golf.org.

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Dave Daubert

Lehigh University graduate, Procter & Gamble retired. Previously a Managing Editor and Feature Writer for a regional golf monthly magazine for 11 years. Married to wife Carol and residing in Solivita, an active adult community in Central Florida

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