Great Weather, Variety of Golf Course Offerings Lead to Strong Spring in Daytona Beach

From Donald Ross courses to LPGA International, Daytona Beach Has Something For All Golfers

While much of the nation battled a harsh winter and a late arriving spring, Daytona Beach, one of golf’s emerging destinations, has enjoyed idyllic spring weather, providing players with pristine conditions and good times on and off the course. Known as the home of the “Great American Race” and the ‘World’s Most Famous Beach,” savvy group leaders are increasingly discovering the virtues of a Daytona Beach Golf trip. As the spring golf season enters its final month and planning for the fall begins, Daytona Beach’s popularity is surging for several reasons.
The Daytona Beach area is home to nearly 30 great courses, allowing golfers to build a trip that can accommodate any budget. As the home of LPGA International’s Jones and Hill courses, the area is anchored by a pair of the Sunshine State’s premier layouts, while Crane Lakes, Arthur Hills Cypress Head, Hidden Lakes and the two designs at Daytona Beach Golf Club help deliver tremendous value.

Florida’s mild winters have long made the state a retreat for golfers in search of sunlight, and that winter warmth has another benefit: layouts enjoy optimal playing conditions during the peak season. With ocean cooled breezes and mild temperatures, the Bermuda grass on Daytona Beach’s golf courses is thriving early in the season.

Golf is only half the fun, and Daytona Beach is in a class of its own off the course. From Daytona International Speedway to Ponce Inlet Lighthouse to the World’s Most Famous Beach, and enough nightlife to power a month-long trip, the fun just begins when the final putt drops in Daytona Beach. The newest addition to the stay offerings available in Daytona is The Hard Rock Hotel which has opened beachfront on North Atlantic Avenue with 200 rooms & suites and 20,000 square feet of meeting space.

The quality of Daytona Beach’s golf offerings are only enhanced by its proximity to PGA TOUR stops. Just a short drive west to Bay Hill Golf Club, host of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, and TPC Sawgrass, home of the recent Players Championship, providing golfers easy access to a pair of bucket list venues.

While there is talk of Daytona Beach emerging as a destination, the reality is the area has deep historical ties to the game. Three local layouts – the South Course at Daytona Beach Golf Club, New Smyrna Golf Club and Riviera Country Club – are part of the Florida Historic Golf Trail. The South Course and New Smyrna GC are Donald Ross designs, and Riviera, which oozes charm, is home to the nation’s longest running mini-tour event. All three are classic designs that fans of traditional architecture will appreciate.

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Dave Daubert

David, Editor & Feature Writer, has been writing about golf since the turn of the century. He was Managing Editor at a regional golf magazine for 11 years, published in Canada, the IAGTO and a Staff Writer for The Georgia Golf Trail. His insightful perspective brings golf to life.

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