Daytona Beach has emerged as one of Central Florida’s most popular golf destinations, thanks to what the area has to offer on and off the course.
There isn’t a destination in America that caters to female golfers the way Daytona Beach does. The area’s bedrock property, LPGA International, was built for the world’s best women.
Home of the acclaimed Hills and Jones courses, the club rose to prominence as the host of multiple LPGA Tour Championships - World Golf Hall of Famer Karrie Webb has celebrated victory there - and continues to host the finals of the LPGA’s Qualifying School, among other high profile events.
The courses offer contrasting but equally enjoyable experiences. The Jones Course challenges players to navigate yawning waste bunkers, natural marsh areas and beautiful lakes, and that’s all before they get to some of the Sunshine State’s best and most undulating greens.
Conversely, the Hills Course features fairways lined by beautiful magnolia trees and native pines, stirring echoes of North Carolina’s famed Sandhills.
While LPGA International is the area’s contemporary favourite, legendary architect Donald Ross is the father of Daytona Beach golf. Ross designed the South Course at Daytona Beach Golf Club and New Smyrna Golf Club, both of which, along with Riviera Country Club, are part of Florida’s Historic Golf Trail.
Enjoyable as the golf is, it’s only part of Daytona Beach’s appeal. For starters, the area enjoys idyllic weather throughout the year.
The most popular time for golf trips is between October and May. The warmest of those months, May, has an average high temperature of 29 degrees Celsius while January, the “coldest” month on the Daytona Beach calendar, offers an average high of 20.
The area’s subtropical climate leaves plenty of time for a trip to the “World’s Most Famous Beach,” where golfers can run, relax or ride along 23 miles of stunning, white sand and enjoy a swim.
A stroll on the beach is just the start of the fun. Daytona Beach is one of the most popular retail shopping destinations in Florida, highlighted by Tanger Outlets, which features 75 popular designer and brand name stores, ONE DAYTONA, a premier retail, dining and entertainment complex across from Daytona International Speedway, Volusia Mall with over 120 speciality stores and the area’s vibrant historic downtowns and eclectic dining options.
For groups that want golf to be one of a series of adventures, Daytona Beach is home to a host of eco-activities. From inlet creeks to the ocean, there are few better places in America to go kayaking or stand-up paddle boarding.
Lyonia Preserve and Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge are unforgettable places to connect with nature. Enjoy a hike or a bike ride on the area’s showcase trails
All those activities and let’s not forget to mention the area’s six state parks - Blue Spring, Bulow Creek, DeLeon Springs, Hontoon Island, North Peninsula and Tomoka - all of which are worth building an afternoon around.
Daytona Beach is an outstanding golf destination because what happens on the course is only half the fun.
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