Mention Daytona Beach and people tend to think of NASCAR and one of America’s iconic beach destinations, but savvy golfers know the area has quietly emerged as one of Florida’s best buddies trips.
The reasons for Daytona Beach’s increasing popularity with golfers are three-fold: the area is home to outstanding public courses, the value is tremendous, and the location ensures a good time on and off the course.
Golf course options are a driving force behind every trip and the Daytona Beach area, home to more than 20 layouts and a short drive from many more, delivers on that account. LPGA International, home of the acclaimed Jones and Hills courses, is the area’s most high profile facility.
LPGA International has challenged the world’s best women’s golfers — World Golf Hall of Famer Karrie Webb has celebrated a pair of victories on the Jones Course — and annually hosts collegiate national championships and the finals of the Symetra Tour Qualifying School.
Both the Jones and Hills courses are 4-star layouts, according to Golf Digest, but they are hardly alone in delivering an outstanding experience.
Halifax Plantation, which plays through centuries-old live oak trees and is one of the area’s prettiest layouts, is another 4-star caliber design that has earned rave reviews from golfers.
Spruce Creek Country Club is built around one of the world’s largest private airports, giving new meaning to the term “flyer,” on a layout that places a premium on playability and quality conditioning.
Venetian Bay Golf Club is yet another 4-star layout that offers a diversity of challenges. Golfers play through tree-lined fairways on the opening nine before facing an open, links-style design after the turn.
Enjoyable as Daytona Beach’s golf offerings are, the ability to pair them with accommodations for stay-and-play packages maximizes value and makes planning much easier for group leaders. With nearly 30 different golf packages available, Daytona Beach has the ability to cater to any nearly type of trip.
An integral part of any great buddies trip is what happens off the course, and few destinations in America can come close to matching Daytona Beach’s offerings, starting with 23 miles of pristine Atlantic Ocean beaches.
Golfers can enjoy the thrill of a great round in the morning and the exhilaration of a guided tour around Daytona International Speedway, highlighted by the opportunity to experience the track’s 31-degree high bank corners for themselves.
Throw-in scenic parks, deep-sea fishing, Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse, world class dining and night life, among countless other activities, and it’s not hard to see why Daytona Beach is poised to become a destination of choice for golfers.