Golf Destination: Amelia Island, Florida

by GO GlobeHopper

Located just off the coast of northeast Florida, Amelia Island is easy to reach, but hard to forget. With 13 miles of beautiful beaches, abundant native wildlife, and pristine waters, this barrier island has long been a beloved destination for visitors and residents alike. Plus, it’s a great place to golf. As a matter of fact, LINKS Magazine named Amelia Island one of the “Top 25 Golf Islands in the World.”

Here is information on five of the distinct courses.


Amelia River Golf Club4477 Buccaneer Trail, Fernandina Beach

Amelia River Golf Club is renowned as one of the best-conditioned courses in the area. Smooth TifEagle greens, sculpted around a forest of majestic live oaks, sabal palms, southern pines, and wax myrtles make it as beautiful to play as it is challenging.  The course consists of 18 challenging holes where ball control and accuracy are key to a great round.  The course has five sets of tees for players of all skill levels.  Lakes and ponds are featured on several holes including the signature island hole, the par-three 17th.  The round concludes on the 18th hole with a stunning view of the Amelia River. The Cape Cod-style clubhouse adds warmth to the overall experience at Amelia River.  It boasts a casual Grill, the River Café, with a menu that is friendly to both the golfer with a hearty appetite and the visitor who wants a lighter fare.  Indoor and outdoor seating is available.  The golf shop features the latest in golf attire logo items and top-of-the-line golf equipment.


Amelia National Golf & Country Club — 95211 Clubhouse Rd, Fernandina Beach

Among the preeminent golf course designers in the world, Tom Fazio is a star.  At Amelia National, he has created a masterpiece – a course of stellar natural beauty designed for championship play, yet forgiving enough for the nonprofessional to enjoy again and again.  The entire experience of Amelia National is geared to those well acquainted with the world’s finest private golf clubs.

From a richly appointed clubhouse to superlative service to a pro shop that lives up to the name, membership at Amelia National has become a well-recognized badge of prestige among those who value the traditions and level of excellence for which America’s great private golf clubs are known.


The Golf Club of Amelia Island4700 Amelia Island Parkway

The course at The Golf Club of Amelia Island is rich in natural wonders and in pure golfing pleasure. Designed by PGA-TOUR Veterans Mark McCumber and Gene Littler, this 18-hole course exemplifies the essence of the game of golf. With challenges to put you to the test, it remains for-giving enough to remind you that golf is, after all, supposed to be fun. Nestled along the shores of the ocean, the course, when first opened, was nominated as the best new course of the year. Meticulously maintained, it winds its way through palm, pine, and oak trees, offering spectacular views of Amelia Island’s many natural treasures. It is simply an unforgettable golfing experience.


Golf Club at North Hampton — 22680 North Hampton Club Way, Fernandina Beach

The Golf Club at North Hampton is carved into the natural surroundings and framed by spring-fed lakes lined with coquina boulders and the wild grass and rolling dunes capture the feel of a Scottish links-style course.  Ornamented with bridges and man-made dunes, the rolling, high elevation course offers a perfect combination of the area’s natural beauty and the best golf course architecture. All of these unique design features, coupled with the crowned fairways and fine sugar sand and coquina shell bunkers help to make North Hampton one of Florida’s most interesting and original courses.

“The Golf Club at North Hampton is one of the 7th Best Course you can Play in Florida.” – Golf Week


Oak Marsh at Omni Amelia Island Resort39 Beach Lagoon Rd, Fernandina Beach

Oak Marsh Golf Course is a classic Pete Dye with tight fairways, bulkheaded, and seemingly tiny greens following serpentine salt marsh creeks and under moss-laden live oak trees.

Oak Marsh played host to the 1991 PGA Section Championship and 1992 Society of Seniors Championship. Included in Golf Digest’s prestigious list of the “Top 75 Resort Courses in the U.S”, Oak Marsh also was selected by Travel & Leisure Golf as one of ”Florida’s 50 Finest Courses.”

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