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Best Golf Courses in Jacksonville

Scott Luebke  
Ocean Links Course at Ameilia Island

Located on Florida's First Coast in Northeast Florida, many Jacksonville golf courses are minutes from the Atlantic Ocean.   Northeast Florida is an ideal spot for golf vacations featuring plenty of championship courses designed by experts such as Pete Dye, Gary Player, Tom Fazio, Jack Nicklaus, Mark McCumber and Arnold Palmer.

With over 70 Jacksonville area golf courses, it can be a daunting task to find the best golf courses in Jacksonville to play.     The Jacksonville area golf course rankings are based on course conditions, course design, guest service experience, cost, playability, accessibility and location.   Our list of the best Jacksonville golf courses stretches from Jacksonville down the Atlantic shore to Palm Coast, Florida.  Here's a helpful list of the best golf courses in Jacksonville and the surrounding area.

Top 10 Jacksonville Golf Courses

TPC Sawgrass – Stadium Course

Any list of the best golf courses in Jacksonville should begin with world famous Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass. Wildly recognized because of its signature island green on the par-3, 17th hole, The Stadium Course is the permanent home to The Players. The Stadium Course has consistently been named among the top golf courses worldwide. Unfortunately, not all golfers can afford the steep $300-$600 price tag for a tee time on The Stadium course. TPC Sawgrass also offers the Dye Valley Course as well.

World Golf Village – King & Bear 

Located in St. Augustine at the World Golf Hall of Fame, The King & Bear course is the only collaboration between golfing legends Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus. Set among sparkling lakes, majestic pines, and stately oak trees in northern Florida, this 7,279 yard championship course challenges golfers of all skill levels while providing an authentic, natural Florida setting. The King & Bear course is a truly remarkable golf course and a lasting footprint from Palmer and Nicklaus.

Conservatory at Hammock Beach

Designed by Tom Watson, The Conservatory Course is a links style masterpiece comprised of 140 acres of dramatic rolling hills and huge, undulating greens. Located at the luxurious Hammock Beach Resort, The Conservatory currently holds the honor of being the longest and hardest ranked course in Florida. The Conservatory blends the peaceful beauty of the landscape with a challenging test of championship golf boasting tournament quality playing conditions daily. In the January 2008 issue, Golf Digest ranked The Conservatory third on its elite list of America's Best New Public Courses.

World Golf Village – Slammer & Squire 

Designed by Bobby Weed with design consultants Sam "The Slammer" Snead and Gene "The Squire" Sarazen, The Slammer & Squire course is located at the World Golf Village, home of the World Golf Hall of Fame. Opened in May 1998, The Slammer & Squire course has become a favorite Jacksonville area golf course and features two distinct nines. The course features generous fairways, contoured greens, and numerous water hazards. Surrounded by Florida natural habitat, the Slammer & Squire offers a challenging round of golf, meticulously maintained course conditions and a peaceful, natural setting.

Ocean Course at Hammock Beach

The Ocean Course, a Jack Nicklaus Signature Design, features six holes on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. Located at the luxurious Hammock Beach Resort, The Ocean Course winds thru pristine wetlands and sparkling lakes, while featuring meticulously maintained rolling fairways and extensive sculpted bunkering strategically framing each hole. With more holes on the ocean than any course in Florida and tournament quality conditions daily, the Ocean Course offers a truly memorable golf experience.

Oak Marsh Course at Amelia Island 

Located on beautiful Amelia Island, Oak Marsh Golf Course is a classic golf course designed by renowned course architect Pete Dye. Opened in 1972, Oak Marsh Golf Course features tight fairways and small greens, meandering along serpentine salt marsh creeks and through the moss draped heritage oaks.
Despite measuring just 6,500 yards, Oak Marsh features strategically placed bunkers, 14 holes with water hazards and numerous bulk-headed greens demanding precision with all golf shots.

Ocean Links Course at Amelia Island 

Located at Amelia Island, Ocean Links Golf Course winds along a coastal Atlantic dune ridge. With 5 oceanfront golf holes, picturesque ocean views are abundant. Ocean Links meanders through natural splendor as 10 holes feature lagoons and marsh wetlands. The course winds through six miles of the natural sand dunes and seaside terrain that make Amelia Island so special. Short by modern standard, Ocean Links’ course yardage of 6,300 is somewhat deceiving since small greens, narrow fairways and prevailing winds make the course play much longer.

Eagle Landing Golf Club 

Designed by renowned architect Clyde Johnston, Eagle Landing Golf Club is meanders through the natural Florida landscape. Mimicking several of the classic designed holes around the world, the 7,037 yard championship test is a stern test of golf with a vintage feel. Designed with an open links style, Eagle Landing Golf Club carves thru Southern pine forest and native palmetto offering a tranquil, relaxing golf experience.

Amelia River Golf Club

Known for its incredibly smooth TifEagle greens and meticulously maintained fairways, Amelia River Golf Club is one of the most prestigious courses in all of North Florida. Carved thru a forest of live Oaks, Sabal Palms, and Pines, this Tom Jackson designed Jacksonville golf course measures 6,808 yards from the championship tees. Opened in 2000, the 17th and 18th finishing holes are highly regarded as truly memorable. After challenging the par 3 island green 17th, the 18th holes finishes at the edge of the Amelia River and its expansive tidal marsh.

St. Johns Golf & Country Club 

Designed by Clyde Johnston, St. Johns Golf & Country Club is revered for its consistent quality of service and turf conditions. Carved out of a majestic pine forest, St. Johns Golf & Country Club measures 7,250 yards from the championship tees and provides a fair yet demanding test of golf in a natural setting. Consistently being nationally ranked for customer satisfaction and loyalty by the National Golf Foundation, St Johns Golf Club has hosted the PGA TOUR Qualifying School in 2004, 2006-2009, 2011, and 2013-2014.

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