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Rich in history and natural beauty, Amelia Island invites you to reconnect with the things that matter most in life. Located just off the coast of northeast Florida, Amelia Island is easy to reach but hard to forget. With 13 miles of pristine beaches, upscale resorts, world-class spas, exclusive restaurants and championship golf courses, Amelia Island is the ideal destination for families, couples, nature-lovers and golfers. We’re more than happy to serve as your Amelia Island golf guide. Here’s our list of golf courses and accommodations you should check out if you’re visiting Florida’s top-ranked island destination.
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island
Immerse yourself in southern charm at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. Conde Nast Traveler named the resort one of the Top Five Golf Resorts in Florida, and it’s one of few resorts to offer both on-property golf and beach access. Enjoy 18 holes of breathtaking landscape that is as beautiful as it is challenging. Meticulously maintained greens, strategically bunkered fairways and the ever-shifting ocean breeze ensure no two rounds are ever the same. While you enjoy championship golf, you can explore the pristine beaches or bask in the sun as you swim or walk along the shores of the Atlantic. One of the most popular beach destinations in the world, The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island provides a welcome barrier between you and the rest of the world.
The Golf Club of Amelia Island is the only public-access oceanfront course and is adjacent to The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. Ritz guests are entitled to premium tee times at discounted rates. The course is a traditional resort course, well-manicured and beautiful with two holes that offer views of the Atlantic Ocean. It is not a difficult course, as greens are generally unguarded and there are few sand traps. The fairways are wide open and rolling.
Omni Amelia Island Resort
The Omni Amelia Island Resort, which was the original resort on the island, has three golf courses: Long Point, Oak Marsh, and it’s newest addition, Little Sandy Short Course. Oak Marsh, designed in 1972 by Pete Dye, offers challenges for novice and professional golfers alike. The course played host to the 1991 PGA Section Championship and the 1992 Society of Seniors Championship as well as numerous other championships throughout its history.
The Omni Amelia Island Resort was selected as Condé Nast Traveler’s Top 121 Golf Resorts in the World. Long Point was selected to “Golfweek” magazine’s “America’s Top 100 Resort Courses”. The resort sits on 1,350 acres between the tranquil beaches of the Atlantic and the tidal marshes of the Intracoastal Waterway. The secluded island paradise offers a resort and golf experience like no other. Boasting 36 holes of championship golf that have received numerous awards and distinctions, the course is known for having tight fairways and small greens, and is a challenge for all levels of golfers. After your round of golf, you can relax by one of the pools, rejuvenate your mind and body at the spa, or experience a culinary delight at one of the many convenient dining locations. Be sure to stop by the newest addition to Omni Amelia Island Resort, Little Sandy, a short course featuring 10 holes through a picturesque lowland oak marsh habitat.
Golf Club of Amelia Island
Designed by PGA Tour veteran Mark McCumber and legendary golfer Gene Littler, this award winning 18 hole, par 72 course has been named one of the “Top 10 World’s Best Golf Resorts” by Travel & Leisure Golf. If that doesn’t convince you, maybe the two tennis courses, private beach club, and social activities including holiday festivities and happy hours might make it more enticing. The club is also home to The Performance Golf Academy where you can work on your swing and receive personalized instruction for players of all levels.
The Amelia River Club
The Amelia River Club is one of the most prestigious courses in all of North Florida. Designed by Tom Jackson, this track plays 18 holes around a forest of grand Oaks, Sabal Palms, Pines, Wax Myrtles and live marshes, with 6,808 yards from the back tees. Large greens and rolling fairways are a trademark of Amelia River and provide a challenge where ball control, accuracy, and precision will rest heavily on your performance.
Fernandina Beach Golf Club
Winding through the shade of the towering oak and pine trees, the Fernandina Beach Golf Club offers 27 holes with generous fairways and one-of-a-kind challenges. Its close proximity to both Jacksonville and Georgia and sub-tropical climate make it as much of a golf destination as a relaxing day-trip getaway. The facility includes a full-service restaurant and clubhouse perfect for unwinding after a long day on the greens. Stop by the Toptracer-powered Lighthouse Driving Range, where you can compete against friends, play virtual courses, and receive instant shot feedback. The world’s best players use it—now you can, too
Golf Club at North Hampton
Though not technically on Amelia Island, the Golf Club North Hampton does have a Fernandina Beach address. The course was designed by Arnold Palmer and was rated the No. 7 best course to play in Florida by “Golfweek” magazine. Overall, the course is tough and requires accurate tee shots to avoid not only waste bunkers, but protected natural areas, water and the myriad sand bunkers that dot the course.
The Golf Club at North Hampton is a par 72 course that lives up to being an Arnold Palmer signature course. Sculpted out of Florida woodlands, you will find yourself playing around 10 spring-fed lakes, coquina boulders and manmade sand dunes. On the front nine you will experience rolling fairways and immaculate greens, surrounded by woodlands. The wide-open contoured back nine may give you the feeling that you stepped onto Turnberry or Carnoustie. This course can prove to be a challenge with its wild grasses and elevation changes of over 40 feet. The Golf Club at North Hampton is the perfect combination of the area’s natural beauty and the best of golf course architecture.
Practice Facilities on Amelia Island
North Hampton offers the most complete practice facility in the area, with a grass driving range, putting green and sand bunker. If you want to beat balls rather than play, the course sells a discounted range card. The municipal course and The Amelia River Club have adequate practice facilities, but lack sand bunkers. Ferdinanda Beach just recently added the Lighthouse Driving Range by Toptracer where you can practice or have fun with friends and family. Improve your game and perfect your stroke before you get out and enjoy the championship golf on Amelia Island. There are also a number of wonderful miniature golf courses on the island, perfect for couples or for families wanting to introduce kids to the game.
For a truly picturesque golfing experience, visit Amelia Island and come play here for yourself!
Interested in checking out the other island attractions that didn’t make this Amelia Island golf guide? Check them out here.