Planning a Golf Getaway to St. Augustine
It’s a well-known fact that Florida is a golfers’ paradise, so it’s an easy pick if you’re planning a golf getaway. However, the Sunshine State is pretty big, so narrowing down your options can be difficult. If you want to enjoy fantastic weather, natural beauty, proximity to the beach, and some of the best courses in the country, then St. Augustine is the perfect destination for your golf trip. Read on to learn more about where to play and where to stay.
When to Visit
Part of the appeal of St. Augustine is the fact that the weather here is pretty much always great, meaning you can take a trip any time of year. Spring weather is particularly pleasant, averaging in the 60s and 70s with low humidity and rainfall. Summer is warmer, ranging from the 70s to the 90s and bringing more humidity and rain. Fall weather is much like spring, and winter averages between the high 40s and high 60s, with the least amount of precipitation.
The city is the most crowded during the spring and summer, so there can be more competition for the most popular tee times. Fall and winter are less popular times to visit, meaning you won’t see as many crowds on the courses or around town.
Where to Play
Royal St. Augustine Club
(904) 824-4653 | 301 Royal St Augustine Pkwy, St. Augustine, FL 32084 (10 minutes away)
This challenging 6529-yard, 18-hole course meanders through lush foliage and exotic wetlands, with moguled fairways, sandy waste areas, well-placed bunkers, numerous lakes, and large greens, as well as four different tee positions to accommodate different skill levels. The grand clubhouse features a full bar, delicious dining, and an inviting atmosphere.
St. Johns Golf Club
(904) 209-0350 | 4900 Cypress Links Blvd, Elkton, FL 32033 (20 minutes away)
Awarded four stars by Golf Digest, St. Johns Golf Club features a beautiful 18-hole course and the area’s largest public practice facilities, with an expansive grass-tee driving range, a private backside tee area for individual and group instruction, a two-tiered chipping green, and a separate, well-manicured putting green.
The Palencia Club
(904) 599-9040 | 600 Palencia Club Dr, St. Augustine, FL 32095 (20 minutes away)
Designed by Arthur Hill, this challenging 7,071-yard masterpiece golf course winds through centuries-old maritime oak trees and along the Intracoastal Waterway. The club features generous practice areas, including a 400-yard double-sided range, plus 10,000 square feet of putting and chipping areas.
Cimarrone Golf Club
(904) 287-2000| 2800 Cimarrone Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32259 (30 minutes away)
Designed by David Poselthwait, this 6,900-yard course winds through pine forests and thick marshlands, with significant fairway and green-side mounds and plentiful water hazards. Rated four stars out of five by Golf Digest, the course was picked as one of the Top 100 Golf Courses in Florida.
Golf Club at South Hampton
(904) 287-7529 | 315 S Hampton Club Way, St. Augustine, FL 32092 (30 minutes away)
This spectacular course incorporates sixteen large lakes and over 60 contoured bunkers, making for plenty of risk/reward scenarios to challenge and entertain players of all skill levels. The course also features an extensive practice area.
Julington Creek Golf Club
(904) 287-4653 | 1111 Durbin Creek Blvd, St Johns, FL 32259 (40 minutes away)
This manicured 18-hole course offers plenty of surprises and unique challenges, as well as an inviting pub to enjoy after your round.
King & Bear Golf Course
(904) 940-6088 | 1 King and Bear Dr, St. Augustine, FL 32092 (25 minutes away)
This renowned course is the only course in the world designed by both Arnold Palmer Design and Nicklaus Design, making it pretty special. It’s located in the famous World Golf Village.
Slammer & Squire Golf Course
(904) 940-6088 | 2 World Golf Pl, St. Augustine, FL 32092 (20 minutes away)
Located at World Golf Village, the 18-hole, 6,939-yard Slammer & Squire Golf Course was designed by architect Bobby Weed and World Golf Hall of Fame members Sam Snead (the “Slammer”) and Gene Sarazen (the “Squire”). The course was designed to preserve the natural beauty of the area while rewarding good shot making and flawless short game.
PGA TOUR Golf Academy
(904) 940-3600 | 326 World Golf Village, St. Augustine, FL 32092 (20 minutes away)
Also located at World Golf VIllage, the PGA TOUR Golf Academy is a one-of-a-kind, full-service game-improvement facility that offers top-notch facilities, the latest technology, and private lessons from some of the best instructors in the game.
Where to Stay
St. George Inn provides the perfect setting for a stay in St. Augustine. Located right in the city’s historic downtown district, the inn puts you mere steps from the area’s most famous attractions, including the imposing Castillo San Marcos, as well as the aforementioned golf courses. With excellent bars, restaurants, and entertainment nearby, it’s a great pick — especially if there are any non-golfers in your group. Take a look at our exclusive offers and start planning your golf getaway today.