As golf participation continues to surge, the number of players looking to take a trip is growing as well, and increasingly group leaders are discovering Daytona Beach as a golf destination.
Long renowned for its famed beach and being the home of NASCAR, Daytona Beach has quietly become a destination of choice for players looking to maximize the good times of an annual golf vacation. The reasons for the area’s rising popularity are many but these five factors are at the top of the list:
Daytona Beach is home to nearly 20 layouts, including a pair of Donald Ross designs (the South Course at Daytona Beach Golf Club and New Smyrna Beach Golf Club), as well as courses designed Rees Jones and Arthur Hills at LPGA International. Looking for a “hidden’’ gem? Try Victoria Hills in nearby DeLand. Designed by Florida native Ron Garl, Victoria Hills features a natural rolling terrain and pine tree lines fairways that in some places look more like North Carolina than Central Florida.
Daytona Beach also has a plethora of fresh seafood restaurants – many with waterfront views – along with activities that range from a tour Daytona International Speedway to a trip to the top of the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse. The Daytona Beach Ale Trail Guide is a favorite of those who are into the local craft brewery scene.
Daytona Beach’s accommodations rage from beach front resorts to small independent hoels to golf course condos and rental homes.
Daytona Beach’s central location along Florida’s east coast is easily accessible via car or plane. Daytona Beach International Airport, for example, is serviced by American, Delta, JetBlue and Silver Airways. Daytona Beach is also a short drive from several PGA Tour stops, including Bay Hill and TPC Sawgrass, allowing the area to serve as a home base for groups who want to play great golf and watch the world’s best players.
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