Pristine greens. Perfect weather. World-class courses.
Do you even need another reason to select Daytona Beach as your next destination for a golf getaway? There are a number of strong arguments as to why this special place is an increasingly popular golf destination for players from all over the world.
Ahead, read five reasons why Daytona Beach should top your list as a “must-play” place, too.
1. You can choose from a range of courses.
The Daytona Beach area is home to nearly 30 golf courses, so you’ll have your pick, depending on what kind of experience you seek. The courses range from world-renowned places like LPGA International to smaller, more casual courses like Riviera Country Club. Plus, with easy access to unique regional layouts like those at TPC Sawgrass and Bay Hill Club — both of which host PGA Tour events — it’s easy to see why golfers are flocking to Daytona Beach.
Take, for example, this experience summarized by GolfAdvisor.com: “Cleaving to the ‘horses for courses’ adage might lead some golfers to seek out similar layouts wherever they go, but the avid traveling player who visits the Daytona Beach area would do well to take in the surprisingly diverse course offerings in the area. In my own recent visit, the four courses I played served as a solid sampler of enjoyable golf: a modern, two-course upscale daily-fee complex; a family-owned mid-century hidden gem beloved of locals; and a fairly accessible private club with more than a century-long history.”
2. You can golf in the footsteps of the greats.
Daytona Beach may be famously linked to the names of great racecar drivers, but the treads of many golfing legends have also made their mark here. For many visiting golfers, one of the coolest aspects of playing in Daytona Beach is the chance to follow in the footsteps of the game’s heroes. Some of the greatest players in golf history, including Annika Sorenstam and Karrie Webb, have played both courses at LPGA International. Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson and Sam Snead have tested themselves at Daytona Beach Golf Club’s South Course. At the home of worldwide tournaments and professional leagues, you’ll feel in the top class when you play the same courses as the greats.
3. Seriously, the weather is awesome.
Sure, Daytona Beach boasts warm sunshine and bright skies all year long, but the weather is especially idyllic during peak golf-travel months. When folks start battling cabin fever during colder months in other parts of the nation, the sun is shining on the golf courses here. The subtropical climate makes Daytona Beach ideal for playing golf year-round, with an average annual temperature of 70.3 degrees Fahrenheit. Enjoy a crisp morning and pleasantly warm afternoon during the fall and spring, a clear, sunny sky during the winter, and a quiet morning round before the heat of the day settles in during summer.
Flagstick Golf Magazine says that “if you’re looking for a Florida vacation getaway that involves fast cars and great golf courses, the month of February is the perfect time to visit the World’s Most Famous Beach.”
4. You’ll get an excellent value on your trip.
Given the number of courses and hotel properties that cater to golfers, Daytona Beach offers tremendous value to golf groups. Tee times and accommodations are bundled to maximize savings, and golfers are the winners. Whether you want a small-scale golfing weekend for two or are going for an entire group getaway, DaytonaBeach.Golf has a package for everyone.
In fact, according to Golf Content Network, “just about everyone knows that Daytona Beach is the home of both the International Speedway’s Daytona 500 and one of the most famous beaches in the world. Not everyone knows that Daytona Beach is one of the ‘Top 15 Places’ in the nation to play golf, according to Golf Digest, because of its Stay-and-Play packages at the more than 20 semi-private and public courses within its boundaries.”
5. There’s plenty to explore post-game.
Of course, the main event of a golf getaway may seem fairly obvious, but that doesn’t mean the rest of your itinerary will be blank off the golf course. With a wide range of natural excursions, a vibrant nightlife and an array of waterfront shopping and dining, you’ll have no trouble finding a way to fill the hours after you wrap up your round. Whether you want a quiet corner to relive the day’s best shots, crave a bustling beachfront bar scene where you can unwind, or seek a little more solitude paddling along the waterway, there’s something for everyone in Daytona Beach.