Hard as it is to believe another year is nearly in the books, which means it’s time for us to take a look back on the many things we have to be thankful for along the Daytona Beach golf scene.

-- We are grateful for the continued commitment of area golf courses to dedicate resources to improving their facilities, ensuring players have the best experience possible. The latest example is Daytona Beach Golf Club’s installation of new greens on its North Course. DBGC closed the Slim Deathridge design (greatest name ever for a course architect?!) during the summer, ensuring the course is in peak condition as the area’s busy season arrives.

-- The diversity of experiences the Daytona Beach golf scene offers players is something we need to appreciate. Daytona Beach golfers can play courses like the Hills and Jones layouts at LPGA International, where the world’s best women have competed, and Victoria Hills, the 15th best public course in Florida, according to Golfweek magazine. But the area also features layouts like Crane Lakes, a par 66 that is always in impeccable condition, and the par 69 Hidden Lakes, courses that challenge players while allowing them to comfortably complete a round in less than four hours. It’s a combination few destinations can match.

-- As always, we are thankful for the tremendous year-round weather Daytona Beach enjoys. While golfers in the majority of the country pack their clubs away for the winter, Daytona Beach offers a respite from northern winter weather. The only month of the year with an average high temperature below 70 is January, when the mercury “only” rises to 65 on average. Come join us. You won’t get cold!

-- The golf is important, but it’s only part of a trip. What happens off the course matters, and we are forever grateful for the job our friends in the hospitality industry do to make the area the “World’s Most Famous Beach.” From the racetrack to the beach and beyond, Daytona Beach is golf’s ultimate good times destination and the reasons extend beyond the course.

-- Last but certainly not least, we are appreciative of the golfers. As a golf destination, we do our best to provide a memorable experience, but without golfers willing to give us a try, it doesn’t mean anything. So to those golfers who made Daytona Beach their golf destination of the choice: Thank You!

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