From Donald Ross to America’s Longest Running Mini-Tour Event, Daytona Beach Has A Rich Golf History

Daytona Beach Golf Cypress Head
Daytona Beach Golf Cypress Head

From Donald Ross to America’s Longest Running Mini-Tour Event, Daytona Beach Has A Rich Golf History

Daytona Beach, Fla. — Daytona Beach is a national destination, attracting vacationers from across the country to attend NASCAR races and take a drive on the area’s famed beaches. What people are less familiar with is Daytona Beach’s rich golf history.

Golfers know the area as the home of the LPGA’s headquarters and, of course, LPGA International, a highly acclaimed 36-hole facility, but Daytona Beach has been attracting players for more than 100 years.

Here are three things you likely didn’t know about Daytona Beach’s long-standing ties to the game.

— Donald Ross, who was born in Scotland before later becoming an American citizen, is widely regarded as America’s most important golf course architect. He designed Pinehurst No. 2, Oakland Hills, East Lake Golf Club and Seminole Golf Club, among many other high profile layouts. Ross also left his mark in Volusia County, designing the South Course at Daytona Beach Golf Club and New Smyrna Golf Club. Like many Ross designs, the challenge at the South Course lies in the greens complexes. New Smyrna, which opened in 1953, is the “new” Ross course. Boasting outstanding year-round conditions, it is one of the area’s hidden gems.

— When it comes to competitive golf, Daytona Beach is, understandably, closely associated with the LPGA Tour, but did you know the area is home to golf’s longest running mini-tour event – the Riviera Open? Riviera Country Club has hosted the tournament since 1960 and future PGA Tour champions are among the event’s past champions, including 7-time Tour winner Bert Yancey, Morris Hatalsky, and Billy Hurley III.

— Spruce Creek Country Club isn’t just a quality William Amick designed golf course, it’s the centerpiece of America’s largest fly-in community. That’s right, Spruce Creek is built around what used to be a U.S. Navy landing strip during World War II. Playing the eighth and ninth holes you might have a plane just a couple hundred feet over your head, adding an adrenaline rush to your quest to make birdie.

The Great American Race and the World’s Most Famous Beach are Daytona Beach’s calling cards, but the area has plenty to offer golfers in search of a memorable of trip.

For more information, go to DaytonaBeach.golf.

Great Weather, Variety of Golf Course Offerings Lead to Strong Spring in Daytona Beach

Great Weather, Variety of Golf Course Offerings Lead to Strong Spring in Daytona Beach

From Donald Ross to LPGA International, Daytona Beach Has Something For All Golfers

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — While much of the nation battled a harsh winter and a late arriving spring, Daytona Beach, one of golf’s emerging destinations, has enjoyed idyllic spring weather, providing players with pristine conditions and good times on and off the course.

Known as the home of the “Great American Race” and the ‘World’s Most Famous Beach,” savvy group leaders are increasingly discovering the virtues of a Daytona Beach golf trip. As the spring golf season enters its final month and planning for the fall begins, Daytona Beach’s popularity is surging for several reasons.

  • Daytona Beach is home to nearly 30 courses, allowing golfers to build a trip that can accommodate any budget. As the home of LPGA International’s Jones and Hill courses, the area is anchored by a pair of the Sunshine State’s premier layouts, while Crane Lakes, Cypress Head the two designs at Daytona Beach Golf Club help deliver tremendous value.
  • Florida’s mild winters have long made the state a retreat for golfers in search of sunlight, and that winter warmth has another benefit: layouts enjoy optimal conditions during the peak season. With an average high of 74 in March, the Bermuda grass on Daytona Beach’s golf courses is thriving early in the season.
  • Golf is only half the fun, and Daytona Beach is in a class of its own off the course. From Daytona International Speedway to Ponce Inlet Lighthouse and enough nightlife to power a month-long trip, the fun is just beginning when the final putt drops in Daytona Beach.
  • The quality of Daytona Beach’s golf offerings are only enhanced by its proximity to other attractive destinations. The area is a short drive from Bay Hill Golf Club, host of Arnold Palmer’s PGA Tour event, and TPC Sawgrass, home of the Players Championship, providing golfers easy access to a pair of bucket list venues.
  • While there is talk of Daytona Beach emerging as a destination, the reality is the area has deep historical ties to the game. Three local layouts – South Course at Daytona Beach Golf Club, New Smyrna Golf Club and Riviera Country Club – are part of the Florida Historic Golf Trail. The South Course and New Smyrna GC are Donald Ross designs, and Riviera, which oozes charm, is home to the nation’s longest running mini-tour event. All three are classic designs that fans of traditional architecture will appreciate.

For more information, visit www.DaytonaBeach.golf.

 

Daytona Beach’s Spring Golf Season Prepares to Kick into High Gear

Riviera Country Club, Daytona Beach

 

Daytona Beach’s Spring Golf Season Prepares to Kick into High Gear

Three Outstanding Golf Packages Are Helping Drive Interest in Destination

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — With the Daytona 500 less than two weeks away, the eyes of the sports world will be turning to Central Florida, but for golfers, the end of the Great American Race is the just the beginning of the good times.

Home to 28 courses, Daytona Beach’s spring golf season offers players a multitude of packages that are long on quality and value. With average high temperatures of 71 in February, 74 in March, 79 in April and 85 in May, Daytona Beach’s weather is as appealing as its golf offerings.

With the 2018 golf season on the immediate horizon, here are a sampling of Daytona Beach packages players are flocking to:

  • The appropriately named “Feels Like Home” package is a 3-night, 3-round deal that features accommodations at Homewood Suites and golf at Cypress Head Golf Club, the Jones Course at LPGA International and Cypress Knoll Golf & Country Club. The Jones Course is, by consensus, one of Florida’s best public courses, Cypress Head is a municipal course that offers a premium round, while Cypress Knoll provides a country club experience. The “Feels Like Home” package starts at $370.
  • Plaza Resort & Spa, an oceanfront resort property, is offering a 3-night, 3-round deal that includes golf at Halifax Plantation, the Hills Course at LPGA International and Indigo Lakes Golf Club. To put the quality of that trio into perspective, the Hills Course and Indigo Lakes have hosted LPGA Tour events, and Halifax Plantation has long been regarded as one of the area’s best. The Plaza Resort & Spa deal starts at $370.
  • Holiday Inn Daytona Beach LPGA Blvd., located just minutes from Daytona Beach’s most acclaimed courses, has a 3-night, 3-round special that starts at just $337.  The package includes golf at Spruce Creek Country Club, home of America’s largest fly-in community, the Hills Course at LPGA International and Cypress Head.

Best of all, Daytona Beach’s golf package combinations are nearly endless (and interchangeable). The area is also home to three courses that are part of the Historic Florida Golf Trail – New Smyrna Golf Club, The South Course at Daytona Beach Golf Club and Riviera Country Club – in addition a multitude of modern 4-star designs, such as Victoria Hills and Venetian Bay.

Whether players are looking for classic golf course architecture – New Smyrna Golf Course and Daytona Beach’s South Course are Donald Ross designs – or want a more contemporary test, Daytona Beach has something for everyone.

For more information on the Daytona Beach golf scene, go to DaytonaBeach.golf.