Daytona Beach isn't just for snowbirds, high octane fans and beach bums. Subtropical climate and world-class golf facilities make this Sunshine State city a premiere golf destination. Golf Digest has ranked Daytona Beach one of the top 15 places to play in the United States, and its legendary fairways are the perfect place to put one's game to the test.
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The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) International hosts not one, but two courses in Daytona Beach, which also serves as the home of the association itself. Both the Champions and Legends courses were designed in a traditional Florida style by golf legends Arthur Hills and Rees Jones. Neither are considered beginner level. Extensive use of water and sand present a challenging but playable course for the seasoned enthusiast. Golfers will pay a premium but the quality of play and reputation as an LPGA International course provides for a stimulating and memorable experience.
Cypress Head Golf Club is consistently rated the best public golf course in Daytona Beach. The course was designed in the early 1990s by architects Arthur Hills and Mike Dasher. It weaves through an established residential community on Daytona Beach's south side, yet it feels like a slice of wilderness in the middle of an otherwise bustling city. The course features extensive water, wetlands, sand traps and a few back-to-back par 3s and 5s. Generous fairways and wide tee areas please beginners or those who need to knock the rust off their game. Cypress Head is described as fair but challenging. This confidence boosting course gets busy on weekends and booking a tee time in advance of your trip is certainly advised.
Golfers playing Victoria Hills will immediately take notice of its unique scenery. In fact, they may feel transported to the Carolinas. Why? The course is lined with hundreds of Augusta pines and Oak hammocks. Victoria Hills in an 18-hole, par 72 course with challenges that will wind players through rolling hills and pristine lakes. Sand traps concealed by shrubbery, dense forests and the occasionally tight green will pleasingly test golfers. For the Florida native, it provides an exciting change from the traditionally styled golf courses in the area, and visitors will find it a unique blend of local flora with a more northern feel.
The Halifax Plantation golf course is easily the most picturesque course in Daytona Beach. This semi-private, Bill Amick-designed course is nestled among the old-growth oaks and wetlands, in the traditional style of Florida's Atlantic coastline. Although one of Daytona Beach's most beautiful courses, the Halifax Plantation is also one of its most challenging. The long course features more than 6,400 meters from the back tees. While many of the fairways are wide open, the rolling greens can be difficult to read. Golfers will find themselves playing long into the twilight hours on this long course, but there are few better venues to do so in Daytona Beach.
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