The Florida Space Coast - A Great Golf Destination
In the past few years, the Space Coast has grown from not only a great
beach destination, but also to a great golf destination as well. With
the addition of Baytree, Viera East, The Majors, Walkabout and Duran golf
courses joining popular courses such as Turtle Creek, Habitat, Savannahs,
Wedgefield and Cocoa Beach Country Club, the Space Coast has emerged as one
of the most affordable golf destinations in the U.S. Open to the
public, Aquarina Beach And country Club is one of the finest mid-length
courses in Florida. Aquarina is located at 171 Aquarina Blvd. in
Melbourne Beach. When you play the Habitat you're definitely not
playing in someone's backyard. In fact, this lush course is in the
middle of a wildlife sanctuary so you'll be sharing the course with gopher
tortoises, sandhill cranes, scrub jays and other wildlife. This may be
one of the most naturally beautiful courses you will ever play. The
Habitat is located at 3591 Fairgreen St. in Valkaria.
The Majors Golf club at Bayside Lakes is a fantastic Arnold Palmer
Signature Course complete with a practice facility that was named "top 10 in
the world" by the Golfer Magazine. If learning to play the game or
taking your game to the next level is what you're interested in, the PGA
staff at the Major Golf Academy can help. The course is reminiscent of
Carolina-style layouts with large amounts of pine forests and sand spread
out over 240 acres. The Majors is located at 3375 Bayside Lakes in
Palm Bay. Playing the 18 holes at Brevard County-owned Spessard
Holland Golf Course means the best golf value on the Space Coast. Par is 67
on the 4,302-yard course. Spessard Holland is located at 2374 Oak St.
in Melbourne Beach. Duran Golf Club, opened in July 2005, is an
18-hole masterpiece designed by Lewis "Chip" Powell. Constant coastal
breezes, mild mounding, native grasses and beautiful swaying palm trees will
set the ambiance of an elegant course accented with links characteristics.
Duran has a world-class development center that includes an expansive
practice range encircled by a beautiful nine-hole Short Course. The
practice range and short course have lights for evening play and practice.
Duran, at 7032 Stadium Parkway in Viera, is a "must play" for golfers who
visit the Space Coast.
Baytree National Golf Links is Brevard County's award-winning premiere
semi-private golf facility. Designed by Gary Player, the 18
challenging holes offer one of the best golf experiences on the Space Coast.
The course has earned a four star rating by Golf Digest's "Places to Play."
Baytree is located at 8207 National Drive in Melbourne. Viera East
Golf Club was named the Best Public Access Golf Course in Florida for under
$50 according to Golf Digest. The Joe Lee-designed 18-hole
championship layout is one of the best public courses in Florida, if not the
entire country. Viera East is the only course in the county that
offers six sets of tees and a renovated practice facility with expanded
grass tee area. Viera East is located at 2300 Clubhouse Dr. in Viera.
Turtle Creek Golf Club is a traditional Florida course with well-manicured
fairways and greens. Its winding fairways meander through towering
pines, majestic oaks and palms and you may even see wild turkeys,
alligators, sandhill crane and turtles. Turtle Creek is located at
1279 Admiralty Blvd. in Rockledge.
Feel the ocean breezes and play right along the beautiful Banana River
when playing the 27 holes at Cocoa Beach Country Club, located at 5000 Tom
Warriner Blvd. in Cocoa Beach. For a quick nine holes, visit Palm
Gardens Golf Course, and executive course at 2630 Minton Rd. in West
Melbourne. Long hitters may lose their advantage on the Savannahs Golf
Course to those with an accurate second shot or short iron game. Just
minutes from Port Canaveral, Kennedy Space Center and Space Coast beaches,
The Savannahs at Sykes Creek in Merritt Island is the epitome of
southern-style golf courses. The par 72 championship course was
designed by Gordon Lewis and winds through a majestic hardwood forest and
features challenging water hazards. The Savannahs is located at 3915
Savannahs Trail, Merritt Island.
Is your game feeling "down under?" Then elevate your game and your
spirits with a round a Walkabout Golf & Country Club, a three year-old gem
that Australian Jan Stephenson, an LPGA play, helped design. Only 30
minutes from Orland, the lush, rolling fairways weave beautifully past
serene lakes and native wetlands. The multi-tiered and undulating
tifdwarf greens are among the fastest and smoothest in Central Florida.
The Walkabout is located at 3230 Folsom Rd. in Mims. On the horizon,
even more excitement looms. Stephenson plans to establish her world
headquarters at a new nine-hole golf course now under construction in
Melbourne, being built off NASA Boulevard. Wedgefiedl Golf Club is a
classic Florida course with a great mix of holes. Just 20 minutes from
the Orlando International Airport, Wedgefield is a convenient place to play
on the day you arrive or the day you leave. The course is well
maintained and you'll get to use your whole set of clubs. You'll
finish on four of the toughest finishing holes in Central Florida.
Wedgefield is located at 20550 Maxim Parkway in Orlando.