Daytona Beach Area Visitors Guide

LPGA International in Daytona Beach


G olf is, and always has been, an obsession, delight, scourge and joy to area visitors. Long before oil billionaire John D. Rockefeller made Ormond Beach his winter home in 1914, golfers were hacking through the palmettos, chipping balls past wildlife and doing what golfers do. Notmuch has changed. Except there aremore golfers, more and better courses, zippy carts, better clubs and balls—and golf apparel that isn't an embarrassment. Golfers have a choice of public championship courses designed by the world's best

two courses to play there, and a clubhouse kitchen that ranks with the best. Plan your golf getaway and enjoy marshlands, lakes, exotic wildlife, stands of longleaf pine, live oak forests, magnolia trees — and a touch of something exotic that is part of our Southern charm. And remember Rockefeller? Famous for handing out dimes (dimes!) to passing strangers, he is said to have given one to his embarrassed guest, tire magnate Harry Firestone, after Firestone made a particularly good golf shot one day. Go to

public courses in the country, the TPCSawgrass Players Stadium course in Ponta Vedra Beach. Sawgrass, home to The Players Championship tournament on the PGATour, offers golfers a challenging layout withwater hazards on every hole. The course is famous for holeNo. 17, and its notorious island green, which make you long for easy obstacles such as pines, oaks, Scottish- style bunkers and sandywastes. Visitors worldwide choose the greater Daytona Beach area and so did the Ladies Professional Golf Association, which built its international headquarters here. You have

— Jack Nicklaus, Rees Jones, Arthur Hills, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Lloyd Clifton and Bill Amick. Golf Digest ranked Daytona Beach in the top 15 places to play golf in the nation, with 20 great public courses. And then there's the weather — ideal for playing golf year 'round, with an average annual temperature of 70.3 degrees F and an average high of 88 degrees in the warmest months of July and August. Venture a bit outside our backyard tomany of Florida's other outstanding courses, including one of Golf Digest's top

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