The weather could not be any better in Florida to play a round of golf. In fact, the month of May is known across the state as "Florida Golf Month" probably due to the non-stop warm sunshine and light breezes that never seem to vanish. I am not a golfer by any means, but I did play in high school back when I lived in Georgia and I also played a handful of rounds in my early and mid 20s. There's something about a golf course though that puts me at ease every time I step in the tee box. While it is a great opportunity to spend time with friends and family, I would also argue that it is a good stress reliever and sure to lift your moral and help clear your mind. In honor of Florida Golf Month, below is information on all of our partner golf courses for you to look at when deciding which course(s) you want to play next:
1. Cocoa Beach Country Club (Cocoa Beach): The Cocoa Beach Country Club is surrounded by the Banana River Lagoon at the western end on Minutemen Causeway in Cocoa Beach. The course is open to the public and the greens were renovated in 2009. Three nine hole courses give golfers several fun options on where to start their outing and provide a unique experience for the recreational golfer.
Telephone: (321) 868-3351
2. Duran Golf Club (Viera): Opened in 2005, the Duran Golf Club was built on a thriving cattle ranch that was transformed into a beautiful links-style course. Thousands of native trees were important to add to the character of the course which also includes minimal, strategically places bunkers and 15 man-made ponds and lakes to add more suspense to the course.
Distances at the par-72 Duran Golf Club: Onyx – 7,151 yards, Gold – 6,781, Royal – 6,312, Ivory – 5,885, Ruby – 5,309.
Telephone: (321) 504-7776
3. Indian River Colony Club (Viera): Built over 30 years ago for retired military and their spouses, the Indian River Colony Club is a 55+ community designed for the country club lifestyle. The private course has 18 holes, is a par-72, and also has available non-resident memberships. All of the holes on the Indian River Colony Club course are positioned around a scenic pond or lake.
Telephone: (877) 509-9532
4. Indian River Preserve (Mims): Formerly Walkabout Golf Club, the Indian River Preserve is a 18-hole championship course designed by renowned third generation golf course architects Perry Dye and LPGA Champ Jan Stephenson. The course has rolling fairways that weave through undulating landscape and is surrounded by numerous types of trees and vegetation, lakes, and wildlife. The course also features a par-3, 19th hole shaped like the continent of Australia.
Black: 7,146 yards - Gold: 6,671 yards - Blue: 6,174 yards - White: 5,593 yards - Red: 4,873 yards
Telephone: (321) 385-2099
5. Rockledge Country Club (Rockledge): The Rockledge Country Club was established in 1918 and was the first course in the area to host dignitaries, including President and Mrs. Warren G. Harding. The par-71 layout with four sets of tees and incredible green speeds make the course very comfortable for walking and the ability to work the ball from different angles provides excellent scoring opportunities.
Blue: 6,436 yards - Gold: 6,138 - Black: 5,651 - Green: 5,026
Telephone: (321) 636-6022
6. Viera East Golf Club (Viera): Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2014, the Viera East Golf Club boasts a championship 18-hole golf course designed by one of the game’s masters, Joe Lee. The course is a delicate mélange of the natural terrain, Viera's native marshlands and picturesque lakes, making Viera East Golf Club one of Joe’s finest creations. The fairways are well-defined with generous landing areas but Lee, famous for his creative use of bunkering, has done his best to thwart low scoring.
Telephone: (321) 639-6500
7. Golf N Gator (Cape Canaveral): The Cocoa Beach area has a few selections when it comes to miniature golf and this is by far fun for the whole family. Golf N Gator is home to two 18 hole courses. You can play Gator Mountain, Swamp Cave or both! The courses weave through tropical landscaping with streams and waterfalls. Two giant ponds contain alligators, fish, and turtles. When you cross over the bridges, what is lurking below? I guess you will have to find out for yourself!
Where else on the Space Coast can you play a round of golf (or two), see alligators, and mine for gems and fossils all in the same day?
Telephone: (321) 799-4545
8. Lighthouse Cove Adventure Golf (Cocoa Beach): The newest golf attraction on Florida's Space Coast (and Cocoa Beach in particular) is Lighthouse Cove Adventure Golf. Lighthouse Cove offers two 18-hole courses of exciting miniature golf in a tropical fishing village-themed environment boasting dramatic sea life, boats, waterfalls, caves, a tropical fish filled aquarium and more. Guests are also able to enjoy on-site 3 Scoops Ice Cream Parlor featuring 24 of the finest ice cream flavors and hand spun milkshakes as well as premium craft beers from Florida's top breweries including Tequesta Brewing Company, Funky Buddha and Twisted Trunk.
Telephone: (321) 613-0701
Until Next Time,
Marshall T. Hooks