WaterColor Inn and Resort Offers Exclusive Access to Private Fazio, Norman Courses
Guests of the WaterColor Inn & Resort and WaterColor/WaterSound luxury vacation rentals in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida now have access to two highly-rated private courses: Camp Creek, a Tom Fazio-stunner featuring coastal dunes covered in native grasses, and Sharks Tooth, a Greg Norman signature layout that hugs the banks of Lake Powell.
Golfers can avoid the crowds often associated with Florida resort while soaking up a true member for a day experience (Sharks Tooth has a mens locker room with flat screens, full bar and card tables). If its a family-first vacation, the resort also offers the Davis Love III-designed Origins Course. Crafted specifically for juniors and beginners, the innovative layout plays as a six-hole regulation and 10-hole par-3 course.
All three courses are within 30 minutes of the WaterColor Inn. Closest airports: Panama City (45 minutes), Fort Walton/Destin (45 minutes). For more information on golf packages, visit www.watercolorinn.com or www.watercolorvacations.com.
Victoria Hills Just Off the Beaten Orlando/Daytona Golf Paths
Have clubs and kids will travel types heading to Orlando this fall or winter can escape for a quick round at Victoria Hills in DeLand. Ditto that for Daytona visitors; the course sits midway between these two popular Sunshine State destinations. What youll get for your money: an ornate Ron Garl-designed layout thats a far cry from the flat, palm-tree-and-pond lined courses of south Florida.
From first tee box to 18th green, theres more than 60 feet of elevation change, and holes are canopied with Spanish Moss-draped live oaks. But bring your A-game. In addition to hosting a myriad of collegiate and amateur events, a number of Orlando-area PGA players utilize Victoria Hills challenging circuit. Post round apps and cocktails are available in Mulligans Tavern, headed by former John Travolta personal chef Scot Choquette.
Victoria Hills is located just off Interstate 4, the closest airports are Orlando Sanford (45 minutes) and Daytona Beach International (30 minutes). For more information, visit www.victoriahillsgolfclub.com.
SouthWood Offers Cottage Stay, Play Option on Florida State Universitys Home Golf Course
From Miami to Gainesville, Florida is full of good college golf courses. One need only deviate to the Panhandle and the capital city of Tallahassee to play one of the Atlantic Coast Conferences most challenging layouts.
SouthWood Golf Club is home to both the Florida State University mens and womens golf teams. Like most modern courses, it tips out at over 7,000 yards. But the key to this Gene Bates, Fred Couples design lies in reading the greens on short to mid-range puts. Hasty strokes often miss, dare we say, wide right.
Fall is prime time to visit, what with football season in full swing and day time temps leveling off from their late-summer peak. Five Georgia cracker box style cottages sit on a hill just a mile from the golf course, welcoming golfers with front porches, mini-kitchens and gas fireplaces.
SouthWood is located 15 minutes from Tallahassee Regional Airport. For more information, visit www.southwoodgolfclub.com.