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Par For The Course

Bring Your Clubs – And Your Spirit Of Adventure – When You Visit Jacksonville

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Love golf, football, surfing, racing, history or great food? If so, then Jacksonville, FL, should hit the spot!

Known as Jax, J-ville, River City and Duuuval, Jacksonville is the largest city in area in the continental United States. Some of its 840 square miles includes top national golf courses, an NFL stadium and beautiful beaches. Plus, the nearby cities of Daytona Beach and St. Augustine offer even more sports-related fun, as well as a bit of history.

Pick up your Kia Sportage, Toyota Highlander, Hyundai Tucson or Nissan Rogue, all of which have plenty of room for golf clubs and other sports gear, from the Advantage Rent A Car counter at the Jacksonville International Airport and get the ball rolling on your North Florida adventure!

Tee Off

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Ranked as the top golf course in Florida by Golfweek magazine, TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, located about 30 minutes southeast of downtown Jacksonville, is the home of The Players Championship and boasts two championship courses. The Stadium Course is the most recognizable because of its intimidating par-3 17th hole that features the famed island green, while the Dye’s Valley Course is a quieter, more unassuming experience.

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At the World Golf Village in St. Augustine, less than a half-hour from Jacksonville, you can play a round at one of the official golf courses of the World Golf Hall of Fame. The King & Bear, which is the only course collaboration between Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus, has hosted numerous PGA Tour events, as well as the Legends of Golf and the Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf match between Nicklaus and Palmer. On the Slammer & Squire course, you can tee off from under the tower of the World Golf Hall of Fame.

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Try not to be distracted by the beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean at Hammock Beach Resort’s Jack Nicklaus-designed Ocean Course in Palm Coast, where six of the 18 holes are situated directly on the coastline. This award-winning course, barely more than an hour southeast of downtown Jacksonville, is under renovation and scheduled to re-open in October 2017.

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Northeast of Jacksonville, the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort offers three championship courses. Oak Marsh has 14 holes with water hazards and numerous bulk-headed greens. Ocean Links is a par-70 with five oceanfront holes, as well as 10 holes that feature lagoons and marsh wetlands and the green of the 18th hole that sits in the waters of Red Maple Lake. The Long Point course challenges golfers with natural hazards, tight fairways and elevated greens.

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The Golf Club at North Hampton may just be the best Arnold Palmer-designed golf course in the Sunshine State. This championship course, about 40 minutes northeast of Jacksonville, features a double-ended driving range and practice facility, two practice putting greens and a short-game practice area.

Touchdowns And Tunes

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In downtown Jacksonville, EverBank Field is home to the Jacksonville Jaguars, who joined the NFL as an expansion team in 1995 and are now part of the AFC South. Pre-season games begin in August.

New in 2017, Daily’s Place, a 5,500-seat amphitheater attached to EverBank Field, hosts some of the world’s biggest artists. The venue’s upcoming calendar includes performances by Journey, Lady Antebellum, Foreigner, Matchbox Twenty and Counting Crows, Mary J. Blige, Lifehouse and Switchfoot, Santana and many more.

The city also hosts a couple of the biggest annual college football games, which include the TaxSlayer Bowl (formerly known as the Gator Bowl) each January, and the annual Florida-Georgia game in October or November.

A Shore Thing

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Jacksonville’s 22 miles of white-sand beaches offer plenty of room to stretch out and relax, in addition to water sports, family fun and nightlife.

Jacksonville Beach is a great spot to have a picnic or ride a boogie board. Its Sea Walk Pavilion features many spring and summer festivals and concerts, as well as the family-friendly Moonlight Movies series. Nightlife also includes oceanfront clubs and intimate pubs.

For the best surfing, head to the locals’ favorite spot, called The Poles, situated along a 1.5-mile stretch of beach in Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park, or try the areas near the Jacksonville Beach Pier.

At the intersection of Neptune and Atlantic beaches is Beaches Town Center, which offers a range of dining, shopping and nightlife options.

During the summer, you can hop aboard the Beaches Trolley to explore all of the beach attractions and neighborhoods.

The Need For Speed

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Less than an hour and a half from downtown Jacksonville is one of the nation’s temples to automotive acceleration: Daytona International Speedway. A speedway tour lets you experience the 31-degree high banks, then pose atop the podium in Victory Lane for a photo op.

For a real taste of the action, climb inside an authentic stock car, where you can ride shotgun with a professional driver at speeds of more than 160 mph. Better yet, strap into the driver’s seat and put the pedal to the metal yourself!

Historical Haunts

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Known as the “Nation’s Oldest City,” St. Augustine sits about 45 minutes southeast of Jacksonville and offers more than four centuries’ worth of Spanish, English, Greek, Native American and African-American history. Must-see landmarks include the Castillo de San Marcos, the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse and Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth.

The city also features many historical museums, plus a wax museum, lighthouse, winery, aquarium, trolley tours of the city and much more — including several haunted tours.

#NomNom

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Northeast Florida is a foodie’s paradise that features everything from upscale bistros to down-home fish camps. Jacksonville has 15 chefs on America’s Best Chefs list, more than 20 locally owned, farm-to-table restaurants, more than 90 licensed food trucks and the oldest farmers market in the state of Florida.

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For a fine-dining experience, try Matthew’s Restaurant, a recipient of the prestigious AAA Four Diamond award every year since 1999, with Chef Matthew Medure receiving the honor each year since 2005. Located in Jacksonville’s San Marco district, the restaurant’s menu changes often so that Medure can incorporate the freshest local and seasonal ingredients.

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For a restaurant that’s committed to sustainable sourcing, visit two-time James Beard Award nominee Chef Tom Gray at Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails in St. Johns Town Center. Menu items, such as pimento cheese toast, cheddar biscuit tots, meatloaf, chicken and waffles, lemon-thyme French fries with green tomato ketchup, and deep-dish buttermilk pie, showcase Gray’s Southern spin on contemporary American cuisine.

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While vegans and vegetarians may want to steer clear, meat lovers will appreciate Clark’s Fish Camp in Jacksonville’s Mandarin neighborhood, which serves up typical fare including seafood and prime rib in addition to many exotic meats such as kangaroo sausage, fried camel and bison testicles. Also, beware of the eerie gazes of the restaurant’s largest private taxidermy collection in America — which literally includes lions and tigers and bears. Oh my!

Jax Ale Trail

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Wash down all that delicious food or cool off on a hot summer day along the Jax Ale Trail. Pick up a brewery passport at any of the eight (and counting) participating craft breweries and hit the trail to collect stamps for cool prizes! Just remember to drink responsibly.

Drive Times From Downtown Jacksonville

TPC Sawgrass: 30 minutes (25 miles)
World Golf Village: 30 minutes (28 miles)
Hammock Beach Resort: 1 hour, 10 minutes (67 miles)
Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort: 40 minutes (35 miles)
Golf Club at North Hampton: 35 minutes (30 miles)
EverBank Field/Daily’s Place: 5 minutes (1.5 miles)
Jacksonville Beach: 30 minutes (23 miles)
Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park: 25 minutes (17 miles)
Beaches Town Center: 30 minutes (16 miles)
Daytona International Speedway: 1 hour, 20 minutes (91 miles)
St. Augustine: 45 minutes (40 miles)
Matthew’s Restaurant: 5 minutes (2 miles)
Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails: 15 minutes (12 miles)
Clark’s Fish Camp: 25 minutes (19 miles)
Jax Ale Trail: 5-30 minutes (1-23 miles)

Article written by: Angie Lewis