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Central East Florida

Includes Daytona Beach, Titusville, Melbourne, Palm Bay and Port St Lucie areas.

The Central East Florida Region offers golfers the best of all possibilities. Convenient to Orlando, but situated along the Atlantic coast, you're only an hour and a half from Orlando International Airport! The terrain is a southward continuation of the Northeast Region of Florida. Central East region 's string of golfing gems begins in Palm Coast and Daytona Beach and continue some 175 miles southward on the coastline to Port St. Lucie. The courses themselves are exemplary, but that's nowhere near the whole story. Along the way, you'll visit Titusville and the rest of the Space Coast, where so many of the NASA launches take place. Then there's Cocoa Beach, and as you head south you can enjoy a luscious drive along the Atlantic coast! Much of the distance will be on I-95, but the 25 mile stretch from Merritt Island to Melbourne is on the A1A, Florida's version of the Pacific Coast Highway, it runs parallel alongside the beaches of the barrier islands. Melbourne has a charming downtown section with several charming shops and privately owned restaurants. You'll find discount golf shops pretty much everywhere along the route, and more courses than you could play in a month of vacation. Now let's take a look at the towns along the way.

Palm Coast and Daytona Beach

As you travel down toward the southern end of the Northeast Region, continuing that golf trail in Palm Coast, a small town just north of Daytona Beach. Palm Coast This is the same Daytona that hosts the Daytona 500 race (a couple days in the middle of February,) and the annual Bike Week motorcycle rally during the first couple weeks of March. The place is pretty packed during these two times and is a major hotspot during Spring Break for colleges all across the nation. The rest of the time, it's a very laid back environment you're sure to enjoy, with all of the accommodations for those great eveents. Daytona Beach proper has at least 8 courses, all but one open to the public, two of them from the LPGA! Be sure to put Daytona Beach on your itinerary!

Nearby Palm Coast is a testing ground for PGA competitors during the Ginn Championship™. The Ocean Course is a Jack Nicklaus design that boast six holes right on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean! That same resort's Conservatory Course, the longest course in the state, was designed by Tom Watson, and challenges both pros and amateurs alike. During October, the Ginn sur Mer Classic™ is held there. All in all, there are nine courses. The Grand Haven, a Nicklaus design managed by Hampton Golf, is amongst the many favorites available for public play. All told, there are at least seven courses to choose from... but you won't want to choose, so don't. Play 'em all!

Ten miles south of Daytona is New Smyrna Beach. Located just below the Ponce Inlet and, this delightful area provides double-digit fun in paradise. There are at least ten courses to play in New Symrna Beach alone! Pleasant and pacific Turnbull Bay is an affordable course that gets rave reviews from vistors all across the nation. This golfing community is open to the public, and a virtual nature preserve. Colorful and unique flora and fauna abound, making 18 holes a truly wonderous experience. Treat yourself to some of the treasures.

Historic Titusville is home to one of the NASA launch pads as well as a National Park which features both access to the shoreline and a plethora of birds and other wildlife. Space Coast golfers will enjoy facilities such as the La Cite Country Club, which features a championship course of just over 6600 yards, and a slope rating of 134 on Bermuda. Co-designed by Ron Garl and Lee Trevino, this 1982 vintage course is popular. Another favorite is the Royal Oak Resort and Golf Club, with its championship course, which is winter home to several PGA players. The Great Outdoors Golf and Country Club is another vast and well-loved location designed by Ron Garl. Enjoy the pleasures of Titusville!

Merritt Island is a sliver of land situated between the Atlantic shoreline and the mainland. With a mildly Caribbean feel about it, the Savannahs is a public municipal facility complete with souvenir and pro shop! Just a bit further down the road we rejoin with the mainland again in Melbourne and its tangent sister city of Palm Bay.

Melbourne offers up 6 courses you can play and one private non-equity course. Their downtown section is both charming and quaint, a pleasant way for non-golfers to spend the afternoon. Palm Bay has a 9-holer and one very fine Arnold Palmer design, the “Majors” at Bayside Lake. With a course rating of 73.8 and a slope rating of 141, this modern 1999 course will please both experienced golfers and a real treat! Continuing down the coast brings you to Vero Beach, Ft. Pierce and Port St. Lucie, each with their own set of courses to enjoy.

As you can see, the Central East region along the Atlantic shoreline has enough fantastic courses to keep you pleased as punch. Include this tropical paradise in your golf vacation getaway plans today!