Hammock Beach Golf Resort & Spa

Hammoch Beach Golf Resort & Spa offers unbeatable views of the Atlantic Ocean from at least seven holes and is a must-play golf destination for golf-buddy trips and couples.

PALM COAST, Florida – The Jack Nicklaus-designed Ocean Course at Hammock Beach Golf Resort & Spa gets the lion’s (or bear’s) share of the attention, but here’s a piece of advice: Don’t forget about the resort’s Conservatory, a Tom Watson Signature design that is only a few miles inland in Palm Coast, Florida. It’s as good a “little sister’’ course as you’ll find in the Southeast U.S.

Little sister? Hardly. At 7,776 yards (par 72) from the tips, the Conservatory is one of the longer courses in Florida. And with approximately 140 sand and coquina bunkers, it’s as strategic a layout as any in the Sunshine State. The Conservatory also might be the easiest “hard’’ course you can play, particularly if you choose correctly from as many as eight tee boxes..

From any of the tees – the course can play as short as 5,235 yards – the links-style layout is all there in front of you. No tricks or gimmicks. Just a solid test of golf resort guests and members of the Club at Hammock Beach – one where you never feel beat up after a round despite your score.


“Watson knew it was going to be a long course,’’ said resort general manager Brad Hauer. “But you want a fair test of golf. So he didn’t have any forced carries off the tees or into the greens. He wants you to be able to roll your ball up on the greens.’’

The Conservatory and Ocean courses, each managed by Troon , are the centerpieces of the Club at Hammock Beach and Hammock Beach resort, the latter of which features a series of one-bedroom suites and two, three and four-bedroom condominiums, ocean and Ocean Course views.

Located between Daytona Beach and Jacksonville, Hammock Beach is an outstanding destination for golf buddy trips and families. It’s an ideal headquarters to explore nearby historic St. Augustine and even the World Golf Village and World Golf Hall of Fame.

Back at the resort, there is a pool complex that includes a lazy river, marina, tennis center and 10,000 square-foot spa. Hammock Beach recently added some new restaurants, including an Italian chophouse and sushi eatery. A new 200-room hotel is currently in the planning stage.


Steve “Spike” Pike is a lifelong journalist whose career includes covering Major League Baseball, the NFL and college basketball. For the past 26 years, Spike has been one of the more respected voices in the golf and travel industries, working for such publications as Golfweek, Golf World and Golf Digest for The New York Times Magazine Group. In 1998, Spike helped launch the PGA.com web site for the PGA of America. As a freelance travel and golf writer, Spike’s travels have taken him around the world. He has played golf from Pebble Beach to St. Andrews, walked the Great Wall of China, climbed an active volcano in the Canary Islands, been on safari in South Africa and dived with sharks off Guadalupe, Baja California. He lives in Delray Beach, Fla, and can be reached at spikee41@hotmail.com.

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