DAYTONA BEACH, Florida – While many parts of the country are still waiting to get started with the golf season, the Daytona Beach golf community, buoyed by good weather and a resurgent reputation as a go-to golf destination, enjoyed a strong first quarter to open 2019.
With its warm winter weather, the Daytona Beach area here is a 12-month destination, but the golf season peaks from January through April when locals, snowbirds and golf groups take advantage great conditions and temperatures in the mid-70s.
“It was a very strong spring – the best we’ve had since 2013,” said Ryan Meyers, general manager of Riviera Country Club. “We enjoyed improved weather, and we saw new faces for sure.”
Meyers said Riviera was up 15 to 20 percent, and the semi-private club was far from alone in enjoying a strong start to the year.
The reasons for Daytona Beach’s increasing popularity with golfers are three-fold: the area is home to nearly 30 outstanding public courses; the value is tremendous; and the location ensures a lot of entertainment on and off the course.
Golf course options are a driving force behind every trip and the Daytona Beach area offers some of Central Florida’s premier layouts, including LPGA International, home of the acclaimed Jones and Hills courses.
Off the course, Daytona Beach, home of the “World’s Most Famous Beach,” delivers attractions such as the Daytona International Speedway, waterfront dining and Daytona Beach Ale Trail.
Photo: LPGA International Hills Course (LPGA International)