Steve Pike Anywhere: Daytona Beach Golf

Daytona Beach, home to the Great American Race and the World’s Most Famous Beach, offers golfers plenty of choices and it is one of Florida’ best and most value-laden golf destinations and is home to more than 20 golf courses, a range of accommodations options, highlighted by stunning Atlantic Ocean views.

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)

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 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

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