Amelia Island Golf

While I wouldn’t consider Amelia Island a “golf destination”, in other words, I wouldn’t spend 5 hours on an airplane just to come here for golf only. Overall, Amelia Island makes for a great getaway, and play some golf while you’re there.

There are 2 main resorts on the island. The Omni and the Ritz Carlton. Each has a golf course. We’ve played the golf courses belonging to both resorts and a local course called Amelia River course.

If you’re here on vacation, besides playing golf, visit Fort Clinch. It’s interesting and good for the kids. Also, go downtown Fernandina Beach. It’s a nice downtown area with lots of bars and restaurants.

Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort

The Omni Amelia Island is one of those resorts where everything is spread out. The breakfast buffet was connected to the main building, but you had to go outside to get there. Some other restaurants are in separate buildings. There is a shuttle that runs around the property to take you to those other restaurants. Though we found that the walk really wasn’t that far, maybe 10 minutes.

The breakfast buffet was pretty good. Bob’s Steak and Chop House was excellent. We ate dinner there both nights.

The golf course is the Oak Marsh course. They used to have an Oceans links course but it was closed due to hurricane damage, and when I contacted them in early 2019, there were no plans to reopen. They have an agreement with a private course called Long Point. You can only book tee times at Long Point 24 hours in advance.

Oak Marsh Course

The Oak Marsh golf course is part of the Omni. You will have to drive your clubs over to the course, as it’s a little to far to walk.

Amelia Island Golf
Amelia Island Golf
Amelia Island Golf
Amelia Island Golf
It’s definitely built around a marsh

Ritz Carlton Amelia Island

Nice hotel with a couple of choices for restaurants. The golf course is basically at the end of the parking lot, so you can just walk from the hotel.

Ritz Carlton Amelia Island
View from the Room

Ritz Golf Course

If you use a golf app, the name of the course in the app is Golf Club of Amelia Island at Summer Beach. The Blue tees are 6100 yards. The next tees up are 5700 yards. Don’t play the blue tees unless you hit your drive at least 240 yards. There are a few dog legs on this course. If you don’t make it to the bend with your drive, there will be a bunch of trees hanging over the course, blocking a normal second shot. You’ll have to keep it under the trees. There are also a couple of holes on the back that are target golf. Play your tee shot up to the marsh, then second shot over the marsh and around the corner. Course does not have an excessive amount of sand traps.

Amelia Island Golf
Amelia Island Golf
Amelia Island Golf
Amelia Island Golf

This is where my drive ended up, because I didn’t hit it far enough to make the bend in the fairway. Now I have trees and water in play for my approach.

Amelia Island Golf
Amelia Island Golf

Amelia River Golf Club

We wanted another course to play while we were on Amelia Island. We booked this course on Golf Now. We played in the middle of February, hence the brown grass in the rough, but the course was in good shape.

Amelia Island Golf
Amelia Island Golf
Amelia Island Golf

Fort Clinch

If you’re visiting Amelia Island with the family, Fort Clinch is worth a visit. It’s a short drive from both resorts.

Fort Clinch State Park
Fort Clinch canons