Although millions of visitors come to Florida for the Disney experience there are plenty of other attractions and activities which draw in the crowds, chief among them are the fantastic golfing opportunities spread throughout the state. This is the first in a series of articles looking at various aspects of the Florida golfing scene, with this feature concentrating on golf and other attractions that make the Space Coast an ideal venue for a golfing vacation.
The Space Coast runs over seventy miles along Florida’s Atlantic shoreline incorporating Cape Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Center as well as a plethora of beach focused towns including Cocoa beach and Palm Bay. As well as the world famous space attractions there are well over 20 golf courses with a huge range of types of course and related facilities. The area is only just over an hour from Orlando so ideally placed if the primary aim of your Florida trip is Walt Disney World, but you find yourself with enough spare time to fit in a round of golf or two.
There is a great range of different types of golf course running from immaculate resort based courses through well managed municipal courses, the latter of particular appeal to anyone on a budget. The course designers have made full use of the area’s natural features including wetlands, pine forests and the ubiquitous lakes. Those designers include Gary Player (Baytree National, which is the pick of the bunch), as well as Arnold Palmer (The Majors Golf Club). For those on a restricted budget, consider Cocoa Beach Country Club or The Habitat Golf Club.
Go on a Cruise
When you have finished playing golf one option is to go on a cruise. Port Canaveral is the starting point for cruises ranging from multiple day outings destined for exotic locations to five-hour long cruises which operate twice daily.
Lie on a Beach
There are a large number of beaches running along the Space Coast, ranging from the hectic Cocoa Beach to the largely undisturbed and under-developed stretch of beaches which make up the Canaveral National Seashore. Cocoa beach is a particular favourite spot for surf enthusiasts.
Again there is a lot of variety to suit all fishing tastes, ranging from the spectacular deep-sea fishing which can be enjoyed off the Atlantic Coast to the renowned Mosquito Lagoon, which consists of 20 miles of flats running from New Smyrna Beach to Merritt Island.
..and finally you would be mad to go to the Space Coast without actually experiencing the thrill and excitement of visiting the space region itself, a place that is synonymous with mankinds early exploration of space. The Kennedy Space Center is a must!