Amelia River Golf Club - Renowned as one of the best conditioned courses in North Florida

Amelia River Golf ClubAmelia River, renowned as one of the best conditioned courses in north Florida, continues to feature public and private play on its Tom Jackson-designed links-style layout. This Amelia Island gem, first opened in 2001, is one of the few in the area featuring TifEagle greens which offer smoother surfaces for challenging the golfers short game. Add to that the wide-open putting green - and the spacious practice range -both of which allow golfers to be at their best after warming up for a round of golf.

In the spring and summer of 2009, Amelia River is implementing an attractive price structure to allow golfers of all ages and abilities the experience of Amelia River Golf Club. In April 2009, golfers can play for $100 per person, per round, when booking a foursome, including cart, range and range balls. May through September 2009, golfers can book a foursome and pay only $65 per person, per round, including cart, range and range balls.

These prices become even more attractive considering the improvements made to the course recently, including new electric carts with GPS, new on-course restrooms, and a less-than-two-year-old clubhouse, restaurant and pro shop. As always, playing conditions are second-to-none at this semi-private course. 

These better playing conditions also give more accurate placement, one of the keys to beating this course’s natural hazards. A stream, appearing peaceful and placid, instead is home to a golf-ball loving alligator that ranks behind only the green in its challenge to the local and visiting player alike. While nature is a key to Amelia River, so are the five tee boxes, the seven pin placements and the large, firm greens on every hole. The par 72 track, which plays to a yardage of 6,843 from the back tees, is sculpted around a forest of majestic Live Oaks, Sabal Palm, Southern pines and wax myrtles. Together with those majestic Live Oaks are natural and planned challenges to keep the everyday or even accomplished golfer interested and engaged in the round.

Overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway from Amelia River #18

“This course was designed to take advantage of the natural beauty of the water that runs alongside and through it,” said Barry Richardson, Head Professional at Amelia River Golf Club. “We have found that our golfers enjoy the look, feel and playability of no houses, no condos, no interruption of their round of golf. They enjoy just having the time and the venue to enjoy great golf in a Scottish links-style setting.”

Amelia River consists of 18 holes of challenging golf where ball control and accuracy are keys to a great game. Golfers often say that once you have played the first three holes, you have a pretty good idea of what awaits you with Tom Jackson courses. The way in which these styles are woven together is what makes his courses such masterpieces. Pond clusters, tree clusters, bunker clusters, and even deeper woods offer an opportunity to make or break a round at Amelia River. Always in pristine condition with well manicured rolling fairways, smooth bunkers and greens that challenge all skill levels, the course is unique in character and a treat to play.

Amelia River Golf Club

Parts of Amelia River are located along the border with the Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport, a general aviation facility including holes 1, 3 and 5. The airport acts as a buffer with its mostly grass surroundings, serving to protect the course from the north. The fairways are wide and open and give the golfer a sense of this traditional Scottish links course. Amelia Rivers signature 17th hole is a par 3 surrounded by water, demanding an accurate shot to the island green. The final hole ends at the edge of the Amelia River and its expansive tidal marsh.

On most peoples must-play list, Amelia River is located on the island with the historic Victorian seaport of Fernandina Beach. With a nod to that history, Amelia River Golf Club features a cedar-shake clubhouse with the feel of a seaport as it faces eastward toward the Amelia River and the Intracoastal Waterway The addition of this Cape Cod-style clubhouse adds warmth to the overall experience at Amelia River. It also boasts an outstanding restaurant with a menu that is friendly both to the golfer with a hearty appetite and the visitor wanting lighter fare. Next to the seating area in the clubhouse is the pro shop that features designer and signature wear, top-of-the-line golf accessories and bags. In addition, the building houses new locker rooms and restrooms for golfers and visitors.

The mist rises early over fairways on the Amelia River Golf Club course

“Our island neighbors and our resort guests alike tell us how much they enjoy Amelia River,” said Robert Dugger, Director of Golf at Amelia Island Plantation. “We have four superb courses here at Amelia Island Plantation and so many fi nd the layout, the beauty, and the excellent conditioning of Amelia River to be the one they come back to over and over again. We honor many of our golf promotions on this semi-private course so that everyone can enjoy its beauty and its playability”.

To play Amelia River at an absolute best, golfers can take instruction at the Amelia Island Plantation Golf Academy, directed by Ed Bowe. Bowe was the director of instructor training for ESPN golf schools throughout the country. Bowe’s instruction method focuses on the individual’s swing and style, improving each person’s game based on their own abilities and style of play.

Ed Bowe, director of golf instruction, has brought a new level of golf teaching to the Golf School at Amelia Island PlantationThe golf academy also offers individual video swing analysis that compares the golfer’s stroke for be-fore-and-after visualization. As well, it compares those swings to the pro players showing the dos and don’ts of each. For clinics and lessons, call Ed Bowe at the Amelia Island Plantation Golf Academy at 904.277.5976.

To make reservations at Amelia River, call 800.305.6647, touch #8, for tee times and other rates or specials. Amelia River is located on Amelia Island, just off the Amelia Parkway on Buccaneer Trail. After coming over the Shave Bridge onto Amelia Island, turn right on the Parkway. Veer to the right just past the airport and industrial park onto Buccaneer Trail. Amelia River is located on the right just before the canopy road begins, a third of a mile from the turn.

Amelia River, being an Amelia Island Plantation property golf course, is part of a 1,350 acre resort which offers three additional golf courses, plus 600 accommodations, including the all-oceanfront Amelia Inn and its 249 rooms, plus one-, two- and three-bedroom villas with ocean, golf and resort views.

At sunrise, the Amelia Inn at Amelia Island Plantation offers a breathtaking view from every room balcony.In addition, Amelia Island Plantation has 3 ½ miles of wide, uncrowded beach, an award-winning children’s camp, 10 dining opportunities, Segway tours, nature center, bicycles and tag-alongs, 20 swimming pools including the two-tiered/ three pool Beach Club, 23 tennis courts, more than seven miles of hiking, biking and running trails and much, much more.

The resort offers all inclusive packages for families, special Family Tee golf programs in the summer, and packages with add-on golf for just $99/ day/per person.

Amelia Island Plantation is located just 29 miles northeast of Jacksonville International Airport, off the northernmost coast of Florida. Its 2-by-13 mile size makes it ideal for visitors to soak up both the resort’s ambience and the beauty of the Victorian seaport town of Fernandina Beach at the north end of the island. For reservations or more information, call 800.305.6647, or visit the website at


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