Upscale Northeast Florida Courses With Workingman Green Fees

    By Tim McDonald

    Last week I wrote about some excellent golf courses in south Florida that won't cost you an arm and a leg.

    In fact, you can find similar courses all over the state, where you get a serious bang for your buck. Like northeast Florida, for example, home of tony Ponte Vedra Beach and the PGA Tour.

    The green fees at the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass can approach $400 (and well worth it by the way), but there are dozens of interesting, well-maintained layouts in the area that have very low green fees.

    Here are just a handful to get you started. Most have package deals going on now that will keep your wallet even fatter.


    • Windsor Parke has green fees of $41. It's a pretty Arthur Hills design with elevated tee boxes. The fairway mounding that saves your wayward drives is offset by tricky, well-guarded greens.
    • The Golf Club at Fleming Island, with green fees of $33, is a plantation course that has won a lot of awards, mostly centered around its low cost for golfers. It has two distinct nines, with large, forgiving greens.
    • The Champions Club will set you back only $39. It was designed and is now owned by former PGA Tour pro and TV commentator Steve Melnyk. It doesn't have a lot of water hazards and the little water it does have is mostly lateral. Women love this course, with its lack of forced carries. Much of the back nine is protected wetlands.
    • The St. Johns Golf Club is an entertaining municipal course with green fees of $27. Can't get much cheaper than that unless you want to go to a putt-putt. It's a 27-hole facility with a good variety of holes, a tricky collection of par-3s and some interesting risk/reward options.
    • Eagle Landing is another upscale course with workingman fees of $34. It has some of the best practice facilities around. Architect Clyde Johnston wanted a "vintage" feel to the layout and put in classic design features. The routing takes you through scenic Southern pines and stands of palmetto.