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Amelia Island offers Triple Treat

In perfect harmony with nature, Amelia Island Plantation Resort is a blend of pristine coastal wilderness and exquisite man-made luxuries. This 1350-acre resort is located on the extreme northeast tip of Florida between the salt water marshes of the Intercoastal Waterway and the deep blue Atlantic Ocean.

A magnificent tropical dwarf canopy of centuries-old ancient live oaks engulfs the entire resort lending a feeling of tranquillity and seclusion, that if you are lucky, will carry over to the golf course.

Three of the best modern day golf course architects are represented at the Amelia Island Plantation Resort.

The Oak Marsh Golf Course is one of the truly classic Pete Dye designed golf courses in the world. The course was built in 1972 and is noted for its tight fairways and small greens. Fairways meander between serpentine salt marsh creeks and through the Spanish moss draped Heritage Oak Trees just like in the movie Gone with the Wind.

At par 72, this 6,500-yard course has fourteen holes with water hazards and numerous bullheaded greens. A variety of bunkers are placed throughout the course to add to the challenge and a natural approach has been maintained with the use of coquina shell cart paths, native plant life and preserved habitats for the local wildlife. Oak Marsh has been included in Golf Digest's prestigious list of the “Top 75 Resort Courses in the U.S.” and is currently ranked as the 16th best in the State of Florida.

Winding along a coastal Atlantic dune ridge, Amelia Island’s Ocean Links course provides golfers with five oceanfront golf holes. Here the fairways and greens parallel the beaches of Amelia Island. The close proximity to the ocean and the ever-changing sea breezes provide golfers with exhilarating views and intriguing play.

Designed by Bobby Weed, the Ocean Links course has 10 holes that wind through six miles of natural sand dunes, lagoons, wetlands and seaside terrain, ending with the 125 yard par-3 18th hole, whose green is strategically placed in the waters of Red Maple Lake. It can be said that this is as much a nature tour as it is a round of golf.

Completed in 1987, Tom Fazio's award winning Long Point design is Amelia Island Plantation Resort’s third course. Here golfers are challenged with an environmentally conscious design, tight fairways and elevated greens. Long Point is really three different courses in one with the rolling fairways winding through three spectacular and distinctive settings: the magnificent marshes, the thick oak and pine forests and the scenic oceanfront dunes. It just doesn’t get any better or more beautiful than this. The natural waste bunkers, large undulating greens and two very unusual, back-to-back oceanfront par –3 holes.

Fazio has created some of the most beautiful courses in the world. Many of the holes on Long Point leave the casual (and not so casual) observer with breathtaking views of the Amelia River and the abundant wildlife on its expansive salt marshes. But don’t become to enraptured with it all, he also puts stern demands on golfing skills and courage; there are at least eight forced carries over water hazards. Long Point is a par-72 course of 6,775 yards and the Miami Herald has ranked as the 15th best course in Florida.

Once a haven for pirates and rum runners, Amelia Island Plantation could just be the ultimate “Fall Golf Getaway” resort, with miles of shell-strewn, uncrowded beaches, world-class tennis facilities, fresh & salt water fishing, fantastic family bike trails, superb dining experiences, entertainment, and a Kids Camp Amelia.

Christened for Princess Amelia, daughter of England’s King George II, unique shopping continues to abound in nearby picturesque Fernandina Beach.

There is no need for a rental car when vacationing at Amelia Island Plantation, complimentary transportation is provided to and from the airport, as well as throughout the resort property. In between rounds, take a leisurely bike ride around the resort. They have fantastic trails everywhere, and riding underneath that tropical dwarf canopy is really cool.

Speaking of cool, the weather could not be more perfect for golf, sailing, fishing or sunbathing. light ocean breezes keep away pesky insects and the tropical dwarf canopy I mentioned provides a cooling atmosphere everywhere you journey.

Whether you’re looking to extend your golf game or your tan, Amelia Island Plantation Resort is the place! For more information and travel packages log-on to www.wheretoplaygolf.com or call: 1-800-572-5737

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