The days are getting warmer and longer, which means spring golf! So why not trick yourself into thinking you are on vacation and plan your 1-day spring golf getaway?!

I did just that this week, making the 45 minute drive to Amelia Island for my day-trip. Which means you don’t have to travel, you don’t have to pay for a hotel — plan a getaway in your area!

I’m sure there’s been a course you’ve been dying to try, but just didn’t want to make the longer drive during the winter months. Well now’s your chance to give it a try before it gets too crowded! Devote just one day to make that drive — so you can escape on your own stay-cation golf getaway! Make the trip complete by finding a great restaurant to try for a nice after-round dinner.

For me, Amelia Island’s close proximity to Jacksonville makes for an AMAZING little golf trip. As you drive up the coast on A1A, the towns and cities begin to fade away. You feel like you are on your way to a whole new world with expansive waterways, marinas, inlets, sandbars and coastal landscapes that take your breath away.

Before you know it, you’ve made it to your destination (and feel like you are in a whole new world) — Amelia Island proves to be quite the quaint, coastal retreat. We chose to play the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort’s Ocean Links Course and it was spectacular!

I’m not going to sugar coat it though — this course will kick your butt your first time around. What I’ve discovered to be typical for a Pete Dye design, the course looks to punish you at every turn — but the frustration will melt away as you are exposed to the ocean views. With five holes along the Atlantic Ocean, the views are second-to-none and the extravagant homes are a spectacular decoration.

Despite the hardships I encountered on the course, I did almost make a hole-in-one on the par 3, 5th ocean-side hole and drove the green on the short par 4, 14th — which was a lot of fun. After I adjusted to the course a bit, I shot much better on the back 9 (typical;) ) and believe I could easily figure out the course the next time through.

I look forward to going back and playing the Oak Marsh Course — whose landscape resembles that of Sea Island’s Seaside Course. I fell in love with that course and Sea Island on St. Simon’s Island during my trip to the RSM Classic, which makes sense why I enjoyed Amelia Island so much — as the two resemble one another and are only about 45 minutes apart. So if you ever make a golf trip to St. Simon’s Island or Sea Island, it’s definitely worth it to pop down south a bit to Amelia Island. You won’t be disappointed!

Until then, enjoy spring golf! I know I will 🙂