Amelia River Golf Club

Amelia River Golf Club, Amelia Island: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Amelia River Golf Club Reviews: 4.5/5

Amelia River Golf Club
4.5
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Amelia River Golf Club consists of 18 challenging holes where ball control and accuracy are key to a great round. The par 72 layout, that opened in 2000, gives the golfer a natural low country feel as the course winds through native water oaks, palmettos and southern pines. One of the most fun and enjoyable courses in Northeast Florida and always in pristine condition! Enjoy all of the convenience and value of a community golf club without the high monthly cost and long term commitment of a private club. Simply the best golf club value on Amelia Island!
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boxshop
Norfolk, VA5,702 contributions
Florida Road trip October 2021
Oct 2021 • Couples
We had a wonderful day of golf at this unique course. Very friendly staff. Great Pro shop. This course is well maintained. Nice Yamaha carts.
Written October 4, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Ken L
Saint Cloud, FL35 contributions
Worth the $49
Jul 2021 • Couples
Great track for $49 for FL GA residents. Overall course condition very nice and greens healing nicely from aeration a few weeks back. Pace of play 4 1/2 hours though but probably due to rains before we tee’d off.
Written July 21, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

djtheoret
Lakeland, FL360 contributions
A Northeast Florida Golf Staple
Jan 2021
Amelia River Golf Club is located on Amelia Island, just north of Jacksonville and within minutes of the historic town of Fernandina Beach. It’s recognized as one of the most prestigious courses in all of North Florida and a favorite of both local golfers and visitors to the Amelia Island area. There are several reasons for this. One is that the course is always in pristine condition, from the manicured fairways to the sculpted bunkers. The second is the smooth TifEagle greens which roll fast and true. But what seems to set Amelia Island River Club apart from other public access courses in the area is the staff, some of the friendliest and most knowledgeable people I have ever met in the golf industry.

This Tom Jackson designed championship course plays to 6,808 yards from the back tees with a course rating of 74 and a slope of 139. I found that the White/Blue Tees (6,082/70.4/1310 provided a challenge and still let me leave with a little dignity. Five sets of tees plus a couple of blended yardages produce lengths that golfers of all abilities will enjoy. Whether you’re a true beginner or a single-digit handicapper, the course will challenge golfers of all skill levels.

Amelia River Club is a course that is going to reward brains over brawn. Although the course is long enough that you’ll have ample opportunity to hit driver out here, it’s all about ball control and accuracy if you want to score well. The course could be described as a “Links meets Parklands;” some holes are wide open and highly susceptible to the winds that often blow off the nearby water, while others feature tree-lined fairways sculpted around the forest of majestic live oaks, sable palms, pines, and wax myrtles. Water comes into play on at least thirteen holes in one way or another; creeks cross the fairway in several places and there’s a good chance you won’t know they’re there. There’s a lot of mounding on the peripheries of the fairways and around the greens, predominantly on the sides that have no bunkering and the sand traps are well-manicured. This is particularly evident on the par 5 holes. There are no houses in the course, just you, lush green fairways, and that little white ball!

There are several memorable holes out here. Amelia River starts you off with a good test, a 521-yard par 5 that for the majority of golfers is going to be a 3-shot hole. The fairway is wide open off the tee and with the airport to the left, all you need to do is steer your tee shot clear of the bunkers on the right. You’ll have to make a decision with your second shot: go for the gusto or layup. Smart money is on laying up short of the water and making a birdie with a good chip shot. A par is nothing to be ashamed of as you get started.

The second hole is not the type of golf hole you’d expect to see this close to the coast, a beautiful tree-lined Dogleg right par 4. The hole is short and plays a mere 337 yards from the Blue Tees. If you push your tee shot left, you’ll have to contend with a large oak tree in the fairway that can put a damper on an otherwise good approach shot. The green is guarded by a large, deep fairway bunker front right.

Holes 14 and 15 showcase course architect Tom Jackson’s passion for presenting golfers with risk/reward opportunities. If you’re a longball hitter, here’s your chance to make up some strokes. Number 14 is a dogleg left par 4 that plays 321 yards from the White Tees, although it’s more like a left turn than a dogleg. That being said, longball hitters will have a chance to hit it over the water and have a go at the green. The rest of us just need to hit it straight off the tee, past the corner which will leave a short to mi-iron into the green. Number 15 is a slight dogleg left that plays 309 yards and with a well-struck drive is reachable. The green is well-protected by bunkers so it might require a little luck as well.

The club’s signature hole is Number 17, a 147-yard par 3 over water into an island green. That seems to be the theme up here in northeast Florida! The triangular green if guarded front left by a small bunker. If the pin is in the front, things can get interesting! The signature 17th hole is a par three surrounded by water demanding an accurate shot to the island green which closely resembles another very famous golf hole in our area! The final hole ends at the edge of the Amelia River and its expansive tidal marsh.

With trees framing the fairway off the tee on the par 5 18th hole, the drive can be intimidating. The hole plays 478 yards and doglegs slightly to the left so favor the right side off the tee. The fairway widens in the landing area of your layup and then you’ll have a short pitch shot into an odd-shaped green that’s protected on the right by three bunkers and by trees on the left. It’s a challenging finishing hole.

Before your round, warm up on Amelia River Club’s full-length driving range where you can hit every club in the bag. If your game needs some work, talk with the friendly PGA professionals in the pro shop and schedule a lesson.

After your round, grab a bite at the River Bar and Grille, Amelia River Club’s casual grill. The menu features delicious breakfast sandwiches, burgers, and salads. It’s perfect for both a hungry golfer with a hearty appetite and a player who wants a lighter fare. You can dine inside or out depending on the weather.

If you can’t get enough of the Amelia River Club’s golf facilities, you may want to consider becoming a member. Several membership categories are available including Single and Family Full Memberships, Corporate and Social Memberships. Your monthly membership fee entitles you to reduced cart fees and no fees after 2 pm if you’re walking, unlimited greens fees and range fees, advance tee time booking, and discounts in the pro shop and restaurant.
Written January 6, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Bob K
Alpharetta, GA559 contributions
Lost
Aug 2020
The course is interesting and well maintained. The staff if helpful and friendly. It would be a great place to play, despite having no real elevation changes, if you knew where the holes went...…..there are no hole maps at the tee box or on the score card. We often had no idea which way the hole bent or what green we were hitting to.
Written September 22, 2020
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Chris W
Amelia Island, FL211 contributions
Best HotDog on the Island
Jun 2020
You don't have to be a member to have a great lunch here on the Island... By far the best Hot dog you'll ever have... add some awesome bad for your heart french fries, a cold drink and bing... the perfect lunch... But it doesn't stop there... try their Chili, or burgers, or soups... or if you're lucky and they made Sloppy Joe's... then you will have the best sandwich ever...

oh... there's a Golf course there too...
Written June 24, 2020
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Ultramax12
Northeast54 contributions
Cow Pasture Conditions
Mar 2020
The Good - Friendly Bag Boys, Friendly restaurant staff and decent lunch, friendly starter. Decent driving range with brand new Callaway range balls.

The Bad- The starter started by apologizing for the course conditions... The course is in horrific condition, 15 of 18 fairways could be compared to a cow pasture, bare spots, weeds growing, etc. Tee boxes, rough around the greens consisted of weeks and bare spots.

My foursome flew down for the Players Championship that was canceled, so we played seven rounds of golf over five days. Amelia River Golf Club was by far the worst course conditions we experienced out of the seven courses that we played.

We paid $69.00 each to play here at 1:15pm on 3/15/20, which was a complete ripoff. I wouldn't have paid $39.00 if I had previously know the course conditions.

Read recent reviews on golf advisor - you have been warned.
Written March 24, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Tom M
Baltimore, MD51 contributions
Nice Track, worth playing.
Jan 2020 • Couples
Played around here Jan 27,2020. It is a nice track. Played with a couple of guys that work there as Rangers and Starters part time. Seems the place was up for sale and a plan to make it a car race track were throttled and a new owner recently took over.

The greens were in great shape, but fairway had some Poe and weeds. But it is well maintained and you can see they are making improvements. Every divot was filled in and play was fast.

I enjoyed my round although my new friends only played 9, I finished in 3 hours.
Written January 31, 2020
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Sean C
4 contributions
Bad Fairways
Jan 2020
Tee Boxes and Greens were fine but the fairways were in bad shape. Maybe the time of year but I played South Hampton and St Johns the next day and they had great conditions for half the price.
Written January 16, 2020
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Bandit2118
Columbus, GA732 contributions
Lots of Visuals and Challenging w/ Some Fun
Oct 2019 • Solo
Holes that is.

Easy to get on and pace of play was great as I know I played behind two twosomes and we finished in three hours and twenty minutes.

The starter did well in starting me by asking the three some in front of me if they wanted me to join them or play ahead and ahead I went to play ARGC.

Some cool holes with awesome windows or chutes to drive the ball through giving you perfect aim.

The fairways were thin in places and greens were in good shape. The greens are slow. The practice green is good though as speed is same as playing course. Driving range works well too.

Lots of visuals as you see the airport on several holes and those holes are pretty straight forward. The. Their is beautiful trees and little creeks, ditches jutting out on several holes so if first time playing make sure you drive up to get lay of land before hitting and costing you some strokes.

Some fun holes like 2 and 17 and some difficult like 16. And I personally preferred the front nine to the back nine which rarely happens yet the finishing three holes, 16-18, are very good and the island green is huge so do not even worry about water as big as that green is and simply aim middle and who knows you may one putt for the birdie.

The visuals are many with traffic from Buccaneer on a couple of holes (that you hear). Water, airport, trees, airplanes, natural habitat and the Amelia River provides lots of eye candy.

So I do recommend as price is right, easy to get on and overall pretty fun (or at least most of the holes are).

Enjoy Amelia River Golf Club.
Written October 25, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

undertaker01
Newburyport, MA672 contributions
Best Rates near the Omni for round of golf.
Mar 2019 • Couples
First things first .......Sherrill was fabulous made things a lot easier for us with rentals & cart. Tees & fairways were in rough shape. Tough to find a blade of grass. Decent greens, certainly good rates compared to Omni Oak Marsh, which wants ridiculous money to play it.
You can get on this easily, less crowded.
Written May 27, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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