Well-Appointed Villas near PGA Golf Mecca
PGA Village, located on Florida's Treasure Coast, was ranked one of the 75 Best Golf Resorts in North America by Golf Digest in 2008, and deservedly so—the 450-acre complex is unabashedly devoted to the sport. There's a PGA-history museum, a professional hall of fame, and a 35-acre training center onsite. Most come here, though, to play its three championship golf courses, designed by legendary architects Tom Fazio and Pete Dye. Castle Pines Golf Villas, located about a mile from the tees, is within walking distance of this sporting mecca.
Set against a backdrop of wetlands and tropical foliage, the Wanamaker course at PGA Village is as beautiful as it is challenging; water is visible from almost every hole, and nearly 100 bunkers line the rolling fairways. The Ryder Course, which was named one of the Top 50 Public Golf Courses in Golf World's 2008 Readers’ Choice Awards, rewards a solid short game, and Pete Dye's links-style track features pine-straw roughs. If you need a little help, head to the PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance, where industry experts offer clinics and private instruction.
After a day spent on the course, head back to Castle Pines, a gated community dotted with luxury homes and palm trees. Deluxe guest rooms are private and modern and have homey amenities such as a kitchenettes, washers and dryers. During the afternoon, nongolfers can cool off at the zero-entry outdoor pool and kids can trade stock tips in a nearby play area.
Port St. Lucie, Florida: World-Class Golf Courses and Quiet Beaches
Port St. Lucie is located about 100 miles north of Miami in Florida's Treasure Coast, a tropical region named after a series of famous 18th-century shipwrecks. Today, the city is best known for its pristine golf courses, some of which have hosted national PGA tournaments. Its handful of white-sand beaches, which stretch for nearly 21 miles along the Atlantic, offer a more laid-back alternative to nearby Palm Beach. Visit Jaycee Park, which has a buoyed-off swimming area, about 20 minutes from the hotel. Or head to Frederick Douglass Memorial Park, where you can horseback ride along the ocean or cast a line in designated fishing areas.
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