10 Best Golf Courses in North Florida

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If you’re looking to book a tee time in North Florida, look no further than this list of the ten best golf courses in the area. The state of Florida is such a hot spot for avid golfers, no doubt due to these striking and exciting tracks. So pack your putters and get out on one of these recognized greens. In this list, we went as South as Orlando and included both the East and West coast of North Florida.

10. Raven at Sandestin – Miramar Beach

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Raven at Sandestin is a 6,900-yard par 71 course that has been a stop on the PGA Champions Tour. One of the highest ranking golf courses in the country, let alone in North Florida, it offers golfers large rolling tees and thrilling shot options.

9. Hammock Beach – Palm Coast

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Located on an award-winning resort, the two courses at Hammock Beach boast some of the best views in the Palm Coast. Whether you’re an avid golfer or are just looking to have fun with the family, Hammock Beach is a great place to tee off. New to the sport? They will provide you with professional instruction.

8. Bent Creek Golf Course – Jacksonville

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Located in Jacksonville, Bent Creek Golf Course is known for their friendly staff and great track. It is known for being more difficult than other courses in the area, which is why it attracts so many seasoned golfers.

7. The First Tee of North Florida Brentwood Golf Course – Jacksonville


The First Tee of North Florida is an organization aims at impacting the lives of young golfers, by instilling life-changing values through educational programs. The Brentwood Golf Course is rich in history and in heart, and is recognized to be the best nine-hole golf course in all of Jacksonville.

6. TPC Sawgrass – Ponte Vedra Beach


TPC Sawgrass’ two courses, the Players Stadium and Dye’s Valley Course, are designed by famous architect Pete Dye. His attention to detail is evident in every aspect of these golf courses, which only heighten the stunning landscape that surrounds them.

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5. Shark’s Tooth Golf Club – Lake Powell

Always cool getting to play a course as nice as this one! ⛳️ #18thHoleView #Nike

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Shark’s Tooth Golf Club is located on the shores of the historic Lake Powell, which is why the club has such a strong focus on nature and relaxation. Your game will never grow boring at Shark’s Tooth, thanks to a wide array of interesting and exciting holes, each one different from the last.

4. Camp Creek Golf Club – Panama City Beach

Just before I yelled fore left. Last week of play time till its back to work with the team. #4Peat

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If you’re looking for a nature inspired course, the environmentally conscious Camp Creek Golf Club is the place for you. With an abundant wildlife population, there’s always something new to be seen at this award-winning golf course.

3. Dubsdread Golf Course – Orlando

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Orlando’s Dubdread Golf Course is the oldest public layout in the area, with a history that dates back to1924. The course has hosted golf legends like Sam Snead, Ben Hogan, and Claude Harmon. It was renovated in 2008.

2. Ponte Vedra Inn & Club – Ponte Vedra Beach

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It doesn’t get much better than the bunkers, lagoons, greens, and fairways at the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club. If you want to relax or are looking for more of a challenge, the Ocean Course and the Lagoon Course will satisfy any sort of golfer.

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1. World Golf Village – St. Augustine

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Located in St. Augustine, World Golf Village features the World Golf Hall of Fame and Museum. Not to mention the fact that their two courses, the King & Bear and the Slammer & Squire, were designed in collaboration with golf greats Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Sam Snead, and Gene Sarazen.

 

 

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BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES FLORIDA NETWORK REALTY WELCOMES TUDY WILBUR

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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty is pleased to welcome Tudy Wilbur to the Villages of Seloy, exclusively listed by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty. Villages of Seloy is a gated community in St. Augustine, nestled away from the hustle and bustle of downtown, yet conveniently located within minutes of golfing expeditions, shopping centers and other recreational activities.

“We are extremely excited to have Tudy as a new addition to our family and feel confident she will be invaluable to our team,” shares Debbie da Silva, Broker and Certified Internal Property Specialist at the Villages of Seloy.

For more information, Tudy Wilbur can be reached by phone at 904.631.8334 or at Tudy.Wilbur@FloridaNetworkRealty.com and website: TWilbur.FloridaNetworkRealty.com. The Villages of Seloy office is located at 206 Seloy Drive, St. Augustine, FL 32084.


BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES FLORIDA NETWORK REALTY WELCOMES LOGAN JOHNSON

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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty is pleased to welcome Logan Johnson to the BHHS Florida Network Realty St. Augustine office.

Previously a national director for the Navy League of the United States, Logan’s passion for his community is evident through his service, both in the armed forces and out. Logan is a Vietnam-era United States Naval Officer and has been a pilot since the age of sixteen. Logan has also achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America.

“Logan’s background, both as a Veteran, an executive in multinational companies and as a Realtor for over a decade shows his passion for helping others. Clients will be in trustworthy, capable hands with Logan! With the support of his family of Realtors and now the BHHSFNR team, Logan’s career will reach new heights. We look forward to celebrating his accomplishments,” shares Ann King, Broker/Manager of the St. Augustine office.

For more information, Logan can be reached by phone at 904.400.2325 or at Logan.Johnson@FloridaNetworkRealty.com and website: LoganJohnsonProperties.com. The St. Augustine office is located at 112 Sea Grove Main Street, Suite 210, St. Augustine Beach, FL 32080.


BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES FLORIDA NETWORK REALTY WELCOMES BRANDON GENSON

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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty is pleased to welcome Brandon Genson to the BHHS Florida Network Realty Mandarin/St. Johns office.

The youngest of four boys, Brandon learned from an early age how to separate himself from a crowd and be a leader. “My main goal in life is to help and inspire others to want better for themselves,” Brandon says.

This goal has driven Brandon into a career in real estate, joining the Mandarin office as a Realtor. One of the reasons he enjoys being a Realtor is the flexibility to create his own schedule, allowing him time to focus on meeting all of his clients needs. The ability to grow his personal brand and business as a Realtor is also a benefit that Brandon enjoys about his career.

“Brandon’s energy is contagious. His drive to help his clients will be unmatched by anyone around. Brandon’s attention to detail and his ability to research all aspects of a sale will be a huge benefit to his clients. We are truly excited to have Brandon join our team,” shares Christine Scalf, Broker/Manager of the Mandarin/St. Johns office.

For more information, Brandon can be reached by phone at 419.575.5323 or at Brandon.Genson@FloridaNetworkRealty.com and website: BGenson.FloridaNetworkRealty.com. The Mandarin/St. Johns office is located at 11576 San Jose Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 32223.


BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES FLORIDA NETWORK REALTY WELCOMES DETRA HAGERMAN

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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty is pleased to welcome Detra Hagerman to the BHHS Florida Network Realty Ponte Vedra/Nocatee office.

As an experienced Realtor, Detra knows that buying the home of your dreams or selling your existing home can be as exciting as it is confusing. Her goal is to alleviate as much stress as possible so that you can focus on your family during this challenging, yet rewarding, life event.

“There is nothing quite like handing someone the keys to their new home, or the excitement of their children running around picking out which room they want,” Detra says. Being at a closing with a seller when they realize how investing in a home has paid off is exciting not only for them but also for me. Whether you’re a buyer or a seller, my ultimate goal is to get you to that point, making the real estate process as easy and rewarding as possible.”

Detra’s understanding of superior client services stems from her colorful and decorated professional background. Her work ethic and attention to detail are traits that contribute to her success. From meager beginnings to owning and operating several thriving businesses, Detra is committed to excellence. Born in North Carolina and having lived a short part of her childhood in Florida, Detra spent most of her life in Northern Virginia, before moving with her family back to Florida.

Detra states, “The mild climate, southern hospitality and family-centered values are just a part of the reason we decided to return home to Florida. This state is so rich in activity, culture and entertainment that there really is something for everyone. Whether you’re relocating locally or new to the greater Jacksonville area, I look forward to assisting your family in making a smooth transition. I will do my best to exceed your expectations by going that extra mile to ensure a successful transaction.”

“Detra’s commitment to working with her buyers and sellers is phenomenal. You can tell she has a love for the real estate business, and that passion will be sure to take her far here at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices FNR,” shares Kevin Waugaman, Broker/Manager of the Ponte Vedra/Nocatee office.

For more information, Detra can be reached by phone at 904.584.0050 or at Detra.Hagerman@FloridaNetworkRealty.com and website: DHagerman.FloridaNetworkRealty.com. The Ponte Vedra/Nocatee office is located at 333 Village Main Street, Suite 670, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida 32082. 


10 Family-Friendly Things to Do in St. Augustine

There are so many reasons to love living in St. Augustine, just like there are so many reasons to visit if you’re from out of town. With a city that is rich in history, it boasts impressive landmarks as well as beautiful beaches. The options are endless when it comes to finding family-friendly things to do and deciding which places to see, so we’ve narrowed it down for you. Here are St. Augustine’s ten best attractions.

10. St. Augustine Lighthouse

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The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum is devoted to helping people learn more about the nation’s Oldest Port, through educational activities, local and national preservations efforts, and maritime archaeological explorations.

9. Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park

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Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park is the original site of the Nation’s oldest city. First explored in 1513, there is so much history to be seen here, making it a must-see attraction in St. Augustine.

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8. Old St. Johns County Jail

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The Old St. Johns County Jail was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1891, it served as the St. Johns County Jail until 1953. Now it’s a museum that showcases the restored jail, along with old sheriff living quarters.

7. Whetstone Chocolate Factory

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If you have a sweet tooth, take a tour of St. Augustine’s beloved Whetstone Chocolate Factory. Owners Henry and Esther Whetstone took their homemade fudge recipe and made it into a fully-fledged chocolate business, and we’re all thankful for that.

6. St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum


The St. Augustine Pirate and Treasure Museum offers interactive exhibits that transport visitors to the time of pirates and adventures at sea. In this museum, guests can experience what it was like to be a pirate in the famed Port Royal, Jamaica.

5. St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoo

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Aside from the reptile wildlife and informative tours found at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoo, you can zip across Crocodile Crossing, the park’s thrilling zip-line attraction. There is so much to see here, no wonder it’s a favorite attraction for both kids and adults.

4. Potter’s Wax Museum

You never know who you might run into! @historictours #chiefconductor #ancientcity #staugustine #oldtowntrolley

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The surreal experience you’ll discover at Potter’s Wax Museum can’t be found anywhere else in the city. Surround yourself with life-like wax figures of all your favorite celebrities and political figures. It makes for a great photo op!

3. Old Town Trolley Tours

The Key West Custom House was built in 1891 and served many purposes including post office, court house and government center.

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In a historical place like St. Augustine, the best way to see the sights is by taking a trolley tour around the city. The Old Town Trolley Tours take place all year so that you can take in the old buildings and beautiful beaches while hearing all about the city’s interesting history. Be a tourist in your own city with this family-friendly St. Augustine activity.

2. St. Augustine Wild Reserve


The St. Augustine Wild Reserve is a not for profit organization, giving all of their attention to the animals. These exotic creatures feel right at home in the reserve’s habitat. Some of the animals found here are previously unwanted house pets, including those of the late Michael Jackson.

1. Anastasia Island


Anastasia Island has it all: beach, sand dunes, wildlife, the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, and the opportunity to take part in a myriad of water activities. It’s one of the best family-friendly places in St. Augustine.

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10 Outdoor Activities To Do Around Jacksonville

Jacksonville has great weather, and the city offers so many interesting and entertaining things to do in order to take advantage of that great weather. Whether you live here or you’re just visiting for the weekend, you’ll never get bored. So get outside and enjoy the sunshine, starting with this list of ten outdoor activities to do in Jacksonville.

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10. Hiking Theodore Roosevelt Area

#ocaanationalforest #alexandersprings #natureisanartist #timucuantrail

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The Theodore Roosevelt Area, in the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve, boasts numerous hiking trails and a wide array of flora and fauna. You’ll never grow tired of exploring this area, there’s just so much to see.

9. Yoga in the Park

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The North Florida Yoga Meetup Group gets together to practice their downward dog and sun salutations all over the city, but their classes that take place on the beach are especially popular. There’s nothing better than finding some piece of mind while listening to the waves roll in.

8. Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary

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The Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary is a great place to see wild animals in their natural element, including leopards, lions, tigers, and cougars. The sanctuary is a happy home for these endangered animals.

7. Camping at Huguenot Memorial Park

Cracks me up everytime #buriedalive #sundaybeachday

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Huguenot Memorial Park ranges across 295 acres, with 70 campsites, so there is plenty of room for you to set up camp and enjoy a night or two away from the busy sounds of the city, all you’ll be hearing are the sounds of the Atlantic Ocean.

6. Bicycle Eco-Tours

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Why not take a guided eco-bike tour through the trails and paths of Jacksonville? You’ll get to see more of the city, including wildlife and old oak trees. Not to mention the fact that you’ll feel great about your ecological footprint and about yourself.

5. Big Talbot Island Driftwood Forest

I miss these forests.

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Very few things in Jacksonville are as beautiful as the Big Talbot Island Driftwood Forest. Take a long walk into the forest to see the mountains of piled up driftwood that make this place so beloved by locals. Don’t forget to bring a camera!

4. Kayaking St. Johns River

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Don’t miss out on Up The Creek Xpeditions and their fun kayak tours. You start at the St. Johns Marina and make your way through Downtown, seeing Jacksonville from a new point of view while working up a sweat.

3. Watch A Movie Outside

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Watching a movie is great, but watching a movie outside is even better. Grab your friends, your family, and as much popcorn as you can hold for the Moonlight Movies Film Series at SeaWalk Pavilion at Jacksonville Beach, beginning in mid-summer.

2. Ziplining Over Alligators

Soarin, flyin, there’s not a star in heaven that I can’t reach 💫

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While is may sounds dangerous, ziplining over hungry alligators at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park is actually one of the most exciting things you’ll ever do. Trust us, you won’t regret it.

1.Pecan Park Flea Market

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The Pecan Park Flea Market, open every Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., is the biggest flea market in Northeast Florida with over 750 vendors selling anything you can imagine, from fine jewelry to unique sports memorabilia.

 

 

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BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES FLORIDA NETWORK REALTY CONCLUDES 17th ANNUAL BACKPACK CHALLENGE

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As the 17th annual Backpack Challenge comes to a close, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty is proud to announce a record-breaking collection of 1,011 new backpacks filled with school supplies to distribute to children in need.

The company is donating to nine local organizations including Dreams Come True, Operation New Hope, Community Connections, Beaches Emergency Assistance Ministry, Bridge of Northeast Florida, Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, Orange Park Junior High School and Charles E. Bennett Elementary School. The St. Augustine office is donating their backpacks to Catholic Charities, St. Johns foster families and the homeless with St. Johns county schools.

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“Words cannot express how much we appreciate the numerous donations and generous support we received from our team members and the community during the Backpack Challenge,” said Broker/Executive Vice President Christy Budnick. “We know that beginning the school year with a new back pack filled with supplies makes a difference in the lives of children living in our communities, and this effort helps us accomplish that goal.”

During the campaign, the company collected backpacks and school supplies at their seven office locations. The backpacks were purchased for students in Kindergarten through Grade 12 and filled with school supplies ranging from pens and pencils to flash drives and glue sticks.

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“We are grateful to be able to play a role in ensuring that as many children as possible are prepared for educational success,” said Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty Founder, President and CEO Linda Sherrer.


10 Unique Things To Do In Jacksonville

If you’re stuck in a rut and tired of doing the same old thing at the same old places, it’s time to think outside the box and take part in some exciting activities, eat some exciting foods, and play some exciting games. It’s always fun to step outside of your comfort zone and try something new. Here are ten unique things to do in Jacksonville.

10. Kona Skate Park

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Aside from skating at Kona Skate Park, the shop contains skate boards from every decade, so whether or not you know how to ride you’ll still have a great time checking out the vintage boards and watching skaters pull off some cool moves.

9. Roller Derby

#TBT Happy St. Patrick’s Day from Éirinn Go Brawl and her gang! @eirinngobrawl #stpatricksday #derbyfamily #kissmeimirish #derbylove

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The Jacksonville Roller Girls are in a league of their own, playing a little-known sport so well and continuously blowing the competition out of the water. You won’t be able to stop talking about them for weeks after watching a match.

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8. Try Snake For The First Time

Nothing like eating riverside with an alligator watching you

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Local favorite Clark’s Fish Camp makes well-cooked snake like no one else in the area and even though it may sound odd, we promise you it’ll be one of the best things you’ll ever eat. Your taste buds will thank you.

7. First Coast Freethought Society

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If you’re looking to do something a little more intellectually stimulating, the First Coast Freethought Society meets the third Monday of every month at the Buckman Bridge Unitarian Universalist Church to look at things a little differently and open up an interesting discourse about life.

6. Dirty Bingo at Hamburger Mary’s

Packed house at brunch today for the Benefit for Orlando!

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Hamburger Mary’s puts on dirty bingo at 7 p.m. every Monday and Thursday. It’s outrageous in the best possible way, you’re sure to be sore from laughing when you leave. The best part is that all the money made goes towards charities.

 

5. Deep Search Records

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Spend a lazy afternoon going through the eclectic and rare record selection at Deep Search Records. If you’re lucky, an impromptu concert will be going on in the front room. Regardless of what you find here, you’re bound to find a good time.

4. St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum

If you think you’re brave enough, take a late night haunted tour of the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum and experience some paranormal activity firsthand. It may be spooky, but the beautiful view at the top of the lighthouse is well worth it.

3. Theatre Jax

Theatre Jax has been open since 1919 and is still putting on productions to this day. The historic building makes for a unique setting to some amazing shows. It’s definitely one of the best date spots in the city.

2. Night Fishing

You can’t even imagine the amount of fun you’ll have night finishing with Captain Mac Daniel, who is a pro at flounder-gigging, which is fishing for flounder using spears and LED lights. It’s a light-show and a successful fishing trip all rolled into one.

 

1. Eco Relics

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Eco Relics is a great place to go antiquing and scavenging for anything and everything you can imagine. You’ll spend hours going through things you didn’t even know existed and what you pick up is bound to be the newest conversation piece in your home.

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