Summer is undoubtedly St. Augustine’s favorite season. The city is overrun by visitors ready to enjoy our beautiful beaches and intriguing attractions. But if you’re a local, it can be harder to enjoy the summer in the same way when you’re fighting tourists for a place on the sand or a seat at the pool. That’s why your summer experience can be greatly enhanced by joining a local club. These clubs give you access to pools or to special spots on the beach, lovely restaurants, tennis and golf, and a lot of amenities. Membership will take your summer to a whole other level.
Serenata Beach Club
3175 South Ponte Vedra Boulevard
This members-only club is situated on the high breezy dunes overlooking their historic coquina sand beach. Spend a day at the beach or in the adults-only pool or even bring your family to the large family pool. Eat in the beautiful dining room or have a drink in the cocktail lounge. Members can use the fitness center or join in club activities (like fitness classes in the center or in the pool). You can even rent fun beach equipment like kayaks, surfboards, boogie boards and stand-up paddleboards.
Atlantic Beach & Tennis Club
8 Ocean Trace Road
If you love the beach, but also feel like staying active this summer then a beach and tennis club might be more your style. Atlantic Beach & Tennis Club offers private beach access, indoor and outdoor pools, as well as a large number of tennis courts. You can join friends for a casual game, take a lesson, or even enter one of the regular tournaments. And if you need some pampering (like a haircut, manicure, even massage), check out their full service salon.
Royal St. Augustine Golf Club
301 Royal St Augustine Parkway
If you just need a charming spot to golf and want the delicious socialization of a clubhouse, the Royal St. Augustine Golf Club might just be your best bet. Relax a little and play at your leisure while you meet new friends and return time and again to the casual and welcoming clubhouse. A wide range of membership options both on the course and at the clubhouse let you tailor your commitment to your golfing needs.
The Palencia Club
600 Palencia Club Drive
Another gorgeous option for golf lovers who want a premier course and just a little socialization. There are a number of golf amenities including a 18 hole Arthur Hills-designed championship golf course. Situated along the along the Intracoastal Waterway and the Tolomato River, the club is designated an Audubon Sanctuary, so you know you’ll be treated to the beauty of Florida nature as you play. The clubhouse has a few different dining options – both casual and formal – and you can even join the Palencia Wine Club.
Cabana Beach Club
1000 PGA Tour Boulevard, Ponte Vedra
Time to create your own little summertime oasis at the Cabana Beach Club. With private access to the ocean, you’ll find beach rentals like ocean kayaks, paddleboards, surfboards, boogie boards, and Hobie cats, as well as surf camps and swimming lessons. Waterfront dining and a dip in the pool will make this the perfect summer spot. Located at Sawgrass Marriot, you’ll never want to leave the enviable sand and sun.
Marsh Creek Country Club
169 Marshside Drive
Marsh Creek Country Club offers an 18-hole golf course designed by former PGA touring professional, Mark McCumber, and with fairways that border the natural marshland, the island is home to an abundance of birds and wildlife, from bald eagles to bobcats. You can even join in one of the club golf tournaments. But if golf isn’t what you came for, have a dip instead in the pool, visit the fitness center, play a game of tennis, or take a seat at both casual and fine dining.
St. Johns Golf & Country Club
205 Saint Johns Golf Drive
The 18-hole Clyde Johnston-designed course is the club’s centerpiece with just the right amount of challenge for novice and avid golfers alike. Get tips from the pros by signing up for golf instruction and get all the equipment that you need at the shop. When you’re done, grab a delicious bite to eat and mingle with other members at The Grille Room.
Ponte Vedra Inn & Club
200 Ponte Vedra Boulevard, Ponte Vedra Beach
Is there anything that this club can’t do? Stay active with seaside golf, tennis, fitness, swimming and cycling, while a luxurious spa, picturesque beaches and delightful dining options will lure you in with relaxation and indulgence. The spa has over 100 beauty and relaxation options (including cryotherapy, steam, sauna, and a jacuzzi), and you can also enjoy nearly a dozen fine dining establishments, casual restaurants, lounges, and bars. When you’re totally relaxed and full of good food, head down to the private beach access to stick your toes in the sand.
Featured image via Ponte Vedra Inn & Club