Ontario golfers who look to stretch their season in the Sunshine State will be happy to know they the golf courses in some parts of Florida are emerging from the spectre of Hurricane Irma.
On the North East Coast, things are beginning to return to normal in Daytona Beach where golf courses have re-opened and are welcoming back enthusiasts, especially those who often visit for the Fall season.
After making landfall in South Florida, Irma brought high winds and rain to much of the state but Florida’s east coast was very fortunate and avoided the worst of the storm as it passed to west.
“Daytona Beach area golf courses are reporting that most of the damage they received was cosmetic, requiring cleanup but not long-term recovery,” said Kate Holcomb, the Daytona Beach Area CVB’s Director of Communications. “As we head into fall, we are very fortunate to be able to welcome golfers back to Daytona Beach.”
Daytona Beach golf courses didn’t escape unscathed as most were closed for a couple days immediately after the storm, but they didn’t have to address major structural problems.
“We fared very well,” Mike Glenn, LPGA International’s General Manager, said of how his property emerged from Hurricane Irma. “We were open after a couple days of cleanup. The courses are in great shape, and you wouldn’t know there was a storm.”
With quality golf courses, Daytona Beach has been growing as a golf destination. They now offer more than 20 golf courses, many aligned with local accommodations, leading to more than two dozen package offerings.
Luckily, life is also returning to normal for the town’s other big attractions, Daytona International Speedway, and their 23 miles of Atlantic Ocean beaches. It’s business as usual there as well.