By Roger Cox, Editor
Two miles of unspoiled beach border this business-oriented resort in Palm Coast near historic St. Augustine on Florida's Atlantic Coast. At its core rises a series of towers comprising suites and villas ranging in size up to four bedrooms, variously with views of the ocean, marsh, and golf fairways. Those 300+ rooms are supplemented by a 20-room lodge—a sort of boutique hotel—near the beach and Atlantic ocean. Recreation focuses most heavily on its two 18-hole golf courses designed by Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson and overshadowing an otherwise attractive complex of eight lighted Hydrogrid tennis courts laid out in pairs near the marina and IntraCoastal Waterway and under the direction of the 20-year veteran teaching pro Gene Paul Lascano.
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Lascano originally came to Hammock Beach as head pro before rising to director in 2015. A USPTA Elite Pro, he brings 20 years of teaching experience to the position. An active local membership ensures good turnouts of all the activities, which in a typical week includes several clinics (both adult and junior), among them doubles drills and Cardio tennis workouts. Crucially, he also offers game matching, saying that finding someone a game is "never an issue at our facility as our membership consists of a variety of levels on both the women's and men's sides." Otherwise, there are round robins roughly every other month, including some with themes like "Wimbledon Whites." The club also hosts a couple of USTA junior tournaments and occasional special events.
Courts & Fees. There are eight clay courts all with lights. Court Fees: $20/person/hour for singles or $50/hour for doubles.
Beach. The resort borders a narrow ribbon of Atlantic-washed beach.
Golf Courses. Jack Nicklaus designed the 18-hole Ocean Course, laying out six of the holes along the Atlantic, while weaving the rest along inland wetlands and lakes. A second 18-hole course, the Tom Watson-designed Conservatory, is Florida's longest. It is characterized by waterfalls, brooks, and veneered field stone work given a links-style feel thanks to its many sand and coquina bunkers.
Spa and Fitness Center. The Spa at Hammock Beach offers a range of massages, body treatments, and facials. The fitness center supplements the usual Cardio and weight-training equipment with classes devoted to body sculpting, stretching, yoga, Pilates, and more.
And ... The centerpiece is a multi-level water and swim pavilion, with a lazy-river pool and and indoor atrium. In addition, there is stand-up paddleboarding on the IntraCoastal Waterways as well as bike rentals at the resort. Outside it, St. Augustine, Daytona International Speedway, and the Kennedy Space Center are nearby whole Orlando's theme parks are roughly 90 miles to the west.
Lodging options range from rooms and suites in the Lodge, whose accommodations are closest to the beach and have beach and golf course views, up to 2- and 3-bedroom villas with fully equipped kitchens.
There are half a dozen dining options, from a casual poolside cafe, to a sushi bar, Italian restaurant, and "shore-to-Table" cuisine of the oceanfront Atlantic Grille.
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Travel Instructions. The closest major airports are Daytona Beach International (DAB) roughly 35 miles to the south and Jacksonville International Airport, 75 miles to the north.
General Tourist Information. For information about vacationing in Palm coast, visit the Palm Coast and the Flagler Beaches or phone toll-free, 866-736-9291.