Course nestled between the Atlantic and Indian River
By Chris Fish
MELBOURNE BEACH -- President of Aquarina Country Club Billy Graham hopes the golf course at his club offers players an experience they will never forget.
"It's the journey of the course that matters," Mr. Graham said. "I have played this course multiple times, switching (the tees into different spots), and it's always a new experience."
However, nearly four years ago, the course was heading on a steady decline since its first opening in 1995, and, by the spring of 2012, it was plagued with muddy greens and trees hindering players' games.
But, with the help of community volunteering from some of Aquarina's 360 residents, coupled with the tender care of its staff, the greens of Aquarina returned to its natural state by August 2012.
"We have had quite a bit of financial and labor donated from the residents," Mr. Graham said. "It was an incredible amount."
What once was completely unplayable, the semi-private, ocean-to-river course now provides golfers a challenging playing experience, all in the presence of friendly Florida wildlife within the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge.
The 18-hole, par-62 venue extends to 4,313 yards from the longest tees with twists, sand, water, woods and turns. This design allows each area of the course breathing room for play, with each hole offering a unique and challenging test for players, including play around mangrove marshes and 11 lakes.
Golfers can also fish, as the course allows docking from the Indian River, and, once they are finished, they can be picked-up in a golf cart and driven directly to the course to start their game.
Also, for those looking to have a casual evening, the country club offers "The Brassie Grill," an eatery offering breakfast, lunch, a weekend dinner menu and a fully stocked bar.
Aquarina Country Club is located at 7500 S. Highway A1A in Melbourne Beach. The club offers golfing, dining, tennis, fishing, birding, exotic wildlife-watching, beachcombing along the Atlantic and boating on the Indian River.
For more information, visit www.aquarinagolf.com