Disc golf and lighthouses in St. Augustine and Daytona Beach

St. Augustine LighthouseSince my birthday was this weekend, I decided to enjoy it the only way I know how…by traveling. So my friend Steve and I hit the road around 5 early Saturday morning as we began our trek up north. After a 5-hour drive, we arrived at our first destination – the new disc golf course in Green Cove Springs, which is about 45 minutes west of St. Augustine. We got majorly lost trying to find the course, but eventually found it and played three rounds at this fun 18-holer at the park named after Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Ronnie Van Zant. We then headed east to St. Augustine, where we went up in the St. Augustine lighthouse. I’ve been in this lighthouse the most of any lighthouse, but this was Steve’s first time in one. He seemed to be pretty impressed with the view from the top of the 1871 165-feet-tall black-and-white building. We then drove south along the beach towards . where we enjoyed a nice lunch at a beachside restaurant. After checking into a hotel in Daytona, Steve took a nap, while I walked along the beach and spent the evening hanging out on the famous boardwalk.

Daytona Beach

We started off Sunday morning the same way we did on Saturday…by playing disc golf. The first course of the day was Tuscawilla Park, which is my favorite course in Florida. After the round, we learned of a brand new course just up the road, so we headed to Holly Hill to play the Holly Land Park course. This fun 9-hole course plays in 2 different parks, with the last 7 holes at Centennial Park. We then drove a bit south to play Reed Canal Park in South Daytona. Steve and Ponce de Leon Inlet LighthouseI have played a ton of disc golf together, but he has the only hole-in-one between us during all those rounds. Well, now he has 2, as he got another one during our first round there. I was all over the basket during our 2 rounds there, but was only able to hit metal a couple times. Our next stop was another lighthouse – this time, the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse. Only my third time in this one, this is Florida’s tallest lighthouse at 175 feet high. Built in 1887, there are also quite a few buildings on the ground documenting the lighthouse’s history, including how the Daytona 500 used to be raced on the beach back in the 40’s and 50’s before being moved to its current location. We ended our whirlwind disc golf-lighthouse trip with one last round at F. Burton Smith Park in Cocoa. It was a great weekend, and a fun way to ring in another b-day.

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