Beware of The Bear Claw at Hammock Beach Resort

ocean course, golfingStanding at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, glowing with sunshine and spritzes of ocean mist, it’s easy to forget that the four holes dauntingly referred to as “The Bear Claw” are still left to be conquered.

This reality check happens time and time again at the Jack Nicklaus-designed Ocean Course at Hammock Beach Resort, a newly renovated luxury property in Palm Coast that also has the brag worthy title of “most oceanfront holes in Florida.” The course, which has played host to PGA Tour events, was recently restored to its former glory—a big plus for the many golf groups who choose Hammock Beach’s digs to host their events. They also come for golf PGA-led golf instruction that is customized to their needs, whether gaining more distance with their drivers or mastering the sand. Or groups can change it up with a friendly glow in the dark putting competition complete with glow sticks and glow in the dark golf balls.

When they’re not meeting among 50,000 sf of event space, basking in luxe villas and suites or gallivanting on the greens, surf and stand-up paddleboarding, sand castle team building or guided kayak tours are sure to rejuvenate the mind, body and spirit. Attendees can paddle the backwaters of the 77,000 acres that make up the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve or go for a sightseeing tour on Ripple Effect One, the only vegetable powered eco-tour boat in Northeast Florida.