It won’t be possible to play golf at the Golf Club of Amelia Island the second weekend of March. Cars will be all over the 10th and 18th fairways.
Some of the world’s rarest automobiles will once again be on display at the club, adjacent to the Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island, during the 19th Annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.
Slated for the weekend of March 7-9, the club will be closed to golfers that week to get ready for the cars, and their enthusiasts, said David DeMay, general manager/director of golf.
The Concours has been held on the club’s grounds since it began in 1996, and every year the clubhouse is a center point of activity, since it overlooks the 10th and 18th holes. But it’s not just cars – vendors and car dealers set up throughout the area as well, said DeMay, who helps facilitate the automotive celebration.
“It’s truly an amazing event,” he said. “We have a wonderful relationship with the Concours,” which “is not only a great car show, it’s about giving back to the community” as a fundraiser for deserving charities.
The club, he said, also has a “seamless” year-round business relationship with the Ritz Carlton, as resort guests play golf there, and club members receive discounts at the resort’s restaurants.
The private golf club opened in 1987 with an 18-hole championship oceanfront course designed by PGA-Tour veterans Mark McCumber and Gene Littler. It also features an oceanside private beach club with pool, as well as lighted tennis courts and a variety of dining and banquet facilities for members.
During the Concours, The Clubhouse Dining Room and Legends Lounge are popular places to see and be seen with members and Concours guests alike, as they overlook the classic cars on display.
The club has been under new ownership and management since 2012, when it was purchased by Concert Golf Partners, an all cash buyer of top-notch country clubs.
Led by chairman Peter Nanula, Concert Golf Partners principals have acquired and operated 100 golf properties since 1990. They also own Heathrow Country Club in Orlando, Country Club at Woodmore in Washington D.C., Carrollwood Country Club in Tampa and The Legacy Club at Alaqua Lakes in Longwood.
The club also has a Golf Academy that offers private and semi-private lessons as well as camp programs for junior golfers.
Get into the Swing of Things
David DeMay, general manager and director of golf at the Golf Club of Amelia Island, offers fundamental tips for playing your best game.
- Understand impact: Your hands should lead the way through impact.
- Forward movement: Move forward to hit the ball properly; always finish with your weight on your front foot.
- Keep knees bent throughout the swing: Your body should never move up and down while swinging.
- Hit down on the ball: To strike with power and consistency; when you hit down, the ball goes up.
- Be aware of posture and alignment before swinging: Proper set up will help prevent injuries and create accurate golf shots.
- Grip the club: It’s the only thing connecting you to it, and a proper grip prevents injuries and helps you hit the ball with power and accuracy.