The Palm Coast Area

Whether is finding quiet solace within the nature preserves, reenergizing while participating in a favorite leisure activity, or enjoying the beach with family and friends, Palm Coast offers unsurpassed recreational opportunities for citizens and visitors alike.

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Fishing, Golfing, restaurants, excellent shopping, outdoors recreation and the arts, here is a small sampling of what is waiting for you.

For those who enjoy a good round of golf, Flagler County has championship golf courses. For those who prefer more pastoral pursuits like hunting, fishing, and kayaking, or even horseback riding, Flagler is a true haven.

Ocean Hammock is probably the preeminent resort course in the area, though folks talk excitedly about the new course at Conservatory at Hammock Beach where the 2008 Ginn Championship was held in March 2008.

There are, however, lots of other golf courses in Flagler County. ITT created golf courses Matanzas, Pine Lakes, Cypress Knoll, and the former Palm Harbor, now part of Ocean Hammock.

Designers of these courses, to name a few, are Jack Nicklaus (Ocean Hammock, Grand Haven) and Rees Jones, Tom Fazio, and Pete Dye.

Palm Coast boasts some of the finest pristine waterways in the state along with the large swaths of undisturbed land that offers habitat for wild animals. Moreover, there are numerous horse riding trails that offer hours of carefree picturesque trail riding.

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Of course you can play tennis in dozens of places and swim and surf, just look at the wonderful beaches Palm Coast has: Flagler Beach, Beverly Beach, and so many others along the Palm Coast shore. These public beaches are among the finest, offering vast stretches of white sand beaches for sunning, long and leisurely walks, and swimming.

The peace and quiet may surprise you; the beauty will certainly amaze you.

Originally named Cherokee Grove, the land now known as the Princess Place Preserve was part of Francisco Pellicer’s land grant fro the King of Spain in 1791. The architecture, unique to Florida, was reminiscent of the upstate New York, Adirondack Mountain camp style. Pink coquina, mined from Flagler beaches, was the material used to build the lodge. The property had the first in-ground swimming pool in Florida.

The lodge served as an entertainment center for prominent families and royalty visiting from all parts of the world. Some time after Henry Cutting’s death, his widow Angela, remarried and exiled Russian Prince, Boris Sherbatoff, and the couple lived at Cherokee Grove. Later, the grove would be called the Princess Place.

The Flagler Council for the Arts became the official arts agency for Flagler County in 1989, and is a member of the Florida Association of Local Arts Agencies. The Council’s focus is on helping all of the arts grow through a number of programs, including “Artist & Culturalist Registry and Developing the Arts in Education.” The council supports a wealth of talent both in visual and performing arts.

Both casual and fine dining establishments are abundant. If you want beachside dining to allow the waves to sooth away worries, something quick to take home, or candlelight and fine linen for that special evening, Palm Coast has it all. Antiques, specialty furnishings, wonderful franchise stores for all your needs.