Live the sporting life
The Nassau County Parks and Recreation Department oversees 19 parks and currently offers the following programs: Little League, Pop Warner Football, youth soccer, tennis, and basketball. Other recreational and team sports are offered by the McArthur YMCA and private sports organizations. Nassau County is also home to the Nassau Pride. The Pride competes in the American Basketball Association as a member of the league's Southeast Region and focuses on strong community involvement through enrichment and development programs.
Eastern Nassau County is home to the Omni Amelia Island Plantation, The Golf Club of Amelia Island, Amelia River Golf Club, The Golf Club at North Hampton, and Amelia National courses. Together, these courses offer more than 128 holes of golf. The Fernandina Beach Golf Club, known to the locals as the “City Course” is one of the most popular municipal golf courses in the Southeastern United States.
Overall, Florida's 'First Coast' boasts more than 80 golf courses. The PGA tour is headquartered in nearby Ponte Vedra Beach, where it hosts the Players Championship at the famed Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass. Additionally, World Golf Village in St. Augustine hosts the Golf Hall of Fame and two impressive courses – The King and Bear and the Slammer and Squire.
Surrounded by water
If you enjoy being by or on the water, Nassau County, Florida is the place for you. Our year-round climate provides our residents the opportunity to enjoy everything from boating to kayaking to stand-up paddleboarding and everything in between.
Northeast Florida sports
Jacksonville is home to the National Football League (NFL) Jacksonville Jaguars, American Football League (AFL) Jacksonville Sharks, Jacksonville and Suns AA baseball team. The Jacksonville Armada FC is a professional soccer team, which is part of the North American Soccer League (NASL). Lastly, the Jacksonville Axemen is part of the USA Rugby League.
Northeast Florida is home to Jacksonville University and the University of North Florida, both having a breadth of collegiate sports activities and teams. Jacksonville is also home to the Florida-Georgia Football Classic, the annual meeting of rivals the University of Florida and the University of Georgia. Northeast Florida starts the New Year by hosting the Gator Bowl Classic, now known as the Taxslayer Bowl, one of the many bowl games for the National College Athletic Association (NCAA). Outside of professional and college sports, Northeast Florida offers the Jacksonville Equestrian Center and Jacksonville Ice and Sportsplex with a National Hockey League-sized ice rink. Outdoorsmen and women participate in the annual Jacksonville Kingfish tournament.