I had always imagined Florida to be showy, glitzy and fast moving, says Stephanie Voyager,
so I was very surprised to find myself in an area which has lovely beaches, plenty of golf courses, and is a nature lover's paradise as well as being home to the Kennedy Space Centre. Cocoa Beach, also known as the Space Coast, is only a forty five minute drive from Orlando, but offers a totally different experience.
Hiring a car is a must, for although public transport is available, it is quite limited, and you could find yourself handicapped in what you are able to do. And there is a lot of choice. My aim was to see if I would enjoy playing golf without having the necessity of embarrassing any of my golfing friends by tagging along with them or by having the expense of joining a golf club. Prices in America for most things are much cheaper than in Britain, and because this area of the States is relatively uncommercialised, your money goes a lot further. That doesn't just apply to golf, but also to accommodation, and restaurants.
The area of Brevard County
prides itself on being a golfing paradise with a choice of 24 courses. Golfers are able to play all year round with
average temperatures of 73° F although during the hurricane season, anytime between June
and November, this might be a little difficult! The courses are of varying standards and the County owns three. My first lesson was at one of them, the Savannahs on Merritt Island. Because of the water levels in the area, there are lots of man-made lakes, and the course has several. This, together with the woods and undergrowth, where we were advised not to venture to retrieve lost balls for fear of being bitten by the wildlife, keeps a golfer on his toes.
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