Amelia Island Plantation Blog

Golf Anchor Putting Rule Change

The hot topic right now in golf is the potential banning of anchoring a putter to make a stroke. Golf anchor putting means to attach it to your body, serving as a fulcrum in the stroke. In theory, this makes it easier to putt by making a natural pendulum.  The governing bodies of golf, the United States Golf Association and the Royal and Ancient Golf Club, are proposing the rule that will outlaw the use of anchoring a putter, and will take comments on the subject for the next three months. So what does this mean for you and me? Well the first thing is that belly putters and long putters are not going away, they are not banning the putters, just how you use them. If in fact the rule does pass and I believe all signs are pointing that way,  it will not go into effect until the year 2016. The rule will read, ''In making a stroke, the player must not anchor the club, either "directly" or by use of an "anchor point.''  In conclusion, if the rule does take effect, you will have a few more years to either learn the conventional way of putting, or learn a new technique for using your long or belly putter.  If you're looking to improve your putting, here's four tips for putting with a conventional putter. And you should practice at any of the Omni Amelia Island Plantation's golf courses!  Four Putting Tips for Use of a Conventional Putter

November 29, 2012 - Leave a comment


Amelia Island Plantation Real Estate
Market Update

Every day we receive inquiries from property owners about the state of the real estate market on Amelia Island Plantation. When we are asked, we are always sure to remind Amelia Island Plantation real estate owners that it is important to look at each property, neighborhood, and  property type separately in order to get  an accurate picture of each property's current value and positioning in the market.  A broad overview, like that which follows, can offer a general sense of the direction the market is headed,  but if you would like specifics for your property, we would be happy to  perform a Current Market Analysis for your unique property, just contact the Amelia Island Plantation Real Estate office. Most of the indicators in our real estate market, through October 15th, 2012, are trending upwards! The market is definitely turning in the right direction at our oceanfront real estate community. Here are a few of the notable trends. Amelia Island Plantation Real Estate Market Update

November 28, 2012 - Leave a comment

Real Estate

Art Auction at Omni Amelia Island Plantation

The Omni Amelia Island Plantation will be hosting a silent art auction at the Plantation Artists' Guild on December 7-9.  The auction will include a selection of over 40 pieces of artwork originally displayed in the Amelia Inn from artists such as Herlong, Brewsaugh, and Scherone among others.  The variety of work includes oil paintings, prints, and sculptures depicting marsh, beach, and nature themes. You can visit the gallery to peruse the selection of artwork and make a bid from December 7 - 9 with winners announced on December 10.  A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Plantation Artists'' Guild & Gallery.    Featured Artists

November 27, 2012 - Leave a comment

Community, Events

Holiday Cocktails for Seasonal Entertaining

As a little boy my family always enjoyed Texas sized family celebrations complete with dinner, dancing and of course everyone’s favorite holiday cocktails. One of my fondest memories is sitting at the children’s table during our family Christmas party and sipping on my spiced apple cider as I watched my mom and dad make their way to the dance floor. As soon as they were two-stepping to the holiday tunes of Jerry Jeff Walker, I would sneak over to their seats and pull a Creamy Brandy Alexander covered cherry out of their fancy glass and relish it all in one bite! Since those days, a frothy Brandy Alexander has been my nostalgic link to holidays past. Having moved from the children’s table to the role of Food and Beverage Director at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation, I have learned a thing or two about all the moving parts involved in gracefully executing an elegant holiday gathering. Here are a few suggestions that you can use to add the perfect touch of panache to your holiday event this season.  Holiday Entertaining Tips from Omni Amelia Island Plantation:

November 26, 2012 - Leave a comment

Community, Dining

Holiday Kids Tennis Camps
at Omni Amelia Island Plantation

Kids ages 4 to 12 years old can enjoy a special holiday kid's tennis camp with Cliff Drysdale Tennis at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation this holiday season!  With three session choices available in December and early January, kids will have the opportunity to work with professional tennis coaches to improve their skills in tennis, team sports and swimming. Our program is the perfect blend of learning and fun, complete with games and special events! And a great way to keep the kid's active and entertained while they are out of school for the holidays! A typical day at the kids tennis camp features orientation, tennis drills, snack breaks, indoor swimming at the Health & Fitness Center and sports games!  Camp will occur regardless of weather as the coaches can provide tennis instruction indoors during rain or cold weather.  Open to children of all ability levels, this Amelia Island tennis camp is a great way for kid's to spend their free time this holiday season! 

November 21, 2012 - Leave a comment

Community, Tennis

Kid’s Christmas Gifts Ideas
at the Amelia Island Nature Center

Make super gross fake snot! What kid wouldn't love Disgusting Science for Christmas?  As Black Friday approaches, many of us are thinking about our Christmas shopping lists. For those of you who are looking for fun, unique gift ideas for children and want to shop local on Amelia Island, look no further than the Amelia Island Nature Center at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation!  I went to the Nature Center to check out the new miniature Christmas trees you can decorate as a holiday craft and found so much more. You can paintyour own pot, plant your own mini tree, decorate with beads and ribbons and then after the holidays you can plant the tree in your own yard. Decorate a miniature Christmas tree this Friday at the annual Holiday Celebration or any day from 10am to 4pm at the Nature Center.  And while you're there, check out these other cool kid's Christmas gifts ideas: Disgusting Science - $21 This scientific explorer gift lets kids become a scientist by growing their own germs and performing disgusting science experiments to answer questions like why do your feet really stink?!

November 19, 2012 - Leave a comment

Nature, The Spa & Shops

Holiday Shopping for your Hunk!
Ladies night out at The Spa

I have always had trouble shopping for men. Women are easy, you can't go wrong with jewelry or accessories or something yummy smelling like lotion or candles. But there aren't standard gifts for men and they don't get as excited about a present as a woman. In fifth grade I bought my boyfriend a cassette tape of a popular song and Adidas cologne. He gave me gold heart earrings and then I couldn't bring myself to give him my gift because it didn't seem adequate enough. It started my downward spiral of stressing over what to buy any guy in my life - boyfriend, brother, dad, or husband. But this year ladies, you don't have to stress over what to buy for men! The Spa at Omni Amelia Island Plantation invites you to a ladies night out where we'll have guy gift ideas in one location plus you can complete your own holiday wish list to give the guys to ensure you receive the perfect gift in return! (Don't worry, we'll keep the list on file all year so he can just come in and select a gift from your list for the holidays or any special occasion!)

November 15, 2012 - Leave a comment

Events, The Spa & Shops

Featured Listing of Real Estate at
Amelia Island Plantation – 1870 Turtle Dunes

I first have to say that I have been a beach bum since birth.  So of course my first featured listing on real estate at Amelia Island Plantation is an amazing ocean front penthouse unit in Turtle Dunes Villas.  I recently took a tour of 1870 Turtle Dunes, a 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath condominium, that is sure to make any beach lover fall head over heels.  The unit is available for sale with Amelia Island Plantation Real Estate, the office located directly on the resort community property. The first thing I noticed as I walked through the entrance was all the natural light from the large windows in the bedrooms, the bath areas and even streaming in from the stairwell. The stairs were designed with loads of hidden storage underneath....for all your beach accessories of course.  Next, I noticed the beautiful bleached, heart of pine hardwood floors throughout the living areas of villa.  The downstairs hall led me to discover the master suite which was when I headed straight to the oversized windows.  The ocean view was AMAZING!  I could only imagine getting to wake up to that view of the beach and Atlantic Ocean, the ocean sounds, and the glorious seaside breezes everyday.  Turning away from the view, which was hard, I saw the master bath has an arched entry showcasing the double vanity and openness of the bath area.  The master closets offer ample storage as well for all those who like to shop.  Next, I went into the guest bedroom and found the same wonderful ocean view with the added bonus of a private balcony.  The guest bath was created with two glass block windows that help to open up the bathroom and allow for more natural light.  I loved the granite vanity stand!

November 13, 2012 - Leave a comment

Real Estate

Re-Imagine Our Pools Contest
at Omni Amelia Island Plantation

As e-commerce Manager for the wonderful Florida beach resort, Omni Amelia Island Plantation, I am elated to be promoting our first official Facebook contest on the Amelia Island Plantation Facebook fan page.  Our fans have the awesome opportunity to be a part of our historic Re-Imagination renovation by utilizing creativity to Name Our Pools!  Our three new pools include the beautiful infinity pool (for adults only!) which will be the focal point of our guests arrival experience along with breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean; the second larger, family-friendly pool that the infinity pool appears to cascade into from above; and finally, the children’s pool and splash area which includes fun spray features and contains only 6 inches of water for the safety of our little guests.  You can name one, two or all three of the resort's new pools!  These names will not only be featured along the largest poolscape in Northeast Florida with 11,000 square feet of water surface and 32,000 square feet of deck, but they will also be featured in our advertising and marketing collateral for years to come!  All of us here at Amelia Island Plantation are very excited for our re-imagination to be complete in March of 2013 and we want YOU to be a part of it – winners will experience all of the new and beautiful developments first hand with a two night stay in a premier guestroom, $100 food and beverage credit to try the new restaurants and an appetizing amenity upon arrival.  The Re-imagine Our Pools contest began on November 5th and will run until November 30th.  You only have a limited amount of time to enter so think fast, “Like” the Amelia Island Plantation Facebook page, click on the “Name Our Pools” contest tab* and place your winning suggestions today!     *Access to contest web page not available via mobile devices.

November 12, 2012 - Leave a comment

Community, Recreation

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