It has an exotic, tropical sound to it. It fosters visions of faraway tranquility.
But it is really one of the closest, most convenient resort destinations on America’s East Coast. In fact, it was Florida’s first luxury resort destination.
The island is virtually two very diverse vacation destinations.
With the expansion of the railroad in Florida, the town of Fernandina Beach, at the north end of the island, gained prominence in the mid-1800s. The architecture of the quaint town provides testament to its Victorian Era roots.
Blending these two elements of the island, just north of Jacksonville, Florida, is the magic that brings the November episode of the Traveling Golfer television show to life.
“Shooting this show was one of the most eye-opening experiences we have had in a number of years,” reported Tony Leodora, host of the Traveling Golfer television show. “Amelia Island proved to be so much more than I expected. The longer we stayed there, the more I fell in love with the natural beauty of the low-country portion … as well as the fun atmosphere of the old railroad town.”
Friendliness is the key component of everyone on Amelia Island. It is almost as if the laid-back nature of the island has invaded their souls. And it all starts with Kate Harris, Director of Digital and International Marketing for Amelia Island. She speaks to the history and charm of the region.
“This was the first luxury tourist destination in Florida,” she explains. “In the Gilded Age, in the 1880s, when the fancy people from the North started coming here and the railroad boom was going on, there was a lot of money and excitement. So they built this beautiful Victorian historic district and it is still all around us today. It’s remarkable that it is so well-preserved.”
The mix of old-world charm and natural beauty dominates the show from Amelia Island. And, as always, there is a bit of on-site fun thrown into the show.
The November episode runs throughout the month on the Traveling Golfer network of websites ... including The Golf Director Network (see full list of sites on travelinggolfervideo.com). It also will air a number of times in the Month of November on “Rivertalk” on HTC-4 in Myrtle Beach. The Traveling Golfer also airs as a scheduled weekly feature show on NBC Sports and NBC Sports + throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. NBC Sports airings are 10:30 a.m. Sundays, 11 p.m. on Tuesdays and 11 a.m. Thursdays. NBC Sports + airs the show at 6 p.m. Mondays and Fridays.
As part of every Traveling Golfer show there is the additional feature, "Tech Talk", hosted by Tour Edge Golf experts, such as President Dave Glod. With years of experience as a club maker, Glod presents an inside look at the research and development of high-quality golf equipment.
Responding to golfers' never-ending demands to learn more about interesting golf courses and golf resorts across the country and around the world, well-traveled host Tony Leodora created the Traveling Golfer so he could take viewers on video trips to some of the most exciting golf locations. The show repeated for an unprecedented third straight year as the No. 1 Golf Television Show in America in the prestigious International Network of Golf Awards, presented at the PGA Merchandise Show in January.
The Traveling Golfer is a series of monthly shows hosted by Leodora, who has 17 years of experience in televised golf. The featured destination stays on the website for one month, before being replaced by a new show. Alternate shows also air in a two-month rotation. All old shows are archived for continued viewing on the YouTube Network and on the home website, www.travelinggolfervideo.com.