Ocean Links at Omni Amelia Island Plantation - 6th
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Ocean Links at Omni Amelia Island Plantation - 6th
The Atlantic Ocean stars on the fifth hole of the Ocean Links golf course at Omni Amelia Island Plantation. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
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Ocean Links GC - Omni Amelia Island Plantation - no. 1
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Ocean Links GC - Omni Amelia Island Plantation - no. 1
The 296-yard first hole of the Ocean Links Course at Omni Amelia Island Plantation offers a birdie chance. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Ocean Links at Omni Amelia Island Plantation - 3rd
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Ocean Links at Omni Amelia Island Plantation - 3rd
The third hole of the Ocean Links golf course at Omni Amelia Island Plantation doglegs left. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Ocean Links at Omni Amelia Island Plantation - 5th green
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Ocean Links at Omni Amelia Island Plantation - 5th green
The fifth hole is the first of back-to-back par 3s along the ocean of Ocean Links at Omni Amelia Island Plantation in northeast Florida. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Ocean Links at Omni Amelia Island Plantation - 6th
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Ocean Links at Omni Amelia Island Plantation - 6th
The setting surrounding the sixth green of the Ocean Links golf course at Omni Amelia Island Plantation will inspire you. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Ocean Links at Omni Amelia Island Plantation - 8th
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Ocean Links at Omni Amelia Island Plantation - 8th
Getting wet is a real concern on the par-3 eighth hole of the Ocean Links golf course at Omni Amelia Island Plantation in northeast Florida. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Ocean Links GC - Omni Amelia Island Plantation - 13th
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Ocean Links GC - Omni Amelia Island Plantation - 13th
The 13th hole is one of six daunting par 3s on the Ocean Links Course at Omni Amelia Island Plantation in Florida. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Ocean Links at Omni Amelia Island Plantation - 16th
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Ocean Links at Omni Amelia Island Plantation - 16th
Omni Amelia Island Plantation Director of Golf Broc Nell tees off amid the dunes of the 16th hole on the Ocean Links Course. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Ocean Links at Omni Amelia Island Plantation - no. 16
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Ocean Links at Omni Amelia Island Plantation - no. 16
The 16th hole of Ocean Links golf course at Omni Amelia Island Plantation skirts the beach. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor

Visit the beach on the Ocean Links at Omni Amelia Island Plantation in northeast Florida

AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. -- There are moments when the Ocean Links golf course at Omni Amelia Island Plantation trumps the best courses of Florida.

What Ocean Links lacks in length, the par-70 design by Bobby Weed compensates with visual stimulation. Its five holes on the shoreline wiggle a narrow path through the dunes, just steps from the beautiful beaches of the Atlantic Ocean. They are pure magic.

The two back-to-back beachfront par 3s -- nos. 5 and 6 -- introduce the first of six chances to make an ace. The fifth and sixth greens slant like ramps, making them tough to hit and hold in the crosswinds off the ocean, and even tougher to putt upon. The demanding par-3 15th hole plays directly uphill into this breeze.

The two other beachfront holes -- the par-4 fourth and par-4 16th -- look short on the card. Like every other hole on the Ocean Links, they are deceivingly difficult.

Inland, the holes are just as good if not as scenic, twisting around lagoons and lakes. Touring Ocean Links in a golf cart is a treat from start to finish.

Jason Scott Deegan has reviewed more than 700 courses and golf destinations for some of the industry's biggest publications. His work has been honored by the Golf Writer's Association of America and the Michigan Press Association. Follow him on Twitter at @WorldGolfer.
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