Named after the signature and distinctive tree on the
eighteenth fairway, Bent Pine Golf Club is one of the masterpieces of renowned golf architect, Joe Lee. Nestled between sand dunes and pines, this championship course was
carved out of 400 pristine acres of Indian River lakes and
Honored with Audubon International’s coveted “
Signature Sanctuary” designation, the gorgeous Indian River
Club course features plush tees and fairways with perfectly
manicured greens, and majestic Carolina pines. This exceptional course offers a rare cross-section of four distinct and
pristine natural environments.
Designed by golf course architect Jim Fazio, Hawk’s Nest
golf course features natural sand dunes, abundant tall pine
and oak trees, and one of the highest elevations in southeast
Florida—up to 50 feet above sea level. The course’s dramatic contours offer golfers spectacular views.
Rated four-and-a-half stars by Golf Digest, the Sandridge
Golf Club features two courses designed by Ron Garl. The
Dunes Course has a classic layout that winds around an old
ridge that runs up the coast. The Lakes Course includes one
of the toughest holes in all of South Florida, and attracts
players from around the globe.
Vero Beach boasts several entries in the National Regis-
ter of Historic Places including The Heritage Center in the
heart of historic downtown. Built in 1935, this wonderful
building is host to many activities open to the public, and
is also home to the Indian River Citrus Museum.
Indian River County is known as the “Citrus Capital of
the World,” and this fascinating museum exhibits historical
photographs, old farm tools, distinctive Indian River citrus
labels, industry archives, and original harvesting equipment.
Vero Beach is also home to the Pueblo Arcade, the McKee
Botanical Garden, and the Driftwood Inn, all included on
the National Register of Historic Places.
The Pueblo Arcade was built in 1926 in the Mission/
Spanish Revival style. It’s known for its ingenious, pre-air
conditioning design consisting of arcades with shop doorways opening onto a single hallway, which opens to the
street. Today this historic structure is home to eclectic shops.
The McKee Botanical Garden is famous for its spectacular 18-acre subtropical jungle hammock. This dense and
diverse botanical garden also includes several restored architectural treasures.
Waldo Sexton arrived in Vero Beach in the 1920’s and
proceeded to build the Driftwood Inn, one of the most extraordinary historic structures in the South. He built the inn
out of driftwood from the beach, and pecky cypress from
the swamps around Blue Cypress Lake.
Sexton filled the inn with objects ranging from ships’
wheels and cannons, to early Italian chests and plush sofas.
The most famous part of the eclectic décor is the vast col-