When your backyard is a picturesque championship golf course and you’re only a golf cart ride away from fabulous resort-style amenities, it takes something very special to draw you outside the gates of your private community. For Willoughby Golf Club, there’s no shortage of “special places” to visit throughout Stuart, Florida. Here are just a few of residents’ favorite ways to spend the day along Florida’s Treasure Coast.
Downtown Stuart Riverwalk
Located directly off the St. Lucie River and a short 10-minute drive away from Willoughby, Downtown Stuart is a highlight of the area. This walkable outdoor streetscape offers over 50 locally owned shops, boutiques, and art galleries to peruse. When hunger strikes, there are plenty of locally owned restaurants that offer everything from white-linen fine dining to casual eclectic foodie experiences. Most restaurants also have outdoor seating, constantly filled year-round with people enjoying the gentle coastal breeze of the St. Lucie River, and spectacular views of boats moored in the harbor. On Sunday mornings, stop by this charming downtown to explore the local green market, or enjoy music from local musicians at Rock’N Riverwalk, a weekly waterfront concert series.
Exploring Florida’s Natural Beauty
Florida’s Treasure Coast is also known for its “Old Florida” beauty, providing dozens of local parks for nature hikes, kayaking, or just exploring nature’s beauty. Just south of Veterans Memorial Bridge, Kiplinger Nature Preserve’s picturesque trail and boardwalk system is a favored destination for birdwatching, with visitors spotting wading birds, great snowy heron, osprey, bald eagles, and more flying to and from the treetops. Halpatiokee Regional Park is the largest park in Martin County, with over 500 acres of surrounding wetland preserves. Take a day trip along the miles of hiking, mountain biking, and paddling trails and find the hundreds of species of flora and fauna that call this area home.
Discover Stuart’s Rich History
Located on Hutchinson Island, Members love heading to the Elliott Museum to learn about the inventive genius of their namesake Hugh Willoughby, Sterling Elliott, and other locals that shaped the history of Florida’s Treasure Coast. Hugh Willoughby had a lifelong passion for aviation, owned 14 different patents for aircraft devices, and regularly corresponded with Orville Wright, Richard E. Byrd, and other founding fathers of aviation. Visitors to the museum can read his correspondence at the Thurlow Library Archives or see a full-scale replica of the Pelican seaplane Willoughby designed in 1910. The Elliott Museum also houses the most comprehensive assemblage of Model A trucks in the world, one of the largest collections of signed baseball-related items, artwork from local artists, and much more.
Enjoy Some Vitamin-Sea
For those who prefer to spend a day by the sea, Stuart Beach is a favored choice for its clear waters, calm waves, and soft white sand. Beach volleyball courts and basketball courts just off the sandy shores provide plenty of activity for guests of all ages. Stuart Beach is also home to the Seaside Café, boasting delicious island-style breakfast and lunch fare while overlooking the stunning blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean.
A Welcoming Stuart Golf Club Community
Willoughby’s exceptional location, however, isn’t the only aspect that Members appreciate. This private, gated community remains the favorite of those seeking a Florida lifestyle that is active, social, and purposeful in the pursuit of celebrating the good life. Willoughby is home to an 18-hole Arthur Hills-designed championship golf course, as well as a 25,000-square-foot Clubhouse with Member and guest dining, social lounges, a resort-style pool, and a fitness center. Their tennis program is also top-notch, with five lighted Har-Tru courts, and two pickleball courts. With an active schedule of events, Members have formed a close-knit community that makes people feel at home as soon as they arrive.
Willoughby Golf Club offers 375 award-winning single-family neighborhood and estate homes with open views of tree-lined fairways, lakes, and preserves. To learn more about Willoughby Golf Club homes or membership opportunities, visit WilloughbyGolfClub.com or call (772) 200- 6000. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay updated on activities and events at Willoughby and the surrounding area.