LPGA TOUR PRO
FAVORITE EATS: When I
come home, one of my
favorite food stops is
a Japanese hibachi restaurant, and the best
out of all the ones I have
been to in the United
States (and a couple
abroad). Always ask for
the carrots as a side and
be prepared to eat!
PERFECT DAY: For me, it
starts with a round of
golf at my home course,
Suntree Country Club.
Melbourne is home to
at least a dozen golf
courses, with challenges
for any golfer. And if I
had a boat, this would be
the time where I would
take it to one of the many
riverside restaurants to
enjoy lunch with a view!
154 a a
from left to right: Sebastian Inlet State Park is a premier saltwater shing spot; The winners of Eau Gallie Arts Dog
Days of Summer costume contest.
sun, these secluded beaches offer it
crowds. A bit further south is Sebastian Inlet
State Park, a park with camping opportunities
and three miles of beaches on which to frolic.
Surfi ng is big in Sebastian Inlet, but so are swimming, scuba diving and fi shing if rather
not hang ten.
Nature lovers have plenty of ways to explore the
outdoors in and around Melbourne. Sea turtle
nesting season begins in March and usually
runs through October (with activity picking
up in mid-May). Try to catch a rare glimpse of
these curious creatures at James H. Nance Park
in Indialantic or Archie Carr National Wildlife
Refuge in Melbourne, a nature preserve that has
the highest counts of nesting sea turtles in the
world. The reptiles nest at night, but bring
a are often deterred or confused
by artificial light. Rather, let the moonlight
dancing off the ocean light the way.
Your odds of animal sightings are better at
Brevard Zoo, which is home to more
than 800 animals representing 180-plus species.
These animals come from Africa, Asia, Australia, Central America and South America: The zoo
offers up-close viewing and even an opportunity
to feed the giraffes. For a different perspective,
kayak through the African exhibits.
There are ample opportunities to glide above
the kayak or standup
on the Indian River or through the
estuaries, either with rentals or on a guided
ecotour. always a chance to see dolphins,
manatees, alligators and loads of birds when out
on the water. Or watch the rowers at Brevard
County Oars and Paddles Park in Indian Harbour
Beach, home of the Space Coast Crew rowing
club and a popular training spot for college
teams from around the United States.
Back on land, a 1-mile
nature trail at the Barrier Island Sanctuary is a
terrific way to stretch the the mind
(there are plenty of interactive exhibits, nature
fi lms and special programs). Stop and enjoy an
abundance of tropical growth and many species
of palm trees at the 25-acre Florida Tech Botanical Garden.
Baseball fans who visit at the right time
may be able to catch the Washington
spring training at the 8,100-seat Space Coast
Stadium in Viera. The Brevard County Manatees
play all season long.
A Great Place Golfers
The fi rst public golf course to open in the region
was the Joe Lee-designed Viera East Golf Club.
This 18-hole championship course weaves alongside native grasses, marshlands and lakes, and
has a 30-station driving range for warming up
before a round. Alternatively, Duran Golf Club,
also in Viera, is a par-72, 18-hole, Lewis
Powell-designed championship course with a
nine-hole, par-3 practice course and driving
range. In addition to a fantastic clubhouse, pro
shop and lessons, Duran features spectacular
views of sunrises and sunsets.
Arts Abound Downtown (and Beyond)
The art scene in Melbourne is thriving, as is evidenced by a visit to the historic Eau Gallie Arts
District, known locally as EGAD, which houses
the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery, Foosaner Art Museum and Derek Gores Gallery. Walking along the
streets, art lovers help but notice
TO I A I A I
LOCAL ROOTS: I moved to
Melbourne when I was 12
years old, back in 1999.
My father retired from
his business in Michigan
and brought my mother
and me down in hopes
of helping further my
golf career. From there,
I was fortunate to
attend Florida Institute
of Technology, one