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GOLF COURSES IN DESTIN
Regatta Bay Golf Course Highway 98 to Regatta Bay Drive.
This unforgettable, 18-hole championship course, designed by Robert C. Walker, former lead architect for Arnold Palmer, challenges golfers of all skill levels. Designed to be as challenging to the professional as it is fun to the novice, this par 72 courses amenities include: clubhouse, GPS on golf carts, golf shop, and the award-winning
Rutherford's 465 Restaurant.
Rates vary depending on season, time of day, and number of players.
Please call the golf shop for TEE TIMES: 850.337.8080.
Or to book your tee time online: http://www.regattabay.com
Indian Bayou Golf Club Located at 1 Country Club Drive East
Semi-private course offers 27 challenging holes suited to all skill levels. Indian Bayou offers three nine-hole courses with wide, forgiving fairways with beautiful lush, undulating greens, majestic pines and sparkling lakes and water features. Features include: semi-private, 3500 yards 9 holes, 6958 yards 18 holes, driving range, putting greens, club rentals and restaurant.
Greens fees in the $37-$59 range.
To make your tee time reservation, call 850.837.6191.
Or to book your tee time online: http://www.indianbayougolf.com
Kelly Plantation Golf Club Located at 307 Kelly Plantation Rd
This eighteen-hole course features lush fairways that are nestled along the southern edge of the Choctawhatchee Bay, which flows into the Gulf of Mexico. The course is somewhat flat with large, undulating greens. The fairways are open, featuring wide corridors. Overall, this player-friendly course is very well maintained and provides a challenge for golfers of varying skills. The signature hole is #4, a 401-yard, par 4, featuring a green that resides along the bay. A sand bunker on the rear of the green is the only barrier separating the green from the bay. Features include: semi-private, 7099 yards, 18 holes, high-tech GPS, complimentary range balls.
Greens fees in the $59-$139 range.
To book your tee time, call the golf shop at 1.800.811.6757 or 850.650.7600.
Or to book your tee time online: http://www.kellyplantationgolf.com
Seascape Located at 100 Seascape Dr.
This course has well-bunkered fairways and greens. The fairways are lined with Florida Pines, and there are water hazards that come into play on several holes. This is a good course for the average player. There are several scenic views of the Gulf of Mexico. Special features include: public course, 6696 yards, 18 holes, driving range, putting greens, golf club rentals and snack bar.
Greens Fees in the $30-$69 range.
Phone for reservations: 850.654.7888
Or to book your tee time online: http://www.seascape-resort.com/Golf.aspx
Emerald Bay Golf Club Located at 40001 Emerald Coast Pkwy
This course has tree-lined fairways and small, undulating greens. There are water hazards that come into play on nine holes. The greens are average-sized and mostly level. This is a semi-private championship course, 6802 yards.
Greens Fees in the $45-$85 range.
Phone for tee time reservations: 888.GOLF.BAY
Or to book your tee time online: http://www.emeraldbaygolfclub.com/Default.aspx
GOLF COURSES IN SANDESTIN
There are four courses at The Sandestin Resort, about 5-6 miles east of the house.
This 2,400-acre resort offers 72 holes of challenging golf in the form of four championship eighteen-hole courses:
The Raven Golf Club, Burnt Pine Golf Club, The Links Course and Baytowne Golf
The Raven was designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. This course meanders through the wetlands of the Sandestin Resort, and is noted for dramatic water features, challenging bunkering and fairways lined with tall pines. The Raven plays from 6,854 to 5,037-yards and offers five sets of tees. The Raven Golf Club can be reached at 850.267.8155.
Burnt Pine Golf Club was designed by architect Rees Jones. This eighteen-hole track's fairways have been described as tumbling, and the course winds through wetlands and marshes. The many water features of this course come into play on 12 holes, and the bunkering is exceptional - making for a most challenging round of golf. Burnt Pine plays from 5,096 to 6,996-yards and offers four sets of tees. Burnt Pine Golf Club can be reached at 850.267.6500.
The Links Course winds alongside the Choctawhatchee Bay. Designed by architect Tom Jackson, this course opened for play in 1976. This track is a
shotmaker's course where accuracy and proper club selection are a must in order to outfox the prevailing Gulf Coast winds. The medium sized greens are undulating and moderate in speed. Water hazards come into play on 13 holes. The Links Course plays from 4,969 to 6,710-yards and has four sets of tees. To reach the Links Course call 850.267.8144.
The Baytowne Course is Tom Jackson's second creation at Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort. The rolling fairways of this course are lined with tall pines and lead to large, undulating greens that are moderate in speed. Water comes into play on twelve holes and the entire course is heavily bunkered. The Baytowne Course plays from 4,862 to 6,890-yards and offers four sets of tees. To contact The Baytowne Course call 850.267.8155.
All courses are open year round, except for one week in October when the courses are closed for aeration.
Greens fees are in the $95-$155 range.
Book online for 3 of the courses (not Burnt Pine) here: http://www.sandestin.com/tabid/188/Default.aspx
GOLF COURSES IN NICEVILLE Just north of Destin, across the bay.
Golf courses at Bluewater Bay Resort in Niceville -- http://www.bwbresort.com/golfing.htm
This club has four separate nine-hole courses that are used in a multiple of combinations of eighteen holes. These courses vary in design as their names will indicate. The
Lakes Course has many lakes, the Marsh Course runs throughout the marshes, the
Bay Course plays alongside a bay and has wetlands throughout, and the
Magnolia Course has an abundance of magnolia trees that come into play. All the fairways throughout the four nine hole courses are bordered by thick rough and tree-lines. Each of the courses has many sand bunkers that come into play, and their terrains are reasonably flat. The greens throughout the thirty-six holes are somewhat sloped, but have many subtle breaks that are hard to distinguish. The Bill Skelley School of Golf is located on the premises.
Greens fees in the $32-$75 range.
For tee time booking call 850.897.3241
No online tee time bookings, but you can email Golf@bwbresort.com
Eglin Air Force Base Golf Club in Niceville, just north of Destin
This military club has two eighteen hole courses. The Eagle Course has water hazards coming into play on five holes. The
Falcon Course has water hazards coming into play on two holes. Both courses are hilly, so you'll never experience a flat lie. There is an "endangered species hazard" that comes into play a few times on the Falcon Course. When this document was originally compiled, guests of the course needed to be sponsored by a Department of Defense member. However when I recently drove by, there was an "Open to the Public" sign. Suggest that you call ahead.
Greens fees in the $20-$40 range.
More information available online at: http://www.eglinservices.com/golf/index.html
GOLF COURSES IN FORT WALTON BEACH West of Destin, 15+/- miles.
Fort Walton Beach Golf Course
1909 Lewis Turner Blvd, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547
This municipal facility has two eighteen-hole courses. The Oaks Course is a shorter, more narrow course with water that comes into play on four holes. There are several dogleg fairways, and the design puts an emphasis on precise placement off the tee. The greens are also very small, and sand bunkers are prevalent in the layout. The back nine was added to the Oaks Course in 1994. The
Pines Course is longer with wide-open fairways and large greens. The club personnel consider it to be a great course to improve your confidence.
Greens fees in the $20-$27 range.
To book tee time at The Pines, call 850-833-9528 Option 1
To book tee time at The Oaks, call 850-833-9528 Option 2
Website is http://www.fwb.org/index.php/golf-club
Island Golf Center, Fort Walton Beach
1306 Hwy 98 E, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
(850)244-1612, fax (850)243-3680
This public facility features two nine-hole par 3 courses. The Par 3 Course has water hazards coming into play on every hole but two. The average length of the holes is 150 yards, with the longest being 175 yards. The
Pitch and Putt Course is just as scenic as the Par 3 Course. Both courses are located next to Choctawhatchee Bay. Both courses are lighted until 10 PM in the summer months. In the winter, the courses are open from 8 AM to 6 PM. The scorecard doesn't show handicaps for individual holes on either course. In addition, this golfing center also has two eighteen hole miniature golf courses which contain some of the most beautiful miniature golf holes in the country.
Greens fees in the $20 range.
NOTE: All information in this document was taken from various websites. We believe that all courses listed are open to the public, but accuracy cannot be guaranteed and you should check for availability and pricing. Area golf courses shown as private on the web are not listed.