If you're like me and enjoy playing a few rounds of golf during your vacation, you will love the excellent quality of the public golf courses in Destin Florida and the number of different courses to choose from in the area.
There are a number of beautiful courses to choose from and each one offers a unique challenge for golfers of all skill levels. Destin Florida is a year round golfing destination with beautiful natural surroundings, championship courses, and excellent service and facilities, all of which leave you with difficult decision to make . . .
Where to Golf during your Destin vacation?
Below is a listing of public golf courses in Destin that will challenge every skill level.
Public, championship course. 18 holes, par 72, 6,829 yards.
I've only played at Regatta Bay once, but I loved the course and had a good time overall. The course was designed by Robert C. Walker, the former lead architect for Arnold Palmer. Golf Digest ranked the course among its "Top 200 Places to Play in North America".
for a map of the Regatta Bay Golf & Country Club, or
for a satellite image of the course.
Public, championship course. 18 holes, par 71, 6,100 yards.
The golf course was designed by architect Joe Lee. It has quite a few water hazards, some of which got the best of me, but it's a fun course with a lot of challenges. Like every other course in Destin the scenery is beautiful and relaxing.
I say that for every course, but you just can't get around the fact that all the public golf courses in Destin are beautiful. Seascape is certainly no exception.
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Public, lighted course. 9 holes, par 29, 2455 yards.
The Golf Garden is a great! It's excellent for practicing your short game or loosening up before playing on one of the championship courses in the area.
My Dad and I have been there a few times to play their Par 3 course. I've played there numerous times with friends and worked there the summer I lived in Destin. It has a relaxed, friendly atmosphere with a miniature golf course that your whole family will enjoy. One of the best features of the Golf Garden is that you can play at night under the lights. It's great entertainment for you and your children.
Semi-private, championship course. 18 holes, par 72, 6802 yards.
Emerald Bay Golf Club was designed by architect Bob Cupp, former chief designer for Jack Nicklaus. It's nestled along the shore of the Choctawhatchee Bay and features bunker lined fairways, stands of tall pines, and artfully placed greens.
Emerald Bay is a full-service facility with a restaurant, practice range, two putting greens, and a Pro Shop. The Guesthouse, just steps away from the course, offers luxurious accommodations for relaxing after the round.
Fred Couples had a hand in designing this course. Kelly Plantation was once selected by Golf digest as the "Best new private course in America." Offers practice facility, rental clubs, golf packages, restaurant, and bar.
The Pines course is 6800 yards of challenging holes through an upland pine forest. The Oaks Course offers more than 6400 yards of narrow, oak-lined fairways, and more water hazards.
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