Destin, Ft. Walton Beach and Okaloosa Island define the Emerald Coast, and while most are entranced by the sugar-white sand beaches and gulf-to-table seafood – the area beckons golf enthusiasts and scratch players alike with 10 championship golf courses. Our links capitalize on the scenic contrasts of surrounding woods and wetlands, successfully complementing what nature has provided.
Designers Fred Couples and Gene Bates, fashioned an impressive championship golf course from the intrinsic beauty of the land with miles of waterfront, intricate bayous and towering trees at Kelly Plantation Golf Course. The course is rated 4 ½ Stars by Golf Digest and boasts over 7,000 yards of large contoured greens, wide fairways, and picturesque views of the bay.
Escape into a true golfer's paradise with Regatta Bay Golf & Yacht Club. As rated by Golf Digest as one of the Top Places to Play in North America and Top 15 courses in Florida, this par-72 course offers over 6,800 yards of challenging greens that encompass all skill levels. Regatta Bay was designed by esteemed course designer and former lead architect for Arnold Palmer, Robert C. Palmer. Enjoy a full day of golf, followed by refreshing meal at their full service restaurant and clubhouse.
Emerald Bay is also nestled adjacent to the Choctawahatchee Bay and offers an 18-hole course designed by Bob Cupp. Featuring multiple water features and challenging sand traps, this premier course and beautiful backdrop are a fine choice for any avid golfer. Emerald Bay was lauded by Golfweek as one of the 50 Most Distinctive Development Courses in the Southeast.
Be sure to visit Fort Walton Beach Golf Club for relaxing play and a solid score. The first 18 holes feature broad fairways and spacious greens, and the challenging back course is tree-lined and features capacious water hazards.
Surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico and Choctawhatchee Bay, Indian Bayou Golf & Country Club strikes the right balance of difficulty and playability Emerald Bay was lauded by Golfweek as one of the 50 most distinctive development courses in the Southeast.
Shalimar Pointe Country Club takes the honor of having two of the hardest holes on the Emerald Coast according to Links magazine. The Emerald Coast is also home to Eglin Golf Course and Gator Lakes Course at Hurlburt field, both military courses that are also open to the public.
All of the golf courses on the Emerald Course provide pro shops and restaurant facilities onsite.