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Golf isn’t just a hobby for some vacationers – it’s life! Destin may be best known for its sparkling Emerald Coast, but devoted golf enthusiasts are captivated by the many golf courses in the local area. In fact, the Destin peninsula boasts so many golf courses that you will not have time on one vacation to explore them all! Here are a few details on our favorites in the area.


Kelly Plantation Golf Club:

  • A semi-private course
  • Comprises 18 holes
  • Par-72 course
  • Spans across 7,099 yards
  • Once a turpentine plantation, this picturesque course has been transformed by the collaborative design efforts of Fred Couples and Gene Bates.

The course is flanked by the elegance of magnolias and palmettos as well as spectacular water views. Among its notable features are 11 lakes, with the largest lake encircling holes 9 and 18. The course has been mentioned by Golf Digest and promises a rewarding golf experience.


Regatta Bay Golf & Yacht Club:

  • Semi-private course
  • Comprises 18 holes
  • Par-72 course
  • Covers 6,894 yards

Listed as one of the top courses in Florida, Regatta Bay Golf & Yacht Club stands as a premier golf course, tucked away in the Choctawhatchee Bay nature preserve. It boasts the design expertise of Robert C. Walker, former lead architect for Arnold Palmer. Suitable for players of all levels, the course can be explored virtually ahead of time.


Emerald Bay Golf Club:

  • Distinguished as a premier, comprehensive championship course
  • 18 hole course
  • Par-72 course
  • 7,050 yard course

Renovated in 2014, the Emerald Bay Golf Course graces the shores of the Choctawhatchee Bay and is revered as one of Destin’s finest golfing destinations. Crafted and re-crafted by legendary architect Bobb Cupp, visitors can enjoy both its beauty and technical challenge.


Seascape Golf Course:

  • Options for 18-hole and 9-hole play
  • Par-70 course
  • Stretches over 6,100 yards

Located adjacent to captivating coastal dune lakes and the Gulf of Mexico, the lush Seascape Golf Course offers a delightfully challenging journey with water features gracing most holes. Designed by renowned architect Joe Lee, the course’s scenic allure is as beautiful as it is challenging.


Indian Bayou Golf & Country Club:

  • A semi-private course
  • Comprises 18 holes
  • Par-72 course
  • Spans 7,078 yards

The Indian Bayou Golf & Country Club was crafted by architect Earl Stone and is one of Destin’s longest standing courses. It offers a blend of accessibility, enjoyment, and challenge. It is a favorite among those seeking a well-rounded golfing experience.


Raven Golf Club at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort:

  • 18 holes
  • Par-71 course
  • Covers 6,900 yards

Nestled within the serene pines and marshes of the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort®, this course boasts a “modern traditional” design and was crafted by Robert Trent Jones, Jr.  A favored destination for golf enthusiasts, the Raven Golf Club guarantees a remarkable Destin golf experience.


The Links Golf Club:

  • Comprises 18 holes
  • Par-72 course
  • Spans 6,710 yards

Regarded for its unparalleled views, The Links Golf Club at Sandestin, designed by Tom Jackson, weaves its way against the backdrop of Baytowne Marina and Choctawhatchee Bay. Five of the course’s 18 holes follow the Bay’s contours, providing a challenge as players navigate the coastal breezes.


Baytowne Golf Club at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort:

  • 18 hole course
  • Par-71 course
  • Extends over 6,805 yards
  • Offers a U.S. Kid's Course

The Baytowne Golf Club is a creation by Tom Jackson and is one of the longest-standing courses in Sandestin. It was renovated in 2005 to modernize and enhance the course, resulting in captivating water features over more than half of the course. Distinguishing itself as the only of Destin's golf courses spanning from the Gulf of Mexico to Choctawhatchee Bay, the Baytowne Golf Club is a family-friendly locale, complete with a set of U.S. Kids tee. It ensures accessibility for golfers of all ages and proficiencies.


With a variety of golf courses to choose from, Destin stands as a coveted haven for golf enthusiasts, making it one of the most sought-after destinations for golf vacations nationwide. Contact us at My Vacation Haven and let us help find a haven for your next golfing adventure!

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