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Golfs Courses Within Miles of Destin, Fl Offering Best Values

Updated on November 17, 2014

Have you ever wanted to play some of the worlds best selection, and best value, golf anywhere? Have you tried Destin, Florida, and the surrounding towns? With 13 courses listed in Destin alone, and over 25 picturesque courses within a 30 mile radius, and closer to 50 within a 50 mile radius, this could be a long string of articles, saying why each course is better than the last. With that being said, this is not a complete listing, and a better listing can be found in the links section. The goal of this is just to get you interested and fired up about Destin golfing! For those that live locally, getting to play in a environment of world class championship golf courses is not only a privilege and a pleasure, its a way of life. Most local golf courses are entire community complexes that are specially built to complement the natural curves and sways of mother earth. Vacation Rentals, Destin homes for rent or sale can be found right beside the golf courses, so finding a place to live here that has so much golfing for any golf enthusiast is easy as can be! (NOTE: All courses listed here will be public or semi-private.)

The Longest Single Local Course: Kelly Plantation

The Kelly Plantation Golf Course is a semi-private course, located in pristine and upscale Destin, features a par 72, 18 hole, regulation length golf course, meticulously cared for, in a extremely upscale environment. From its 7,099 yard length (at the longest tees), 74.2 rating, and slope of 146 on Bermuda grass, you can be sure that this course is also a challenge. Opened in 1998, and designed by Fred Couples and Gene Bates, and managed by Honours Golf, it is relatively newer as well. Also included on site is a 25 tee driving range. The Kelly Plantation Golf Course, located inside the Kelly Plantation community, is vibrant and full of life. Inside the community, which is gated, are miles of walking, jogging, and biking trails, as well as all the things most would expect a lavish and upscale world class golf community would include. From picturesque beach views, to the bay, and everything in between, as well as a fun challenge to golf, Kelly Plantation is one of the best in the area.

Biggest Local Course: Indian Bayou

The Indian Bayou Golf Course and Country Club is a world class, semi-private golfing facility, with 3 separate 18 hole, regulation length courses on location to better give you a playing opportunity. The facility was built and designed by Earl Stone in 1978. This facility is home to three separate courses, with a combined 54 holes, 10,511 yards, and par of 108, the “Creek”, “Choctaw”, and “Seminole”. The “Creek” course is an 18 hole, 3,433 yard, par 36. The “Choctaw” course is an 18 hole, 3,464 yard, par 36. The “Seminole” course is an 18 hole, 3,614 yard, par 36. The Indian Bayou Golf Course and Country Club is located inside the Indian Bayou community, includes an 18 tee driving range, full service pro-shop, putting greens, as well as all the other amenities one would expect from a world class golfing facility to offer. They offer spectacular views, as well as great course layout and design.

Most Courses: Bluewater Bay

The Bluewater Bay Resort and Golf Complex is not exactly the smallest golf establishment in the area, it just happens to be because of the way its put together. With 4 separate courses, the difference is each course is actually 9 holes, so there are only really 2 full length courses here, although you have 6 different choices of play (6 different ways to combine 2 of the courses to make up a whole 18). All the courses feature Bermuda grass, and are a par 36. The “Lake Course”, is 3,485 yards, The “Bay Course” is 3,318 yards, the Marsh Course is 3,372 yards, and the Magnolia Course is 3,290 yards, for a total of 13,465 yards. Located in the Bluewater Bay portion of Niceville, Florida, the Bluewater Bay Resort and Golf Complex is totally inclusive, and offers golfers the chance to play on some of the panhandles most beautiful bayous and areas off of the beach, all the while keeping the beach feeling. Designed by Thomas Fazio, and opened in 1981, this course was also built before most else in Niceville, so its located on prime real estate, being a planned out community built around the golf courses, and other community amenities built in, such as tennis courts, walking, jogging, and biking trails, community pools, and other things.

Locals Favorite: Shalimar Pointe

The Shalimar Pointe Golf and Country Club, located in Shalimar, Florida, features a total length of 6,765 yards, with 18 holes at a par 72. It’s not the longest course in the area, but due to low costs, and the friendly local nature of the course, as well as its standing as a public course, makes it one of the locals favorites. Designed all the way back in 1968 by William W. Amick, ASGCA, it has a rating of 74 and a slope rating of 129. With numbers like that, and its close proximity to Destin, its no wonder why the locals play here instead of all the more expensive courses on a regular basis. With a very nice pro-shop, excellent bar and grill, as well as driving range and putting greens, its easy to see why this area is one of the nations top golfing meccas.


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