The South Walton area's 12-mile stretch of the Gulf encompasses nearly 125 holes of championship golf, including several that have been lauded by Golf Digest's "Best Places to Play" list. Tom Fazio, Tom Jackson, Robert Trent Jones, Jr. and other golf architect heavyweights have put the Beaches of South Walton on the map as a hot golf destination. Expect to see beautiful, meticulously manicured greens and state-of-the-art facilities at even your average South Walton golf course.
Sandestin Golf Courses
9300 Emerald Coast Parkway West
Destin, FL 32550
Baytowne Golf Club
The Baytowne Golf Club gives guests the best of both worlds, with landing areas that invite guests to unleash the driver, and greens that reward a strategically placed approach shot. Baytowne is as challenging from the championship tees as it is forgiving from the forward ones. Tom Jackson created a heavily bunkered, pine tree-lined, 3,300-yard front nine, while taking advantage of the land's elevation changes to create some of the most-spectacular views.
Called the "Crown Jewel" of Florida golf by Golf Magazine, the award-winning Burnt Pine course meanders through wetlands, marshes and towering pine trees -- stretching more than 7,000 yards from its championship tees. The Rees Jones design has a distinct seaside feel due to its sculpted fairways, and it offers receptiveness to the low run-up shot.
Raven Golf Club
Raven Golf Club, a Robert Trent Jones, Jr.-designed natural wonder, presents you with drama and strategy on every tee. This course is a unique and visually stunning 6,900-yard par 71. Guests are presented with a myriad of exciting shot options, while experiencing dramatic changes in color and texture throughout the course.
The Links Course is the ultimate in risk / reward golf while providing guests with spectacular views. Renowned architect Tom Jackson designed the winding layout of this links-style course, with five holes that run along the Choctawhatchee Bay. Every day is a different test at the Links, depending on which way the Choctawhatchee Bay wind is blowing.
Santa Rosa Golf Club
4801 West County Highway 30A
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32549
This Tom Jackson-designed course winds through pure-white sands, pristine ponds and lush vegetation with two Gulf-view holes. All 18 holes boast newly renovated Tiff-Eagle greens. Don't be misled by the 6,500 yards you'll see on your scorecard. It plays like a deceptive 6,800-friendly, provided you play it smart. The club is semi-private, open to the public.
11 Clubhouse Drive
Freeport, FL 32439
You'll be swept away by the serene beauty of this dune-lined course that meanders through 750 acres. While the setting is breathtaking, what makes Windswept Dunes truly remarkable is that there are no crowds -- no hustle and bustle at all. Here, off the beaten path, it is easy to be serene. The spacious 18-hole is a demanding 7,607 yards from the championship tees, but with five additional sets of tees, offers challenge and excitement for golfers of all abilities.
Experience the unique chance to play amidst sugar-white sand dunes and across emerald-green fairways. Carts are equipped with GPS yardage systems. The Doug O'Rourke-designed course, featuring miles of spectacular white-sand dunes (some as high as 20 feet!), large rolling fairways, artful bunkering and immaculate conditioning, frames itself in rare, unspoiled beauty.