4 Great Golf Courses You Should Visit on the Emerald Coast

4 Great Emerald Coast Golf Courses

When you envision the Emerald Coast, you likely picture green seas and white sands. You’d be correct: the Emerald Coast boasts some of the most beautiful Gulf waters in the nation. Crystal clear waters coupled with the tall pines and native oaks, the Emerald Coast of Florida truly lives up to its name.

However, the beaches aren’t the only green you’ll find along the Coast. Golf lovers from around the world come to the Emerald Coast to take advantage of pristine, challenging courses. It’s difficult to choose a favorite, but here are four courses you should visit on the Emerald Coast!

Emerald Bay Golf Course – Destin, FL

When you come to visit Destin, be sure to visit the Emerald Bay Golf Club, recently voted the Best Golf Course in Destin by readers of VIP Destin Magazine. Nestled along the shore of the Choctawhatchee Bay, the Emerald Bay Golf Club boasts 18 holes with water features and views of the bay within a private gated community, Emerald Bay.

After you finish the course, head to one of the nearby restaurants for a taste of the local cuisine. Choose between Southern seafood, sushi, and steak. Of course, in true Emerald Coast style, you can get biscuits or pancakes any time of day at The Donut Hole.

Traveling with someone who doesn’t share your love for the game? Destin is convenient to shopping, beaches and entertainment venues. If you’re thinking of moving to Destin, you’ll be pleased to know that homeowners in Emerald Bay can access two Rubico tennis courts and the community swimming pool.

Emerald Bay Golf Club

4781 Clubhouse Dr Destin, FL (850) 837-5197
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Baytowne Golf Club – Miramar Beach, FL

A second golfer’s paradise we love is the Baytowne Golf Club. Baytowne Golf Club is a part of the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, a popular destination for honeymooners, families and, of course, sports enthusiasts. The course offers breathtaking views of both the beach and the bay and has twice been named one of the “Best Places to Play” by Golf Digest.

Beginners and experts alike will enjoy multiple teeing locations ranging from “easy” to challenging. The Baytowne Gold Club welcomes players to warm up in the practice facility before your round. Clubs are available to rent by the day.

The whole family will love the course and resort, with its tennis courts, spa, marina and trails. Adults will love the fine dining options in the Miramar Beach area, while families will love the child-friendly options like Applebee’s and Ben & Jerry’s.

Baytowne Golf Club at Sandestin

1146 Troon Dr Miramar Beach, FL (850) 267-8155
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Rocky Bayou Country Club – Niceville, FL

Located 20 minutes from Destin is the town of Niceville, known for its music festivals and mild southern winds. Of course, we’d be remiss not to mention the world class golf at the Rocky Bayou Country Club.

This course is spread over 115 acres of wooded property, featuring five spring-fed lakes and pristine greens. The Rocky Bayou Country Club frequently hosts tournaments and celebration dinners, and the club welcomes Junior Members.

When you move to Niceville, you’ll appreciate the small town feel of the area. However, the town is not without attractions. Visit Turkey Creek Park for a Sunday afternoon hike. Children can play at the splash pad at the Children’s Park. And history buffs will enjoy the many museums, including the Air Force Armament Museum.

Rocky Bayou Country Club

600 Golf Course Dr Niceville, FL (850) 678-3270
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Santa Rosa Golf and Beach Club – Santa Rosa Beach, FL

The final golf destination on our list is the Santa Rosa Golf and Beach Club. The Santa Rosa Golf and Beach Club is member-owned, featuring both a gorgeous course on rolling hills and a members-only private pool and beach access.

Membership to the club is not a requirement for gameplay, so if you’re simply visiting the 30A area, be sure to schedule a tee time. You’ll love playing within just a few hundreds of yards of the Gulf, and the challenging dunes and natural elevation changes make this a course you’ll want to return to again and again.

Should you decide to relocate or buy a beach home in Santa Rosa Beach, FL, you’ll learn that living here is an authentic beach town experience. From surf classes and fishing charters to The Underwater Museum of Art, Santa Rosa Beach offers something for every family member, regardless of age or interest.

Santa Rosa Golf and Beach Club

334 Golf Club Dr Santa Rosa Beach, FL (850) 267-2229
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