South Coast Golf Guide has provided information and discounts for planning either a family vacation or a group “golf-cation” for over 20 years.
South Coast Golf Guide provides information to golfers who want to experience the many championship courses, golf resorts, and casino golf resorts this region has to offer. The guide features many Louisiana championship courses, the Audubon Golf Trail of Louisiana, the Mississippi “Golf Coast”, the southern Mississippi region, the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, Mobile, Gulf Shores, southeastern Alabama, and the many outstanding Florida golf resorts and championship golf courses that are available along the “Emerald Coast” of Northwest Florida from Perdido Key east to Carrabelle.
The guide is currently located in nineteen states. We target courses that are Golf Digest “Places to Play” properties. Pick up your copy of the South Coast Golf Guide in local and national chains of golf retail shops in nineteen states, including golf shops in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. It is also located in Louisiana Welcome Centers and other Visitor Centers along the Gulf Coast.
It’s easy to see why Golf Digest named Panama City Beach a top three American golf town. Come find out why!
Panama City Beach Area
Sure, golfers are trained to stay away from the sand and the water. Still, there’s no denying that there’s something irresistible about both! In this beachside town you’ll find perfectly manicured greens and fairways tucked into pine and oak forests, picturesque wetlands alongside scenic waterfronts and views that are tough to match anywhere in the world. Not many regions can boast of having “bookend” designed courses by Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer. Bay Point’s Nicklaus Course in Panama City Beach, and Lost Key Golf Club, a Palmer Design course just west in Perdido Key can. Bay Point Golf & Tennis Resort provides six courses, including the only Nicklaus Design course in Northwest Florida. Or choose The Hombre Golf Club, featuring 27 holes, cleverly named “The Good,” “The Bad,” and “The Ugly”. The Hombre has played host to the PGA Tour’s Qualifying School for more than 20 years and is touted to be of the most challenging courses in NW Florida. Up for a kinder and gentler course? Play the 18-hole Meadows course. In fact, with 162 holes to play, you’d be hard pressed to squeeze all the great golf Panama City Beach offers into one vacation.
If ever you manage to take a break from golf, Panama City Beach has something for everyone – spend the day deep sea fishing, play tennis, enjoy a spa day or just relax along the 27 miles of white, sandy beach. Outdoor concerts are a regular feature through spring and summer at the just-opened Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater. Shopping reaches its pinnacle at Pier Park. Visitors will find everything from unique boutiques and major department stores to amusement park rides for the kids in this one million square foot open air shopping experience.
Twenty minutes from the Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport, is Windswept Dunes Golf Club, designated by the USGA as “The Longest Course in Florida”. The course features six sets of tees, wide, generous fairways, and large greens nestled between sand dunes; all promising an unforgettable round of golf.
North of Panama City Beach and Destin lay several challenging courses. Sunny Hills Golf Club is located 45 minutes north of Panama City. Designed by Gene Sarazen and Ken Venturi, this championship course features a tree lined 18 hole challenge that meanders along 7000 yards from the back tees. Plan to play two rounds while enjoying a friendly staff. Care to golf a nine-hole venue at a great value? Play DeFuniak Springs Country Club. Several current PGA Tour players have gathered here to play. Watson, Weekly, Slocomb, and Rachels, have all at some point, challenged this course.
Travel west to Blackstone Golf Course, the newest course in Northwest Florida. The elevation change here will remind you of courses hundreds of miles inland, and has become a favorite of both local and visiting golfers.
Hugging the Gulf of Mexico, Santa Rosa Golf Club invites you to play this hidden gem located in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida; the only course along the gulf coast that offers a “Gulf Front” view. Boasting an immaculate golf course that masterfully winds through the natural habitats surrounding the Club, this course is a “must play” in the area.
The Choctawhatchee Bay is home to Regatta Bay Golf and Yacht Club. Each hole was designed to take advantage of natural vegetation. Hazards blend flawlessly into the course. Designer and former lead architect for Arnold Palmer, Robert C. Walker, created this 6,894-yard, par-72 course for players at all skill levels. Winner of Golf Digest’s “Places to Play” and rated nine straight years as “Best Golf Course” by Emerald Coast Magazine, Regatta Bay will not disappoint.
Northwest Florida’s Emerald Coast averages 297 sunny days a year, boasts 24 miles of sugar white sands, and tees up scenic golf better than any destination. The courses offered throughout the area are designed by world-renowned architects and integrate the natural assets of Destin seamlessly. Golfers of every skill level and on any budget will find a course that will meet their needs.
Touting a slope rating of 143 from the championship tees, Emerald Bay Golf Club’s 18-hole course recently was completely renovated in 2014, providing a challenge for golfers at any skill level. Designed by Robert Cupp, a nationally recognized architect and former chief designer for Jack Nicklaus, the pine-lined fairways and bay breezes create an unflustered setting to enjoy the destination and the sport.
Indian Bayou Golf Club is bordered by the Gulf of Mexico and Choctawhatchee Bay provides spectacular views as you work your way through their assortment of nine-hole courses. Seminole, Choctaw, and Creek pose a unique set of challenges for any golfer. Each course provides a unique setting with gracious fairways and long, challenging holes on Choctaw and Seminole, and a natural swamp on Creek.
Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort offers four award-winning courses designed by three world-renowned architects. Rees and Robert Trent Jones Jr. have adjacent layouts in the Burnt Pine Club and the Raven Golf Club. A pair of Tom Jackson masterpieces, Baytowne Golf Club and The Links Golf Club await you with subtle challenges.
Seascape Resort not only is conveniently located to practically everything in Destin, the resort offers on site lodging, tennis, dining, and golf packages. “Stay and Play” at Seascape Resort! Keeping budgets of one and all in mind this property is one of Destin’s best known values. Across the Choctawohatchee Bay in Shalimar, FL is Shalimar Pointe Golf Club. Under new management and direction, patrons enjoy a country club atmosphere that continues to be a local favorite. Minutes away is FWB Golf Club a municipal, 36 hole championship course, featuring two different courses. The Pines is longer but more open, The Oaks is shorter, yet tighter with smaller greens. Take your pick!
While playing golf in Destin is a favorite pastime, there are a number of other exciting activities that will keep you, your buddies or your family busy throughout your stay. The Gulf of Mexico provides a serene backdrop for golf outings. It also provides the perfect vehicle for water adventure. Snorkeling, Parasailing, and Aqua Trikes offer hours of fun on the water. Destin is known round the world as the World’s Luckiest Fishing Village. You can put that moniker to the test with numerous fishing excursions available, from fishing off of a pier to an all-day charter boat experience. Whether you are golfing, enjoying the Gulf of Mexico, or diving into fresh seafood delicacies, Destin is the perfect destination for your next trip.
West of Destin
Gator Lakes Golf Course is located on Hurlburt AFB and requires a pass to gain access onto the base. Local breezes from the south will come into play throughout the year as the Gulf of Mexico just a few miles south of the course. They named it Gator Lakes for a reason! Come play and find out why!
Located in Navarre, The Club at Hidden Creek Golf Club is an 18 hole championship course, a Ron Garl Design that is long and straight! Lush fairways, and quick greens are guarded by numerous bunkers that require accuracy and course management. The course is a convenient drive from Destin as well as the Pensacola area.
What makes Pensacola a standout golf vacation destination are the variety of activities and attractions available to golfers after the game is finished. Visit the Pensacola area and find rich culture, vibrant entertainment, unique bars and signature dining festoon the downtown district, and 450 years of history and award-winning beaches.
Marcus Pointe Golf Club is conveniently located in Pensacola for golfers traveling from Pensacola Beach and the Orange Beach/Gulf Shores area. Designed by Earl Stone, this 18 hole championship course is one of the area’s favorite courses due to the design, playability, and conditioning. Stonebrook Golf Club located minutes away in Pace, FL will challenge all level of golfers with different challenges. Most holes are guarded by either lakes, creeks, and bunkers. Accuracy is demanded and rewarded on this 18 hole, championship layout. Minutes from Stonebrook is Tanglewood Golf and Country Club. Bubba Watson, Boo Weekly, and Heath Slocomb, high school teamates called Tanglewood “home” during their high school careers.
Two unique opportunities await golfers and visitors alike at Naval Air Station Pensacola. The National Naval Aviation Museum features 150 restored aircraft and exhibits inside nearly 300,000 square feet of exhibit space on 37 acres.
Nearby is A.C. Read Golf Course, open to play for military and civilian golfers. The layout offers 27 championship holes and an additional 18-hole executive course.
Just west of the NAS is Lost Key Golf Club, framed by the natural beauty of Perdido Key. The par 71 championship course was the first in Florida to be certified as an Audubon International Silver Signature Sanctuary. Amenities include two master-planned communities, a beach club, marina and yacht club. Lost Key is the only Arnold Palmer Design Course in Northwest Florida.
Perdido Bay Golf Club is the former home of PGA Tour Event, The Pensacola Open and plays to over 7000 yards from the championship tees. Prevailing Gulf of Mexico breezes demand serious consideration as fairways are lined with bunkers and hazards. Watch out for the gators! Perdidio Bay offers huge practice areas to work on every aspect of your game. Overnight accommodations are available at the recently upgraded Cottages on the Green. The condos are conveniently located on the first fairway of the golf course. Legends Premium Wine Bar & Grille offers dining options after a round of golf. Choices of lodging and entertainment are standout features. Perdido Key is known for its abundance of condos on a stretch of beach that remains mostly undeveloped.