Regatta Bay Golf & Yacht Club in Destin, Florida, USA | GolfPass
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4.4
1339 Reviews (1339)
5 Stars
821
4 Stars
350
3 Stars
111
2 Stars
35
1 Stars
22
Conditions
4.3
Value
4.1
Layout
4.7
Friendliness
4.7
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.4
91.6%
Recommend this course
1212 out of 1339 reviews
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4.5
214 Reviews (214)
5 Stars
128
4 Stars
64
3 Stars
18
2 Stars
3
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.3
Value
4.1
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.5
StaffFriendliness
4.7
93.9%
Recommend this course
201 out of 214 reviews
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4.4
399 Reviews (399)
5 Stars
235
4 Stars
121
3 Stars
33
2 Stars
7
1 Stars
3
Conditions
4.3
Value
4.1
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.4
StaffFriendliness
4.7
93.0%
Recommend this course
371 out of 399 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Semi-Private
Par 72
Length 6798 yards
Slope 138
Rating 73.2

Regatta Bay Golf & Yacht Club sits amongst the nature preserves that reside along Choctawhatchee Bay, enjoying scenic views and a beautiful landscape. Robert C. Walker, Arnold Palmer's former lead architect, designed the course. Water comes into play throughout in the form of sparkling blue lakes and meandering streams. The most memorable use of water comes is on the challenging 16th hole. This tricky par 4 has water to the left as well as a marsh area crossing the fairway. Being so close to the water, the golf course is often subject to strong prevailing winds. Despite its many challenges, Regatta Bay Golf & Yacht Club is a fair challenge that players of all skill levels can enjoy, which is perhaps why it has been called one of North America's top courses by Golf Digest.

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Course Details

Year Built 1996
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens Tifdwarf Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Robert Walker (1996)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No

Food & Beverage

Snacks, Restaurant, Beverage Carts

Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in Florida (2018 #22)

Reviews

4.4
1339 Reviews (1339)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 10
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 11
Water Hazards 11
Forced Carries 7
This course/club is great for:
A Weekend Splurge 7
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 6
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 8
Near Local Attractions 8

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Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Nice course to enjoy.

The ambiance of the course was very nice. The staff was very friendly, courteous, and polite. The golf carts were newer and also had a GPS system that helped aid in discovering the course for those that are new. There were a few holes that you were absolutely forced to play the way the course was designed, which I disagreed with but it is what makes the course unique. My comments are referring to having to hit a 250 yd. shot or less due to overgrown rough/swamp in the fairway. The greens were all bermuda and for the most part taken care of nicely. They were slow compared to bent grass greens that I am used to but the were still soft and responsive. The staff is on point with drinks and food. I would recommend playing this course when you visit the Destin area. Rates for the early morning hours in the summer are around $180 but twilight fees are around $80-90.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 08/08/2022

Hi, we appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. Thank you for the 4 stars! We aim for a 5-star experience, so we always welcome feedback for improvement. Thank you for playing Regatta Bay Golf & Yacht Club.

Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Great bang for the buck at Regatta

Played a late pm weekday round in peak season and finished in 3.5 hours which was awesome. Course layout is challenging but fair except on some forced carry holes for higher HC golfers. Fairways, tee boxes and bunkers in good shape. Love the greens except they are a bit spongy and don’t roll in the straight line as you’d expect sometimes.

Cart girl was great but the pro shop closes by 6 pm and inside bartender was a bit put off we just didn’t get drinks from the cart girl even when we were just making the turn.

Practice faculties are adequate but you’ll probably hit off mats during the week.

All in all we had an enjoyable time and will return!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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Commented on 08/08/2022

Hello, thank you for visiting us at Regatta Bay Golf & Yacht Club. We appreciate your 4-star rating and feedback. We hope you join us for another round soon.

Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented on 08/05/2022

Hello, we appreciate the review. You rated us 3-stars which means there is room to improve on your recent experience at Regatta Bay Golf & Yacht Club. Let us know, in the comments, how and where you would like to see changes from the course. Thanks for the feedback!

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented on 08/05/2022

Hello and thank you for your great rating! We're delighted you enjoyed your round. Please book another round with us soon, and thanks for choosing Regatta Bay Golf & Yacht Club!

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 08/03/2022

Hi, we would love to hear more about your positive experience on our course. Please contact us to share with us your favorite part of your experience. Thanks for golfing at Regatta Bay Golf & Yacht Club!

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Reviews 1
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

$400 No-show charge

We could not play that day, course charged me $400 for no-show fee.

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Commented on 08/08/2022

Dear golfer, thank you for reaching out and reviewing us. At Regatta Bay we have a no-show policy in place when golfers don't show for their tee time. Please feel free to comment future or reach out to the course about this matter. Thank you.

Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 08/03/2022

We love hearing about our golfers' experiences. Please tell us more about what you enjoyed during your round. Thanks for choosing Regatta Bay Golf & Yacht Club!

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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Commented on 08/08/2022

Hi, we are so pleased that you enjoyed your time at Regatta Bay Golf & Yacht Club. We look forward to seeing you on the course soon for another wonderful experience!

Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Great overall experience!

I was on vacation, and played this course for the first time. I had a great experience! The staff was awesome, course was in great condition, and they made me feel welcome! Will absolutely play this course again! Well worth the money on a golf now deal, greens were a little slow, but the course itself was immaculate.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 07/29/2022

Wow! We are so happy you enjoyed your round! We look forward to seeing you again soon at Regatta Bay Golf & Yacht Club for another 5-star experience.

Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 07/28/2022

Hello and thank you for your great rating! We're delighted you enjoyed your round. Please book another round with us soon, and thanks for choosing Regatta Bay Golf & Yacht Club!

Played On
Reviews 3
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 07/26/2022

We love hearing about our golfers' experiences. Please tell us more about what you enjoyed during your round. Thanks for choosing Regatta Bay Golf & Yacht Club!

Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Come play here

I have played all the other courses in the area except this one and glad I finally did. The fairways are green and a bit thick (so not a lot of roll out and could create a few shot challenges) but overall the course was nearly perfect. Come play here!

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 07/26/2022

Hi, thank you so much for the 5-star rating and review. We are glad you had an incredible time, and we hope to see you again soon! Thanks for choosing Regatta Bay Golf & Yacht Club.

Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 07/26/2022

We're glad you enjoyed your experience with us. Please comment or reach out to our team in the golf shop to let us know more about your round at Regatta Bay Golf & Yacht Club!

Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 07/26/2022

Hi, we would love to hear more about your positive experience on our course. Please contact us to share with us your favorite part of your experience. Thanks for golfing at Regatta Bay Golf & Yacht Club!

Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Vacation golf!

Course was excellent and well manicured. People were friendly and professional!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 07/26/2022

Hello, thanks so much for taking the time to write a review. We're so glad that you enjoyed your round at Regatta Bay Golf & Yacht Club. Please visit us again soon for another 5-star experience!

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

No ocean views as advertised

The course was challenging which was the best feature. Staff was friendly and helpful and beverages were reasonably priced. Pretty sure they advertised ocean views but I didn't see any. Played Kelly Plantation and it had wonderful views of the ocean.

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
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Commented on 07/26/2022

We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. We are going to pass on your feedback to the team. Thanks for visiting Regatta Bay Golf & Yacht Club, and we hope to see you again in the future.

Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

First time loved the course

It was our first time playing the course, it was in great condition. Staff were extremely nice and helpful. Pace of play was great, Marshall even came by and told us they were working on some slower players in front of us. But we never had to wait at any of the holes. I would play it again if back in town. It was challenging but playable.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 07/26/2022

Thank you for your review! We will pass along your 5-star experience to our team at Regatta Bay Golf & Yacht Club. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Played On
Reviews 2
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Greens not good

Staff was very friendly. Expected more for the price I paid for my son to play. Greens were in horrible shape. Appeared to be dying with huge dead spots in certain spots. Golf range was nice and range balls were included in price. Several areas were freshly cut around the greens but clippings were not bagged. Again, just surprised for such a nice facility to have these type of issues. This is why I put the review at 3 stars.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 07/21/2022

We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. We are going to pass on your feedback to the team. Thanks for visiting Regatta Bay Golf & Yacht Club, and we hope to see you again in the future.

Played On
Reviews 3
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
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Commented on 07/21/2022

Hi, we would love to hear more about your positive experience on our course. Please contact us to share with us your favorite part of your experience. Thanks for golfing at Regatta Bay Golf & Yacht Club!

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