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4.7
1128 Reviews (1128)
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865
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3 Stars
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2 Stars
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1 Stars
9
Conditions
4.6
Value
4.4
Layout
4.8
Friendliness
4.8
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.6
96.8%
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4.8
200 Reviews (200)
5 Stars
172
4 Stars
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3 Stars
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1 Stars
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Conditions
4.7
Value
4.5
Layout
4.9
Pace
4.6
Amenities
4.7
StaffFriendliness
4.9
97.0%
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4.7
392 Reviews (392)
5 Stars
314
4 Stars
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3 Stars
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2 Stars
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1 Stars
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Conditions
4.6
Value
4.4
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.6
StaffFriendliness
4.8
96.2%
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About

Holes 18
Type Semi-Private
Par 72
Length 7099 yards
Slope 137
Rating 74.6

Formerly home to a turpentine plantation, the site now offers one of the most environmentally sensitive courses in northwest Florida, Kelly Plantation. The golf course sits along the shores of the Choctawhatchee Bay, sprawling across a waterfront landscape of towering trees and swampy bayous. The course features large, contoured greens and wide, manicured fairways that are in excellent condition but can also be tricky to navigate. The strategically placed hazards also require some careful maneuvering. In addition to being a challenging round, the golf course is also known for its stunning scenic appeal. Throughout the layout, golfers can enjoy panoramic views across the bay to the abundant magnolias and palmettos that are native to Florida's northwest region. For these reasons, Kelly Plantation has received high praise from publications such as Golf Digest and Golf Magazine.

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Course Details

Year Built 1998
Golf Season Year round
Architect Fred Couples (1998) Gene Bates (1998) Bob Cupp (1998) Michael Riley (1998)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Golf School Academy Yes - "Strano Golf Academy"
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover
Metal Spikes Allowed No

Food & Beverage

Snacks, Restaurant

Available Facilities

Banquet Facilities

Accolades

Reviews

4.7
1128 Reviews (1128)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 32
19th Hole Scenic Views 13
Brunch 13
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 74
Water Hazards 67
Undulating Greens 42
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 52
A Weekend Splurge 48
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 47
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 64
Near Local Attractions 43
Worth the Drive 36

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Reviews 6
Skill Intermediate
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5.0
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Monday round

Hadn’t played course in 2 years. Course is best around. Greens are fast and true. Staff is great! Highly recommend this course

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 1
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Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
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Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played

Great course!

Fast smooth greens,, nice practice facilities. Some really beautiful holes along the bay.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Amazing time!

We hosted a tournament at Kelly Plantation during our firm weekend and I cannot recommend this course enough! The course was absolutely beautiful, the staff were all so helpful, and we all had a wonderful time. Special thanks to Kelly Plantation for helping us create such an amazing experience for everyone. If you’re a golf lover visiting the area or planning a large event, the experience here is not one to miss!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Class

From the time you drop off your bag until the time you leave, Kelley Plantation is top notch. The staff, the course, the practice area, the apples. We play it every time we’re in the area and love it.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
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Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 12
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Walked

Golf Club Dining Event, Oct 3, 2021

I just wanted to commend Mr. Russ Cooper who is the Food and Beverage Director at this club. I direct a large Cotillion Program(Social Etiquette and Ballroom Dance) here on the Emerald Coast. Every year, I bring my 8th/9th grader students to Kelly Plantation Golf Club for Golf Etiquette with Pro Rob Strano followed by a wonderful BBQ on the back patio of Kelly Plantation Club. This is my 7th year bringing my students. Russ is wonderful to work with in coordinating my menu and the service that he and Jason provides is just seamless. WE appreciate his professionalism so much and look forward to the first Sunday in October for many years to come!

Conditions Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 10
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Highly recommend playing Kelly Plantation

As a local I look forward to a round of golf at Kelly Plantation. From the moment you hit the bag drop to when you meet the starter, everyone is courteous and professional. This is a reflection of the fantastic leadership from Ashton Crowe, the General Manager. Once you tee off you are ready to play a course that is equal parts challenging and aesthetically pleasing! Great views of the bay! The tee boxes and greens are immaculate. The rough is appropriate; difficult but not wildly overgrown. The apples at hole 10 are an especially nice treat! I should also mention the practice facilities are top notch and the food at the club house is very good. I truly recommend visitors to this course so much so that when I play at my local course I will bring up Kelly Plantation as a place you should not miss on your golf trip!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Best In Destin

My cousin is a local in Destin and scheduled me and a mutual friend a round at Kelly Plantation, he said it’s the best the panhandle has to offer and he was not wrong! Ashton and his team do an amazing job here and the course is absolutely beautiful. Every employee here is genuinely kind and welcoming and the hospitality is unrivaled at any other course I’ve played. Course is in great shape and it is a beautiful design. A+++. Will be back next time I’m down.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Challenging Track

Great course and staff. Great pace of play with multiple beverage carts to service players. The apples were a nice touch. Did not mind playing the green fee that seemed a bit high for the first time around the track. Just not sure I would do it again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Always a treat

Great staff, challenging course, beautiful views and layout.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 8
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Excellent Experience

Had the opportunity to play Kelly Plantation this past weekend and we had a great time and experience from bag drop to settling our bets at the bar. Kelly really pays attention to the little things that are often overlooked. This, in my opinion, separates this place from the rest.

Ive played all over the country including numerous PGA courses and these greens were just as quick and true as any I’ve played.

Highly recommend.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

A must play

This is a beautiful course with a great staff!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0

Beautiful Course

I have played most courses in Northwest Florida and this is a must play. The beauty, overall condition of the course and the friendly staff make this a top notch course!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Fantastic Experience

UNBELIEVABLE EXPERIENCE! First of all Ashton Crow and his staff "John and Grant" are ABOLUTELY the best staff we have ever had the privilege of knowing!

The golf course is in impeccable shape!

We live in Texas and make our way to Destin Florida at least once or twice a year and Kelly Plantation is our Family Tradition to play golf. Again everything starts inside with Ashton and his staff!!!!!!!! I cannot say enough about Ashton and his golf course "A NUMBER 1, and we have played golf all around the US and Europe" and this is where we look forward to Every year..

Ashton thank you for everything you do and please thank your staff. We will see you next year.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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