Kelly Plantation Golf Club in Destin, Florida, USA | GolfPass
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4.7
1385 Reviews (1385)
5 Stars
1054
4 Stars
237
3 Stars
65
2 Stars
18
1 Stars
11
Conditions
4.6
Value
4.3
Layout
4.8
Friendliness
4.8
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.6
93.0%
Recommend this course
1309 out of 1385 reviews
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4.5
179 Reviews (179)
5 Stars
123
4 Stars
34
3 Stars
15
2 Stars
5
1 Stars
2
Conditions
4.4
Value
4.0
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.6
StaffFriendliness
4.7
86.0%
Recommend this course
154 out of 179 reviews
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4.7
310 Reviews (310)
5 Stars
240
4 Stars
44
3 Stars
18
2 Stars
6
1 Stars
2
Conditions
4.6
Value
4.2
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.7
StaffFriendliness
4.8
91.0%
Recommend this course
282 out of 310 reviews
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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
1385 Reviews (1385)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 34
19th Hole Scenic Views 15
Brunch 15
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 74
Water Hazards 67
Undulating Greens 42
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 55
A Weekend Splurge 51
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 49
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 66
Near Local Attractions 45
Worth the Drive 37

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4.0
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First Time Playing

Very good course

Very good course that is beautiful. Not that difficult. Plenty of tee options. Seems to be designed for the tips to be played. Most traps not in play from shorter tees. Enjoyable round if golf in beautiful place.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 1
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Plays Once a week
3.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
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Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Good not great

I like the course and was fine with paying more than some of the other courses in the area. What didn't live up to expectations was the fairways...brown patches on all of them.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing

Outstanding course and facilities.

Will definitely play this course next time I’m in town!

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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First Time Playing
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
Previously Played

Best Golf Course

This golf course is in excellent condition including the clubhouse, restaurant, etc. Ashton Crowe, General Manager, runs the course perfectly and takes great care of the members and all who come to play. I play this course every year and customer service is top notch.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
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Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Reviews 2
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
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First Time Playing

Tourist Trap

The fairways were beautiful, greens had recently been sanded. The course itself was nothing special. I have played other courses on the gulf just as nice for a lot less money.. $189 + tax green fee. If you play in the off season, it's $60 cheaper. I asked. No real signature hole.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
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Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Worth every penny

From arrival at the clubhouse to the drive in from 18 this place was top notch. I will be back. Worth every penny. Thanks for the fantastic experience.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

This course is always in front of you….not blind shots where you don’t know where to hit

The course layout is great and also has some spectacular water views..
They greet you when you arrive and everyone is very nice and helpful.
The pro shop has cool shirts and hats.
The food is outstanding….you can order food on hole 9 and stop and get it as you make your way to the back nine……they also have a barrel with apples at hole 10. The club has inside dining with full menu.
We spent a weeks vacation in Destin and we played 5 times at Kelly Plantation.

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

Always a good time.

Course was in good shape from tee to green. Greens were a little slow but it’s the end of July and they have seen a ton of traffic. I’d rather them be a little slow than burnt up. Looking forward to coming back and making new friends.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Great Round at Kelly Plantation

It was a rainy day, but, playing at Kelly Plantation made it seem like it was a beautiful, sunny day at the beach. Starting from the bag drop, where Chris met us & told us to go into the clubhouse, to get out of the rain. Just let him know how we wanted the bags grouped on the carts. Don checked was in with a smile. John Townsend, Head Golf Pro, came out & greeted us. Greeted us & wanted us to take our time going out & if we wanted, to waited until the rain subsided. The rain let up & we hit the range & then went to the 1st tee box. A signature at KP is fresh apples on ice at the first & tenth holes. Also, towels on ice, which you know is refreshing on a hot Florida day. The course is in great shape & maintained perfectly. Even though it rained steadily, for most of the day, the course handled the water well. Not one puddle. They didn’t even even go to cart path only, expect, for 4 holes. Of course, all par 3s. It turned out to be a great day on the course. After our round we ate at the clubhouse. The have a kitchen & bar. Once again, we were checked on by John & the staff. This awesome day was set up by Ashton Crowe, Director of Operations. He did so the day before while handling a weekend tournament at course. Stepping away to make sure all accommodations were perfect for us. Letting me know that he is there to serve us, when I told him I didn’t want to be a bother when he was so busy. Ashton & his staff at KP always make sure we are treated like members. This is why KP is always a place we will play when we are in Destin. Thank you very much for your hospitality.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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