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4.7
1069 Reviews (1069)
5 Stars
808
4 Stars
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3 Stars
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2 Stars
12
1 Stars
9
Conditions
4.6
Value
4.4
Layout
4.8
Friendliness
4.8
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.6
96.5%
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4.7
259 Reviews (259)
5 Stars
195
4 Stars
48
3 Stars
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3
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.5
Value
4.3
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.6
StaffFriendliness
4.8
96.1%
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4.7
399 Reviews (399)
5 Stars
313
4 Stars
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3 Stars
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1 Stars
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Conditions
4.5
Value
4.4
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.6
StaffFriendliness
4.8
96.0%
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383 out of 399 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
1069 Reviews (1069)

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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Skill Intermediate
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5.0
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Previously Played

I lost a headcover while I was playing. When I finished my round, I went into the clubhouse to give my name and phone number. Instead, the general manager just gave a brand new one that perfectly fit my set and thanked me for the business. I would highly recommend this course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Awesome course

The staff was really awesome and the course was awesome

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Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing

Great course, definitely worth it!

Played this course with my bro in law for the first time and we had an awesome time. The course was in excellent condition, from the tee boxes to fairways, bunkers, and greens. The course was challenging but fun., Marshall’s and cart girls were friendly and pace of play was good for a Friday morning. We were in a foursome and finished in just under four hours. It’s a little more than I would want to pay for a round of golf but figured I wouldn’t splurge on the vacation.

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

Great Round at a great course

This course is 100% worth the money. Greens are perfect and receptive, but still putt true and fast. Fairways were immaculate. It obviously was a little hot today, but manageable early in the morning.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played

Great afternoon

Played with my son-in-law. Had a very enjoyable afternoon even though the heat index was above 100 degrees. Very few players on the course, The only pair on the course that we caught up with let us through so we managed to play the round in less than 3.5 hours. Course in great shape.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Value Poor
Friendliness Poor
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Previously Played

Destin golf

Destin is by far my favorite place to play. The golf courses are all pretty much the best I’ve ever played on and of course they are proud of them and it’s understandable. With that being said I wouldn’t play here more than once a year do to the prices but it is definitely a once in a life time experience and a must play course in my opinion.

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

Best course I’ve ever played!

Easily the nicest course I’ve ever played. There are several in he Emerald Coast area that were great, but this place takes the cake. Also, happened to be the hardest course I’ve ever played. Friendly staff, great amenities and wonderful overall experience.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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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
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Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing

Great course

My 16 year old daughter and myself came in from Oklahoma and played here fir the first time ever. We had a great time. Course was beautiful and the staff was wonderful. Thank you Kelly Plantation.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0

OVER PRICED-OVER RATED

Not what we had hoped for or expected.. save ur money.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
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Commented on 07/23/2021

My name is Ashton Crowe. I am fortunate to be the P.G.A. General Manager here at Kelly Plantation Golf Club. I want to personally thank you for joining us to play this Championship course. I noticed your review was posted without any explanation as to what made you feel we didn't meet your expectations. As a staff, we work to provide each individual member and patron a truly memorable "Golf Experience" and by 99.8% of our reviews, we do just that. If you could kindly supply details on where you feel we could improve, I will certainly comment back to you on them. Again we appreciate any constructive criticism you can provide. It will only help possibly educate you more about the course and allow us to see areas that may need attention, per your opinion. I look forward to hearing from you. Please come back and see us again. Thank you.

Ashton Crowe P.G.A.

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Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Twice a year
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

The Experience

One of the greatest experiences of my golfing career. Was able to take my two sons that are under the age of 13 and have a blast. I highly recommend Kelley Plantation to everyone of all ages

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
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
Played On
Reviews 70
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
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Previously Played

Great day today

Course in great shape, greens rolling true just a tad slow. Dodged the rain and a hole in one on 17 made our day !

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

A GREAT Place To Play

Took a spur of the moment trip to Destin. When we got there I researched the local golf courses. For my first outing I picked Kelly Plantation. What a GREAT pick it was!! This course is beautiful and well maintained. But as a customer service nut, I must say, the staff from the maintenance guys all the way up to the General Manager, Ashton Crowe, are SUPER!! EVERYONE was friendly, courteous and just made me want to come back. So Ashton, hold that Palm Tree shirt for me in a 2XL!!! I WILL definitely be back!!!

Thank You for the kindness, friendly and welcoming environment!!

Larry Brown - Texas

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Excellent

Course and staff were phenomenal! Couldn’t be more pleased with my decision to play KellY Plantation. Be sure to arrive early to take advantage of the practice facilities.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

What a gem!

Came into Destin for vacation and a buddy recommended Kelly Plantation. From the moment I arrived, I haven’t been to a more hospitable course! Mr. Rod was attentive and gracious and Ashton made my first time at the course unforgettable. Holes #3 and #4 are picturesque and remind me of something you would see on a postcard. Each hole has character and it was challenging, but a fair course. Course is in tremendous shape and plays true. I plan on coming back and will highly recommend Kelly to everyone back home.

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