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4.7
1180 Reviews (1180)
5 Stars
909
4 Stars
199
3 Stars
50
2 Stars
13
1 Stars
9
Conditions
4.6
Value
4.4
Layout
4.8
Friendliness
4.8
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.6
96.4%
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1129 out of 1180 reviews
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4.8
135 Reviews (135)
5 Stars
121
4 Stars
8
3 Stars
3
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.8
Value
4.4
Layout
4.9
Pace
4.6
Amenities
4.8
StaffFriendliness
4.9
96.3%
Recommend this course
130 out of 135 reviews
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4.7
385 Reviews (385)
5 Stars
308
4 Stars
55
3 Stars
17
2 Stars
4
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.6
Value
4.4
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.6
StaffFriendliness
4.8
96.4%
Recommend this course
371 out of 385 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
1180 Reviews (1180)

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 54
A Weekend Splurge 50
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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Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing

Great course

Played even in the winter and course conditions were great. Look forward to golfing in spring or summer when it’s really dialed in

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Great course for all levels of play

First time playing this course and found it very friendly for middle handicapper. Beautiful and fun layout with fast and true greens. Course is very well maintained and pro shop staff could not have been more welcoming and helpful as were the grille room staff. Booked additional tee times before we departed.
Much thanks to all the staff.
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Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Kelly Plantation exceeds expectations!

I've heard about The Kelly Plantation for years, first visit for us. Generous fairways, well bunkered fairways and undulating greens make for a very enjoyable day! Conditions were spectacular! The entire staff are fantastic and are happy to meet your every need.

The views are outstanding! Holes 3 & 4 be sure to have your camera ready!

Highly recommend this course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 38
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

All I can say is WOW

Beautiful course, unfortunately battled the weather all day and could not play more than 14 holes when the rain came down steadily. Wish I could have finished but the victory was Mother Nature’s

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
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 18
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Worth the trip

I recently played this course with family members over New Years. It was fun, unique, challenging, but incredibly fair at the same time. I was most impressed with the deceiving green complexes that made you earn every putt while not being goofy golf greens. There were some narrow demanding driving holes that required a quality golf shot. Overall it’s worth the trip and the best golf course in the greater Destin area. And I say this as a +1 handicap, this course deserves more recognition.

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

Great golf course.

Very challenging and long from the tips. Awesome greens, demands good tee shots!

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
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
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

We love Kelly

This is my favorite course in Florida and has been for years. The staff and this glorious course exceed all the surrounding golf communities. Don’t miss a chance to play Kelly Plantation!

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

Kelly Plantation 12.30.21

We had a great experience at Kelly Plantation and were amazed by the hospitality Ashton Crowe showed us. He went beyond our expectations...so pleased with the experience. The course was perfect and we will be back.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 8
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Nice layout. Course was on great shape for December.

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

Beautiful course

Great course, great value with their junior rate for 12 and under. Pace was slow, some members had snuck on in front of us and slowed everybody down. Definitely will go back next time on vacation.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Over rated

As a local, there are many options at less than half this price that I would rather play. The course was in decent shape but not nearly what you would expect for the price. It is a novelty for tourists, locals generally stay away.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
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 2
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 9
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
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