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4.6
1432 Reviews (1432)
5 Stars
1088
4 Stars
246
3 Stars
67
2 Stars
18
1 Stars
13
Conditions
4.5
Value
4.2
Layout
4.7
Friendliness
4.8
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.6
92.4%
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4.5
100 Reviews (100)
5 Stars
69
4 Stars
18
3 Stars
9
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
3
Conditions
4.4
Value
4.1
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.6
Amenities
4.6
StaffFriendliness
4.8
86.0%
Recommend this course
86 out of 100 reviews
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4.6
281 Reviews (281)
5 Stars
205
4 Stars
50
3 Stars
17
2 Stars
5
1 Stars
4
Conditions
4.5
Value
4.1
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.6
StaffFriendliness
4.8
89.7%
Recommend this course
252 out of 281 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

4.6
1432 Reviews (1432)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 34
19th Hole Scenic Views 15
Brunch 15
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 75
Water Hazards 68
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 67
Near Local Attractions 45
Worth the Drive 37

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Reviews 9
Handicap 10-14
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I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 12/02/2022

We appreciate the excellent review. Our goal is to provide a world class experience for every golfer that plays our golf course. We look forward to hosting your group again in the future.

Played On
Reviews 9
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Good Experience

Fair and fun course in great off season condition.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 12/02/2022

Thank you for leaving a wonderful review of our golf course. I am glad that you pointed out that Kelly Plantation is a fun golf course that is fair for every golfer of all skill levels. We look forward to hosting your group again.

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Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser

Good but expensive

This is a beautiful course that was in great shape. Tee boxes had been recently re-sodded and the greens were the best I've seen for this area. We played on a Saturday that threatened a downpour, so there were few golfers on the course, which made the day much more enjoyable. Play this course once a year because its too expensive, given other options in the local area. Course just isn't that special to justify the greens fees. Wish they had a discount program like their neighbor course, so I could play here more often. Kelly has wide fairways but not really as challenging as I would have expected. While the course has water along several fairways, you don't have to hit over water or natural areas, to many of the greens. Greens aren't really protected either, as you can usually roll shots onto the green.. I'm a 70year old 16 handicap and if I hit a drive over 210, I've hit a great shot. Still managed an 82, which shows you the course difficulty., If you're visiting the area, this is a good course to play if you can play at a time when greens fees are more reasonable. Otherwise, there are other courses just as enjoyable but more reasonably priced..

Conditions Excellent
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
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Commented on 12/05/2022

We appreciate you being a loyal patron at Kelly Plantation Golf Club and commenting that our greens are the best you have seen in the area. Many golf clubs in the area reduce their green fees this time of the year for our northern friends. We too have reduced our rates in recognition of our northern friends from $189 to $99. We put a premium on course conditions and pace of play. By offering golf at a slightly higher rate, we are not over-crowded which allows for the proper pace of play and helps maintains great course conditions during the winter months. We have wide fairways that help make the game more enjoyable and we have 9 sets of tee boxes to choose from so that you can play a distance that fits your game. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you again.

Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Very good course. Well maintained. Staff were very friendly especially Ashton Crowe. He was very helpful. Had a good time. Would definitely play again when we come back to Destin.

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

This course and staff should get 6 stars.

Everyone at Kelly Plantation was so knowledgeable and courteous throughout the whole process. We came down for the week from the Woodlands Texas. After my round a gentleman named Ashton Crowe came up and helped me book a Ttime for the next day. Come to find he is the Director of Golf and added me to his threesome for the followingday. What a great place!! Keep it up Ashton.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
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
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Kelly Plantation

Great day! Course and practice facilities were in great shape.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
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 Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Kelly Plantation Staff

My wife and I have traveled to NW Florida every year for golf vacations for over 25 years. We have played just about every course along the panhandle. Most of the area courses are excellent in terms of layout, condition, etc. But the thing that separates Kelly Plantation from all of the other courses is the exceptional staff. I am convinced that you can't teach people to care. They either do or they don't, and the secret sauce to running an outstanding organization is to only hire people that care. From the time you pull up in front to drop off yours clubs, to the wait staff in the clubhouse, to the course rangers. Everyone goes out of their way to may sure you have an exceptional experience. Ashton Crowe, the general manager, has surrounded himself with people that truly care and that makes the difference. - Marty & Lucy Blair

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 30
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 18
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Really great course

We golfed daily for a week and this was our favorite course! Greens run very true, course in great shape and staff extremely welcoming!

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
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great Shape

Course was in great shape and greens rolled really nice. Always a favorite when in Destin.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 10/28/2022

Our golf course maintenance staff puts lots of time and effort into maintaining the golf course conditions. We appreciate you taking the time to recognize their efforts in the review.

We look forward to your next visit when you are in Destin.

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Golf Trip

This was our 9th straight year going to Kelly Plantation as part of our annual golf trip and this course remains the highlight of the trip. The entire staff treated us like we were longtime members of the club, whether it was Ashton Crowe and Spence Fikes from their management team or Jessie and Erica from the restaurant and beverage cart. The course is, and always has been, in great shape! The greens rolled smooth for all three rounds we played here and there are more improvements coming in the near future.

The updated pro shop had plenty of new merchandise to take back home with you and our group is very much looking forward to our 10th annual trip down next October!

You all know how to welcome us every year and greatly appreciate the hospitality!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 10/28/2022

I am delighted to read that every team member your group encountered provided world class customer service. As you have experienced , our golf course maintenance staff keeps the course in peak condition. The greens roll smooth because of our superintendents meticulous attention with his staff and his training practices. Thanks for recognizing how the brand new club house renovations enhance the golf shopping experience.

We appreciate your loyalty and continued support of playing our golf club every year.

We look forward to seeing you all in 2023 for your 10th annual trip..

Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 10/28/2022

We appreciate you taking the time to leave an excellent review. We look forward to your next visit.

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great time

Course was great - staff was absolutely awesome. Shop pros, starter, cart girl and the big guy cleaning our clubs at the end were absolutely the best most friendly folks I have ever experienced at a golf course. - great job hiring. Service like that is hard to find anymore.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
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Commented on 10/20/2022

We take great pride in our staff and the level of customer service we provide. When hiring we focus on hiring people who want to be here long term and want to be a part of a family that strives to provide a world class experience for every patron who visits Kelly Plantation Golf Club. I appreciate you taking the time to leave this 5 star review and recognizing our staff for a job well done. We look forward to your next visit.

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

The course is beautiful!

The course is beautiful, the staff are super friendly and the food in the club house was superb! We will definitely be back!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 10/20/2022

Thank you for noticing the amazing job our maintenance staff does to keep our golf course beautiful, the wonderfully prepared food in the restaurant and the overall staff friendliness in every department. We appreciate you taking the time to share your expoerience and look forward to seeing you on your next visit.

Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Worth Playing, Like Raven Better

We played both the Raven and Kelly. I liked Raven better overall. Kelly's greens were fantastic, best greens I've ever played. I would recommend playing. The apples at the turn are awesome. The starter was great. Pace of play was good, we played on a Sunday. The only reason I didn't give it an excellent in conditions is the bunkers, I feel they could look a little prettier for a course of this caliber.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 10/23/2022

Thank you for the compliment about our greens. Our maintenance staff works diligently to ensure we are in peak condition daily. As you mentioned from our outstanding customer service to our delicious cold apples on 10 tee it was an excellent experience. I am glad you got to play another course on your trip, and you enjoyed them as well. Destin is a great spot to visit, and the area has many great golf courses.

We look forward to your next visit to Kelly Plantation Golf Club.

Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 10/15/2022

We appreciate you choosing to play at Kelly Plantation Golf Club. We are glad you enjoyed your experience and thank you for the 5 Star review.

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