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3.6
660 Reviews (660)
5 Stars
126
4 Stars
276
3 Stars
161
2 Stars
57
1 Stars
40
Conditions
3.2
Value
4.1
Layout
3.9
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.3
Amenities
3.5
77.0%
Recommend this course
514 out of 660 reviews
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Average Rating
Avg Rating
3.8
134 Reviews (134)
5 Stars
32
4 Stars
59
3 Stars
34
2 Stars
4
1 Stars
5
Conditions
3.5
Value
4.3
Layout
4.0
Pace
4.3
Amenities
3.7
StaffFriendliness
4.7
83.6%
Recommend this course
112 out of 134 reviews
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Average Rating
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3.7
199 Reviews (199)
5 Stars
45
4 Stars
83
3 Stars
50
2 Stars
14
1 Stars
7
Conditions
3.3
Value
4.2
Layout
4.0
Pace
4.3
Amenities
3.6
StaffFriendliness
4.7
80.4%
Recommend this course
160 out of 199 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Resort
Par 72
Length 6555 yards
Slope 141
Rating 71.8
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Bluewater Bay Golf Club
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Course Details

Year Built 1981
Golf Season Year round
Architect Tom Fazio (1981) Jerry Pate (1981)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro No
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code Proper golf attire required.

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Marina, Banquet Facilities

Available Activities

Swimming, Billiards

Available Sports

Tennis

Reviews

3.6
660 Reviews (660)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 23
Watching the Game 10
Amazing Food 9
Course Challenges Include:
Water Hazards 47
Bunkers 38
Narrow Fairways 24
This course/club is great for:
Locals 30
Playing Multiple Courses 27
Seniors 25
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 29
Worth the Drive 19
In the 'Burbs 15

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Played On
Reviews 25
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Ok for the price

Greebs were just aerated this week. Not their fault for the calendar. Every course local is doing that this week. Fairways though we’re not great. Rough was awful. Tee boxes - well some didn’t exist and most were really unkempt. Views were just eh. The price was low. Fairways aren’t as tight as most let on. Would I play here again? Yes, I would like to try it again when greens are back.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

If it wasnt for the bridge.........................

I think Bluewater bay would pull in more 30a vacationers if not for the bridge and traffic. granted $8 round trip toll is not a crippler; more an inconvenience. Why don't they accept all EZ pass formats? Staff was exceptional professional and friendly. Carts in good shape (of coarse GPS would be helpful).
Only complaint is the lack of signage between the holes and the two courses.
Twice I got a little lost between holes.
Milligans the 19th hole is excellent. Bar, food, ambiance and the staff are great
Despite the traffic, I'll be back

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 8
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Pleasantly surprised!

We have lived in the area for 6 years and in that time have played Bluewater Bay probably 8 times in total over the years.

I have never seen the course in better condition than now. It appears they have applied more effort into maintenance since closing the 9 holes called Lake. Marsh and Bay remain with the former having more generous landing areas. Most greens are on the small side and overall I'd characterize the track as "target golf".

Pete the starter and Marshall was very friendly and a good agent for the establishment. We even enjoyed on course beverage services and the lady was very hospitable and respectful of the players. She even shared free peanut butter crackers.

I forgot my cell phone in the cart and the representative in the pro shop was very helpful in making sure it was safeguarded and returned to me, with a follow up phone call confirming it was located.

Overall a wonderful time was had by my foursome and we intend to return soon!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 8
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Relaxing Day

Great weather to play golf. Pace of play was good. Course is improving but worth the money. Keep making improvements and we will be playing it on our regular rotation.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Fun course

Layout is tight and you won’t need many drivers. Fun course where you have to shape your shots. Greens are in great shape and fairways are good to. Great value for the money and will play again. It’s not a premier course but it’s a fun one and in good shape

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Nice layout but course could use better maintenance and watering.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

You get what you paid for.

I’m disheartened. I thought the Bluewater Bay GC was a good course because of its location and area but I was wrong. I’ll just mention some key points:

Tee boxes aren’t kept in good shape. Lots of them have overgrown grass all around them.

The course layout is terrible. Instead of an 18-hole course, it’s two separate 9-hole courses. When you go from the 9th hole to the 10th—which is the 1st hole of the second course—you’ need to drive to it through the neighborhood; it takes about 4 minutes to get there.

The holes are so narrow that, if you slice or pull your ball, forget about it. You’ll end up either in someone’s backyard or in their street.

The bunkers are in dire condition. The #8 on the Marsh Course has a long bunker on the left. It has so much overgrown grass, it looks like quicksand. I even thought for a second that it was a sandy pond.

Other than a single bathroom on each course, with a water fountain (which not many people use fountains anymore), there are no water stations across the golf course.

The driving range looks so unkept, it seriously looks like an abandoned range.

The only positive experience I had was with the Pro Shop staff. They’re very friendly and efficient.

Finally, even with the inexpensive rate I paid today, I’m not ever coming back again.

Conditions Poor
Value Excellent
Layout Poor
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Good value

Overall, the course is a decent value for the money. The greens are in average condition, with some repair areas on the greens. The fairways are slightly below average. The sand traps are below average with grass growing in some of them. The course is short, so if you’re long off the tee - it’s driver/wedge. I hit irons off the tee to change it up.

Overall though, the course is pretty cheap if you get a GolfNow “Hot Deal”. I’d pay $20 to play again, but not above $30.

Conditions Fair
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 90
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Kentucky Advisor
Top 250 Contributor
First Time Playing
Cold weather
Used cart

If Only...

Having never played here before we were expecting a "resort" feel as the name "Bluewater Bay Resort" on their website would imply. Back in the day this was probably a cool 3x9-hole layout. Today it's down to 2x9, and only the second half is receiving the normal TLC a course deserves.

You get the feeling it's on its last legs as most of the facilities have not been updated. We joined up with a local couple who helped us navigate the meandering cart paths through dense neighborhoods. While the first 9 fairways and greens showed their age the second 9 looked newer and well kept.

Compared to current local pricing this was not worth more than the $30 GolfNow Hot Deal we got.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 41
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played

Neighborhood golf at the Bay

Surrounded by private homes these nine hole courses have a nice layout - we played Bay and Marsh -, but tee boxes, sand traps and fairways are a bit rough. Greens are ok and well playable. If one wants better conditions it‘s always possible to spend double price or more and get one of Destins signature courses.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 15
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 25
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Love the course,,but

Wife and I play here often. We love the course, and the employees. We often get “stuck” behind a group of really slow players, who choose not to let us play through. This only happens when there is no marshal present. Please have on course presence to elevate this issue
Thank you

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 30
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
2.0
First Time Playing

First time playing 4/6/2021

Fairways are bad. Ground is hard as a rock with no fluff. Like trying to chip off of concrete. Club house is small. Cook slept in so no food, snacks, or drinks. Greens and Tee boxes were in decent shape. Course was very cheap for 18 holes. Course does offer a couple of nice views of the bay. If looking to have a great score, don’t come here.

Conditions Poor
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
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