Emerald Bay Golf Club in Destin, Florida, USA | GolfPass
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4.4
1307 Reviews (1307)
5 Stars
670
4 Stars
521
3 Stars
84
2 Stars
18
1 Stars
14
Conditions
4.2
Value
4.2
Layout
4.5
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.2
93.6%
Recommend this course
1225 out of 1307 reviews
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4.3
203 Reviews (203)
5 Stars
94
4 Stars
85
3 Stars
20
2 Stars
3
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.1
Value
4.1
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.2
StaffFriendliness
4.7
94.6%
Recommend this course
192 out of 203 reviews
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4.4
399 Reviews (399)
5 Stars
196
4 Stars
163
3 Stars
31
2 Stars
7
1 Stars
2
Conditions
4.2
Value
4.2
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.2
StaffFriendliness
4.6
94.0%
Recommend this course
375 out of 399 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Semi-Private/Resort
Par 72
Length 7050 yards
Slope 143
Rating 73.9

Located right along the water, Emerald Bay Golf Club was designed by Bob Cupp to be Destin's premier full-service, 18-hole championship course. Water is a prominent feature as the course overlooks the shores Choctawhatchee Bay and incorporates water features on 12 of the holes. Oftentimes golfers will face an intimidating shot across a lake or a pond. Emerald Bay Golf Club's sculpted fairways and tight greens are always in excellent condition. There are four sets of tees that make the golf course accessible to most players' abilities and no matter what skill level you are, the views are not to be missed. The views are especially breathtaking on the back nine, which borders the bay. There is also an expansive driving range at Emerald Bay that golfers can use before playing the golf course.

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Course Details

Year Built 1991
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens TifEagle Bermuda Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Bob Cupp (1991) Bob Cupp (2014)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code Appropriate golf attire. No denim, collared shirt required.

Food & Beverage

Bar, Restaurant

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Banquet Facilities

Reviews

4.4
1307 Reviews (1307)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 21
Watching the Game 11
19th Hole Scenic Views 10
Course Challenges Include:
Water Hazards 48
Bunkers 38
Forced Carries 28
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 29
A Weekend Splurge 22
Seniors 20
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 34
Near Local Attractions 30
Worth the Drive 15

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Reviews 1
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First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented on 08/11/2022

We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. Thank you for the 4 stars! We aim for a 5-star experience, so we always welcome feedback for improvement. Thank you for playing Emerald Bay Golf Club.

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Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
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Commented on 08/11/2022

Hello and thank you for your 5-star rating! We're delighted you enjoyed your round. Please book another round with us soon, and thanks for choosing Emerald Bay Golf Club!

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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 Good
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 08/08/2022

We're glad you enjoyed your experience with us. Please comment or reach out to our team in the golf shop to let us know more about your round at Emerald Bay Golf Club!

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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

Fun course

People waiting to get clubs out of my car. Filled my cooler up with ice. Free range balls were available. , nice chipping, and putting green.. fully stocked pro shop. Friendly staff from Marshall, pro-shop, and cart girl! Course conditions were very solid. Bermuda everything. Greens a bit slow for my liking but they were at least smooth and true pace of play is really good, partly because all of potential OB is marked with a clear red line so that players may just drop from where they may have have gone out otherwise. There are 5 choices of tee boxes to fit all skill levels. Fairways are generous for the most part. Enjoyed the day. We played the Ii tees which were 6600 and a 141 slope. I would say with everything playing. As a lateral hazard it didn’t play that tough. I lost two balls that normally could have inflated my score but didn’t die to red.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 08/08/2022

Thank you so much for the great review. We are glad you had an incredible time, and we hope to see you again soon! Thanks for choosing Emerald Bay Golf Club.

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Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played

Tough course but a lot of fun

Playing here is a treat, nice range and putting greens to warm up, great carts and very nice staff. Course Pro Kevin is awesome. Clubhouse had some minor issues with their restrooms but other than that it was great. Course conditions were very good and this is a super challenging 18 holes with well maintained fairways and fast greens. Great course and one of my favorites in area

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented on 08/02/2022

Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review. We're so glad that you enjoyed your round at Emerald Bay Golf Club. Please visit us again soon!

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Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented on 08/02/2022

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave an excellent rating! We really appreciate your business. Please let us know what we can do for you in the future to earn that last star and thanks for choosing Emerald Bay Golf Club!

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Reviews 1
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 08/08/2022

We love hearing about our golfers' experiences. Please tell us more about what you enjoyed during your round. Thanks for choosing Emerald Bay Golf Club!

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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

Amazing course

Absolutely beautiful course and such friendly staff. Can't wait to play it again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 07/29/2022

Hi, We are so pleased that you enjoyed your time at Emerald Bay Golf Club. We look forward to seeing you on the course soon for another 5-star experience!

Played On
Reviews 14
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 07/29/2022

Hello and thank you for your 5-star rating! We're delighted you enjoyed your round. Please book another round with us soon, and thanks for choosing Emerald Bay Golf Club!

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Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing

Worth the time

Well maintained laid out nicely. Played twilight 2-some. Finished in 3 hrs 45 minutes. Nice pace of play. Fairways and greens were in great shape.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 07/29/2022

We're glad you enjoyed your 5-star experience with us. Please comment or reach out to our team in the golf shop to let us know more about your round at Emerald Bay Golf Club!

Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing

Great track

Not as difficult as the other courses in destin but just as nice!!!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented on 07/29/2022

Hello and thank you for visiting us at Emerald Bay Golf Club. We appreciate your 4-star rating and review. We hope you join us for another round soon.

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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
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Commented on 08/02/2022

Hello and thank you for your 5-star rating! We're delighted you enjoyed your round. Please book another round with us soon, and thanks for choosing Emerald Bay Golf Club!

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Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great course

Went to Regatta Bay the Tuesday before and left disappointed. This place made up for it. Greens were in good condition and course well taken care of. Will come back on next vacation to Seaside.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 07/29/2022

We're glad you enjoyed your 5-star experience with us. Please comment or reach out to our team in the golf shop to let us know more about your round at Emerald Bay Golf Club!

Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Awesome time

Don’t playoff the fairways!!! Tough to chip with grass 4” tall. Other than that superb course!!! Great staff!! Nice driving range and put greens!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 07/29/2022

Hello and thank you for your 5-star rating! We're delighted you enjoyed your round. Please book another round with us soon, and thanks for choosing Emerald Bay Golf Club!

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Twice a year
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 07/22/2022

We are so pleased that you enjoyed your time at Emerald Bay Golf Club. We look forward to seeing you on the course soon for another great experience!

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

Vacation riunf

Nice course. Good greens well maintained typical coastal golf course.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented on 07/22/2022

Thank you for taking the time to review us. Your feedback is valuable, and we look forward to delivering you excellent service again soon. Emerald Bay Golf Club thanks you!

Played On
Reviews 8
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 07/22/2022

We are so pleased that you enjoyed your time at Emerald Bay Golf Club. We look forward to seeing you on the course soon for another great experience!

Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

This course played well after heavy rains

While some holes were cart path only, course really held up well. Staff was friendly and driving range was nice. Loved the holes by the bay, great place to take pictures.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented on 07/22/2022

Your feedback is important to us. Thank you for sharing your 5-star experience. We look forward to seeing you again at the course soon! Thanks for choosing Emerald Bay Golf Club.

Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
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Commented on 07/22/2022

We're glad you enjoyed your experience with us, Kmoore14. Please comment or reach out to our team in the golf shop to let us know more about your round at Emerald Bay Golf Club!

Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Beautiful course

The golf course is in excellent condition and the layout is challenging for a senior golfer from the III tees. Greens putted true and fast. Only negative was cart path only on several holes on front nine for some reason.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
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Commented on 07/22/2022

Thank you for taking the time to review us. Your feedback is valuable, and we look forward to delivering you excellent service again soon. Emerald Bay Golf Club thanks you!

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