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4.4
962 Reviews (962)
5 Stars
493
4 Stars
387
3 Stars
58
2 Stars
12
1 Stars
12
Conditions
4.3
Value
4.2
Layout
4.6
Friendliness
4.7
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.3
93.6%
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899 out of 962 reviews
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4.3
174 Reviews (174)
5 Stars
84
4 Stars
69
3 Stars
17
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
2
Conditions
4.1
Value
4.0
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.2
StaffFriendliness
4.5
89.1%
Recommend this course
155 out of 174 reviews
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4.4
379 Reviews (379)
5 Stars
202
4 Stars
139
3 Stars
27
2 Stars
4
1 Stars
7
Conditions
4.2
Value
4.2
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.2
StaffFriendliness
4.6
92.1%
Recommend this course
349 out of 379 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
962 Reviews (962)

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 47
Bunkers 37
Forced Carries 27
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 29
A Weekend Splurge 22
Seniors 20
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 33
Near Local Attractions 29
Worth the Drive 14

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5.0
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Previously Played

Great Course

Course was in great shape and pace of play was fine. Greens are a little slow but putted true. The staff has always been friendly and Inwould recommend this course if you visit the Destin area.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Emerald Bay is fun test of golf.

We enjoyed playing Emerald Bay today. Course was in great condition.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Reviews 6
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
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5.0
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Previously Played

Came down for vacation from Louisville

Came down for vacation from LouisvillePlay twice in February and hope to play one more time this week. Which means we really like the course..

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played

Great Monday morning round at Emerald Bay

Fun layout, course was in great shape, friendly staff, played in 3 1/2 hours, fun round.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played

Played early on a Sunday and no one ahead of me . Course was in good condition considering all the rain they've had . Greens were for most part good and pitted very well. A little over-priced for this time of year and not very many players. Great course to play, just over priced

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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Commented on 10/25/2021

Hello. 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.

Played On
Reviews 13
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing

Excellent value in Destin

Got the 1st time available on Sunday morning and we played in under 3 hours. Greens were watered in the morning so they were little slow. They putted well and do not break as much as you think.. I thought the value for $80 on golf now was excellent, we played Kelly Plantation which is massively overpriced at a $199..

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 10/25/2021

Hello. 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.

Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 10/25/2021

Hello. 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 17
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played

Give it a look

Course in overall good shape. Nice welcome. I would encourage greenskeeper to move hole placements. Holes needed a refresh on most holes and one hole had been completely damaged.

Tough track with plenty of challenge. Water on multiple holes.

Would appreciate water on course as well.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 10/25/2021

Hello. 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 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing

Good course

Good experience overall. We had some slow players in front of us so had to wait on most holes. Green had some repair but did not affect our putting. Would play again

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 10/25/2021

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!

Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 10/25/2021

Hello. We would love to hear more about your 4-star experience on our course. Please tell us what we can do to earn that last star, and thanks for golfing at Emerald Bay Golf Club!

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

Destin Vacation

Challenging and beautiful layout from #2 Tees. Lots of fun.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 10/25/2021

Hello. 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.

Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 10/15/2021

Hi, 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
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

No value

Course was not worth what I paid. Greens were not in very good shape, burnt areas and bare spots

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
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Commented on 10/13/2021

We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. We are going to pass on your feedback to the team. Thanks for visiting Emerald Bay Golf Club, and we hope to see you again in the future.

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
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Commented on 10/13/2021

Hello, we appreciate you taking the time to leave us a review. We would love to know how we can earn those last two stars next time! Thanks for playing Emerald Bay Golf Club.

Played On
Reviews 171
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Arizona Advisor
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Top 50 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Nice place, over priced

After a few days of rain, all of Sandestin's courses were soggy and cart path only. I was desperate and came to golf so played anyway. I might rate this higher if I hadn't spent the day lugging three clubs to the other side of the fairway and still had the wrong one. It's a nice facility. No problems with poor sand around here, gotta give you that. It's a pretty wide open course.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 10/13/2021

We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. We are going to pass on your feedback to the team. Thanks for visiting Emerald Bay Golf Club, and we hope to see you again in the future.

Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 10/14/2021

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 Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
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Commented on 10/12/2021

Hello, thanks for taking the time to leave us a review. We see you rated the course 2-stars and are interested in learning what we can do to improve for your next visit.

We take customer feedback very seriously at our course. Please reach out to our team in the golf shop and tell us what's on your mind.

Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Fun and challenging round!

Threesome from Kentucky - really enjoyed our round, even though it was wet from torrential rains the last few days. Course drained really well considering…. Greens are really slow but in good shape. Pro shop staff, starter, bag/cart attendants were all VERY nice and helpful.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 10/07/2021

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.

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Good Course

A little with due to all the rain, but would have been great. Fun to play. Great staff.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 10/07/2021

Thank you so much for your feedback. We are glad you had enjoyed your time at Emerald Bay Golf Club, and pride ourselves on delivering the best experience possible.

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