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4.4
664 Reviews (664)
5 Stars
346
4 Stars
268
3 Stars
34
2 Stars
10
1 Stars
6
Conditions
4.3
Value
4.3
Layout
4.6
Friendliness
4.7
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.3
94.6%
Recommend this course
627 out of 664 reviews
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4.5
144 Reviews (144)
5 Stars
88
4 Stars
46
3 Stars
6
2 Stars
3
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.4
Value
4.2
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.4
StaffFriendliness
4.7
95.8%
Recommend this course
138 out of 144 reviews
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4.5
201 Reviews (201)
5 Stars
121
4 Stars
66
3 Stars
7
2 Stars
5
1 Stars
2
Conditions
4.4
Value
4.3
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.4
StaffFriendliness
4.7
95.0%
Recommend this course
191 out of 201 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) David Johnson (1991)

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
664 Reviews (664)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 20
Watching the Game 11
19th Hole Scenic Views 10
Course Challenges Include:
Water Hazards 45
Bunkers 37
Forced Carries 27
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 28
A Weekend Splurge 22
Seniors 20
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 32
Near Local Attractions 29
Worth the Drive 14

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Played On
Reviews 8
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Fun day

A little cold today but a great time playing with three other buds. The Buffalo chicken sandwiches were excellent at the bar and plenty of drinks were flowing. Lost a few balls but found many more. Two birdies will keep me coming back

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 65
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played

Early Sat round

Friendly staff in and outside. Very nice facility, good layout. Greens superb! Played in 2.5 hrs as a twosome, saw NO ONE else. Nice carts. Will be back soon

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Emerald bay

A lot of target golf, traps were very ruff around the edges. Green were in great shape, I just enjoy a course that’s more player friendly. Course was very wet on about 6 holes off very little rain.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 30
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times 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 Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 01/14/2021

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 7
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 01/14/2021

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 13
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Nice course

Nice course- needs some TLC. Definitely not a 5 star but has potential.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
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Commented on 01/13/2021

Hi, we appreciate you leaving a review and rating us. We will make sure to inform the entire team, so they know their hard work is paying off. We look forward to having you back at Emerald Bay Golf Club!

Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap Don't know
Skill Beginner
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Good but challenging course

Course was in good condition for time of the year and staff was friendly. Lots of water—bring extra balls if you’re a beginner.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 01/13/2021

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.

Played On
Reviews 15
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 20-24
Skill Beginner
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
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Commented on 01/11/2021

Hello, Tom. 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 4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Cold weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 01/08/2021

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

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
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Commented on 01/07/2021

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 6
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented on 01/05/2021

Hello, David. 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 2
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Wet weather
Used cart

It was supper busy. Cart path only. Course was nice.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 01/13/2021

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.

Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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Commented on 01/07/2021

Hello, thanks for taking the time to leave us a review. We see that 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. Thank you for playing Emerald Bay Golf Club.

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Played On
Reviews 8
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

All good till we were held up beginning hole 12 by 2 groups ahead! Both 5somes

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
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Commented on 01/01/2021

Hello and thank you for taking the time to review the course and rate us. We would like to apologize for the delay of play during your round. Please know that this is by no means the standard we strive to achieve. With an uncharacteristically full day, we work hard to accommodate everyone who visits our course and allow our guest the chance to complete their rounds. With that in mind, we are working to best control pace and allow everyone to finish in a reasonable amount of time. We will continue to look for ways to improve by using your comments as guidance. Thank you for playing Emerald Bay Golf Club. We hope to see you again soon.

Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Course was in good shape.

Slow play was annoying. The course itself was in good shape. The greens were good, mostly, with a few bare spots in places.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 01/01/2021

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.

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
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Commented on 01/01/2021

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.

Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

Disappointing

This was our first time in Destin and we were trying to play some of the different courses. Emerald Bay was the slowest course we played. We waited almost every hole and sometime every shot on the hole. Pace was very slow and no rangers were ever seen on the course. The starter said things were backed up at least 30 minutes so we ended up playing 30 minutes delayed in the afternoon, which meant we were not going to finish. We thought we would at least still get to hole 17 or 18, but we barely finished 12 because the pace was so slow. I would not go back and play this course again. We wasted our money and our time. This course is not well managed. They should not take tee times past noon because you won't get a full 18 holes in.

Conditions Good
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 01/01/2021

Hi, we appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. Please be advised that we are going to pass on your feedback to the teams in charge so they can work to make changes. For further resolution in this matter, please feel free to reach out to our team in the pro shop. Thanks for visiting Emerald Bay Golf Club. We hope you'll give us another chance to show you how we've improved in the near future!

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