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4.3
743 Reviews (743)
5 Stars
354
4 Stars
282
3 Stars
74
2 Stars
20
1 Stars
13
Conditions
4.2
Value
3.9
Layout
4.4
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.3
Amenities
3.9
88.5%
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668 out of 743 reviews
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4.1
118 Reviews (118)
5 Stars
52
4 Stars
41
3 Stars
17
2 Stars
5
1 Stars
3
Conditions
3.9
Value
3.5
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.2
Amenities
3.8
StaffFriendliness
4.6
86.4%
Recommend this course
102 out of 118 reviews
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4.3
249 Reviews (249)
5 Stars
120
4 Stars
95
3 Stars
24
2 Stars
5
1 Stars
5
Conditions
4.1
Value
3.9
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.3
Amenities
3.9
StaffFriendliness
4.7
90.0%
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224 out of 249 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Resort
Par 72
Length 7152 yards
Slope 143
Rating 74.3

Bay Point Golf Club's Nicklaus Course at Sheraton Bay Point Resort is the only Nicklaus Design course in Northwest Florida. The golf course was formerly Lagoon Legend, which had a reputation for being one of the Florida Panhandle's toughest layouts. In 2004, the golf course closed and underwent a major renovation by the Nicklaus Design team. It reopened a year later with rave reviews. The redesign included restructuring the tees, greens, and bunkers and also re-contouring the fairways. The scenic landscape of scrub oaks, towering pines, and saltwater marshes was carefully preserved though. The golf course maintained the challenging aspects of the original but infused a play-ability that makes it accessible to all skill levels. Also like the former course, the new Nicklaus design offers the same stunning views of St. Andrew's Bay. In the fall of 2018, the Nicklaus Course completed a greens conversion to Tif-Eagle Bermuda-grass greens to bring championship greens to a championship course. Bay Point Golf Club has won the Panama City News Herald's "Best of Bay" in 2016, 2017, and 2018. The Nicklaus Course has hosted US Open Local qualifiers and is a home course of the FSU Women's Golf Team and will host their Division 1 Invitational in February of 2020.

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Course Details

Year Built 1986
Greens Tif-Eagle Ultra-Dwarf Bermuda Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Bruce Devlin (1986) Nicklaus (2005) Rick Robbins Gary Nicklaus (2005)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs 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
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Proper golf attire.

Food & Beverage

Food & Beverage

Available Sports

Tennis

Reviews

4.3
743 Reviews (743)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 19
Course Challenges Include:
Water Hazards 39
Bunkers 33
Forced Carries 33
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 32
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 24
A Weekend Splurge 21
This Course's Location is:
At a Resort 31
Convenient to the City 23
Worth the Drive 21

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5.0
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Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
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5.0
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Perfect weather
Used cart

Course was challenging but fair,

Take the advice of the starter and play at the member tees. I will play this course again

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great Layout

Bay Point is a challenging course complete with well placed obstacles and hazards. Staff was very helpful, offering tips and information to make navigation and play enjoyable. Minor damage on a couple of greens. Other than that the course was in beautiful shape. New cups were cut each day we played. One more shout out for the staff. They were awesome!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
3.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
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First Time Playing

What Nicklaus designed this place?

This course is a decent municipal level course , but Nicklaus would b embarrassed to have his name associated w/ this place .
Tee boxes, fairways and greens were in average shape , with the green rolling very roughly; akin to putting on a bumpy indoor /outdoor green carpet.
Signage was minimal and the route from 3 green to 4 tee was very poorly marked .The Oregon Trail was shorter!
I was guessing all day on yardage despite having my range finder .
Pace of play was great . I was a single in a cart and was able to play multiple shots around the green and still finish in 3 hours . There were very few memorable holes ; 0 in fact .
The 1 bright spot was the staff. They were friendly and very helpful.The range and putting green were adequate .
I would not play the course again . $100 for a $45 value

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
3.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great staff

We found the staff were not only friendly but very helpful, makes a good course seem even better.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 7
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Nice track. Showing some wear

Played here a few times and will play again. Course in decent condition but the greens were showing bare patches here and there.
Pace was a challenge with a set of four-somes in front of our two-some. That said, 2 of the four-domes let us play thru … so total time was respectable at just on 4 hours.
Nice layout with some challenging holes and some easier ….

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Bay Point - will play again

great course. Greens in good shape. Overnight rain meant we walked a lot on several holes.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Course is still recovering 3 years post hurricane

When we decided to play the course, my expectations were high. The green fees are not inexpensive and the value of the course should follow. The "clubhouse" is cobbled together at this point. Construction is happening currently. The "Marshalls were borderline rude, maybe just having a bad day. The greens, especially the back nine, were either recently treated with thousands of pounds of pebbly fertilizer, or there is a major problem. Disappointing this time out.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Fair
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Early morning tee time

The round started slow, but after three holes, the pace was up to us, with no one in front of us or behind us. The greens were sandy. In the past we would have received a discounted rate for the sandy greens, that did not happen this time. Range is closed early on Thursday for maintenance. Still a great vacation course with plenty of views and challenges. Staff is very helpful. Today was the first day of brand new golf carts.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
2.0
Previously Played

Greens

Your greens should not have a Jack Nicholas name attached to them. We’ve been coming and playing this place for more than ten years. We were so disappointed by the condition of the greens. Obviously the new owners know nothing about golf courses. Too bad.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 11
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great outing

Beautiful layout and super friendly staff. Greens a little slow due to sand but great round

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great golf course

We really enjoyed playing golf at Bay Hill Golf Course, even though some of the holes were closed because of several days of heavy rain!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Fair
Friendliness Fair
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Surprises all around

When we got to the course was greeted by a nice man who brought our cart to the parking lot and directed us to the clubhouse. Inside the staff informed us that four holes are closed but the rate is still the same. So we played 14 holes for the price of 18. Pretty expensive compared to quality of courses I’ve played. I won’t pay $120 to play all 18 if they ever open the other four. Too many dead spot on greens.

This course was very wet from recent rain and only one fairway open to carts. Four sets of tees for all levels of play. Challenge with both tight fairways in some holes and length

We were directed to the sixth hole for our opening hole. Played fairly quickly until reaching groups ahead. One allowed us through but others didn’t acknowledge we were faster. Bring your A game. You’ll need to be in good spots to score with current conditions.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Beautiful course

The staff was awesome and the course was in great shape.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
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