Bay Point Resort - Nicklaus Course in Panama City, Florida, USA | GolfPass
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3.8
937 Reviews (937)
5 Stars
403
4 Stars
335
3 Stars
114
2 Stars
49
1 Stars
36
Conditions
3.6
Value
3.5
Layout
4.3
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.1
Amenities
3.8
74.7%
Recommend this course
781 out of 937 reviews
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Avg Rating
3.2
157 Reviews (157)
5 Stars
31
4 Stars
38
3 Stars
37
2 Stars
28
1 Stars
23
Conditions
2.7
Value
2.7
Layout
4.0
Pace
3.9
Amenities
3.6
StaffFriendliness
4.5
49.7%
Recommend this course
78 out of 157 reviews
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3.5
246 Reviews (246)
5 Stars
69
4 Stars
72
3 Stars
50
2 Stars
32
1 Stars
23
Conditions
3.1
Value
3.1
Layout
4.2
Pace
4.0
Amenities
3.7
StaffFriendliness
4.5
63.4%
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156 out of 246 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

3.8
937 Reviews (937)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 19
Course Challenges Include:
Water Hazards 39
Bunkers 34
Forced Carries 33
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 33
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 25
A Weekend Splurge 22
This Course's Location is:
At a Resort 31
Convenient to the City 23
Worth the Drive 21

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Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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1.0
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Temporary greens

Do not play with temporary greens. Takes the effect off the course

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
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Previously Played

Provisional greens

My only issue was not knowing of the provisional greens at the time I made the reservation I was only informed when I got there. The price is acceptable for the course in good standing but unnacceptable for the provisional greens.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
3.0
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First Time Playing

Temporary greens make it no fun

My fault I didn’t pay attention when booking it had temporary tees. Every hole was a circle mowed in the fairway. Took putting away from the experience of golfing in Fla on vacation. I’ll pay better attention next time. Also a homeowner chased down one of the guys in the foursome who was placed with us , for hitting his fence with an errant ball and demanded $30. Solid jerk. Lives on a golf course beside a tee box. What’s he expect? Geez!

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 16
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

TEMPORARY GREENS!!!!

TEMPORARY GREENS!!! That is how it should have been listed in the course description but in stead it was hidden in the small print. Total waste of time and money ($60.00) Should be ready for play in 2024 but not sooner.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Fair
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Still Enjoyable

Played during vacation with the temporary greens. If you go in knowing the course conditions, it still can be a fun and challenging course. Not very busy at all, threesome played in just under 3 hours. Every staff member we met were friendly and courteous. Will definitely play again when we're back in the area.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing

Good Under Current Conditions

The staff at this course has communicated that there are temporary greens in nearly every way that they can. If you are not aware of this before you play, that’s your fault, you are not paying attention.

With that out of the way, the course is a great layout, a couple of brutal holes, but a lot of fun. The staff was outstanding at every turn and went above and beyond to accommodate us.

Yes, the temporary greens are not ideal. But when this course comes back, it will be a blast. In the meantime, play it anyway, and work on that long game. Have a chat with the cart girl, who is incredible.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Awful Experience

Let me start by saying everyone in the club house to the starter was wonderful. That said, we all should have been notified of the make shift greens. You should be embarrassed to allow us to not only play, but charge that price of the green fee. But to make this probably the worst golf experience I’ve ever had, was the pace of play. There were 6, yes 6 groups back behind a foursome on the back nine, and not only did the lovely cigar smoking ranger not do anything about the situation, he chose to harass a couple of teenagers instead of doing his job. Embarrassing.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Shame on you Baypoint golf course management.

Shame on you Baypoint golf course management.
Why? The course was advertised for $75 around with no indication whatsoever that all of the greens were under repair and that temporary greens were set up in the fairway with coffee cans sized flag holes. You were essentially putting on the fairway in front of each green. To pay full price at a weekend rate and have those conditions and not be told ahead of time until you’re reaching the starter at the first hole… And he casually says “did anyone tell you that we don’t have access to the greens when you paid at the counter?”

Don’t get me wrong, if the greens were in playable shape this is a beautiful, challenging course and well-maintained. It just didn’t sit well with me as a patron to not be told on the website when signing up for a teatime the greens are under repair. There are lots of golf courses to play along the panhandle coast. We chose this one and we’re disappointed in the staff and management for their poor customer service.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Bay Point is coming back

If you haven’t heard, Nicklaus currently has temporary greens. I saw it noted by GolfNow when booking and saw the big red sign on the counter at check in. It’s also noted in every comment for the last 2 months. Unfortunately it’s a process the course has to go thru to get it back to playing shape but I’m confident they will get there. Overall this is still the best course in Bay County. I paid $60 for a mid-day weekend round which I thought was reasonable given this course is normally $120ish. If you pay attention and realize they have temporary greens, then it is what it is. Just move back a tee box and take the two putt. It sounds like the greens will reopen towards the end of the summer so I look forward to playing here again.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Only thing I have to say is that I wish it was mentioned that we'd be playing on temporary greens when we booked the tee time.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Tough course

Tough course, would’ve been better if temporary greens were not in effect. No clubhouse at the turn and never saw drink cart on the back 9. Glad we got the Tee Off rate, would never pay $130 for the course. Most redeeming quality is the staff, very friendly.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 7
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Temporary Greens

Don't even bother taking your putter out of the bag. This is basically target golf. You hit your ball onto the small, temporary green and pick it up. Fairways were in great shape

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

Temp greens are very rough to play on. Might as well just chip everything. Don’t bother bringing a putter. Other than that the course was good.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Greens closed

Greens were lost or being redone. Either way we were not informed when making the tee time. Great layout but greens are far from coming in

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Greens closed/range closed

When making the tee time we were not informed in any fashion that true greens were under significant repair - think they lost them. The price to play for the greens was a bit much. Had fun overall but poor information ahead of time from course on greens.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Price

For the price they should tell you that the greens aren’t being used. They built small greens with a big hole. They shouldn’t charge full price when you aren’t getting a true yardage.

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

Don’t go

Don’t waste your time or money. The cost is $80-$130 depending on the day. For that much you expect an amazing golf course. When I played every green was off limits for repair so every hole had a temporary green that was in the fairway about 30 yards in front of the green. The temporary greens are fairway grass and all about 15 feet wide. Too make it worst the hole on each green is a foot in diameter. Literally the hole is the size of a basketball. So you can’t really count any of your scores because it is a gimme every putt. For how bad it was you shouldn’t have to pay anything close to the green fees.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Beginner
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Don't waste your time nor money.

I was blown away at the cost of this course for the condition it was in.
1st off the website only says greens are aerated, that's a lie (temp greens). The host did mention it so I decided to play any way. My mistake/stupidity.
The temporary greens were a circle cut in the fairway about 20-30 yards short of the actual green, and about 10-20 foot in diameter, which was like putting on household carpet, and the cup was the size of a volleyball.
I am so embarrassed to even let someone know that I paid to play there. I hope for any future golfers research better than I did. Call ahead of time to verify what aerated greens actually means in there words. I even had a buddy tell me it was horrible but I guess I had to find out for myself, yes I learned the hard way..

Lesson learned for this guy.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
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