There are plenty of exciting things to do in Panhandle, Florida. This Emerald Coast that was once known as a hinterland now holds silver sand beaches, well preserved infrastructures, distinct dining and shopping, striking natural wonders and the fast blossoming premier golf destinations. These days, Panhandle has about 50 PGA rated courses.
Here are some of the best discounted golf vacation destinations that features well designed courses for a truly authentic Deep South golfing adventure.
Hidden Creek offer Florida’s finest golfing experience. This Ron Garl layout is known for its fast greens, rolling terrain, lush landscaping, excellent condition, and the scenic layout. The 18-hole championship course stretches at about 6,862 yards, par 72 from the back tees and challenges golfers with various skill levels. Four tee options are also available.
The 18 holes of Hombre Golf Club have hosted the 1990 PGA Tour event-The Panama City Beach Classic. In 2001, another nine holes “the Good” with 3,170 yards par 35 to the “Bad” and “Ugly” nines which can now provide every golfer with three different 18 hole options. The original 18 holes play a challenging 4,901 yards for the ladies and 5,400 to 6,836 yards championship tees for the men.
This 18-hole Jerry Pate designed championship course has a yard layout of 6,687 with par 71 and 419 fairways. The champion Bermuda greens of the Scenic Hills Golf Club course also comes with continuous car paths that enable every golfer to experience challenging and exciting rounds of golf. Other amenities include the four sets of tee boxes on every hole and the comprehensive practice facility.
The Shalimar Pointe has a spectacular 18-hole championship course with par 72, 6,765 yard layout on the manicured greens and strategically placed bunkers. This Finger and Dye designed layout also provides five set of tees on each hole giving every golfer a well deserved golfing experience. The comprehensive practice facility also features the spacious driving range, putting green, and chipping green.
The 750 acre setting of Windswept Dunes provides a truly remarkable 7,607 yards of championship golf layout. Designer and builder Doug O’Rourke features the miles of white sand dunes, large rolling fairways, artful bunkering, and immaculate conditioning on the entire course. The five additional sets of tees will also provide the golfers on any skill level with challenging rounds.
Every golfer can travel with Tiger Point’s East and West Courses. Both of the layouts feature the breathtaking waterfront views and the lofty southern pines. In 2007, the 3,414 yard par 36, 9-hole layout of the West Course and the 7,041 yard par 72 layout of the Scottish style East Course has been cited as “Best of the Bay” by Pensacola News Journal.
This 18-hole “Baytowne” course of the Sandestine Golf & Beach Resort features the par 71, 6,805 yards of golf from the longest tees. Also, this Tom Jackson designed layout has become the premier choice among the golf courses in Northwestern portion of Florida. This “stay and play” facility underwent an expansive renovation in the summer of 2005.
The links course is another Tom Jackson layout at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. This course features over 6,710 yards par 72 off the championship tees. Also known as “a shotmaker’s” course, The Links course is nestled with the undulating greens as well as the constant breeze blowing in off the Gulf Coast winds. Water is in play in the 14 holes of the entire 18-hole layout.
Burnt Pine Golf Club was deemed as the “Crown Jewel of Florida Golf” by Golf Magazine and one of the “Top Courses in Florida” by Golf Digest. These are among the many citations that this Rees Jones’ layout has received over the years. The 7,000 yard layout was incorporated with strategically placed bunkers and rolling fairways. The wetlands of Emerald Coast and the Choctawhatchee Bay are among the views that this 18-hole course brings about.
Home to the 2006 and 2007 PGA Champions Tour, the Raven Golf Club was masterfully crafted within the marshes, pine trees, and wetlands of Sandestin. Designed by Robert Trent Jr., this golf layout is called “a true modern traditional” that stretches in the 6,900 yard par 71 greens. Club selection is essential as the golfer approach the challenges of the large undulating greens.
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