Links at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort

4.0000000000 4.0 stars from 5 (306)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6710 yards
  • Slope: 135
  • Rating: 72.2
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes - "Sandestin Golf Academy"

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: No Denim, Collared Shirt and Bermuda Shorts Required
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Gold 72 6710 yards 72.2 135
Gold (W) 72 6710 yards 79.1 137
Blue 72 6238 yards 70.2 124
Blue (W) 72 6238 yards 76.5 131
White 72 5761 yards 69.0 114
White (W) 72 5761 yards 73.8 126
Red (W) 72 4897 yards 69.1 115

Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 4.0 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.8 stars from 5
Value: 4.0 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.9 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.2 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.6 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 306 Reviews
5 stars:
96
4 stars:
144
3 stars:
40
2 stars:
22
1 stars:
4

recommend this course

263 out of 305 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is at a resort convenient to the city near local attractions   Great for wildlife/ scenic views advanced golfers a weekend splurge   Challenges include water hazards bunkers narrow fairways  

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3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/10/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


Response from Sandestin Resort and Club Management on 06/11/2017:

We're sorry to hear you were not able to recommend the course at this time. Please feel free to reach out to the pro shop to discuss your experience in detail. Thank you for golfing with us!


Collin17's avatar
Age:  Under 25
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/06/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

Course was great. It stormed for about 2 or 3 days before I played so it was a little sloppy. It was in great condition for it to have rained as much as if did. The man in the proshop was very friendly!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from Sandestin Resort and Club Management on 06/11/2017:

Thank you for golfing with us and taking time to provide a 5 star review! Even with wet conditions, our staff works quickly to maintain good playing conditions. See you soon!


wilhenry's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/02/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from Sandestin Resort and Club Management on 06/11/2017:

Thank you for the 5 star review! We're happy to hear about excellent customer service and your enjoyment of the course.

"Conditions not worthy of the greens fees"


GreenAccord's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/01/2017
First time playing Used cart

Reviewed on

While greens aeration is absolutely necessary, where I am from, when a course is still in the recovery phase after being punched, greens fees are adjust accordingly. I had played a nearby course, Indian Bayou, just 2 days prior, and for about the same fees, was in immeasurably better condition.

Additionally, my twosome was paired with a father-son twosome that contained essentially a beginner at golf. Because of this, we fell further and further behind the group in front. While we tried to encourage our playing partners to scoot along, at no point did we ever see any on-course player assistance advise 'us' to keep up. I am sure this was met with disappointment by the group behind us.

Lastly, while the fees certainly included range balls, the range was being 'mowed' and was closed the entire duration of our warmup, which was around 8 AM. How a course saw fit to have a range closed for simple 'lawn maintenance' in prime pre-noon tee times is mystifying and simply, unacceptable.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


Response from Sandestin Resort and Club Management on 06/12/2017:

Thank you for golfing with us! The greens conditions will only improve as we head into summer season. We're sorry to hear about your pace of play. Our staff works hard to accommodate all levels of golfers, but it should not impact your round.

"Nice Course, Needs Minor Improvements"


u4797447's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  Don't know

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/29/2017
First time playing Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Links at Sandestin offer some great views of the bay and beautiful landscapes. The course plays fairly narrow at times with water hazards, marsh and fairways banked by homes. It was raining at the start of our day but cleared up quickly. The greens were tough to read from the rain and the fact they had just been aerated.

Many of the holes lack yardage markers and several of the holes need better signage on the cart paths.

Pace of play seemed to go out the window as a result of the inclement weather. We arrived for our tee time a couple minutes early and there was already a line of carts waiting to tee up right behind us. The round started off feeling very rushed. Then we got stuck behind a very slow group in front of us and didn't get to play through until the 10th.

As far as off-course amenities, not really sure there are any. There is a restaurant at the resort across the street, but it is not really part of the course. The staff was very friendly and helpful. It was a fun course, we will probably be back at some point. There's just too many other courses in the area to check out.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Response from Sandestin Resort and Club Management on 06/09/2017:

Your feedback is greatly appreciated! We're happy to hear you enjoyed your day of golf and will come back to visit us sometime in the future. We're happy to hear the weather cleared, but sorry you played with an inconsistent pace of play. This can be frustrating and will be addressed for next time. See you soon!


u000002037420's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/26/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from Sandestin Resort and Club Management on 06/09/2017:

Your 4 star review and recommendation of the course is greatly appreciated. We agree, the greens will be looking excellent as we head into summer months!

"Bring Ur Sticks"


twday4's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/25/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Or rent. I asked three different people and the all recommended The Links course while staying at or near Sandestin. As an average golfer, there was nothing to fear but plenty of sights and fun. Lost 2 balls in water. But none on 17 other holes!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from Sandestin Resort and Club Management on 06/09/2017:

Thank you for the 4 star review! We're glad you decided to play with us during your visit. See you soon!


kconlin0114's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/22/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from Sandestin Resort and Club Management on 06/09/2017:

Thank you for the 4 star review!

"great golf"


shamusdowd's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/22/2017
Previously played Used cart Windy weather

Reviewed on

fun course , great layout. but no reflectors on flags and very few ball washers.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Response from Sandestin Resort and Club Management on 06/09/2017:

Your 4 star review and recommendation is greatly appreciated! We're happy to hear you had a fun day of golf and enjoyed the layout. See you soon!

"Slow play, but great conditions"


JustHacking's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/06/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We played on a Saturday May 6, 2017 as a twosome. The twosome in front of were painfully slow until they threw in the towel somewhere around the turn. Then we were behind a foursome that was pretty slow as well. I never saw a marshall address the slow play issue.

There is a lot of water that comes into play (14 of 18 holes I think) so if you are struggling with some swing issues bring plenty of balls.

The course has a lot of great views of the bay.

The fairways were in great condition and the greens were rolling really nicely. The staff was pretty friendly and the course was fun to play. I would play the course again, but would hope that the slow play might be addressed if it were to happen again.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



Response from Sandestin Resort and Club Management on 06/07/2017:

Thank you for the 4 star review and recommendation! We're happy to hear you enjoyed the course even with inconsistent pace. Our staff works hard to accommodate all golfers during their round. We look forward to providing an even better experience next time. The course may have been backed up on this particular day, but this is not our standard. See you soon!

"Great Facility"


u0000287735's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/06/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

We played the day after some extensive rain but to our surprise the 90degree was in effect instead of cart path only which we expected. The course was in great condition, FIRM greens and dry fairways.

The layout was challenging and the 20+ mph wind gust added extra stress. Very enjoyable layout with three sets of tees. Plenty of water if you spray the ball.

Will play again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from Sandestin Resort and Club Management on 05/10/2017:

Hi u0000287735,

Thank you for the 5 star review! Our staff works very hard to keep the course up to par after heavy rain. We're happy to hear you played with good course conditions and a 90 degree cart rule. See you soon!


u00000172224's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/03/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Sandestin Resort and Club Management on 05/10/2017:

Hi u00000172224,

Thank you for the 4 star review and recommendation!

"Links Challenge"


u810597973's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/30/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The links coarse at Sanddestin was very nice easy to get to great layout , good condition. We were put to the test with windy conditions, greens held well. Put it on your play list if you are in the Panama City Beach area.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Sandestin Resort and Club Management on 05/10/2017:

Hi u810597973 ,

Your feedback is greatly appreciated! The windy conditions can definitely be tricky on the course, but it sounds like you were up for the challenge. We look forward to seeing you again!


brentstewart's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/29/2017
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great course, great staff, great time. Really enjoyed playing with Steve (staff member), nice guy and a very good golfer. We will be back to play again and Steve is welcome to play along anytime.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Sandestin Resort and Club Management on 05/04/2017:

Hi brentstewart,

Thank you for sharing positive feedback on your experience with us! Great to hear Steve was able to tag along and offer some tips on the course layout. Looking forward to your next round with us!

"Perfect Day for Golf"


Batterzup's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/26/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

My Cousin and I played The Links for our Birthday celebration. At 61, and regular golfers, we found the course to be challenging and yet very enjoyable. The mid-week, mid-day pace was excellent, the staff was friendly and very helpful and we never felt pushed or waited on slower players in front of us.

The course has water on may holes that come into play, but is not out of the realm of an average golfer. There could be a few signs added on some holes to advise first time visitors of distance to water across the course and other potential hazzards that are unseen.

We really enjoyed the day and will certainly come back soon to play again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course




Mike1098499's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/24/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from Sandestin Resort and Club Management on 05/04/2017:

Hi Mike1098499,

Thank you for the 5 star review!


u492801083's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once every three months
Handicap:  Don't know

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/24/2017
First time playing Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Sandestin Resort and Club Management on 05/04/2017:

Hi u492801083,

Thank you for the 5 star review and recommendation!

"kc guys"


mauriceokeefe19's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/23/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

Thanks for your hospitality and getting our round in on a rainy day. Course and staff should be commended for their service. Scenery of the bay is outstanding. We will be back.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from Sandestin Resort and Club Management on 05/04/2017:

Hi mauriceokeefe19,

Your review on The Links is greatly appreciated! Great to hear our staff were able to accommodate on a rainy day and still provide a fun round of golf. See you soon!

"Little Wet"


u3943944's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/23/2017
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Forecast had a chance of rain, but the Links is a great course and it great shape so early in the year. The staff is always helpful and professional. Got through 17 before the rains came and made it easy to log a bogey for 18.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Sandestin Resort and Club Management on 05/04/2017:

Hi u3943944,

Thank you for the 5 star review! We're happy to hear you were able to get a rond in before the storm. See you soon!

"Beautiful Course"


jbj5044's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once every three months

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/19/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Just the right amount of difficulty. Greens and tee boxes were in great shape. Back nine has a considerable amount of water challenges. If you have control of your drives you will really enjoy.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Sandestin Resort and Club Management on 05/03/2017:

Hi jbj5044,

Thank you for the 5 star review! The course definitely provides the right amount of difficulty for any game. It's great to hear feedback on excellent course conditions as well.


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