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Regatta Bay Golf & Yacht Club

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4.5
277
5 Stars
181
4 Stars
67
3 Stars
23
2 Stars
4
1 Stars
2
Conditions
4.1
Value
4.1
Layout
4.8
Friendliness
4.7
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.6
89.5%
Recommend this course
252 out of 277 reviews
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Average Rating
4.2
55
5 Stars
27
4 Stars
14
3 Stars
11
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
1
Conditions
3.5
Value
3.7
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.6
Amenities
4.3
StaffFriendliness
4.5
76.4%
Recommend this course
42 out of 55 reviews
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Average Rating
4.4
104
5 Stars
58
4 Stars
30
3 Stars
13
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
1
Conditions
3.9
Value
4.0
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.6
Amenities
4.5
StaffFriendliness
4.6
86.5%
Recommend this course
90 out of 104 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Semi-Private
Par 72
Length 6798 yards
Slope 138
Rating 73.2

Regatta Bay Golf & Yacht Club sits amongst the nature preserves that reside along Choctawhatchee Bay, enjoying scenic views and a beautiful landscape. Robert C. Walker, Arnold Palmer's former lead architect, designed the course. Water comes into play throughout in the form of sparkling blue lakes and meandering streams. The most memorable use of water comes is on the challenging 16th hole. This tricky par 4 has water to the left as well as a marsh area crossing the fairway. Being so close to the water, the golf course is often subject to strong prevailing winds. Despite its many challenges, Regatta Bay Golf & Yacht Club is a fair challenge that players of all skill levels can enjoy, which is perhaps why it has been called one of North America's top courses by Golf Digest.

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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 6798 yards 73.2 138
White 72 6404 yards 71.4 134
White/Gold 72 6215 yards 70.6 129
Gold 72 5823 yards 69.5 121
Gold (W) 72 5823 yards 74.5 128
Gold/Green 72 5398 yards 66.9 118
Gold/Green (W) 72 5398 yards 72.2 122
Green 72 5014 yards 65.1 115
Green (W) 72 5014 yards 70.0 118
Scorecard for Regatta Bay
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Black M: 73.2/138 515 408 170 412 567 396 457 195 357 3477 403 379 483 166 342 201 430 392 525 3321 6798
White M: 71.4/134 494 389 158 390 545 371 420 171 336 3274 381 360 451 150 321 173 410 382 502 3130 6404
White/Gold M: 70.6/129 494 389 143 390 517 371 396 171 315 3186 359 360 451 150 321 173 356 382 477 3029 6215
Gold M: 69.5/121 W: 74.5/128 473 367 126 373 498 344 369 152 289 2991 336 338 430 141 296 149 330 358 454 2832 5823
Gold/Green M: 66.9/118 W: 72.2/122 473 332 126 293 453 344 332 152 289 2794 284 266 430 141 296 149 286 298 454 2604 5398
Green M: 65.1/115 W: 70.0/118 393 332 112 293 453 308 332 142 235 2600 284 266 369 111 261 139 286 298 400 2414 5014
Handicap 9 3 17 1 7 15 5 13 11 2 6 12 18 16 14 8 4 10
Par 5 4 3 4 5 4 4 3 4 36 4 4 5 3 4 3 4 4 5 36 72
Handicap (W) 9 3 17 7 1 15 5 13 11 2 18 14 12 16 6 8 10 4

Course Details

Year Built 1996
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens Tifdwarf Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Robert Walker (1996)

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

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Reviews

4.5
277

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 9
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 9
Water Hazards 9
Undulating Greens 7
This course/club is great for:
A Weekend Splurge 6
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 7
Near Local Attractions 7

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Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

They’ve lost their greens and, as such, it took the enjoyment out of what would otherwise have been a very nice course. They should let you know before you pay.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Poor conditions

The course will be replacing all their greens starting
April 15th of this year. The current greens are horrible and the new greens will not be playable to sometimes this Fall. Even at almost half price there’s no way it’s worth $70.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Response from #RegattaBayGolfandYachtClub on 03/20/2019:
Thank you, Todd. We are moving to temporary greens starting April 16, so we can replace our current greens, but will be continuously working on improvements up and through those restorations.
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Response from #RegattaBayGolfandYachtClub on 03/20/2019:
Thank you for rating your experience 5-stars, TJ! We hope you'll be back to play us again soon!
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Greens are bad.

I have played this wonderful layout before when it was pristine- definitely a 5 star then. Other than the greens the course was in pretty good shape for this time of year. Staff was great.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Response from #RegattaBayGolfandYachtClub on 03/20/2019:
Thank you for coming back to play another great round at Regatta Bay! We appreciate your continued support and compliments of our staff. We will be starting a greens replacement project in April!
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great golf outing

Only problem with course was the greens. Patches , burned areas ,missing grass and rough , otherwise great

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Response from #RegattaBayGolfandYachtClub on 03/18/2019:
Thank you for your review and feedback, jules25! We appreciate you choosing Regatta Bay for your round of golf and hope that you will come back to play us again!
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Amazing Course

This course is a Jewel. Definitely worth every single penny, I’ll be back next time I’m in Town. First 5 greens are under repairs but the rest are in good shape for the most part.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Response from #RegattaBayGolf on 03/17/2019:
Thank you for your 5-star review of Regatta Bay Golf & Yacht Club! With all of the courses to choose from in the area, we appreciate you coming out to play our course and appreciate your understanding while we undergoing some course maintenance!
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Hi

Greens are bad and they are scheduled to be replaced. Otherwise it was great.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Response from #RegattaBayGolfandYachtClub on 03/17/2019:
Thank you for your feedback on your most recent experience at our Club, Beach Manor. We're glad you enjoyed your round and hope to see you back again when we finish some of our course maintenance!
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Poor
Response from #RegattaBayGolfandYachtClub on 03/17/2019:
Hi Cody, we appreciate your feedback on your experience and hope you will not be detered from booking another round with us once our green maintenance has been completed!
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Previously Played

**DO NOT PLAY**

I’ve lived in the area for 2+ years. I’ve never seen a golf course lack transparency about conditions on the course like this before. The greens are unplayable and they continue to charge an upward of $60 at a “discounted rate”. They should be charging less than $30 at best or not allowing play at all to fix their course. Do not waste your money playing here. Play the links at sandestin, Indian bayou, seascape, Kelly plantation (in no specific order). ANYTHING ELSE. The staff even tried to make up for it by saying, “we usually are the best course in Destin”. They’re not.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Response from #RegattaBayGolfandYachtClub on 03/17/2019:
Hi Cody, thank you again for your feedback from your round played while we are going under green maintenance.
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Grounds issue

The Greens were un-puttable. All grass on the greens has died. They will be redoing the grass this spring, failed to mention any of this until I paid full price. Wait until this is done to avoid a pointless round of golf

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Response from #RegattaBayGolfandYachtClub on 03/17/2019:
Hi Stanley, we appreciate you choosing Regatta Bay and are currently working on our greens as we speak. We hope you will come back out once the project is complete to see all of the work we have put into the course.
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Temporary greens are coming

The greens are slowly dying so this summer they are installing temporary greens so new ones can be installed. I believe they should post a warning on there website that the greens aren’t in good shape and the rate should reflect the conditions

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Response from #RegattaBayGolfandYachtClub on 03/17/2019:
Hi Gary, thank you for your feedback and for choosing Regatta Bay. We hope to see you back out when the green maintenance project is complete!
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Previously Played

Bad greens

In comparison to other courses in the area the greens are in terribly shape. Many had large areas of bare dirt. Otherwise the coarse is fine.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented On 2019-03-05T20:05:19.000+00:00

We are sorry to see that your overall experience was anything short of 5 stars. We apologize for the inconvenience, but the course is getting ready to move over to temporary greens in order to complete maintenance of the greens. We hope that you will give us another chance in the future. Thanks for visiting our course.

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Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Greens are being replaced this summer and in TERRIBLE shape

We booked a tee time online and there was no mention of any course condition issues. Realized after a few holes that all of their greens were pretty much in terrible shape. I asked at the turn what happened to the greens and was told they're over 20 years old and they're planning to replace them this summer and they didn't "come back"...not sure what they had to come back from but they're unplayable. Don't bother playing here until they're finished with replacing the greens. I was told they will be closing in April and reopening by the end of summer. I played here last year and the course was in excellent shape. Still a great layout and the rest of the course was in pretty good shape .

All in all, my main complaint was they aren't advertising this issue. Yes, they're charging cheaper rates but I paid over $70 on a "deal" time expecting this course to be really nice based on past experience. It was the last course we played out of 7 on a golf trip and it was a real bummer to find out the greens were that bad.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Response from #RegattaBayGolfandYachtClub on 03/17/2019:
Hi bhj83, we appreciate your feedback as we continuously strive to improve our golfers' experiences. The Club has just started a greens maintenance project and we hope you will not be deterred from coming out to visit it once it has been completed.
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Previously Played

Green condition

Great layout. Greens horrible. For the money go somewhere else that you can putt.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
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Commented On 2019-03-05T20:06:33.000+00:00

We are sorry to see that your overall experience was anything short of 5 stars. and we apologize about the inconvenience. The course is getting ready to move over to temporary greens in order to complete maintenance of the greens. We hope that you will give us another chance in the future.

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Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Pretty course but not in great shape

I have looked forward to playing the course but was disappointed with the pace of play on virtually every hole. The greens have sustained damage on virtually every hole, yet ironically the sign said the greens speed was 10.5. Our group adopted the 2 stroke rule.
The course is very pretty and a good golf test, but not when you have to wait on every hole followed up by poor green conditions.

N. Sanford

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
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Commented On 2019-03-05T20:07:30.000+00:00

We're sorry that we did not meet your expectations and apologize for your experience. The course is getting ready to move over to temporary greens in order to complete maintenance of the greens. We hope that you will give us another chance in the future. Thanks for visiting Regatta Bay.

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Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

Nice Play, staff could be friendlier, greens in bad shape

We played on a cool, wet, very windy day. So got very little roll. Course would play easier when dry. Fairways in good shape, but most greens had bare spots. it affected many putts. Our playing partner said there were plans to redo the greens. The layout has many nice holes.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Response from #RegattaBayGolfandYachtClub on 03/17/2019:
Hi jafrasca, thank you for your feedback. We're glad you enjoyed the layout and hope you will come back again after we've completed our green maintenance project!
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented On 2019-02-22T18:21:33.000+00:00

Hello, thank you for the excellent 4-star review! #RegattaBay

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Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented On 2019-02-22T18:43:49.000+00:00

Hello, thank you for the splendid 4-star review! We hope to see you at #RegattaBay again soon!

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Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Beautiful layout

This was my first time at the property. You enter the property via a closed gate and the security officer was friendly and helpful. Upon approaching the clubhouse I was impressed with the cleanliness of the practice area and parking lot. My greeting in the pro shop was professional and friendly. I booked my tee time via Golfnow, which I know can be looked down on at some golf clubs but not here, I was treated like a club member. The range is large and complimentary balls are in abundance. A large chipping and putting green are adjacent to the range where Bill the starter was extremely helpful and friendly as well as getting us started on time. I was paired up with another single and a pair to make our foursome. The pace of play was 1:50 for the first nine and about 2 hours for the back nine. I understand that the grass is dormant this time of year so it was not as lush and green as I'm used to so the beauty aspect was not visually appealing. Once on the green I was surprised at how well and true the ball rolled as they did not look as good as you would expect. The fairways were in very good shape for the winter and the rough was short. They have numerous tee boxes for your level of play. There is enough water and bunkers to make it fun. The carts appear to be fairly new with modern and accurate GPS. Overall my experience was a very good one and will definitely be back. I can only imagine how beautiful this course is in the summer. I have played other courses in Destin, not to be critical of the others but this is a very superior course.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented On 2019-02-22T18:42:03.000+00:00

Hello, thank you for the spectacular 5-star rating! We hope to see you at #RegattaBay again soon!

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Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Regatta Bay

Excellent course. Challenging and fair for all levels. The staff was very friendly and informative. The cart staff drove the cart right up to my car and loaded my bag and came with me to the parking lot after the round to drop my bag off. The range was first class with brand new balls and in great condition. The course was in excellent shape. The greens were under some new seeding in some areas but were still quick and true. Overall a great course.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented On 2019-02-22T18:48:06.000+00:00

Hello, we're glad you enjoyed our excellent course and friendly staff. Thank you for playing Regatta Bay Golf & Yacht Club! #RegattaBay

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