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Conditions
4.7
Value
4.4
Layout
4.8
Friendliness
4.8
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.6
96.4%
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4.7
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4.4
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.6
Amenities
4.7
StaffFriendliness
4.9
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About

Holes 18
Type Semi-Private
Par 72
Length 7099 yards
Slope 137
Rating 74.6

Formerly home to a turpentine plantation, the site now offers one of the most environmentally sensitive courses in northwest Florida, Kelly Plantation. The golf course sits along the shores of the Choctawhatchee Bay, sprawling across a waterfront landscape of towering trees and swampy bayous. The course features large, contoured greens and wide, manicured fairways that are in excellent condition but can also be tricky to navigate. The strategically placed hazards also require some careful maneuvering. In addition to being a challenging round, the golf course is also known for its stunning scenic appeal. Throughout the layout, golfers can enjoy panoramic views across the bay to the abundant magnolias and palmettos that are native to Florida's northwest region. For these reasons, Kelly Plantation has received high praise from publications such as Golf Digest and Golf Magazine.

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Course Details

Year Built 1998
Golf Season Year round
Architect Fred Couples (1998) Gene Bates (1998) Bob Cupp (1998)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Golf School Academy Yes - "Strano Golf Academy"
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover
Metal Spikes Allowed No

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4.8
601 Reviews (601)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 31
19th Hole Scenic Views 13
Dinner 13
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 73
Water Hazards 66
Undulating Greens 41
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 51
A Weekend Splurge 47
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 47
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 63
Near Local Attractions 42
Worth the Drive 36

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Skill Advanced
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4.0
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Previously Played

Had to go back

After being humiliated by the course the first time I played there and took 10 strokes off. Greens are really fast and fairly true until the ball slows down, especially on downhill putts. In good condition for late February and lots of rain.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 02/26/2020

Humiliation is a powerful tool for revenge. I am glad to hear you got yours!!! Weather can be a golf courses best friend or worst enemy and our turf care team goes to battle each day to get the course tournament ready day in and day out no matter what time of year it is. The rain has really made the course healthy for February and I appreciate your valuable feedback. Please come back as I am confident the course wants its revenge. Head Golf Professional Ashton Crowe.

Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser

Kelly Plantation

Great track, well kept, best greens in Destin ie good speed and true. I wish it was a little cheaper!

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented on 02/24/2020

Thank you for the kind review. Value is always something important to our guest. It takes an extremely large amount of money to keep the course in the great condition it is in. We certainly try and absorb most of this cost without passing it along to the guest. Golf is very expensive on the courses that are in great shape and this is the reason. I appreciate your valuable input and hope to see you again soon. Ashton Crowe, Head P.G.A. Golf Professional.

Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 02/23/2020

Thank you for the review. I noticed we got 5 stars on everything but value for the money. Golf can be very expensive and it cost a lot of money to keep the course in the great condition it is in. We try and minimize passing along the extra cost to our very valuable guest as we haven't raised our rates in over 5 years. We want our patrons to feel important and that their hard earned dollar goes a long way. I couldn't ask for a better review for course conditions, pace of play, and staff friendliness which all got 5-stars. Thank you again. Head P.G.A. Golf Professional, Ashton Crowe.

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Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

5 some playing really!

We had a fivesome in front of us which played ridiculously slow. I cannot believe a golf course of this caliber allows a fivesome, and the ranger came by A minimum of five times. The speed of play never changed.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 02/19/2020

Thank you for your review. While we certainly try and separate ourselves from other courses we are not unique in allowing 5-somes as long as they keep the pace of a 4-some. Each course in Destin allows 5-somes and has the same protocol. I don't want you to be surprised when you encounter this at other courses in this area. We have a full time Pace of Play Host that in your words sounds like he was out there all day seeing him 5-times. We realize Pace of Play is very important and take this seriously. Unfortunately when you have a sold out golf course and you can have one group that may have challenges with their playing ability it can impact the whole course. We do our very best to make sure this is not the case. Thank you for your valuable input. It is very important to hear from our guest. Head Golf Professional Ashton Crowe

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

Great course and outstanding service

Golf course is beautiful and a great layout. Staff is extremely customer focused. By far, the best golf experience in the area.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 02/16/2020

Thank you for recognizing the staff in such high regard. We realize that it is of the upmost importance we are genuinely friendly to the men and women that choose to spend their hard earned money here. By saying its the best golf experience in the area means so much to us and that we are on the right track. Please come back and see us soon. Head. P.G.A. Golf Professional Ashton Crowe

Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Beautiful corse. Nice fairways - fast multi tier greens-

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 02/16/2020

Thank you for the 5-star review. We strive to give the BEST golf experience with our consistently smooth golf greens. They truly are a joy to play on. Along with the Staff, the greens are our best attribute. Please come back and see us again. Head P.G.A. Golf Professional Ashton Crowe

Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
4.0
First Time Playing
Cold weather
Used cart

need some wok on the greens

we played this course with some surprise because it should be very nice but the greens are in bad conditions,need some work and repairs on some of those,surprising that the green keeper doesnt do his job to repair it quickly,wont go back

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 02/23/2020

Thank you for your review. I have to say I am surprised to hear your comments. I think you may of reviewed the incorrect Golf Course as our greens are in perfect condition, no disrespect. Our Superintendent puts in countless hours with his team to make sure they are some of the best greens in Florida. Getting ranked #2 in Florida for course conditions just recently is contradictory of your comments which concerns me greatly. Please look and make sure you reviewed the correct golf course because its easy to make a mistake. If its not a mistake I strongly encourage you to reach out to me at 850-650-7600 to discuss what you mean. I would be interested in hearing why you felt this way. Ashton Crowe Head P.G.A. Golf Professional.

Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Nice course

Fast greens.Nice conditions.Fair layout.Nice staff

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 02/12/2020

Thank you for the review. I always like to see 5 stars and it makes me wonder where we fell short after reading your very kind review. Please contact me at 850-650-7600 and we can discuss where we can improve to give you our standard 5-star experience. My name is Ashton Crowe Head P.G.A. Golf Professional and I would like to hear from you. Thank you friend.

Played On
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
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Commented on 02/12/2020

Thank you for the "Excellent" review. It takes a lot of time and effort to provide the course conditions we offer but we feel that's what our patrons deserve so we spare no cost. I hope to see you here again soon my friend. Head P.G.A. Golf Professional Ashton Crowe

Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Always a nice course.

The course was in better shape last week, don’t know why ?
Fairways, rough and tee boxes were just ok, lots of bare spots.
Greens are good and running pretty fast.
Last week the course was almost pristine. What happen ???
Still a very nice layout and a good test of golf, wind is always a big factor here.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
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Commented on 02/12/2020

Course conditions should not change in one week unless affected by outside factors like weather and unfortunately that is not in our control. Thank you for calling our course pristine that is a very nice compliment. As far as bare spots I personally would like your input on where that might be. We like to stay on top of Turf Care to make sure the whole course is consistent. Please reach out to me at 850-650-7600. Head P.G.A. Golf Professional Ashton Crowe.

Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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Commented on 02/09/2020

Thank you for the highest rating we can receive. We hope we lived up to your expectations as a golf course and as a welcoming staff. Please come back and visit us soon. Head. P.G.A. Golf Professional Ashton Crowe

Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
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Commented on 02/09/2020

Greens are what we feel can really enhance the experience of the golf round. Turf Care takes great pride in all aspects of the golf course and especially the golf greens. Thank you for noticing and commenting on that. I will pass along to them how pleased you were. Head P.G.A. Golf Professional Ashton Crowe

Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Wet weather
Used cart

We will return!

The conditions were less than ideal on the day we arrived. The staff was courteous and cooperative to ensure we were able to enjoy the course. Everyone there was first class! Had not played KP before, but we will definitely add to our Destin "rotation". The course was in fantastic shape and the greens were superb!
The is a "must see" course if you are in the area!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 02/02/2020

The day you played it was certainly not ideal for weather but you pushed through it and that was very admirable. The appreciation you have shown toward the staff is greatly noted and feels good that we made your day more enjoyable. It was a pleasure to meet you both. Please return the next time your in the area. Drive one of those new Corvettes from your hometown of Bowling Green Kentucky!!! Head P.G.A. Golf Professional Ashton Crowe

Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser

Wow

The course was in great shape and the greens were perfect, nice and fast!!! The course has a lot of good holes. and no two are alike. Can’t wait to play again next year!!!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 01/29/2020

"Perfect Greens" that is a great compliment. We try and provide a consistent roll each and every day with our greens. In doing so it makes for a truly great golf experience. We have learned over the years that our members and guest really appreciate our attention to detail so we put forth the extra effort so it can be consistent and worth the money each and every time they play. Golf can be expensive and we want your dollar to go a long way here. Our guest service parallels our course conditions which make everyone feel like a member while they are here. Thank you for taking your time and giving us such a great review. It is very appreciated. Head P.G.A. Golf Professional Ashton Crowe

Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Perfect condition

I have played several of the higher end courses over the last several weeks in the Destin area from Regatta Bay, Burnte Pines, Emerald Bay, Windswept Dunes and others but none can compare to the conditioning at Kelly Plantation. Fairways are plush , the greens show no blimiish and roll perfect. Do yourself a favor and play this course soon.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 01/17/2020

"Perfect Condition" that is a great statement and very much appreciated. You certainly placed us in some really good company in your comparisons. Our Turf Care team has been together for many years and all work together with such a sense of pride to provide a product second to none. They are the ones that deserve all the credit. Head P.G.A. Golf Professional Ashton Crowe.

Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

perfect day of golf

the staff were great from the cart men through the pro shop staff to the ranger . one our group left a club behind the staff found it and found us to return the club. cart girl was very quick in her turns and quite attractive well worth the money. great day of golf

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 01/17/2020

Staff kindness is the most important attribute of ours. The course is always in superb condition which makes for a great golf experience. Taking time out of your day to tell us how you felt about the course and the kind way you were treated is very special to us and appreciated more than I can put into words. Thank you and please come back as soon as you can. Head P.G.A. Golf Professional Ashton Crowe

Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 01/12/2020

Finding out the other day the we are ranked in the Top 10 Golf Courses in the state of Florida just shy of the number 1 ranking was an honor to hear. It is a testament to the kindness that our guest show us and the commitment to guest relations we try and build with each person we are fortunate to meet. The course is always in great condition which certainly makes for a great golf experience but its the genuine caring I believe is the reason we are getting the recognition we do. We truly care about how far your dollar goes here. Please come back and visit us soon. Head P.G.A. Golf Professional Ashton Crowe

Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 01/17/2020

Seeing 5 stars on our review really makes us feel special and we want you to know it is appreciated more than you know. Thank you for giving us the highest rating. Come back and see us soon. Head P.G.A. Golf Professional Ashton Crowe

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

Great Challenge

Great greens and well maintained! Great challenge, potential trouble with every shot

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 01/17/2020

Our Head Superintendent and his staff take great pride in the entire course. It is a personal affair with them that they provide the best conditions day in and day out. When you take the time to care like they do, it truly shows. Thank you for noticing. Head P.G.A. Golf Professional Ashton Crowe

Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Best course in area!

Challenging but fair, generous fairways and well protected, fast greens with challenging slopes in them. Best course in Destin area, just more expensive than most.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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Commented on 02/26/2020

THANK YOU for the kind comments. You are absolutely correct that golf can be very expensive. This is mainly due to the high cost of keeping the course in the great condition it is in. Maintenance cost are extremely high but we feel it makes for a great golf experience. We try and absorb most of this cost without passing it off to our valuable guest. We want them to feel they get their hard earned dollars worth. I am extremely proud of this facility but what impresses me the most are the patrons that enjoy our course and come back year after year. Thank you for being a loyal supporter of Kelly Plantation Golf Club. Head P.G.A. Golf Professional Ashton Crowe

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