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4.7
512 Reviews (512)
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4 Stars
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3 Stars
26
2 Stars
9
1 Stars
7
Conditions
4.7
Value
4.4
Layout
4.8
Friendliness
4.7
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.6
96.7%
Recommend this course
483 out of 512 reviews
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4.7
34 Reviews (34)
5 Stars
25
4 Stars
8
3 Stars
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0
1 Stars
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Conditions
4.6
Value
4.4
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.7
Amenities
4.6
StaffFriendliness
4.8
97.1%
Recommend this course
33 out of 34 reviews
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4.8
73 Reviews (73)
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4 Stars
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Conditions
4.7
Value
4.5
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.6
Amenities
4.5
StaffFriendliness
4.8
97.3%
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71 out of 73 reviews
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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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Kelly Plantation Golf Club
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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Couples 72 7099 yards 74.6 137
Plantation 72 6453 yards 71.6 128
Combination P/P 72 6134 yards 70.1 123
Palmetto 72 5904 yards 69.1 121
Combination P/S 72 5664 yards 68.0 119
Sterling 72 5436 yards 66.9 117
Mangolia 72 4989 yards 65.0 112
Scorecard for Kelly Plantation
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Couples M: 74.6/137 373 560 165 401 443 548 410 194 439 3533 550 411 240 525 446 150 447 207 590 3566 7099
Plantation M: 71.6/128 353 530 157 371 390 497 376 165 375 3214 520 387 181 479 421 138 423 183 507 3239 6453
Combination I M: 70.1/123 353 492 157 319 361 497 376 165 347 3067 455 387 181 479 386 138 382 183 476 3067 6134
Palmetto M: 69.1/121 321 492 140 319 361 469 340 155 347 2944 455 356 155 445 386 132 382 173 476 2960 5904
Combination II M: 68.0/119 321 460 140 301 329 469 340 155 316 2831 425 356 155 445 347 132 330 173 470 2833 5664
Sterling M: 66.9/117 W: 71.8/127 290 460 132 301 329 416 312 126 316 2682 425 332 150 437 347 123 330 140 470 2754 5436
Magnolia M: 65.0/112 W: 69.3/119 254 428 104 280 322 372 291 120 298 2469 392 311 117 404 328 97 306 128 437 2520 4989
Handicap 15 1 17 9 3 11 5 13 7 2 10 14 12 6 18 4 16 8
Par 4 5 3 4 4 5 4 3 4 36 5 4 3 5 4 3 4 3 5 36 72

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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4.7
512 Reviews (512)

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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I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Nice day of golf!

Have played the course always a joy, staff is outstanding! Value is excellent!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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DestinGolf333
Commented On 2019-04-16T15:03:23.000+00:00

Thank you for the kind words and noticing the staff friendliness. I have been privileged to work along side some of the kindest men and women I have ever been associated with at a company. We certainly take every moment we can to get to know the patrons that choose to spend their hard earned money here. We hope you come back soon so we can get to know you better. Head P.G.A. Golf Professional Ashton Crowe

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

A little disappointed

We've been playing this course on vacation for years. We were disappointed in the turf conditions. Crab grass is taking over the rough and many tee boxes. It's beginning to get into the fairways.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
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DestinGolf333
Commented On 2019-04-16T15:13:16.000+00:00

Thank you for returning to play. We certainly do not want you disappointed when playing here. We set our standards very high for our Turf conditions and have taken the necessary steps to rid the course of the annual Blue Grass (Poa Annua) that is in the rough. The fairways and greens are in outstanding condition as I think you would agree. We are fortunate that the Poa Annua will not be with us much longer as the heat from the sunshine will rid the course of it. We appreciate you taking time to give us your very important thoughts on your round of golf here and thank you for giving staff friendliness 5 stars. That is very important that our guest feel welcomed here. I am glad to know we are making a good lasting impression with our patrons. Please come back and visit us again. Head P.G.A. Golf Professional Ashton Crowe

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Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Perfect weather
Used cart

Nice track

Nice track, very well groomed, greens were in great shape. Friendly staff and a nice pro shop. The only downside was the pace of play. 4:35 minutes. They have a field marshal but their GPS is set for a four and half hour pace.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
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DestinGolf333
Commented On 2019-04-11T16:58:26.000+00:00

Thank you for noticing the outstanding course conditions. Turf Care does a fantastic job noticing the small things that make a big difference in the way the course plays and looks. Pace of Play is always on our radar as we know it can be frustrating to golfers to play at a slow pace. We set our Pace of Play at 4 hours and 15 minutes and like you said 4:35 is a long time to be on the golf course. Thank you for taking your valuable time and telling us about your experience. I especially like that you commented on the staff friendliness because that is something we certainly put first and foremost. We look forward to your return to play Kelly Plantation Golf Club. Head P.G.A. Golf Professional Ashton Crowe

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Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once 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 2019-04-11T16:59:56.000+00:00

Thank you for the 5 -Star rating. We put a lot of effort into making sure our very important guest feel appreciated when they play Kelly Plantation. I am happy to see it is getting noticed. Please come back and visit us soon. Head P.G.A. Golf Professional Ashton Crowe

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Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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Commented On 2019-04-05T21:44:39.000+00:00

Thank you for giving us a high recommendation for others to play here. We truly are thankful you took the time to give us your thoughts. I see that staff friendliness was marked average on your rating and that is something we truly take to heart. If you have a moment please call me direct so I can see where we fell short of excellent. My name is Ashton Crowe and I am the Head P.G.A. Golf Professional here at Kelly Plantation Golf Club. I look forward to hearing from you and also you playing golf here again. Thank you.

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Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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DestinGolf333
Commented On 2019-04-02T14:46:03.000+00:00

I always enjoy seeing our guest letting us know that they had a great time while playing here. Taking time to let us know how they were treated by staff, letting us know about course conditions, and if their overall experience was a positive one allows us to get better at what we do. Thank you for helping us achieve being the best we can. Please come back and visit us again. Head P.G.A. Golf Professional Ashton Crowe

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Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Great staff and layout

I played here with my 13 year old son. The staff could not have treated him better and make him feel like a golfer. I thought the course layout was great. Nice job Freddy! Next time in Destin we will be back.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented On 2019-04-02T14:42:33.000+00:00

Father and son time together is very important. To share a day together on the golf course is very special. We are happy to know we made your son feel welcomed and that your day together had lasting memories. I want to personally thank you for allowing us to be a part of this special day with you both. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us... WE are listening. Please come back and play the next time you visit the Emerald Coast. Head P.G.A. Golf Professional Ashton Crowe

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Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Cold weather
Used cart

The course was in great shape. The greens are fantastic. My only complaint was we were a two some and we had two foursome in front of us. It took us an hour to play four holes. Luckily the foursomes eventually let us play through, thank you gentleman!, and we had a great round after that.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
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DestinGolf333
Commented On 2019-03-29T17:09:04.000+00:00

Thank you for the high rating. Twosomes definitely tend to play faster than foursomes. We incorporate a full time pace of play staff member so everyone enjoys a round of golf at a reasonable pace. We try and pair up singles and twosomes to make sure everyone enjoys themselves. Thank you for your valuable input and I am happy you had a great experience here at Kelly Plantation Golf Club. Head P.G.A. Golf Professional Ashton Crowe

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Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

Nice course, great staff

EVERYONE we had contact with was very friendly and accomodating!

Course was in good shape for the time of year.. Greens were very fast, but rolled true. Layout is pretty, with a few holes along the bay.

Nothing especially challenging about the course itself, very playable. Most holes “have” water, but it really comes into play on only a few holes. Marsh is the greater challenge, but again, landing areas are generous and only truly poor shots are penalized. Keep it in play and you should score well here.

All in all, a nice place to play on a March get-away from winter.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
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Commented On 2019-03-14T15:26:12.000+00:00

It is the number one thing for us to treat our very important guest like members for the day. Spending time with our guest and truly getting to know them allows us to give the best service on a personal level. The golf course speaks for its self and we want to make sure the service parallels it. It is very expensive to play golf and we recognize that and we want each patron that chooses to play here to feel that their dollar goes a long way. Thank you for taking your time to tell us about your golf experience, believe me, we are listening. Ashton Crowe P.G.A.

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Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Great challenging course.

Super layout. Greens fast but true. Course in very good shape for this time of year. Very friendly staff. Changed my mind and will play there again tomorrow instead of another local course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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Commented On 2019-04-02T14:31:40.000+00:00

Thank you for the 5 -Star rating. We put a lot of effort into making sure our very important guest feel appreciated when they play Kelly Plantation. I am happy to see it is getting noticed. Please come back and visit us soon. Head P.G.A. Golf Professional Ashton Crowe

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Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Over booked

Course was overbooked and we were sent off first tee as a fivesome. First time in 30 years of golf that has ever happened to us. Starter more lor less told us he had no choice due to the volume of play. Considering cost and reputation of this
Course, I was disappointed and will not return. This is my first negative review I have ever posted. John

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Average
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DestinGolf333
Commented On 2019-02-14T15:25:43.000+00:00

John, thank you for sharing your experience with me. During the winter months we extend a special offer for our Northern guest and many patrons come to enjoy the golf course. We try and accommodate each person that spends their hard earned money here at Kelly Plantation Golf Club. In doing so the "Winter Play Days" are very popular. It is not our policy to make 5-somes out of guest so I will review this with my staff. Thank you for making me aware of this so we can better serve our very important guest in the future. It is my job to listen to each guest and how they were treated while playing here. It is the only way we get better at what we do. I would like it if you returned so we can make your experience one to remember in a good way. I am sure you would agree that the golf course is in fantastic condition and our staff really cares about each friend they meet here. My name is Ashton Crowe and I am the Head P.G.A. Golf Professional here. I would like to meet you. I think you would enjoy playing again.

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Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great Golf Experience!

First time playing this course. Excellent value on Mon, Wed and Fridays where the fee is $55. The staff are very friendly and the head pro took time to talk to us about the course. Very nice man. The pro shop has good quality items. Several of the staff warned us about the speed of the greens...and they were right...they were very fast but true. The layout of the course is great and the conditions were excellent considering it is February. The entire golf experience was great and this has become one of our favourite courses in the Sandestin area. If you enjoy the game of golf I would highly recommend that you play here...you won’t be disappointed., We will be back.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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DestinGolf333
Commented On 2019-02-08T20:08:28.000+00:00

It was certainly nice meeting you all. I was pleased that you felt the course lived up to the expectations we spoke of before the round. It is nice when our guest come in the golf shop and engage us in conversation. Getting to know our guest allows us to provide the service and hospitality that each person that plays here deserves. We certainly hope you make this a stop every year as you visit the Emerald Coast. Safe travels back up North friends. Head P.G.A. Golf Professional Ashton Crowe

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Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Holiday Round

Excellent conditions, greens were true and very fast today. Always make a point to play this course every year I am in the area....it is a must play and it did not disappoint this year!

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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DestinGolf333
Commented On 2019-01-17T15:59:26.000+00:00

Thank you so very much for the great review. The Tif-Eagle greens are in terrific condition rolling smooth and at a good pace so everyone can enjoy them. We appreciate our Northern friends coming down to the Emerald Coast every year. We look forward to giving them what we feel is a golf experience second to none. Thank you again for taking time to tell us how we are Head P.G.A. Golf doing. We are listening!!! Professional Ashton Crowe

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

Great time!!

This is a great course!! The greens were in great shape for January and were nice and fast. Our group played in about 3 hours and 45 minutes which was perfect. I had a great time and hope to play this course again!!!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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DestinGolf333
Commented On 2019-01-18T19:13:20.000+00:00

It is wonderful to hear you enjoyed our golf course in an amount of time that felt comfortable. We are in terrific condition so thank you for commenting on that. There are many wonderful golf courses in the area so we appreciate you playing here. We try and give a golf experience second to none with our service and award winning facility. We hope to see you again soon!!! Head P.G.A. Golf Professional, Ashton Crowe

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Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Lots of roll on drives, greens are in great shape and fast. Hope to play Kelly Plantation again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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DestinGolf333
Commented On 2019-01-20T17:53:27.000+00:00

Its great to see your drive roll out after landing from a well struck tee ball. The greens are receptive to shots especially with it being the month of January. Thank you for taking time to tell us about your golf experience while playing here. Believe me that we are listening. Please come back soon, friend. Head P.G.A. Golf Professional Ashton Crowe.

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

Cold and Windy Day

It was a challenging day to play with temp. in the 40's and stiff northerly wind blowing, but the course was in great condition overall; staff was exceptionally friendly and helpful; and pace of play was great. Always enjoy playing here.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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DestinGolf333
Commented On 2019-01-15T16:18:16.000+00:00

Good Ole Southern hospitality is something you will find once you enter the gates of Kelly Plantation Golf Club. We have an amazing golf course and we want each patron to feel like an old friend while they are here. The game of golf is something we treat with great respect, from its deep tradition to the skill it takes to play it. While holding this close to us we try and make the experience one to remember for each person that chooses to spend their hard earned money here. Thank you for the kind words and taking time out of your day to tell us how we are doing. It is a pleasure to serve you. Please come back the next time you visit the Emerald Coast. Head P.G.A. Golf Professional Ashton Crowe

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

Excellent

Wonderful layout! Challenging and fun! Truly a must play!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented On 2019-01-15T16:11:52.000+00:00

Thank you for the kind review of our Golf Course. The main thing to achieve is to have fun while playing and it seems like mission accomplished!!! We really appreciate the recommendation to play. We get many return guest each year based on word of mouth reviews. We are pleased you were one on the guest that pass this along. Please come back soon and enjoy another round of golf at Kelly Plantation Golf Club. Head P.G.A. Golf Professional, Ashton Crowe

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