Kelly Plantation

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4.7
485
5 Stars
341
4 Stars
103
3 Stars
25
2 Stars
9
1 Stars
7
Conditions
4.6
Value
4.4
Layout
4.8
Friendliness
4.7
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.5
96.9%
Recommend this course
457 out of 485 reviews
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4.8
31
5 Stars
27
4 Stars
3
3 Stars
1
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.7
Value
4.5
Layout
4.9
Pace
4.7
Amenities
4.6
StaffFriendliness
4.8
96.8%
Recommend this course
30 out of 31 reviews
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4.8
86
5 Stars
68
4 Stars
15
3 Stars
3
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.7
Value
4.4
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.5
StaffFriendliness
4.7
97.7%
Recommend this course
84 out of 86 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Par 72
Length 7099
Slope 137
Rating 74.6
Type Semi-Private
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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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 Bob Cupp (1998)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range 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

Best of Lists

  • Golf Advisor: Top 25 Courses for Pace of Play in the U.S. (2016 #24)
  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in Florida (2017 #11) (2016 #1)
  • Golf Advisor: Best of Golf Advisor (2016 #10)
  • Golf Advisor: Top 25 Off-course amenities in the U.S. (2017 #22) (2016 #21)

Reviews

4.7
485

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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Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played
Used cart

November in Destin

Course in great shape for late Nov. Greens roll true and speed is moderate too fast. No bad lies in fairways. Played this course 2nd year in a row and plan to make it an annual event during family Thanksgiving week in Destin.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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DestinGolf333
Commented On 11/25/2018

Thank you for your High Rating of the golf course. It fell short of the 5-star rating we strive for but your review was very kind and appreciated. The next time you are in please stop by my office and say hello. I would like to thank you in person for being a loyal patron of Kelly Plantation Golf Club. It is always nice to put a face with the guest that spend their hard earned money here. My name is Ashton Crowe and I am the Head P.G.A. Golf Professional here at Kelly Plantation Golf Club. See you next year sir.

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Played On
Skill Intermediate
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 11/12/2018

Thank you for spending your hard earned dollars here at Kelly Plantation Golf Club. I see where you gave us the highest ranking we can achieve in the 5 stars, but what makes this truly rewarding is the excellence by STAFF FRIENDLINESS. With all the wonderful Golf Courses in the area we want each person that steps on the grass here to feel appreciated and it looks like we are succeeding in that. Thank you for the acknowledgement. Head P.G.A. Golf Professional Ashton Crowe

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

Shoes

Kelly Plantation is a fun and challenging layout. Tiff Eagle greens are superb; very fast! Overall course condition is excellent. Highly recommend for all player levels of capability.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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DestinGolf333
Commented On 11/12/2018

I have to say I am truly honored as the Head P.G.A. Golf Professional to see that our patrons enjoy playing here so much. Each time I get to read these reviews I get a sense of pride working here. To know that we are truly providing a fun atmosphere for our guest and members is so rewarding. Taking time to tell us about your experience means so much to all of us here at Kelly Plantation Golf Club. Thank you for doing such. Ashton Crowe P.G.A.

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Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

Pufferbelly Trip

Played this in our annual golf trip this Nov. While some other courses in the area had issues with over saturation Kelly played real well. Course had a nice layout with some real challenging holes. Was a real windy day which made it harder. Staff was great. The entire group had a great time

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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DestinGolf333
Commented On 11/22/2018

Mr. Lynch, thank you for returning to play this year with your group. We always enjoy hosting your event. It is always nice to see you and your friends enjoy the golf course. We pride ourselves on consistency both with staff friendliness and outstanding course conditions. Whether you play in the spring, summer, or winter we always try and provide the same award winning golf course we are known for. Thank you for your loyalty and playing with us each year. You and your group are very appreciated. We look forward to seeing you next year my friend. Ashton Crowe P.G.A. Head Golf Professional.

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Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

A must play

Planned my trip to Destin several months ago. Watched the golf channel special on this course and knew I wanted to play it on my trip. Played it on 11/07 for my 45th birthday and me and two buddies played in a little under 3:30 minutes. Course was in amazing condition, fairways lush, bunkers fluffy and greens receptive fast and true. Was worth the value and a must play when in Destin.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented On 11/08/2018

First of all Happy Birthday!!! We are honored to of been a small part in your special day. Thank you for watching the show "18 Holes with Jimmy Hanlin and Natalie Gulbis" The show airs throughout the year highlighting Kelly Plantation Golf Club with having Holly Saunders replace Natalie Gulbis during the shoot. It was certainly a fun experience for all involved. We were humbled to be chosen to be on national television and receive the accolades we did. It sounds like pace of play was great during your round. We know that is a very important part of the overall experience and enjoyment of the game. The course has really been a pleasure to play for many others as well. Like yourself they feel the course is in the shape they expect, even exceeding it in some areas. While we realize golf can be pricey we want our guest to see that attention to detail that or Turf Care department puts in to insure the course is in terrific shape. The greens are one of our best attributes, as they were put in about three years ago with the very versatile and receptive Tif-Eagle Bermuda grass. We felt this was our best option for new greens after consulting with several course architects. They have as purest roll as you are going to find anywhere on the Emerald Coast. Please come back on your next visit and enjoy another day here at Kelly Plantation Golf Club. Your review of your day with us is very appreciated. Head P.G.A. Golf Professional Ashton Crowe

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Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great course

Second time playing Kelly. It’s a bit pricey compared to other ones around, but in good shape and well maintained. Staff is helpful and friendly. Pace was a little slow this time. Apparently super busy and just couldn’t hold to target pace. Fun to play. Couples does some great things with the optics on the course. GPS on cart. Very helpful.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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DestinGolf333
Commented On 11/04/2018

Thank you for the kind words and taking time to tell us about your round of golf. We use your feedback to get better at what we do and what we offer our members and guest. Golf can be very pricey. Keeping the course in the terrific shape it is in definitely cost money to do so. We try and keep the value of your hard earned dollar going a long way here. The full time Pace of Play Marshall is on the course from 9am-close of business making sure each group is spaced out appropriately They rake bunkers and tend flags for golfers that are falling behind an appropriate pace. This allows our guest to catch up and not to feel rushed. Some days that are busy it can become a challenge. We always make sure that everyone enjoys their round to the best of our ability. I am glad you recognized this in your review. The Golf Course is designed for all skill levels to enjoy, from the novice to the scratch player. We have 5 sets of tees for everyone to choose from. I am glad you enjoyed the day with us. Please come back again the next time you are in town and thank you for your insight into your round of golf at Kelly Plantation Golf Club. 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
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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DestinGolf333
Commented On 10/02/2018

Thank you for rating your experience here as 5-STARS. We strive to make sure each person that chooses to play here gets their money worth as golf can be expensive. To have you choose to play here means a lot as there are so many wonderful golf courses in the area. We look forward to seeing you again. Head P.G.A. Golf Professional Ashton Crowe.

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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

Other than the round costing 145 bucks and the starter, who failed to help me out and continued to talk to a co worker with me standing five feet from him, it was an amazing round. Course was in imacualte shape from tee to green. Greens were fast and true and i would definitely playt there again in a heart beat.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented On 09/22/2018

Guest service is our number one goal here at Kelly Plantation Golf Club. Thank you for letting us know how we can get better at that. Your review was very honest and we appreciate that. Golf is very expensive so we put the extra effort in making sure the golf course reflects the amount spent to play it. Thank you for returning to play every time your on the Emerald Coast and thank you again for your very valuable feedback. We are listening. 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
5.0
Previously Played

As Usual Kelly Plantation is Excellent

while some of the other courses around seem to be struggling this year , Kelly Plantation did not dissapoint.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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DestinGolf333
Commented On 09/14/2018

I write back to these reviews because we truly care about how the guest experience is here at Kelly Plantation. I cant explain what it means to us that we hear that our valuable guest enjoy themselves while playing. It is above all else that you feel welcomed and appreciated while here. Thank you so much for coming back each year to play. We continue to strive to be the best we can be from course conditions to genuine Southern hospitality. Thank you for taking your valuable time to tell us how we are doing. 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

Great Course

Expensive, but worth the extra money. Course was in great shape, pace of play was perfect.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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DestinGolf333
Commented On 09/16/2018

Thank you for the kind review. We want each guest/member to feel as though their hard earned dollar goes a long way here. In recognizing this we provide a golf course with fantastic conditions and a winning attitude from all of our staff. There are so many wonderful golf courses in this area so we try and separate ourselves with the extra touches like chilled Mango Towels given during the round to keep you cool during the hot summer days. You can also grab an ice cold apple as you make the turn to hole #10. With two beverage cart attendants you never have to wait for your favorite beverage to be served on the course. Doing all the little things we believe add up to a truly unique golf experience that can only be found at Kelly Plantation Golf Club. We welcome you back soon. Thank you for being a part of this special place. Head P.G.A. Golf Professional Ashton Crowe

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Played On
Handicap 15-19
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
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DestinGolf333
Commented On 09/11/2018

With all the wonderful golf courses in the area I am glad you chose to play Kelly Plantation Golf Club. It is important to all our staff that we provide an atmosphere that our guest feel truly appreciated and welcome. The course is in terrific condition at this time of year. Thank you for taking time to review the course and let us know how we are doing. We welcome you back soon. Ashton Crowe, Head P.G.A. Golf Professional.

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

Great course

Only thing better then the course was the people running it. Looked like the heat may have got a couple of the greens. Still a very nice an very well kept course.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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DestinGolf333
Commented On 08/31/2018

Thank you for the kind words. We always want to show our appreciation to our guest that choose to play at Kelly Plantation. We are glad you enjoyed the course conditions and hope that you return to play the next time you are in town. Thank you again for taking time to tell us how we are doing. 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
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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DestinGolf333
Commented On 08/08/2018

Jimmie, thank you for the 5-STAR review. It is always great to see that our very important guest feel that they got their monies worth during their visit with us. The course is in tournament condition right now. The summer has been kind to us with the showers in the afternoon and the warm Florida sun. It has really made the course thrive. 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
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
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DestinGolf333
Commented On 08/02/2018

Thank you for the wonderful review. I noticed you did not feel that pace of play was up to par. It is a part of the experience here at Kelly Plantation to help players enjoy the course in a timely manner. The Pace of Play host remains on the course throughout the day to help insure this happens. There are challenges we are faced with that sometimes cause golfers to fall behind what is considered a proper pace. We implement strategies like tending the flag, raking bunkers and even offering golf balls to the groups who may spend a little too much time searching for errant shots. Please come back and visit with us again, we would enjoy seeing you. 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
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Great course

If you have never played Kelly Plantation in Destin it needs to be on your list. It is a little pricey but I did find the course just about a notch above most other courses in Destin. It is not cheap so I won't be playing it everytime I go to Destin but maybe every other. Wish it was a little cheaper but it is a great course and in great shape. Be prepared, it is a challenge. I recommend!

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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DestinGolf333
Commented On 08/08/2018

Thank you for the wonderful insight to your experience here at Kelly Plantation Golf Club. You are certainly right in saying golf can be expensive I would agree. Keeping this in mind we try and give each guest that spends their hard earned money here a first class golf experience. From the smiling faces that greet you at bag drop, the chilled apples at the turn, the ice cold mango scented towels that we give out during your round, these are just a few of the little things we do to show our appreciation to you joining us for golf. The course speaks for itself so we want that to be coupled with true southern hospitality at its finest. We hope to see you again here soon, thank you again. 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
Perfect weather
Used cart

Well worth the money

Absolutely pristine condition, greens were well groomed as was the rest of the course. The practice facilities were outstanding. No complaints at all very pleased with my experience.

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Commented On 08/02/2018

I am excited and pleased you found your hard earned money was well spent here at Kelly Plantation Golf Club. We are a family owned Business that recognizes that golf can be expensive and we try and show our guest how important they are to us by providing great golf conditions with a winning attitude from our Professional Staff. Thank you for taking time to let us know how we are doing. 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
First Time Playing

Excellent track

Large greens. Well groomed fairways and bunkers. Aesthetically pleasing to the eye from the tee box. Greens still had signs of recent aeration (holes) but rolled well. Probably punched 4-6 weeks ago and almost healed. Minimal effect on putts.

Would love to play again. Pace with four some four hours exactly. Very friendly staff.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Great course and a great staff

This place has amazing customer service and the course was in great shape and I’d love to play here again. I highly recommend this to anyone in the destin/pcb area

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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DestinGolf333
Commented On 07/26/2018

The OUTSTANDING customer service was such a kind statement to make. We take great interest in our guest that choose to spend their hard earned money here. I am glad to see it was recognized by you. Thank you so much for letting us know. Please come back and play again when your on your next vacation to the Emerald Coast. Head P.G.A. Golf Professional Ashton Crowe, a fellow Kentuckian as well.

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Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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DestinGolf333
Commented On 07/26/2018

Thank you for the FIVE STAR review. It is great to see that our guest are enjoying themselves as they spend time here. I hope to see you come back and play the next time your here in Destin.

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