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4.8
640 Reviews (640)
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3 Stars
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1 Stars
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Conditions
4.7
Value
4.4
Layout
4.8
Friendliness
4.8
Pace
4.6
Amenities
4.6
97.4%
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608 out of 640 reviews
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4.8
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4 Stars
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Conditions
4.7
Value
4.5
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.5
StaffFriendliness
4.8
98.4%
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Conditions
4.8
Value
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Layout
4.8
Pace
4.6
Amenities
4.6
StaffFriendliness
4.9
98.2%
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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

Food & Beverage

Snacks, Restaurant

Available Facilities

Banquet Facilities

Accolades

Reviews

4.8
640 Reviews (640)

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

Beautiful Golf Course

Beautiful golf course! Plenty of challenge from all the tees. Greens were spectacular!! A must play!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 07/02/2020

Thank you for the wonderful comments and taking time to let us know how we are doing in regards to your golf experience. It is of the upmost importance if we fall short of 5-stars we find out what we could of missed and get better at what we do. These reviews are tools for us to get better and even stay on top as one of the premier courses in Florida. Thank you for your time in writing this review. Please come back and see us soon and tell your friends to come see us. Head P.G.A. Golf Professional Ashton Crowe.

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Reviews 44
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played

Mid day round

Got off at 12:40, caught the herd at 6. Finished in 3 hours anyway. Course is in great shape. Very friendly staff, helped me set up an outing for late July.
Greens were consistent and decently fast, AND very receptive. Great layout with 5 3’s and 5 par 5’s .
Best course in Destin !

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 07/01/2020

A 3 hour round is outstanding!!! We take pace of play very serious here as we know how slow play can make for a not so fun experience. Golf can be challenging enough without having to wait for a group playing slow. We use a full time Pace of Play Marshall to insure that we keep play moving at a pace that is suitable for all players. Thank you for your valuable input. Head P.G.A. Golf Professional Ashton Crowe

Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 07/01/2020

Thank you so much for the review. Turf Care in our opinion does a fantastic job making sure the course is tournament ready each and every day. We are very proud of them and it makes it nice to present a golf course we are also proud of. It is such a team effort that all the pieces come together coupled with genuine kindness from our staff we believe makes for a golf experience second to none. Please come back and see us soon. Head P.G.A. Golf Professional Ashton Crowe.

Played On
Reviews 20
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart

Great course

Had a fun round of golf. Course is challenging especially the greens. By far the fastest greens I've played in the Destin area. Course is in great shape and the service from the staff was exceptional.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 06/26/2020

Thank you for commenting so highly of your experience. We absolutely realize golf is a luxury to play and deserves to be treated as such. We try and do this by providing outstanding course conditions with winning attitudes from our very caring staff. The greens are super fun, true, and a delight to play on. We are thrilled you enjoyed it. Please come back and see us soon, Head P.G.A. Golf Professional, Ashton Crowe

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Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Excellent service

Beautiful course and excellent service. Well worth it!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 06/22/2020

"Excellent Service" what a great start to a review. The course is well manicured as it always is so we put a lot of genuine effort into our personality from greeting our patrons and giving them good information about the golf course which allows them to enjoy it and play it as it suits their game and ability. Without being overbearing we may suggest a set of tees to play from that will allow golfers to hit more greens in regulation which we all know makes the game way more fun. We certainly know and appreciate golf can be very expensive so I am happy see you felt it was well worth it. Come back and see us soon. Head P.G.A. Golf Professional Ashton Crowe

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Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

One of the best courses I’ve ever played

Absolutely one of the prettiest courses I’ve had the pleasure of playing. The head golf pro Ashton Crowe was one of the coolest dudes. The course was in amazing shape too. Can’t wait to go back and play again. I’d recommend playing this course to anyone!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great course with really fast greens

The course was in excellent shape and the greens were perfect. (Very fast but very well groomed). The starter gave us the best instructions and overview of the course I’ve ever received from a starter. I highly recommend this course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented on 06/22/2020

Our staff is a huge part of the golf experience so I am thrilled you recognized the host and his efforts. This will be passed along to the host as a thank you. I am so proud of our turf care team as they take this course and make it their own and treat it as though it is theirs. It makes a huge difference when you take time to truly put your own personal touches in each part of the course as they do. Keven Churchill our head Superintendent has put together a team that has been together for years and it really shows. Thank you for recognizing this. Head P.G.A. Golf Professional Ashton Crowe

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Best condition course on Emerald Coast

Greens are excellent and fast enough. Fun layout. Overall condition is excellent which is huge for a resort course. Play moved along well. Lots of fun

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented on 06/21/2020

With the outstanding Golf course conditions we are accustomed to, we want our service to match it. Many of of host/starters understand the value of presentation of the golf course and its importance. We try and recommend tees to use based on ability of the players, we notify each golfer on tips on how to play the course without being overbearing . Developing a special bond with our guest is of the upmost importance to us. We want our guest to feel as though they are a member for the day and more importantly want to return each time they are in the area. Thank you for your invaluable time. Head P.G.A. Professional Ashton Crowe

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Commented on 06/17/2020

"Best Condition on the Emerald Coast" That says a lot with all the great golf courses in the area which we are happy to see doing well. As a community we try and provide fun golf experiences for everyone so there is a variety of courses to play. I believe we constantly put ourselves in position to get better each day and rise to greater heights which is what we all strive for on and off the course. Thank you for sharing your experience, we are listening. Come back and visit with us soon. Your Head P.G.A. Golf Professional Ashton Crowe

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 06/17/2020

Maintaining a golf club in the outstanding condition we are in is a challenge without raising our rates and we have done just that. Our owners recognize we are in trying times across the nation and we want families to enjoy themselves without over extending their budget all while getting the same amazing service and course conditions. It seems we are achieving this which we are extremely proud of. We hope that our guest appreciate the efforts to keep golf affordable all while providing class A service. Please come back and see us soon. Head P.G.A. Golf Professional Ashton Crowe

Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Outstanding round

Outstanding course. Excellent layout, friendly staff, course was in great shape. Would highly recommend

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Best Course in Destin

Great course. Well maintained and challenging but fair layout. I’ll be back.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
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
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Great course!!

This course was in fantastic shape. Beautiful views. A little pricey

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 06/01/2020

Thank you for the kind review and noticing it takes money to keep the course in the fantastic shape it is in. Golf can be expensive and we recognize this by going the extra mile when paying attention to details. Right now safety of our members and guest are job 1 and we feel we are making terrific strides keeping the course perfect while not raising our rates. We believe in tradition and making golf great and safe for all who choose to spend their hard earned money here, Thank you again, Head P.G.A. Professional, Ashton Crowe

Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
3.0
First Time Playing

Over priced

$145 for a round of golf on this course is way too much. There are better courses for lower prices

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Fair
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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Commented on 05/29/2020

Golf can certainly be expensive. I usually write replies back using this format however in this case I think it would be more appropriate we speak in person or over the phone. This is such an out of character review I think it needs personal attention. Please contact me direct at 850-650-7600 to discuss what you felt could be in better condition for money and the perceived value you felt you didnt receive. Head Golf Professional Ashton Crowe.

Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

MUST PLAY

Kelly Plantation is one of the best courses in Florida, no question. The greens are perfect and fast. Fairways, bunkers, and tee boxes are pristine. The entire property is immaculate. Add a fantastic staff that truly understands guest service, and you have a 'must-play' situation. Ashton, the GM, is top notch and has this place running as smooth as their greens.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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Commented on 05/20/2020

Thank you for recognizing the staff friendliness. The course is playing in top peak condition due to mainly Turf Cares desire and dedication to provide a product that is second to none. We certainly appreciate the kindness of words you have so chosen to eloquently use. We are glad we are living up to our reputation as a Must Play in North West Florida. Please come back and visit us soon. Ashton Crowe P.G.A.

Played On
Reviews 7
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

Awesome Greens

Course is in GREAT shape. Grass everywhere. The Greens are awesome, fair and fast. If you don't think before you hit your putt, it's gone!! You can play your ball down all day if you wish. I found it to be pretty forgiving playing the 2nd set of tee's. Holes play straight forward, no dog legs. Best course in Destin!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 05/18/2020

5 Star ratings are such an achievement given all the moving parts that can happen during a golf round. Taking time to put trust in us in this unprecedented time truly means so much to. We are a family owned business are they put an emphasis on kindness that is evident from how well they treat our staff and teach us the values that create an environment that is welcoming to our members and guest alike. I can speak for all our employees we have the greatest job in the world and it allows us to show that to our guest and members. There is no substitute for genuine caring especially at a time when people need to smile and feel worry free. For the golf course conditions our Turf Care Team who have been together for many years puts their heart, and sweat in the course because they truly care about the experience they provide. They are the true back bone of our success and we are lucky to have them. Thank you for taking time from your busy schedule to let us know your thoughts. Please come back as soon as you can. My name is Ashton Crowe, Head P.G.A. Golf Professional and I would enjoy thanking you in person.

Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Great Greens

Best greens we have played over the last two months. Great experience start to finish, staff, range, course, clubhouse.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 05/14/2020

Golf Greens are a very important part of a great golf experience. We work from the green back meaning our maintenance dollars are really focused on the condition of the greens with no money spared on labor or budget for the tee boxes and fairways. Our Turf Care team takes their time when cutting and rolling the greens to insure they are what we expect for our members and patrons. It is a pleasure to present the course in the condition it is in. Even though revenue has been down due to the tragedy of the Covid 19 Virus we have spared no expense as to keeping the course the way it should be. Please come back and join us as soon as you can, It will only get better. We are making sure we are practicing the local, state, and federal guidelines and even going above and beyond them to project our members and guest because we know how important it is to be outside during this time and feel safe and welcomed free from worry. Take care and we will see you soon. Head P.G.A. Golf Professional Ashton Crowe

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