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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 7752 yards
Slope 143
Rating 76.8

Windswept Dunes Golf Club tumbles across a dramatic landscape covered with white sand dunes accented by lush green fairways. The golf course appeals to players of all skill levels thanks to player-friendly features that are balanced by strategically placed hazards. Although each hole shares the characteristic of being lined with dunes, they each maintain a unique character. The rolling fairways are often wide and generous off the tee and the sand dunes, which stretch from tee too green, are only punishing of the most errant of shots. The approach shots though are as demanding as the tee shots are forgiving. There are numerous bunkers fiercely guarding the large, smooth greens. While the occasional water hazard comes into play, the bunkers are the most challenging element of Windswept Dunes Golf Club.

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Championship 72 7752 yards 76.8 143
Tournament 72 7295 yards 74.9 142
Ocean 72 6982 yards 72.7 132
Emerald 72 6533 yards 70.7 122
Dune 72 5851 yards 67.7 111
Dune (W) 72 5851 yards 73.1 127
Sedge 72 5138 yards 64.8 105
Sedge (W) 72 5138 yards 69.6 117
Scorecard for Windswept
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Championship M: 76.8/143 468 244 609 432 464 227 490 581 476 3991 501 371 190 527 458 480 196 573 465 3761 7752
Tournament M: 74.9/142 436 212 566 411 437 212 450 558 449 3731 459 363 180 492 430 455 188 570 427 3564 7295
Ocean M: 72.7/132 425 188 557 407 402 196 424 543 425 3567 450 356 169 481 405 424 171 548 411 3415 6982
Emerald M: 70.7/122 399 172 535 392 371 171 400 507 392 3339 435 329 161 455 380 395 147 516 376 3194 6533
Dune M: 67.7/111 W: 73.1/127 352 145 474 375 351 145 363 477 360 3042 274 305 144 428 352 366 117 485 338 2809 5851
Sedge M: 64.8/105 W: 69.6/117 321 92 438 306 318 127 288 442 324 2656 239 274 120 403 302 327 89 426 302 2482 5138
Handicap 5 9 7 15 13 17 1 11 3 4 10 16 18 8 6 14 12 2
Par 4 3 5 4 4 3 4 5 4 36 4 4 3 5 4 4 3 5 4 36 72

Course Details

Year Built 2004
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens Tifeagle
Golf Season Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
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, Amex, Discover
Metal Spikes Allowed No

Reviews

4.3
96 Reviews (96)

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Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 12
Plays Long 10
Undulating Greens 10
This course/club is great for:
A Weekend Splurge 9
Locals 9
Advanced Golfers 8
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 12

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Handicap 0-4
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I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Perfect weather
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A bucket list course

Windswept Dunes hosted the annual Brant Family Invitational this year and it did not disappoint. This course is long but has numerous tee options for every skill level. If you are a single digit handicap play at least the Emerald or Ocean tees to get a taste of what this course is truly about. Taking the correct line of the tee is more important than length and precision approach shots into massive greens are required to avoid the possibility of 3 putting. The staff is great and the course is gorgeous. A must play if you are anywhere within a two hour drive.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Birmingham Advisor
Top 10 Contributor
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Windswept Dunes worth the drive

Decided to play Windswept Dunes after having it recommended by so many paired-up playing partners over the years on vacation in the Panama City/Destin area.

It is about 30 minutes up Highway 331, and like several have posted here before me, I think it is worth the drive.

This well-groomed course is very wide off the tee. Approach shots are played to massive greens, that were very soft and had a good bit of grain to them. Several complexes were very challenging, including the seventh, ninth, 12th and 18th.

Large sandy waste areas punctuate most holes.

Though there were some very good holes - particularly the par-4 ninth, par-4 11th, and par-3 12th - most were not challenging enough to hold the better player’s interest. If familiar with the area, it’s not of the caliber of Camp Creek or Sandestin’s The Raven, but is on par with Hombre or Bay Point.

Still, this is a fun play, and an excellent upper shelf option for mid-to-high handicappers.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Awesome track!

Quick ride from Grayton Beach area. Total gem of a course. Pretty basic clubhouse, but staff was very accommodating. The golf course was in superb shape, greens rolled true, but not super fast. Theres plenty of undulation on these large greens and the surrounding run off areas will challenge every aspect of your short game. Tee shots seem visually intimidating, but are actually very forgiving once you see the width of the fairways. Loved the layout and the combination of challenge/ forgiveness. Overall, very pleased and I will be back!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Amazing Experience!

The most beautiful Course I have ever played on. You felt like you were the only one on the course on every hole. Scenic and Panoramic views on every hole. A hidden gem in the Destin, Florida area. Well worth the half hour drive out of Destin to play this course. The name of the course describes it perfectly!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Great Course - Must Play

Panama City Beach is my 2nd Home. So I play several courses in the PCB and Destin areas throughout the year. With no hesitation, I can say this is my favorite course. The course conditions are always great, the course is very challenging, and the staff is great. A must play for everyone from my perspective. I am a single digit handicapper and I absolutely love this place. A little remote but worth the drive. Give it a try - you will be back.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Gem in the panhandle

I played Windswept Dunes early Sunday morning. Course was in great a condition. Very nice layout and not overly crowded. It is a little ways from the beach but worth the drive. i will definitely play there again. This is a GEM. I suggest you play it before the secret gets out.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Cold weather
Used cart

Home Course

I have played most of the courses around PCB and Destin and without a doubt this course is my favorite. I own a condo in PCB and there are courses that are closer but this course is worth the little longer drive. The course condition just continues to improve year after year. The staff is working hard to make it a preferred course to play and it shows. This has become my home course in PCB and really the only one I play after trying the rest. Do yourself a favor and give it a try. I think you will love it.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Hidden Gem

My wife and I played this hidden gem today. What a great experience!! Staff very friendly and helpful. Course in excellent shape, every bit as good as the course we played in Sandestin earlier in the week at 3 times the price. Greens were in great shape if a bit slow. Huge and well contoured. Fairways wide but bunkers strategically placed for the errant shot.We only saw one foursome and one single the whole afternoon. Finished our round in 3 1/2 hours. Going back tomorrow!
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Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
First Time Playing

midwest golfers

Widest fairways you will ever play in your life. Course was in decent shape except the greens were way slower than the other 6 courses we played in Florida. If you love to bomb it, this is your course. If you like fast greens, go somewhere else. I would only suggest this course if you are in need of a warmup or have time to kill before flying out of panama city.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
First Time Playing

Better be a good putter

After 12 years of being open you think they would be out of trailor house for pro shop snack bar
Big greens took fun out of putting
Greens did not roll very good for weather we had this winter in area
Big fairways so accurate drives are not necessary
Guy in pro shop could take a customer service class
Thought rates were a little high

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Fair
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Mississippi Advisor
Top 250 Contributor
First Time Playing

Worth the Drive

I don't usually get too excited about residential community courses, but this course is so well tucked away among its dunes and pine trees that you rarely remember that you're in a neighborhood. The fairways are wide, but the rough is thick enough that you pay for keeping it off the short stuff. Greens rolled very pure. And at this price, it's a no-brainer.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Great experience

Must play for anyone in Destin/Panama Beach area. Big fairways and greens and well maintained. Great service. Don't expect a fancy clubhouse just a great golf experience.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 250 Contributor
First Time Playing

Hidden Gem

Windswept Dunes is nothing short of a hidden gem. Played this course on Father's Day off of a recommendation from fellow golfers I joined up with around the area. Wow. Am I glad that I did! Amazing course. A little odd itself with the clubhouse being a simple trailer, but the course itself is nothing short of amazing. No off course amenities as far as snack carts or anything, so take a few waters with you. If going for just pure golf though, the layout, course conditions, and course itself are amazing. Play the correct yardage tees for your game as this course is all you'll want. A little out of the way for Destin stayers, but if around the area and don't mind the drive. Well worth the round.

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

Well worth the drive

Played this course while on vacation in PCB. Course was in perfect condition, wide fairways and very large greens. Don't waste your time and money at the local PCB courses, this course is head and shoulders above those. We can't wait to get back down there to play it again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Fair weather
Used cart

Best course on the emerald coast

This is a great risk/reward golf course. The longest course in FL according to the USGA. Not a lot of water on the course but they make up for it with sand. The fairways are wide and the greens are huge. What makes this course challenging is the length. I played the Ocean tees and even on 250 yard drives, I was hitting 5 irons into the greens. You have multiple options off the tee box as far as your line and how far you want to hit it. The greens are rolling and expect multiple breaks if you do not hit it close. This is a newer golf course so there is not a lot of development which I enjoy. I believe they are still waiting to build the permanent club house. Would not recommend walking as there are some distance between holes.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Great shape

Played this course two consecutive days because of the great conditions and best price for a course of this quality for miles around.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Florida panhandle hidden gem

Have now played Windswept Dunes four times in the last three years. Each time I enjoy it more. Course conditions excellent, staff friendly, prices best in the area. Well worth the tweety minute commute from 30A lodgings. This course is better than Kelly Plantation, Regatta Bay, the sandestin courses, all put together! Good range, no crowds, excellent greens, great pace of play--all that a vacationing golfer could want!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
New Orleans Advisor
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Off The Beaten Path

There are several very good courses in the Florida Panhandle area, but there are few better than Windswept Dunes. I chose this course over several others with great reviews, including the Camp Creek course which is rated as one of the top 30 courses in Florida (no small feat in a state with over 1,200 golf courses). It's a bit of a hike from the beach, sitting above Choctawatchee Bay in Freeport, but once you get there, you'll know why you came. A small modest parking lot and double wide trailer (so many courses have those - the promise of the grand clubhouse falls short...) clubhouse belie the course you're about to play. The driving range is nice and along the way to the first hole. I got to the first tee and was joined by a gentleman who actually works at the course - he was playing on his off day - so I got GREAT advice and a lot of information. HERE IS YOUR FIRST WARNING - Choose the right tees. There are 6 tee boxes to choose from - choose wisely or you'll have a LONG day. And I really mean LONG as this Doug O'Rourke design is one of if not THE longest course in Florida maxing out at 7752 yards from the Championship tees. I made the huge mistake of trying the course from the Tournament tees which is one forward from the back - at 7295 yards that's too much course for my skill level. But it was still a fun try. Second warning - don't even imagine walking this course. You may only play it at say 5700 yards but the course measures 7700 yards so you still would have to walk that extra 2000 yards... and there are several tees which are a hike from the previous green. The course is not overly hilly, but there is enough movement to the land that coupled with the long yardage, it's not a walkers course.
The course winds through high dunes, some as high as nearly 20 feet, in the piney hills of Northwest Florida. It's far enough off the path that they don't get a ton of play even though the course is gorgeous. A couple of guys who had played Camp Creek (which is pretty private but does allow occasional outside play) said Windswept Dunes was completely the equal of Camp Creek, and at a tremendously better price point. I paid about $70 on a Monday to play there and it's worth that, maybe more.
The course opens with a long par 4 with bunkers down the side - get used to that because there are bunkers on or along basically every hole on the course. It's a tough start with the number 5 handicap hole. They beat you up pretty good with the first 3 holes all being in the top 9 hardest on the course, but then relent on the next 3 holes. There are a few houses around the course, but the planned development of the subdivision stalled so there are roads to nowhere. The houses don't encroach on the course for the most part, so that's not an issue. And it's a broad shouldered course - there is room to miss in many places, but recovery isn't always easy... The back 9 felt a little easier than the front - it's about 167 yards shorter than the front. The fairways and greens were immaculate the day I played. The staff was welcoming and friendly. My partner was the best - I learned much about the course and he played it very well.
The signature hole is difficult to pinpoint. There isn't any one "wow" hole on the course as they are all really solid holes in their own right. The par 5 8th hole is picturesque and challenging, as is the par 4 15th, a cut as much as you dare to dogleg left par 4.
If you ever venture to the Florida Panhandle area this course is an absolute MUST play. There are quite a few of those in the Destin/Panama City area, but there are none quite on this level.

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

Great Course in Destin Area

Been going to Destin for vacation last 5 years and played several nice courses. This one definitely ranks up there, eventhough its a little bit of a drive and in the middle of nowhere. Barely had cell phone reception

The course itself was awesome. Plenty of tee boxes for all levels. Fairways are beautiful and some of them are pretty wide so easy to hit. But beware of the greens....they roll very nice but these are the biggest and undulated greens I have ever seen. You can easily 3-putt on every single hole if you don't pay attention to pin placement.

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

One of the best.

Worth the drive. Excellent conditions. Didn't found a bad spot any where.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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