Windswept Dunes Golf Course

4.5423294118 4.5 stars from 5 (92)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7752 yards
  • Slope: 143
  • Rating: 76.8
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
GPS: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: Visa, Amex, Discover

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

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

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.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.5 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.4 stars from 5
Value: 4.6 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.7 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.6 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.9 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.4 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 92 Reviews
5 stars:
40
4 stars:
33
3 stars:
15
2 stars:
2
1 stars:
2

recommend this course

83 out of 91 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive   Great for a weekend splurge locals advanced golfers   Challenges include bunkers plays long undulating greens  

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"Great Course - Must Play"


OneSix16's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/28/2018
Previously played

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Gem in the panhandle"


Derrick4685570's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/25/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Home Course"


u000002841014's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/05/2018
Previously played Used cart Cold weather

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Hidden Gem"


Dixo's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/10/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

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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Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"midwest golfers"


mauriceokeefe19's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  0-4

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/29/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Better be a good putter"


undgolf's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/01/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"Worth the Drive"


CaptWillard's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Mississippi Advisor
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/07/2016
First time playing

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Great experience"


u000004540269's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/06/2016
Previously played

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Hidden Gem"


joshsmith12's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/19/2016
First time playing

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Well worth the drive"


u455597816's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/31/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Best course on the emerald coast"


EthanFisher2's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/18/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Fair weather

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Great shape"


tmccracken01's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/02/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Florida panhandle hidden gem"


DocRambo's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/01/2015
Previously played Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

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!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Off The Beaten Path"


TwillDog1's avatar
New Orleans Advisor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/03/2015
First time playing Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

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.<br/> 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.<br/> 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.<br/> 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.<br/> 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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great Course in Destin Area"


MorganBojo's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/15/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"One of the best."


Jose9343512's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/25/2015
First time playing

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"A Must Play and Worth the Drive from anywhere"


Phillip8655869's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/29/2014
First time playing Played as a single Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

I took a risk, because I don't normally pay more than $40 for a round of golf, but with the twilight rate starting at noon of $52 I went ahead. Best money ever spent on a round of golf. I loved this golf course, and give it my highest rating. There is no clubhouse, as they are operating out of a converted mobile home, but from a pure golf experience this is as good as it gets. If this course were close to anything on planet earth they'd be able to charge three times as much. If you are even within an hours drive of this course you must do yourself the favor of making the drive. You won't regret it. Also, you need a cart for this course as there is great distances between every hole. Definitely can't walk this one.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



"Nice course!"


branedamag's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/27/2014
First time playing Played as a single Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

A bit out in the middle of nowhere, but a nice track. Wide fairways. Greens were pretty fast the day I played. It was also fairly empty, so no real idea about the usual pace of play, but i did it in under 3 hours.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"One of the best non-private options on the Emerald Coast"


uFMGP2699FM's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/12/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Course was in great shape and there was almost no one on it! Expect a lot of waste areas, some blind landing areas and greens with serious undulation. Greens were aerated fairly recently but they were still quick (without being punishing).


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Close to Destin - best value around"


cunole1's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/13/2014
First time playing Played as a single Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Played this course mid-week while on vacation. Great value for the money. The greens were in great shape. The fairways were punched very recently, but it had no impact on play. Very wide and forgiving fairways. Lots of undulation in the greens, but they rolled true. Struggled a bit with distances, but there was enough room to work if you miss a green. Staff is friendly, clubhouse is just a trailer with minimal selection. Would definitely ply again.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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