Links at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort

4.2661000000 4.3 stars from 5 (424)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6710 yards
  • Slope: 135
  • Rating: 72.2
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes - "Sandestin Golf Academy"

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: No Denim, Collared Shirt and Bermuda Shorts Required
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Gold 72 6710 yards 72.2 135
Gold (W) 72 6710 yards 79.1 137
Blue 72 6238 yards 70.2 124
Blue (W) 72 6238 yards 76.5 131
White 72 5761 yards 69.0 114
White (W) 72 5761 yards 73.8 126
Red (W) 72 4897 yards 69.1 115

The Links Course at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is the ultimate in risk-reward golf. The architect, Tom Jackson, routed five holes along the bay and then wound the course inland across rolling undulations. In order to prevail against the blustery Gulf Coast winds, accuracy and proper club selection are essential, making it a true shot-maker's golf course. In addition to being right along the shores of the Choctawhatchee Bay, the Baytowne Marina serves as a backdrop to the course, providing even more stunning views of the Emerald Coast. Of the four championship golf courses that Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort offers, the Links is one of the original two and also one of the most popular. The layout offers a unique links experience that all skill levels can enjoy, especially since it features four different sets of tees.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.3 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.7 stars from 5
Value: 4.3 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.2 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.1 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 424 Reviews
5 stars:
148
4 stars:
197
3 stars:
50
2 stars:
25
1 stars:
4

recommend this course

377 out of 423 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is at a resort convenient to the city near local attractions   Great for wildlife/ scenic views advanced golfers playing multiple courses   Challenges include water hazards bunkers narrow fairways  

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"Nice course"


Ursula1869757's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/05/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Fairways and greens were in good shape. Starter was real nice. Cart girl was very friendly. Pro shop staff seemed overwhelmed and a tad bit annoyed as there were a number of guests waiting to check in. Overall, enjoyed our time there.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Lots of water"


u000002722616's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/03/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

My day did not start off very well. Had my rangefinder stolen out of my cart before I started play and was do disgusted I didn't feel like playing. If you have control of your ball, this is an easy course, if you don't you will pay the price. Nothing great about the course, but the water will get your attention.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


Response from Sandestin Resort and Club Management on 05/16/2018:

We're sorry to hear you were not able to recommend the course. Please feel free to reach out to the pro shop to further discuss your experience. Thank you for playing The Links!

"Fun course but..."


Masonfaithdesign's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once every three months

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/03/2018
First time playing

Reviewed on

The links was a fun course, but if you’re a high handicap golfer bring a lot of balls. I shot 81 and donated a couple to the Fish. The greens and fairways were perfect. Course layout isn’t my first choice, but had a great time. Practice flighting your ball as it’s windy at times and not much need for driver ( I hit my 3hybryid about 240) and many tee shots are tight! Give the links a shot and enjoy the views!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Sandestin Resort and Club Management on 05/16/2018:

Water on the course can be tricky, but it sounds like you are always up for the challenge at The Links!

"Excellent course, awful staff."


u4173365's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  Don't know

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/03/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

I want to start the review by saying that the course itself is wonderful and very well maintained. That being said, I will not be going back ever again, because my experience was awful. We arrived 20 minutes prior to our tee time and were immediately rushed onto the course without being allowed to hit any range balls (which are included in the price of the round). There were 2 of us, and we were paired with another twosome ahead of us. This was fine, because the people we were paired with were very friendly. On about hole 6 or 7 we were approached by one of the staff and informed that we'd fallen behind the pace of play. He was very insistent that we speed up our pace, and quite frankly he was pretty rude about it despite the fact that there was no one immediately behind us. At this time we had only seen a group behind us maybe once or twice the entire round, so we didn't really feel that we were holding anyone back. When we finished the front 9, the twosome that we were paired with had to stop to use the restroom, and we were again approached by staff to hound us about speeding up our pace. He was again extremely rude despite there literally not being anyone behind us. Our pace on the back 9 was no different than the front, and yet we never had a single group approach us from behind. When I play golf on my vacation I expect a relaxing experience, and it's very difficult for me to relax and play golf when I'm being rushed for no apparent reason. It's a shame that I couldn't enjoy such a nice course because of the staff being rude and unreasonable. I will never spend another dime at this course or any course affiliated with it.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Great Course"


TRoggy's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/28/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

First time playing this course. It was in excellent condition and the weather was perfect. The days leading up to Sat were really windy but we had a light breeze and 80 degrees. The greens were in great condition and although previous reviews said not to use a driver and use 3-5 woods, I took my driver out on quite a few holes.

They need to update their area for food. It has a small window and can only handle one customer at a time. Prices were good.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Hot Deal great value"


FordRanger's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/24/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Links is a very good layout, excellent views of bay.

Staff was top notch, would play again next time in area.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from Sandestin Resort and Club Management on 04/27/2018:

Thank you for the 4-star review and course recommendation!

"Fantastic Layout and conditions"


Chris6835365's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/24/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This was a really fun course and in great condition. If you can play here on a hot deal, you won't be disappointed. Worth the money at under $60 (including tax) to me. This course offers an active duty military rate that is not posted anywhere, but only for the active duty service member (they need to update this policy to include immediate family members and/or offer a FM and Veterans rate IMO). So call if you are AD. Back to the golf - great course - very challenging off the tee on quite a few holes given the amount of water. Hitting driver not necessary/advised on about 80% of the holes unless you play from the tips (wish I was that good). Greens were fantastic with great pace and challenging hole locations on some holes.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Sandestin Resort and Club Management on 04/27/2018:

Thank you for playing The Links and rating the course 5-stars!

"It's been a long time..."


uMYDO5011MY's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/20/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I played this course several times about 30 years ago. It's a great layout, although somewhat narrow in places. Lots of water. Nines have been reversed since I played here last. Wish they had left it as it was. Still, it was great to play here again.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Sandestin Resort and Club Management on 04/24/2018:

We're happy to hear you decided to visit the course again after so much time. See you soon!

"A Challenge"


moorem815's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/18/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

You definitely do not need a driver. Just hit that 3/5 wood straight and you will be just fine.

Take in consideration the wind at times.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Sandestin Resort and Club Management on 04/23/2018:

Thank you for playing The Links and rating the course 5-stars!

"Class Act for a Great Course"


Mmercik's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/18/2018
First time playing

Reviewed on

Found this course through GolfNow on a HotDeal. My friend and I pulled into the gated Sandestin area and were professionally and nicely greeted by the security attnwdant, given directions and a smile. We found the clubhouse and pulled up within feet of bag drop. The attendant met us at our car and we informed him we had also called for a rental set as we were out of town travelers and needed a set. He indicated from our call the night before, the clibs were already on the car wih our name posted on it. The course included staff referimg to each other by name (“Jerry will take carenof you at checkin”) WHAT A GREAT CULTURE!!!. This happened by all their staff. The course was in great shape with nice fairways and greens. The traps were also well manicured. And the views, WOW. The views of rhe bay were just fantastic. Come llay this course and experience it for yourself!


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


Response from Sandestin Resort and Club Management on 04/23/2018:

It's great to hear about your excellent customer service at The Links. Thank you for taking time to share your 5-star experience!

"Sandestin - The Links"


panhandlemann's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/16/2018
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Sandestin - The Links has been in great condition whenever I have played.

Very enjoyable course.

Greens and fairways are normally in very nice shape.

Staff is very helpful and friendly.

Always a good experience


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Sandestin Resort and Club Management on 04/23/2018:

We're happy to hear you always have a good experience with The Links. See you soon!

"Challenging"


drbc1982's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/14/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We played the course in 10-20 mph winds. Made the right layout challenging. Greens were a little slow but with the

Winds they were receptive


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Sandestin Resort and Club Management on 04/19/2018:

Thank you for playing The Links!

"the course is well designed."


vicpineda's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/14/2018
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

the course is well maintained. The greens are in great shape and fairways are well groomed.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Sandestin Resort and Club Management on 04/16/2018:

We're happy to hear you played with excellent course conditions. See you soon!


gr8pizzaman's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/13/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Sandestin Resort and Club Management on 04/16/2018:

Thank you for playing The Links and rating the course 4-stars!

"Challenging Course on a Windy Day"


Milne2911907's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/13/2018
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Lots of variety in hole layouts. Narrow fairways complicated by a wind advisory. Water comes into play frequently. Greens ran true and fairways were well maintained.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Sandestin Resort and Club Management on 04/16/2018:

Thank you for playing The Links and sharing your feedback!


u000001394257's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/08/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Sandestin Resort and Club Management on 04/11/2018:

Thank you for taking time to share your recommendation and rate the course 4-stars!


Tncards's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/28/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


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


Response from Sandestin Resort and Club Management on 04/11/2018:

We're happy to hear you had a great day on The Links!



5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/26/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


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


Response from Sandestin Resort and Club Management on 04/11/2018:

Thank you for the 5-star review!

"Nice Vistas"


Tgolden3m's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/25/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Nice layout, greens were in good shape, fairways were a bit rough.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average


I recommend this course


Response from Sandestin Resort and Club Management on 03/27/2018:

Thank you for playing The Links and sharing feedback!

"Interesting course"


Chrispy253's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/22/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course has many interesting holes. Some of them can be real challenges on a windy day, especially those near the bay. There is water on many of the holes, but straight drives and being mindful of distances (easily done with the great gps on the cart) takes them out of play. Fairways and greens were in great condition


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from Sandestin Resort and Club Management on 03/27/2018:

Thank you for playing The Links! We're happy to hear you enjoyed the GPS during your round. See you soon!


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