View from #14 on the Links course at Sandestin Resort
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4.3
775 Reviews (775)
5 Stars
318
4 Stars
339
3 Stars
80
2 Stars
30
1 Stars
8
Conditions
4.1
Value
4.3
Layout
4.5
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.3
Amenities
3.9
91.8%
Recommend this course
705 out of 775 reviews
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4.3
89 Reviews (89)
5 Stars
41
4 Stars
36
3 Stars
9
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
3
Conditions
4.0
Value
4.1
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.3
Amenities
3.9
StaffFriendliness
4.6
88.8%
Recommend this course
79 out of 89 reviews
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4.2
149 Reviews (149)
5 Stars
67
4 Stars
61
3 Stars
15
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
4
Conditions
4.0
Value
4.2
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.3
Amenities
3.8
StaffFriendliness
4.6
90.6%
Recommend this course
135 out of 149 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Resort
Par 72
Length 6710 yards
Slope 135
Rating 72.2

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.

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Course Details

Year Built 1971
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens Bermuda Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Tom Jackson (1971)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes - "Sandestin Golf Academy"
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code No Denim, Collared Shirt and Bermuda Shorts Required

Food & Beverage

Snacks

Available Facilities

Banquet Facilities, Spa

Available Sports

Fitness, Tennis

Reviews

4.3
775 Reviews (775)

What Golfers Are Saying

Course Challenges Include:
Water Hazards 44
Bunkers 34
Narrow Fairways 22
This course/club is great for:
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 25
Advanced Golfers 21
Playing Multiple Courses 13
This Course's Location is:
At a Resort 34
Convenient to the City 19
Near Local Attractions 18

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

Awesome experience

Beautiful course. Great shape. Great views.
Shot maker course. Greens, fairways, tees all great condition. Great value

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

Great Experience

Played with my son while on vacation and could not have asked for a better experience. Mr. Jerry is first class in the Pro Shop, extremely nice, very helpful, polite and professional. We where greeted as we walked up and helped with our bags and given clear directions on the course. Course was great and well maintained. Looking forward to another round.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

outstanding for the price

did not think it would be this good, all around great track. better than I expected and well worth the fee. would recommend it just for the views.... will play again

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Tough day

Great course. Scenic. Winds at the holes on the bay gusted to 40. Twenty mph elsewhere. Hurricane offshore.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Just Decent

The course, itself, wasn't bad at all. The extra touches to the overall experience, however, fell way short.

An 0730 tee time sounded great for a 90 degree day. Check in was flawless. When I drove up, however, there was no one at the bag drop. I took a cart after check in and you can't take the carts into the parking lot. That means you have to take your clubs and anything else from the parking lot to the cart path. So if no one is at the bag drop then you're doing it yourself, back and forth.

Also, no range balls were available this early. The only thing you could do was to chip and putt - no way to practice any iron swings (can't use driver on range).

My cart cooler fell off of its bracket on #1 fairway due to the actual bracket being broken.

Several fairways were very saturated. It was like walking on a sponge. Iron shots were very hard in this condition.

3 weeks later and greens still need a week or two to fill in from the aeration.

Drink cart girl didn't arrive until hole #9, if you want beverages or snacks while on the course.

I fortunately got this as a hit deal so the $50-60 was fine. The two I played with payed $100 or so each and I would have been disappointed if I paid that much with all of these issues.

Worth it for $50. Pass on it if you're around $80 or more

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Nice course, but be prepared to wait

My wife and I played the Link course and enjoyed the weather, staff, and layout of the course. However, after the second hole, we started to wait on the groups ahead of us. We were hoping that things might get better on the back nine, but it only got worse. Sometimes we waited more than 10 minutes for the groups to clear ahead of us. Needless to say, this prevented us from ever getting into a rhythm as we had to wait for long periods of time on every hole on the back nine. I didn't see a ranger managing the backlog and for that reason, I'm rating this as an average experience. Beautiful course, but the course paly needs to be managed better in my opinion.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Nice course

Played the links and is a well laid out course. I’m really good shape. Tough greens and lots of water. Overall very nice.

Conditions Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser

Greens had recently been sanded and wish I was told that.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great views

Good course layout with spectacular views of the bay.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 18
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Worst Greens ever

Not only were the greens punched and completely covered in sand, but there was no grass.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Poor
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
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Commented on 09/02/2020

While we appreciate the feedback, I don't believe your assessment to be accurate. If anything, we have too much grass on these greens as they are 46 years old and cut at a higher height. These greens have plenty of grass coverage and what I believe you experienced is simply the result of aeration. Rick Hileman, EDOG for Sandestin

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great layout and even with punch greens we had a good time playing the Links course.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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