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4.4
508 Reviews (508)
5 Stars
251
4 Stars
217
3 Stars
28
2 Stars
7
1 Stars
5
Conditions
4.3
Value
4.3
Layout
4.6
Friendliness
4.7
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.3
93.9%
Recommend this course
477 out of 508 reviews
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4.4
46 Reviews (46)
5 Stars
26
4 Stars
16
3 Stars
1
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.3
Value
4.2
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.4
StaffFriendliness
4.8
91.3%
Recommend this course
42 out of 46 reviews
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4.5
104 Reviews (104)
5 Stars
64
4 Stars
34
3 Stars
2
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
2
Conditions
4.4
Value
4.4
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.6
Amenities
4.4
StaffFriendliness
4.8
94.2%
Recommend this course
98 out of 104 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Semi-Private/Resort
Par 72
Length 7050 yards
Slope 143
Rating 73.9

Located right along the water, Emerald Bay Golf Club was designed by Bob Cupp to be Destin's premier full-service, 18-hole championship course. Water is a prominent feature as the course overlooks the shores Choctawhatchee Bay and incorporates water features on 12 of the holes. Oftentimes golfers will face an intimidating shot across a lake or a pond. Emerald Bay Golf Club's sculpted fairways and tight greens are always in excellent condition. There are four sets of tees that make the golf course accessible to most players' abilities and no matter what skill level you are, the views are not to be missed. The views are especially breathtaking on the back nine, which borders the bay. There is also an expansive driving range at Emerald Bay that golfers can use before playing the golf course.

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Course Details

Year Built 1991
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens TifEagle Bermuda Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Bob Cupp (1991) Bob Cupp (2014) David Johnson (1991)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
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, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code Appropriate golf attire. No denim, collared shirt required.

Food & Beverage

Bar, Restaurant

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Banquet Facilities

Reviews

4.4
508 Reviews (508)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 20
Watching the Game 11
19th Hole Scenic Views 10
Course Challenges Include:
Water Hazards 45
Bunkers 37
Forced Carries 27
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 28
A Weekend Splurge 22
Seniors 20
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 32
Near Local Attractions 29
Worth the Drive 14

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Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing

Excellent course, nice facilities, and quality staff.

Minor item - for a first time player there could have been better signage for the holes.

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
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Nice course

The course was in pretty good shape. Tee boxes, fairways and sand traps were in great shape. The greens were bumpy and hard to read but were well maintained. The pro shop is outstanding! Whatever you want, they have it.
A little over priced and a few more green bunkers would make this course much better.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 11
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great course

We enjoyed the layout and setting for this course. The conditions were great.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 06/25/2020

Hi, we appreciate you leaving a review and rating us. We will inform the entire team, so they know their hard work is paying off. We look forward to having you back at Emerald Bay Golf Club!

Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 06/22/2020

Thank you for visiting us at Emerald Bay Golf Club. We appreciate your 4-star rating and review. We hope you join us for another round soon.

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Great First and Last Impressions. Smooth as Silk Greens!

I booked on GN and when I arrived and walked up to where the carts were a staffer grabbed my club bag and said he’d put them in my cart and have them ready for my game. I asked where to pay and he told me in the clubhouse up the staircase. When I walked in I was greeted with a warm welcome and a plush fully stocked pro shop. Looked around for a second but really just wanted to go play the course so I paid and while I was paying was handed a sleeve of Callaway Truvis balls for my game.
I noticed that the carts HD GPS was free and included in the price of play. Which at some other courses I’ve played lately you have to pay extra for. A very nice feature.
Holes 1-9 were challenging but 10-18 were more scenic. Though some of the holes were tight others were more opened up. Most of the hole however had a water feature which made it more of a challenge. The drink girl riding around on the course was very nice and had an array of whatever you fancied to sip. My day the weather was fair and 84 with a slip wind but I felt as if I was the only one out the even though they were fairly stacked.
At the end of my round I finished 3- par and when I rolled up to get out of the cart the staffer asked me so,ethi g I’ve never been asked before at any course I’ve ever played at.
He asked if he could wipe my clubs down.
At first I was kind of taken back ,but then told him yes and I appreciated it.
I went to start my truck and when I’d turned around my clubs were sitting there ready to be chased up.
Now that is First Class in my book and a must play if you are ever anywhere close to Emerald Bay. I couldn’t find anything wrong with this golf course.

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

Hi, thank you for your kind words in your review and feedback of us! We hope to see you again at the course very soon for another 5-star experience. Thanks for choosing Emerald Bay Golf Club.

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented on 06/22/2020

Hi Mike, thank you for visiting us at Emerald Bay Golf Club. We appreciate your 4-star rating and review. We hope you join us for another round soon.

Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 06/22/2020

Hello and thank you for your 5-star rating of us! We're delighted you enjoyed your round. Please book another round with us soon, and thanks for choosing Emerald Bay Golf Club!

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

Awesome day of golf!

Whenever you pay over $100 for a round, your expectations are always high. Emerald Bay did not disappoint! For the moment we arrived until the time our clubs were loaded back into the car we couldn’t have been happier. The staff were friendly and attentive and the course was in great shape and challenging. The pin placement seemed to be a PGA Sunday placement, which made some holes even more challenging. We’d definitely come back.

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

Hi Tim, thank you for your kind words! We hope to see you again at the course very soon for another 5-star experience. Thanks for choosing Emerald Bay Golf Club.

Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great Golf Day

With all the rules, the staff and the course were superb. With fewer vacationers the pace of play was great. When they do come down later this summer, they’ll find the course in great shape with a responsive staff.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 06/15/2020

Hi, thank you for your kind words! We hope to see you again at the course very soon for another 5-star experience. Thanks for choosing Emerald Bay Golf Club.

Played On
Reviews 19
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

A 10some on a golf course?

Course layout was great and the pace of play was good. I would say that a Marshall on the course to help break up the obvious party going on with the 10some that we caught on the back nine. No lie...2 5somes of bachelor part groups were playing most of the holes on the back as 1 large group.

Other than that it was great. I’ll play it again.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 06/02/2020

Hi, we are so pleased that you enjoyed your time at Emerald Bay Golf Club. We look forward to seeing you at the course soon for another 5-star experience!

Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 05/18/2020

Hello and thank you for your 5-star rating of us! We're delighted to hear how much you enjoyed your round. Please book another round with us soon, and thanks for choosing Emerald Bay Golf Club!

Played On
Reviews 7
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather

Don't believe what you read

I play this course frequently and have always enjoyed it. When I signed up for my tee time, the note said that it included a free gift of a sleeve of balls. When the option to pay online came up, I selected prepay which saved me an extra $5 or so for each of us. When I got to the course and asked about the sleeve of balls, I was told that was only valid if I paid for the round at the course. It was explained to me that this was an error by GolfNow and that the course has attempted to correct it. Not a big deal, but it would be nice if accurate information was presented on the site. Not a deal breaker and I will play the course again.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Emerald Bay 5/8/20

Good location, friendly helpful check in staff.

When playing hole #9, the grass cutter was driving in the fairway. There’s no way he didn’t see us. Maybe, he needs training?

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 05/12/2020

Hi, we appreciate you taking the time to leave us a review of the course and rate us. Thank you for the 4 stars! We always aim to provide a 5-star experience, so we always welcome feedback for improvement and will use it to work or making the necessary changes. Thank you for playing Emerald Bay Golf Club. We hope to see you again soon!

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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Commented on 05/12/2020

Hi Howard, thank you for visiting us at Emerald Bay Golf Club. We appreciate your 4-star rating and review. We hope you join us for another round soon.

Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Excellent golf experience

Good greens!!
Fairways a bit worn in places
Overall-excellent!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
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Commented on 04/06/2020

Thank you for visiting us at Emerald Bay Golf Club. We appreciate your 4-star rating and review. We hope you join us for another round soon.

Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Emerald Bay

Great course for the money! The greens are in excellent shape. Very nice practice area. The Staff is very friendly and will go out of their way to assist you.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 04/01/2020

Wow, we are so happy you enjoyed your round! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Emerald Bay

Excellent customer service at bag drop and in the pro shop. Very limited golf cart beverage service. Course is challenging and nice layout. Greens are slow and could be cut a little shorter. Overall excellent value for $60.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 04/01/2020

Thank you for visiting us at Emerald Bay Golf Club. We appreciate your 4-star rating and review. We hope you join us for another round soon.

Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Course is in great shape

This was the second time I played here this year. First time was wet and this time windy. Both times the course was in great shape. Course maintained social distancing and removed water bottles for the virus restrictions. I'll play again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 04/01/2020

Hi, thanks for leaving us a review! We're glad you enjoyed your time at Emerald Bay Golf Club and hope you'll come see us again soon.

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