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4.3
390 Reviews (390)
5 Stars
179
4 Stars
178
3 Stars
25
2 Stars
5
1 Stars
3
Conditions
4.2
Value
4.2
Layout
4.5
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.3
94.1%
Recommend this course
366 out of 390 reviews
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4.1
58 Reviews (58)
5 Stars
15
4 Stars
34
3 Stars
8
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
1
Conditions
3.9
Value
4.1
Layout
4.4
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.2
StaffFriendliness
4.5
91.4%
Recommend this course
53 out of 58 reviews
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4.2
77 Reviews (77)
5 Stars
25
4 Stars
43
3 Stars
8
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.0
Value
4.2
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.3
StaffFriendliness
4.6
93.5%
Recommend this course
72 out of 77 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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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
I 72 7050 yards 73.9 143
II 72 6620 yards 71.4 141
III 72 6209 yards 69.8 132
IV 72 5481 yards 66.9 122
V 72 4655 yards 63.6 115
Scorecard for Emerald Bay Golf Club
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
I M: 73.9/143 427 424 164 313 399 430 562 232 529 3480 474 362 246 605 372 449 204 331 527 3570 7050
II M: 71.4/141 405 390 150 296 385 410 554 162 505 3257 455 348 215 580 352 409 178 318 508 3363 6620
III M: 69.8/132 376 378 138 284 365 380 515 152 485 3073 395 330 202 555 325 382 152 308 487 3136 6209
Combo M: 67.7/124 311 353 138 284 339 321 463 152 485 2846 332 330 202 504 261 313 152 308 487 2889 5735
IV M: 66.9/122 W: 71.9/132 311 353 115 264 339 321 463 140 418 2724 332 302 181 504 261 313 128 290 446 2757 5481
V M: 63.6/115 W: 67.2/123 267 304 91 227 298 289 387 85 378 2326 291 277 107 483 146 285 114 210 416 2329 4655
Handicap 9 7 15 17 1 5 3 13 11 2 14 10 4 8 6 16 18 12
Par 4 4 3 4 4 4 5 3 5 36 4 4 3 5 4 4 3 4 5 36 72

Course Details

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

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.

Reviews

4.3
390 Reviews (390)

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 44
Bunkers 36
Forced Carries 27
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 27
A Weekend Splurge 22
Seniors 20
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 31
Near Local Attractions 29
Worth the Drive 14

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Golfer63

Overall course is in good condition. Greens were airfied in the past couple of weeks, so they were a bit bumpy. I like this course and play it whenever I'm in Destin.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Handicap 20-24
Skill Advanced
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I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented On 05/20/2019

Thank you for your review. We will pass along your positive experience to our team at Emerald Bay Golf Club. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Never Disappoints

Every year when my family comes to Destin we make it a point to play this course. The staff was extremely polite and informed. The greens had been aerated so they were not at the normal level but that’s understandable for this time of year. If you have never played this course give it a try and I bet you will be coming back.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented On 05/20/2019

Thank you for your 5-star rating! Please book another round with us soon.

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Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

nice golf

the starter would not set my cart up for handicap. I have a heart problem and can not walk long distances. the cart would stop as far as 100 yard from the green and on several holes I had to pickup to keep from walking across a fairway It took two nitro pills to finish. the rest of the staff was great and the course was well kept and fun to play

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Fair
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented On 05/13/2019

Thank you for the 4 star review! We appreciate you taking the time to leave us with some feedback. We will make sure to take the issue with the carts into consideration, as that has not been previously brought to our attention. Thanks!

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Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented On 05/06/2019

Thank you for the 5 stars!

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Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Emerald Bay Review

Played Emerald Bay and found the course to be fun to play and in reasonable condition. There is some poa growing in the greens currently but that is the nature of early season bermuda greens. As the weather warms and the bermuda grows better the poa dies out and the greens should be very good.

There are some quirky 90 degree dogleg holes but overall found the course to be quite playable. Water comes into play on multiple holes but fairways are generous.Worth a play while in Destin.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented On 05/06/2019

Thank you for taking the time to review us TabascoJim. Your feedback is valuable, and we look forward to delivering you excellent service again soon. Emerald Bay Golf Club thanks you!

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Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
First Time Playing

Bad greens

Greens are covered in crab grass right now. Caused putts to not roll true and caused several missed putts. Will play again when we come back if they get rid of crab grass if not I would stay away. Employees and hospitality was great my only complaint was the greens.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented On 04/26/2019

We appreciate you taking the time to leave us with your feedback. We apologize for conditions not bring up to par. We look forward to having you back.

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Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

First time dew sweeper

Great course, friendly staff, Great shirt ! Played in 2 hrs, except poa on the greens, , a 5 star across the board. Nice layout! Will play again soon

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented On 04/26/2019

Thanks for the review! We appreciate your 4-star rating and review. We hope you join us for another round soon.

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Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented On 04/29/2019

Thank you for the 5 stars!

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Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Perfect afternoon

I took my own advice from my previous round, and played a combo of III and IV tees. The wind was also down making the longer holes much more playable. The course also benefited from some rain the day before. Playing early afternoon was a good choice as we were able to get around in 3-1/2 hours. Overall, an excellent day of golf!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented On 04/22/2019

We appreciate your feedback! Thank you for the 4-stars. We hope to have you back in the future.

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Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Good challenge

The course was in relatively good shape, with some fairways and greens a little sparse. Course plays long, with water (in play) on many holes, and can be quite challenging if windy (which it was). For average golfers would suggest playing off mix of III and IV tees, using the more forward ones (IV) on longer holes.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
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Commented On 04/15/2019

Thank you for taking the time to review the course and rate us. We are going to pass along your feedback to the staff so they can work to make changes. Thanks for visiting us!

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Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Always a pleasure

to play Emerald Lake. Somehow difficult and sometimes windy but fun to play even with some challenging holes. Will come back.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented On 04/15/2019

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!

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Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played

Emerald Bay

Course is in great shape. Codo’s to the ground crew and the whole intire staff.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented On 04/15/2019

Thank you for taking the time to leave us with some feedback. We love hearing from our golfers. We hope to see you back soon!

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Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Green, but Wet

First, I want to say that the staff I encountered we're very friendly and welcoming. Secondly, the deal I got at GolfNow was spectacular, but the non-deal time rates are quite high for the course and, particularly, the current conditions.

I golfed after a pretty significant rain event, so I shouldn't complain about the wetness, but I would have hoped for better drainage. Aside from the general sogginess, conditions ranged from OK to quite nice, and the course was greener than most others in the area.

Holes we're a nice mix of moderate to challenging (with a few being more than enough of a challenge for my skill). There are a few very nice holes that are pretty enough to make you want to play the course again. Greens rolled nice but we're a little hairy, with some weeds starting to invade.

If this sounds negative, I don't mean for it to; it's a very nice course and I enjoyed myself. If I had paid the $100/round rate, which you might have too in the coming months, then I would think maybe I didn't get my money's worth.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
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Commented On 04/15/2019

Hi there! We appreciate your 4-star rating and review. We hope you join us for another round soon.

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

Greens are not in prime shape

Fairways not lush yet but neither are most courses in Destin this time of year. Greens were rolling good but Po was prevalent and made for bumpy conditions. Hopefully they will get that under control soon because I love playing there

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented On 04/15/2019

We appreciate you taking the time to leave a review. Your feedback is so important to us and we will make sure this gets passed along.

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Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great layout but greens no good

I love the course layout and the staff is wonderful. Pace of play was very good. Our only issue is with the greens. Every green is covered with little spots of weeds. Putts would not roll true. Based on this, I can only give an average rating. Price is too high for bad greens. We’ve played in the past and this is a new issue. I’m marking this one off the list for future play unless I hear the greens are better maintained.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented On 04/15/2019

Thank you for taking the time to review the course and rate us. We are going to pass along your feedback to the staff so they can work to make changes. Thanks for visiting us!

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

First time playing this course

Great course layout, you need to have a pretty straight tee shot on every tee box with little foregivness left and right. Great staff insid and outside! A must play if you are in the area.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented On 04/15/2019

We appreciate the 4 star review and feedback! We hope you come back to see us again in the future.

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Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Goat Ranch

For $100 per person, Emarld Bay was not in good shape. Poa annual growing on greens that hadn’t been cut. Fairways were dry and divots not repaired everywhere. Hard pan by greens. Course is very challenging but the conditions made it very hard to play well. Definitely won’t be going back. Too bad because the layout was nice as well as the staff.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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Commented On 04/15/2019

Thank you so much for leaving us with your feedback. We value our customer experience, so your review is important to us. We will make note and we hope to see you back!

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Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Good Destin course

Good course with excellent staff. Fairways were average.greens held good approach shots and putts held their line. Allowed us on as a fivesome as long as we kept up pace which was not a problem

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented On 04/15/2019

Thank you so much for the great review. We are glad you had a positive experience, and we hope to see you again soon! Thanks for choosing *[CourseName]*.

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Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Amenities Average
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Commented On 04/15/2019

We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. Thank you for the 4 stars! We aim for a 5-star experience, so we always welcome feedback for improvement. Thank you for playing Emerald Bay Golf Club.

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