Emerald Bay Golf Club

4.4258588235 4.4 stars from 5 (313)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7050 yards
  • Slope: 143
  • Rating: 73.9
  • Layout

  • 4781 Clubhouse Drive, Destin, Florida 32541, Walton County
  • (850) 837-5197
  • (850) 837-5046
  • www.emeraldbaygolfclub.com

Year built: 1991
Architect(s): Bob Cupp (1991), Bob Cupp (2014)
Type: Semi-Private/Resort
Greens: TifEagle Bermuda Grass
Fairways: Bermuda Grass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
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
Dress code: Appropriate golf attire. No denim, collared shirt required.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

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

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.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.4 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.3 stars from 5
Value: 4.3 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.4 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.6 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.4 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 313 Reviews
5 stars:
154
4 stars:
135
3 stars:
17
2 stars:
5
1 stars:
2

recommend this course

294 out of 313 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city near local attractions worth the drive   Great for advanced golfers a weekend splurge seniors   Challenges include water hazards bunkers forced carries   Great for drinks watching the game 19th hole scenic views  

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Reviews


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"Beauty"


u000001069459's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/19/2018
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Great course and layout great service. The greens were a little slow


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great Day"


Ryan6662466's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/18/2018
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Reviewed on

Course was on it’s last day of “aeration recovery” but was barely noticeable with no pellets anywhere. Still in great shape. Staff was great and we had lots of fun. They did let a 4-some of members squeeze in front of our two-some and they slowed us down quite a bit. Hard to complain because they’re members at a Florida course. The practice greens were faster paced than the greens themselves which was a struggle to figure out until hope 7 and 8. Still had a great time. Will definitely be back next year!


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



roscoe37's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/16/2018
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Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Nice Staff"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/27/2018
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Course was in good shape, friendly staff and good clubhouse. Layout was good but not as interesting or challenging as others in the area. A bit overpriced on balance.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



Marshmatc's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/24/2018
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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: Excellent


I recommend this course



u6356760's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/12/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

For the money, course was a overpriced. Fairways were just ok, not the best maintained, greens rolled good though. Bathroom facility off the 7th hole, dispenser was out of soap. I’m not sure if I’d recommend to a friend or not. I do not have it anything to compare it to. However, if I come back to Destin, I would check out and play at another course in the area.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Spring break golf"


Mario6366010's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/02/2018
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I am a member of a private club in Atlanta. These guys do it right. We had a blast!!


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



Richardwg767's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/17/2018
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from Emerald Bay Golf Club on 03/19/2018:

Fantastic! We're thrilled that you enjoyed your time with us at Emerald Bay. We can't wait to have you back again soon!

"Nice course...excellent very fast greens....very fair fairways....nice sand"


Headly10's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/16/2018
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All of the above except I have a critism....too much poor grass that creates unfair tight lies near some of the greens ..price should be lower because conditions not within expectations.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Emerald Bay Golf Club on 03/19/2018:

Awesome! We're pleased that you enjoyed your round with us and we appreciate your feedback on our conditions. We hope to have you back again soon!


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/05/2018
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Reviewed on


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


Response from Emerald Bay Golf Club on 03/09/2018:

Outstanding! We're thrilled that you enjoyed your round with us and we can't wait to have you back again soon!

"Very average"


Al1983726's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/02/2018
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Reviewed on

Was expecting better based on price paid. While greens were good, fairways were below average. Very little grass, which caused tight lies. Course layout was good.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


Response from Emerald Bay Golf Club on 03/06/2018:

Thank you for your review! We're glad that you enjoyed the challenge that our course presented, but we apologize that our course conditions didn't meet your expectations. We appreciate your feedback and we hope you will give us another try in the future!


u2218373's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/28/2018
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Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Emerald Bay Golf Club on 03/06/2018:

Great! We're pleased that you enjoyed our course and we appreciate your review. We look forward to having you back again soon!

"Fun course for all skill levels."


u1037701's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/28/2018
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Beautiful course in great shape. Not too difficult but the water can bite. Ideal for average length players. Being too long can be a disadvantage. Will play it again.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Emerald Bay Golf Club on 03/02/2018:

Wonderful! We're thrilled that our course conditions met your expectations and that you enjoyed our layout. We look forward to having you back again at Emerald Bay!

Response from Emerald Bay Golf Club on 03/02/2018:

Wonderful! We're thrilled that our course conditions met your expectations and that you enjoyed our layout. We look forward to having you back again soon!

"emerald bay"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/27/2018
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Reviewed on

Course was a wet but playable

Greens were nice.

Play was slow.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Emerald Bay Golf Club on 03/02/2018:

Excellent! We're glad that you enjoyed our course but we apologize that the pace of play was slow. We appreciate your feedback and we hope to have you back again soon!

"Waiting for growing season"


Marc2886766's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/22/2018
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Reviewed on

Great course, great weather. Nice track with 2 holes that go bayfront. Played in late February so conditions were a bit sketchy. Greens were nice. True roll even though they had just been lightly topdressed. Fairways had lots of bare spots with dormant grass. I know that conditions will improve as the weather gets warmer. Biggest highlight was pace of play. We played as a twosome and followed several foursomes so there was no need to play through, if anyone had offered. But, we still played 18 in less than 4 hours.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Response from Emerald Bay Golf Club on 02/28/2018:

Awesome! We're pleased that you enjoyed our course and the challenge that it presented. We appreciate your feedback on our course conditions and we're glad that the pace of play was good. We look forward to having you back again soon!


u2815204's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/18/2018
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


Response from Emerald Bay Golf Club on 02/22/2018:

Outstanding! Come back soon!

"Good course"


jerry9199's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/17/2018
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Reviewed on

Emerald Bay is one of the better courses on the Florida Panhandle. Course is always in good shape (they can't help wet fairways when there has been a monsoon there for days on end). Staff is friendly. Clubhouse well stocked with merchandise. My only negative comment would be the clubhouse/restrooms are getting tired and showing their age. It is time for a facelift.


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 Emerald Bay Golf Club on 02/22/2018:

Fantastic! We're thrilled that our course conditions met your expectations and that our staff provided you with great customer service. We appreciate your feedback on our clubhouse/restrooms and we hope to have you back again soon!

"Winter getaway"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/16/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Golf course was very challenging. Course was in good condition, t boxes, fairways and greens were in good shape.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Emerald Bay Golf Club on 02/22/2018:

Wonderful! We're glad that you enjoyed the challenge that our course presented and that our course conditions met your expectations. We can't wait to have you back again soon at Emerald Bay!

"Very nice all the way around."


Carl8830787's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/15/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Start the day off with an efficient check in and range session. Starter actually came back to the practice range and coordinated our tee off to keep everyone on the same page. Course in good condition considering late winter dormant grasses. Green were nice but just a little slow. Layout was nice with landing zones big enough to keep the scuba divers away for a few weeks.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Response from Emerald Bay Golf Club on 02/22/2018:

Great! We're pleased that our course conditions met your expectations and that our staff provided you with great customer service. We're also glad that you enjoyed the challenge that our course presented. We look forward to having you back again soon!

"Emerald"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/10/2018
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Reviewed on

Course very good condition. Staff was extremely friendly and helpful.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from Emerald Bay Golf Club on 02/13/2018:

Awesome! We're glad that you enjoyed our course and that our staff was able to provide you with great customer service. We hope to have you back again soon at Emerald Bay!


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