Emerald Bay Golf Club

4.4196058824 4.4 stars from 5 (322)
  • 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 322 Reviews
5 stars:
158
4 stars:
140
3 stars:
17
2 stars:
5
1 stars:
2

recommend this course

303 out of 322 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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"Great course!"


u000007714826's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/18/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Nice upscale facility without the snobby feel. Everyone we met here was friendly and acted like they were owners from the starter, to bag drop to food service. Drink cart saw us five times. Carts have great GPS system and built in coolers. Great golf experience!


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


"Great Time"


Nick1961469's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/16/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Had a great time. Staff was very friendly. Greens were in good shape and the balls stuck when hit on the greens. Neat course layout from the number II tee boxes which made the course very challenging. GPS in the carts did help. Would love to play again.


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


"Enjoyed the round!"


u6596512's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/26/2018
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Reviewed on

Greens were in great shape, a little slow, but I like the slow. The course, overall, was dry. Otherwise, we still enjoyed our outing.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great course"


u000007716010's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/22/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course is fantastic. Staff upon arrival were friendly and helpful. They asked if I needed anything or if they could further assist me. Will play this course again.


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



u568392799's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once every three months

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/15/2018
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Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



u948678237's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/11/2018
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Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great Condition"


tmaxtn1958's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/09/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course is in very good shape. Greens and fairways are very nice. Not very crowded so pace of play was great!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Nice track"


u000003447900's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/01/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The greens were a little slow. Other than that the course was a good challenge. Starter was very nice and engaging. Pro shop was ok. Cart girl was really nice bar was ok. Not sure if I would come back just seemed like other than the two I brought up earlier they could care less if I played there or not. I get they deal with a bunch of tourist idiots just don't put all of us in that category.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Pace of play was excellent"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/30/2018
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Reviewed on

Great course, not sure it’s worth $115! Super cool layout! Very challenging and lots of holes with water on it! I enjoyed playing this track, I would play it again just not full price! Greens were long so really hard to putt, had 2 eagle putts on 9 and 18 and I had to murder the ball to get to the hole. But all in all great track!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



"Beauty"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/19/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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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Reviewed on


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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Reviewed on

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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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



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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Reviewed on

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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Reviewed on

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
First time playing Verified Purchaser

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!


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