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4.2
474 Reviews (474)
5 Stars
224
4 Stars
179
3 Stars
50
2 Stars
13
1 Stars
8
Conditions
4.2
Value
4.0
Layout
4.4
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
4.2
Amenities
3.8
86.3%
Recommend this course
426 out of 474 reviews
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4.1
61 Reviews (61)
5 Stars
28
4 Stars
16
3 Stars
12
2 Stars
4
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.1
Value
3.7
Layout
4.2
Pace
4.4
Amenities
3.6
StaffFriendliness
4.4
80.3%
Recommend this course
49 out of 61 reviews
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4.2
124 Reviews (124)
5 Stars
59
4 Stars
36
3 Stars
20
2 Stars
7
1 Stars
2
Conditions
4.1
Value
3.9
Layout
4.3
Pace
4.3
Amenities
3.7
StaffFriendliness
4.5
83.1%
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103 out of 124 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Resort
Par 72
Length 7152 yards
Slope 143
Rating 74.3

Bay Point Golf Club's Nicklaus Course at Sheraton Bay Point Resort is the only Nicklaus Design course in Northwest Florida. The golf course was formerly Lagoon Legend, which had a reputation for being one of the Florida Panhandle's toughest layouts. In 2004, the golf course closed and underwent a major renovation by the Nicklaus Design team. It reopened a year later with rave reviews. The redesign included restructuring the tees, greens, and bunkers and also re-contouring the fairways. The scenic landscape of scrub oaks, towering pines, and saltwater marshes was carefully preserved though. The golf course maintained the challenging aspects of the original but infused a play-ability that makes it accessible to all skill levels. Also like the former course, the new Nicklaus design offers the same stunning views of St. Andrew's Bay. In the fall of 2018, the Nicklaus Course completed a greens conversion to Tif-Eagle Bermuda-grass greens to bring championship greens to a championship course. Bay Point Golf Club has won the Panama City News Herald's "Best of Bay" in 2016, 2017, and 2018. The Nicklaus Course has hosted US Open Local qualifiers and is a home course of the FSU Women's Golf Team and will host their Division 1 Invitational in February of 2020.

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Course Details

Year Built 1986
Greens Tif-Eagle Ultra-Dwarf Bermuda Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Bruce Devlin (1986) Nicklaus (2005) Rick Robbins Gary Nicklaus (2005)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs 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
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Proper golf attire.

Food & Beverage

Food & Beverage

Available Sports

Tennis

Reviews

4.2
474 Reviews (474)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 18
Course Challenges Include:
Water Hazards 38
Bunkers 33
Forced Carries 32
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 32
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 24
A Weekend Splurge 21
This Course's Location is:
At a Resort 31
Convenient to the City 23
Worth the Drive 20

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Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

I arrived to be told only 14 of the 18 holes were open, which would have been good information when we booked the tee time. The greens were quite slow, it appeared they had not been cut in quite some time and had not been rolled in a while. I want my $ back

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 13
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
2.0
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Previously Played

Hidden Facts

They had 4 holes closed due to flooding from the week before . I didn't see that on golf now when I booked. I feel that I did not get what I paid for.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Slow greens and average conditions

We arrived to be told only 14 of the 18 holes were open, which would have been good information when we booked the tee time. The greens were quite slow, it appeared they had not been cut in quite some time and had not been rolled in a while. It presented itself as just an average course to slap some balls around at while on vacation, it is nothing special.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
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Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Average at best

We booked this course as we heard great things about it. We arrived at the course and were told only 11 holes were open due to hurricane damage and we received no notice in advance that it was a shorten course. The golf cart had no working breaks and the course starter forced one of the members of our foursome to remove clubs from a shared bag, as we flew into town, telling us each golfer needed there own bag in order to play to “not irritate our members”. He was beyond rude in his approach to us. We have golfed at courses all over the country and have never heard of a each golfer having to have there own bag. Overall, this course is not worth the money when the staff behaves poorly towards guests

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Poor
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Good Day

Greens Aerated the day before but were very playable and rolled decent....this is a Good track, greens a little too undulating for my taste but that is personal preference. Starters were excellent...John gave a great detailed explanation of the course. This was a good value at $62 (aeration rate).

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 15-19
Skill Beginner
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

out of my weight class

Had a nice time playing this course. Greens had just been aerated the day before, but the price was congruent with that. Fell in with a couple of old timers who invited me (solo) to join. We were all shooting about the same, but it just wasn't my day. Also, it was apparent Nicklaus had designed the layout, as it featured plenty of opportunities to make mistakes. Two shots over high, grassy marsh on the same hole... bunker down entire length of fairway... lots of water... multiple bunkers in middle of fairways, etc. As someone who just started playing golf 3 months ago, I felt the more amateur nature of my game. Had shot a personal best 90 at one of the Sandestin courses the day before, and ended up with a 110 here. I'd go back, preferably in cooler weather, with greens in better shape, and perhaps with a golf lesson or two :)

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

Course was fun and challenging for my first round there. However, the greens had been eriated recently, and covered in sand, so they rolled extremely slow. The greens weren't best up by any means, just a week or less after eriation. Fairways, tee boxes, and even other aspect of the course were excellent. Played on 9/9/20

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Slow

Probably a bit overpriced. Pace of play was awful. Course was just ok on some holes and in good conditions on others. Would have been fine with this place if it wouldn’t have taken 5 hours. It’s about 100 but should probably be around 65

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Fun course- lots of blind spots

Played a 9:25 tee time on Saturday morning. Everyone at the shop and the starter were very nice. Round comes with range balls so be sure to get there early and warm up.

Course itself was fun to play. Not extremely long, but there are plenty of places to get in trouble. One thing this course desperately needs is a map of each hole. This was our first time playing, and there were lots of little water spots not visible from the tee box that ate up some good drives.

Cart girl was active, and the pace of play I thought was fine. It was a little annoying to have the ranger chirp at us for coming into the turn at 2hrs and 10 minutes, but we picked it up and they drove by again and thanked us.

Overall- I would recommend this course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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 26
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart
Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Greens were aerated about 2 weeks ago. Still very bumpy. Course layout is not on the scorecard or on the hole markers so first timers are playing the course blind. Also very confusing on a few holes trying to find the next hole with little to no guidance in signage.

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

Great layout

The Nicholas course was definitely very enjoyable. The staff was very helpful and courteous. It had nice amenities such as a clubhouse and driving range. The conditions of the course were good. The greens were a bit sandy but played very true. It was a challenging layout but a lot of fun

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 41
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Always A great experience there

Bay Point is always a class act...Just can not beat the course and very scenic.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Greens under repair

Top dressed greens is one thing but piles of sand in places is ridiculous. Not charing a reduced rate under these condition is also
A poor choice. I have played there numerous times but it will be a long time till I go back.

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