Bay Point Resort - Nicklaus Course

4.3288176471 4.3 stars from 5 (283)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7152 yards
  • Slope: 143
  • Rating: 75.3
  • Layout

  • 4701 Bay Point Road, Panama City Beach, Florida 32408
  • 850.235.6950
  • (850) 230-1723
  • www.baypointgolf.com
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Year built: 1986
Architect(s): Bruce Devlin, Nicklaus (2005)
Type: Resort
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Proper golf attire.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 72 7152 yards 75.3 143
White 72 6430 yards 71.7 132
Green 72 5972 yards 70.0 124
Red 72 5445 yards 68.8 116
Gold (W) 72 4974 yards 69.9 123

Bay Point Resort boasts two 18-hole, championship courses, one of which 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 playability 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.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.3 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.0 stars from 5
Value: 4.3 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.2 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.2 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 283 Reviews
5 stars:
133
4 stars:
117
3 stars:
23
2 stars:
6
1 stars:
4

recommend this course

264 out of 282 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is at a resort convenient to the city worth the drive   Great for advanced golfers wildlife/ scenic views a weekend splurge   Challenges include water hazards bunkers forced carries   Great for drinks  

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"Excellent course"


Bjpk's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/18/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Very nice course, in excellent condition, the starter needs to learn golf etiquette.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/18/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

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



boblewis1948's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/16/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great Play"


u871391030's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/15/2018
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Reviewed on

Fantastic staff and grounds. The only criticism is that the course never comes back past the clubhouse.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Lots and lots of water"


Corey4652891's avatar
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Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/09/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

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This is a nice course with water on all but one hole. Conditions were good. Greens rolled well, and fairways well in good condition. Rough was short. Water seemed natural, not artificial like some courses. I enjoyed the day playing as a single. Finished in just over 3hours as I caught a 4-some with about 6 holes left. A few spectacular holes through the marsh around the bay, but the rest of the course was fairly plain, in spite of all the water. If in the area I would play again, but as far as courses affiliated with Marriott Resorts (the Marriott Vacation club is off the 65 hole) it was disappointing. Every other Marriott course I have played is far nicer (to be fair, I don’t think Marriott golf runs this course).


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course




5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/05/2018
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Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course




4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/03/2018
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Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



u000007929859's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/30/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

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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



u000005855027's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/24/2018
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Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course



u000007756000's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/24/2018
Previously played Used cart Windy weather

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Fun course. Decent price. Great condition."


u254682092's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/22/2018
First time playing

Reviewed on

Played early afternoon on a Thursday. Pace of play was good for a resort type course. Had to wait on almost all shots but we moved along pretty well. Course was in great shape from tee to green. Some fun holes, with lots of water hazards. Price was good too ($49). Will play again when I am back in the area.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course



u000005395429's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/22/2018
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Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"BAY POINT"


u000007756000's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/17/2018
Previously played Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

Course is well designed with a good variety of holes, user friendly if you play the proper tees. Greens need a little work. But overall a very nice course for this area


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Good course and value 4.5/5"


u000003133973's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/16/2018
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Reviewed on

Great course. Disappointing that my wife had to pay $12 to ride and watch. That's unnecessary.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Challenging, but great fun"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/15/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played #2 on Wed, but played #3 on Thurs after Starter recommendation. I'm an 18 handicapper on good days, but this course left me with many 5 and 6 irons on my 2nd shot. Thursday those shots were 7 and 8 irons. Scored better Wed, but that had little to do with the better opportunities provided on Thurs, but better putting on Wed. Great value for the money, friendly staff quick greens, but fairways are lean. Definitely would make it a golf destination if in the area.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Good golf course great value"


uSBDZ7096SB's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/15/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Bay Point is always a great place to play. Greens are good and the course is always in good shape.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/10/2018
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


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


"Playable yet challenging Nicklaus resort-style course"


KielChristianson's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/09/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

The original Devlin design at one time had the highest slope rating in the state. In other words, WAY too hard for a resort course. Nicklaus Design came in in 2004-5 to redesign and "soften" it a bit. Now it's a challenging but playable resort-stile track. Plenty of water holes, so plenty of risk, but also places to miss. Greens are smallish and extremely contoured. Playing partners kept saying they looked slow--not to me! They looked fast and were fast for me (compared to early season IL greens!). Keep the ball below the hole if you want to 1-putt. There are a lot of left-to-right doglegs -- typical for a Nicklaus course, so tricky for drawers at times. There's about a 700yd difference between the #1 & #2 tees, so if you like to play around 6700 yds, might be a little awkward. (Could do a combo tee round.) Signature hole is #5, sort of a swamp-hopper target-golf hole playing to a green set out in the tidewaters. Conditioning is excellent. Staff are amazing. Facilities are wonderful--resort is top-notch (also after a $30 million renovation process). Plenty of topography to keep the round interesting, despite resort surroundings and typically flat FL landscape.


Pace of Play: Excellent

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



"A must play course."


dave7066134's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/09/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great layout. Staff very friendly and helpful.

If you are in Panama City area you really need to take this challenge but bring a few ( quite a few) extra golf balls.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/08/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



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