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4.4
173 Reviews (173)
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Conditions
4.3
Value
4.5
Layout
4.5
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.2
87.1%
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165 out of 173 reviews
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4.1
17 Reviews (17)
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Conditions
3.9
Value
4.3
Layout
4.2
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.1
StaffFriendliness
4.5
76.5%
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13 out of 17 reviews
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4.3
25 Reviews (25)
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Conditions
4.2
Value
4.4
Layout
4.2
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.1
StaffFriendliness
4.6
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20 out of 25 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public/Resort
Par 72
Length 6601 yards
Slope 139
Rating 72.0
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St James Bay Golf Club
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Course Details

Year Built 2003
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens Bermuda Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Robert Walker (2003)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Caddies No
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes
Dress code Appropriate golf attire.

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4.4
173 Reviews (173)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 18
Brunch 12
Dinner 10
Course Challenges Include:
Forced Carries 28
Water Hazards 28
Bunkers 19
This course/club is great for:
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 25
A Weekend Splurge 19
Advanced Golfers 17
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 29
At a Resort 8

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Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Awesome Discovery

What seems to be not so well known is this is an Audubon certified course. The course winds beautifully through the wetlands, with raised wooden paths crossing over streams and protected areas. I felt connected with nature at every turn.

The course itself was in very good condition and is a challenging and very fun layout.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Difficult Course, but fun!

Only complaint is no cart service besides that awesome course to play beautiful fairways and fast greens!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great but Tough

Great course but tough, that rough in front of you at tee off on most holes will def lose you some balls but overall a fun great maintained course. Would love to play it again soon.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Hidden gem

Great course lots of forced carries over natural hazards
Beautiful layout
A
Must play if your in the area

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great course

Course in good condition staff and restaurant where great.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

great hidden treasure

Super friendly staff, course in great condition, nice greens, It will challenge the average golfer.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

I played this course twice this week while vacationing from Illinois. St. James Bay is a terrific, challenging course. Very scenic and lush but demanding. There must be a waste area or other hazard to clear on every hole! They removed the built-in GPS from the carts, which makes determining distances quite difficult. I left my driver in the bag and hit a 3-hybrid off most of the tees. Bring a lot of balls if you're not exactly the straightest of hitters. Very little break to the greens. I will play this course every time I'm in the area.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Bring lots of balls

You better bring lots of balls with you. Perfect drives in middle of fairway will be in swamp grass that runs the middle of fairway. No way of knowing swamp is there without knowing the course

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Poor
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

This is a great course!

St James Bay is a beautiful layout that is challenging but very very fair! Must play if you're in the area!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great track

First time playing this track and it was as difficult of a course that I’ve ever played. Plenty of hazards though so bring plenty of balls. Great layout altogether though, ripped 3 iron off the tee pretty much all day and still had great numbers in to score.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Lost Balls

Second time playing this course with my son-in-law. Every hole seems to have swampland to hit across. We play from the senior tees and seem to lose a lot of balls, very tough course. Greens seem to be in good condition because of all the rain we’ve had recently. Guess I’ll play it again but only course near where were staying on St. George Island.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Previously Played

Deteriorating

This used to be a fairly decent course. Unfortunately, over the last year or two, the course has been poorly managed - both from a maintenance perspective as well as the from office. The course conditions are poor and getting worse. The pace of play is slow and uncontrolled. There is no longer GPS on the carts (now need to use an app on your phone - a must) or ice and water at the start.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Fair
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great Course...and Challenging

St. James Bay is a beautiful, well-maintained course with all the amenities. The staff are very friendly. Bring a lot of balls, though. The course has hazards to negotiate on every hole. For me, there are a couple of hazards which are impossible to get over. Nonetheless, I would play this course every day if I could.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Beautiful Interesting Golf

The course is part of a bird sanctuary, so the wildlife and plant life around the course is beautiful. It’s a tricky little course; very short, you can play irons of the tee most of the day. Very interesting layout. Staff 8/ the friendliest you will ever meet. The prices in the pro shop for apparel are amazing - I bought two shirts they were such a good deal. Also the grill had a Kentucky Derby party going on with a $10 lunch plate. All in all it was a great day

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Twice a year
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Wet weather
Used cart

Hard

This course was the hardest course I have ever played. I am not that good to be fair.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Fair
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

fun course

course was fun. can’t use a driver on many holes because of hazards which was different than most places. also it rained all monday and we teed of first thing tuesday morning. course drained well and hardly any wet spots.

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

Not great for beginners.

We were staying on St. George Island for a few days and had brought our clubs with the expectation of playing some golf. We didn't have a little hiccup with the green fees. Their website said it was $40 at 1pm, but they told us that rate wasn't until 2pm. I showed them on my phone and they honored the price. Thank you.

The course is very challenging for beginner or less skilled players like me. You have to hit over a large area of thicket on almost every tee. Bring lots of golf balls. Not sure if I'd risk venturing too far into the bushes to look for lost balls as it's Florida and there's probably something that will eat you in there.

Overall I had an enjoyable round.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great Course

This is a very challenging course for a double bogey golfer but that's one of the reasons I like it so much. Beautiful scenery. Very well maintained course despite the heavy rains we've been having lately. Will definitely return soon.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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