St. James Bay Golf Club

4.5366176471 4.5 stars from 5 (140)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6601 yards
  • Slope: 139
  • Rating: 72.0
  • Layout

  • 151 Laughing Gull Ln, Carrabelle, Florida 32322, Franklin County
  • (850) 697-9606
  • (850) 697-9070
  • www.stjamesbay.com
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Year built: 2003
Architect(s): Robert Walker (2003)
Type: Public/Resort
Greens: Bermuda Grass
Fairways: Bermuda Grass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: No
GPS: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Dress code: Appropriate golf attire.

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 6601 yards 72.0 139
Blue 72 5979 yards 69.8 124
White 72 5439 yards 67.5 118
White (W) 72 5439 yards 73.6 120
Green (W) 72 4667 yards 69.3 111

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.5 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.3 stars from 5
Value: 4.7 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.6 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.6 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.7 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.4 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 140 Reviews
5 stars:
102
4 stars:
35
3 stars:
1
2 stars:
2
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

137 out of 140 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

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

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"Gem in the middle of nowhere"


Mark9110573's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/22/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course is truly remarkable. I can’t believe it still exists because of such little amount of play. It is in the middle of nowhere but is totally worth the drive. We come here every time we visit St. George Island. The course conditions are fantastic and the layout is very challenging. It is not long, but you better hit it straight. Great value. Great course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



madisonvol's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/16/2018
Previously played Used cart Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Fun, Tough course"


Alexander5282510's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/13/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This was the 4th time playing this course and it is just as tough as the 3 previous rounds. You must use course management to the fullest extent all while needing pin-point accuracy. The course is beautiful itself and the staff is very attentitive while also laid back and definitely want their customers to feel welcome and want to return. I will be returning to this course as long as I keep vacationing in the area.


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


"Target Golf - Aim Well!"


SeamusMaccDuff's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/29/2018
First time playing Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

SJB weaves its way through nature on the Forgotten Coast. Nice not to have homes lining the fairways. Holes though are bordered by that same nature. If you're off, you're gone. Many holes also have nature areas in front of the tee box, then again in front of the green. So hit the target! Greens were just okay; lush but not particularly smooth. Typical water and sand for a FLA course. But like any good course, if you hit it straight you will score.

Green fees drop $10 every 2 hours from 11 AM on. Weekdays should be open, so you may want to get a tee time directly. Well maintained course with all expected amenities.

Would play again.


Pace of Play: Good

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


"Staff needs customer relation training"


u288028383's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/03/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Staff was upset we used Golfnow instead of paying them directly. They would not let us tee off early even though they had many empty tee times. They treated us like second class citizens because we used Golfnow. All the staff, even cart guys knew to shun the 11:30 tee time!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


"Humbling but natural beauty course"


u267286158's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/26/2018
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Reviewed on

Bring plenty of your inexpensive “water” balls. Challenging off the tees to clear the native vegetation. Natural beauty and wildlife Course well maintained. Personnel very friendly and helpful. Full size range and nice rentals clubs.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great Layout!"


u359830841's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/26/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great Layout, beautiful scenery, well manicured. Only negative was the greens being a little rough, but could be due to time of year and a recent aerification.


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



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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/24/2018
First time playing 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



u529326402's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/20/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Beautiful course, very challenging! Restaurant was very good and reasonable!!! Will definitely 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


"Excellent Golf Course & Very Friendly Staff"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/30/2018
First time playing Used cart Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Staff was very friendly and nice. Course had a challenging layout and was in great shape. Tight driving course, so after a few lost Titleist Pro V1's, I moved to my used collection of assorted balls.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great Round on the Forgotten Coast"


u945825492's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/13/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was in great shape. The greens had recently been sanded but were still plenty fast and rolled true. Staff was excellent as always.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Seasonably warm, helpfull, professional staff"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/13/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was in wonderful, early spring condition.

Staff working on the course were friendly and professional. Pace was very good.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"A good experience awaits you."


twr01930's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/28/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I could play here every day and be very happy. The course is well maintained and reasonably priced. It is remotely located and caters mainly to vacationers. A lot of forced carries so not a very good place for short hitters.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course



dgjbison1's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/21/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Nice course, especially for lower handicappers. LOTS of opportunities to lose shots, balls.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



captainron11's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/16/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/09/2018
Previously played Used cart 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


"great golf course"


mike1953588's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/14/2018
Previously played Used cart Cold weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Eevery year we go to west florida to the beach. I have played there every year. Very nice, interesting course. Always in great shape!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Favorite course hands down"


samueljohnson82's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/21/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

Just a great course hidden in Franklin county. If I lived close by it would be my home course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course



u460760353's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/08/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"great golf course"


seminole115's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/25/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is the slow season on the coast and I got a great deal on golf now for 25.00. What a deal for this golf course. The course is built in a sanctuary and is in pristine condition. From the back tees it is only 6,600 yds. but the course is tight and you have to hit the ball straight. They have GPS and you need to use it because of some of the shots. Overall a great experience.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



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