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3.4
478 Reviews (478)
5 Stars
87
4 Stars
199
3 Stars
115
2 Stars
44
1 Stars
33
Conditions
3.0
Value
3.8
Layout
3.9
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
4.4
Amenities
3.4
72.7%
Recommend this course
370 out of 478 reviews
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Average Rating
Avg Rating
3.7
44 Reviews (44)
5 Stars
9
4 Stars
21
3 Stars
8
2 Stars
4
1 Stars
2
Conditions
3.2
Value
4.1
Layout
4.2
Pace
4.5
Amenities
3.6
StaffFriendliness
4.5
81.8%
Recommend this course
36 out of 44 reviews
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Average Rating
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3.6
91 Reviews (91)
5 Stars
22
4 Stars
33
3 Stars
20
2 Stars
9
1 Stars
7
Conditions
3.1
Value
3.9
Layout
4.1
Pace
4.5
Amenities
3.5
StaffFriendliness
4.5
75.8%
Recommend this course
69 out of 91 reviews
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About

Holes 9
Type Resort
Par 36
Length 3485 yards
Slope N/A
Rating N/A
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Bluewater Bay Golf Club
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Course Details

Year Built 1981
Golf Season Year round
Architect Tom Fazio (1981) Jerry Pate (1981)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro No
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code Proper golf attire required.

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Marina, Banquet Facilities

Available Activities

Swimming, Billiards

Available Sports

Tennis

Reviews

3.4
478 Reviews (478)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 23
Watching the Game 10
Amazing Food 9
Course Challenges Include:
Water Hazards 46
Bunkers 37
Narrow Fairways 23
This course/club is great for:
Locals 29
Playing Multiple Courses 27
Seniors 24
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 29
Worth the Drive 19
In the 'Burbs 15

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Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played

Bluewater Bay Golf Course

Nice facility with super friendly staff. Mine was awesome. Course layout goes through a community so it was a bit confusing at times. Upkeep of course is great. Will play here again.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Wet weather
Used cart

Great Bang for the Buck

As many have said:

1 - Staff is excellent, friendly and very accommodating
2 - Course layout is very nice and challenging.
3 - Condition of the fairways is pretty decent
4 - Greens were patchy on a few and slower than I expected but ran pretty true.
4 - Tee boxes are better than I expected based on the reviews but could use some improvement.

Keep in mind you are playing a $25 - 30 course when others in the area are $80+. You still have to hit all the shots and you will use most, if not all, clubs in your bag.

I will definitely play here again.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Fair
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Junior Friendly

Amazing that junior golfers play for free! Very much appreciated! Grow the game!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Nice enough

The course must have been really something back in the day. Tall pines line the fairways while bunkers defend appropriately a few small greens. The bay appears a few times as a beautiful backdrop on a few holes. Shot makers can score here. Overall the course is in decent shape, but the upkeep off the fairways and around the tee boxes is shabby. Several greens are more sand than grass. Get a decent price and play it, but don’t expect a well kept golf course.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Overall great value

Staff was extremely friendly and helpful. Offered free water or soda before teeing off and a couple times during our round. Fairways were in very good condition, tee boxes were mostly good. Greens were very good for the most part, a couple greens were completely covered in sand, but the other 16 were in fine shape. We found the course to be challenging but very playable for any skill level. Tee boxes offered distance choices for all skill levels also. This course was much better than a few I have played on this trip that cost almost twice as much. I would highly recommend this course if you are looking in the less than 50 dollar range. Also, we had no trouble finding our way from one hole to the next, although it is a bit of a drive from 9 to 10.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Twice a year
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Best hospitality Ever!!!

When we arrived the employee in the golf shop informed me that my 12 year old was free (in fact 16 and under are free)!!!
He saved me over $35. Not to mention that he also offered us our choice of soft drink or water for free in the clubhouse. The. On two more occasions he came by on his golf cart and gave us drinks for free! In over 30 plus years playing golf that has never happened to me!!!

Awesome customer service and hospitality, we plan to play again for sure, can’t beat the the savings of kids under 16 playing for free!!!

Thank you so much!!! May God bless you all!!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 39
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 11
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great Value

In SC this would be considered a nice course. I suppose as compared to the other local courses (with $100!plus green fees) this one might not be as pristine but we found it to be very good.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

A narrow skilled players corse, extremely fun tee shots and holes.

If you are in the area I would 100% play this course, they even have a few holes on the bay.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Getting There

I have played the Bluewater courses many times and have left several reviews. Yes, my two favorite courses, the Magnolia and the Lake courses were closed so the developer could open more property for development. However, having closed these courses, it has allowed them to focus on the two remaining courses: the Marsh and the Bay. The courses are also under new management, though the ownership remains the same: the developer. Though there is still much to do to return these courses to their former glory, they are on the right path. The fairways are improving and the focused maintenance is paying dividends. Same with the greens. I played in the Fall and vowed never to return, as the course was in horrible shape. Driving through the area this Spring, the course looked inviting again, so I played and was pleasantly surprised. There were a few bad spots on the greens and fairways, but its getting better each week. You won't find a less expensive course to play in the area, with a round costing under $50. This course cannot compete with any of the Destin courses, but for the money, it can't be beat. The owners are very short sighted and will be closing this 18 hole course at some time to further develop housing vs golf course. It will probably turn into a 9 hole, par three, Pity those who paid a premium for homes along a golf course.

Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 39
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 63
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Alabama Advisor
Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played

Disappointing

First, the positives: the staff was extremely friendly; plenty of sand in the bunkers and they were consistent through the course.
As we passed the Lake Course as we were arriving through the neighborhood to the clubhouse I was completely taken back at its poor condition. It was a great relief to learn from the clubhouse staff that the Lake Course has been closed about a year now, taking the same fate as the Magnolia Course several years ago. Now only the Bay and Marsh courses remain at this once pristine development. I say once pristine, because Bluewater Bay is now an almost unrecognizable and heartbreaking shadow of its previous self. This is first noticed when one looks to the practice green and across the driving range. I can not do justice to just how much this course has fallen apart since my previous visit a little over a year earlier. The fairways are just as narrow as I remember, making accuracy a premium. However, the once lush fairways are now predominantly dead Bermuda grass or bare dirt pan. The rough areas have mostly turned to bare sand. The tee boxes are also overwhelmingly sand and in poor condition. Along the edges of the greens, the fringes, and across every single green are bare dead areas. This course is the best example I have seen in the area of what happens when poor management drains the funds from a course and choose not to reinvest. The only thing likely to save this course will be a major cash infusion, but I don't see that being a likely choice. There are far too many courses in the area for the same price range but in far better condition. It hurts me to say this because Bluewater Bay was once well worth my 1.5 hour drive, but now it isn't worth a 10 minute hop. I will not be returning and I recommend any readers to this post should stay away from this course. Heart wrenching at how disappointing this course has become.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great golf value

Challenging course with narrow driving areas that requires accuracy. Greens have been punched but I was warned and they putted better than expected. Great value for the money and the pace was fantastic.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Enjoyable course.

The staff is friendly, pleasant and accommodating. The course is in fairly good shape and enjoyable to play. A couple on the bay holes are very scenic. It is a great value and worth the visit!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Nice layout

Course was in good shape and really enjoyed the layout. Staff was very friendly and made us feel like we were members.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

This course was in awful shape. The greens were half dirt, fairways were dead, and the tee boxes were not well kept.. It looked like the course was about to close.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
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