Bluewater Bay Resort - Magnolia Course

3.5767823529 3.6 stars from 5 (329)
  • Holes: 9
  • Par: 36
  • Length: 3290 yards

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Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Clubs: No

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

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

Tees

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Gold 36 3290 yards N/A N/A
Blue 36 3020 yards N/A N/A
White 36 2792 yards N/A N/A
Red (W) 36 2499 yards N/A N/A

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.6 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.9 stars from 5
Value: 3.9 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.4 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.0 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.1 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 329 Reviews
5 stars:
60
4 stars:
149
3 stars:
79
2 stars:
21
1 stars:
20

recommend this course

264 out of 328 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city worth the drive in the 'burbs   Great for locals playing multiple courses seniors   Challenges include water hazards bunkers narrow fairways   Great for drinks watching the game amazing food  

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"Layout"


Robert7894426's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/18/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course is fairly nice but the distance between bay and the marsh nines is a long way and not well marked. It is difficult to find your way around.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Avoid this course"


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

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/23/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I have rarely seen a course in such poor condition. From the tee boxes to the greens this course has deteriorated past "acceptable". You can tell at one time this course was probably very nice, the layout is great but they have let the course go so bad it is really bad. I would recommend you avoid this course at all costs. Even for free I would consider other options before committing to playing her.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


Response from Bluewater Bay Resort on 06/26/2018:

Hello Thomas, thank you for sharing your review, We truly appreciate both your positive and constructive feedback regarding the course conditions and will be sure to pass it along to our team. We’re thrilled to hear that you enjoyed our staff and sceneries at Bluewater Bay Resort, and also appreciate your input on our maintenance. We hope to welcome you back for an enjoyable experience on the course in the near future.

"Good value and layout"


Raderstorf's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/12/2018
First time playing

Reviewed on

First time guest on vacation. As an older club, I thought this was an excellent value and course layout for mid-high handicaps that are looking for decent conditions and forgiving fairways. The greens were a little “fluffy” and slow with all the rain, some sand traps were a little compacted, and the cart paths do show their age, but I have absolutely zero complaints for the price and overall experience! Staff was exceptionally friendly and treated me like a VIP. Highly recommended if you are looking for a fun, casual round of golf (at a friendly place) in the Destin area without paying ‘tourist prices’. If you want pristine conditions, you’re going to need to pay three times the amount of Bluewater Bay. They have done a great job in keeping this older course in good order for the casual golfer.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/08/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



u3919433's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/27/2018
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Reviewed on

Greens. We're course, had some kind of long dead blades and very slow.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


Response from Bluewater Bay Resort on 06/01/2018:

Hello, thank you for taking the time out of your busy day to review your experience with us, we truly appreciate your feedback and will certainly pass it along to our team. We hope to have another opportunity to welcome you back to the 5-star experience that you deserve.

"The course offers a good value for the money"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/21/2018
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Reviewed on

Good value for the money out of 10 the conditions are 7


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Bluewater Bay Threesome!"


James8568578's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/02/2018
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Reviewed on

Bluewater Bay marsh course is a tough,b ut easy course. It will challenge your shot making as well as your putting!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Very friendly"


Michael6694109'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 04/30/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great people, went out of their way to accommodate us.

Great lay out


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Bluewater Bay Resort on 05/03/2018:

Hello Michael, thank you for taking the time to review us, Bluewater Bay Resort in the Niceville, Florida, and for the 3 stars. We're sorry to hear the course may not have been in the best shape on the day of your round, and we appreciate your feedback. However, we're glad you received a good value for your round and had a fun time on the course. Thank you for choosing to golf with us, and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

"Don't waste your money!"


dgriggs1948's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/19/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Worst greens I've ever played on. Riddled with dead dirt spots and poanna grass. Like putting on a gravel parking lot. Fairway grass sparse on most holes. Obviously no money being spent to maintain the course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


Response from Bluewater Bay Resort on 04/25/2018:

Hello, thank you for reviewing our course, Bluewater Bay Resort. We strive to provide the best possible customer experience to our golfers, and we apologize if we missed the mark. Your loyalty to our course is valued and we hope you will see improvements the next time you are with us. Thank you for choosing to play our course, in the Niceville, Florida area, and we hope to earn your business again soon.

"Membership has its privilege"


rlparker1's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/18/2018
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Reviewed on

My wife and I played the course together. We we're paired with another twosome. I 3 different occasions we had to let three single players play through. On the back nine, the marshall separated us because the members behind us we're complaining of slow play. I think the pro shop needs to do a better job a scheduling groups of 4 around those members who play by themselves.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from Bluewater Bay Resort on 04/27/2018:

Hello, on behalf of the Bluewater Bay Resort staff we appreciate you taking the time to address your concerns as we are always looking to improve. We are sorry to hear that you were not happy with the conditions of the course but still hope you enjoyed your round. Again, we appreciate your feedback and hope to see you again soon.

"The course is not taken care of. Very bad shape"


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/17/2018
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Reviewed on

Such a big course. 27 holes. Beautiful homes. Beautiful views. Terrible fairways, and terrible greens. Would never go back. Unless they paid me!!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Poor


I don't recommend this course


Response from Bluewater Bay Resort on 04/25/2018:

Hello Ed, thank you for sharing your review. We truly appreciate both your positive and constructive feedback and will be sure to pass it along to our team. We’re thrilled to hear that you enjoyed our layout at Bluewater Bay Resort and also appreciate your input on our maintenance. We hope to welcome you back for an enjoyable experience on the course in the near future.<br/>


rodana526's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/17/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from Bluewater Bay Resort on 04/20/2018:

Hello, thank you for taking the time to review our course, Bluewater Bay Resort - Marsh Course, and for the 3 stars. We are sorry to see that the course may not have been in the best shape when you played and your feedback is appreciated. It looks like you had a friendly experience with our staff and that your round was a great value for you, so we hope this improved your overall experience with us. Thank you for your choosing our course, in the Niceville area, and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

"Florida course"


Gerryjoey's avatar
Age:  55-64
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

Greens and fairways what you would expect in Florida. Tees a little lacking. But overall an enjoyable day.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Bluewater Bay Resort on 04/20/2018:

Hello Gerry, thank you for taking the time to review our course, Bluewater Bay Resort, and for the 3 stars. We're sorry to hear the course may not have been in the best shape on the day of your round, and we appreciate your feedback regarding the Tee Boxes so may work on any necessary improvements. However, we're glad you had a fun time on the course and had a friendly experience with our staff, so we hope this improved your overall experience with us. Thank you for your choosing our course, in the Niceville area, and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

"Wouldn’t pay to play again"


u280921929's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/13/2018
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Reviewed on

Normally I can understand a course being in mediocre or bad shape this time of year in NW Florida, but in this case I was extremely disappointed with the condition of the course. From hitting on uneven divoted tee boxes to concrete speed bumpy and even black greens. We payed 30$ per person with a golf now discount and wish I would’ve asked for my money back. I’m not a pro golfer by any means but for the area this course is in the conditions should be much much better. You can play better courses for cheaper prices all over this area


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


"Exceeded expections"



5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/13/2018
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Reviewed on

There are quite a few high end golf courses around here but for the money Blue Water Bay offered a great golfing experience at a fair rate.


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



LThoma's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/11/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect 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:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"satisfying"


u3342188's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/10/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

course in good shape. calleging, lots of dog legs on front nine. beutifull layout.not wide open, but good fairways. staff was exellant friendly, and starter came aroud to chk on you, and see if anything was neede, as a courtousy. would Deffinitely play again


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Beware - get what you pay for"


u417766229's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/06/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I live in the community and only play this course once a year. Tee boxes always in bad shape, greens not much better. Better have shocks on your cart as there is un-repaired concrete on cart paths 90% of the way. Seems like they would have learned from the Magnolia course closing that an investment is needed to bring the course back to a minimum standard. If you book a deal with golf now you will almost always be put on the worse of the 3 courses. Not worth over 30/ round in my opinion but hoping for improvements.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


Response from Bluewater Bay Resort on 05/01/2018:

Hello, thank you for taking the time to review us, Bluewater Bay Resort in the Niceville, Florida area. We're sorry to hear the course may not have been in the best shape on the day of your round, and we appreciate your feedback regarding the greens so may work on any necessary improvements. Thank you for choosing to golf with us, and we look forward to seeing you again soon.


tjdemski's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/23/2018
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Reviewed on


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



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

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

Reviewed on


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