Best golf courses: Emerald Coast, FL

Golf on The Emerald Coast: with its calm sandy beaches and turquoise waters The Emerald Coast is Orlando's and Tampa's quiet cousin. Besides its underwater adventures, interesting local haunts, bottlenose dolphins and beautiful natural ecosystem, the coastline also serves up memorable golfing experiences. To make the most of your golfing trip, and to help in your planning, you can look up the location of the best courses in Emerald on our customised maps.

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Panama City
Byrd, Willard

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Panama City

Designer

Willard Byrd
4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Panama City
Nicklaus Design

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Panama City

Designer

Original "Legends" course (1986) was completely redesigned by Gary Nicklaus of Nicklaus Design (2005).
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Destin
Fazio & Pate

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Destin

Designer

Bay-nine designed by Tom Fazio (1981); Marsh-nine designed by Tom Fazio & Jerry Pate (1987)
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Destin
Fazio & Pate

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Destin

Designer

Lake-nine designed by Tom Fazio (1981); Magnolia-nine designed by Jerry Pate (1993)
4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Destin
Fazio, Tom

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Destin

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Tom Fazio
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Destin
Cupp, Bob

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Destin

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Original design by Bob Cupp (1991) and also a substantial redesign by him (2014).

5-star: Fabulous – courses don’t get much better than this.
Visitors welcome
Destin
Bergin, Bill

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Destin

Designer

Bill Bergin
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Pensacola
Garl, Ron

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Pensacola

Designer

Ron Garl
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Panama City
Burnham, Wes

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Panama City

Designer

Wes Burnham
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Destin
Stone, Earl

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Destin

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Earl Stone
5-star: Fabulous – courses don’t get much better than this.
Visitors welcome
Destin
Couples & Bates

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Destin

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Designed by Fred Couples and Gene Bates, with input from Bob Cupp and Michael Riley.

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Pensacola
Palmer, Arnold

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Pensacola

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An Arnold Palmer Signature Course.

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Pensacola
Stone, Earl

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Pensacola

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Earl Stone
4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
(Closed in 2010)
Pensacola
LaFoy, John

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(Closed in 2010)

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Pensacola

Designer

John B. LaFoy

Unrated: Well regarded course not yet visited by the Where2Golf team.
Visitors welcome
Pensacola
Amick, Bill

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Pensacola

Designer

Bill Amick
4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Destin
Walker, Robert

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Destin

Designer

Robert (Bob) Walker
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Destin
Jackson, Tom

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Destin

Designer

Tom Jackson

5-star: Fabulous – courses don’t get much better than this.
Rsrt guests only
Destin
Jones, Rees

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Rsrt guests only

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Destin

Designer

Rees Jones

5-star: Fabulous – courses don’t get much better than this.
Visitors welcome
Destin
Jones II, Robert Trent

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Destin

Designer

Robert Trent Jones II (lead designer Bruce Charlton).

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Destin
Jackson, Tom

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Destin

Designer

Tom Jackson

Unrated: Well regarded course not yet visited by the Where2Golf team.
Visitors welcome
Destin
Jackson, Tom

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Destin

Designer

Tom Jackson
3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Pensacola
Adams & Pate

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Pensacola

Designer

Originally designed by Chic Adams (1959); redesigned by Jerry Pate (1992)
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Destin
Finger & Dye

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Visitors welcome

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Destin

Designer

Joe Finger and Ken Dye
4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Restricted
Destin
Norman, Greg

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Restricted

Nearest city

Destin

Designer

Greg Norman
Unrated: Well regarded course not yet visited by the Where2Golf team.
Visitors welcome
Pensacola
Cook, Hiram

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Visitors welcome

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Pensacola

Designer

Hiram Cook
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Pensacola
Amick, Garl & Pate

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Pensacola

Designer

Original Bill Amick design later modified by Ron Garl and substantially redesigned by Jerry Pate.

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Destin
O'Rourke, Doug

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Destin

Designer

Doug O'Rourke

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