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.

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

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Pensacola

Designer

Arnold Palmer, Ed Seay, H. Minchew and E. Wiltse
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Destin
Fazio & Pate

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Destin

Designer

Bay-nine designed by Tom Fazio (1981); Marsh-nine designed by Tom Fazio & Jerry Pate (1987)
Unrated: Well regarded course not yet visited by the Where2Golf team.
Visitors welcome
Pensacola
Amick, Bill

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Pensacola

Designer

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

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Destin

Designer

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

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Pensacola

Designer

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

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Visitors welcome

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Destin

Designer

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

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Destin

Designer

Fred Couples & Gene Bates
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

Nearest city

Pensacola

Designer

Hiram Cook
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Destin
Finger & Dye

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Destin

Designer

Joe Finger and Ken Dye
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Destin
Fazio & Pate

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

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
Panama City
Nicklaus Design

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Panama City

Designer

Original "Legends" course (1986) was completely redesigned by Gary Nicklaus of Nicklaus Design (2005).
3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Pensacola
Adams & Pate

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Pensacola

Designer

Originally designed by Chic Adams (1959); redesigned by Jerry Pate (1992)
4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
(Closed in 2010)
Pensacola
LaFoy, John

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(Closed in 2010)

Nearest city

Pensacola

Designer

John B. LaFoy

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.

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

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Rsrt guests only

Nearest city

Destin

Designer

Rees Jones

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

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Destin

Designer

Robert Trent Jones Jr.

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

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Destin

Designer

Tom Jackson

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

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Destin

Designer

Tom Jackson

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

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Destin

Designer

Robert (Bob) Cupp
4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Destin
Walker, Robert

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Destin

Designer

Robert (Bob) Walker
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Pensacola
Garl, Ron

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Pensacola

Designer

Ron Garl
4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Destin
Fazio, Tom

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Destin

Designer

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

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Destin

Designer

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

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Panama City

Designer

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

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Panama City

Designer

Willard Byrd

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