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.

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
Stone, Earl

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Destin

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Earl Stone

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

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Destin

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Joe Finger and Ken Dye

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

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Destin

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Tom Jackson

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
(Closed in 2008)
Destin
Bergin, Bill

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(Closed in 2008)

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Destin

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Bill Bergin

3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Destin
Fazio & Pate

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Destin

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Tom Fazio designed the Bay and Lake nines (1981). Marsh-nine designed by Tom Fazio & Jerry Pate (1987). Magnolia-nine designed by Jerry Pate (1993).

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

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Destin

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Robert "Bob" Walker

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Rsrt guests only
Destin
Fazio, Tom

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Rsrt guests only

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Destin

Designer

Tom Fazio

Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
Destin
Bergin, Bill

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Private club

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Destin

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Original nine-hole layout extended to 18 by Roy Albert Anderson. Completely renovated by Bill Bergin (2021).

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).

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Rsrt guests only
Destin
Norman, Greg

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Destin

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Greg Norman

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

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Destin

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Doug O'Rourke

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

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Destin

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Tom Jackson

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

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Destin

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Rees Jones

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
(Closed in 2018)
Panama City
Burnham, Wes

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(Closed in 2018)

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Panama City

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Wes Burnham

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
(Closed in 2018)
Panama City
Byrd, Willard

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(Closed in 2018)

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Panama City

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Willard Byrd

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Panama City
Nicklaus Design

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Panama City

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Originally called the "Legends" course (1986), the layout was completely redesigned by Gary Nicklaus of Nicklaus Design (2005).

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

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Pensacola

Designer

Hiram Cook

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

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

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Pensacola

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Originally designed by Chic Adams (1959); redesigned by Jerry Pate (1992)

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Pensacola
Pate, Jerry

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Pensacola

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East course: designed by Jerry Pate (1986) and subsequently renovated by Nathan Crace (2020).
West course (now closed): designed by Bill Amick (1965) and later modified by Ron Garl.

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

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Pensacola
Amick, Bill

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Pensacola

Designer

Bill Amick

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

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Visitors welcome

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Pensacola

Designer

Ron Garl

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124th US Open: the No.2 Course at Pinehurst once again plays host to this most illustrious championship (June 13-16). Wyndham Clark defends his title, having won at Los Angeles CC in 2023.

79th Women’s US Open: the second women’s major championship of the season gets underway at Lancaster CC in Pennsylvania. It’s the second time the championship has been held here.
(May 30-June 2).

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Marco Simone Golf & Country Club

Marco Simone Golf & Country Club: With a clubhouse that might befit a Roman Emperor, and a golf course to match, you can be sure of a memorable outing at Rome's most talked about golf facility.

Jim Fazio's original layout was much changed to create a modern Ryder Cup course ... now one of the Eternal City's (and Italy's) most revered.

Prince's Golf Club, Kent (UK)

Here at Prince’s Golf Club you'll find 27 excellent holes of links golf. Just over the fence and sharing similar terrain is Royal St George’s; but Prince’s is far from overshadowed by its venerable neighbour. The three nine-hole loops at Prince's, laid out over gently undulating terrain, are sure to bring a smile of satisfaction to all lovers of links golf.

Stay&Play at Prince's: excellent onsite Lodge accommodation available

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