Emerald Bay Golf Club

4781 Clubhouse Drive,

Destin, Florida FL 32541

  • Office

    +1 (850) 837 5197
  • Pro shop

    +1 (888) 465 3229 (toll-free)
  • Fax

    +1 (850) 837 5046

About the course

  • The Course:

    18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland. Relatively flat terrain.

  • Surroundings:

    Residential, wetlands, woodland and bayside

  • Designer:

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

SSS or slope






How to get there:

4 miles E of Destin

2 miles East of Mid Bay Bridge

Emerald Bay Golf Club

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.

Est. 1991

Emerald Bay Golf Club can certainly be counted as a gem amongst the excellent array of championship golf courses on Florida's Emerald Coast. At this well maintained parkland layout, eight holes radiate away from or back to the clubhouse, giving you a good view of the partly open, partly tree-lined holes that await.

A pleasant mix of straightaway and doglegging holes will take you through avenues of pine trees, across wetland areas and skirting alongside several small lakes and ponds. One of the toughest stretches includes the water-bisected par-4 5th, sharply doglegging par-5 6th and long par-5 7th, all dangerously flanked by good-sized ponds.

If 5, 6,and 7 form the layout's Amen Corner, then 14, 15, 16 and 17 comprise its most scenic sequence. The 14th is a short, tight par-4, played across a picturesque wetland area. The par-5 15th brings you out alongside the vast expanse of Choctawhatchee Bay, while the signature par-3 16th is played along the Bay's shoreline. The back tees of the short par-4 17th are just about in the Bay itself.

Throughout there are many good and testing holes culminating in a more scenic and natural back-nine, which threads its way through a quiet wetland/woodland environment. The front-nine is a little more parkland in style, with housing flanking some of the holes on one side.

In contrast to the recent fashion for oversized putting surfaces, here you'll encounter some of the smallest greens you've ever had to hit. Royal Troon may have its Postage Stamp hole, but here you have a serious philatelic collection!

List of courses: Emerald Coast, FL


Who can play and when?

Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.

Must book in advance.

Green fees

Visitor fee, 18-holes at peak times in high season: $119 (includes 20% discount from regular rate). Golf cart included.

Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2024].

Other information

Non-metal spike facility. Golf carts compulsory; carts are fitted with GPS.

Practice facilities


Did you know?

Although not a resort-style Stay&Play venue, the Club offers onsite accommodation in the Emerald Bay Guesthouse, a private eight bedroom home, with a full tange of amenities.

You'll probably not be aware of it while playing the course, (unless you take a good look at your scorecard) but the Okaloosa-Walton county line runs north-south straight through the course. On a few holes like the par-5 15th and par-4 2nd, you'll be teeing off in Walton County and putting out in Okaloosa County. The name Okaloosa comes from the Native American Choctaw "oka losa", meaning black water.


  • The Emerald Bay Guesthouse

    4781 Clubhouse Drive, Destin, FL 32541.

    +1 (850) 837 5197

    Visit website

    The Emerald Bay Guesthouse is an ideal location for groups that want the luxuries afforded by the Destin area, the privacy of a private eight bedroom home and the amenities of a superior Destin golf course.

    • Golf at this hotel:

      Emerald Bay

    • Golf within 5 miles:

      Regatta Bay; Kelly Plantation; Indian Bayou; Sandestin (Burnt Pine; Raven; Baytowne; The Links).

    • Golf within 20 miles:

      Bluewater Bay; Santa Rosa.

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