The Golf Club at Bluewater Bay

2000 Bluewater Blvd,

Niceville, Florida FL 32578

  • Office

    +1 (850) 897 3241 (Golf Shop)
  • Pro shop

    +1 (800) 874 2128 (toll-free)
  • Fax

    +1 (850) 897 3936
  • Golf pro

    David Trimm (General Mgr / Director of Golf)

About the course

  • The Course:

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

  • Surroundings:

    Residential, woodland, wetlands and bayside

  • Designer:

    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).

Back
tees
Club
tees
Front
tees
Yards
6690
6059
5183
Par
72
72
72
SSS or slope
72.3
69.4
70.8

At the same location:

Above distances are for the Bay-Marsh combination. Formerly at Bluewater Bay there were also the Magnolia-nine (3290 yds from back tees) and Lake-nine (3485 yds).

Location

Latitude:

30.483190

Longitude:

-86.432061

How to get there:

11 miles N of Destin

The Golf Club at Bluewater Bay

3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.

Est. 1981

The Golf Club at Bluewater Bay (formerly Bluewater Bay Golf Resort), was, for most of its life a well-regarded 36-hole layout, comprising the Bay, Marsh, Lake and Magnolia nines. It seems Bluewater Bay now operates as an 18-hole facility, with just the Bay and Marsh nines remaining open. They were always the "preferred" nines. Further reports suggest even these two nine hole loops are not being as well maintained as in the club's 36-hole heyday.

The Bay/Marsh pairing maximises the spectacular views out onto Choctawhatchee Bay, giving you bayside holes on each nine. The par-3 4th (Marsh) and par-4 6th (Bay) are the pick of these holes, their putting greens sit alongside the shoreline of the immensely scenic Bay.

Much of the time the layout quietly weaves its way through the resort community, with small lakes and ponds often in play, especially on the Marsh nine. An attractive array of oak and pine trees flank most holes, ensuring the housing is set well enough back to be out of harm's way.

Laid out on flattish terrain, the pleasant mix of straightaway and doglegging holes provide a good golfing challenge, without being overly mounded or bunkered along the fairways. This classic, older style community course certainly has its moments, not least on those four or five occasions when you get to look out across the Bay.

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Visitors

Who can play and when?

Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.

Must book in advance.

Green fees

Visitor fee, 18-holes: $50. Golf cart included.

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

Other information

Non-metal spike facility. Walking permitted at certain times (contact Pro Shop for information).

Practice facilities

Excellent

Did you know?

Bluewater Bay is located on the north shore of the expansive Choctawhatchee Bay, which appeared on early Spanish, French, and English charts as St Rose's Bay or Santa Rosa Bay. The 140-mile Choctawhatchee River flows down from southern Alabama and empties into the Bay, along with several other smaller rivers and streams. The name Choctawhatchee simply means "River of the Choctaws".

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