VIE – People + Places is excited to announce the debut of the Northwest Florida Golf Trail, brought to you by Coastal Vision 3000! The purpose of the Northwest Florida Golf Trail – Golf THE Beach is to create awareness of the region as a premier golf destination both nationally and internationally.
Sprinkled along 227 miles of beautiful Northwest Florida from Apalachicola to Pensacola—known as The Beach—several prestigious courses offer a unique golf experience unlike what is available anywhere else in Florida, the Southeast, or the nation. The courses are as diverse as their locations and in a climate that is ideal for year-round play. Play one course in the morning and, after a few minutes’ drive, a different course in the afternoon. Experience the signature features and challenging layouts of golf’s most renowned course designers, including Arnold Palmer, Davis Love III, Fred Couples, Jack Nicklaus, Rees Jones, and Tom Jackson.
All of this is set amid the charm and splendor of one of America’s favorite coastal vacation destinations, complemented by an abundance of award-winning restaurants and accommodations, world-class resorts, unique shops, and some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. For those flying in, airports that are just minutes from the courses are conveniently located in Pensacola, Ft. Walton Beach, Destin, and Panama City. With the announcement that Southwest Airlines will begin service to the new and much-anticipated Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport as soon as May 2010, the Northwest Florida Golf Trail will soon be more accessible to travelers from the world over.
In this guide, you will find listings of several courses from the Northwest Florida Golf Trail that are open to both residents and visitors alike. Booking your next golf trip has never been easier—contact one of the golf courses or hotels on the following pages or visit their websites to book your tee times and accommodations. You will be able to experience the game as it was meant to be played—at The Beach. Keep checking back as we continue to add courses and accommodations to the Northwest Florida Golf Trail! Please visit www.TheBeachFla.com for more information about Golf The Beach.
Kelly Plantation Golf Club
Consistantly rated 4 1/2 stars by Golf Digest, this Fred Couples signature course is one of the best conditioned and highly acclaimed courses in the area. Experience over 7,000 yards of manicured fairways, contoured greens, strategically placed hazards, and picturesque views of the Choctawatchee Bay.
Ranked by Gold Digest as one of the Top Courses in North America & Top 15 Florida “Places to Play,” Regatta Bay’s championship course is one of that players of all skill levels enjoy. Designed by acclaimed course architect Robert C. Walker to be as challenging to the professional as it is fun to the novice.
Baytowne Golf Club
Guests experience the best of both worlds, with landing areas that invite guests to unleash the driver, and greens that reward a strategically placed approach shot. The front nine takes you to the edge of the Choctawhatchee Bay, while the back nine gives you a glimpse of the Gulf of Mexico and the white sands beaches of Sandestin.
Baytowne Golf Club
The Raven Golf Club
Masterfully carved in some of the most scenic terrain in the resort, Robert Trent Jones Jr. crafted this unique and visually stunning 6,900-yard, par 71 course. Rated 4 1/2 out of 5 stars by Golf Digest magazine, the Raven is a natural wonder that presents drama and strategy on every tee.
An unrivaled experience on Florida’s northwest Gulf Coast, course architect Rees Jones proves in this 7,000-yard layout why he is one of the most respected architects in the world. Breathtaking views along the Choctawhatchee Bay highlight the back nine, while the front side brings golfers through the forest and wetlands of the Emerald Coast.
The Links Course
The Links in the ultimate in risk-reward golf, with some of the most spectacular views on the Emerald Coast. With five holes that run along the Choctawhatchee Bay, guests are treated to a links style golf outing like no other. Renowned architect Tom Jackson designed this winding layout against the backdrop of the Baytowne Marina and the Choctawhatchee Bay.
Santa Rosa Golf Club
Take a break from the resorts and play where the natural vegetation frames every hole manicured greens are surrounded by amazing wildlife. At Santa Rosa Golf and Beach Club you will be treated to outstanding service and enjoy a course with two holes overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. The recently added Hank Johnson School of Golf provides quality instruction by top-ranked professionals.
Plays a six-hole regulation course, nine-hole executive course, ten-hole par-3 course; designed to encourage junior golfers, beginners ad families to participate in the game of golf and remain engaged throughout their recreational lives. Golf made simple and fun again, yet challenging enough to retain the interest of avid players.
Bay Point Golf Club
Located minutes from the white sandy beaches of Panama City Bay Point Golf Resort & Spa has long been recognized as one of Florida’s most popular and respected golf destinations. Discover 36-holes of championship golf on two away-winning golf courses — the Nicklaus Design Course and the Meadows Course.
Hombre Golf Club Play where the pros play!
Six-, ten-, and twenty-round passes on sale now! Hombre features the Golf Academy with Adam Brack, GPS on every cart, club rentals, Wi-Fi, 300-yard driving range, golf shop and bar & grill, serving breakfast and lunch daily. Rounds forom $40.00
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