Love sand, hate bunkers? Northwest Florida golf courses may be just your style; because sometimes playing in the sand is a good thing, especially when that sand is on a beach. Here we like our sand white, our water turquoise and our fairways green, and let’s face it, there just aren’t many places you can experience all three at once.
The regions's many championship designs offer outstanding natural settings, rolling dunescapes, varied elevations and stunning scenery. Here, course architects like Palmer, Jones, Fazio, Pate, Jackson, Nicklaus and Player have created some of the most challenging courses in the state. With over 50 golf courses between Tallahassee and Pensacola, some with gulf or bay views, you'll never run out of options to test your game.
You can see some of the area's many courses listed in the Northwest Florida Golf guidebook. The guide will give you a better idea of the courses that are available for public play. Keep in mind that summer is the high season (just the reverse of the rest of the state) so if you're playing in the summer, call well in advance for tee times. Fall and spring are perfect times to play, and winter rates are the most economical.
Many of these courses offer world-class layouts that have been recognized by some of the country's top golf publications. Several of them are Audubon International courses and some allow walking. There are wide open resort style courses, and short "beware of the rough" links that are deceptive.
The majority of the region's golf courses are concentrated in Okaloosa County and Destin, Walton County, and Bay County and Panama City Beach where there is a total of 33 courses. You could spend an entire golf vacation based right here, however, you don't want miss the outstanding links to be found in other areas as well. To the east is Tallahassee and the coastal area near Carrabelle where you'll find full service golf resorts. To the west, you'll find great courses scattered from Pensacola to Navarre.
On the lists, you'll notice that there are several golf courses marked private and some marked military only. Private clubs generally are for members and their guests, so if you know a member, you could go as their guest. Military courses are located on military bases. Some like Eglin AFB allow public play. Others are for active duty and retired personnel only. If you're in doubt, call ahead to be certain of whether or not you'll be allowed on the course.
This is meant to be a complete listing of all the golf courses in Northwest Florida so if you find I've left any out, please go to the Contact Me page, post a comment below or visit us on Facebook and let me know. Whether you're a beginner or a scratch golfer, you're sure to find a course to suit your game. After all, the region that gave us Bubba Watson would just naturally have to have some great golf!
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