The waters of Destin have inspired golf enthusiasts from around the world to make their way to this famed location. If you’re looking to compare and contrast courses around the area, this spot should definitely be on your list. Between the beach and Choctawhatchee Bay, the Emerald Bay Golf Club is a good place to play a few holes and grab a little lunch.
This club is close to a number of amenities in the area, including shopping, restaurants, and entertainment. Recently renovated in 2014, the whole course was updated to include a full-service dining establishment, golf-pro shop, bar, and outdoor porch (with fireplace) on the 18th green.
The property is also home to residential homes. So while some of the features of the club, such as the tennis courts and pool are meant for the residents, the course is open to everyone.
Emerald Bay was created by Bob Cupp, an international golf course designer and former president of the American Society of Golf Course Architects. As you travel along the fairways, you’ll get great views of the bay. The club offers a number of membership options if you find yourself smitten with the course, including monthly options to annual programs.
Membership benefits include driving range use, discounts on merchandise, and better tee times. You’re also given access to the tennis courts and pool. Potential members can talk to the staff to learn more about the perks of membership.
Host a Gathering
This golf club is home to hundreds of events throughout the year, including charity functions, weddings, retirement parties, company dinners, and golf tournaments. The staff is ready to handle large-scale events, making it a good choice if you want to reward your corporate teams or host a unique meet-and-greet.
Event services include access to the practice range, golf carts with GPS, customized cart signs/scorecards, and a variety of menu options. If your guests are mainly beginners, get everyone started with a golf lesson or a clinic. Let everyone refresh with the club’s beverage cart service when they’re done. If you have special requests, the staff will do everything they can to accommodate.
If you work up an appetite on the course, stop by the Grille for a beer, a burger, and a side of homemade potato chips. Or cool off under the Florida sun with a chef salad and an ice-cold cocktail. If you happen to be traveling with kids in tow, there’s a children’s menu here so everyone can fill up.
If you need a larger home for everyone to stay, the club also has a Guesthouse that sleeps up to 16. The house has a kitchen and outdoor BBQ area, plus it’s just steps away from The Grille. Billed as a good spot for corporate retreats, your privacy in this gated community.
If you’re looking for a fun challenge, the Emerald Bay Golf Club is a course that will help you expand your skills. It’s also a great place to host your event, even if you have some high-piled needs.
– Surrounded by residential property, the Emerald Bay Golf Club hosts tourists and locals alike.
– The tennis courts and swimming pools are for community residents only.
– There are some challenging holes on this course (with water elements).
– The course does have a tendency to attract standing water, so call ahead if it has rained recently.