Walton area golf guide

February 8, 2009

Origins Golf Club at WaterSound.
Origins Golf Club at WaterSound.

A look at 12 area courses open to the public

A look into The Walton County area offers many options for the golf enthusiast. With fair weather most of the year, the courses in the area offer golf year round.

The following is a brief overview and guide to 11 area courses open to the public:

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South Walton/Panama City Beach

Camp Creek Golf Club
Phone: (850) 231-7600
684 Fazio Drive, Panama City Beach, Florida 32413
Website: www.campcreekgolfclub.com

Located just off of Northwest Florida’s Scenic Highway 30A, in WaterSound, Florida, there is a water and sand experience of a different sort at the Tom Fazio-designed Camp Creek Golf Club.

This private golf course has just opened for public play. Created by The St. Joe Company is master-planned for 36 holes, the first 18 of which opened for play in May 2001 along with a driving range, golf shop, and snack bar. Camp Creek is any easy half-mile south of The Town of WaterSound, eight miles east of WaterColor.

Phone: (850) 231-7600
684 Fazio Drive, Panama City Beach, Florida 32413

Origins Golf Club
530 Pathways Drive
Watersound
Tel: 850.641.0007
Website: www.originsgolfclub.com
Located 11 miles east of U.S. Hwy 331 off of U.S. Hwy 98 in Santa Rosa Beach.
The Origins Course is a six-hole regulation course that alternatively plays as a nine-hole executive course and a ten-hole par 3 layout through the use of alternate tee boxes and auxiliary greens – was designed and built with the “short course” concept at its core. The mission: make golf more fun, accessible and attractive to families, beginners and casual golfers. Via its non-penal design and manageable distance (approximately 1,800 yards) the Origins Course both appeals and caters to novices. Yet its regulation-length holes and greens dimensions provide enough challenge and strategy to retain the interest of avid and experienced players.

Santa Rosa Golf and Beach Club.
Santa Rosa Golf and Beach Club.

Santa Rosa Golf & Beach Club
334 Golf Club Dr
Santa Rosa Beach
Tel: 850-267-2229
Website: www.santarosaclub.com
18 challenging holes with a unique character. A target course that will challenge even the best golfers. Santa Rosa course offers the area’s only Gulf of Mexico fronting holes. Called “The Purest Golf on the Panhandle,” by Golf Magazine, the Santa Rosa Golf course is filled with activities for the modern day golfer. The course is nestled in the dunes, just off Scenic Highway 30-A.

DeFuniak Springs

DeFuniak Springs Country Club
171 Country Club Ln
Defuniak Springs
Tel: 850-892-3812
The 18-hole course features 6,619 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72 . The course rating is 69.2 and it has a slope rating of 125.

Freeport

Windswept Dunes in Freeport.
Windswept Dunes in Freeport.

Windswept Dunes
11 Clubhouse Dr
Freeport
Tel: 850-835-1847
Highway 20, 5.5 miles East of the US-331
Website: www.windsweptdunes.com
The spacious 18-hole is a demanding 7607 yards from the championship tees, but with five additional sets of tees, offers challenge and excitement for golfers of all abilities.

Sandestin/Destin area

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort offers three courses open to the public.
9300 Hwy 98 W
Sandestin
Website: www.sandestin.com

The Raven at Sandestin.
The Raven at Sandestin.

Raven Golf Club
Raven Golf Club was designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., opened for play in March 2000, and in 2006 and 2007 hosted a PGA Champions Tour event. This course meanders through the wetlands of the Sandestin Resort, and is noted for dramatic water features, challenging bunkering and fairways lined with tall pines. The large undulating Tifeagle greens are fast in speed. Raven plays from 5,060 to 6,931-yards and offers four sets of tees.  850.267.8155.

Baytowne Golf Club
The Baytowne Golf Club is Tom Jackson’s second creation at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, and originally opened for play in 1984 before undergoing its latest renovation in 2005. The rolling fairways of this course are lined with tall pines and lead to large, undulating greens that are moderate in speed. Water comes into play on twelve holes and the entire course is heavily bunkered. Baytowne is a par 71 course, and plays from 3,002 to 6,804-yards and offers five sets of tees, including junior tees.  850.267.8155.

The Links Course
The Links Course winds alongside the Choctawhatchee Bay. Designed by architect Tom Jackson, this course opened for play in 1973. This is a shotmaker’s’ course where accuracy and proper club selection are a must in order to outfox the prevailing Gulf Coast winds. The medium sized greens are moderately undulating and moderate in speed. Water hazards come into play on 14 holes including five holes on the bay. The Links Course plays from 4,969 to 6,710-yards and has four sets of tees. 850.267.8144.

Seascape Resort
100 Seascape Dr
Mirmar Beach
Tel: 850-837-9181
Website: www.seascape-resort.com
Seascape’s par 71, 6,100-yard championship Destin golf course poses a unique challenge to players of every skill level as its green placement and hazards require singular precision to maneuver the course. The sheer beauty of the terrain, with its tall pines, shimmering waters and softly rolling hills has been known to distract even the most ardent golfers. If time is an issue, Seascape offers the option of playing nine holes in the afternoon.

Kelly Plantation Golf Club
307 Kelly Plantation Drive
Destin
Tel: 1-800-811-6757
This Fred Couple’s Signature 18 hole course is designed to enhance the golfing experience for every golfer, low-handicapper and duffer alike. The turf is has lengths ranging from 5,200 yards from the ladies’ tees to a 7,100 from the blues.

The Golf Garden
A nine-hole executive course located on U.S. Hwy. 98. The Golf Garden has a lighted golf course and a ten-acre practice area with ten multi-pin target greens.
2958 U.S. Hwy. 98 west
Miramar Beach
Tel: 850-837-7422

Ponce deLeon

Acadian Hills Golf Course
Sandy Pines Golf Course
655 Golf Course Rd
Ponce de Leon
Tel: 888-833-5254
The 18-hole “Sandy Pines” course at the Acadian Hills Golf Course facility features 6,269 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71. The course rating is 70.5 and it has a slope rating of 123.