Slow down, you’re here and we know you’re probably looking for some beautiful walks and amazingly challenging golf courses while down on your next trip. We’ve asked the locals which courses they would rank as the top 5 in the area and Camp Creek, Shark’s Tooth, Sandestin Raven, Santa Rosa Golf Club, and Kelly Plantation were hands down the most popular choices…but be mindful, we think all golf in Northwest Florida is exceptional.
With houses hidden behind the lush and diverse plant life, Camp Creek is a noteworthy and stunning 18 hole par 72 par course. Surrounded by labeled Gulf Cordgrass, Marsh Hay Cordgrass, Saw Palmetto, Muhly Grass, Faxahatchee, and Live Oak, Camp Creek is an inspirational natural sanctuary.
This lovely course located in gorgeous Panama City Beach was designed by Tom Fazio. Camp Creek offers nearly 7,200 yards of billowing fairways and greens with captivating green views from every tee box. For more information or to inquire about tee times, check out their site.
With fairways bordering Lake Powell and surrounded by wetlands and uplands, Shark’s Tooth Golf Club in truly a masterpiece course. Part of the St. Joe Club & Resorts Family in Panama City Beach but located just minutes from 30A, Shark’s Tooth Golf Club is surrounded by loblolly pines, much like the Eisenhower Tree on the 17th hole of the Augusta National Golf Club. Shark’s Tooth is also surrounded by an abundance of native oaks on the shores of Lake Powell. This golf club boasts a recently renovated 21,000 sq. ft. coastal wood-beamed clubhouse that offers full amenities such as a Golf Shop, Men’s and Women’s Locker Rooms, Dining Room, Grill and Lounge.
Conveniently located by the funky Baytowne Village offering family fun for everyone, this truly modern traditional course was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. and boasts an exceedingly impressive 6900 yard par 71 course. Created with all levels of golfers in mind, Sandestin Raven offers rates for the public and for resort guests. Resort amenities include a tennis club, fitness center, spa, biking and walking trails, water sports, beach services, and more. With easy access to tee times and user-friendly online booking, Sandestin Raven is a can’t miss golf spot during your Northwest Florida vacation. For more information, check out their site.
Santa Rosa Beach Golf Club
Revered by tourists and locals alike, Santa Rosa Beach Golf Club is located off of gorgeous scenic highway 30A and offers all levels of play on this 18 hole par 72 course. Holes three though five wrap around sandiness and are within yards of the Gulf of Mexico. With a Golf Academy to help you with your swing, online tee times and booking, and various social and golf focused events, Santa Rosa Beach Golf Club is an inspiring and unspoiled walk. For more information about club specific questions, check out their site.
Settled along the shores of the Choctawatchee Bay and located in Destin, Kelly Plantation is a Golf Digest 4 1/2 star rated championship golf course surrounded by magnolias and palmettos. Boasting panoramic views of lakes and the Bay, Kelly Plantation is the former site of a turpentine plantation and was designed by U.S. professional golfer Fred Couples and noteworthy golf course architect Gene Bates. Gorgeously groomed and highly esteemed, Kelly Plantation is an obvious choice for a golf day by the Gulf. For more information and tee times, check out their site.
Just a note, Camp Creek and Sharks Tooth are completely private clubs. You have to be a member of St. Joe Club to play there. For more suggestions, we’re here to help and we want you to have the best vacation ever. If you need any assistance with golf plans or have any questions at all, please contact us today.