The Santa Rosa Beach and Destin area of Northwest Florida has long been a favorite destination for many families in the southeast, primarily because of our area’s laid back, fishing village vibe and our breathtaking white sand beaches.
Time and time again our beaches are voted as some of the best in the world but this wasn’t always the case. The first families to discover our pristine coastal paradise, began visiting the area back in the late 1970s, back when the two were just a seaside towns, no more than sleepy little fishing communities on a forgotten, but achingly beautiful stretches of shoreline on the Gulf of Mexico. The clear, sparkling waters surrounding the region are so vibrant in hue, in fact, that it is referred to as the ‘Emerald Coast’.
Even back then, golf was a big attraction, that along with a couple of nice seafood restaurants (both long gone), a half-dozen beach-front oyster bars and one chain hotel. Yes, golf was one of the attractions, but there were very few courses, much less a top 10. Things have changed in that regard.
While the polished quartz crystal, white sand beaches are just as lovely as ever, and despite having a few more restaurants and hotels, the area is still just as laidback, but much to the delight of our visiting golf lovers, we now have a plethora of award winning courses and clubs to choose from.
So much so, that one might need a bit of help deciding which courses to visit on your trip. After all, you’ll want to spend a day enjoying 30-A Suites’ beautiful surroundings and cozy, uniquely decorated beachside rentals.
It is with this in mind that the caring, knowledgeable staff at 30-A Suites, the premier boutique retreat on the Emerald Coast featuring affordable coastal luxuries with an exclusive feeling, has prepared this list for the Top Ten Best Golf Courses on the Emerald Coast:
- Kelly Plantation Golf Course, Destin, Florida
- Regatta Bay Golf Course, Destin, Florida
- Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
- Emerald Bay Golf Club,Destin, Florida
- Shalimar Pointe Golf Club, Fort Walton Beach,
- Florida Fort Walton Beach Golf Club, Emerald Coast, Florida
- Seascape Golf Resort, Destin, Florida
- Windswept Dunes Golf Club, Freeport, Florida
- Raven Golf Club, Sandestin, Florida
- Indian Bayou Golf Club, Destin, Florida
So grab your bag and head down to the incomparable beaches of the Emerald Coast to play a round of golf or two at some of the country’s most prestigious, award winning courses, set amidst the natural beauty of the northern Gulf.
For more information or inspiration, be sure to call 30-A Suites (1-850-499-5058), located on Scenic route 30-A in sunny Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, to check rates or book your stay!