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The Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort

The Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort

The Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort

Sandestin Burnt Pine GC No 13 Par 4 approach

Most people think of Florida golf courses as dotted with lakes and palm trees. Many are. But in certain parts of the state, like the northwest area, you’ll find a variety of woodland golf courses that not only offer wonderful weather, but a chance to play courses that are filled with pine trees, wildlife and rolling terrain (somewhat). Sort of like the Carolina pine layouts with softer hills. In the panhandle section of Florida, right on the Gulf of Mexico sits the Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort. The town of Destin has lots of “beachy” things to do, but it can get a little congested in the “season” (the early springtime – March through May, and in the Florida fall – October through December). To avoid the crowds and enjoy the area it’s a good idea to stay at the Sandestin Resort. It has it all.

 

Sandestin Links Course No 9 Par 5 approach

Want to stay in a nice place? There are 1,800 different rental options within the 2,400 acre resort. You can choose from a delightful hotel room, condo, or single family home, to a private bungalow. The beautiful sugar white beach sand of the Gulf of Mexico is right there so there is no long trek in the car to enjoy the waves. The large Choctawhatchee Bay is just off the resort and the edges of the golf courses. Shopping and restaurants are also right on the property for your convenience. But let’s get to the reason you really want to go there. The four championship golf layouts. There are various levels of golf you may choose from. One of my favorites is The Links Course. The shortest of the four tracks, it still gives you a run for your money as it weaves along the banks of the Choctawhatchee Bay. Get used to the fresh wind that seems to be constantly blowing at various speeds off the water. Makes for a stimulating day. The Raven Golf Club is a very challenging Robert Trent Jones layout. Former home to a Champions Tour event, it is a tough 6,931 yards from the tips, and rated/sloped at 73.8/137. I’d suggest moving up to the Silver tees at a more reasonable 6,361 yards. There is a great private club on the property, Burnt Pine Golf Club which offers limited play for guests at the resort. Not many players go there so you’ll speed through your round on the Rees Jones track. Watch out for the roaming deer and cranes as you play along the Bay. The final course is perhaps the most popular of the group. Baytowne Golf Club wanders through the resort and the tall condos on the beach. It is a gorgeous track with views of the Gulf of Mexico, pine stands, and of course the Choctawhatchee Bay. The multitude of tee boxes allows you to pick from 6,804 yards at the back tees to a brief 3,002 yards for the kids and beginners. An enjoyable layout for everyone.Sandestin Raven GC No 18 Par 4 from the tee

 

All this makes Sandestin a little different from many Florida resorts. Give it a try on your next golf vacation. I’m sure that you’ll enjoy your time there. You can find out more at: www.sandestin.com.


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