Golf in the Destin area
The Destin area is home to some wonderful golf courses and no matter if you are staying at Sandestin, Seascape, along old 98 or even on 30 A there are plenty of places to play. Some of our favorite golf courses in Destin are:
Sandestin is wonderful because it not only has four golf courses but it also has tennis and other activities to keep the non golfers in your party entertained. Our personal favorites at Sandestin include Baytowne, a kid friendly Tom Jackson design with wide forgiving fairways and just enough water to make it a challenge. Raven, A Robert Trent Jones, Jr design, that is a more challenging superbly maintained resort style track that will challenge even the lowest handicap golfers. Sandestin also has the Links golf course, a Tom Jackson design, which as its name suggests is a links style golf course with plenty of water that requires either skillful shot placement and multiple lay ups, or a dozen golf balls. Finally, Burnt Pine is a semi private Rees Jones resort design, very similar to the Raven.
Indian Bayou is a 27 hole layout that always seems to have the truest greens in Destin. The golf course anchors a community of the same name. With wide open fairways and scattered hazards along with the best greens around Indian Bayou is a must play for those on a golfing vacation in the Destin Area.
Kelly Plantation, a Fred Couples design, is another wonderful golf course winding through a community of the same name. Kelly Plantation has nice wide open fairways, a few large water hazards and strategically placed bunkers and a very nice view of the marshes and Choctawhatchee Bay.
Santa Rosa Golf and Beach Club
The Santa Rosa Golf and Beach Club is located slightly east of the Sandestin area on 30 A. The golf course is one of the few courses in the area with holes that have a beach and Gulf of Mexico view. The course winds through some of the hilly dunes that are natural to Northwest Florida and the course has some elevation change which is unusual for our area.
Regatta Bay is a Robert C Walker design that is very similar to Kelly Plantation and the Raven. There are many situations with a clear risk reward scenario and it is up to the golfer to decide how much risk they want to take. The course winds along the marshes and Choctawhatchee Bay with top of the line maintenance and grounds keeping this course is annually one of the best in the Destin area.
Windswept Dunes is and Doug O’Rourke design, located just north of the Choctawhatchee Bay in Freeport, FL. If you are an average golfer and want your day ruined, go here. Windswept Dunes will make you move up a tee and then another tee and then it will make you cry. With wide open fairways meandering through a dune filled nature preserve it doesn’t need much water but has just enough. Florida’s longest golf course is a challenge for those willing to travel to Freeport to take it on.
Golf in Summit County, CO
Summit county is more known for its first class skiing than its golfing, but when somebody got the idea to put a golf course on a ski slope, the result was fantastic. Most of the mountain golf courses are located at ski resorts and they offer some of the most breath taking views and elevation changes around. You will be able to drive the ball so far up in the mountains you will think that you are Tiger Woods.
The Copper Creek golf course is a fantastic place to play. Nestled high up in the Rocky Mountains at the entrance to Copper Mountain the course winds through several ski trails with dramatic elevation changes and the down the Ten Mile Creek with several challenging holes along the water.
Raven at Three Peaks
Just like the Raven at Sandestin, the Raven at Three Peaks is one of the nicest golf courses in the area. A Tom Lehman design uses the natural surroundings to create wide fairways complete with several elevation changes and multiple crystal clear, trout filled water hazards. Any summer golfing trip into the mountains would not be complete without a trip to the Raven at Three Peaks.
Keystone has two golf courses the River Course and the Ranch Course. Both are exciting to play and offer their own unique challenges. The Ranch Course, a Robert Trent Jones, Jr design, winds through high alpine meadows along the old Keystone Ranch. While not over challenging the course has bunkers everywhere so be mindful or you will spend the whole day in the sand. The River Course, a Dr. Michael Hudzen and Dana Fry design, runs along the Blue River. With spectacular scenery, some challenging water hazards and an awesome 194-foot elevation drop on hole 16 this course is a delight to play.