Golf - Resort Private Course · 18 Holes · Par 72
Review and Rating of Burnt Pine Golf Club at Sandestin
Nestled in the award winning (Golf Digest's "Top 75 Golf Resorts") 2,400 acre Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort is Burnt Pine Golf Club which is deemed the "Crown Jewel of Florida Golf" by Golf Magazine. Wow, what a fantastic golf course with a front nine that meanders through huge beautiful homes, pine forests, and wetlands of the Emerald Coast and a back nine that offers breathtaking views along the Choctawhatchee Bay and is home to some memorable holes. Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort is not only home to Burnt Pine which was designed by the famed Rees Jones but also the Robert Trent Jones Jr designed Raven Golf Club. In fact, it is the only place in the world where Rees Jones and Robert Trent Jones Jr. courses meet. Read our review of Raven Golf Club to learn more about this course.
No course in Northwest Florida has received more accolades than Burnt Pine Golf Club and it's well deserving of all the awards, some of which include:
Here is our top 10 reasons why we loved playing and reviewing Burnt Pine Golf Club:
As mentioned earlier, when we played the fairways and rough were in perfect condition. In fact the entire course is very well maintained and manicured even the pines cones and pine needles under the trees seemed to be perfectly placed. The fairways range from tight to ample and in some cases you can let it rip or even go for the green and in others you may want to leave the driver in bag. The roughs are wide but normally cut thick and somewhat demanding to recover from - the good news is that they will typically stop you from getting wet, landing in the sand, or lost in the trees or a backyard.
The greens are all on the small side and well guarded which requires a precise approach shot. The fringe is puttable and a bump and run will typically work well. Once we were on the green, they were running very smooth, at a great speed of around 9, and were true but they required some careful study thanks to subtle breaks, ridges, contour, and slope.
The bunkers are all strategically placed from your tee shot landing zones to surrounding the greens. They range from small steep and deep pot bunkers to some long skinny monsters that protect the entire back or front of the green. The sand was perfect - soft, thick, and fluffy.
Burnt Pine Golf Club at Sandestin is a private resort course where resort guests and some public play is allowed with certain restrictions.
Service is top notch - friendly, courteous, and prompt. The clubhouse is home to a restaurant, locker rooms, and a well stocked pro shop. The practice facilities are good.
Here's How Texas Outside Determines the Scorecard Rating
The Texas Outside rating scale ranges from 1 to 10 – a perfect 10 course would be something like this: links along a cliff overlooking the Pacific ocean and bordered by tall trees; lush fairways on rolling hills with lots of natural hazards; water (which is crystal clear) on most of the holes; immaculate greens (but they are undulating and tough); lots of variety and character (each hole is completely different and includes blind shots, elevation changes, doglegs, and significant challenges); perfectly manicured traps with the whitest and prettiest sand you’ve ever seen; a nice club house with great food and a 19th hole; a GPS; plenty of beverage carts or your own cooler and ice; and it only costs $40 bucks! What this means is that you probably won’t find any 10s in Texas – try Cabo San Lucas, Pebble Beach, or some of the Hawaii courses!
All of the above determines the overall score for the golf course. In other words, we like courses that are pretty, fun, very challenging with a lot of variety, and fairways and greens in excellent condition – all for $40. We also tend to play the courses that are affordable for the masses, which means in the $30 to $80 range. We rate hard and we haven’t found a 10 in Texas yet – don’t worry we haven’t given up and we’re still looking.