Review & Rating of Emerald Bay Golf Club in Destin Florida
Emerald Bay, a prestigious golf course community. located along the shores of the Choctawhatchee Bay is a Bob Cupp designed championship golf course that is fair for all all golfer skill levels. The course is a good mix of wide forgiving fairways to some that are tight and tree lined, some straight ahead holes to a sharp 90 degree dog leg right, some risk reward opportunities as well as some forced carries over wetlands, and some long par fours and short par threes. It's not surprising that Emerald Bay Golf Club won the Readers Choice for Best in Destin in 2016.
Emerald Bay Golf Club underwent a major renovation 2014 by Bob Cupp in conjunction with Southeastern Golf, a world class golf course construction company. The renovation included new and enlarged greens and tee boxes, new bunkers, new cart paths, several new water features and bridges as well as enhanced and new practice facilities. And Emerald Bay Golf Club was voted "Best Golf Course in Destin" in 2016
The first four holes on the front nine of Emerald Bay Golf Club are not real exciting and it's opportunity to warm up and get ready for the next fourteen holes. The back nine is an excellent mix of straight ahead, dog legs, forced carries, and some scenic views of the Bay. Some of the Emerald Bay Golf Club holes that we really liked included:
To see all of the golf holes at Emerald Bay, check out their golf course flyover!
When we played Emerald Bay Golf Club the fairways were in very good condition - a few damaged areas but they didn't impact play. All of the fairways are generous and lined by towering pine trees, water, or a scattering of homes set off to the side. The rough was thick and challenging.
The bunkers were small to average and easy to avoid except on the approach. The sand was perfect and the lips were small and in some cases we rolled in and back out.
The Emerald Bay Golf Club greens were also in very good condition, although a few had some damage. All but three are guarded by one to three bunkers. Slope and contour were manageable, they are about average in size, and they ran at a good speed of around nine or so.
Rates: $69.00 to $129.00
Service is excellent, the pro shop is well stocked, and the practice facilites are very good. The bar and grill are great.
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.