Rating and Review of Regatta Bay Golf Club in Destin Florida
Regatta Bay Golf Club opened in 1998 and was designed by Robert Walker. The owner of Regatta Bay Golf Club is an avid golfer and he wanted every hole to be unique, challenging, and dramatic - and Robert exceeded that goal. He designed each hole a little different from the others, leveraged the natural plants and landscape to create hazards that blend in with the terrain, he made sure that the bunkers put a premium on accuracy, and he created several risk reward opportunities.
Regatta Bay Golf Club is short by today's standards (5014 to 6798 yards) but challenging thanks to water that can come into play on twelve holes (16 lakes are within the golf course grounds), 59 strategically placed bunkers, some tight fairways, several dog legs, and a number of risk reward opportunities that can add several strokes to your score if you're not accurate. It's critical that you pick the right tee box and there are 5 to choose from. Take the course's virtual tour below and explore the course hole-by-hole to figure out your plan of approach before heading out and carefully study the GPS before hitting and the greens before putting. Regardless of how you score, Regatta Bay Golf Club is a fun and exciting course to play and it's not surprising that it is consistently ranked as one of the best. Some of the accolades include:
Some of the holes that we really liked included:
When we played Regatta Bay Golf Club the fairways were in very good condition but some had a few damaged spots that didn't impact play. The fairways range from ample to tight and they are tree, bunker, or water lined with a couple having some nice homes along one side. The rough was playable but didn't allow for much roll. In most cases if you miss the rough you're wet, under the pines, or lost in native areas.
The greens are a tad small ranging from 19 to 33 yards wide and 24 to 38 yards deep. They were in very good condition (with some minor insect damage), ran true and fast around 10 to 11, and have plenty of slope and contour. Most are raised and some have huge puttable fringes and all are well guarded by 1 to 4 bunkers.
The bunker sand at Regatta Bay Golf Club is some of the best I've every played in - light, deep, and fluffy! They range in size from small pot like bunkers to long and skinny - and they are pretty easy to land in. From playing out of so many I took a lot of sand back to the car, condo, and beach!
Bottom line - a beautiful 18 holes of golf with a little bit of everything that makes golf both fun and challenging.
We are opening in October a new golf academy featuring multiple PGA professionals, over 1200 square feet of covered natural turf teeing area, full club fitting, and trackman technology.
Head Golf Professional at Regatta Bay Golf Club
Rates: $85.00 to $135.00
Service is first class - friendly, helpful, and outgoing. The pro shop is well stocked and the practice facilities are first class. The club house has a bar and grill and a fantastic deck jutting into a lake and overlooking the 18th green.
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.