Destin, Fla. sits at the end of a peninsula that separates the Choctawhatchee Bay from the Gulf of Mexico along the panhandle of Florida. Located in Okaloosa County, Destin is approximately 6.5 miles from Okaloosa Island, approximately 9 miles from Ft. Walton Beach and is the most eastern city that makes up the 3-city area that is known as the “Heart of the Emerald Coast”.    

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Destin, Florida Beach

Beaches with sugar white sands & clear emerald waters, championship golf, world-class resorts and rentals, nature trails and endless outdoor activities, the best shopping and dining anywhere and the infamous Destin Harbor Boardwalk makes Destin a premier vacation destination.

Can’t wait to feel that sugar white sand between your toes? No problem, there are 13 beach access points within the city limits. Or, take a beach break and try Big Kahuna’s Water & Adventure Park with over 40 rides and attractions. Get back to nature by hiking the nature trail at Henderson Beach State Park.  Don’t forget Destin Harbor Boardwalk! The Boardwalk stretches nearly a quarter of a mile along beautiful Destin Harbor, providing access to the waterfront and the harbor’s unique character. Make time to visit the award-winning Destin Commons– the premier open-air lifestyle center offering shopping, dining and entertainment.  

Destin Commons

Destin Commons

Destin Top-Rated Golf Courses

With nine award-winning golf courses in Destin, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from. Get a head start and check out these top-rated courses.

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Indian Bayou Golf & Country Club
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Indian Bayou Golf & Country Club, Destin

Indian Bayou offers three 9-hole courses. Recently renovated and updated, its 27 holes are challenging for golfers of every skill level. 18-hole rates from $45.00-$85.00 based on time of day and other demand factors.

Kelly Planation Golf Club, Destin FL

Recently ranked #1 in the United States on GolfAdvisor.com. An 18-hole, semi-private golf club designed by Fred Couples and Gene Bates who fashioned the championship course from the natural beauty of the land with miles of waterfront, intricate bayous and towering trees. Kelly Plantation rates range from $69 to $145 plus tax. The rate includes 18-holes of golf with cart, High tech GPS and complimentary range balls.

Kelly Plantation Golf

Kelly Plantation Golf

Regatta Bay Golf & Yacht Club.

One of the best and top ranked courses in northwest Florida and open to the public, this 18-hole course provides the ultimate risk-vs-reward golf experience and is suitable for players of all skill levels. Winter packages now available until March 31, 2017.  

Package 1 – Eight 18-hole rounds for $420.00/+tax. Plus 50% off cocktails in Clubhouse – 10% off daily breakfast and lunch, 10% off Golf Shop retail, 10% off Private lessons or Clinics

Package 2 – Eight 9-hole rounds or $255.00/+tax , plus 50% off cocktails in clubhouse, 10% off daily breakfast and lunch, 10% off Golf Shoop Retail and 10% off Private lessons or clinics

Emerald Bay Golf Club Destin 

 The Emerald Bay Golf Course is open to the public but offers the same level of service as exclusive private courses. One of the premiere courses in northwest Florida, Emerald Bay has just completed a major renovation of their championship golf course by famed course designer Bob Cupp. Rates for 18-holes with cart: $49.00 Before 8AM, $99.00 before 11 AM, $79.00 after 11 AM, $49,00 after 1 PM and Junior [17 & under] $40.00

Burnt Pine Golf Club – The “Crown Jewel of Florida Golf” – Golf Magazine

Twice recognized as one of the “Top 30 Courses in Florida” by Golf Digest and named three times to Golfweek’s list of “America’s Best Resort Courses,” Burnt Pine is a golf experience unrivaled on Florida’s Northwest coast.

Destin is a wonderful place to visit because of its top-ranked golf courses, beautiful beaches, and various locations for shopping, dining and entertainment.  In fact, you might not get it all done in one vacation, but don’t worry, you can always come back! It will only take you one trip to discover for yourself, Florida’s best kept secret.


[References: destinchamber.com, DestinCommons.com, beachesofdestin.com, cityofdestin.com, emeraldcoastfl.com]