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Emerald Bay Golf Club

4781 Clubhouse Drive, Destin, FL 32541
888-GOLFBAY
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Ranked #26 of 28 attractions in Destin
Type: Golf Courses
Owner description: Play by the Bay. This championship level, 18-hole course is believed by many to be one of Northwest Florida's best. Enjoy breathtaking views of the... more » Owner description: Play by the Bay. This championship level, 18-hole course is believed by many to be one of Northwest Florida's best. Enjoy breathtaking views of the bay, which runs along the back nine. Just steps from the course, the Guesthouse offers luxury accommodations for up to 16. « less
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Sevierville, Tennessee
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

The Emerald Bay Golf Club was a bitter disappointment. It is very unfortunate that I must leave a poor review for this course. The potential this golf course has is literally busting at the seams. (It may be time for a superintendent change.) Almost every part of the course was in great shape, the fairways, tee boxes, bunkers, facilities, and... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

I booked through golfnow for $20 per person for 18 on a cold, January day. I read all of the below reviews, and thought I made a mistake. I didn't - the negative reviews were over-stated. I played 3 other places in Destin this month, and I think it's called the off-season for a reason: greens and tee boxes are... More

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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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9 reviews 9 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013 via mobile

This course has the potential to be beautiful but the greens are straight up horrendous. Made my uncle go Holme to change out of jean shorts which I totally understand had it been a 3 star course. It wasn't. Tourist trap. Stay far far away.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013 via mobile

Rental clubs were rusted--rain storm after three holes--lightening galore--no rain check and no towels to dry off with!!! Will never stop here again.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013 via mobile

Have played here twice. Really enjoyed the course. Nice friendly staff, GPS in golf carts, challenging holes, great landscape and views of the bay on a couple holes. The only thing this place need is some serious work on their greens. Look mostly dead. Enjoyed everything else. Went after 4pm for good rates. No way would I pay $85

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Memphis, Tennessee
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46 reviews 46 reviews
12 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

played there one afternoon to take advantage of very reasonable twilight rates. Liked the layout and the gps carts, however probably the worst greens I have ever played. We were putting thru sand, dirt, dead spots, etc. all day. It basically wasn't worth putting.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

Very bad experience. The greens were the worst I have ever seen. Many were not playable. We rented clubs for $30 and the clubs provided could have been purchased at a garage sale for $20. The sets were incomplete and rusted. The kid out front was more interested in smoking than in helping us. Do not play here. Way too... More

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Cleveland, Tennessee
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

For almost $80 there is NO EXCUSE for having green this bad, I have played MANY, MANY Municipal Courses that were far better.

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North Vancouver, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

We were very excited to play this course in Destin. We were told they were going to sand the greens the day after we played. In all the years I have golfed I have never seen or played on greens so poor. Most were 1/2 burnt out or cut to the ground. It was very very disappointing. At the end... More

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

we played there in May 7 2013 and was shocked at the condition of the greens. We have never seen greens in this condition for this type "upscale" golf course. They will need to close this course in order to redo all the greens. Not worth the money they charge for playing there.

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