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A group of my college friends and I are headed to the Destin / 30A area for a long weekend in a couple of weeks and I was wondering if y'all have any course recommendations?  We are looking to play one nice course and one fun one (But not a cheap one with bad up keep). Any restaurant recs as well? 



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Golf Course Recommendations:

Kelly Plantation Golf Club - https://www.kellyplantationgolf.com/

Emerald Bay Golf Club - http://www.emeraldbaygolfclub.com/

Raven Golf Club - https://www.sandestin.com/golf/raven-golf-club?utm_source=google-gmb&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=gmb

Windswept Dunes Golf Club - http://www.windsweptdunes.com/


Shunk Gulley Oyster Bar - https://www.shunkgulley.com/

The Back Porch - http://www.theback-porch.com/

The Harbor Tavern -

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Played the Links at Baytowne today for the first time after having played golf in Destin for the last five years. I have typically avoided this course because it looked mega tight on Google Earth but I finally decided to try it this week. I will say it is penal off the tee but not *quite* as tight as it looked. You can get away with a little bit but not a ton out here. I did not attempt to hit a driver all day and managed to only lose one ball OB. The course is on the end of the aerification period so the greens were still a bit bumpy. Conditions were decent and not to far below Baytowne. The wind was up on the back 9 which can make some of the shots into these greens a bit harrowing. The greens are quite small in certain areas and overall it is a course that requires a lot of control. Full disclosure I played the course from 5700 yds. There is just no room for error if you play much farther back. Add in 15 mph winds and I think I made the right decision. I played with some older gentlemen (late 50s) that played from 6100 yds and they got destroyed. Nice guys and not bad players but I think between the 3 of them they lost 16 balls. The best part about the Links is it has the best bay views of any course I have played in Destin. There are at least 5 holes that catch some part of the bay which is very cool. If you are super straight off the tee, I think you would enjoy this course. If you spray it a bit like I do, I would recommend playing tees that give you the option to hit hybrid for most of the par 4s. I think I hit 5W 2x off the tee and everything else was 4 hybrid, 5i or 6i for the par 4s and 5s. Also, it was a great value at $55 today whereas Kelly Plantation would have been $130+. Will I play it again? I won't rule it out but it is less fun to play that Regatta, Emerald Bay, Kelly Plantation, Raven, and Baytowne in that order. Just a bit too penalizing for me (even though I played quite well). The main thing it offers is views and value. The actual golf is a bit goofy. I shot a 76 with a double bogey so even from that short yardage I was pleased with my game today. 










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