Recreation

Coastal Golf

Snowbirds looking to retire in a golfing mecca can find plenty of courses along the Gulf coast to keep them busy. From Panama City to Bay St. Louis in Mississippi, there are about 100 courses offering about 2,000 holes of golf.

Club at Hidden Creek

Club at Hidden Creek

Hidden Creek is an 18-Hole Championship Public Golf Course and plays 6,823 yards from the back tees. All 18 greens were replaced in 2013 and is rated as the top public golf course in NW Florida that you can play every day for under $50.

Golfing on the Mississippi Gulf Coast

Originally posted December 2006

Winter visitors who want to mix gambling and golf can find the perfect match along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
The Beau Rivage in Biloxi, Miss., opened the exclusive Fallen Oak golf course in November 2006.
The course was designed by the legendary course architect Tom Fazio. It is located adjacent to the DeSoto National Forest and it shows as stately trees line the fairways. It’s a challenging course of an 18-hole, par-72 layout that measures 4,487 yards from the back tees. Water comes into play on more than half of the holes.

Military Golf Courses

Military Golf Courses

Steve Bobe, the golf professional at A.C. Read Golf Course at Pensacola Naval Air Station, recalls a recent conversation with a retired military Snowbird. “He said he had been retired from the Navy...

Lost Key A Gem to be Discovered

Robert Warner has played golf all over the United States, but recently visited Lost Key Golf Club in the Florida Panhandle near the Alabama border.
The course had just reopened in July 2006 after almost two years of redesign and repair after Hurricane Ivan flooded the course with 3 feet of saltwater in 2004.

Origins Golf Club

Origins Golf Club

A unique golfing experience is available at The Origins Course, which is located in WaterSound, just north off U.S. 98 between Destin and Panama City Beach.
The course, created by The St. Joe Company and managed by the Troon Company, is a six-hole regulation course that alternatively plays as a nine-hole executive course and a 10-hole, par-3 layout through the use of alternate tee boxes and auxiliary greens.

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