Snowbirds looking for a golf course in Northwest Florida where the terms “Best” and “Favorite” are common themes, should look to Regatta Bay Golf and Country Club in Destin, Fla.
The 6,894-yard, par-72 semi-private course owned by Legendary is located along the Choctawhatchee Bay and offers great golf for all levels.
Among the accolades: Florida Golf News magazine voted the course “the #1 Favorite Golf Course in Northwest Florida” and readers of Emerald Coast magazine named the course “Best of Emerald Coast.” Also, Golf Digest ranked the course among its “Top 200 Places to Play in North America,” as well as one of the “Top 15” courses in Florida. And don’t forget for the last three years, it has been rated as having the best golf instruction on the Emerald Coast.
“Regatta Bay has won more recognition than any golf course in the area,” said Dan Shelton, Director of Golf.
“Snowbirds are one of our major groups who play this time of year,” Shelton said.
The design of the course is what Shelton attributes to its numerous recognitions. Designed by Robert C. Walker, a former lead architect for Arnold Palmer, the course has numerous tee selections, which allow the golfer to decide how challenging he or she wants the course to be.
The landing areas are forgiving and the greens are protected by many bunkers.
“It’s definitely a player-friendly course,” Shelton said.
The signature hole is the par-5 18th hole. It’s risk-reward setup makes it one
of the favorite finishing holes along the Emerald Coast. The green is protected
on one side by a lake and has a picturesque view of the clubhouse.
Among the amenities include state-of-the-art Parview GPS system on golf
carts, clubhouse with pro shop, Rutherfords 465 restaurant, on-course beverage carts, chilled apples on the 1st and 10th tees and mango-scented iced towels.
Golfers can call 850-337-8080 to set up tee times or they can book online at