The Sandestin Resort had its humble beginnings as a popular beach vacation destination for Panhandle’s local settlers in 1971. Destined to grow with the several changes in ownership, the resort has then turned into a modest attraction comprised of an 18-hole layout, 8 tennis courts, and a Sheraton Hotel. Up to date, Sandestin is already among Florida’s major tourist attractions and favorite golf vacation destinations. The 2,400-acre resort now features 800 rooms, 2 full-service restaurants, a 98-slip marina, 15 tennis courts, 4 award-winning golf courses, and many other modernized facilities. The Raven Golf Club, the Burnt Pine Golf Club, the Baytowne Golf Club, and The Links Course complete Sandestin’s 72 well-designed challenging holes.
The Raven Golf Club is a Robert Trent Jones Jr. masterpiece that has been voted by Florida Golf News as the “Best New Course in Florida in 2000”. The course meanders through Sandestin’s wetlands, marshes, and pine trees and offers the large undulating greens. This visually stunning and unique par-71, 6,900-yard layout has been considered by Jones as “a true modern traditional”.
The Burnt Pine Golf Club, designed by the famous golf course architect Rees Jones, offers the stunning 7,000-yard layout that features breathtaking views while on play. Recognized by Golf Digest as among the “Top 30 Courses in Florida” and cited by Golf Magazine as the “Crown Jewel of Florida Golf”, this premier Florida golf facility promises challenging tee times as well as exciting golf rounds.
The Baytowne Golf Club has been hailed twice with 4-Stars Places to Play rating by Golf Digest. This Tom Jackson masterpiece is also one of Northwest Florida’s extensive golf course offerings. The layout also features the unique elevation changes that add up to layout’s challenge as well as the set of junior tees where beginners can play confidently.
The Links Course, considered as the first 18-hole layout of the resort, offers the ultimate risk reward golfing experience to golfers of all ability levels. Designed by the renowned golf course architect Tom Jackson, this magnificent layout provides guests with Emerald Coast’s most spectacular views. In order to go through the course’s challenging holes, proper club selection and accuracy must be considered. The Links Course was also cited by Florida Golf News as among the “Top 5 Golf Courses in Northwest Florida” and the “Top 100 Courses in Florida”.