Golfing in a Gulf Coast Paradise
Whether you’re a tour pro or just learning how to golf, Panama City Beach offers some scenic and challenging courses that will bring you back year after year. In fact, many of these courses rank among the best in Florida. So put on some sunscreen and grab your clubs and caddy: it’s time for a tour of one of America’s premier golfing cities.
Bay Dunes, 5304 Majette Tower Road, Panama City, FL 32404; (850) 872-1704; baydunes.com
This 18-hole championship course features five sets of tees for golfers of all levels. Facilities here include a pro shop, practice facilities (putting green, driving range and short game area), and a bar and grill.
Bay Point Golf Resort & Spa, 4701 Bay Point Road, Panama City Beach, FL 32408; (850) 235-6950
Many famous golfers have played at the prestigious Bay Point Golf Resort, which features two championship golf courses, including the Nicklaus Course – the only Nicklaus designed course in Northwest Florida. At nearly 7,000 yards, The Meadow Course will test your driving ability.
Camp Creek Golf Club, 684 Fazio Drive, Panama City Beach, FL 32413; (850) 231-7600; www.campcreekgolfclub.com
Award-winning Camp Creek is a Par 72 course that requires skill and strategy. Need some help with your golf game? You can get some professional lessons here.
Edgewater Beach Resort, 11212 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach, FL 32407; (800) 874-8686; www.edgewaterbeachresort.com
Edgewater offers two golf courses – a total of 36 holes – amidst the amenities that you’d expect from a premier resort.
Holiday Golf Club, 100 Fairway Blvd., Panama City Beach, FL 32407; (850) 234-1800; www.holidaygolfclub.com
Eighteen holes await you at Holiday Golf Club, which hosts numerous events over the course of the year. This semi-private course features challenging greens and bunkers that will test your strategy.
Hombre Golf Club, 120 Coyote Pass, Panama City Beach, FL 32407; (850) 234-3673
Hombre Golf Club has hosted PGA Tour events since 1990. With a total of 27 holes dubbed “The Good,” “The Bad” and “The Ugly,” you’ll have plenty of fairways and greens to keep you busy all day long.
Sharks Tooth Golf Club, 2003 Wild Heron Way, Panama City Beach, FL 32413; (850) 249-3041; www.sharkstoothgolfclub.com
Sharks Tooth has received numerous awards over the past decade for its Par 72 course. Amenities here include a golf shop and a 10-acre practice facility clubhouse. Call the club to inquire about a membership.
Signal Hill Golf Course, 9615 Thomas Drive, Panama City, FL 32408; (850) 234-5051; www.signalhillgolfcourse.com
Swing your golf clubs amidst stunning scenery at Signal Hill, which includes a golf store and snack bar. You’ll have 18 holes to help you sharpen your golf game.
Golfers of all ages love playing at top-caliber courses across the Panama City Beach region. Beginning golfers will be able to get some golf tips and buy new golf equipment during their stay. And of course, with the Gulf Coast’s temperate climate, you’ll inevitably take home some scenic golf pictures.
Here are some helpful resources for learning more about where you can place your tees in an area that beckons to locals and tourists alike.
PGA listing of Florida Golf Courses: http://www.pga.com/golf-courses/details/fl
Florida Golf Course Guide: http://www.floridagolfing.com/
Florida Golf Vacation Information: http://www.visitflorida.com/golfing/