Sandestin® Receives National Recognition

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Sandestin Receives National Recognition from Both Golf Magazine and Golf Digest

Destin, Fla. (Sept. 2, 2008) – Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is once again the recipient of national recognition as a result of the incredible golf experience it offers guests.  Both GOLF Magazine and Golf Digest have announced their respective “Best Courses Near You” and “Best Places to Play” rankings for 2008 and both include at least two of the four championship courses at Sandestin.

In compiling its annual ranking of the “Top 100 Courses You Can Play” GOLF Magazine also ranked, for the first time ever, the best public access courses in each state.  The list, featured in the September issue as the “Best Courses Near You,” names Raven Golf Club at Sandestin number 14 in Florida with sister course Burnt Pine Golf Club at Sandestin a few spots back at number 29 in the state.  The two courses designed by  Robert Trent Jones II and Rees Jones respectively are the only site in the world where the two famous architect brothers have layouts side by side on the same property.

GOLF Magazine enlisted the help of its course ranking panel, editorial staff and what the magazine calls “well-traveled course spies” to compile this latest list of the best public golf experiences money can buy.

All four of Sandestin’s courses received high marks in Golf Digest magazine’s biennial rankings of the “Best Places to Play”.  The list ranks the best public access courses in America on a five-star scale, and is voted on by the readers of Golf Digest.  Raven Golf Club, Burnt Pine Golf Club and Baytowne Golf Club at Sandestin all received a “4 ½ Star” rating, which falls between what the magazine calls “Outstanding, plan you next golf vacation around it” and “Golf at its absolute best, pay any price to play at least once in your life.”  The Links Course, the fourth member of the Sandestin fold also received a rating of “4 Stars”.  For a complete list of Golf Digest’s “Best Places to Play” go online to

Golf vacation packages including room and golf are available year round at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort currently starting from $135 per person per night. Call for 1-877-369-6246 for reservations and tee times or book your package online at

Sandestin® Golf and Beach Resort ( is a 2,400-acre destination resort located in Northwest Florida, between Pensacola and Panama City. A member of Beaches of South Walton, a 26-mile stretch of world-famous sugar-white sands, Sandestin invites guests to enter its world of 30 charming neighborhoods featuring 1,700 condominiums, villas, town homes and a wide variety of hotel accommodations. The resort boasts more than seven miles of beaches and pristine bay front, four championship golf courses, 15 world-class tennis courts, 19 swimming pools, a 98-slip marina, certified children's programs, a fitness center and spa, 65,000 square feet of meeting space and a pedestrian village featuring a host of boutique shops, casual and fine dining restaurants and nightlife venues.  Sandestin is part of Intrawest Hospitality Management (, a world leader in operating and managing destination resorts.