Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort Golf Fact Sheet

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SANDESTIN GOLF AND BEACH RESORT GOLF FACT SHEET

Rick Hileman
(850) 267-8213
rickhileman@sandestin.com

Laurie Hobbs
Director of Public Relations
(850) 267-8261
LaurieHobbs@sandestin.com


Overview:


Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, a 2,400-acre premier destination resort in Northwest Florida and home of the 2006 PGA Champions Tour Boeing Championship at Sandestin, offers one of the best combinations of quality and variety among golf resorts in the Southeast. Sandestin is located on more than seven miles of beach and bayfront property between Pensacola and Panama City, just eight miles east of Destin, and features 72 holes of golf on four championship courses, including Raven Golf Club, Burnt Pine Golf Club, Baytowne Golf Club and The Links Course. Designed by three world-renowned golf course architects, each distinctive course makes use of the surrounding landscape, from wetlands to marshes and beach to bay to offer golfers of all skill levels different challenges and experiences.

Under the direction of Norm Tums, a 20-year veteran of the PGA and the Dixie Section Teacher of the Year, the Sandestin Golf Academy provides instruction in private and small group formats for players of all skill levels, golf retreats, special clinics and customized programs.

COURSES:

Raven Golf Club at Sandestin:

Raven Golf Club, home of the 2006 and 2007 PGA Champions Tour Boeing Championship at Sandestin, is masterfully carved through the marshes, wetlands and pine trees of Sandestin. Robert Trent Jones Jr. crafted this unique and visually stunning 6,900-yard par 71 into what he calls “a true modern traditional.” Voted best new course in Florida in 2000 by Florida Golf News, the Raven is a natural wonder that presents drama and strategy on every tee. Guests are presented with a myriad of exciting shot options while experiencing dramatic changes in color and texture throughout the course. Large undulating greens make club selection an essential part of each round. All of this combined with Raven Golf Club’s nationally recognized guest service makes it a must play during your stay.

Ydg A/Ydg B Rtg A/ B Slope A/ B
Black 6,931/6,875; 73.8/73.4 137/138
Silver 6,361/6,300 71.5/71.1 135/135
White 5,891/5,823 68.4/68.1 128/127
Gold 5,106/5,060 70.6/70.5 126/126

Burnt Pine Golf Club at Sandestin:

Burnt Pine Golf Club is a golf experience unrivaled on Florida’s Northwest coast.  Course architect Rees Jones proves in this 7,000-yard layout why he is one of the most respected architects in the world.  Burnt Pine’s rolling fairways and strategically placed bunkers invite golfers to out duel the course by using a different approach to every hole. Breathtaking views along the Choctawhatchee Bay highlight the back nine, while the front side brings golfers through the pine forests and wetlands of the Emerald Coast.  Side by side with Sandestin’s Raven Golf Club, it is the only place in the world where Rees and Robert Trent Jones Jr. courses meet.

Deemed the “Crown Jewel of Florida Golf” by Golf Magazine and recognized as one of the “Top 30 Courses in Florida” by Golf Digest, Burnt Pine is a true treasure of golf.  Burnt Pine is opened to public play and resort guests on a limited basis before 8 a.m. and after 1 p.m.

Yardage Rating Slope
#1 7,001 74.7 144
#2 6,474 72.0 138
#3 5,936 69.4 126
#4 5,153 71.2 122

The Links Course at Sandestin:

The Links Course at Sandestin winds alongside the Choctawhatchee Bay and provides guests with scenic views of the Emerald Coast while offering a premier experience in “risk reward” golf.  Renowned architect Tom Jackson designed this winding layout against the backdrop of the Baytowne Marina and the Choctawhatchee Bay more than 25 years ago, and it remains consistently ranked as one of the most challenging and fun courses in Florida.  Every day is a different challenge at the Links, depending on which way the Choctawhatchee Bay wind is blowing, and it is a shotmaker’s course where accuracy and proper club selection are a must.  The medium-sized greens are undulating and moderate in speed and water hazards come into play on 13 holes.  The Links Course plays from 4,969 to 6,710 yards and offers four sets of tees, complimentary use of the practice facility prior to play, a full-service golf shop and the Linkside Pub.

Yardage Rating Slope
Gold 6,710 72.2 135
Blue 6,238 70.2 124
White 5,777 69.0 114
Red 4,969 69.1 115

Baytowne Golf Club at Sandestin:

Known as the most popular course at Sandestin for many years, Baytowne Golf Club now brings a fresh face to its familiar layout.  Extensively renovated in the summer of 2005 by original course architect Tom Jackson, this course, twice hailed by Golf Digest’s Places to Play with 4 ½ Stars, is even more exciting.  Located on the tropical paradise of Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast, between the beaches of the Gulf of Mexico and the banks of the Choctawhatchee Bay, Baytowne embodies exhilarating resort golf.  With a course routing that takes guests from the beach to the bay, and boasts some of the only elevation change in the area, Baytowne is as forgiving from the forward tees as it is challenging from the championship ones.  The addition of a fifth set of junior tees and certification as a U.S. Kids Golf Family Course makes Baytowne a great place for beginners to learn the game, and families to play together.

Yardage Rating Slope
Gold 6,804 73.2 138
Blue 6,125 69.9 130
White 5,517 65.4 114
Red 4,770 67.7 120
Black 3,002 57.8 92

SANDESTIN GOLF ACADEMY:

The Sandestin Golf Academy’s main objective is to help its students play better golf and have more fun doing so.  The school helps its students in all three of golf’s games – the swing, the shot and the score – using realistic practice facilities and the four championship golf courses at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort.  Instruction offerings include private and small group formats for players of all skill levels.  The school also offers golf retreats and special clinics and can customize its programs to fit any group requirements. 

DISCOUNTS AND JUNIOR GOLF:

With the addition of junior tees at Baytowne Golf Club, young golfers under the age of 12 are now extended a free round of golf at Baytowne year round after 12 p.m. when accompanied by a full paying adult. Complimentary kid’s rental sets and kids yardage guides are also provided at Baytowne Golf Club. The Junior Golf Program at Sandestin also extends a half-price discount to golfers 17 years of age or younger during all seasons at Sandestin. This allowance is coupled with the tiered discounts for all golfers playing after prime morning times every day of the week at The Links Course, Baytowne Golf Club and Raven Golf Club. Lessons are also available.

AWARDS:

 

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort

  • 75 Best Golf Resorts in North America ~ Golf Digest 2006.
  • The Best Golf of Northwest Florida ~ Florida Golf Journal 2006
  • Top 75 Golf Resorts in America ~ Golf magazine 2004, 2006, 2008

Raven Golf Club at Sandestin

  • #14 in Florida “The Best Courses Near You” ~  Golf Magazine 2008
  • America’s Top Golf Courses Guide ~  Zagat Survey, 2006
  • Four ½ Stars ~ Golf Digest “Places to Play” 2006, 2008
  • #39 “Best Tour Courses You Can Play” ~  Golfweek 2008
  • Four Stars ~ Golf Digest “Places to Play” 2002, ‘04
  • #1 in Northwest Florida ~ Florida Golf News 2003
  • #14 in Florida ~ Florida Golf News 2003
  • Best New Course in Florida ~ Florida Golf News 2000
  • #3 in Northwest Florida ~ Florida Golf News 2002
  • Home of the 2006 Boeing Championship at Sandestin
  • Toughest Hole on 2006 PGA Champions Tour ~ PGATour.com 2006

Burnt Pine Golf Club at Sandestin

  • Four ½ Stars ~ Golf Digest “Places to Play” 2004, ’06, ‘08
  • America’s Best Resort Courses ~ Golfweek 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008
  • #29 in Florida “The Best Courses Near You” ~  Golf Magazine 2008
  • #14 in Florida  “America’s Best State by State”~ Golfweek 2004
  • Top 150 Resort Courses in America ~ Golfweek 2003
  • #1 in Northwest Florida ~ Florida Golf News 2002
  • Top 20 in Florida ~ Florida Golf News 2002
  • Top 30 Courses in Florida ~ Golf Digest 1999
  • #19 in Florida ~ Golf Digest 1997
  • #3 New Resort Course in America ~ Golf Digest 1995
  • Top 75 Upscale Courses in America ~ Golf Digest 1996

Baytowne Golf Club at Sandestin

  • Four ½ Stars ~ Golf Digest “Places to Play” 2002, ’04, ‘08
  • America’s Top Golf Courses Guide ~  Zagat Survey, 2007
  • Four Stars ~ Golf Digest “Places to Play” 2006
  • Top 100 in Florida ~ Florida Golf News 2000
  • #13 ~ Top 18 Holes in Northwest Florida ~ Northwest Florida Daily News

The Links Course at Sandestin

  • Four Stars ~ Golf Digest “Places to Play” 2002, ’04, ‘06
  • Top 5 in Northwest Florida ~ Florida Golf News 2000
  • Top 100 in Florida ~ Florida Golf News 2002, 2003
  • Top 15 in Northwest Florida ~ Florida Golf News 2000-‘03

TELEPHONE:

850/267-8211 (information and tee times)
850/267-8156 (Sandestin Golf Academy)

Web site:
www.sandestin.com/pr.aspx