What does a beach town have? Apart from the sun, sand, and the surf, the quintessential beach town usually has a plethora of eating joints—from the rows of shacks lining the beachfront to fine dining establishments— that serve seafood and oysters, plenty of shopping options to pick up souvenirs, a vibrant clubbing scene, and a smattering of museums and art galleries. Panama City Beach has all these and a couple of world-standard championship golf courses as well. Golfing is one of the most popular activities in Panama City Beach, Fl., and every year as many golfers visit this sun-kissed, balmy beach town as do beachcombers.
Here’s the skinny on the best clubs for golf in Panama City Beach:
- Bay Point Golf & Tennis Club
They claim they provide the best golfing experience in Panama City Beach, Florida. Their bragging rights: a Nicklaus Design course that also happens to be the only one of its kind in Northwest Florida and the Meadows Course that provides challenging tees to test a golfer’s accuracy and playing acumen.
The Nicklaus Design course spans more than 7,000 yards and is nestled in the midst of breathtaking landscapes—sugary-white sandy wastes, a canopy of statuesque Florida pines, vast swathes of coastal scrub oaks, and salt-water marshes. No. 5 is their signature hole and offers sweeping views of the St. Andrews Bay and the Grand Lagoon.
The tight fairways, bunkers strewn around the course, and the lakes dotting the landscape of the 6,913-yard Meadows Course provide unexpected and stiff challenges to the unassuming golfer. The laidback and friendly country-club ambience is an added treat.
- Hombre Golf Club
If you are an accomplished golfer, make your way to the 27-hole Hombre Golf Club. This is where the pros hang out to pit their skills against one another. The club hosted its first PGA event, the Panama City Beach Classic, in 1990. The club features three different 18-hole options, venerably named “the Good, the Bad, & the Ugly.” The four sets of tees here let golfers of all levels and handicap test and hone their skills. The senior tees is 5,400 yards and the championship tees for men is 6,836 yards while that for the ladies is 4,901 yards.
Playing at the Hombre Golf Club will make you lift your game a notch or two. If you are feeling competitive, pick up tips from the pros at the PGA Tour Qualifying School organized within the club premises every fall.
When you are here at the Hombre, you are never too far away from the stunning landscapes characteristic of these parts of Florida. Make your way through vistas of wetlands, lakes, marshes, the green covers of palms and scented pines, and the cheerful azalea blossoms. Enjoy your time out in the lap of Nature as you practice your swings and strokes.
- Camp Creek Golf Club
The teeing greens at Camp Creek Golf Club in Panama City Beach, Florida, are much decorated. The course was designed by the legendary architect Tom Fazio and is now lovingly maintained to enthrall visitors and challenge players. And once you set foot here, you will know why it is consistently rated as one of the best in Florida.
Feast your eyes on the bold splashes of color all over the 6,689-yard golf course. The brilliant blue of the water bodies presents a striking contrast to the lush green of the velvety turf while the matte brown of the native grass lands is dotted with the sugary white of the bunkers. The course has been designed keeping the seasoned golfer in mind. The course gets progressively challenging from the second hole and at times, it is difficult to read the greens. You can, however, pick up tips and lessons from the professional staff here.
- Signal Hill Golf Course
Ancestry, tradition, design, and service come together at the oldest course for golf in Panama City Beach. The 18-hole regulation-length Signal Hill Golf Course is an exciting place to practice your skills on one of the three tees depending on your handicap. The tees are sights for sore eyes. The verdant green of the turf is interspersed with dense foliage and sandy bunkers. The occasional water body adds to the challenges of the course and provides visual variety.
- Holiday Golf Club
The Holiday Golf Club is flushed from its recent million-dollar renovation. The new greens feature the TifEagle turf, the latest tech marvel in the golfing world. The tees are now speedier and more consistent, meaning that the amateur golfer can play an impressive game here. The championship-standard tees here feature winding waterways, rolling greens dotted with dense shrubs and tall shady trees, and silvery-white sandy bunkers.
The club also features a lighted Par 3 course that is ideal for newbies. They can learn the strokes and master the swings, under the warm sun during the day or the starry skies at night when the course is brilliantly lit with artificial lights.
If you are around these parts of Florida on a Panama City Beach golf vacation, make sure that you stay near the teeing action. Choose to stay at one of the luxurious beach condo rentals in Panama City, Fl. from where you can saunter up to the greens whenever you want to practice your game in the midst of serene Nature. Golf is one of the most popular activities in Panama City Beach, so book your holiday crash pad in advance.