Gulf Coast golf has much to offer

Golf Digest magazine named Panama City Beach one of the nation's top three golf towns because it offers three championship golf courses, plus 320 days of sunshine a year and an average temperature of 74 degrees make for perfect golfing conditions nearly every day of the year.

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Florida – Home to three championship courses, Visit Panama City Beach invites golfers of all skill levels to experience a social distance-friendly vacation on the Gulf Coast and discover first-hand why the destination is considered a golfer’s paradise. Whether seeking a relaxed afternoon on the links, perfecting a swing or making a once in a lifetime shot, the right course is waiting in Panama City Beach, known as one of the top golf towns in the country.

“Golf, with its natural social distancing, is the perfect activity for those looking to safely get outside and enjoy the outdoors this summer,” shares Vice President of Sports and Events Richard Sanders. “With fairways that never disappoint and breathtaking views of our white-sand beaches and emerald-green waters, golfers from all over continue to visit Panama City Beach for an unparalleled golf vacation, making lasting memories at the Real. FUN. Beach.”

Whether a beginner, an amateur or a seasoned professional, there is a course to fit all skill levels when golfers come to Panama City Beach to hit the links. Here are three top destination’s to consider.

Sheraton Bay Point Golf Club at Sheraton Panama City Beach Golf & Spa Resort

The Nicklaus Course at the Sheraton Panama City Beach Golf & Spa Resort is the first and only Nicklaus Design course in Northwest Florida. Recognized for its premium conditioning and risk reward opportunities, the Nicklaus Course is situated in a nature preserve and set against the backdrop of St. Andrews Bay with scenic coastal vistas throughout. The par-72 championship layout stretches more than 7,000 yards from the championship tees. Located only minutes from the beach, the celebrated course has hosted numerous regional and local events including the USGA U.S. Open Qualifier in 2016.

Located on the east end of Panama City Beach, the Bay Point Golf Club at the Sheraton Panama City Beach Golf & Spa Resort is home to first and only Nicklaus Design golf course in Northwest Florida.

In the summer of 2018, the Nicklaus Course underwent a greens conversion which included upgrading the original greens sprigged with ultra-dwarf grass to improve course playability, green speeds and receptiveness year-round. The renovation also included new green-side bunkers on all the holes throughout the course. For those looking to learn tips and tricks from the pros, the resort offers ‘Dewsweepers’ golf instruction, providing state-of-the-art lessons including video analysis. The Resort Golf Club also includes a full-service practice facility as well as Bar 72 Pub & Eatery to enjoy a hearty lunch and refreshing cocktail after a round.

Holiday Golf Club

Centrally located in the heart of Panama City Beach is the one and only Holiday Golf Club. Designed by Jim Dunkerley in 1964, the 6,859-yard, 18-hole championship course features forgiving fairways and TifEagle greens, ideal for speed and consistency and a favorite among both locals and visitors. For junior golfers and beginners, the Holiday Golf Club offers the area’s only lighted par-3 course. Open into the night, this course allows golfers to play a quick 60-minute game on its 1,003 yards.

With PGA Professional Class A pros available for private, 60-minute lessons, the practice facilities also provide the perfect setting for every golfer to work on his or her game, from pitching to putting. The Holiday Golf Club also features a pro shop and Mulligans Bar & Grill, offering breakfast, lunch and a fully stocked bar.

Signal Hill Golf Course

Signal Hill Golf Course opened in 1962, making it the oldest course in Panama City Beach. Rich in history and natural splendor, it has delighted guests with reasonable rates and a kind, attentive staff for decades. With 5,617 yards of golf from the longest tees, challenging greens and precise fairways, golfers quickly find out why the 18-hole course is the perfect golf experience for families, the beginner or an old pro who wants to enjoy a relaxing round.

Signal Hill also boasts a pro shop and snack bar on property, providing all the amenities golfers need for an afternoon on the course. Designed by John Sherman and now owned by his daughter Beth Langford, the course is still a local family affair.

Dave is a longtime golf writer, who was the managing editor at a regional monthly golf magazine for 11 years before becoming editor and feature writer at eSouthernGOLF six years ago. He also contributes stories to Golf Coast Magazine, GolfTrips, GoGolfandTravel, Traveling Golfer Canada, Ohio Golf Journal and the IAGTO. Additionally, he’s a staff writer for Georgia Golf Trail. Dave’s insight and unique perspective allows him to create interesting articles. He can be reached at

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