When we say "great outdoors," we mean great.

Good Morning America named this area one of the "Top 10 Most Beautiful Places in America," but there's more to do in Destin, Ft. Walton Beach and Okaloosa Island than check out the scenery. Whether you want to golf, fish, go boating, enjoy water sports, bird watch in the park with other ecotourists, go geocaching, or just build a sand castle with the kids, you'll find what you're looking for here.

Golf Courses

Sunny skies, coastal breezes and lush landscapes make the Emerald Coast a paradise for golfers of all skill levels, all year long. Whether skirting the sugar-white sand beaches or wandering through a grove of live oak, pine and tropical vegetation, you’ll have a great time golfing at our eight championship golf courses and country clubs.

Bluewater Bay Golf Resort

2000 Bluewater Blvd Niceville 850-897-3241

Few facilities can match Bluewater Bay's 27 holes of championship golf designed by world-renowned architects Tom Fazio and Jerry Pate. Along with golf, you’ll find a tennis complex second to none; a 120-slip, full-service marina; biking and hiking trails throughout the lush, manicured landscape; two swimming pools and playground areas; as well as casual dining.

Emerald Bay Golf Club

4781 Clubhouse Dr Destin 888-465-3229

Destin’s premier, full-service, championship 18-hole golf course was designed by Bob Cupp. Nestled along the shores of Choctawhatchee Bay, the course features multiple water features and garden views.

Ft.Walton Beach Golf Club

1955 Lewis Turner Blvd Ft. Walton Beach 850-833-9528

The City of Ft. Walton Beach has two 18-hole championship golf courses. The Pines Course offers a challenging layout of more than 6,800 yards through an upland pine forest. The Oaks Course features more than 6,400 yards of narrow, oak-lined fairways and challenging water hazards. The Two Trees Restaurant provides excellent food and beverage service at both courses, and you can find what you need at the Edwin Watts Golf Shop, a full-service, well-stocked golf supply merchandiser.

Gator Lakes Golf Course

91300 Walkup Way Hurlburt Field , FL 850-881-2251

This military/public course features 18 holes, par 72 and 6839 yards. Players must apply for a Base ID and Pass and ID. Applications can be found on the course website. Restrooms, restaurant and Pro Shop onsite.

Indian Bayou Golf Club

1 Country Club Dr E Destin 850-837-6191

Indian Bayou offers three nine-hole courses. Recently renovated and updated, Indian Bayou’s 27 holes feature wide, forgiving fairways with beautiful lush, undulating greens, majestic pines, and sparkling lake and water features. One of Northwest Florida’s finest courses, Indian Bayou is enjoyable and challenging for golfers of every skill level.

Kelly Plantation Golf Club

307 Kelly Plantation Dr Destin 850-650-7600

Set along the Choctawhatchee Bay, this semi-private golf club features 18 captivating holes built on the former site of a turpentine plantation. Designers Fred Couples and Gene Bates fashioned an impressive championship golf course with more than 7,000 yards of large contoured greens, wide-manicured fairways, an array of strategically placed hazards and picturesque views. The course was rated 4½ stars by Golf Digest.

Regatta Bay Golf and Country Club

465 Regatta Bay Blvd Destin 850-337-8080

Nestled among breathtaking nature preserves along the Choctawhatchee Bay is Regatta Bay, designed by Robert C. Walker, former lead architect for Arnold Palmer. This 6,894-yard, par-72 course, named one of Golf Digest's "Top Places to Play in North America," offers an extraordinary golf experience for players of all levels. Amenities include Par View GPS systems on golf carts, circulating beverage carts, chilled apples on the 1st and 10th tees and mango-scented iced towels.

Shalimar Pointe Golf Club

302 Country Club Dr Shalimar 850-651-1416

This 18-hole Dye-Finger design takes advantage of the natural surroundings. Enjoy mature trees, well-guarded manicured greens and strategically placed bunkers.  Located on the shores of the Choctawhatchee Bay, Shalimar Pointe Golf Club is one of the best kept golf secrets in Northwest Florida. The club is home to a comprehensive practice facility featuring a spacious driving range, putting green and chipping green. A newly renovated clubhouse is open to the public.