Sandestin The Links, the original eighteen at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, is a stunning golf course that welcomes tee times from everyone. Don t miss it the course, formerly rated among the top five layouts in Southwest Florida by Florida Golf News, showcases spectacular views of the Emerald Coast and is fun for all levels of players. It s the most popular and scenic of the four courses at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Sandestin The Links is a Tom Jackson design from 1971 that weaves around housing as well as lakes and marshland, but its five holes on Choctawhatchee Bay stand out as the highlights of the round. A backdrop of Baytowne Marina adds still more majesty to the setting. Topping out at 6,710 yards from the tips and offering three other teeing options, Sandestin The Links is a shotmaker s course. The wide-open layout features numerous risk-reward holes and puts a premium on accuracy over distance. There s a nice rhythm and flow to the round, as user-friendly holes at the outset allow players to be fully warmed up and ready for the challenge by the time they reach the no. 1 handicap 6th hole, a long par 4 that from the back tees requires a drive over a portion of a lake and an approach over water. The par-5 9th is another memorable test, as it features a tee shot and second shot over marsh and a final approach to the green over an inlet. Many players say this thrilling hole reminds them of the 18th at Pebble Beach. In total, 13 holes feature water on Sandestin The Links, and occasionally the water flanks both sides of the fairway. While this resort course is not a true links-style layout, it does offer some of the classic elements of links golf. The ever-present winds off the bay complicate club selection and must be considered when you choose a line on your drives and approach shots. Bump-and run entry to the greens will also often be the most prudent play here. The greens are large and flat, though several are offset from the fairway to add extra strategy to the game. Practice facilities include a putting green and a range where only hitting with irons is permitted. Sandestin The Links is a stand-alone facility that features a clubhouse with a golf shop and a snack bar that also serves alcoholic drinks. If you want an even richer experience, Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort spreads out over 2,400 acres and offers a wide variety of accommodations and recreational activities highlighted by the gorgeous white sandy beach. Whether you just come for the day or stay overnight, don t delay when making your tee time slots fill up fast at this extremely popular course.? Sandestin The Links s friendly playability and picture postcard bay views make it as fun a golf experience as you can have in Southwest Florida.