Sandestin Raven Golf Club on Florida s Emerald Coast has been one of Northwest Florida s top rated and most popular championship courses ever since it opened in 2000. This dramatic Robert Trent Jones, Jr. design is the star public layout at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, a 73-hole golf mecca known for its beauty and excellent value compared to other premier Florida destinations. Over the years, Jones has used the Raven name as a mini-brand for a select few of his top public-access courses. The par-71 Sandestin Raven Golf Club is full of drama and variety as it tucks in amidst marshes, wetlands and pine forests. Long golf cart drives on wooden plank bridges usher players through the natural setting. Ornamental blooms and attractive landscaping further enrich the experience. When you step up to the tee boxes at Sandestin Raven Golf Club, you ll look out on reasonably wide fairways, but be advised that balls tend to run into the tall wiry grass and the lagoons and wetlands that lurk beyond the meticulously groomed turf. Above all, you must steer clear of the water. There s plenty of it to contend with on the Sandestin Raven Golf Club layout. The 6th hole is an island-green par 3. On the no. 1 handicap hole, the 9th, a serpentine lagoon trails up the left side of the fairway and pinches in by the left edge of the green. On the back nine, you ll find a hole with a split fairway. When you get to the par-3 16th, two greens come into focus. Designated 16A and 16B, they are used on an alternating basis hence the resort s total of 73, rather than 72, holes. The Sandestin Raven Golf Club has truly earned its championship stripes it served as the host of a PGA Champions Tour event in 2006 and 2007. Both the Sandestin Raven Golf Club and the Sandestin--Baytowne Golf Club play out of the same clubhouse and share a pro shop, snack shack, and practice facilities that include a driving range, chipping and bunker area, and putting green. The more memorable Raven unquestionably deserves top billing at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort it is one of the best bang-for-your-buck courses in all of Florida.