The par 4 18th at the Raven Course at Sandestin can make or break your round.
Henebry Photography
By Joe Passov
Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Describe northwest Florida as the Panhandle or, if you wish, the more marketing-friendly Emerald Coast. Just don't call it the Redneck Riviera. Sure, you'll find plenty of tattoo parlors and T-shirt emporiums along the highways here, but upscale resorts are now the norm, not the exception.

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, about halfway between Pensacola and Panama City, is the daddy of the bunch. With four golf courses and plenty of nightlife, Sandestin is all things to all people. \n

And this resort is about as close as you'll ever see feuding brothers and architects Rees and Robert Trent Jr. Jones: their respective courses here actually have holes that touch the other, though predictably enough they play in opposite directions.

The Raven Golf Club

Why it's worth it:

Baytowne Golf Club

Why it's worth it:

The Links Course

Why it's worth it:

Burnt Pine Golf Club

Why it's worth it:

• WHERE TO STAY Grand Sandestin


Marlin Grill

WHAT TO DO Village of Baytowne Wharf

Baytowne Marina

THE DEAL Sandestin's

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