Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
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Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is a 2,400-acre (9.7 km2) destination resort in Miramar Beach, Florida, United States, on Northwest Florida's Gulf Coast. The resort is located between the Gulf of Mexico and the Choctawhatchee Bay, in Walton County. The resort of Sandestin is often called a "gated city", lodging and residences are spread through 30 neighborhoods with 1,600 condominiums, houses, villas, town homes, and hotel accommodations. The pet-friendly resort has more than seven miles (11 km) of beaches and bay front, four golf courses, 15 tennis courts, 19 swimming pools, a 113-slip marina, children's programs, a fitness center and spa, 65,000 square feet (6,000 m2) of meeting space and a pedestrian village made up of shops, casual and fine dining restaurants, and nightlife venues.
The private and gated resort was built on undeveloped land but was designed to look like it had grown out of a historic fishing village
Sandestin's 1,600 accommodations and vacation rentals are grouped into four resort areas: Beachside, Village, Bayside, and Lakeside (formerly Dockside), each with its own style and price range.
The Village of Baytowne Wharf
The Village of Baytowne Wharf, inside of Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, is the resort's central dining and retail venue, with shops and boutiques, restaurants and eateries, and nightlife. It also includes activities such as a zip line, carousel, ropes course, bungee jump.
Meetings and events
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort has 2 conference centers - Linkside Conference Center and Baytowne Conference Center. For meetings, corporate retreats, weddings and special events - offering 65,000 square feet (6,000 m2) of function and space on the gulf and bay.
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Sandestin has four championship private golf courses.
The Raven Golf Club was designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., opened for play in March 2000, and annually hosts a PGA Champions Tour Stop. This course meanders through the wetlands of the Sandestin Resort, and is noted for water features, bunkering and fairways lined with tall pines. The large undulating Tifeagle greens are fast in speed. Raven plays from 5,060 yards (4,630 m) to 6,931 yards (6,338 m) and offers four sets of tees.
Burnt Pine Golf Club was designed by architect Rees Jones, and opened for play in 1994. This 18-hole work of art has fairways that have been described as tumbling, and the course winds through wetlands and marshes. The many water features of this course come into play on 14 holes including three holes on the bay, and the bunkering is exceptional - making for a most challenging round of golf. The greens are medium in size and fast in speed with large undulations. Burnt Pine plays from 5,153 to 7,001 yards (6,402 m) and offers four sets of tees.
The Baytowne Golf Club is Tom Jackson's second creation at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, and originally opened for play in 1984 before undergoing its latest renovation in 2005. The rolling fairways of this course are lined with tall pines and lead to large, undulating greens that are moderate in speed. Water comes into play on twelve holes and the entire course is heavily bunkered. Baytowne is a par 71 course, and plays from 3,002 yards (2,745 m) to 6,804 yards (6,222 m) and offers five sets of tees, including junior tees.
The Links Golf Club winds alongside the Choctawhatchee Bay. Designed by architect Tom Jackson, this course opened for play in 1973. This is a shotmaker's' course where accuracy and proper club selection are a must in order to outfox the prevailing Gulf Coast winds. The medium-sized greens are moderately undulating and moderate in speed. Water hazards come into play on 14 holes including five holes on the bay. The Links Course plays from 4,969 yards (4,544 m) to 6,710 yards (6,140 m) and has four sets of tees.
Sandestin has 15 private courts in hard and Hydrogird clay. The tennis center includes a clubhouse, private tennis courts, ladies tennis and children's offerings, and a tennis shop.
Day Spa & Salon
Spa Sandestin is open to Sandestin guests and the public and has a variety of services including hairstyling, nail design, facials, therapeutic body treatments and massage.
The Sandestin Fitness Center is open to Sandestin guests and has specialized services and equipment supported by certified instructors.
The Gulf of Mexico water temperature averages 75-degrees year-round. Waverunners, canoes, boogie boards, kayaks, pontoon boats, sailing, snorkeling and scuba diving are all available. The Baytowne Marina also offers evening cruises, bay fishing and deep sea fishing.
- "It Takes a Village". The Globe and Mail. 2005.