Bay Point Resort Golf Club
4701 Bay Point Rd
Panama City Beach, FL 32407, United States

This 36-hole facility is located close to the beaches of Panama City and is now associated with Wyndham's Bay Point Resort. The course formerly known as Lagoon Legends was redesigned by Jack Nicklaus and reopened in September of 2005, while the Meadows course is a Willard Byrd design that dates to 1973. Also here is a putting green and driving range.

Rates on the Nicklaus course range from $34 to $109, while the Meadows course is priced from $26 to $69.
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Greens Fees (including cart):
   Weekday:$100 - $124
   Weekend:$100 - $124
General Manager:John Ward
Superintendent:Jamey Davis
Guest Policy:open
Dress Code:Collared Shirt (No Denim)
Season Start:Year-round
Reserved Tee Times:Online & Phone
Pro Shop :yes
Driving Range:Grass hitting surface
Short Game Practice:yes
Water Hazards:Heavy
Sand Bunkers:Heavy

Nearby Courses

Military CoursePelican Point Golf Course
Tyndall AFB, FL (4 miles)
Public CourseSignal Hill Golf Course
Panama City Beach, FL (5 miles)
Private CourseHombre Golf Club
Panama City Beach, FL (6 miles)
Resort CourseEdgewater Beach Resort
Panama City Beach, FL (7 miles)
Public CourseNature Walk Golf Course
Lynn Haven, FL (8 miles)
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Recent Scores

Date Golfer Score
9/18/23 Russell Wheeles 74
6/21/23 Kelly Thompson 92
9/7/22 RV Traveler 98
4/15/22 Dan Cook 88
2/15/22 Gary Larsen 90
2/13/22 Michael Nichols 83
1/1/22 Michael Nichols 83
12/22/21 Michael Nichols 84
9/3/21 Marshall Echols 85
4/2/21 MuchoCel12 91
4/1/21 MuchoCel12 89
1/9/21 abshort 87
1/8/21 abshort 93

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  DJTheoret - 2/28/23
A good round of golf for the average golfer in the Panama City Beach area is getting harder to find. It’s no secret that over the past several years, several golf courses in this area of the Florida Panhandle have shut their doors for good. Ryan Mulvey, General Manager at Bay Point Golf Club has watched the competition diminish significantly. Bay Dunes Golf Course closed in 2016, and Hombre Golf Club closed in 2018.

Bay Point is still going strong, despite closing the Willard Byrd-designed Meadows Course in October 2018 after Michael – a category 5 hurricane - laid much of the course to waste. The club was recently purchased by BP Linx, a company owned by a local Bay Point family. BP Linx purchased both courses and Bar 72, the clubhouse restaurant, but at this time does not have any plans to reopen The Meadows Course. The new ownership is bringing back a lot of events that were successful in the past, including the Bay Point Billfish Open Sportfishing Tournament.

I played both courses about 5 years ago and the one thing I remember about the Meadows was that it still had the original push-up greens from when the course opened in 1973. The Nicklaus Course has been the crown jewel at Bay Point since it opened in 2005. The course was originally designed by Bruce Devlin and opened as Lagoon Legends in 1986. It was renovated by Nicklaus Design in 2005 and in 2018 underwent a greens conversion which involved the full-till process. This process included the original specs of the greens sprigged with Tif-Eagle Bermuda-Grass. Nowadays the greens are a lot more playable with consistent green speeds and receptiveness. All new green-side bunkers on all the holes were also a part of the renovation. It's no wonder the course has won the Panama City News Herald’s Best of Bay award each year since 2016. They have also hosted numerous regional and local events including the USGA U.S. Open Qualifier in 2016, 2021, and 2022. Bay Point Golf Club was also home for
the 2020 Florida State Women’s Golf Matchup Invitational as well as the host of the Lipscomb
University’s Lady Bison Classic for three years straight.

The Nicklaus Course is the only Nicklaus Design course in Northwest Florida. Nestled in a 1,100-acre nature preserve, the course can play as short as 4,948 yards (68.8/118) from Tee 4 or be stretched out to 7,053 yards (74.5/137). It’s a great challenge for just about any caliber of golfer. The course is set against the backdrop of St. Andrew’s Bay and carved from the natural terrain of Northwest Florida and winds its way past strands of scrub oaks, pines, and saltwater marshes. Water comes into play on nearly every hole. In addition to fantastic golf holes, you’ll be treated to panoramic vistas of the bay, marsh, and scenic wetlands. The Nicklaus course is well-known throughout the Panhandle for its premium conditioning and risk-reward opportunities.

Having played the course recently, I learned that if you can survive the first five holes and come through them with a decent score, you’ll probably have a good round. The first hole on the Nicklaus Course is a daunting par 4 dogleg right around a lake that plays 362 yards from Tee 2. If you look at it on the Course Map they provide before your round, it looks more like a right turn! Most players are going to play over the water twice, once off the tee and again on your approach shot. The green is slightly elevated with a bunker front right and another left of the green. The green has a false front and is a lot longer than it is wide with some good undulation in it.

The 2nd hole is a very challenging par 3 that plays 173 yards from Tee 2. Play your tee shot over the water into a green that sits at an odd angle. A single bunker guards the front right portion of the green which has some good undulation to it.

The 3rd hole is a 359-yard gentle dogleg left with water to the right off the tee. A good drive will leave a mid-iron slightly uphill into an elevated green with no bunkers around it but a lot of grass mounding. The green is pure Nicklaus with a false front that rises about three feet before leveling out.

The 4th hole gives you the first glimpse of St. Andrews Bay with a great view of the pass that leads to the Gulf of Mexico. It’s a dogleg right and finding the middle of the fairway off the tee will leave you a good angle in. A good drive will leave a medium iron into a well-contoured green which is guarded by water on the left and slopes back to front.

Number 5 is the Nicklaus Course’s signature hole. It’s also the #2 handicap, making it the toughest hole on this side, although it’s probably the toughest hole on the course. This par 4 is only 371 yards long but requires tremendous distance control and accuracy both off the tee and on approach. Your tee shot is over water to an island landing area; too far left or right and you’re pulling out a new ball. Then, your approach shot is over more marshland into the green that is a lot wider than it is deep and is surrounded by grass mounds. Push it left or right or hit it short and you’ll be pulling out a 3rd ball!

The shorter daylight hours during the winter months are a great time to experience these holes plus one more! Bay Point offers something called the “Nick Six,” a special rate to play the first six holes of the Nicklaus Course after 3:30 pm. With these holes providing the biggest challenge on the course, many locals and visitors take advantage of the Nick Six! And once they’re hooked, you’ll find them looking for redemption and booking 18-hole rounds for their next available date!

Bay Point is also proud of its practice facility and considers it to be the best in the Panama City Beach area. There’s a full-length fairway where you can hit every club in the bag, a short-game area to warm up your chipping, and a large practice putting green, complete with all the twists and turns you’d expect from the Nicklaus family. The Clubhouse restaurant – Bar 72 – serves up some really good food and is open for breakfast on the weekends, lunch daily, and special event dinners every Thursday night.

A golf membership at Bay Point Golf Club is the best way to take advantage of everything the club has to offer. Bay Point has an active Ladies’ and Men's Group with regular Member Only Activities throughout the year. They offer Single Golf Memberships, Couples Memberships, and Junior Memberships. These non-equity memberships entitle you to play golf all year long with unlimited play for only a cart fee (or a trail fee if you have your own cart), member guest rates for family and friends, advance tee time bookings, unlimited driving range access (balls included), and discounts in the golf shop and restaurant. For more information, stop by and talk to one of Bay Point’s golf professionals. They'll be happy to discuss all the great benefits of becoming a member at Bay Point Golf Club! Membership applications are also available on their website,
  ajdelaup - 12/31/20
Enjoy the course, but it was not what I expected. I played many Nicklaus' Courses and they seemed to be a little bit better than Bay Point. Granted it was the beginning of winter but still was not in good shape. The lay out was pretty cool and it was challenging, but it was not what I would say "would like to play this one again". - 12/10/17
Over the past several years, the Panama City Beach area has really cleaned up its act. No longer is it college’s spring destination for uninhibited college kids. The real estate market is booming, area businesses are rebounding nicely, and the hotel industry is once again beginning to flourish. All is good in Florida’s panhandle.

And all is good at the Sheraton Bay Point Resort – Panama City Beach’s premier golf destination. The resort is situated on historic St. Andrews Bay and is a perfect getaway destination for couples, families and golfers. Yes, golfers. The property, which is home to 36 holes of bay front golf including the panhandle’s only Nicklaus design, recently underwent a complete remodel of the lodging, restaurants and golf clubhouse and the final results are nothing short of amazing. Sheraton Bay Point is the only AAA 4-Diamond franchise hotel along the Emerald Coast, with 320 sharply appointed guest rooms, 65 of which are one-bedroom suites. Located about a 7-iron away from the main hotel and on the fairway of the Nicklaus Course’s 3rd and 6th holes is a collection of golf villas that feature both hotel style rooms as well as one-bedroom suites that can sleep up to four golfers comfortably.

Sheraton Bay Point also features several dining options, including the ultra-casual Flip-Flops Pool Bar, where you can enjoy custom crafted cocktails and craft beers while dining on Mahi Mahi Tacos and Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches. If you’re looking for something more upscale, Tides Restaurant offers spectacular views of St. Andrews Bay, which are only outdone by the culinary staff’s creativity. They’ve recently added a Chop House menu, which includes cuts of high-end beef such as the Wagyu Filet and a 26-oz. porterhouse steak. Another great choice for breakfast or lunch is Bar 72, located at the golf course clubhouse. Bar 72 is a little more than your typical burgers and dogs clubhouse fare. Try the shepherd’s pie or the meatloaf stack and you’ll be pleasantly surprised!

On property and a short cart ride away from the hotel are two of northwest Florida’s finest golf courses: The Willard Byrd designed Meadows Course and the Nicklaus Course. The Nicklaus Course is the crown jewel at Bay Point and plays 7,152 yards from the back tees with a rating of 74.3 and a slope of 143. Most golfers will be challenged from Tee 2 (6,430/70.7/132) and still leave with a little dignity intact. Ladies will be tested from a distance of 4,974 yards, yet still enjoy themselves.

The first five holes of the Nicklaus Course set the tone for your round. The first hole showcases the water that can become your nemesis on 17 of the next 18 holes. It’s a dogleg right around a lake that requires an accurate shot off the tee up around the 150-yard marker. From there, you’ll have a slightly uphill approach to a green protected in the front by two deep bunkers. Number 2 is a tough par 3 that plays 171 yards (Tee 2) over water to a green protected on the left by water and front right by a large deep bunker. The water on Number 3 shouldn’t come into play; if it does, check with the pro shop about getting a lesson. It’s a modest par 4, dogleg left with the most dramatic false-fronted green I have ever seen; it has to be at least a 6-foot drop. The green features a lot of undulation and a two-putt or better is a good thing.

Number 4 is a par 4, that plays 384 yards (Tee 2) and features a green abutted by water on the left. All of this leads up to Number 5, the most scenic and demanding hole on the course and by far the most interesting. Play your tee shot about 225 yards over wetlands to an “island” fairway. From there’ you’ll have a long iron shot over more wetlands to a long narrow green with not much room behind it. Par is a good score here.

Two of the three remaining par 3s require you to choose the right club and trust your distance; knowing the pin position is also critical. Numbers 7 and 17 are both fairly long with blind shots into the green. Choose the right club, hit your best shot and enjoy the fruits of your labor!

The back nine also features several intriguing holes including the drivable Number 13 which plays 281 yards from Tee 2. Beware of the small grove of pine trees if you push your drive right; the green is protected by water to the left and a deep bunker to the right. Number 14 is the course’s #1 handicapped hole; a long dogleg right that plays over water and sand off the tee. Your approach shot plays over a lake which also guards the right side of the green. There’s a bunker back left that catches anything long. This hole takes four solid shots to make par.

Number 18 is a great finishing hole and is almost the mirror image of the opening hole. It requires a forced carry over water that plays all the way down the left side, with more of the wet stuff short and right of the green. A tee shot over the water and slightly left of the fairway bunker will leave a short pitch shot into an elevated triangular green protected on all three sides by sand. A great end to a great round.

The Meadows Course dates back to 1965 and uses the original 328 Bermuda pushup greens. They’re still in great shape, a lasting testament to a good grounds crew. The Meadows plays 6,913 yards from the back tees. Tee 2 plays about 550 yards shorter and is still a challenge for most. This course has stood the test of time and can play tough – especially if you tend to spray the ball. Case in point is Number 4, a narrow par 4 (372 yards from Tee 2), slight dogleg right that is the course’s #1 handicap. Center or just left of center off the tee is the preferred shot, just be sure to avoid the fairway bunker on the left. From there, trust your club selection into a small, elevated, triangular green protected on all sides by sand.

Number 5 is the course’s first par 5 (480 yards from Tee 2) and is also a narrow driving hole, however, with a good tee shot, it is reachable on two. Water comes into play on the left side about 250 yards off the tee, so favor the right. For most players, it’s a three-shot hole and an approach from the left side takes a few of the infringing pines on the right side out of play. The green is small and well protected. Number 9 (509 yards from Tee 2) is the second par 5 on the outward 9 and this double dogleg is a good test of your shotmaking ability. Water short and left of the green sees a lot of action and the elevated green is large and may require an extra club, depending on pin position.

Number 10 is a long par 4 (409 yards from Tee 2) with water on the right off the tee that creeps into the fairway and catches unsuspecting players. Most players will need to hit a long approach shot into a shallow green. Par is a good score here. Number 13 is the most picturesque hole on the course, a short par 3 (132 yards from Tee 2) over water into a well-protected green. Choose the right club off the tee and a low score is possible.

The Meadows also finishes with one of the layout’s most memorable holes, a 384-yard (Tee 2) dogleg right par 4 with bunkers on either side off the tee right at the bend. A good drive will leave a mid to long iron into a small green protected on the right with water and sand on either side. Another strong finishing hole.

The winter months are a great time to visit the resort and take advantage of everything Bay Point has to offer. And, since Northwest Florida’s seasonality peaks in the summer, a great value can be had between January and March.

If you’re coming down from the northern states during the winter to play golf, here’s something to consider. Yes, you can get about 5 degrees warmer in February if you go down to the Orlando area, but is 6 hours of drive time each way worth it? Go to Panama City and you can use that 12 hours of windshield time and get in two or three extra rounds of golf. Couple that with the money you’ll be saving on a round of golf and the decision is easy.
  ally1957 - 3/14/16
played the meadows course
booked on line staff didn't seem to know what a ride along was. just seemed strange.
Course was nice pace a bit slow due to a CanAm tournament taking place ahead. but nothing to cry about. nice course maintained reasonably well. Three holes run parallel to a road for added excitement. Every one seemed friendly enough. Course is marshalled to keep speed up. Would play again if not so far away.
  dwtrimmer26 - 10/21/15
Great place to play on vacation! Inside staff not overly friendly, but the outside staff/cart guys was extremely friendly! I will definitely return!
  D.R. Strobaugh - 11/17/13
VERY disappointed for a "Nicklaus" Track in NW Florida. However, GREAT discounts on Greens Fee & Replay.
  savage112876 - 8/24/13
Very nice course to play
  BOBBANTA - 8/19/12
  Dwayne510 - 7/17/11
a top notch course
  chucknassef - 3/21/14
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