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Bay Point Golf Club, Nicklaus Course

4701 Bay Point Rd , Panama City Beach, Florida, 32408
Type: Resort
No. Holes: 18
(850) 234-3307
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Marriott's Bay Point is a Resort, 36 hole golf course located in Panama City Beach, Florida. The facility has two 18-hole golf courses. They are: The Meadows Course and The Nicklaus Course.

The Nicklaus Course was formerly known as The Lagoon Legends golf course. The Lagoon Legends golf courses was designed by Bob Von hagge and Bruce Devlin and opened for play in 1985. The Lagoon Legends was rated the second most challenging course in the United States by the United States Golf Association.

The Nicklaus Course at Bay Point opened to the public on Sept. 17, 2005. The par-72 championship course was designed by Gary Nicklaus and the Nicklaus Design team. They created a completely new layout with a design goal to transform an extremely difficult golf course (the former Lagoon Legend course) into a fun and strategic layout that golfers of all skill levels can enjoy.

The Nicklaus Course measures more than 7,000 yards and features premier putting surfaces resulting in faster, smoother greens. The course boasts an estimated slope rating between 125 -145 and a course rating between 70.0 and 73.5. The design features "illusionary" bunkers, strategically placed to tempt golfers through a "risk/reward" scenario. The course offers a variety of fairways with plateaus and uncharacteristic elevation changes unique to the North Florida coastal area.

#5 offers panoramic views of the Grand Lagoon and St. Andrews Bay. The new design incorporates the natural terrain of majestic scrub oaks, Florida pine trees, sandy-white waste areas and salt-water marshes. #17 features a green design reminiscent of a "fish bowl," as some golf media have described it. This design is where the green is actually recessed below the surrounding landscape, creating a challenging semi-blind shot to the green.

About Bay Point Marriott Resort Nestled on a 1,100-acre wildlife sanctuary overlooking beautiful St. Andrews Bay, the resort offers 356 newly renovated guest rooms (including 78 suites), 36 holes of championship golf The Nicklaus Course and the Meadows Course), four restaurants, deep-sea fishing, tennis, four pools (one indoor/three outdoor), along with a private bay beach area which allows direct access to many of the resort's water sports.

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Golf Course ranker Photo, David Theoret
Crossville, TN

Guest (cart included), played on Tuesday, December 2017 at

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.

Would travel: 30-60 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Better than average course for the area, Fair priced based on quality and competitive area pricing, Ranks with the best in this price level
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Rank ID # : 029066
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