Bay Point Resort - Nicklaus Course

4.3719647059 4.4 stars from 5 (328)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7152 yards
  • Slope: 143
  • Rating: 75.3
  • Layout

  • 4701 Bay Point Road, Panama City Beach, Florida 32408, Bay County
  • (850) 235-6950
  • (850) 230-1723
  • www.baypointgolfclub.com
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Year built: 1986
Architect(s): Bruce Devlin (1986), Nicklaus (2005), Rick Robbins
Type: Resort
Greens: TifEagle Bermuda Grass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Proper golf attire.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 72 7152 yards 75.3 143
White 72 6430 yards 71.7 132
Green 72 5972 yards 70.0 124
Red 72 5445 yards 68.8 116
Gold (W) 72 4974 yards 69.9 123

Bay Point Golf Club's Nicklaus Course at Sheraton Bay Point Resort is the only Nicklaus Design course in Northwest Florida. The golf course was formerly Lagoon Legend, which had a reputation for being one of the Florida Panhandle's toughest layouts. In 2004, the golf course closed and underwent a major renovation by the Nicklaus Design team. It reopened a year later with rave reviews. The redesign included restructuring the tees, greens, and bunkers and also re-contouring the fairways. The scenic landscape of scrub oaks, towering pines, and saltwater marshes was carefully preserved though. The golf course maintained the challenging aspects of the original but infused a play-ability that makes it accessible to all skill levels. Also like the former course, the new Nicklaus design offers the same stunning views of St. Andrew's Bay. In the fall of 2018, the Nicklaus Course completed a greens conversion to Tif-Eagle Bermuda-grass greens to bring championship greens to a championship course. Bay Point Golf Club has won the Panama City News Herald's "Best of Bay" in 2016, 2017, and 2018. The Nicklaus Course has hosted US Open Local qualifiers and is a home course of the FSU Women's Golf Team and will host their Division 1 Invitational in February of 2020.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.4 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.0 stars from 5
Value: 4.3 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.3 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.6 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.3 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 328 Reviews
5 stars:
152
4 stars:
139
3 stars:
27
2 stars:
6
1 stars:
4

recommend this course

305 out of 327 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is at a resort convenient to the city worth the drive   Great for advanced golfers wildlife/ scenic views a weekend splurge   Challenges include water hazards bunkers forced carries   Great for drinks  

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"Staff was Amazing"


jgezley's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/17/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Several times at the course the staff stopped to make sure we were okay. They all seemed very thankful we chose their course to play while on vacation. Very pleased and I highly recommend.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



Chance28's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/14/2019
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Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



u503780567's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/13/2019
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Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course




4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/13/2019
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Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Best golf course in PCB"


jffdmd's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/08/2019
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The Nicklaus course at Bay Point is the best course in Panama City Beach. Water on 16 holes so it is. hard course but very playable if you pick the right tees.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Another Great Experience"


u4170245's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/04/2019
Previously played

Reviewed on

I had another great experience playing this course. It was in great shape. Will definitely be back!!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Excellent Golf"


Justin8393357's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/04/2019
Previously played

Reviewed on

Best course in PCB love playing here. Great course, staff, just and awesome place to play


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Third time around"


u000005028639's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/14/2019
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Course keeps getting better each week. Greens are prime . Other areas being steadily addressed. grounds crew working hard out there ! Played in 1:40, second of 3 singles to lead off the day. Fantastic morning in a recovered (!) course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Not back yet"


u000005028639's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/06/2019
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Course is coming back steadily. Practice green is best green on the course! Others are spotty ( a few), hard (most) and surrounded by Po (all).

Fairways inconsistent, average a “7”.

Staff very nice.

My problem was playing 17 holes and coming up to 18 and waiting 25 minutes (!) while 4 “members “ each hit 2 or 3 off the tee , one guy STILL came back to re-tee ( all 3 wet?!) , while the others watched! And then they lined up every 3’ putt from all sides. TOTAL #%*¥ at the end of a pretty good round on a pretty good course.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"Bay point - Nicklaus course"


mattmorris23's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/23/2019
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Staff was very friendly. Course is in 8.5/10 shape. Greens were 9.5/10. Very true roll. Takes a few holes to get used to the firmness of the greens. Nice range to hit balls prior to playing. Played by myself early in the morning in under 3.5 hrs. Overall fun course to play.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"The Course is great!!"


vicpineda's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/22/2019
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Reviewed on

The course is in top shape. The fairways is very good with

some aeration in some parts. Overall...it is excellent.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"THIS COURSE IS VERY DIFFICULT."


u000002118686's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/21/2019
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

THE DAY WE PLAYED THE PACE OF PLAY WAS 4HRS AND15 MINS.THE GREENS WERE FAST BUT VERY HARD TO HOLD. THE FAIRWAYS WERE VERY GOOD AND NO ROUGH TO SPEAK OF.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"The course is well designed."


vicpineda's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/20/2019
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course has some very good challenges...hole #5 for one. The pace of play was very slow...4 foursome in front

of me. The condition was very windy....but overall, it was a

good day for me.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"NBC4919"


u000006510418's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/09/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Fairways are just breaking winter dormancy and are still tight. Greens are very bouncy and will not hold an approach shot no matter how high it is hit but are smooth and roll quick and true...many subtle breaks, not easy to read.

Considering the other local damaged/closed courses, this is a decent value and has weathered the storm remarkably well.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course



Jordan9Rudd's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/03/2019
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Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"Great Day"


u00000207768's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/02/2019
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great condition on a course that was closed for several months due to hurricane damage. Workers were still cleaning up areas, but the majority of the course was in excellent shape. Greens were magnificent. Practice areas were stocked and attended well. We did not wait, nor were rushed. Great pace of play.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



dianeepenner's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/28/2019
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Nicklaus 3/26/19"


u000007167588's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/26/2019
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Reviewed on

Fairways are starting to green up; greens are fast, beautiful day. Many of the course’s trees are gone, but it’s still a beauty. This is a challenging layout made more difficult by steady 10-20 mph winds.

Great course. Looking forward to playing it when the fairways are lush...


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Considering Michael, course was in good shape."


Fredpence's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/18/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course played well, greens were in good shape, bunkers were filled with nice sand. Exceeded our expectations.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course



Racing2987's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/17/2019
Previously played

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course



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