Tee Time for Two on Santa Rosa Beach

Enjoy a fun Santa Rosa Beach golf experience on 30a

A Couples’ Santa Rosa Beach Golf Experience

Every now and then you have the opportunity to spend a perfect day, and for most couples on vacation that doesn’t always include the same activities. Along the Emerald Coast, after checking in, unpacking your flip flops, and slowing the pace to something between ‘we just got here’ and ‘we may never leave,’ there is the opportunity to plan a perfect day together with a round of Santa Rosa Beach golf.
Play a round of golf on Santa Rosa Beach

It’s not always easy to agree on an activity at the beach; the ladies set up camp under beach umbrellas with paperback novels, or explore the town’s shops, while the gentlemen pack up their clubs for a day on the course. Somewhere along the way we all forgot the meaning of the vacation, and it’s not to get away from it all—it’s to get away from it all together. Santa Rosa Golf and Beach Club along County Road 30-A in Santa Rosa Beach offers an unforgettable chance to experience romance and play with the one you love. Who knew that could include golf?

We started the day with a tour of the club and grounds, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a course as beautiful and accommodating. The club has the benefit of being owned by members while still being open to the public, and the difference is obvious: everyone here is fully invested in the business of relaxation and hospitality. The par 72 course has not only a fully stocked clubhouse and pro shop, but also a pro-staffed training facility, open rain or shine.

Our golf cart packed with bottled water and fresh sausage-egg-and-cheese croissants, we were on our way to our tee time. The first views of the course are a sight to see, from both the eyes of the professional golfer and anyone with an appreciation for landscaping and abundant foliage. The course was established in 1969, and with 18 holes of what Golf magazine calls “The Purest Golf In the Florida Panhandle” and offering five tee choices per hole, this course is easily enjoyed by novices, experts, and everyone in between. Natural wildlife accompanies you during play, and the course presents all elements of water, sand, forest, and green, the Gulf of Mexico providing a steady breeze and a picturesque backdrop for play.

You won’t need to bring much to enjoy a day on this memorable course; a friendly cart person arrives periodically with a selection of snacks and cold beverages. Pack your sunscreen and a hat, as the Florida sun is ever-present even when overcast, and also be sure to bring your camera to capture pictures of wildlife and your significant other making a significant shot. Fore!

Enjoy a delicious meal at Vue on 30a, a waterfront restaurant in Santa Rosa Beach

After dinner, make a reservation at Vue on 30A, the Santa Rosa Golf and Beach Club’s award-winning restaurant, situated on the other side of 30A, with a sweeping deck and indoor seating that offers unobstructed views of the breathtaking Gulf of Mexico. Arrive early to order a cocktail and take a sunset stroll with your honey, then request a table by the windows in the upscale coastal dining room where attentive staff is waiting to take your order. It’s no surprise that Vue was voted Best Waterfront Dining by Florida Travel + Life magazine and the “Best Place to Watch a Sunset” by Destin magazine. Chef Giovanni Filippone, of Hell’s Kitchen fame, was named one of the Best Chefs America 2013, and the delicious dishes coming from his kitchen are evidence of his accomplishments.

Enjoy delicious seafood at Vue on 30a, a waterfront restaurant in Santa Rosa Beach

It’s easy to slip into the romantic rhythm of Florida’s Gulf Coast from your table’s view, the restaurant’s glowing ambiance encouraging intimate conversation and a shared bottle from the full wine menu. A few humble recommendations for your table include Crispy Oysters Rockefeller with smoked bacon and hollandaise, Crab Spring Rolls, Pan-Seared Red Snapper, and the Grilled Filet Mignon with garlic mashed potatoes. There’s really no wrong choice on the menu, but be sure that whatever you order you save room for Key Lime Pie or Deep-Fried Brownies. You won’t be sorry.

After dinner is the perfect time for stargazing, just down the steps from Vue’s back deck, bathing in the glow of a perfect vacation day, spent together. Your South Walton vacation is going to be memorable, and Santa Rosa Golf and Beach Club can help you make your memories together.

Make your vacation memories on the beautiful beaches of South Walton, and find your perfect beach.

Photos courtesy of Santa Rosa Golf & Beach Club

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