The Nicklaus Course at Bay Point is the first and only Nicklaus Design course in Northwest Florida. This award-winning course was formerly known as Lagoon Legends (one of the toughest and most challenging courses in America). The course was redesigned and renovated from 2004-2005 and re-opened under its new name, the Nicklaus Course at Bay Point on September 17, 2005. The Nicklaus Course opened to rave reviews and was named by Travel + Leisure Golf as one of the most worthy redesigns and notable debuts in the state of Florida. It was also a finalist for the “2005 Renovation of the Year” by Crittenden Golf Inc.
The Nicklaus Design Course is truly of epic proportion. It measures more than 7,000 yards with a slope rating of 143 and a course rating of 75.3. The layout lends itself for a truly memorable round, regardless of skill level. It plays along the natural terrain of majestic scrub oaks, towering Florida pine trees, sandy-white waste areas and salt-water marshes. The layout features “illusionary” bunkers that are strategically placed to tempt golfers through a “risk/reward” scenario and uncharacteristic elevation changes that are unique to Northwest Florida.
Many holes are quite memorable. Hole No. 17 features a green design reminiscent of a “fish bowl,” where the green is actually recessed below the surrounding landscape, creating a challenging semi-blind shot to the green. The signature hole, No. 5 offers spectacular panoramic views of the Grand Lagoon and St. Andrews Bay.
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4-stars by Golf Digest (2006/07)
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