Shalimar Pointe is one of The Emerald Coast's best-kept secrets. The often-overlooked Golf and Country Club sits on the northern approaches of Fort Walton Beach on the shores of Choctawhatchee Bay in the beautiful panhandle of Northwest Florida.
The 18-hole course is 6,765 yards long from the championship tees with a par of 72 and a slope rating of 129. Designed by William W. Amick, ASGCA, the Shalimar Pointe golf course opened in 1968. Meadowbrook Golf, Inc. manages this facility, with Kevin Dietsch as the General Manager.
Photograph of The 1st Green at Shalimar Pointe Golf Club, Fort Walton Beach
This first photograph shows the 1st at Shalimar Pointe, a 525-yard (back tees) par 5. The green is guarded to the left by a large lake, which makes the approach shot more than a little difficult. Go long, and there's even more trouble in the form of two large bunkers to the right rear of the green.
They have a nice restaurant, too.
Green Fees: $59 Weekdays and weekends; $39 Twilight fee.
Shalimar Pointe Golf and Country Club
302 Country Club Drive · Shalimar, FL · 32579
Photograph of the 3rd Green at Shalimar Pointe Golf Club - Destin - Florida
The 3rd at Shalimar Pointe is a 525-yard (back tees) par 3. Again, the green is closely guarded by a lake to the right and two large bunkers to the left. The approach requires an accurate shot because anything even slightly wayward is going to be gathered up by one hazard or the other.
Photograph of the 4th Fairway at Shalimar Pointe Golf and Country Club
A seemingly endless par 4 - 458 yards - the 4th at Shalimar Pointe Golf and Country Club starts with a large waste bunker placed right in front of the tee box. From there it makes a slight dogleg right, skirting a very handily-placed fairway bunker that's guaranteed to grab an errant ball. The approach is fairly open, but if your second shot fades to the right you can expect it to end up in one of the bunkers that guard the entire right side of the green.
Photograph of the 8th Green at Shalimar Pointe Golf and Country Club
The 8th at at Shalimar Pointe Golf and Country Club is a fairly straighforward par 3 of 187 yards. The green is guarded by the single bunker you see here.
Photograph of the Approach to the 9th Green at Shalimar Pointe Golf Club
The 9th is a medium-length par 5 of 509 yards, a double dogleg left, then right, to a smallish green guarded by a large lake to the right and a single bunker greenside left. The approach is tight - no bump and run third shot will work here. It's better to lay up and finish the hole with a 90-yard wedge shot and two putts.
Photograph of the Approach to the 11th Green at Shalimar Pointe Golf Club
Just about as short as they come, the 11th at Shalimar Pointe Golf and Country Club is a par 3 of just 148 yards off the back tee. The problem here is two-fold: a lake that skirts the green front and left, and two large bunkers - one left, one right.
Photograph of the 12th Fairway at Shalimar Pointe Golf and Country Club
The 12th at Shalimar Pointe Golf and Country Club is a par 4, dogleg right of 379 yards. Seemingly an easy two shots from tee to green, those trees you see in the photo really come into play. If your first goes right, you'll be left with an almost impossible shot to the green, which is shared with the 16th.
Photograph of the 17th Fairway at Shalimar Pointe Golf and Country Club
This is what you'll be faced with if you hook your tee shot at the 17th at Shalimar Pointe Golf and Country Club. A long par 4 of 454 yards, the penultimate challenge is a daunting one. The right side is guarded from tee to green, first by a gigantic fairway bunker then, from 150 yards out, by a huge lake.