|The most exclusive of the four 18-hole tracks at the Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort, the Burnt Pine layout is a Rees Jones design that offers stunning views of Choctawhatchee Bay on the back nine.|
Burnt Pine is a challenging golf course. Don’t take my word for it. Just ask the USGA. The 5910 yard tees slope at 137. No doubt the presence of water is one factor. The liquid stuff comes into play on all but 6 holes, including forced carries on three of the four par 3 holes. It also gets a bit monotonous. On the first ten holes, any water is always on the player’s left. Then it’s all on the right on holes 12,13,15,16,17.
The long distances from green to tee creates a separation that makes even the good holes less memorable. And only four tee shots require much strategic thought and only one par 5 (the 2nd) makes the golfer think on the second shot. There are some redeeming features, the most apparent being the interesting green complexes.