Gator Lakes Golf Course
Gator Lakes Golf Course is very special because it is so easy to walk and has excellent greens according to Walt, their pro shop attendant. His favorite holes are number 16, a par 5; number 14, a par 3 across the water; and then number 9. If you are looking for the namesake gators, they might be looking for you on the finishing 15-17 holes so bring your camera. Photography is Walt’s hobby when not golfing.
Gator Lakes Golf Club is an Air Force Services Facility open to Active Duty Military and their dependents, Armed Forces Retirees and their families, Department of Defense employees and family members and Civilians with passes from the visitor center. Civilian guests may receive a 6-month pass at the visitor center by submitting the Golf Affidavit available on the myhurlburt.com site. Drive up to the back gate if not military related with your tee time and present your id for entry, no camouflage or fatigues required.
Most golf guests at Gator Lakes Golf Course are snowbirds or service personnel from the base because it is still a secret for tourists to discover. What a great way to hear the truth about military experience, pairing up for a round with our service men and women on Hurlburt Field. Be sure to thank them all when you visit this unique spot on the wonderful Emerald Coast.
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Locals love to eat at Stewby’s Seafood Shanty on Racetrack Road. Originally called Sam’s Oyster House, founder Sam Taylor created one of the first fresh seafood take-out restaurants in the Ft. Walton Beach area, established in the early sixties. All the seafood is locally bought and the seasonings are homemade. Seafood, sandy beaches and Gator Lakes Golf are great reasons to vacation on the Emerald Coast.
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