South Walton, Florida are a 26-mile stretch of beaches on Northwest Florida‘s Gulf Coast are found among 15 beach communities: Miramar Beach, Seacape, Sandestin, Dune Allen, Santa Rosa Beach, Blue Mountain, Grayton Beach, WaterColor, Seaside, Seagrove, WaterSound, Seacrest, Rosemary Beach, Alys Beach and Inlet Beach.

The sugar-white beaches and emerald green waters are a major attraction for vacationers. More than 40 percent of the Beaches of South Walton are preserved through state parks and forests. The area is ideal for hiking, biking, kayaking, or fishing.

Alys Beach

Drive between the eye-catching butteries at the entrance of Alys Beach, and you may feel as if you’ve been magically transported to a seaside paradise in Bermuda or Antigua. Palm trees and deep green lawns in the community’s open space contrast the white stucco walls and elegant private gardens of its residences.

The Gulf of Mexico beckons from nearby, while the amazing luxury of the Caliza Pool has a decidedly Mediterranean flair. The “Alys Beach Experience” is one of unparalleled casual luxury in a spectacular beach village setting.

via Alys Beach FL | Florida Vacations | Visit South Walton.

An oasis of luxury with a distinct Mediterranean feel, Alys Beach is the crown jewel of Florida’s Emerald Coast. It is a beach community founded in New Urbanism and built to exacting standards for the utmost in luxury living. It is a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Alys Beach is a reminder that what once was can indeed still be. It is a life of balance, a life of beauty, a life of simplicity, a life of grace. Alys Beach is a life defined.

Located along Florida’s Gulf Coast, Alys Beach boasts one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. With a carpet of sugar-fine sand descending into crystal-clear waters, this stretch of Gulf Coast is unmatched in beauty. Zoning laws preserve the pristine beach and keep it clear of the billboards and storefronts that litter ordinary beach towns. The Emerald Coast is so clean and well preserved that it has been certified as a Blue Wave Beach by the country’s only environmental-certification program for beaches.

Set against this immaculate natural backdrop, Alys Beach is a distinctive beach town designed and founded upon the principles of New Urbanism, a movement that emphasizes community and whose hallmark is the placement of amenities in and around homes to promote walking, talking, and a sense of connectedness. Every one of Alys Beach’s amenities, from the idyllic Caliza pool to the neighborhood coffee shop, is located within walking distance of every front door.

The vacation homes themselves are the epitome of luxury living. Designed and constructed for the most discerning property owners, these luxury beach homes offer gourmet kitchens with commercial-grade appliances, cozy fireplaces, and central courtyards with generous dipping pools.

via Alys Beach Offers Luxury Beach Living From A New Urbanist Perspective > Home.

This is an outstanding resort town. It is must see if you are in the area.

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Alys Beach | Architecture | Stock Photo

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Alys Beach | Horse Statue | Stock Photo

Alys Beach | Architecture | Stock Photo

Alys Beach | Architecture | Stock Photo

Alys Beach | Architecture | Stock Photo

Alys Beach | Architecture | Stock Photo

Alys Beach | Architecture | Stock Photo

Alys Beach | Architecture | Stock Photo

Alys Beach | Architecture | Stock Photo

Alys Beach | Architecture | Stock Photo

Alys Beach | Architecture | Stock Photo

Alys Beach | Architecture | Stock Photo

Alys Beach | Architecture | Stock Photo

Alys Beach | Architecture | Stock Photo

Alys Beach | Architecture | Stock Photo

Alys Beach | Architecture | Stock Photo

Dunut Truck | Alys Beach | Stock Photo

Dunut Truck | Alys Beach | Stock Photo

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Round Wood Sculptures | Alys Beach | Stock Photo

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Horse Statues | Alys Beach | Stock Photo

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Alys Beach | Architecture | Stock Photo

Alys Beach | Architecture | Stock Photo

Alys Beach | Architecture | Stock Photo

Alys Beach | Architecture | Stock Photo

Alys Beach | Architecture | Stock Photo

Alys Beach | Architecture | Stock Photo

Alys Beach | Architecture | Stock Photo

Alys Beach | Architecture | Stock Photo

Alys Beach | Architecture | Stock Photo

Alys Beach | Architecture | Stock Photo

Alys Beach | Architecture | Stock Photo

Alys Beach | Architecture | Stock Photo

Alys Beach | Architecture | Stock Photo

Caliza Restaurant | Alys Beach | Stock Photo

Caliza Restaurant | Alys Beach | Stock Photo

Palm Tree | Caliza | Alys Beach | Stock Photo

Palm Tree | Caliza | Alys Beach | Stock Photo

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Caliza Restaurant | Alys Beach | Stock Photo

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The golf course at Sunset Country Club is part of the classic era of course design.  With features and characteristics found only in these turn-of-the-century layouts, Sunset has the charm and intimacy lovers of the game truly enjoy. Designed as a shotmakers course, they took the lay of the land and positioned the holes in locations that best fit the rolling terrain. It is a true testament to the original Foulis brothers design that the routing of the course has been essentially unchanged since it first opened. However, our membership remains in tune with the needs of today’s modern golfer.  Consequently, recent upgrades have been made to our outstanding zoysia fairways, the remodeling of our reens with the latest A1/A4 bent grasses, new chipping green surrounds and updated green complexes, make Sunset a challenge for players at all levels.  Included in recent upgrades is our new 300-plus yard practice facility with five target greens, making the Sunset golfing environment one of the best among area clubs.

 

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Spanning 400 lush acres between the verdant Jamaican Mountains and stunning Caribbean Sea, Rose Hall Resort & Spa proudly features Cinnamon Hill Golf Course– an 18-hole championship level golf course designed by Robert Von Hagge. No Caribbean all-inclusive vacation would be complete without a challenging round on these links. Created with the resort player in mind, it features a seductive layout with an open, wind-swept front nine – giving way to a tight, trap-filled back nine bordered by dense foliage. You’ll experience the best of Jamaica golf — the cool ocean spray on your cheeks as you putt on seaside greens, then the wind whistling through the pines as you tee-off on the 17th hole, 350 feet above sea level. This is a test you will enjoy, enchanting panoramas framing your every shot.

Cinnamon Hill’s diverse elevations gives you the experience of both links and inland golf. Feel the cool ocean spray on your cheeks as you putt on seaside greens, then hear the wind whistling through the pines as you tee-off on the 17th hole, 350 feet above sea-level. This is a test you will enjoy – enchanting panoramas framing your every shot.

There are more than 18 ways to love Cinnamon Hill – from Majestic Blue, the signature hole whose fairway fades into the aquamarine ocean, to the mountaintop tee overlooking the Rose Hall Great House, ancient aqueducts, Johnny Cash’s home and James Bond‘s tropical setting for “Live and Let Die”.

Cinnamon Hill Golf Course | Stock Photo

Cinnamon Hill Golf Course | Stock Photo

Cinnamon Hill Golf Course | Stock Photo

Cinnamon Hill Golf Course | Stock Photo

Cinnamon Hill Golf Course | Stock Photo

Cinnamon Hill Golf Course | Stock Photo

Cinnamon Hill Golf Course | Stock Photo

Cinnamon Hill Golf Course | Stock Photo

Cinnamon Hill Golf Course | Stock Photo

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Cinnamon Hill Golf Course | Stock Photo

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Winding through the Blue mountains of Jamaica’s historic 4,000 acre Rose Hall Plantation, The White Witch golf course is carved out of 600 acres of lush greenery and rolling countryside that feature panoramic Caribbean vistas with breathtaking mountain views.

The course is named after Annie Palmer, the notorious “White Witch,” who was mistress of Rose Hall Plantation in the early 19th Century. The story states that the White Witch was Annie Palmer, who was born in Haiti. She later moved to Jamaica, where she was married to John Palmer in 1820. As an adult, she reportedly stood 4’11”.

John was the owner of Rose Hall Plantation, east of Montego Bay. Annie’s husband (and two subsequent husbands as well) died suspiciously, and it is speculated that Annie herself brought about their demise. Annie became known as a mistress of voodoo, using it to terrorize the plantation, and taking male slaves into her bed at night and often murdering them.

She is also supposed to have dispatched her lovers allegedly because she was bored of them. Assuming this is true it would make Annie an extreme example of a clinical psychopath although the stories are speculation at best. The legend has her being murdered in her bed during the slave uprisings of the 1830s by one of her slave lovers.

Rose Hall is widely regarded to be a visually impressive house and the most famous of the Great Houses in Jamaica. It is a Georgian mansion with a stone base and a plastered upper story, high on the hillside, with a panorama view over the coast. Built in the 1770s, Rose Hall was restored in the 1960s to its former splendor, with mahogany floors, interior windows and doorways, paneling and wooden ceilings. It is decorated with silk wallpaper printed with palms and birds, ornamented with chandeliers and furnished with mostly European antiques. There is a bar downstairs and a restaurant. Presently, Rose Hall is a museum for tourists who wish to see where Annie Palmer ate, slept and also areas of the house where she is said to haunt. Possible areas where the murders took place, e.g. in her bedroom where she suffocated one of her lovers with a pillow. Rose Hall is also known for holding seances to try and conjure her spirit and gain answers about the mysterious deaths of her husbands and fanciful legends of underground tunnels, bloodstains and hauntings that surround it. There is little evidence to support the legend other than a version written by H. G. de Lisser in his 1928 novel The White Witch of Rose Hall.

Locals are quick to say that Annee Palmer still haunts the Rose Hall Great House and the grounds of the estate — and maybe she does you have to go there and see the candle light tour.

I certainly blamed her for several wayward putts when I played her namesake golf course, the White Witch.

Play begins with an eye-opener — a 550-yard, par-5, which drops abruptly off the tee to a canted fairway, then climbs steeply past a succession of huge bunkers on the right to a small tabletop green tucked out of sightly off to the right. It is the most daunting hole on the course from the tee, and one of the prettiest I have seen.

The 10th hole is as deceptive as Annee herself, a 621-yard, par-5 doglegging around bunkers on the edge of a ravine. Fortunately it’s downhill off the tee. Cutting the corner, while risky, can pay off with a ball on the green in two if your lucky, despite the hole’s length.

The 164-yard, par-3 14th hole can be as tough as it looks, depending on the wind. The shallow peninsula green lies more than 100 feet below the tee, on the far side of water. The elevated tee provides a great view of the dogleg 15th hole, as well as the fairway of the difficult par-5 16th.

The par-3 17th hole is 161 yards slightly downhill to a small green surrounded by sand bunkers. Unless the wind throws a tantrum, this is not a hard hole. But it is among the most memorable for its beauty — white sand sharply contrasting with rich green turf and the blue backdrop of ocean. A windswept tree silhouetted against the sky provides just the right finishing touch.

16 of 18 holes offer views of the Caribbean Sea. Once you play the course you will want to come back and play it again.

Scorecard

Tee Par Length Slope Rating
Blue 71 6718 yd. 139 74
White 71 6335 yd. 135 72.2
Black (W) 71 5864 yd. 128 70.2
Red (W) 71 5397 yd. 126 73.2
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 OUT
White Witch  550 189 412 453 402 507 414 183 420 3530
Blue 534 168 376 432 382 491 380 164 411 3338
White 487 145 328 410 346 473 355 154 385 3083
Red 462 119 309 395 317 374 327 147 356 2806
Par 5 3  4  4  4  5  4  3  4  36
Handicap 5  15 13 3  11  9  7  17  1
Hole 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 IN TOTAL
White Witch 621 160 342 427 164 353 567 161 433 3228 6758
Blue 598 149 327 384 148 345 539 144 393 3027 6365
White 571 138 318 356 134 335 457 138 363 2810 5893
Red 543 118 282 323 121 323 442 130 309 2591 5397
 Par 5 3  4  4  3 4  5  3  4  35 71
Handicap 2  18  12 6 16  4 8  14 10

Photos of the course

White Witch Golf Course | Jamaica

White Witch Golf Course | Jamaica

White Witch Golf Course | Jamaica

White Witch Golf Course | Jamaica

White Witch Golf Course | Jamaica

White Witch Golf Course | Jamaica

White Witch Golf Course | Jamaica

White Witch Golf Course | Jamaica

White Witch Golf Course | Jamaica

White Witch Golf Course | Jamaica

White Witch Golf Course | Jamaica

White Witch Golf Course | Jamaica

White Witch Golf Course | Jamaica

White Witch Golf Course | Jamaica

White Witch Golf Course | Jamaica

White Witch Golf Course | Jamaica

White Witch Golf Course | Jamaica

White Witch Golf Course | Jamaica

White Witch Golf Course | Jamaica

White Witch Golf Course | Jamaica

White Witch Golf Course | Jamaica

White Witch Golf Course | Jamaica

White Witch Golf Course | Jamaica

White Witch Golf Course | Jamaica

White Witch Golf Course | Jamaica

White Witch Golf Course | Jamaica

White Witch Golf Course | Jamaica

White Witch Golf Course | Jamaica

White Witch Golf Course | Jamaica

White Witch Golf Course | Jamaica

White Witch Golf Course | Jamaica

White Witch Golf Course | Jamaica

White Witch Golf Course | Jamaica

White Witch Golf Course | Jamaica

White Witch Golf Course | Jamaica

White Witch Golf Course | Jamaica

White Witch Golf Course | Jamaica

White Witch Golf Course | Jamaica

White Witch Golf Course | Jamaica

White Witch Golf Course | Jamaica

White Witch Golf Course | Jamaica

White Witch Golf Course | Jamaica

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