Regatta Bay Golf and Yacht Club will be the home for this year’s Emerald Coast Golf Tour Fall Championship Pro-Am set for Nov. 17-20.
“We just wanted to try something different,” said tour director Geno Celano, noting he’s received good feedback on the change in venue.
In year’s past the event has been held at Indian Bayou Golf and Country Club. Regatta Bay Golf is a 6,894-yard, par-72 course designed by former lead architect for Arnold Palmer, Robert C. Walker.
“We’ve got a good group coming,” Celano said.
Some of the pros and past winners of the Pro-Am that will be teeing off in the Fall Championship are Sam Love, who won the event last year; Scott Strohmeyer, 2013's winner; Nick Rousey, winner in 2012 and 2009; and Garrett Osborn, 2011 and 2008 winner.
“We’ve got about 20 professionals and 60 amateurs right now,” Celano said.
However, he anticipates another 10 pros and more amateurs by the time the tournament tees off.
Amateur entry fee is $200 and $175 for Regatta Bay members. Fees include cart, green fee and range balls day of the Pro-Am, tee package at check-in, gifts certificates for winning teams, tickets for the warm up party, kick-off party and beverages on the first tee during the Pro-Am.
Professional entry fees are $725 for members and $875 for non-members.
The Emerald Coast Fall Championship will start with a practice round at Regatta Bay on Nov. 15 followed by a party at 6:30 p.m. at Carrabba’s.
On Thursday, Nov. 16, at 7 p.m. there will be a pre-kickoff party for all players at Cuvee Wine Bar.
On Nov. 17, there will be a practice round for all professionals and amateurs at Regatta Bay. The pro-sponsor Merrill Lynch shootout will start at 2 p.m. at Regatta Bay, followed by a kickoff party for all players at Ruth Chris at 7 p.m.
First round of play for professionals and the Pro-Am tees off at 7:30 a.m. Nov. 18 at Regatta Bay starting. There will be a Pro-Am party at 6:30 p.m. at Jackacudas.
Nov. 19 will be the second round for all tournament players at Regatta, followed by the team awards party Sunday afternoon at Regatta Bay, along with the auction for the Ronald McDonald House.
Monday is the final round for tournament play. The top three amateurs will also play in the final round, with an awards presentation following in the clubhouse.
Format of play for the Fall Championship is 54 hole stroke play for professionals and 36 hole team play for the Pro-Am.
“We have people coming from all over to play,” Celano said, noting golfers are currently coming from Tallahassee, Jacksonville and from out of state.
The last day to enter is Nov. 14.
For more information, call Celano at 850-217-3412 or Regatta Bay Golf at 850-337-8080.