Golf – There are three golf clubs within 10 miles of the WaterSound community. The Camp Creek Golf Club was named Travel + Leisure’s “Course of the Millennium”. Tom Fazio designed this 18-hole, par-72 championship course. This public golf course measures 7,159 yards. Greg Norman designed the Shark’s Tooth Golf Club, which Golfweek named one of “American’s Best Residential Courses.” This course is 7,209 yards with five fairways that border beautiful Lake Powell. To play the Shark’s Tooth course, you must have a PGA member sign you up. In contrast to the Shark’s Tooth course, the Origins Golf Club aims to make golf fun and accessible to golfers of all levels. It is a fun course for families, beginners, and casual golfers. The Origins course is a 6-hole regulation course that can also be played as a 9-hole executive course or a 10-hole par-3 course.
For those who are passionate about golf (and other fitness activities), a Clubs by JOE membership could save you money in the long run. Clubs by Joe offers different membership levels according to your interests. The Beach and Sport membership gives you access to the WaterSound Beach Club’s fitness and tennis facilities as well as extensive outdoor amenities. The Signature membership allows you access to all three golf courses mentioned above, and the Lifestyle membership grants unlimited access to both the beach club and the golf courses.
The Hub – For unique casual shopping and dining experiences, The Hub is the place to go. You won’t find standard mall stores and chain restaurants here. Instead, you’ll find an eclectic mix of shops and eateries. One of the most popular features of The Hub is the jumbotron in the outdoor amphitheater. Major sporting events and kids’ movie nights are shown here. You’ll find live music nearly every night at The Hub as well as regular dance parties and occasional wine tastings and other special events.
Deer Lake State Park – Deer Lake State Park is named for the coastal dune lake of the same name. The park offers a rare look at a coastal dune habitat. You’ll be able to meander the nature trail as you observe southern magnolias, golden asters, woody goldenrod, and scrub oaks. Depending on the season, you may see gulf coast lupine, spoonflowers, pitcher plants, Curtis’s sand grass, or any number of wildflowers. Deer Lake State Park is also home to resident and migratory birds and butterflies. A stop by the interpretive exhibit will help you identify the treasures you see along the trail. A boardwalk leads you over the dunes to the beach where you can spend the day picnicking, swimming, and/or fishing. Also, from the boardwalk, you will have a clear view of a dune ecosystem.
Eastern Lake – Eastern Lake is another one of South Walton’s prized coastal dune lakes. If you love to be one with nature, this is a great place to visit. To access the lake, head to the county park on the corner of Lakewood Drive and Lakeview Drive. The park offers parking, picnic tables, grills, and a boat launch. Be advised that no motorized boats or jet skis are allowed on Eastern Lake. Kayaks, canoes, and paddle boards are all welcome. If you wish to go fishing, you will need a fishing license - getting a fresh/saltwater combination license is advised for this part of Florida. You will find mainly freshwater fish in Eastern Lake, however if the conditions are right, you may catch a saltwater fish or two. Eastern Lake also offers plenty of great opportunities for birdwatching. Spending the day at Eastern Lake is a relaxing break from the crowds at the beaches.