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contents DISH’N IT OUT • BEACH RECIPE .................... 6 COASTAL CURRENTS......................................8 Q+A ON THE BAY: LULU’S.............................. 10 ENTER THE SANDMAN....................................16 REAL ESTATE.................................................. 20 LOCAL TIME .................................................. 30 TRAVEL QUIZ............................................... 36 VACATION PLANNER .................................... 40 SILVER SANDS IT’S THE BRANDS ..................... 78 EPICENTER OF STYLE...................................... 81 COUNTRY CLUB COUTURE.............................. 84 TACKLE TALK: SWORDFISH.............................. 90 BEACH BEATS: CHRIS ALVARADO................. 94 GOLF GAME CHANGER ................................ 97 REMEMBER .................................................... 98


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SARAH K’S SIMPLE SALMON

DISH’N IT OUT Simple Salmon

4 salmon fillets (approx. 1lb) 1 cup milk 4oz cream cheese 1 cup finely minced cucumbers 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh dill or rosemary 1 T Dijon mustard 1/4 t salt, divided 1/4 t pepper, divided

• Heat large skillet sprayed w/cooking spray on medium-high. Season salmon with 1/8t salt and pepper. Add salmon; cook 5 min. on each side or until fish flakes easily with fork. Remove from skillet; cover to keep warm. • Add milk and cream cheese to skillet; cook and stir until cream cheese is completely melted and mixture is well blended. Stir in cucumbers, mustard, remaining salt and pepper and dill or rosemary. • Return fish to skillet. Cook 2 min. or until heated through.

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coastal currents A sand pail full of new things you should be checking out on the beach!

HUB-A-HUBA

Combine the stability of a mountain bike with the free-wheeling fun of a longboard skateboard and you have the amazing KICKBIKE! And, it’s easy – if you can walk you can Kickbike! With no chains or pedals to get in your way, it’s as simple to use as it is to store away - making it the perfect ride for cruising the coast along 30A or Scenic Gulf Drive. But don’t take our word for it. Go rent one today at kickbike30a.com. Prices couldn’t be better at $30/Day, $60/ Week and a low purchase price of around 350 bucks!

Appropriately named, 30A’s newest hot spot is The Hub! This central gathering destination includes a lawn and patio with comfy seating that enhances time with family and friends. You’ll enjoy the open-air environment hosting an assortment of fun eateries and festive activities. Tantalize your taste buds as you choose between delectable burgers, tacos, chicken sandwiches, and frozen treats. Happy-hour is phenomenal, and adults will enjoy chairside service. However, the star of the show is South Walton’s largest jumbo screen that often hosts movies, sporting events, and acts as a backdrop for the many live concerts. Best of all – The Hub on 30A is just getting started… There’s much more fun to come! See what’s up next at

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DOLPHIN BABY The Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park is proud to announce a new baby dolphin! At just over four feet, little Kaya may be small but she’s a smarty, having started dolphin pre-school at just two months old! Implementing a teaching style of positive behaviorreinforcement, her trainers say she’s a quick study. Though she’s not eating fish yet, trainers use a variety of toys to encourage her participation. Chopper is an inquisitive four-year-

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old male who also lives in the habitat and can already fully interact with his environment. Kaya’s 12-year-old mom Lily had never raised a baby dolphin, so before long the role of parenting fell to her mom Dalilah, Kaya’s grandmother, a 41-year-old with years of mothering experience. By watching and emulating Dalilah, Lily is learning how to be a great Dolphin Mommy. She’s learning how to nurse and draft with the baby: keeping the baby


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within her wake so the calf is carried along, allowing her to grow and conserve energy. If you see a mother and baby dolphin in the open Gulf keep a safe distance as you may disturb this delicate embrace. Seeing the little calf is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and just like human babies Kaya is still getting the hang of simple things like squeaks and whistles. When you visit the Gulfarium your admission price goes directly to improving the lives of little critters like Kaya! Visit Gulfarium.com

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hen coming to town, a majority of Destin visitors arrive over the Mid-Bay Bridge. Once here, it’s time to roll the windows down, take your first breath of salty air and smile – you made it to the beach! Before you run off and get sandy toes, you may want to take a quick left at the foot of the bridge. Located on the shores of the Bay is a new Destin tradition. What’s it take to become an instant must-visit destination? We sat down with Lucy Buffett, owner of LuLu’s, to find out how her brand of Southern hospitality is enchanting our coast.

Immediately it’s apparent that LuLu’s is more than just a new restaurant in town. There’s a lot going on here. What exactly is LuLu’s?

LOL! I’ve been trying to figure that out since day one! Seriously, the mission is the same as when it was a tiny dive with nine employees and 40 seats: a vehicle to share my love of cooking the recipes of my childhood growing up on the Gulf Coast. Also, quite frankly, I had moved back to Alabama from Los Angeles to take care of my aging parents and I needed a job! I always say the heart of LuLu’s is the kitchen, so that is the foundation of what has now become the LuLu’s experience. I was determined that the food we served, while not fancy, would be the absolute best quality it could be. And because I was working side-by-side with the crew in the beginning, I wanted

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FROM THE BEGINNING OF LULU’S, I WAS INTUITIVELY LEANING TOWARD DESTIN...

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You’ve managed to create a place that feels like it’s always been here. In hindsight it seems like we should’ve always had a restaurant on this part of the bay. You are really the first in this part of Destin to do it, and you did it right. Why Destin, and how did you choose your location? From the beginning of LuLu’s, I was intuitively leaning toward Destin, if I ever did a second location. One of the guys who develops for Margaritaville was working on their Destin location with a local developer He was also looking for another restaurant concept to go next to his Legendary

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to create a business where I would want to work based on respecting each other, loving your job, and taking care of our customer. I’m passionate about taking care of my crew! I always tell every new employee, “If you take care of each other and LuLu’s, LuLu’s will take care of you!” Equally important for all of it to work is our passion and dedication to our customers and their needs and expectations. First of all, we developed a positive hospitality training program for our employees so that we could insure a culture of consistent and positive customer service. But we also consciously planned an environment and facility where families could relax and escape from the rigors of their every day lives – even on vacation! The other ingredients of the experience: daily live music, a sandy beach for kids, and a merchandise shop all evolved

Marine facility. He suggested that we meet and after I walked the location, I was sold. It had all the elements that had been a part of LuLu’s story: there was a bridge, it was off the beaten path, and it looked out over this gorgeous bay. As far as the facility goes, we had twelve years at our Gulf Shores location and during that time, we have fine tuned our systems and operations. We knew what we needed and worked with the developer to design a restaurant that can serve 3,000 people a day. As far as doing it right, well, that’s just part of our culture and my upbringing. I have no tolerance for mediocre.


organically because at the end of each year, we are always looking at how we can improve or add something that compliments the experience. We are always making it up as we go, so no telling what we will add in Destin. Our Gulf Shores location also sports a Mountain For Youth rope climbing course and a Fun Arcade.

Both of your locations here and in Gulf Shores are boater-friendly. You’ve also mentioned before that you want to enhance this “natural theater” that we call the Bay. What does boater-friendly mean to you? Boat friendly means you can come by boat. It’s just that simple. And though we weren’t able to build dockage like we have in Gulf Shores because of environmental restrictions, the water is shallow enough for folks to wade in and/or if they prefer, we also provide a water taxi that will bring folks in to a small landing area on our beach. There is nothing more fun than taking your boat to go to lunch or dinner. As far as the “natural theater” goes, our Bay vista allows our customer to watch all of the various activities that goes on in the Bay: boaters, fisherman, paddle boarders, kayakers, jet skis, dolphins and it’s just plain ol’ entertaining!

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The Gulf Coast is your home, and it’s an important part of who you are. Tell us how the Gulf Coast has influenced your business. I’m a Gulf Coast gal, and the food I serve is classic Gulf Coast cuisine that highlights the wonderful bountiful seafood from the warm salt waters. Food is a major part of our unique coastal lifestyle coupled with recreation on the bays, rivers, and beaches along the Gulf Coast. We tend to play as hard as we work and that is certainly embodied in the LuLu’s concept.

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Glancing around, there’s a ton of family photos. Family is clearly a motivator. It’s rumored that some of your recipes have been directly handed down from your Grandmother. Is that true? How else has your family influenced your business? Many of the recipes, including my signature gumbo, were handed down from my grandmother. I come from a family of sailors and shipyard workers. So I come to the table with a serious case of work ethic but my brother has been a great inspiration: he loves his work, sells escapism, and humorously refers to himself as a shameless self-promoter. I have followed that lead and it has worked out pretty well. We know it has to be a good story, tell us how you earned the nickname, “Crazy Sista”? In my family, like most Southern families, somewhere along the lineage, there is that oddball cousin or Aunt that is just a little bit different. And there seemed to always be a Crazy Sista in the family. Being the rebel and sensitive one in the family, I took it upon myself to play that role. In my youth, it just got me in a lot of trouble but now I wear it as a badge of honor, as I have figured out how to live life on my own terms. Your brother Jimmy has a place across town. We know he’s played a song or two at your restaurant in Gulf Shores. Any chance that’ll happen here? Well, you never know when he will drop in for a bowl of gumbo! These days, I prefer to have him relax when he visits and we catch up on our families. I don’t want to pressure him to play because that is his day job, so it’s work for him. And I think he would probably sing his tunes at Margaritaville first when he visits. He does love his job though, and chances are when he’s in a place where someone else is playing live music, he’s usually more than happy to sit in and sing backup. Lastly, you’ve mentioned that this has been a 14 year-long dream realized. What’s in store for the future of the Crazy Sistsa and LuLu’s? I’m thrilled to have landed in Destin but who knows where it will all lead? I do have a cantina concept that I would like to do one day for Crazy Sista. But for now, my great team is growing and nurturing the restaurants while I’m working on two new cookbooks, LuLu’s Kitchen – which will be published in paperback in May 2016 - and Gumbo Love – that will be a hardback published in May 2017. Both will be Grand Central Life Style publications. SOUVENIR MAGAZINE

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E H T R E T EN N A M D N A S TEAM BUILDING WITH BEACH SAND SCULPTURES

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o matter where or when you grew up, just seeing a sandcastle takes you right back to your early childhood. Creative sculpting in a stunning environment lets your imagination run wild. Although you’re an “adult” now, there’s no need to stop playing in the sand! Rick and Capri Mungeam and their Santa Rosa Beachbased company are helping families, friends and corporate groups build sandy structures that capture memories and create bonds that last forever. What ends up being one of your most fun days on the beach also brings your group closer together. Collaboration is key when creating a towering masterpiece and under the guidance of professional instructors, the final product is guaranteed to be monumental! Their company, Beach Sand Sculptures, comes to your beach or if possible your function’s location. They arrive with all the necessary equipment and knowledge to teach your group to craft sand like a pro. There are detailed demonstrations and mentoring throughout the construction with a strong emphasis on communication and team building. The corporate team builder packages include a logoed sand sculpture, sand sculpting demonstrations, team building workshops, team building exercises, a sand sculpting contest, judging and an award presentation. Family outings on the beach are also elevated with some fun in the sand. Beach Sand Sculptures offers sandcastle lessons at a few hand-selected locations or will travel to you. And while there’s definitely still some “team building” going on, the emphasis is on educational facts and creating your very own 3.5-foot tall sandcastle.

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And for an intimate variation on the hands-on fun, Beach Sand Sculptures offers “Romance” packages. There may not be a better way to pop the question on the beach than with a custom crafted creation. This once-in-a-lifetime moment can include a personalized sand sculpture on the beach, candles, lanterns, his


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and her towers and even photography. After she says yes, Rick and his team can provide wedding sculptures for your beach wedding that will have your guests saying “wow” for sure. After all, doesn’t a princess deserve a castle? And while the castles themselves are ephemeral, the memories they create are not. Whether it’s with family, friends or colleagues – this is one experience that will be cherished and Beach Sand Sculptures are here to help create it.

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SOLD

SOLD

$2,950,000

64 S Spooky Lane 4BR/5BA

$1,800,000

5768 W County Hwy 30A W 6BR/7BA

$1,475,000

A private beachfront villa with 85 ft. on the gulf. Stepping in, you feel Bella Vista’s warmth and beauty! The blue-green waters of the Gulf of Mexico and sugar white sand accent its ever-changing skies and views.

Well sited on South Walton’s Scenic 30A, this exemplary home features coastal contemporary new construction set against an ideal naturalistic backdrop with over 100’ of coastal dune lake frontage and permanent unobstructed Gulf views.

This exceptional beachfront home offers paramount attention to detail and is optimally located in the prestigious Frangista Beach community. A successful vacation rental, this property has a strong rental history and even stronger future projections.

Harstvedt + Lamon • 850.419.3641

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Michael Taylor • 850.585.0763

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$1,455,000

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SOLD SOLD 57 Sandy Dunes Cr. 5BR/5BA

$1,350,000

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SOLD 29 Shell Seekers Cove 6BR/7BA

$1,000,000

3016 Scenic Hwy 98, # 102 4BR/3BA

Masterfully constructed in 2013, this gorgeous home is phenomenal located with effortless beach access and pleasing coastal views. Interior appointments include a gourmet kitchen, an abundance of lving space, and a state-of-the-art home theater.

Custom built six-bedroom home South of 30A, close to the beach, and a must-see on your list! “OMG By the Sea” is located within a small and secluded enclave of upscale homes with a private boardwalk to the deeded beach access and close to Gulf Place.

Wake up in the private master suite overlooking the heated infinity edge pool, the Gulf of Mexico’s crystal white sand & emerald blue/green waters in the background! Owner use only (not rented) this unit is immaculate!

Caleb Midgett • 850.499.3311

Caleb Midgett • 850.499.3311

Caleb Midgett • 850.499.3311

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Destin 10221 Emerald Coast Parkway (across from Silver Sands)

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1765 Scenic Gulf Drive 4BR/4BA MLS 745281

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SOLD $999,000

3167 Scenic Gulf Drive 4BR/4BA MLS 610611

$990,000

SOLD 40 S Grand Beach Drive 5BR/6BA

$850,000

178 Open Gulf Street 6BR/6BA

In a prime position on Scenic Gulf Drive, this beach view home is a stylish and sophisticated – yet ultra comfortable. A strong vacation rental - the property includes a pool, hot tub, and cabana room.

This home is beautifully maintained and located south of Scenic Hwy. 30A with deeded beach access and gulf views. Set in an intimate community in Blue Mountain Beach this property is near hiking, biking, and shopping.

This six-figure grossing rental home is well positioned down an intimate drive in Miramar Beach. Easy beach access and optimized for entertaining - it’s easy to see why this property is highly sought year-after-year.

Joe Taylor • 850.865.6278

Caleb Midgett • 850.499.3311

Hal Crane • 850.585.1637

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SOLD $805,000

4537 Luke Avenue 6BR/7BA

$799,000

15200 Emerald Coast Pky #506 3BR/3BA

hcrane@oceanreefresorts.com

PENDING $750,000

725 Gulf Shore Dr, 803A 4BR/4BA

This newly constructed must-see Crystal Beach property with an array of amenities including a private gunite pool, full-court basketball, accommodates 20 with four master suites. Ideal for entertainers or for the investorwho sees it’s substanital value.

St Maarten 506 is a Gulf Front condo offering unending views of beautiful emerald water with white sand and swaying palms. The condo has two large Gulf front bedrooms with updated private baths, which makes this unit easy to share for multiple families!

Harbor condo living at its finest exists at Harbor Landing. This gated community of two towers has all the perks one can dream of for living on the Emerald Coast. The complex has a marina and deeded beach access.

Caleb Midgett • 850.499.3311

Hal Crane • 850.585.1637

Hal Crane • 850.585.1637

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SOLD $725,000

116 Norwood Drive 5BR/4BA

$699,000

151 Snowdrift 4BR/4BA MLS 745459

This beautiful Mediterranean style stucco and tile roof home is accented by lush tropical landscaping including exotic breeds of palm trees. The rear of the home boasts a refreshing private pool and the beach access is steps away with no roads to cross.

Here is your opportunity to obtain one of the very last large vacant lots in town South of Scenic Hwy 98. Snowdrift is a very small gated Gulf front neighborhood in Miramar Beach.

Hal Crane • 850.585.1637

Hal Crane • 850.585.1637

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hcrane@oceanreefresorts.com

$697,000

8809 St. Andrews Dr. 4BR/3.5BA MLS 741915

This Sandestin home is located on the Baytowne Golf course with views of the greens and lake. Short to The Village, tennis courts and the marina. Just steps from the clubhouse.

Joe Taylor • 850.865.6278 jtaylor@oceanreefresorts.com

SOLD $675,000

104 Norwood Dr. 4BR/3BA MLS 700215

$654,000

2075 Scenic Gulf Drive 3BR/4BA

$649,000

This beach house is one you’re not going to want to miss out on! There are very few homes on the market in this price range that offer so much without having to sacrifice age, condition, or location.

This three-story end-unit town home in Sand Dollar will not be on the market long! Once you see the attention to detail and renovation upgrades, you’ll understand why this property stands out from the rest.

Beautiful End Unit in Building B at Harbor Landing. This 9th floor unit has spectacular views of the Gulf both to the East and the West. In addition to the Gulf this unit provides views of the Harbor and East Pass.

Michael Taylor • 850.585.0763

Caleb Midgett • 850.499.3311

Hal Crane • 850.585.1637

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725 Gulf Shore Dr, # 701B 4BR/4BA MLS 711804

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SOLD $649,000

45 Lakeview Beach Drive 4BR/3BA MLS 745150

$649,000

368 Golfview Dr 4BR/4BA MLS 735752

$643,500

218 Buck Road 3BR/4BA

This home is a great investment opportunity, second home or primary residence. The 3 story home is essentially two totally separate living spaces with the first floor complete with one bedroom & full kitchen, full bath and even a laundry room.

Golf Course Patio Home located on The Sandestin Resort. This home is a perfect piece of paradise for any full time resident or second home buyer. With over 3,100 square feet there is plenty of space for the visitors you are sure to have here at the beach.

One of the best buys along the water in Santa Rosa Beach. Award-winning construction and an acute attention to details includes 10’ ceilings, crown molding, recessed lighting, 7” baseboards, and porcelain tile flooring.

Hal Crane • 850.585.1637

Hal Crane • 850.585.1637

Stacey Laymon • 850.642.0610

hcrane@oceanreefresorts.com

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PENDING $594,900

8782 St Andrews 3BR/4BA

SOLD $575,000

slaymon@oceanreefresorts.com

SOLD 8030 Legend Creek Drive 4BR/4BA

$560,000

4045 W Co Hwy 30-A #203 2BR/2BA

This beautiful home is located on a corner lot in one of the favorite neighborhoods in Sandestin. It is a 3 bedroom 3 and a half bath home with a 2 car garage, which has lots of storage. The home has a large living and dining area with a gas fireplace.

Priced to sell - This Legend Creek Home was originally the builder’s model. The home features a great location on the cul-de-sac, beautiful views of the Baytowne golf course, and easy access to the Village.

Those looking for the 30a beach living lifestyle need to look no further then this San Remo Condo. This condo features a spacious open floor plan design. The master bedroom offers Gulf Views, a master bathroom, and walk in closet.

Joe Taylor • 850.865.6278

Caleb Midgett • 850.499.3311

Hal Crane • 850.585.1637

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$539,000

26 S. St. Francis Dr. 4BR/3BA MLS 734918

$535,000

113 Cayman Cove 3BR/3BA MLS 742466

$529,000

A Mediterranean styled 2,300 square foot vacation home located in the quaint gated community of Emerald Waters Village. Spacious living area & kitchen with bar & dining area for 8 plus a large guest room & bath are located on the 1st floor.

This fabulous home located in one of the most sought after beach neighborhoods, Destiny! This 3 bedroom 2.5 bathroom home is in immaculate condition with finely appointed stone flooring throughout the first level.

This is a fantastic 5 bedroom, 4 bathroom 3 story home located in the gated resort communityVillages of Crystal Beach. The home is the largest floorplan in the neighborhood and you can feel the difference in the size of each room.

Hal Crane • 850.585.1637

Caleb Midgett • 850.499.3311

Caleb Midgett • 850.499.3311

hcrane@oceanreefresorts.com

cmidgett@oceanreefresorts.com

$520,000

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PENDING

SOLD 956 Scenic Gulf Drive 112 4BR/4BA

$520,000

5404 Tivoli Terrace Drive 3BR/4BA MLS 725380

$517,000

404 Gulfview 4BR/3.5BA

This is a must-see 4-bedroom town home in immaculate condition that has never been rented. Miramar Beach Villas is a gated community with only 32 units that boasts a seasonally heated pool and deeded beach access.

This end-unit is one of the closest Tivoli properties to the beach and backs up to great views of Baytowne’s beautiful Par 3 hole #14! This is a must-see unit that’s had numerous upgrades throughout. With stainless steel appliances.

The Conner floor plan in Highland Parks on 30A with the master bedroom downstairs. Standard features include hardwood in main living areas, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, natural gas tankless water heater and a home warranty.

Caleb Midgett • 850.499.3311

Caleb Midgett • 850.499.3311

Hal Crane • 850.585.1637

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cmidgett@oceanreefresorts.com

hcrane@oceanreefresorts.com

Destin 10221 Emerald Coast Parkway (across from Silver Sands)

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221 Tahitian Way 5BR/4BA MLS 737807

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SOLD $510,000

515 Regatta Bay 4BR/4BA

$499,000

908 Trout Creek Cove 4BR/3BA

$467,500

122 Seascape Dr Unit 1410 3BR/3BA MLS 745819

An excellent opportunity to own an affordable priced golf course home in prestigious Regatta Bay. Appointments include stainless steel appliances, ample outdoor entertaining spaces, a private pool, and lake views.

Immaculate brick home in the desirable Swiftcreek area of Niceville. Home features an exquisite Mother-in-Law quarters plus covered pool. Home includes guest house with living rm, BR, kitchen and full bath.

This huge 14th floor West end (3) bedroom unit offers incredible views of the Gulf and forever sunsets. Balconies span nearly the entire unit with access from the living, master bedroom and even a guest room.

Caleb Midgett • 850.499.3311

Hal Crane • 850.585.1637

Hal Crane • 850.585.1637

cmidgett@oceanreefresorts.com

SOLD $440,000

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hcrane@oceanreefresorts.com

SOLD 871 Shore Drive 4BR/3BA

$421,000

SOLD 53 Gulfside Way 4BR/3BA

$380,000

197 Durango Road 5D 2BR/2BA

Looking for a pristine four-bedroom home in a great location by the Choctawhatchee Bay, look no further. This home is extremely well maintained by the original owners and loaded with upgrades.

Turn-key and stress-free, this gorgeous beach cottage had a 2013 renovation that sets it apart from the rest! This home is sold fully furnished and is a rental machine- over $41,000 on the books!

Here is your chance to obtain a harbor front condo that has been fully remodeled with an open checkbook. Fabulous views overlooking the Destin Harbor from the main balcony and views of the Pass from the West balcony.

Caleb Midgett • 850.499.3311

Caleb Midgett • 850.499.3311

Hal Crane • 850.585.1637

cmidgett@oceanreefresorts.com

cmidgett@oceanreefresorts.com

hcrane@oceanreefresorts.com

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SOLD $375,000

112 Seascape Blvd, 301 3BR/3BA MLS 742180

$373,000

1160 Scenic Gulf Drive # A1004 2BR/2BA

PENDING $369,500

112 Seascape Blvd, 301, Ariel Dunes I, Miramar Beach Three Bedroom, Three Bath. Fantastic rental with over $34K in 2015! Located on the 3rd floor of one of the areas newer condominiums.

This deluxe two bedroom beach view condo on the 10th floor in building A of Majestic Sun at Seascape Golf and Tennis community can be your perfect second home or investment property.

This unit offers one of the largest balconies around town making it perfect for sun bathing or hosting parties!

Caleb Midgett • 850.499.3311

Caleb Midgett • 850.499.3311

Caleb Midgett • 850.499.3311

cmidgett@oceanreefresorts.com

cmidgett@oceanreefresorts.com

SOLD $369,000

1751 Scenic Hwy E 98, Unit 317 2BR/3BA MLS 739565

$367,000

214 Blue Mountain Rd UNIT 112 1BR/1BA

cmidgett@oceanreefresorts.com

SOLD $357,000

162 Windancer Lane #310 1BR/2BA

Unit 317 is on the western side of the building with views of the gulf and the wonderful 4000 sq.ft. pool. Condo is in immaculate condition. Original owners, never rented! Larger of the two bedroom floor plans for plenty of space.

Rare opportunity to own a property in Blue Mountain Villas. This desirable building is located on secluded road. If you’re looking for positive cash flow - this is it. Over $40,000. in revenue in 2015!

INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY! This newly updated third floor Gulf Front one bedroom condo boasts endless sunset views over the crystal white sandy beaches and shimmering emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

Stephanie Roessler • 850.259.1056

Caleb Midgett • 850.499.3311

Caleb Midgett • 850.499.3311

sroessler@oceanreefresorts

cmidgett@oceanreefresorts.com

cmidgett@oceanreefresorts.com

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SOLD

778 Scenic Gulf Drive D427 2BR/2BA

$349,000

310 Bayou Circle 2BR/3BA MLS 703456

$347,500

162 Windancer Lane 309 1BR/2BA

Best listed 2-bedroom in the building! Unit 427 offers the 1,360 floor plan, great Gulf views, and pricing that’s superior to others on for sale. This is sold fully furnished and comes with covered parking.

Located just minuites from the white sandy beaches of South Walton, The hospital, shopping and coastal cuisine, this charming home is located on the deep waters of Mallet Bayou in the community of Emerald Shores.

Windancer is one of the areas top “hidden gem” condominiums that’s tucked away from busy streets, offers a gulf-front pool, and has low-density privacy with only 48 units. This unit is a mustsee, completely renovated, rental machine.

Caleb Midgett • 850.499.3311

Harstvedt + Lamon • 850.419.3641

Caleb Midgett • 850.499.3311

cmidgett@oceanreefresorts.com

SOLD $330,000

jon@oceanreefresorts.com

SOLD 162 Windancer Lane 209 1BR/2BA

$325,000

cmidgett@oceanreefresorts.com

SOLD 162 Windancer Lane #201 1BR/2BA

$315,000

183 Whispering Lake Drive 4BR/3BA

This is the best priced unit at Windancer and is an incredible opportunity. Windancer is located in the heart of Miramar Beach and is a 4-story Gulf front condominium with designated beach access and community pool.

Popular low-density gulf front complex with a convenient location in Destin’s Miramar Beach. Unit 201 is a one-bedroom end unit on the east side of the building that is astefully furnished and rental ready!

This home features 4 Bedrooms, 2 ½ bathrooms and a sunroom that leads to the outside covered porch. It won’t last! Beautiful one-story, with upgraded premium lakefront lot. $40,000 of interior upgrades

Caleb Midgett • 850.499.3311

Caleb Midgett • 850.499.3311

Stephanie Roessler• 850.259.1056

cmidgett@oceanreefresorts.com

cmidgett@oceanreefresorts.com

sroessler@oceanreefresorts.com

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112 Seascape Drive #310 3BR/3BA

$315,000

SOLD 122 Seascape Blvd #2209 2BR/2BA

$303,000

This property is a SHORT SALE. This nicely furnished Ariel Dunes I unit offers great views of the gulf from the living/dining room, master bedroom, and the wrap around covered balcony.

Amazing views of the coastline, Gulf, and Choctawhatchee Bay await you from this nicely furnished condo in Ariel Dunes II! Well known for its incredible amenities and is extremely popular with owners and rental guests alike.

Explore this tasteful Sandestin condo in the serene Players Club on the bay. You will love all the light and this end unit has the best views form the balcony that span the golf course and the bay.

Caleb Midgett • 850.499.3311

Harstvedt + Lamon • 850.419.3641

cmidgett@oceanreefresorts.com

jon@oceanreefresorts.com

Harstvedt + Lamon • 850.419.3641

$300,000

$289,950

5060 Beachwalk Way 2BR/3BA MLS 733582

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122 Seascape Blvd, 707 2BR/2BA MLS 745382

$289,900

1096 Scenic Gulf Drive Unit 605 2BR/2BA MLS 738227

This 1300 sq ft two story town home is located on the highly desirable Southside of Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. The continuously updated lakefront unit features an open floor plan.

Compare the views and pricing and it’s easy to see why this condo needs to be on your list! This mustsee 2 bedroom unit in Ariel Dunes 2 is one of the best locations in the building.

This rental ready gulf view unit is PRICED TO SELL! Enjoy the amazing views of the Gulf of Mexico located on the more desirable east side of Destin Surfside Condo where you can enjoy better views of the morning sun or the afternoon shade.

Hal Crane • 850.585.1637

Caleb Midgett • 850.499.3311

Harstvedt + Lamon • 850.419.3641

hcrane@oceanreefresorts.com

cmidgett@oceanreefresorts.com

jon@oceanreefresorts.com

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SOLD $289,000

112 Seascape Blvd, 1003 2BR/2BA MLS 746798

$287,950

122 Seascape Drive # 708 2BR/2BA

$270,500

112 Seascape Blvd, 208 2BR/2BA MLS 730815

Located on the 10th floor of one of the area’s newest condominiums, this two-bedroom unit offers spectacular views of the Gulf and is turn-key.

Almost everything has been updated in this unit and it will not be on the market long! This 7th floor two bedroom offers fabulous views the Gulf, the lake, and the night lights of Destin!

Located on the 2rd floor of one of the area’s nicest condominiums, this two-bedroom unit sits lower in the building so you don’t have to wait long in elevators and worry about heights!

Caleb Midgett • 850.499.3311

Caleb Midgett • 850.499.3311

Caleb Midgett • 850.499.3311

$210,000

$205,000

cmidgett@oceanreefresorts.com

$240,000

1040 Highway 98, Unit 414 1BR/1BA MLS 742178

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222 Trish Ave 4BR/2BA MLS 742705

cmidgett@oceanreefresorts.com

Unit 221 Gulf Place Studio/1BA

This rental machine is sold fully furnished and is turnkey ready. Granite has been installed in the kitchen/bathrooms and the main area has large tile floors installed on the diagonal.

Don’t miss this opportunity for an all brick home South of I10 with over 2,500 sq. ft. of living space with side entry garage on corner lot. Features a split bedroom floor plan with access to covered lanai from the master bedroom and the family room.

This unit also offers one of the largest balconies around town making it perfect for sun bathing or hosting parties! When you compare the views and pricing, you will see why this unit stands apart from the rest.

Caleb Midgett • 850.499.3311

Hal Crane • 850.585.1637

Hal Crane • 850.585.1637

cmidgett@oceanreefresorts.com

hcrane@oceanreefresorts.com

hcrane@oceanreefresorts.com

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OTIUM 30A: MICHLYN GAZAWAY Studio owner Michlyn Gazaway is a panhandle native who traveled the world and has finally returned home to the beautiful Gulf Coast. Through exploration she has collected a wealth of experiences that she has artfully infused into her brand new business, Otium 30A. Michlyn’s focus is a holistic and individualized approach to a healthy lifestyle and overall well-being. Initially slated to be a sanctuary-style yoga studio, a partnership with former NHL player Glen Metropolit helped evolve the concept into an allinclusive fitness, fashion and nutritional enriching destination.

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LOCAL TIME: OTIUM 30A A fresh rendition of fitness, Otium 30A has just opened their doors at 30A Avenue – located west of where Highway 98 meets the east end of Scenic Highway 30A. Already a local favorite, Michlyn has combined her passion for fitness, nutrition and fashion to create a welcoming environment that truly enhances a well-balanced healthy lifestyle.

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Upon entering this stylish establishment, visitors are greeted with a warm smile and a diverse selection of top fitness gear. Each designer is hand-selected with a keen eye on sustainable practices, North American production, and of course – STYLE! Currently, Otium houses nearly 20 brands including favorites like Monrow, Vimmia, Nation LTD and Alternative. In addition to the most fashionable fitness wear, here you’ll also find accessories, natural fragrances, skincare, candles and soaps.

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The retail and juice bar prelude the main event - the spacious fitness studio. Otium 30A inspires and con - ditions through a dynamic assortment of group classes including: Yoga, High-Intensity BarreAmped, TRX Suspension Training and private training opportunities. All instructors are warm and friendly, and that is of course by design. Michlyn brought in fitness instructors from around the country that are exclusive to Otium 30A. This ensures that their approach to fitness in South Walton is truly fresh. Her vision has been realized and she’s made yoga and other services easily accessible to any skill level.

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Complementing the curated collection of distinguished retail is a selection of fresh juices. Through a partnership with Formula Fresh out of nearby Blue Mountain Beach, Otium 30A offers cold-pressed juices that have been uniquely formulated to give your palate (and body) a daily dose of healthy bliss. With simple recipes that are wholesome alternatives and practical solutions for everyday nutrition, these handcrafted blends are an ideal complement for Otium’s health-forward patrons.

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KIDSZOGA Kid’s night out, glow-in-the-dark yoga + self awareness

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Suspension Training bodyweight exercise that develops strength, balance, exibility and core stability

In fact, their classes are so accessible and welcoming that even the kids get in on the fun! Zoga is offered on the first Friday of each month and is a kids-night-out featuring glowin-the-dark yoga and self-awareness! It’s an ideal session for parents who may enjoy exploring the additional shops and eateries throughout 30A Avenue or in nearby Rosemary Beach. Michlyn and her team invite you to find peace, leisure and an unforgettable experience at Otium 30A.

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Le Sable Chateau

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The heart and soul of Destin is its vibrant harbor. Adorned by the boardwalk, this destination is home to a community of local charter fishing boats, water activities, beach shops, restaurants and nightlife spots. Off the harbor, Downtown Destin hosts family fun at both Big Kahuna’s Water Park and the Destin Track. Accommodations in Downtown Destin are comprised primarily of condos and town homes, conveniently placing guests just moments from the most sought after attractions in the area. Sterling Sands

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Shoreline Towers

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A peninsula located south of the Destin Harbor, Holiday Isle parallels Downtown Destin. This community is a private, water-surrounded oasis that is just seconds from all the excitement imaginable, yet manages to maintain an ideal, laid back communal ambiance. Accommodations offered on Holiday Isle range from intimate canal side cottages to impressive beachfront estates. Casa De LaHunt

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Breezy Cabana

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Crystal Beach is home to colorful classic-styled beach cottages, intimate condominium buildings, white picket fences, meandering sidewalks and quaint eateries. This community is family-centric and here, the unwinding is easy! But don’t think excitement isn’t on the menu

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Crystal View

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Remember When

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MIA

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3BR

Britannia

3BR

Barracuda

3BR

DESTINY MUST DO LIST: CRAB TRAP

TUSCANY ITALIAN BISTRO

REGATTA BAY GOLF CLUB

DESTINY

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Sandcastle by the Sea

Positioned along Scenic Gulf Drive between Crystal and Miramar Beach, Destiny is host to the most prestigious gated developments in Destin, each offering unique amenities. Destiny Shores and Destiny West share a pool, hot tub, ďŹ tness center and tennis courts. Destiny East is home to Club Destiny, offering a greater selection of activities centered on their clubhouse. Destiny by the Sea is a beachfront neighborhood and, in addition to the private beach, it hosts a pool and 24-hour security.

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Parrothead Quarters

3BR

Crystal Sands

1-2 BR

Perrywinkle Palms

3BR

Emerald Dunes

Caribbean Dunes

1BR

Crystal Villas

2-3 BR

1 BR

5 BR

Blue Lagoon Rendezvous 5 BR

Beach Castle

4 BR

Good Vibrations

4 BR

Blu Sky

5 BR

Feeling Good

3 BR

Beach Beauty

3 BR

Amazing Grace

3 BR

Destiny Lakehouse

3 BR

Tranqui-la

3 BR

Destiny Villas

Crystal Cabana

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BAD ASS COFFEE

WHALE’S TAIL

SEASCAPE GOLF

Stay with us beachfront in Frangista and enjoy complimentary year-round chair & umbrella service.

Port Royal

Life is Good

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Seaduction

5 BR

Sun of a Beach

5 BR

Frangista Costas

5 BR

5 BR

La Fortune

5 BR

Aqualina

5 BR

Le Neptune

5 BR


Down Time

4 BR

A Shore Thing

4 BR

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As the most sought-after beachfront community in Miramar Beach, Frangista Beach is the definition of laid-back beachside sophistication. Home to the largest collection of beachfront vacation homes with private pools, this exquisite community is ideal for travelers seeking privacy and close proximity to fellow traveling friends and family. Additionally, classically styled coastal homes located just off the beach ensure quality accommodations are available for every budget. Frangista Beach is also home to a handful of small, locally owned businesses, including Emerald Coast Wine Cellars and the Bad Ass Coffee Company. If you venture just minutes further, you’ll discover luxury and discount shopping, live entertainment, event venues and award-winning dining establishments.

4 BR

Good Times

4BR

Oceania

4 BR

Third Day

4 BR

Shangri-La

3 BR

Frangista Royal

3 BR

Emerald Star

3 BR

Alegria

3 BR

Firefly

3 BR

Pet Sand

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Seacret Spot

3 BR

Emerald Waters

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Seaspray

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Tackle Box

9 BR

MIRAMAR BEACH MUST DO LIST: SILVER SANDS PREMIUM OUTLETS

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Pelicans Roost

8 BR

Gulf Splendor

8 BR

Seadreams

7 BR

Breeze on Inn

7 BR

Polka Dot Bikini

6 BR

Beach House

6 BR

ReGrouper

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Dunes Too

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Northwest Florida is home to two distinctly different world-class beach vacation destinations. The first is Destin – filled with excitement, family attractions, shopping, dining, fishing, vibrant nightlife and, of course, white sand beaches. The other is South Walton – home to the same breathtaking beaches but with greater focus on the preservation of nature and with intentionally less development. Miramar Beach is positioned between Destin and South Walton, making it the ideal destination to experience the best of both worlds. Destin’s neighbor Miramar Beach offers the largest selection of beach homes and variety of condo rentals.

Castle in the Sand

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VIN’TIJ WINE

Coco Hut

6 BR

Wiki in the Tiki

6 BR

Birds Bungalow

6 BR

Under the Sea

6 BR

Anchors Away

6 BR

Shell Shack

6 BR

Banana Cabana

6 BR

Chateau Louise

5 BR

Sunset Beach

5 BR

Sea-Esta

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POMPANO JOES

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While the draw of its neighbors is strong, visitors of Miramar Beach may choose not to leave this oasis. Perfectly situated between the Gulf of Mexico and the Choctawhatchee Bay, fishermen and water sport enthusiasts will have plenty of options to indulge here. Off the water, guests will enjoy shopping at the nation’s largest designer outlet mall – Silver Sands Premium Outlets. In addition to Silver Sands, other premier shopping and entertainment options include Grand Boulevard and Baytowne Wharf. Fresh seafood eateries are scattered throughout Miramar Beach and the famed Scenic Gulf Drive offers several locations with exceptional beachfront dining.

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Biscotti

5 BR

The Grits Carlton

5 BR

Casa De Miramar

Mellow Yellow

5 BR

Linger Longer

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Seadreams

Bellagio

5 BR

Tangerine Dream

5 BR

Magnolia Sands

5 BR

On The Beach

5 BR

Seaglass

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Summer Breeze

4 BR

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Beachside Bungalow

4 BR

Valentine House

4 BR

4 BR

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Caribbean Breezes

4 BR

Cape Monaco

4 BR

Sailors Delight

4 BR

Treasure Chest

4 BR

Summer Haven South

4 BR

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Paradise Found

4 BR

Surfin Safari

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Banana Beach

4 BR

Driftwood Dreamin

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A Dreamers Paradise

4 BR

Sandy Dunes

4 BR

Sea Winds

4 BR

Sandy Toes

4 BR

Avalon

4 BR

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Splendor I & II

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Palm Oasis

3 BR

All Tide Up

3 BR

Hideout

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Skinny Dippin

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Melomar

Averitts Favorite

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3 BR

All 4 Fun

Island Time

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3 BR

Puesta Del Sol

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Destin Blue

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Seaside Getaway

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Beachside Bikini

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Jolebo Landing

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A Piece Of Heaven

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Seadreams

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Crab Trap

3 BR

After Dunes Delight

3 BR

Beachboys & Mermaids

3 BR

Blue Marlin

3 BR

Beach Pointe

3 BR

Hilltop

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Summerhaven

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Flip Flop Cottage

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Southampton

Panorama

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My Margaritaville

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Snowdrift

3 BR

Tropic View

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Rising Sun

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Lemon Drop

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Calypso

2 BR

Destination

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Sand Wishes

2 BR

Leeward Key

2-4 BR

Mediterranea

2-3 BR

Majestic Sun

1-5 BR

The Empress

3 BR

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Ariel Dunes I

1-3 BR

Ariel Dunes II

1-3 BR

Edgewater

1-3 BR

Costa Del Sol

3 BR

Huntington by the Sea

3 BR

Grand View

3 BR


2 BR

Surfside

Gulfview

1 BR

Sea Cabins

2 BR

Maravilla

1 BR

Beach Resort

3 BR

Windancer

1-2 BR

Amalfi Coast

1-3 BR

2 BR

Gulfside Hidden Dunes

2 BR

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Beach Manor

2 BR

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JOLEE ISLAND

GRAND BOULEVARD

RAVEN GOLF CLUB

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BAYTOWNE MARINA

YOLO

Northwest Florida’s premier resort destination – Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort – encompasses 2,400 acres stretching between the Gulf of Mexico and the Choctawhatchee Bay. Here at the Emerald Coast’s only beachto-bay resort, visitors enjoy access to over seven miles of beach and bay frontage. Often referred to as the “Gated City,” this first-class vacation destination features a selection of unparalleled amenities that include four championship golf courses, a world-class tennis center, a bustling marina, multiple entertainment venues, a massive selection of restaurants and two of the top lifestyle destinations in the region – the Village of Baytowne Wharf and Grand Boulevard. Accommodations offered within Sandestin include beachfront high-rise condominiums, golf course and lakeside villas, bayside hotel rooms and executive-styled vacation homes.

2 BR

Westwinds

1-2 BR

Bayside Inn

1 BR

3 BR

Tivoli Terrace

3 BR

Beachwalk Villas

2-3 BR

Beachside Towers II

1-2 BR

Beachside Towers I

1-3 BR

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Luau

Tuscan Breeze

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Sand D Breeze

8 BR

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30A Fish Camp

6 BR

30A Morning Surf

6 BR

Dune Vista

5 BR

Dune Allen Delight

4 BR

Dune Allen Retreat

5 BR

Santa Rosa Sunset

5 BR

Fair Catch

4 BR

Sand D Breeze A & B

4 BR

Allen House

4 BR

Pink Flamingo Cottage

3 BR

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DUNE ALLEN MUST DO LIST: TOPSAIL STATE PARK

STINKY’S FISH CAMP

The gateway to 30A, Dune Allen Beach is the most western community positioned along the famed Scenic Drive. With an unpretentious coastal lifestyle, visitors of Dune Allen will enjoy spending time outdoors, on and off the beach. Of course Dune Allen Beach offers the same pristine white sand found

5 BR

Beach Breeze

3 BR

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elsewhere in Northwest Florida, but this quaint community also hosts a state park, nature trails, and several rare coastal dune lakes. Dune Allen’s convenient location puts the excitement of Destin and nearby South Walton only moments away.

Coastal dune lakes often flow into the Gulf. These special lakes are only found in two other locations on the planet.

Sandy Shoes

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Laffy Taffy

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A Suite Life

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Sandpiper

OYSTER LAKE

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Gulf Princess

5 BR

5 BR

At Redfish

5 BR

Riva Del Mare

5 BR

Sandy by the Sea

4 BR

Coast On Inn

4 BR

Are We There Yet

4 BR

Champagne Jam

4 BR

Adagio

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Blue Mountain Villas

1-3 BR

Blue Mountain Beach is the highest elevated point along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. It inherited its name from the early Spanish Conquistadors who caught a glimpse of the native blue lupine owers high on the horizon. Outdoor enthusiasts will delight in hiking through the pine groves of Point Washington State Forest or biking along the Timpoochee Trail. Beachgoers will revel in the sand and enjoy some of the most wide open beaches in all of South Walton. Accommodations offered in Blue Mountain Beach are comprised of intimate lowkey beachfront condos, lavish beachside resorts and a selection of vacation homes both on and off the beach.

Redfish Village

3 BR


BLUE MOUNTAIN MUST DO LIST: BIG DADDY’S BIKES

REDFISH VILLAGE

FOR THE HEALTH OF IT

NICK’S

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SANTA ROSA BEACH MUST DO LIST: SRB GOLF CLUB

GULF PLACE

CAFE TANGO

JUSTIN GAFFREY GALLERY

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South Walton hosts a large selection of meticulously maintained public beach accesses - ideal for easy passage to the sand.

Villa Rosa

9 BR

Casablanca

7 BR

Morning Star

6 BR

OMG! By The Sea

6 BR

Beyond the Sea

5 BR

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Blessings

5 BR

Dolce Vita

5 BR


Often referred to as “the town that began it all,” Santa Rosa Beach was the first established community in South Walton. Attractions include Eden State Garden Park and the Santa Rosa Beach

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Sea Haunts

3 BR

The Legends

2 BR

The Inn at Gulf Place

1 BR

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Beachcomber

Golf Club. Guests seeking to spend their vacation in Santa Rosa Beach can opt for studio style condos, vacation homes with pools near the beach or custom beachfront homes.

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GRAYTON MUST DO LIST: SACZYNSKI STUDIO

GRAYTON BEACH STATE PARK

THE RED BAR

GRAYTON BEACH

Bahama Breeze

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The heart and soul of South Walton – Grayton Beach is an eclectic community comprised of historic cottages and modern vacation homes. Snuggled against Grayton Beach State Park and bordered by Western Lake, it hosts natural beauty, on and off the beach.

WATERCOLOR MUST DO LIST: WINE WORLD

FISH OUT OF WATER

BLUE GIRAFFE GALLERY

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Libbysand

5 BR

WaterColor is a jewel in the crown of South Walton. Easily the largest community on 30A, in addition to the beach it offers lakes and rivers wound within its borders – all leading to the sea. Come see the colors for yourself!

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SEAGROVE MUST DO LIST: 723 WHISKEY BRAVO

THE REP

CAFE 30-A

SEAGROVE

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5 BR

Cinnamon Fern

4 BR

Seagrove has stayed true to its “roots” by preserving its natural beauty. From quaint beachfront condominiums, lavish beach-side resorts, to colorful vacation homes, Seagrove Beach is a quiet oasis. Villas at Seagrove Beach

4 BR

Lucky Charm

4 BR

Pelican Place

3 BR

Aquatic Paradise

2 BR

Walton Dunes

2 BR

Capistrano

2 BR

Dunes of Seagrove

2 BR

Ramsgate

1 BR

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SEACREST MUST DO LIST: GEORGE’S

OPHELIA’S SWIMWEAR

ACME ICE HOUSE

SEACREST BEACH oceanreefresorts.com/seacrest-beach This blossoming coastal community features the best of South Walton’s 30A, yet remains quiet & relaxed. This masterplanned development is

Away to Play

Casa Del Sol

Lazy Days

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4 BR

3 BR

centered on South Walton’s largest community pool (15,000 sq ft) and is a family favorite!

Renaissance

9 BR

Bluetopia

3 BR

Endless Summer

5 BR

Everybody

5 BR

Coral Rose

3 BR

Tranquility on the Beach

3 BR

Seascape

4 BR

Villas at Seacrest

3 BR

Boothbay

2 BR

Villages of S.Walton

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INLET BEACH MUST DO LIST: SHADES AT THE LOOP

CAMP HELEN

THE DONUT HOLE

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Five Star

4 BR

The last stop along the magical world of South Walton’s Scenic 30A, Inlet Beach offers a relaxed atmosphere that gives visitors an authentic local experience. Nestled alongside Rosemary Beach,

time spent here is easily rich, simple and genuinely rewarding. Only minutes from Panama City Beach – all the excitement imaginable is within a moment’s reach.

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GULF WORLD

WONDERWORKS

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Celadon Beach

1 BR

Calypso Resort

1-2 BR

Hosting 27 miles of paradise, guests of this world-renowned destination enjoy a varied selection of exciting attractions and establishments that have become a thing of legend. Accommodations in Panama City Beach include beachfront townhomes and soaring, high-rise condominiums.

Beachfront at Last

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Blessed

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Palazzo

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IT’S THE BRANDS Silver Sands Premium Outlets grants you full access to the most exceptional brands imaginable. Centrally located along the western edge of Walton County, it’s more than just a place to shop – it’s a destination. Strolling along the covered, open walkways, passing shop after shop, it is easy to spend the day searching for high-end brand treasures, at just a fraction of their retail price. You’ll find impressive savings on cookware, high fashion, gifts, sportswear and more. Shop till you drop or just pop-by for what you’re looking for – it’s all found at Silver Sands Premium Outlets.

dress shirts

Johnston & Murphy

fox vest

Wilsons Just:$159

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divine youth L’Occitane

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decanter & glasses

Waterford Wedgwood Just:$80 – $250

dutch oven Le Creuset

heritage briefcase Hartmann Just:$425

suitcase Samsonite Just:$199

bluetooth speaker Bose

Just:$199

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Power. Luxury. Elegance. Adventure. Whether you are a novice seeking a fun day with your family or a serious tournament fisherman, we offer a trip to meet your needs. The RELENTLESS is our 65’ x 20’ custom built sportsfisherman and is available for daily trips from 4 hours up to 18 hours. With a captain who has over thirty five years of fishing in the Gulf of Mexico the RELENTLESS specializes in overnight trips of 24 to 72 hours if you prefer to stay longer and “fish bigger” for marlin, tuna & swordfish.

You can go fishing or you can go RELENTLESS

RELENTLESS CHARTER FISHING

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Aquamarine, turquoise, and topaz are stunning gems that shine colors the same as our shimmering Gulf of Mexico. However moments from our shore - the gemstones themselves sparkle and gleam as pieces in a curated collection of treasures that have been hand-selected from around the world.

EPICENTER

OF STYLE Lisa Peters Purveyor of jewels, fashion and her own blend of coastal elegance

The most awarded jewelry store on the coast is Destin Jewelers, a long-standing favorite among locals and visitors alike. Whimsically crafted, this special destination is regally attired. A twinkling chandelier anchors the fanciful decor and a custom cushioned pink circular sofa. Surrounding this ensemble is a multitude of display cases – each one placed optimally and accessible to all. The experience here is fun and charming with an intentional departure from stuffy. The featured artisans’ hosted here compose collections that are fashion-forward, easy to wear, collectable and adaptable. Although each designer is uniquely bold, all pieces blend together well, allowing mixing and matching to achieve multiple looks – from casual to elegant. Featured designers include: Armenta, Christopher Designs, Mazza, Yvel, Nanis and Vahan. Fun fashion jewelry is also on hand from brands like Bounit, Robindira Unsworth and White Moth – to name just a few.

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Continuing with their accentuation of a life well lived, Destin Jewelers offers additional treasures and transcends as a stylish boutique. Clothing, footwear, scarves, hats and handbags are sprinkled throughout – and many are perfect gifts. Items like the Vinbrella – a stylish and ultimately functional twist on the classic umbrella. Reading glasses from Eyebob – the frames are fun, funky, and fashionable. Of course most jewelry stores offer jewelry boxes, but here you’ll find the most fantastic boxes available! Globo boxes from Jonathan Adler resemble oversized, globe-shaped gems in bright, translucent colors. Leading a team of passionate and personable jewelry aficionados at Destin Jewelers is Store Curator and Owner, Lisa Peters. She is a strong advocate of romance and her welcoming personality is evident throughout the shop. However, Lisa and her staff are not the only greeters at this luxurious establishment. Lola, her ragdoll cat, can often be spotted hiding between the cases! Less bashful and very well mannered is Gracie Lee – a picture-perfect chocolate lab, who can also be found on duty.

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Treat yourself or pamper a loved one - here you’ll find a special memento to celebrate your visit to the coast and all things grand. This casual, yet sophisticated jewelry boutique offers up a world of style to explore and if you’re lucky, you’ll take a bit home with you!

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Iconic adventure awaits. Experience classic moments that stand the test of time. Arrive in style and with purpose at the area’s most prestigious clubhouse. Grab your clubs and lace up your spikes for a round to remember on one of the ďŹ nest courses along the Gulf Coast. Finish 18 and head for the bar. Arnold Palmer anyone?


Fashion: Brooks Brothers, Grand Boulevard

Models: Andre + Julia Drevinskas

Location: Regatta Bay Golf & Yacht Club

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How and where to catch Swordfish on the Emerald Coast

tackle talk: Sword on the line with Half Hitch Tackle’s Tim Broom

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H

GET THE GEAR Without the right gear, you don’t have a chance! Swordfish can be extremely powerful with battles lasting up to two hours. This is one of the few species that can swim at depths of 2000 feet and then head right to the surface with no ill effects.

Head to the Spur and the steps at the tip of DeSoto Canyon. The canyon is an erosional valley that cuts through the continental shelf along the Northern Gulf Coast. Here an up-welling of deep water occurs and brings nutrients and phytoplankton to the surface, which attracts bait fish and squid, which in turn attracts large predators like swordfish. Swordfish are primarily nocturnal feeders. However, in recent years we’ve found them during the day. Instead of feeding near the surface at less than 300 feet down as they migrate at night, you can find them feeding in depths just greater than 200 feet. Swords can be caught year-round, but the most consistent action is between April and November.

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In the old days, anglers would target swordfish with 80 lbs. class tackle. Modern reels with upgraded drag capacity and the invention of braided line, you can fish with reels like the Shimano Tiagra TI30WLRSA (which stands for 30 wide, two speed, and long range drag). With that said, there are still old school fishermen who prefer to use the 80 lb class rods and reels with monofilament line.

As far as rods go, many will do the job, but none are better than the Shimano Terez Carbon-fiber butt rods. The bent butt gives anglers more power over the fish with less effort. As they are solid aluminum, they can be a little on the heavy side. The new Terez Carbon-fiber rods reduce the weight by about 40%, making this version the weapon of choice.

RIGS & LEADERS

We rig our rods with a 20-foot long wind-on leader. By IGFA rules, you are allowed a total leader and double the line length of 40 feet on tackle over 20 lbs. We tie a double line using an Australian Braid to form a double line at the end of our main line that is six feet, this gives


DEPLOYING LINES a loop at the end of the line on which to attach the wind-on leader. The windon leader comes with a loop of braided line attached to the leader to make the attachment to the main line. Using a

SWORDFISH SPOTS •••••••••••••••••••• Spur East End

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2927.527 / 8658.370 Spur South End

2917.815 / 8659.717 Canyon Wall East End

2919.028 / 8727.111 Canyon Wall West End

2914.118 / 8745.217

six-foot double line, a 20-foot wind-on leader 150 lb to 300 lbs., and just a short ten-foot leader on the actual rig keeps us under the IFGA maximum. This allows the reeling of most of the leader on the reel, which enables more control of the fish, and avoiding the use of hand line. Rigs consist of a ten-foot leader 125 lbs. to 300 lbs., three-way swivel at the top, an LP LED light attached between the swivel with a #32 rubber band. We use the rubber band to attach the lead so it breaks off during the fight and does not give the fish leverage to use the lead to throw the hook.

BAITS

Swordfish love squid, but they are not the only choice for bait. Other options for bait include Northern mackerel and Bonita strips. When rigging the squid, make sure to sew the head to the body as it comes off easily and looks unnatural. Rigging the squid, mackerel and strip baits is important to sow or pin the bait to the leader. This prevents it from bunching up around the hook.

BUOYS & BALLOONS

Chances are you will be fishing at night and need to keep track of your baits. Buoys serve two purposes – one is to keep your bait at the right depth and the other is use as a marker. To allow for detachment during a battle, use either a long line clip or rubber band. Attaching a light stick to the buoy makes it easy to see at night.

Before you head out, you’ll need to do a little dockside preparation. Getting your lines spaced right in the dark can be a challenge. With preparation, it can be much easier. First, mark your long line, medium line and short line rods. Now it’s time to mark the line itself with a black marker. Pull off 50 feet on the long rod and put a one-foot long mark. Then do the same at 300 feet. On the middle rod, mark 150 feet and 45 feet, on the short rod mark 300 feet and 400 feet.

GAFFS & FIGHTING HARNESS

It’s necessary to have the correct gaff when bringing the fish on board. It’s common for anglers to have a gaff that is far too short. In a 60-foot sport fishing boat you need enough gaff to reach the water and three feet away from the boat. In a 20-foot center console, you need enough gaff to reach past the motors. As far as hook size, they need to be at least five inches. Fighting harnesses are a must and can save your back in a smaller boat or if you do not have a fighting chair. With a good shoulder or kidney harness, the right rod belt and a pair of drop strops – you can let go of the rod if you get tired, sit back and relax, and not have a care in the world! Braid Fishing and Aftco both make nice models. Get geared-up at Halfhitch.com or visit our shop in Destin, Florida. SOUVENIR MAGAZINE

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One of the hardest working musicians in Northwest Florida, Chris Alvarado performs hundreds of shows a year. He can be found strumming his guitar at top venues along 30A in South Walton as well as in premier festivals and events throughout the country. His collection of awards and accolades is ever-growing and includes being selected to perform at the Florida Grammy Showcase, winning the Beachcomber Music Award for Best Singer/Songwriter and placing third in the Dallas Songwriters Association’s songwriting competition. He’s opened for Shawn Mullins, Daphne Willis, Edwin McCain and The Shadowboxers. Fans have likened Chris’s sound to John Mayer, Jack Johnson, and Jason Mraz. However, his voice is truly unique and his lyrics – enchanting. Chris often delights crowds with his fun acoustic covers but his real passion is his songwriting. He’s released two independent albums, the first self-titled and the second, “Home.” Both records feature original tracks that are touching and tender with experiences of both happiness and sorrow. His music can be found online at chrisalvaradolive.com, on iTunes and on Pandora. Chris is truly a maker of music… and in more ways than one. When he’s not in the studio or in front of a crowd, you can find him in his Driftwood Guitars workshop, handcrafting musical masterpieces. Since 2006, Chris has been building guitars and other musical instruments. His artistic approach pays tribute to the craftsmanship of the past while incorporating modern and progressive innovation. Each piece is individually commissioned and Chris makes it a priority to get to know his customers. He pairs the player with style and shape that enhances their sound. Every detail is then carefully selected creating a one-of-a-kind instrument that is tailored exactly as the

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You can experience Chris Alvarado’s passion for music in many ways. From the first note, whether sung in person or strummed from a Driftwood Guitar, you’re in for a treat.

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“It’s imperative that a buyer leaves with more than just a beautiful instrument.” Chris goes on to explain that the entire process is an emotional experience. Each creation takes up to 4 months to build and on average he talks with the client twice a week. This attention to detail and personal bond ensures that these guitars will make music for generations.

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player wishes. Acoustic guitars start at $3,750 and can be constructed of mahogany, East Indian rosewood, Ovangkol or walnut. Premium woods are offered with prices ranging from an additional $200 for curly caro walnut up to $2,000 for Brazilian rosewood. Customization options include a range of soundboards, inlays, binding, nuts, and saddles. In addition to acoustic guitars, Chris crafts archtops starting at $5,250 and ukuleles from $2,150. Additional details and options can be found online at driftwood-guitars.com.


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GOLF ACADEMY ON THE GREEN: SANTA ROSA GOLF & BEACH CLUB There’s no better place to enjoy the unique flora and crisp Gulf breezes than Santa Rosa Beach Golf Course. Lock in an 8:00 A.M. foursome or book tutor-time with Carter at (850) 267-2229. santarosaclub.com

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KEY MOVE #3

When we just swing our arms without turning our body, it becomes difficult to maintain arm extension. One sure way to know if we turned our body properly is to hold our finish position and observe. Your weight should be 90% on your forward leg, with your belt buckle and chest facing the target, and arms are at full extension.

PGA Director of Golf, Carter Murchison AT SANTA ROSA GOLF & BEACH CLUB

PROBLEM

While hitting bunker shots, your tendency is to blade the golf ball over the green or leave it in the bunker for fear that you will hit it too thin.

SOLUTION

Learn to swing using your entire body. Pivot to control distance.

KEY MOVE #1

Have the proper set up at address. Play the ball forward in your stance towards your front foot with the club face slightly open. Keep your hands directly over the ball to utilize the bounce of the club (placing the hands too far forward causes the club to dig and take too much sand).

KEY MOVE #2

After we allow our body to turn in our backswing, the second key move is impact. Maintain full arm extension into impact. This is achievable if the body pivots back and through while the arms stay passive.

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Technically it's still a car. Technically. To produce a pure high-performance machine is an impressive feat. To reinvent the entire segment is quite another. With the 918 Spyder, we achieved an unprecedented level of performance. Then, naturally, we pushed even further. We wrapped it in iconic racing livery. We fashioned the mirrors, window frame, roof and rear wings out of carbon fiber. And finally, we crafted the wheels from lightweight magnesium. Nearly 90 pounds lighter, the result is the Weissach Package. And, the only vehicle to record a time of 6:57 on the world-famous N端rburgring Nordschleife.

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