Destin’s Regatta Bay Celebrates Two Decades with Celebs, Golf, Community Do-Gooders

Regatta Bay Golf & Yacht Club hosts their 20th Anniversary Celebration March 1517. The celebration will benefit One Hopeful Place and Emerald Coast Honor Games.


Over the past two decades, in addition to world-class golf, the Regatta Bay community has grown to include the world’s largest indoor boat storage facility, Destin Commons shopping center, Regatta Commons Office Park, Legacy on the Bay Apartments, LuLu’s Destin, and Legendary Marine, one of the country’s largest boat dealerships.


Today, Regatta Bay is still growing with 21 new homes under construction in the newest community, The Preserve, designed by Destin Custom Home Builders, and plans are underway for a new 65-unit housing development named Tradewinds.


“It is such a tremendous milestone for us to have reached our 20-year anniversary,” says Regatta Bay Golf & Yacht Club Head Golf Professional Mike Giammaresi. “The community is the reason we’ve grown throughout the years, so we felt it was imperative to give back to the community that has supported us for so long. One Hopeful Place and Emerald Coast Honor Games are two charities that deserve a tremendous amount of support, and it’s our hope to raise a substantial amount of funds for them.”


One Hopeful Place is a 20-bed residential housing facility for men experiencing homelessness and veterans desiring to make a change in their lives. Their mission, to be the front door into permanent housing and to end the cycle of homelessness for those experiencing housing loss in Okaloosa County, is lived out every day with their Fort Walton Beach facility and their new 75-bed facility currently under construction.


Emerald Coast Honor Games is an annual fitness competition that combines CrossFit-style workouts to raise funds for defenders of the front line. In its first year, the Emerald Coast Honor Games raised over $50,000 for four local charities—Okaloosa Sheriff’s Star Charities, Healing Paws for Warriors, Special Forces Association, and the Combat Control Association. The Emerald Coast Honor Games aims to grow even bigger in the years to come in hopes of raising more funds for their mission.


The celebratory weekend will begin with the Parade of Homes and Champagne Toast on Thursday, March 15, with a parade of homes by Destin Custom Home Builders from 3 to 5 p.m. Participants will enter at the guard gate where they will receive a punch card notating the homes to visit. The Parade of Homes will conclude at the clubhouse of Regatta Bay Golf & Yacht Club, where the Champagne Toast and celebration will continue from 5 to 7 p.m.


Those who successfully visit all of the homes with a full punch card or who donate $100 to the charities will be entered to win a plethora of lavish prizes. The Champagne Toast event will be open to the public and FREE to attend.


On Friday, March 16, the Regatta Bay Golf & Yacht Club Celebrity Pro Am Live Auction begins at 6:30 p.m. Held outside on the driving range in a lavishly decorated tent, the night will be highlighted by food and drinks by Regatta Bay Golf & Yacht Club and live music by the renowned 10-piece brass band Masterpiece. A live auction hosted by the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce’s President Ted Corcoran will be held that evening in which celebrities and golfers will be auctioned off to join player’s teams for the Celebrity Pro Am Golf Tournament being held the next day.


Celebrities confirmed at press time include two-time major champion professional PGA golfer John Daly, former Major League Baseball second baseman and Hall of Famer Bill Mazeroski, former MLB player Greg Litton, Big Break Star and LPGA Pro Fiamma Felitch, and former NFL linebacker Keith Brooking, among many others.


The main event, the Regatta Bay Golf & Yacht Club 20th Anniversary Celebration Celebrity Pro Am Golf Tournament, will take place Saturday, March 17. Registration begins at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start at 10. Entrance fees are $650 to the public, and $500 for Regatta Bay Golf & Yacht Club members to sign up individually, or $3,000 to sign up a foursome.


All participants will choose a $470 retail value VIP tournament gift package option of their choice at the Friday night celebration. All tournament players will receive complimentary meals, cocktails, and an invitation to the after party and awards ceremony following the tournament at the Regatta Bay Clubhouse. The tournament and after party are open to the public. Golfers can register a team or individually by emailing or at the Regatta Bay Clubhouse.


To learn more about the Regatta Bay celebration and to purchase tickets to the Friday night event, visit

– Jessica Bracken
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