DESTIN — Regatta Bay Golf and Yacht Club will host its 20th Anniversary Celebration Thursday through Saturday.

The three-day event will benefit One Hopeful Place and Emerald Coast Honor Games.

Since it opened, Regatta Bay has received accolades that include “Best Golf Course on the Emerald Coast” for over 12 years and one of Golf Digest’s “200 Best Courses in North America.” Today, the club has over 250 members and the public contributes over 25,000 golf rounds.

“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,” said Mike Giammaresi, Regatta Bay Golf and Yacht Club head golf pro. “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 all while celebrating the 20th year.”

The celebratory weekend will begin from 3-5 p.m. Thursday with the Parade of Homes and Champagne Toast. Destin Custom Home Builders guests will join area chambers, the Regatta Bay Golf and Yacht Club team and other community members on a house tour to enjoy light bites, libations and live music by David Seering. 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 lavish prizes. The Champagne toast event will be open to the public and free to attend.

At 6:30 p.m. Friday, guests are invited to the club's Celebrity Pro-Am live auction, hosted by the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce’s President Ted Corcoran. Celebrities and golfers will be auctioned off to join player’s teams for the Celebrity Pro-Am Golf Tournament being held the following day. Celebrity names include: two-time major champion professional PGA golfer John Daly; former MLB second baseman and major league hall of famer Bill Mazeroski; former MLB player Greg Litton; Big Break Star and LPGA Pro Fiamma Felitch; former NFL linebacker Keith Brooking; FedEx Executive Vice-President Mike Glenn; former MLB first baseman Todd Helton; and former college football head coach Tommy Tuberville. Other notable people will also be auctioned.

The main event — the Regatta Bay Golf and Yacht Club 20th Anniversary Celebration Celebrity Pro-Am Golf Tournament — will take place Saturday. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. Entrance fees are $650 to the public, and $500 for Regatta Bay Golf and Yacht Club members to sign up individually, or $3,000 to sign up a foursome. All those participating in the golf tournament get to choose a $470 retail value VIP tournament gift package at the Friday night celebration sponsored by Callaway Golf. All tournament players will receive complimentary meals, cocktails and an invitation to the after party and awards ceremony at the Regatta Bay Clubhouse following the tournament. 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.

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About the charities

One Hopeful Place is a 20-bed residential housing facility for men experiencing homelessness and veterans desiring to make a change in their lives. Its 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 practiced daily at its Fort Walton Beach facility and the 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 its mission.