By Tim McDonald

Golf and meetings make great dancing partners, and Bay Point Marriott is offering perks to groups who book by Dec. 31.

Bay Point Marriott in Panama City, of course, is home to two good golf courses, the popular Meadows course along with the Nicklaus course, the only Nicklaus Design track in Northwest Florida, according to the resort.

An interesting note about the Nicklaus course is that it was once one of the toughest courses in Florida, and even in the country. Nicklaus' design firm was brought in several years ago to make it more playable.

Either course, or both, would appeal to business groups who like to relax on the course. Bay Point Marriott is offering exclusive rebates on meetings held before the end of 2012.

The resort calls it the Powerful Perks Meeting offer and eligible groups will receive four percent rebates on programs valued from $10,000-$50,000 and six percent on programs valued more than $50,000.

The resort is offering other incentives as well. Call 850-236-6000 for more information.