University of South Florida Golf Course - The Claw

3.5566000000 3.6 stars from 5 (221)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 6863 yards
  • Slope: 132
  • Rating: 74.2
  • Layout

  • 13801 North 46th Street, Tampa, Florida 33620, Hillsborough County
  • (813) 632-6893, (813) 974-2071
  • (813) 975-6695
  • www.theclawatusfgolf.com

Year built: 1967
Architect(s): William F. Mitchell
Type: Public
Greens: Champion Bermuda
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Pull-carts: No
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: No
GPS: No

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: No
Practice hole: No
Simulator: No
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Proper golf attire required.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Dark Green 71 6863 yards 74.2 132
Gold 71 6288 yards 71.9 125
Light Green 71 5939 yards 69.5 122
Light Green (W) 71 5939 yards 73.9 126
Yellow 71 5353 yards 70.9 115

Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 3.6 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.5 stars from 5
Value: 3.8 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.4 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.1 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.2 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 221 Reviews
5 stars:
34
4 stars:
102
3 stars:
51
2 stars:
21
1 stars:
13

recommend this course

166 out of 219 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city on a college campus worth the drive   Great for locals wildlife/ scenic views advanced golfers   Challenges include narrow fairways water hazards bunkers   Great for drinks brunch watching the game  

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"Greens are horrible"


Phil55's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/03/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Played on an overcast Saturday afternoon, 2pm tee time. It had rained the day before but the course was dry. The tee boxes weren't so bad, the fairways were average, (I've played worse) what killed the experience were the greens. They were recently punched and if you had a 3 ft putt, your 3 ft put was not going to go in. Ball bounced everywhere on the green and no putts ever stayed straight. Bunker sand was amazingly fluffy and easy to get out of, with my PM GRIND "I am Phil!" The greens were the only real negative, staff was really friendly. I would say give this course until July before you play it, the greens are just in too bad of shape.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Poor conditions"


Antwan3221048's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/02/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was under bad condition. The fairways were bad, the tee boxes were over grown, and the greens were being aerated but it wasn't mentioned on golf now prior to booking.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Downgrading of Course Conditions"


dgulaitis's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/29/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This was the 2nd chance to play the Claw in the past 2 years. The course conditions have gotten a lot worse (aerated greens aside). To top it off we booked thru GolfNow and it didn't mention that the greens were just aerated in the past few days which would have made a difference in where we chose to play this holiday weekend. We only learned about the greens from the starter and he mentioned to just take 2 putts and move on. While the layout is very good, the conditions of the entire course was poor. I will say the sand traps were the best I have seen in a long time however ironically the part of the course that was the best, was the part you try and avoid.

I hope the conditions get better.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"Dissappointed"


Arntsi's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/23/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Play here ten years ago and enjoyed it. Yesterday was a big disappointment. Nothing short of a cow pasture. Can't believe USF is associated with this course.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Fair


I don't recommend this course



u4143237's avatar
Skill:  Beginner

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/08/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"No worth the savings"


jwmason1's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/01/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

First and last time. Driving range not convenient. Starter not helpful. Several people left after first hole due to 4 teams backed up and still it took 5.5 hours to play. They pack to many people on the course and can because it is cheap. It's not worth the savings I promise. I will not play there again. To bad as it is the U of SF course.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Beautiful, Natural Environment"


dirkwdeyoung's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/30/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Conditions are not sup[er premium, but the course is very special with all of the wild life and mature trees. So nice to be out there in nature and playing golf. Would definitely go again. Some very interesting holes. High quality sand. Starter super friendly and helpful, price reasonable. Played through two foursomes, who couldn't have been nicer, then finally joined up with a twosome to finish out. Great day of golf.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



ABARTHOLOMEW's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/25/2017
Previously played Used cart Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Marginal at best"


Mpmikea's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/17/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Positives:

- good greeting in pro shop

- can't beat the rate to play at $14

- nice sand in bunkers

- great playing partners

Downside:

- lots of sand on greens...not in great shape

- slow play

- a couple of strange par 5's in terms of design

- marginal fairway conditions

This is a hard golf course. Small elevated greens. Have to be on to have any fun IMHO


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average


I don't recommend this course


"The Claw"


Laoria's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/07/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great layout. Poor fairway conditions--fast greens


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course



armband64's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/28/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"The Claw at USF"



4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/27/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Excellent course, friendly staff, exceptional value.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Fast and narrow"


u000006127105's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/26/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Small parking lot. Small clubhouse. Fast check in. Nice clean restrooms. The carts are peppy. The drivIng range is far away. But it works. The fairways are narrow with many doglegs, and in good shape. Greens are fast, they too are in good shape. Tee boxes are a little uneven. The course is full of wildlife. Hotdogs were big and Coked well. The restaurant looked nice, I will definitely try it out next time.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Not for the faint of heart"


Tsb0611's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/25/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Enjoy the front 9, Score well because if you are not accurate and straight, watch out. Bring extra patience and golf balls, you will need both. The back is narrow and to me tough. But, if you like golf like I do, go back every chance you get. Say hi to Gary the starter


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Saturday afternoon"


rjnichol's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/25/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Staff assisted when I called to say I was running late. Additional golf carts are highly recommended and a beverage cart would have been useful. It took 3.5 hours to play the front nine. We were not able to finish the 18 before dark.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"BadGreens"


PaulSuozzi's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/24/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The layout was good but conditions poor. The greens had bare spots and sand. Worst greens I encountered in Tampa and Inverness. Driving range grass was terrible. I would play it again only if conditions were better and I would pay more for that.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


"Nice lay out"


u000004972568's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/21/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Nice place, friendly staff, great value!!!

Pace was slowed because several very slow players who were playing multiple balls, but overall I would play it again.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"very winday"


mich1golfer's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/20/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

course was not in good shape tees had little grass and fairways were really hard. Took us over 5 hours did not see any rangers to speed up play.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Sigh"


pkaye87's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/20/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I used to play here all the time. I used to love playing here.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"Unfortunately, as expected"


Canuck002's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/16/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The staff was very friendly especially the starter. The pace of play was great. Good value for your money. Our group travels to many courses throughout Florida. The course condition was as follows. The greens were extremely bumpy and uncut. There was damaged conditions on multiple areas of most green. The fairways were sparse in many areas with little to no grass. An old tired course lacking conditioning by USF. You won't pay much but don't expect much.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good


I don't recommend this course



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