University of South Florida Golf Course - The Claw

3.5915000000 3.6 stars from 5 (213)
  • 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
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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

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: 3.6 stars from 5
Value: 3.9 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 213 Reviews
5 stars:
33
4 stars:
101
3 stars:
50
2 stars:
17
1 stars:
12

recommend this course

164 out of 211 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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Reviews


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Type of Golfer
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"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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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"


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Gender:  Female
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/20/2017
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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
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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
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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



u838067483's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/08/2017
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Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



u838067483's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/08/2017
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Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Hurts so good."


Jsmithling's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/07/2017
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Reviewed on

These seeming innocuous greens are savage. I know what a stimpmeter is but for these they were set to ludicrous speed which is beyond stimp. Nothing about this course is perfect, but while it see alot of play, it is in very good condition. Fairways are narrow and it seems to be cut out of a swamp so there is water everywhere. Alligators on a couple holes. Actually lots of wildlife. When you get to the hole with enormous body of water in front of it, don't fire an iron off to the right. Get the Big Dog out and Swing for the glory of making it over. Otherwise why play? Love to hate this course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Good bang for your buck"


recari's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/14/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

I liked the course. Fast and true greens. Fairways could use a bit more grass, but you have to understand we're going thru a ssrious drought. Will definitely play here again!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"USF Claw"


Tdubburns3's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/23/2016
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This is an interesting course with tight fairways, water, sand traps fortifying elevated greens. The course is not in good shape at all and, in my opinion, not worth the $30 seasonal pricing.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


"Average conditions Great layout."


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/07/2016
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Greens sparse and cut too low --super fast. Easy to three putt.Challenging layout with elevated greens .

Good bargain compared to other courses. Very difficult for 13---15 handicapper.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I don't recommend this course


"Good course but greens are a bit rough"


4evergolfin's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/02/2016
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Greens has little to no grass or very short grass and they seemed rought.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Watch Out For Ball Thieves"


jetsticks's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/09/2016
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I understand that Tampa has been in a drought, but the fairways and greens were a little worn. The staff was extremely friendly so we definitely didn't have a problem there. I guess the only problem was that our golf balls kept getting stolen. We even witnessed someone picking up our ball and then denying it. I'm not sure if it's because this is primarily a college course or what but it was way too frequent. I'm not sure if we'd play there again or not when there are plenty of courses nearby.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair


I don't recommend this course



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