Cove Cay Golf Club

3.5291117647 3.5 stars from 5 (405)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 70
  • Length: 6079 yards
  • Slope: 130
  • Rating: 70.4
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes - "Shriver Golf Academy"

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 70 6079 yards 70.4 130
White 70 5659 yards 67.8 123
Red (W) 71 5283 yards 71.4 130
Beige (W) 71 4216 yards 66.7 111

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.5 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.6 stars from 5
Value: 3.8 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.0 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.1 stars from 5
Course Layout: 3.9 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.2 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 405 Reviews
5 stars:
39
4 stars:
152
3 stars:
112
2 stars:
52
1 stars:
50

recommend this course

275 out of 402 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city near the airport near local attractions   Great for locals wildlife/ scenic views seniors   Challenges include water hazards bunkers narrow fairways   Great for drinks 19th hole scenic views 19th hole specials  

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dustyj's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/15/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Disappointed"


u000005695756's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/15/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

No problems booking in and in truth had the course almost to ourselves. Fairways were at best OK and greens were very poor. Rogue grass and weeds were abundant on the greens which made them slow. We got it cheap and it's clear to see why.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I don't recommend this course



uGUNG3161GU's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  25+

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/10/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

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Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 11/12/2017

Thank you for the 4 star rating! We'll be working hard to earn the 5 on your next visit.



bmattss1's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/31/2017
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Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Awesome Course"


AllenDuncan's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/30/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

I’m on vacation from Indiana. I have a home Course there I play a lot. Cove Cay has that type of atmosphere. Very professional and friendly staff. Course is in excellent condition. I high recommend playing this course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Commented on 11/06/2017

Welcome Allen! Our social media and digital marketing strategist, Kelly McKay, spent 14 years in Indianapolis and loved it. Thanks for the review and come back soon!


"Nice course, friendly staff."


u28200579655's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/30/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Check-in was quick and easy. I got there a little early and was able to hit a bucket of golf balls on the range, which was nice.

The tee boxes were in fair condition, but the fairways were in good condition. The edges of the greens were a little rough and patchy. However, the rest of the greens were receptive and fairly smooth. Some of the bunkers around the greens were wet at one point and dried to a hard, crusty mud. It was like hitting a golf ball off of an adobe brick. The fairway bunkers were well-maintained.

The views of Tampa Bay on the back nine are beautiful and the holes require strategy and well-placed tee shots.

I enjoyed my round very much and consider the price to be reasonable and the money well spent.

The restaurant had excellent staff and the food was great. I can't wait to play again and I hope I am not playing out of the green side bunkers so much.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



Steve003's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/30/2017
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Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/30/2017
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I am not a very good golfer. There are a few water hazards. Lost a couple of balls.

Had fun


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Hidden gem"


Justinmattheis's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/28/2017
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Just off the interstate you’ll find this hidden course. Average course conditions with incredible views. Looking forward to coming back when we are in town. The cart paths are in poor condition but the views alone make up for it after a chiropractic visit. Both par-5s on the back 9 were unforgettable. Equallly challenging and beautiful.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 10/30/2017

So sorry about your back and the cart paths. We definitely have repairs on our to-do list but have been focused on tee boxes and putting greens this season. Thanks so much!


"Challenging course with tight fqirways"


Cillianp's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/25/2017
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The holes up against the water are very pretty. I played from the blue/black tees and couldn't use my driver on a lot of the holes. Used a 4 iron instead as they were tight. Hard to score on the par 5 holes as the are doglegs and you can't go for the green on two. The pace of play was slow but it is what it is when you are 2 people and there are two sets of four balls in front.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 10/30/2017

Thanks for the detailed review! We really appreciate it.


"Improved beyond recognition but still a ways to go."


HIBBO's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/22/2017
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Reviewed on

Last played this course 10 years ago and swore I'd never go back. After reading some reviews recently I decided to give it a go. The course off the tips isn't long but it is tricky and makes you think out each shot. The general state of the course has improved dramatically and you can see that someone has worked hard to get things going in the right direction. The fairways and greens were very tidy but some of the tee boxes needed some work on them.

Overall I was very impressed with the course and the attitude of the staff. On the downside, I appreciate it was a Sunday afternoon round, but the pace of play was very slow and there was no one available to ensure that slow play was kept to a minimum........


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Beautiful views of Tampa Bay"


hmatheis1's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/20/2017
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Most of the course was in good condition with the exception of two or three greens. The cart paths were a bit rough in spots.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Corse"


jj41golf's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/19/2017
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Reviewed on

The course was very wet and the greens weren't that good of shape.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 10/30/2017

We had some pretty heavy rains before you played, sorry about the wet spots. Also, we have been working on the greens. Please come back and give us another shot soon.


"Wet but fun"


mtnsedona's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/17/2017
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Early morning rain for 9 holes, glad they started us on the back 9, rain ended as we made the turn. Course is in much better shape than the last time we played. Staff were great getting us going. We will be back in the spring.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course


"Bunkers need work"


bonniepatton's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/15/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

All the bunkers were wet dirt and made it impossible to play a normal shot from them. Need sand! Also their is no food or drinks available in the pro shop or clubhouse on Sunday early. The drink cart showed up about 3 hours into our round. Greens rolled okay even with the imperfect look to them. Had decent lies most the day so fairways were playable. Okay value with a few holes with nice views of the bay.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"WEEDS!!!"


Edward12116's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/14/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

If you want to tee off from tee boxes made of dirt and weeds and putt on greens with weeds---this course is for you. Most of the tee boxes are mowed down weeds; some par 3's I had to find a patch of grass otherwise it was dirt. No bunkers have sand; they are compact dirt and mud. The greens have spotty weeds all over them. Don't get caught by the pictures on the website either as most of the water ponds banks are overgrown with weeds. This course needs a huge amount of work before I'd ever set foot on it again. Spend an extra $10-20 and play somewhere nice.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 10/25/2017

Hi Edward. Reading this review makes us think you last visited 2 and 1/2 years ago. Even after Hurricane Irma our fairways are beautiful and weed free. We do have an issue with weeds on certain tee boxes and greens but are working to remedy the situation. And we do have a few bunkers that have issues after a heavy rain. We bought the course going on 3 years ago and have made major improvements and are working hard to make the course pristine for fellow golf lovers. Please try us again soon. Maybe not after a major storm!


"Green's inconsistent"


johnlisa61's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/10/2017
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Reviewed on

Green's had weeds in some of them. Some were really good. Sand traps, some had no sand, it was a mud trap. it was average. Glad i didn't Spend over $30 for it.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Cove Cay Ole'"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/09/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The new owners are constantly working to improve the conditions of the course and it is shows. Everyone loves the Tampa Bay views on the back 9. I got a hot deal and headed for the first tee. I finished all eighteen holes in less than 3 hours despite a lot of strokes (The number is classified). The course is in good condition; recovered quite well from Hurricane Irma less than a month ago. As fall approaches, it is certain to be a beautiful sight. The staff, cart attendant and restaurant can't be beat. I wouldn't hesitate to book another round here.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Decent course"


u072750340's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/07/2017
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Reviewed on

Driving range and practice putting greens were in good shape. Tee boxes and putting greens were a bit spotty, but to be expected with a course that gets that much play. No starter/ranger led to an extremely slow pace of play. Would recommend this course on a weekday.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Always Pleased"


u5400882's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/01/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

Had and 8 T time the pace was perfect the course was good but it ain't raining two days before grass wasn't cut but overall good experience thank you


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 10/04/2017

Thanks so much for the review. We're glad you enjoyed yourself and the course.



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