Cove Cay Golf Club

3.5176235294 3.5 stars from 5 (384)
  • 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 384 Reviews
5 stars:
37
4 stars:
138
3 stars:
108
2 stars:
52
1 stars:
49

recommend this course

257 out of 381 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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"Vacation Golf day"


u761006023's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/20/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great value for money booked on Golfnow

Variable conditions and holes some great water views into the bay

Friendly helpful staff nice clubhouse


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



u000001881203's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once every three months
Handicap:  Don't know

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/17/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course




4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/04/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Worth playing again"


ajvand0's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/31/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Couple of years ago (before the new owners took over) this course had become unplayable. Greens completely destroyed and hardpan all over. Because of this I swore off cove cay a few years ago. But due to how close it is, the layout which is challenging, and a good price I gave it another chance and was happy to see this place is back in good condition. Greens have come back and fairways and rough are filled in again. Now expect Augusta type conditions, but for anyone who remembers how bad it got, thoes days are over.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Course really shaping up"


u000001607291's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/24/2017
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Reviewed on

Much improved since I first played in May! People are very friendly and accomadating. Some great views of the water. We'll be back.


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



Killie1948's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  25+

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/14/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

New owners are updating facilities and we really appreciated the updated bathrooms very nice and wife very impressed with how clean they were and ice water on 15


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 08/21/2017

Hi Killie from Clearwater! We are neat freaks who love staying hydrated. We've also been working hard to get the greens in shape since purchasing the property. Thanks so much for the kind words and for visiting us.


"A very unique course layout"


Wildwood1871's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/06/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Nice course with a very unique layout with plenty water that requires precise club selection and course management. I highly recommend it and will play it again.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Commented on 08/11/2017

Thanks so much for your review! We really appreciate you taking the time. We've been working hard to get the course in shape since we purchased it two years ago. It is a beautiful location and a fun course to play. Come back soon!


"Cove Cay"


turfking's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/05/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I lived in the area many years ago and have driven by this course hundreds of times. Always wanted to play Cove Cay. Golfnow hot deal for $10.00 was sure to make it happen. Drove the hour to get there and found the staff very friendly at check-in. Course is right on Tampa Bay so some of the back nine has very nice views of the water. If you have any length to your game you can leave your driver at home. Most of the par fours are in the 360 yard range. Lots of dog leg holes which take some of the length out too. Lots of bunkers protect approach shots. Greens were in nice shape but this is not a high end course, weeds in the fairways etc. sand traps need attention (as most other courses as well). Cart paths need attention; the course must of been something back when it opened in 1972 but seems a bit tired. An enjoyable experience overall other than the poor young beginner I was paired with that probably shot a 130 (me 83). I'll play there again sometime but would not pay more than 25 bucks to ever do it.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Commented on 08/11/2017

Thanks for the detailed review. We've been working hard to get it into shape since purchasing the course and the cart paths are on our to-do list. Thanks again for your input and for playing Cove Cay Golf!


"Cove Cay"


u438802635's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/05/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Enjoyed the course. Course was in good condition with a good variety of holes. Fair with opportunity to score, but trouble as well if you put the ball in the wrong spot. One small complaint was many of the par 3s were virtually the same distance and short.


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 08/11/2017

Hi and thanks for the review! Our par 3s are tricky as they are short. We're so glad to hear you enjoyed yourself and appreciate your input.


"Weather didn't hold up"


Shawnsagastume's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  20-24

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/23/2017
Previously played Used cart Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was in good condition. The rain is what made the day end short on the 3-4th whole. It was a hassle getting a rain check. Course wouldn't shut down but it was clear that the radar showed it would rain for another 2-3 hours very hard rain. Was hitting in puddles but somehow course was still open. Was hard to get a refund from golfnow because staff said course was still open. Overall bad experience, need better customer service if people don't want to play in pouring rain all day.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Good Local Course"


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/03/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Nice staff but course needs work. Usually good greens but were punched recently. Wish you could find out when courses punched their greens. Just ok tee boxes and fairways. Played through three groups.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Nice lagout"


u2685256's avatar
Skill:  Advanced

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/09/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Nice design. Friendly staff. Tee boxes and some fairways need work. Greens were in nice shape. Overall a keeper. Looking forward to playing it again.


Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Worthy of play"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/08/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Picturess course that is worth the time and money to play. We knew if would be wet with all the rain we had the last week , but that did not take away from our enjoyment. If you are a sprayer of the call like me you may pay the price like I did. The greens were a little slow as expected and held the approach shots because of the dampness. I look forward to playing it again in the near future.


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



jkelly2293's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/01/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

whenyou consider we are in the middle of a drought the course was in good shape.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Needs a lot of work."


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/01/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Tee boxes are in bad shape. Greens not good. Cart paths need repair. Not a lot of attention to detail. Fairways in decent shape.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"Not bad"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/27/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Haven't played here in about 6 months and the course is still in great shape except for some weed patches on a few of the greens. The practice green was in better shape than most of the greens on the course. The course is extremely fun and well worth the value.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Worst course I've played in Florida for the money"


ChrisDunhamJr's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/27/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

The greens roll well in spots where there are grass. The pace of play was good.

Otherwise, it was a miserable day. There was more dirt than grass on many tee boxes and fairways and you couldn't find a 10 foot putt over just one type of green surface. I played The First Tee course in Jacksonville -- $12 for 18 holes -- and it was in better shape. Wouldn't pay $30 for this course again. Anything over $20 is more than excessive.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Avoid if you can..."


mcchea's avatar
Age:  Under 25
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  25+

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/11/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I try to avoid playing Cove Cay but the location is so close to me. I've played this course many times and the experience is always poor. Greens have improved from a year ago but they are still not in good shape. Mosquitos and nats are everywhere, especially when playing an afternoon round. There was a dead fish near the 8th tee box that you could still smell on the 9th tee box. It was nauseating. I made a pact with my buddy no never play here again, even if it's convenient. Not worth $30...


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Great Value"


u356934409's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/08/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Challenging course with plenty of water and sand. Overall course was in good condition. We will return.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"First Time"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/06/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I enjoyed playing this course but was battling strong winds all day which made something f the holes quite challenging.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



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