Waterlefe Golf & River Club

4.5414000000 4.5 stars from 5 (580)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6908 yards
  • Slope: 141
  • Rating: 73.0
  • Layout

  • 1022 Fish Hook Cv, Bradenton, FL 34212-5215
  • (941) 744-0393, (941) 744-9771
  • (941) 744-0881
  • www.waterlefegolfandriverclub.com

Year built: 2000
Architect(s): Ted McAnlis (2000)
Type: Public
Greens: Bermuda Grass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: No
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: No
GPS: Yes

Practice/Instruction

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

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Proper golf attire required
Credit cards accepted: Major credit cards are accepted.

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Bobcat 72 6908 yards 73.0 141
Eagle 72 6427 yards 71.0 136
Tarpon 72 5909 yards 69.0 122
Manatee 72 5449 yards 65.0 103
Manatee (W) 72 5449 yards 72.1 132
Otter (W) 72 4700 yards 68.0 116

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 4.5 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.4 stars from 5
Value: 4.5 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.0 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.7 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.4 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 580 Reviews
5 stars:
361
4 stars:
185
3 stars:
25
2 stars:
5
1 stars:
4

recommend this course

557 out of 578 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive convenient to the city in the 'burbs   Great for advanced golfers wildlife/ scenic views locals   Challenges include water hazards forced carries bunkers   Great for drinks brunch 19th hole specials  

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Reviews


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"Great Deal, but was expecting a bit more"


anaty8's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/08/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

First, let's be real... I got a $15 ($20 inclusive of fees) Hot Deal from GolfNow, so how can it not be an unreal value... And it was. But, based on the reviews as compared to some other Bradenton clubs I was expecting more regarding layout, conditions and asthetics. The fairways and greens are in very good shape... But there's next to no beauty to the course outside of the short stuff (e.g. Flowers, plants) and the bunkers are very average in appearance. The course is a bit target-like (I'm somewhat long off the tee, played the blues, and 3 wood was the right club on most driving holes). The GPS didn't work like normal ones where you can interact with it to determine distances to custom points - maybe mine wasn't working... But as a first timer, that cost me strokes. The staff was great. The range is below average.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Still One of the Best Courses in Bradenton"


Hammer26's avatar
Top 100 Contributor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/01/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

Had a 0856 tee time but got out a bit late as starter explained that one group showed up exactly at their tee time which delayed us a bit. Not a problem as we pushed the group ahead of us most of the round. Course was wet in a few spots but not enough to spoil the round . As always the staff from the pro shop, to the dinning room to the cart guys were professional and very friendly. Appreciate the cart guys tracking down my dropped putter cover from the group behind us. Will definitely be back very soon....


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


"Waterlefe"


u146125246's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/13/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Well maintained course. Staff was friendly and helpful. Pace of play was perfect, course was not crowded at all that day. Course management/making proper club and shot decisions is important on a few holes, but certainly a great layout. Not a fan of water driving ranges in general, but for a quick warm up, this one served its purpose. Overall - Highly recommended, will play here again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Great course"


u4953900's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/12/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course has an attractive setting & was sensibly challenging off the red & yellow tees. Very friendly & helpful staff. The greens had been recently aeroated - reason for not giving the course conditions 5 stars..


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Fun Track"


u000004277639's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/11/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Second time playing the course and plan on going back.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Beautiful course"


apinkney15's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/11/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I grew tired of playing the cow pastures in Pinellas county and ventured out to Bradenton and I'm glad I did. Waterlefe is gorgeous and cared for course. A steal for the money and what Florida golf should be.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Fun with friends"


Butch888888888888888's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/04/2017
Previously played Used cart Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course is fun to play. Plenty of water on the course. The fairway and greens had been air rated which made play somewhat slow. Putting was not fun due to the air ration. I would recommend Waterlefe Golf Course to my friends.


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


"Good as ever"


mau5tin's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/26/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

As a 2 ball we got called through by a 4 ball on the first which was great. Kept up a good pace after that. Course in great condition. Would return if we come back to the area.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Awesome Course"


u000004720619's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/23/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

The greens were fabulous and even with constant 15-20 mph winds, the course played great. This course is all about ball striking and once you get it on the green, you have opportunities to make putts as the majority of the greens all have subtle breaks. Waterlefe is the best all around course in the area and a must play!


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


"One of the Very Best on Sun Coast!"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/18/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I've played this course numerous times through the years... it never disappoints!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great layout"


Rsnow5041's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/17/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Staff was friendly, course was in excellent condition, with no rain for 90 days better than most.


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


"Great Track"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/13/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is a great track, good for all skill levels. I will say that if you are a higher handicap player I would play the upper tee boxes.


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



u279060419's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/11/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Amazing Course"


u879115041's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/10/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Simply put, this course was incredible and so much fun to play. The greens were fast, and the course was in great shape. I cannot wait to play here again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great Course and great staff"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/09/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Very enjoyable course, but challenging for the higher handicapper. We were met by a very friendly member of staff who brought our buggy, helped us with our clubs and pointed us in the right direction - great start. The starter very kindly checked with a four-ball scheduled to go out ahead of us and they kindly agreed to let us tee off ahead of them. The course was superb but also challenging. Great layout, great condition, with a few surprises along the way. We will definitely play again!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course



laurietulk57's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/09/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Nicest course in the area"


u794310660's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/08/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course lives up to its name with water everywhere. Challenging and difficult. Greens were in excellent shape but not

unreasonable. Highly recommended.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



Paul2933919's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/07/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great course, layout is challenging, I'm just not a fan of restricted flight , water balls on the driving range. Great service


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


"Great coarse"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/05/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Fun coarse to play, need to concentrate where to place the ball. For the next shot. Real nice big greens, nice speed on the greens. Very enjoyable to play this coarse.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Always delivers"


boogolfer1's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/03/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Every time I vacation in this area I always play waterlefe and every time the course is in excellent condition . This year it is no different with the greens been fast and true.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



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