Waterlefe Golf & River Club

4.5505529412 4.6 stars from 5 (638)
  • 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

GA Rating Index 4.6 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.2 stars from 5
Value: 4.5 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.3 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.6 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.7 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.4 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 638 Reviews
5 stars:
399
4 stars:
204
3 stars:
25
2 stars:
6
1 stars:
4

recommend this course

615 out of 636 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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"Fun in Florida"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/20/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Excellent golf course with lots of tees for different skill levels. Greens held shots and rolled beautifully. Fairways looked dry but were actually in great shape. Lots of water and views of wildlife. A must play for all.


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



Mark8889035's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/18/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


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


"Pretty golf course"


u129648704's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/16/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Waterlefe is an excellent golf course. Do note the course name has water in it. There are plenty of hazards but that just adds to the beauty. Very nice track, very nice time.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/16/2017
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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


"Fun Course to play"


George9631024's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/14/2017
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Nice mix of challenging holes. Our threesome played in 3.5 hrs. Only waited on one par three tee. Course could use some more trap rakes.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Not a great experience today"


Greatblackhawk's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

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

Reviewed on

A lovely course which we’ve played for over 14 years but it can get extremely busy which is what good courses want.

However managing this process is another thing entirely.

Walk ins are a common practice and a lucrative source of incremental revenue but can cause serious tee logjams.

We had a Paid-for in advance Tee Time but when we got there it was clearly extremely busy.

However as a late in the day Tee Time, when the chances of completing a full 18 holes was unlikely, further delays just shortened our odds of remotely getting a decent number of holes in before sunset.

This included being teamed up with two separate singletons which added further salt to the wound.

Having driven over 40 miles to enjoy this experience (and the same to return home) we waited but it looked no better.

Waterlefe is an amazing Golf Course and one to be highly commended but in the day we went (not a weekend) it was very disappointing.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



rllong51's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/11/2017
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Reviewed on


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


"Spectacular back 9"


u000007180593's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/10/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course gets more interesting as the round progresses with some spectacular looking holes. Water is a feature on most holes without making the course too tight. Fantastic golf course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



Shane3434732's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/10/2017
First time playing 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: Good


I recommend this course


"Memorable/challenging holes"



5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/08/2017
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Reviewed on

Have been making the trip to play this course from Wisconsin every year since 2001. Memorable & challenging holes make it a Course we look forward to play every year! Our favorite!

Rick L


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


"Beautiful course"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/08/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I always enjoy playing this course, it’s always challenging and always beautifully maintained. This course weaves through mangroves,oaks, and native plants that are throughout the course.


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


"Challenging from the tips."


GJoerg's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/06/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

Got off to a late start as they were pretty backed up at noon. After 7 holes it picked up and we were able to finish in 4 hours 20 minutes. Greens were tricky but in good shape. Nice layout. Lots of water. First time playing so wasn't always sure where to hit tee shots. I would definitely play again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"A must play course"


ibg's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/31/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great fun. The ladies had played their Halloween game so it was a scary round.

The course was just super.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Should be played!"


u3918148's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/31/2017
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Reviewed on

Very good place and good course, Only drawback was the club we rented.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Tough Course"


u000004058349's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/30/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great course if you hit the ball deadly straight. If not, be prepared to lose a few dozen.

Fast greens. Very picturesque course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Excellent Golf"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/28/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Waterlefe is a perfect balanced course in between

An excellent course and a great environment

With a lot of wildlife!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Spectacular"


Phillip4903508's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/26/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Definitely the most scenic course around....but consequently one of the hardest! Excellent course all around.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Water"


Chris2180782's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/26/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Water on every hole but not in play on every hole. I

Loved the course I will probably play it again. Long drive for me but I would like to play it again.


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


"Tuff and Scenic"


Larrywacko's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/22/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is a must play..This is not a easy track.Take what the course gives you , go for too much and a big number will be next..People are all nice and ready to please.. You will feel at home here.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Still the best in Sarasota area"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/22/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

We come to Sarasota every October and play the better public courses. Each year Waterlefe is the best and this year is no exception. The course starts with 2 strong holes and 13 to 18 are exceptional. If you are in the area, don't miss Waterlefe.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course



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