Waterlefe Golf & River Club

4.5315117647 4.5 stars from 5 (593)
  • 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 4.5 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: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.7 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.4 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 593 Reviews
5 stars:
367
4 stars:
192
3 stars:
25
2 stars:
5
1 stars:
4

recommend this course

570 out of 591 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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4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/25/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


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


"Beautiful course, TONS of water."


Tyler9139932's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/19/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Really nice. Really fun. Lots of water.

Played here for just $40 because greens had recently been worked on. They were still in pretty great shape, so it was a huge bargain.

Played from the "Eagle" tees (essentially the blue's). Length was rarely an issue. If you can control your driver you can really go low here. There is as much water here as you'll find on any course. Water hazards on just about every hole. Be sure to check the layout before each hole, as here is some water you wont see behind some hills from the tee box.

While there is a lot of water to avoid off the tee box, it rarely came into play on approach shots. Rough around the greens is very playable. Greens didont have a ton of slop, and they played pretty slow for us.

Summary: Hit your driver straight. Attack the flag on approach, theres room to spare.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"nice scenic layout"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/10/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is a nice course in an area of many courses in Bradenton Fl.The entire course is built in a residential development with the front nine more landlocked and back nine homes and tributaries leading out to the river.Water is in abundance on the course but doesn't come into play if you're hitting the ball in fairway,there are only a couple of holes that you have to carry.The 15th and 16th are the highlight of the course bordering on the river but are not long holes.The only down side were the greens were just punched with no warning,they were just a little slow.It would be a regular place to play if I lived in the area.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/04/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Nice course"


u180709574's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/25/2017
Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Good course, nice condition, bonus was military jets taking off right next to course


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


"Course is very nice"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/22/2017
Previously played Used cart Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

There was an aeration alert when we booked our tee time, but the greens were actually really nice and smooth. $25 and they gave you lunch. Super nice course in great condition and friendly staff.


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


"Waterlefe!"


nolenick's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once every three months
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/22/2017
Previously played Walked Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Love this course. There are some gems in Bradenton, FL and this course is definitely one of them.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Excellent course for all kinds of players"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/20/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

Great layout! Depending on tee box selected the course can play very long with many challenges or it can play friendly.

Green were a little bumpy but they were recently punched.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great Course"


Brent4288833's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/09/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

We played this course on July 9th before they aerated the course the next day. I have played this course numerous times over the years and its always in great shape. Water is on almost every hole and sometimes its on both sides but with that said the course is fair. The fairways are wide enough that you can still miss a shot and not hit it in the water. The greens are big, the putts always roll true, and they seem to be faster then then other courses in the area. I have played all of the best public courses in the area and this is my favorite one.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"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


"Water in name says it all"


Biggolfer4547's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/30/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

A lot of water. Fun course but u better hit them straight


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



u9383477's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/28/2017
Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


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 layout...Difficult...Stay out of the water"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/18/2017
Previously played Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The name says it all...Waterlefe...Great course...had aerated several weeks ago and greens were running pretty true.

Would play it again


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



zavacky's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/18/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


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



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