Mangrove Bay Golf Course

2.7647058824 2.8 stars from 5 (6)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6779 yards
  • Slope: 120
  • Rating: 71.5
  • Layout

  • 875 62nd Ave NE, Saint Petersburg, Florida 33702, Pinellas County
  • (727) 893-7800
  • (727) 893-7805
  • www.stpete.org

Year built: 1977
Architect(s): Bill Amick
Type: Municipal
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

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

Policies

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

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 72 6779 yards 71.5 120
White 72 6113 yards 68.4 113
Red (W) 72 5204 yards 68.5 112

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 2.8 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.1 stars from 5
Value: 3.3 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 2.6 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 2.3 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.1 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.1 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 6 Reviews
5 stars:
0
4 stars:
2
3 stars:
2
2 stars:
1
1 stars:
1

recommend this course

4 out of 6 reviews


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"Old School Fun"


Hbell2015's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/20/2017
Previously played Used cart

Reviewed on

Mangrove Bay is located in the city of St Petersburg, Florida and is a local favorite golf destination. Reminiscent the television series "Cheers", it's a gathering spot for friends, hosting business meetings, people watching, learning golf, practicing, and playing a round of golf. The place is busy, but not crowded. Some of the city's most influential people are spotted playing a round, and The First Tee Program of St Petersburg has a strong presence.  Some of the areas best young players have honed their skills here; it's a fun place to be.

     This 18 hole championship golf course is a par 72, with a slope rating of 7.5/123 from the Black (championship) tees. There are 4 sets of tee boxes to challenge all skill sets, and is relatively short by today's standards measuring only 6656 from the tips. Due to somewhat wet conditions from an overnight rain, I decided to play the White tees, which is 6112 yards and a has a slope rating of 69.1/119. The course is not difficult, but it is interesting. The fairways are wide and the greens are big. The greens are mildly fast and running about 8 or 9 on the stimpmeter. I like the layout from the standpoint that there are a few par 4s and par 5s that are reachable from the tee box or on your second shot respectively. This is the place to test your confidence and skills under pressure to take those dream shots. This is also the place where questionable golfing skills are exposed. It's a 'no excuse' golf course and there should be no excuse for not shooting your handicap. The course is easy to walk and it's encouraged, though you may want a cart on days when the temperature is above 85 degrees.

     Here's what interesting about Mangrove Bay Golf Course: while there are no homes on the golf course, some folks have managed to damage a few homes which are protected by trees and across the canal, on hole #14. Standing on hole 14 tee box you will be asking yourself how is this possible? I don't know, but it seems to be common ocurrance. There is water on 7 of the 18 holes, but there are only 4 holes where it really comes into play; still there are many balls that find the watery graveyard. Again, the fairways are wide and the greens are big, yet hitting fairways and greens seems to a problem. Our group had no problem finding the fairway bunkers and greenside sand traps. For this, I would say the course is cursed. So, it's interesting that what should be relatively easy or a piece of cake, can open doors of excuses, lies, questionable skills, and heaven forbid, cheating!

     Mangrove Bay Golf Course is a fun course to play. It has stood the test of time and it's timeless flair and design have the familiarity of ice cold lemonade at a family gathering on a hot summer afternoon - or a cold beer - your choice! The pace of play equates to a comfortable 3.5 or 4.0 hour round. The aesthetics of the course is simple with an old school charm, and it's a good value. The Clubhouse grille is not fancy, offering a good selection of sandwiches and drinks that's easy on your wallet. I have played this course several times solo and with friends. I recommend this course for golfers who enjoy golf and having fun!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Temporary greens, rude staff, no ice in the heat of summer"


tfrauens's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/06/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

We enjoy this layout, haven't played here in years. After checking in at the shop we drive to the starter shack to meet a very rude employee, who offers no "hello" or anything of the sort. I then try to buy beers and ask for a cooler with ice. The employee states that they don't have coolers and ice. I find this hard to believe considering it's 96 degrees outside...and also the fact that this will be the first golf course I have ever played at that doesn't offer paying customers ice in the heat of summer. The icing on the cake was next....drove up to the 1st green to discover that all greens are temporary greens, something NOBODY in the shop or the starter shack thought worth mentioning. I will not be coming back here, temporary greens or not.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Unprofessional"


Golfer98605's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/15/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

Have never played a course in my life that would not give a rain check after they sound the sirens alerting that there is dangerous weather in the area. Played only 6 holes when the sirens sounded and the staff had no problem taking my money and not offering a rain check. Staff was unfriendly and very unprofessional in dealing with the situation! I will not play here again due to staff. I will take my money and play courses that appreciate my business.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"Good Value, Great Facilities!!!"


u000005295951's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/01/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

I live locally so I play this course often. the facilities are some of the best in this area. Great range, huge putting green, lob and bunker area, as well as a short game chipping green. the course is pretty open and normally in really good shape. From the Tips the course runs about 6700 yds but is pretty challenging. The course is very open so if the wind is blowing it plays much longer than advertised. The par 5's are long but very open. Some of the shorter Par 4's bring a lot of danger into play so you have to be smart off the tee to score well.<br/> Currently the greens are in rough shape but I'm sure that will be fixed soon.

From what i hear its one of the busiest courses in Florida so be patient and be prepared for a long round. But the prices are fair, and its a course i always recommend.

Happy Golfing!!!


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"For the love of golf"


MikeBaileyGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/12/2014
First time playing Played as a single Walked Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

It's the only championship municipal golf course in Saint Petersburg, and it's a pretty good one. The course itself is more than adequate, laid out among natural mangroves just a few hundred yards from the water. More impressive, however, are the practice facilities, the clubhouse and the par 3, giving this entire facility an in for every kind of player. This is where people who love golf come. No pretense and in some cases, not much in the way of golf clothes, but they all love it.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"nice muni....Good shape....Fun to play"


None's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/11/2012

Reviewed on

Greens were in wonderful condition...fairways were fast and firm...good value...fun to play


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



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