Belleview Biltmore Golf Club near Clearwater, Florida: A blast from the past worth savoring

BELLEAIR, Fla. -- Opened in 1925, Belleview Biltmore Golf Club is one of the few Donald Ross designs in Florida open to the public. Having passed through a series of owners in recent years, the city of Belleair saved the course and made it available to its residents and visitors.

In true fashion, these Ross greens are difficult to read. Better yet, though, this Clearwater-area golf course flows well through natural Florida coastal land where waterfowl -- including ospreys -- reside.

At 6,614 yards, this par 71 plays tougher than its yardage with a good variety of holes, including a tough finishing stretch that ends with a 438-yard par 4.

Mar 20, 2014

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Mike Bailey

Senior Staff Writer

Mike Bailey is a senior staff writer based in Houston. Focusing primarily on golf in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America with an occasional trio to Europe and beyond, he contributes course reviews, travel stories and features as well as the occasional equipment review. An award-winning writer and past president of Texas Golf Writers Association, he has more than 25 years in the golf industry. Before accepting his current position in 2008, he was on staff at PGA Magazine, The Golfweek Group and AvidGolfer Magazine. Follow Mike on Twitter at @MikeBaileyGA and Instagram at @MikeStefanBailey.