Saint Petersburg Golf CoursesA couple of miles away from the Renaissance Vinoy Resort in St. Petersburg, Fla. is the Renaissance Vinoy Golf Club, a private course open to resort guests. Originally designed by Donald Ross, Ron Garl redesigned it in 1992 and improvements have been ongoing in recent years. Befitting a resort like the Vinoy, the course is always in pristine condition.There's only one championship-level course in the St. Petersburg municipal golf department, and it's very popular. Busy seven days a week, not only do locals and visitors flock to play Mangrove Bay Golf Course, but they love to take advantage of the extensive practice facilities as well. The course winds around natural mangroves just a few hundred yards from the bay.