University of South Florida Golf Course - The Claw

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3.0
258
5 Stars
35
4 Stars
111
3 Stars
64
2 Stars
28
1 Stars
20
Conditions
2.5
Value
3.4
Layout
4.0
Friendliness
4.1
Pace
3.6
Amenities
3.1
53.4%
Recommend this course
185 out of 256 reviews
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Average Rating
2.8
13
5 Stars
0
4 Stars
4
3 Stars
5
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
2
Conditions
2.3
Value
3.7
Layout
3.8
Pace
4.1
Amenities
3.2
StaffFriendliness
3.9
69.2%
Recommend this course
9 out of 13 reviews
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Average Rating
2.7
36
5 Stars
1
4 Stars
8
3 Stars
13
2 Stars
7
1 Stars
7
Conditions
2.1
Value
3.2
Layout
3.8
Pace
3.6
Amenities
2.8
StaffFriendliness
3.9
50.0%
Recommend this course
18 out of 36 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Par 71
Length 6863
Slope 132
Rating 74.2
Type Public
The newly renovated Claw at USF, named thus for its many doglegged fairways, offers a distinct layout that seamlessly winds through moss draped oaks and towering pines on pristine Florida preservation land. You will enjoy the fact that there are no houses crowding the fairways. Located at the University of South Florida, this manicured course is home to alligators, deer, turkeys and many other rare inhabitants. You will feel like you are playing in the heart of a nature preserve. "The Claw" is also home to the nationally ranked men's and women's USF Golf Teams. Elevated greens and new Tif-Dwarf putting surface, will test your finesse and shot making ability.
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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Dark Green 71 6863 yards 74.2 132
Gold 71 6288 yards 71.9 125
Light Green 71 5939 yards 69.5 122
Light Green (W) 71 5939 yards 73.9 126
Yellow 71 5353 yards 70.9 115
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Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Dark Green M: 73.6/135 439 415 522 421 160 516 443 220 422 3558 404 388 166 435 538 394 185 377 418 3305 6863
Gold M: 71.0/126 419 350 496 369 145 483 410 195 383 3250 378 345 151 393 493 377 168 341 392 3038 6288
Light Green M: 69.5/122 W: 73.9/126 375 333 479 357 133 438 380 175 364 3034 363 336 139 375 481 362 153 331 365 2905 5939
Yellow M: 67.2/120 W: 70.8/117 360 313 420 347 120 410 370 132 340 2812 353 293 86 309 470 311 111 268 340 2541 5353
Handicap 5 15 1 11 17 7 9 13 3 6 10 18 4 2 8 12 16 14
Par 4 4 5 4 3 5 4 3 4 36 4 4 3 4 5 4 3 4 4 35 71

Course Details

Year Built 1967
Greens Champion Bermuda
Golf Season Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes
GPS No
Pull-carts No

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker No
Caddies No
Golf School Academy Yes
Golf Simulator No
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes
Practice Hole No

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Proper golf attire required.

Reviews

3.0
258

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 20
Brunch 9
Watching the Game 8
Course Challenges Include:
Narrow Fairways 43
Water Hazards 36
Bunkers 29
This course/club is great for:
Locals 34
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 33
Advanced Golfers 31
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 43
On a College Campus 39
Worth the Drive 19
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1.0
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Terrible

I don’t want to be rude but you can tell the condition of the course right from the putting green don’t expect anything more than a goat track it’s not even worth $10 a round . I left after nine holes because it was frustrating the greens were so thick it was like putting through water the fairways were terrible and the rough was probably 4 inches maybe 5 inches just a terrible track

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
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Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Reality sets in.

This course ate my butt today!! Wasn't playing great but even on those holes where I was hitting the ball well, this course is too much to eat for us old timers. I don't remember some of those holes being so long!! It was wet today which didn't help. Not the course's problem but it didn't help this old phart get a few more yards!!

Conditions Fair
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Water, water everywhere!

I’ve played this course many times, but it’s been some time. I’ve never seen such extensive flooding all over the course. It made it tough for the grounds crews to properly maintain the course. Thankfully though, there were no restrictions for carts, but you really had to be careful where you drove.

Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart

Course Conflicts

The Claw is a challenging course layout but, the tee boxes and several greens need a lot of work. I like this course. It is deceptively challenging but, if the course continues to slide it is a problem. One good item, the greens on the back nine seem to be better than the front and maybe there is hope that the greens, tee boxes, and fairways will improve. One last note. While we are faced with heavy rains in the summer months, the greenside sand traps were like hitting off concrete. Please work to bring back this great course.

Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
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Commented On 07/20/2018

Thank you for playing The Claw and for providing your feedback. Our team is working hard to improve course conditions this summer so that we can give every guest an outstanding golf experience. We hope to see you again soon!

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Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Good Course

We played early on a Saturday morning as a twosome and were able play at our own pace which is fast.

The course was in good condition, not excellent. Greens were a little slow.

Good value.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Only back 9

Front nine were down due to aeration that was not publicized until arrival.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

In bad shape.

The course was in very bad condition, a lot of dirt. The greens, tees, fairways and even the rough was missing a lot of grass. We had to move our ball to have a good try at a putt on numerous greens. To pricey for condition and played very slow 5 hours is a little long

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Fair
Pace Fair
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Too bad...Course burn up

This nicely laid out course has gone the way of many local courses.

Lack of water on the course has ruined many greens and even some fairways. Too bad for such a course with so much potential.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

The Claw

I don't now what is going on ith the green maintenece. I have seen worse after a stormy season. Hopefully, management will ring this course back to it's former glory!!

Conditions Fair
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Not the worst, should be better

Course should be way better for this time of the year. Love the layout and the raised greens but every fairway is like cow pasture. Several shots out of the fairway might as well have been out if a sand trap. Greens were rough and slow. Love the layout, just wish the university would spend the money to get it in good shape.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Challenging Layout, good value for your money

It seems this course gets a lot of play so I can't complain too much about the conditions. The greens can be a bit slow at times, but mostly roll well. The course presents some tight, tough holes that make for some risk/reward shots.

The greens are small, so your approach shots must be solid, and many holes feature large sand traps that can be quite the challenge. The cart guys are super friendly and always nice. The offer super cheap deals through their texting program and even a standard round is pretty cheap. If you're in the area it's tough to beat for the value/price.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Tough and Sparse

I am a senior, novice golfer. The Claw was very difficult for me. I was in trouble most of the round.

The grass was very sparse throughout the course. There were also a number of overhanging trees that got in my way.

Generally speaking, it was a frustrating experience for me.

Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

First and last time I'll ever play here

Very poor condition fairways , greens bumpy .

I should have known better, you get what you pay for.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Greens in bad shape and the fairways had very little grass- turning into a dust bowl....

Conditions Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

USF condition

The tee boxes and some of the greens were not in good shape at all. I really like this course and hope they get it back into good shape. I am aware that they get a lot of play on it but I still think they can get it in shape with a little hard work.

Conditions Poor
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

it's been better

overall condition is fair ... some greens show virus

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

The Claw Challenges One's Course Management

This was the second time our foursome went to The Claw. Although the course could use some TLC (like more grass on the greens and more level tee boxes), its biggest assets are its challenges to be smart about course management, especially the back nine. The price was paid was awesome and the weather was great. The staff was friendly and the pace of play ideal.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Not what it used to be.

Have been playing this course the past 3 years, & this is the worst shape that I’ve seen the course in. It has consistently gone down hill not only with the up keep of the amenities but also with the maintenance of the greens. It’s tough to imagine that a course that is the Home course for a NCAA divison 1 golf team, but is a course frequented by many local & visiting golfers. It is a course that could be better than where it is presently. I may go back but it will be awhile before I do.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Average

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