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3.0
349 Reviews (349)
5 Stars
46
4 Stars
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3 Stars
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2 Stars
39
1 Stars
37
Conditions
2.8
Value
3.5
Layout
3.9
Friendliness
4.0
Pace
3.7
Amenities
2.3
58.6%
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238 out of 349 reviews
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2.8
37 Reviews (37)
5 Stars
1
4 Stars
11
3 Stars
13
2 Stars
4
1 Stars
8
Conditions
2.5
Value
3.2
Layout
3.6
Pace
3.3
Amenities
1.6
StaffFriendliness
3.8
51.4%
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19 out of 37 reviews
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2.8
54 Reviews (54)
5 Stars
3
4 Stars
15
3 Stars
17
2 Stars
7
1 Stars
12
Conditions
2.6
Value
3.2
Layout
3.7
Pace
3.6
Amenities
1.7
StaffFriendliness
3.8
50.0%
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27 out of 54 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 71
Length 6863 yards
Slope 132
Rating 74.2

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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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.

Food & Beverage

Grill

Available Facilities

Clubhouse

Reviews

3.0
349 Reviews (349)

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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Claw

Course was in awful condition. This was my first and last time to play the Claw.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Fair
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
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Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
1.0
Previously Played

Course is terrible

The whole course is terrible. The fairway, rough, greens, everything was overgrown unruly and quite frankly half a** cared for. If the course was $10 for 18 holes I wouldn’t care, but spending $60 for two people at 11:00 am to play is outrageous. And that was a deal... we left at the ninth hole because the ‘pro shop’ which was a container was locked, and we didn’t feel like waiting around for Cheetos and snickers. Overall experience was 0 out of 5 stars. I hope no one plays here ever again. Stay away

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Nice round

Course was in good shape.
Did not cost much.
Staff was friendly

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
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Commented on 07/27/2020

Thank you Chris for your review. We look forward to seeing you back out here soon!

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Fair
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
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Commented on 07/27/2020

Thank you Jcecil for your review. We look forward to having back soon!

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Reviews 6
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
First Time Playing

Course needs serious improvements

There needs to be some serious improvements on the course. Pro shop is a shipping crate as well as bathroom. Bathroom had no running water to wash hands. This should be a high priority especially with covid going on. Course lay out was very challenging. I’d play here again if there were better amenities and huge improvements.

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Fair
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
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Commented on 07/27/2020

Thank you for your review. We take your opinion seriously and have used it to continue to train our staff. If there is anything further your would like to discuss please feel free to reach out to us at info@theclawatusfgolf.com.

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Reviews 1
Handicap Don't know
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Course not being taken care of

Half of the tees were tore up. The grass in the fairways was long and not maintained at all, also there was tree branches every where. Out of the 18 greens, 5 were in really bad shape. In my opinion it looks like they are not taking care of the course because they want to close it, that's how bad of a shape its in.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Moderate
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Reviews 11
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

downhill

Greens were in good condition. The rest of course in poor condition. Hard to tell where fairways end and rough begins. Tee boxes were very thin. Haven't played here in a couple years and it has really gone downhill. They were renovating clubhouse, so no judgement there.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 07/15/2020

Thank you for your feedback, Chris. We take your opinion seriously, and are working everyday to improve the customer experience.

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

A college ran course.

It was an okay round. The greens actually didn't look that bad, but the fairways vs rough was non existent. Need to do something. I'd pay $15 to play here. Nothing more.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 07/10/2020

Thank you malcolm2anderson for your review. We take your opinion seriously and are constantly working everyday to improve the course and the guest experience. We look forwarded to seeing back out soon.

Played On
Reviews 11
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Condemned Buildings and Shelters, NO AMENITIES

Upon arrival, I noticed shipping containers in the parking lot. Didn't think much of it, and proceeded to the building to check in, and while approaching the building I was thinking some clean up and trimming was in order. I realized when I got closer the building wasn't even open, and walked around to the back. A young man gave me a cart and said you pay in the shipping container in the parking lot. So, off I went, and the young man working there was very nice, and helpful. The staff is great, but the clubhouse, and shelters out on the course are all condemned....needing torn down and replaced. The practice green was burned real bad, the chipping area is all weeds, and the cart barn is standing, but no clue how. See photo's.......USF and Casper golf should be ashamed to have let it get this bad. With all the money they have, they have failed to maintain the place to any standards. Personally until it is remodeled, I have no intention of going back. USF should be embarrassed to have this place associated with them. No place to eat, no beverage cart, and bathrooms in a trailer is no go for me.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Fair
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 07/10/2020

Thank you for your review. We take your opinions seriously, and are constantly looking to improve the customer experience. We appreciate your understanding during renovations. Please feel free to reach out to us at info@theclawatusfgolf.com to discuss your concerns further.

Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Awful

the course needs a lot of TLC, Staff said is the best shape is been in years, I would haven't really hated playing it a year ago then. some greens having biff patches of no grass, and all greens bumpy. many homes in the fairways and patches of missing grass.

Conditions Poor
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
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Commented on 06/12/2020

Thank you for your review, Jim. We take your opinions seriously, and are constantly looking to improve the customer experience. Please feel free to reach out to us at info@theclawatusf.com to discuss your concerns further.

Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Fair
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
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Commented on 05/31/2020

Thank you for your review. We take your opinions seriously, and are constantly looking to improve the customer experience. Please feel free to reach out to us at info@theclawatusfgolf.com to discuss your concerns further.

Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 06/12/2020

Thank you so much for your review! We are happy to see you enjoyed our course. We value your feedback, and hope to see you back in the future.

Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played
Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
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Commented on 05/31/2020

Thank you so much for your review! We are happy to see you enjoyed our course. We value your feedback, and hope to see you back soon.

Played On
Reviews 7
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Challenging - Different Kind of Fun

I'm not a good golfer by any means but courses like these make you work on shots you don't really thinking about on normal wide open - long courses. We like to overpower courses in the States but this course can be tough to do unless you have pinpoint accuracy. This course has changed around a ton from 6+ months ago. The new renovation has turned this place around. I want to visit again. Greens are getting better each month and fairways and tee boxes aren't bad either. For the price, it's completely fair.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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Commented on 04/06/2020

Thank you so much for your review! We are happy to see you enjoyed our course and the improvements we have made. We value your feedback, and hope to see you back soon.

Played On
Reviews 23
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Previously Played

Needs Loving Care

Many of the tee boxes had little to no grass. Course needs water! Greens were hard and did not hold an approach shot. Fairways had too many tight lies. I know pro shop is being renovated but this course is not worthy of being the University of South Florida’s Home course.

Conditions Poor
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
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Commented on 04/06/2020

Thank you for your review. We take your opinions seriously, and are constantly looking to improve the customer experience. Please feel free to reach out to us at info@theclawatusfgolf.com to discuss your concerns further.

Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Tough course

The Claw is a challenge. Tight fairways and elevated greens don’t make things easy. The course was in ok shape, a couple of greens looked a little rough. Clubhouse is shut down so pro shop and restrooms are trailers. Outside of that, it’s good course and worth the price of admission.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
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Commented on 04/06/2020

Thank you so much for your review! We are happy to see you enjoyed our course. We value your feedback, and hope to see you back soon.

Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

This course is going downhill

Haven’t played here in over a year. Greens still sandy. Greens also had large black spots on some greens. Had to hit off dirt a few times. Bathroom is a trailer currently. It looks like they are renovating. “Pro shop” is in a con ex box in the parking lot.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
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Commented on 04/06/2020

Thank you for your review, Jason. We take your opinions seriously, and are constantly looking to improve the customer experience. We appreciate your understanding while we renovate. Please feel free to reach out to us at info@theclawatusfgolf.com to discuss your concerns further.

Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Tough course

The course was tight and tough. You needed to place your shots. It was a test but very enjoyable.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
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Commented on 03/12/2020

Thank you for your honest feedback. We look forward to having you back out soon.

Played On
Reviews 18
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Nice course. Greens were super fast. An enjoyable day was had on the course

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 03/12/2020

Thank you for your feedback. We can't wait to see you back out soon.

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