University of South Florida Golf Course - The Claw

3.0028764706 3.0 stars from 5 (254)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 6863 yards
  • Slope: 132
  • Rating: 74.2
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

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

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: No
Practice hole: No
Simulator: No
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Proper golf attire required.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

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

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.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.0 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.0 stars from 5
Value: 3.4 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.6 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.0 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.0 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 2.5 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 254 Reviews
5 stars:
35
4 stars:
110
3 stars:
62
2 stars:
28
1 stars:
19

recommend this course

182 out of 252 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city on a college campus worth the drive   Great for locals wildlife/ scenic views advanced golfers   Challenges include narrow fairways water hazards bunkers   Great for drinks brunch watching the game  

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"Course Conflicts"


u000001300404's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/18/2018
Previously played Used cart Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


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!


"Good Course"


Charlie2981790's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/30/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Only back 9"


Dan0Mite's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/07/2018
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Average

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


"In bad shape."


donjj1978's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/29/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Too bad...Course burn up"


johngavin233's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/28/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"The Claw"


Jfrierson3's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/27/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

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!!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Not the worst, should be better"


Dylan1477525's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/27/2018
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Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


"Challenging Layout, good value for your money"


TheEgg7's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/27/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



u208939963's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/17/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course



Kemberton1022's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/06/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Tough and Sparse"


rc8269's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/19/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"First and last time I'll ever play here"


Dadu's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/17/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Very poor condition fairways , greens bumpy .

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


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course



Greg48's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/15/2018
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Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"USF condition"


iguana5872's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/09/2018
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Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"it's been better"


u000003367447's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/09/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

overall condition is fair ... some greens show virus


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"The Claw Challenges One's Course Management"


armden1's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/04/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Not what it used to be."


bmiddleton1028's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/25/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Great Round of Golf"


rsnedd's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  25+

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/10/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

First time playing the Claw, the course was in fair condition but the pace of play was excellent. The front 9 are wide open with very little water, the back tightens up a but with some water. We had a great day!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course



u060914671's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/06/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



vtcwe's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/02/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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