University of South Florida Golf Course - The Claw

3.3202882353 3.3 stars from 5 (237)
  • 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 3.3 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.2 stars from 5
Value: 3.5 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.6 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.1 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.2 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 2.9 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 237 Reviews
5 stars:
35
4 stars:
106
3 stars:
57
2 stars:
23
1 stars:
16

recommend this course

174 out of 235 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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Reviews


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"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


"Straight ahead"


Will5921900's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/02/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The Claw At Usf is always a challenge whether you’re a big hitter or a short hitter the most important thing is to be a straight hitter… The course layout gives you chances to take it vantage and also has trees that like to take it vantage of you if you were not straight off of the tee . The greens challenge you to place your ball below the hole. Downhill but may lead to run off’s for these greens are small and have big runoffs most of them are elevated you will love the claw and it will either love you or hurt you ha ha Ha enjoy


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Not what it used to be"


dchuckh's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/23/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

When I first played this course two years ago, it was the hidden gem of Florida. The course I played this time is not even in the first 100 courses. The fairways were terrible, and many greens were in need of work. The traps had not been touch in a long time. A very dissapointing day on a course I looked forward to playing.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"winter course conditions"


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

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/08/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

the greens were in poor share. there was no grass in fairways. just burned out


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course



u000004540389's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/05/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Course in rough shape"


neilipovitz's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/01/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

For this time of year, this course is in rough shape. The greens are beaten up and the fairways are brown and very spotty.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course



u063704440's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/28/2017
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Interesting course"


ngamble's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/27/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Narrow fairways were not overseeded but the greens were elevated and held really well. Putted very good too. Even a couple of gatirs.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"A crying shame"


spurifoy's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/16/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

For several years, this course was maintained and a joy to play. What happened? You have to search to find green, manicured fairways. The tee boxes are a joke with mostly bare spots. The greens have weeds and sand. There is sand everywhere and areas that haven't seen a sprinkler in weeks. The cart barn is falling apart, no starter, and the bar and grill is closed till further notice. A good guess is that it is about to become a site for an apartment complex. Horrible golf conditions.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Terrible and dirty conditions"


drrusch's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/10/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

Playing year after year this course during our vacation coming from Germany. I'm sure it was the last time this year. The fairways, greens and tees are in very bad condition. The clubhouse and the restrooms are too dirty to visit them.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Great layout/Poor condition"


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/09/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played here many times. Great layout but poor condition. Greens had just been sanded and had weeds growing in many places. Fairways had many bare areas. The bunkers were in good condition with white powdery sand.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Help the fairways"


uXQGI8825XQ'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 11/03/2017
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

From the last time I played here roughly over a year ago the course is not in as good of shape as it used to be. Fairways are turning slightly brown need some work. Greens are getting weeds in them and fungus in a few of them.more bare spots then a year ago. I am not sure of who is doing the maintenance but they really need to step it up before they lose the fairways and greens. Couldn't even get any lunch the grill was closed down. I really hope they get this course back in shape it's a great course when they do the maintenance.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"A good place to play"


lagmpg's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/14/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is a good course to get in a round of golf. The greens are hit and miss, some are in really good shape, while others are not as good.

They closed the grill so we couldn't get anything after the round.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"Year after Year .... terrible!"


catkins101's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/01/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

I have been making a trip out to play this course about once a year for nearly 20 years and it has never been maintained. You would think USF would have a great golf team being in central FL. Maybe this course is part of the problem? The layout is extremely difficult especially when you don't know if your ball will plug in the swampy areas or bounce out of bounds off the sloped hard pan. Raised postage stamp greens and weeds. Terrible.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Greens are horrible"


Phil55's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/03/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Played on an overcast Saturday afternoon, 2pm tee time. It had rained the day before but the course was dry. The tee boxes weren't so bad, the fairways were average, (I've played worse) what killed the experience were the greens. They were recently punched and if you had a 3 ft putt, your 3 ft put was not going to go in. Ball bounced everywhere on the green and no putts ever stayed straight. Bunker sand was amazingly fluffy and easy to get out of, with my PM GRIND "I am Phil!" The greens were the only real negative, staff was really friendly. I would say give this course until July before you play it, the greens are just in too bad of shape.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Poor conditions"


Antwan3221048's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/02/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was under bad condition. The fairways were bad, the tee boxes were over grown, and the greens were being aerated but it wasn't mentioned on golf now prior to booking.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Downgrading of Course Conditions"


dgulaitis's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/29/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This was the 2nd chance to play the Claw in the past 2 years. The course conditions have gotten a lot worse (aerated greens aside). To top it off we booked thru GolfNow and it didn't mention that the greens were just aerated in the past few days which would have made a difference in where we chose to play this holiday weekend. We only learned about the greens from the starter and he mentioned to just take 2 putts and move on. While the layout is very good, the conditions of the entire course was poor. I will say the sand traps were the best I have seen in a long time however ironically the part of the course that was the best, was the part you try and avoid.

I hope the conditions get better.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"Dissappointed"


Arntsi's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/23/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Play here ten years ago and enjoyed it. Yesterday was a big disappointment. Nothing short of a cow pasture. Can't believe USF is associated with this course.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Fair


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 10/10/2017

My understanding is that the USF Men's and Women's Golf Teams do not play at the Claw. They play at Lake Jovita.



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