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3.4
580 Reviews (580)
5 Stars
62
4 Stars
221
3 Stars
152
2 Stars
78
1 Stars
67
Conditions
3.1
Value
3.6
Layout
3.9
Friendliness
4.1
Pace
4.0
Amenities
3.5
74.8%
Recommend this course
395 out of 580 reviews
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3.5
51 Reviews (51)
5 Stars
7
4 Stars
24
3 Stars
12
2 Stars
5
1 Stars
3
Conditions
3.2
Value
3.7
Layout
3.9
Pace
4.0
Amenities
3.2
StaffFriendliness
4.2
80.4%
Recommend this course
41 out of 51 reviews
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3.7
82 Reviews (82)
5 Stars
16
4 Stars
40
3 Stars
16
2 Stars
6
1 Stars
4
Conditions
3.4
Value
3.9
Layout
4.0
Pace
4.2
Amenities
3.5
StaffFriendliness
4.2
84.1%
Recommend this course
69 out of 82 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Semi-Private
Par 70
Length 6079 yards
Slope 130
Rating 70.4

Cove Cay Golf Club is located along the shores of Tampa Bay, offering scenic views and abundant wildlife. Water is a prominent feature on the golf course, coming into play on 12 holes. The course is tight with narrow, tree-lined fairways and several tricky dogleg holes. In addition to all of the water hazards, there are also deep bunkers lining the greensides. At 6,000 yards, it is not a long course by any means but what it lacks in length it makes up for in shot-making challenges. Thanks to its length though, it can usually be played in under four hours. The layout features a diverse set of hazards that will require the use of every club in your bag. Cove Cay Golf Club's signature hole is the par-5 17th. This dramatic hole runs alongside the bay, making accuracy a necessity in order to reach the small peninsula green.

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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 70 6079 yards 70.4 130
White 70 5659 yards 67.8 123
Red (W) 71 5283 yards 71.4 130
Beige (W) 71 4216 yards 66.7 111
Scorecard for Cove Cay
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Blue M: 70.4/130 349 408 524 389 198 379 123 369 535 3274 441 334 134 522 143 364 138 524 205 2805 6079
White M: 67.8/123 335 383 510 375 176 365 110 355 515 3124 407 310 120 490 115 340 110 500 143 2535 5659
Red M: 66.4/115 W: 71.4/130 323 375 486 360 110 360 100 335 455 2904 396 300 117 480 102 330 98 465 91 2379 5283
Beige M: 64.2/110 W: 68.7/111 240 275 440 360 60 247 91 243 400 2356 325 201 79 350 95 240 84 400 86 1860 4216
Handicap 15 7 11 1 13 5 17 3 9 2 10 12 4 16 8 18 6 14
Par 4 4 5 4 3 4 3 4 5 36 4 4 3 5 3 4 3 5 3 34 70
Handicap (W) 13 9 3 5 15 7 17 1 11 4 10 12 2 14 8 16 6 18

Course Details

Year Built 1972
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens Bermuda Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect David Wallace (1972)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Golf School Academy Yes - "Shriver Golf Academy"
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No

Reviews

3.4
580 Reviews (580)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 50
19th Hole Scenic Views 33
19th Hole Specials 17
Course Challenges Include:
Water Hazards 89
Bunkers 71
Narrow Fairways 47
This course/club is great for:
Locals 52
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 41
Seniors 40
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 83
Near the Airport 26
Near Local Attractions 18

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3.0
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Fun Layout

Fun layout. Not a long course. Greens run well. Fairways and surrounding areas a little scruffy. But for 35$ on a Saturday 8am tee time....

Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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2.0
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Conditions Fair
Value Fair
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Friendliness Good
Pace Good
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I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played

Yet to be disappointed at Cove Cay

Great conditions great views.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Played On
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played

Thursday Golf

We have played here a few times over the years. Today was the best shape it's been in for us. Lots of nice brick work has been done around T boxes, greens were in good shape. Was a good day, pleasant greetings from the gentlemen at check in from Sudbury.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Another great day of golf

My son and I are average players. We didn't feel rushed like on many courses

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented On 05/02/2019

Thank you so much for the review and we're very happy to hear you enjoyed your round. We welcome golfers of all abilities at Cove Cay Golf Club. Come back soon!

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I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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Commented On 05/02/2019

Thank you for the 5-stars! And we hope to see you again soon.

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

Nice layout. Needs a lot of TLC. No grass on the tee blocks. Fairways are a bit rough. Greens ok.

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

Pleasant Round

Nice layout course improves in condition every time I play it. Relaxing round some tougher holes lots of water.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser

Excellent course great views only issue some of the greens were under repair.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented On 04/06/2019

Thanks so much! Yes, spring maintenance is going on after a very busy winter. Hope you enjoyed your round.

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Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Excellent Challenging Muni

First time on course, conditions very challenging on some. need to love water. A shot makers course but once you tried it you will want to go back. My son, a 9 handicap ,loved it so much looking into being a member.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented On 04/06/2019

Ha! We have lots of single digit handicappers, as well as scratch golfers, who love coming to Cove Cay Golf. It's a great course for those who want to hone their skills. Thanks for the review!

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Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Decent

The course is very short and the greens were in absolute terrible shape. Good views and the staff was friendly but its not a $40 a round course. Especially with all the Par 3s on the back.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
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Commented On 04/06/2019

Hi Robert,

We're in spring maintenance so the greens do look rough right now. Especially after our crazy busy winter. But did you enjoy the challenge of the course? Pros love playing here because the course may be short but you have to be very accurate to do well.

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Played On
Handicap 25+
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Challenging Golf Great Views

I've only been golfing for a couple of years so I want to play a course that challenges me so I can improve my skills. I've played numerous courses in Tampa Bay but Cove Cay Golf Club "hurts my feelings", in a GOOD way! You need to be accurate to shoot well and I've improved greatly in that department since playing here. I still have a brain cramp with water, and they have water on 12 holes. Bottom line, if you want to improve and enjoy great scenery and nice people, this is the place to play.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
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Commented On 04/06/2019

That's so great to hear KelMac! Thanks for the great review and we're thrilled that you enjoy the challenge of our course.

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Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Fun time

I am not a long hitter and this was exactly what I needed. A fun straightforward layout with an opportunity to score well if you put it into good position.

The greens could use some attention but they weren't unplayable. The tees had just been airated but they were manageable.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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Commented On 03/31/2019

Thanks so much. Yes, our greens are in transition from being dormant and are a little slower than we'd like. A couple have caught a virus that is being treated. Thank you for the review!

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Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Challenging course but bad conditions

Let me first say based on previous review responses that my review has nothing to do with how I played. Greens are in good shape and fast although not as green as some would like. Many of the tee boxes were aerated and had no grass. Fairways are not in good shape. Not what I would expect for the money. The course has a challenging layout and you can’t just bang it and go get it. If you like course management this is the course for you. If you want to hit driver every hole it is not. I enjoyed the layout. If this course was in good shape it I would highly recommend it. They were definitely working on it so I’m sure there are times it’s in great shape just not the day I played. It’s a little disturbing that they can’t take any criticism and immediately assume the criticism came as a result of a bad round. I would not play this course again in the condition it was in the day I played.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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Commented On 03/31/2019

Thanks Scott for coming to Cove Cay. You came during a maintenance period, and transition time for the Bermuda. That's why the tee boxes were aerated and the fairways and greens look off.

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Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

COURSE IS SCENIC WAS PRETTY DRY AND BURNT OUT IN PLACES AND GREENS BUT ITS FLORIDA

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented On 03/31/2019

You made me chuckle with your "but it's Florida" comment. YES, we've had a record number of golfers visiting over the past few months. Which has left the fairways a bit trampled. Top that off with the Bermuda coming to life and it looks greener in some places than others. Thanks for playing here Pat and for the review!

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Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Cold weather
Used cart
Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Poor
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Commented On 03/31/2019

Can you explain the 1-star?

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Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Twice a year
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Holiday

A very good choice of course to play.
Could have been in better condition but can be overlooked due to overall layout is very good. Greens fast but aerated which caused me a couple of stroke(excuse).
The day was very good.

Conditions Poor
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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Commented On 03/20/2019

Hi and welcome to Florida! We hope you had a nice stay and want to thank you for playing Cove Cay Golf.

Because this is our busy season and we're very popular because of our views, we have gotten a tremendous amount of play over the past couple of months. But we're keeping up as best we can. Thanks again!

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Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
First Time Playing

Yikes

Don’t get fooled by the nice pictures you see. The course conditions were brutal. I would not recommend this course for anybody especially being so pricey.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
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Commented On 03/20/2019

If there were a way for me to attach a current condition photo here I would. You're nuts! It is winter so the greens don't look pretty, yet they are lightening fast. The fairway has seen a lot of traffic do to snowbirds and vacationers yet still look good and are weed free. The tee boxes look amazing and have been rebuilt or are in the process of being rebuilt. And we have new cart paths and new carts.

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Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Day of Golf

Played Today
Rained most of the day, paired with a local and two others from out of town. We got soaked to the bones, could not have had a better time. Great company, great course, great time.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented On 03/20/2019

You're the best. Thanks so much for the review and for toughing it out on a nasty rainy day!

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