Cove Cay Golf Club

3.2978882353 3.3 stars from 5 (498)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 70
  • Length: 6079 yards
  • Slope: 130
  • Rating: 70.4
  • Layout

  • 2612 Cove Cay Dr, Clearwater, Florida 33760, Pinellas County
  • (727) 535-1406
  • (727) 536-5810
  • www.covecaygolf.com

Year built: 1972
Architect(s): David Wallace (1972)
Type: Semi-Private
Greens: Bermuda Grass
Fairways: Bermuda Grass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes - "Shriver Golf Academy"

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

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

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.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.3 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.5 stars from 5
Value: 3.5 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.9 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.0 stars from 5
Course Layout: 3.9 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 2.9 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 498 Reviews
5 stars:
46
4 stars:
181
3 stars:
136
2 stars:
72
1 stars:
63

recommend this course

326 out of 495 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city near the airport near local attractions   Great for locals wildlife/ scenic views seniors   Challenges include water hazards bunkers narrow fairways   Great for drinks 19th hole scenic views 19th hole specials  

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Micah7046541's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  20-24

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/19/2018
First time playing Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



dmast1's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/14/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 05/19/2018

Thanks for the 4 stars! And thanks for visiting Cove Cay.


"Bring your own grass"


u9171503's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/11/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course has less grass than some parking lots. I was visiting from out of town and had to rent clubs, $40 for a garage sale set and $20 for a glove. Staff were quite nice and I was paired with two great guys, so the Day was not a total loss


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 05/15/2018

Thanks for the comment and, although the fairway is dry do to a lack of rain over the winter, we have plenty of grass. The tee boxes, however, are bare in spots as we don't over seed them. Glad you liked our staff and your pairing partners!


"Poor conditions"


mtnsedona's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/10/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We played here last fall, was in much better shape. Pretty much every T box is threadbare, the greens are a patchwork of different textures and funny grasses. Fairway are bare in spots too. Very scenic back 9. I hope the course comes back as we like the layout.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 05/15/2018

Yes! The tee boxes are really bare. We did not over seed with rye this winter. We are repairing greens and have had major issues with a few of them. We are working to bring the course back to it's better days. Hang in there!


"The greens have gone downhill"


Justin3264908's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/10/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Greens were overgrown, making it impossible to putt on. Overall, course looked a bit unkept. It’s too bad, it used to be a beautiful course to play. Still a very scenic golf course that overlooks the gulf water on several holes while playing the back nine..


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 05/15/2018

We are working really hard to get conditions where we want them to be, but have really struggled with certain greens. We hope you'll be patient and come back another time.


"Course needs work"


stevecasselman's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/06/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Fairways are poor, greens full of weeds. Nice layout , but needs attention.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 05/15/2018

We are working on the conditions and hope you'll be patient with us. Our new superintendent had a lot of catching up to do before he could make necessary repairs.


"Worth it"


Ronmiranda's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once every three months

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/27/2018
First time playing

Reviewed on

Was expecting greens to be wasted as per previous reviews and comments, but found them to be very good, very fast and true. The fairways for the most part were very good . Me and my wife ate inside the pub grill after our round and the food was very good. Unfortunately our server which I didn’t catch her name with bright blonde hair was very rude and my wife caught her rolling her eyes at our requests. Other then poor service in the grill we were pleased with our experience and plan on coming back!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 05/15/2018

Hi Ron,

Thanks for the nice comments about the course and we will find out who the eye roller was. Apologies to your wife!



lefties99's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

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

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Commented on 05/01/2018

Thanks so much! We appreciate the 4 stars.


"Friendly welcome but course in poor condition."


HIBBO's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/22/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I don't normally go to any length to comment about golf courses as it is often very subjective. However the teeing areas and some of the greens require attention to bring this course up to any decent standard. Sorry about the negativity but it could be so much better.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 05/01/2018

You came during a transition phase with a new superintendent. We're working diligently to get the conditions back to where they should be. Thanks for the feed back.




1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/19/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 05/01/2018

A 1 star with no comment?



danpavey's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/17/2018
First time playing

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 05/01/2018

I will play again if the price reflects the courses condition.


Commented on 05/01/2018

Hi Dan,

We have a new superintendent who is working hard to play catch-up after a rough winter weather-wise. Please come back this summer and check out the course.


"Nice course being improved"


u8707001's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/15/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Several tee boxes were under repair so we hit from temporary tees on a few holes, but the greens were very nice and the overall golf experience, even with 3 par 3's on the back 9, was quite enjoyable. Will definitely play here again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


Commented on 05/01/2018

Thank you for the comments and review! Our rates just lowered to $35 for a morning tee time and $30 for after noon!


"Crabby"


u4111370's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/09/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Putting was hard with all the crabgrass on green. Layout good just needs some overall TLC. Will not be back.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 04/11/2018

Thank you for your feedback. Mother nature was definitely not kind to us this winter. We have many members from Indiana so please come back.


"Nice course"


u711403765's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/07/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I love the layout of this course. It has challenges you with a few doglegs and has a couple holes where you want to pull out the big stick and let it rip. Great water features with nice views.

The greens didn’t roll well due to some thick weeds of some kind which you could see darker grass spots that’s bounces the ball when putting. The fairways were decent in most places so if you stayed there you should have a fine round.

Overall good experience and I would play here again.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average


I recommend this course


Commented on 04/11/2018

Thank you for your feedback and we're glad you enjoyed your round. Come back soon.



Kevin1517193's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/06/2018
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

found the greens very dry with some dead spots. Had to wait most holes and there were four groups waiting on the tenth tee.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Average

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


Commented on 04/10/2018

Hi Kevin. We had a rough winter with almost no rain and we only water greens and tees for conservation efforts. Also, apologies about the slow play. It's still our busy season.


"Poor pace"


Rick2927234's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/06/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

812 am tee off. Took 5 hours. Over booked and no control of pace of play.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 04/10/2018

Hi Rick,

It is busy season but we will make sure the starters and rangers are on point. Thanks for the feedback.



Marbeoussars58's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/04/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Tires ole course that was probably a jewel in its day


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"Ground under repair"


lefties99's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/03/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course in terrible shape. Many tee blocks under repair.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 04/10/2018

You visited during busy season and a very dry winter. When your business is a golf course there's always something being worked on.



u000001623901's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/02/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"Tight as stated, however the grass was in bad shape."


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/30/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Tight is great but when you must play 2nd or 3rd shots from fairways in sparse conditions it makes your round hard to enjoy


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course



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