Cove Cay Golf Club

3.4924058824 3.5 stars from 5 (452)
  • 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 3.5 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.6 stars from 5
Value: 3.7 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.0 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.1 stars from 5
Course Layout: 3.9 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.2 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 452 Reviews
5 stars:
44
4 stars:
176
3 stars:
118
2 stars:
59
1 stars:
55

recommend this course

310 out of 449 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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"1st time playing this course"


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

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/16/2018
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Club house personnel were very friendly. Starter extremely friendly and very informative. Course was in bad shape. Could be still a little early but compared to other courses was in rough shape. Course design was decent and pace of play was very good.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



daseeweed's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  25+

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/15/2018
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Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Fun place to play golf it is very beautiful very challenging"


David2775239's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/15/2018
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Fun place to play golf it is very beautiful very challenging played with a group from Canada they were a lot of fun to play with very good course to play


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



patmcaneny001's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/13/2018
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Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



u000005675200's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/13/2018
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Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average


I recommend this course



u624040332's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/12/2018
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Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



Danno45's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/11/2018
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Lots of bare tee boxes, decent design, greens on the fast side but not in great shape. Staff is friendly but we found better courses nearby for less cost. Probably would play again at the current rate.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


"enjoyed the layout"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/08/2018
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Good course for me as this snowbird lives 3 minutes away. Challenging and need to be accurate on T-shots on the first nine. Couple of greens condition need to be improved but overall a course I frequent often and like. Excellent driving range as balls are in very good condition where other driving ranges have too many driving range balls that need to be replaced


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 02/12/2018

Thank you for the great review and for choosing to spend your time at Cove Cay while you're here. Enjoy your stay!


"Course in terrible shape"


zog214's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/06/2018
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The course was in terrible shape. It has obviously been neglected for a long period of time. Although the layout is nice enough the condition of the course just kills it. I would not recommend this course to anyone and will NOT go back. Tee boxes are awful, barren in spots weed choked in others. Fairways are terrible almost zero decent grass. Played it 4 years ago. Its condition has gone down dramatically


Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 02/12/2018

I just played the course yesterday in order to observe conditions and it is in excellent shape. Yes, there are some tee boxes that are rough in spots but we don't over seed with ryegrass like other courses in order to be able to kill the weeds. We do have a few greens with problems and one due to a mole infestation. We are working on those issues. The fairways, however, look amazing and so do the bunkers.



David2775239's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/06/2018
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Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great views. Avg difficulty"


u000007726784's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/02/2018
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Good experience overall. Short course . The views of the ocean are what make the course great.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


Commented on 02/12/2018

Glad you enjoyed the views and thank you for your review!


"Poor condition nicecstaff"


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

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/02/2018
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Course in very rough shape. Fairways hard as rock. Greens require dodging weeds. 17 and 18 in great shape. Get the other 16 holes in shape and I will return. Nice pace of playon front 9 with full course. Turn 9 and then send a foursome out in front of us. 90 minutes and 4 holes later. Jumped ahead. Poor corse management. Clubhouse staff and food good. Would come back for that but not golf


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 02/12/2018

Hi and thanks for the review. A few tee boxes and a few greens are our problem areas but we're working on them currently. We've never heard anyone say the fairways were hard as a rock. The grass is green and lush with very few weed issues.



None's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/29/2018
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/27/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Commented on 01/30/2018

Thanks Lefties 99.

We appreciate the review and hope to see you again soon.




4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/25/2018
First time playing Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Florida Trip"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/24/2018
First time playing Used cart Windy weather

Reviewed on

Things didn't start out very well. I was told the starter would call us when it was our time. Another couple had the same tee time as us but joined up with another couple. Then we were told that a group had to turn from the back to the front but they were 20 minutes away. The starter got upset with the pro and left. Finally we just got up and teed off. After teeing off a single came up and said he was joining us. He didn't even have his clubs out of his car yet. Very disorganized! Once we got going the golf was fine. Not in great shape, especially the tee boxes. Sand traps were very inconsistent. Lots of wind on the back 9 near the bay. Just an ok experience.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"horrible"


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

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/24/2018
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Reviewed on

Another 5 1/2 hour round. This is the second time that they "double booked". The starter ignored us and let a group of 24 go ahead , it got dark on a 1230 tee time BS


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course



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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/24/2018
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Cove Cay CC"


rhartley67's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/22/2018
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The course apparently does not have a sprinkler system. The course was not in very good shape. We booked a hot deal, at probably the price that was worth the value. Paying more would have been a huge disappointment. It was a decent layout, but appears to need some financial commitment to compete in this market.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course



Ruth57dave's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/22/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

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Greens were excellent. Course was a little rough. But considering the time of year it was not bad. I really enjoyed the layout. I definitely would play the course differently. Plenty challenging. Overall I very good time.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



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