Cove Cay Golf Club

3.3190588235 3.3 stars from 5 (510)
  • 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 510 Reviews
5 stars:
47
4 stars:
189
3 stars:
139
2 stars:
72
1 stars:
63

recommend this course

337 out of 507 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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RG62497024CE0B596663's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  25+

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/05/2018
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 07/10/2018

We saw you gave us an Excellent on Value for the money. Gotta love the Summer Special of 18-holes for $30!


"Noticeably Improved"


xeroid17's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/04/2018
Previously played Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

For the most part the fairways and greens were in good shape. One or two greens need more work but the improvement in course conditions is very noticeable over the past 6 months. Some tee boxes still need work but I could tell work has been done on them as well. Drainage for traps is not great but they did get quite a bit of rain the previous day so that's understandable. Course could use a starter/ranger as there was some slow play but all in all it was a good day of golf.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Commented on 07/08/2018

Thank you for noticing the work we've been doing. We have quite the plan for improvements and recently just started patching and repaving critical areas of the cart path. Thanks again for the review and comments!



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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/03/2018
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Rained out"


rg12147's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/30/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Couldn't even start. Ate lunch and left. The other twosome came from Northdale area and were upset also. I used one of my rewards, but unfortunately mother nature overruled.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Commented on 07/08/2018

We really hate that Mother Natured ruined your fun. Thanks for trying to play at Cove Cay Golf. Please come back!


"much improved course conditions"


dezdancer's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/27/2018
Previously played Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

I'm a former professional caddie at TPC Scottsdale. The course owners have been working hard to get this fun course to the level they are happy with. what they have done in the past 2 weeks is astonishing. the fairways are smooth and green and the greens are looking top notch, weedless and that pretty green color you expect to see and putt on.. It doesn't even look like the same course from 1 month ago. I think they have found the right stuff to make this course a must play when you come to the Tampa Bay area. lots of water, pretty views, challenging holes and a great staff. and If you live in the area. Play it again. I'm excited to see the improvements each month. The owners are always around and really listen and care about your experience, so make sure to say hi and tell them what you thought. Hidden gems are fun to discover and I'm telling you, this is one of them


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


Commented on 07/08/2018

Hi Dez! Thanks for the knowledgeable review and feedback about our course and the improvements we've made. We're really happy with the progress and are excited for what's to come. We appreciate your time!



funfor1's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/27/2018
Previously played Used cart Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"A Course With Teeth"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/24/2018
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Overall the course was in good shape and is well maintained. All the tee boxes were back in play and only one green #15 showed some heat stress but not a big deal. My playing partner summarized it as a course with teeth in that there are some challenging holes. This is not a course for beginners. Intermediate and advanced players will find it tough enough. The scenery is beautiful especially on the back nine along Tampa Bay. The staff was welcoming and friendly. We enjoyed our afternoon there and will come again.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 06/28/2018

Thanks so much for the great review! We're really glad you enjoyed your round and happy to hear you'll be back.


"Nice track"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/22/2018
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We enjoyed our round except for the attack of the mosquitoes everytime we got near the mangroves. Would have been much better if proshop let you know and offered to sell bug repellant.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Commented on 06/26/2018

Hi Don! Thanks for the review and the note about the mosquitoes. We didn't have an issue with it this time last year. Great tip about the bug repellant.


"Cove cay"


btrezza's avatar
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/18/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This used to be a well maintained course. Greens are shot, bunkers are a mess and half of them are washed out. Beautiful scenery on the back 9 but this course needs about 100 grand worth of work!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 06/26/2018

Yes. We do have some issues and are working on them currently. Glad you enjoyed the view and thanks for the feedback.


"Great place to play"


LongBall19's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/09/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Some tee boxes and greens were in rough shape but overall it was a great fun course to play. I would definitely play there again.


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


Commented on 06/26/2018

Thanks for the review! Glad you had fun and we are working hard to repair the greens and tee boxes.



u891912668's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/09/2018
Previously played 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: Excellent


I recommend this course



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


Commented on 06/04/2018

Thanks for the review Micah. We are working on the tee boxes and greens but the fairways are looking great and we're getting ready to aerate on the 11th.



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.


"Wet Day"


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/02/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

It was raining and we couldn’t finish. The tee box’s and fairways need a lot of work. The greens were in okay shape. Couldn’t get a rain check because we booked on GolfNow Hot deals. Customer service and common sense would give the customer a rain check so you have people coming back to a course that’s not in very good condition.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 06/04/2018

Hi Ralph.

Anyone who buys a Hot Deal through Golf Now has to get their raincheck from Golf Now. That's their policy. Sorry you couldn't finish!


"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.



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