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4.4
263 Reviews (263)
5 Stars
128
4 Stars
97
3 Stars
21
2 Stars
10
1 Stars
7
Conditions
4.2
Value
4.3
Layout
4.8
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.2
93.8%
Recommend this course
235 out of 263 reviews
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4.3
43 Reviews (43)
5 Stars
19
4 Stars
21
3 Stars
2
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.2
Value
4.3
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.6
Amenities
4.2
StaffFriendliness
4.6
93.0%
Recommend this course
40 out of 43 reviews
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4.4
62 Reviews (62)
5 Stars
28
4 Stars
30
3 Stars
3
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.2
Value
4.3
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.2
StaffFriendliness
4.6
93.5%
Recommend this course
58 out of 62 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Semi-Private
Par 72
Length 7153 yards
Slope 135
Rating 74.2

Although it is tucked away among rolling green hills and mature oaks, Lake Jovita Country Golf & Country Club is conveniently less than 30 minutes north of Tampa. The club offers two championship golf courses, the North and the South. The South Course, the original track at Lake Jovita, has a more traditional design than the other course. It features generous fairways and velvety-smooth greens. The layout weaves through lakes and ponds that into play on several holes. The course was built to fully utilize the hilly terrain, incorporating a variety of elevation changes throughout. The par-5 11th hole even features a 94-foot drop from tee to green, which is the largest natural elevation change in the entire state. It is one of Florida's "must-play" courses

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Course Details

Year Built 1999
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens Tifeagle
Golf Season Year round
Architect Tom Lehman (1999) Kurt Sandness (1999)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

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

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No
Fivesomes Allowed No
Dress code Collared shirt, slacks or shorts (walking short length) are preferred: work-out shorts or denim are not allowed.

Food & Beverage

Snacks, Restaurant, Beverage Carts

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Banquet Facilities

Available Activities

Swimming, Billiards

Available Sports

Fitness

Reviews

4.4
263 Reviews (263)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 8
Course Challenges Include:
Elevation Changes 18
Forced Carries 18
Undulating Greens 18
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 15
Playing Multiple Courses 11
A Weekend Splurge 8
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 17
In the 'Burbs 11

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Reviews 5
Handicap 5-9
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I Recommend This Course
3.0
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Previously Played

Rough parch

I have played this course many times. I love the layout. The good news is the greens are good. The bad news is the rest of the golf course is in tough shape. The fairways are wet and being seeded but they need it because there isn’t a lot of grass . The bunkers are in horrible shape ...... virtually unplayable except for the fact that right now you can lift , clean and place. Lastly, they are currently fertilizing the entire course so it smells like a ripe barnyard....... which is great when the feels like temperature is north of 100 degrees. Good luck !

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 25
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 6
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Skill Beginner
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Big track!

It was wet so it played extremely long!
Greens were very good! True rolls and held a correctly struck approach! A big challenge to your game from all tees!
The one thing that was a negative was most bunkers were either flooded with water and you would lose the ball or not playable! Overall will return again and it’s worth the price!
Ps- jump on the tips if you want to see were your game is as a single digit hdcp! It’s a beast!!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 11
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing

Too wet!

Played the South Course for the first time and very impressed with the layout. Typical summer rain has taken it’s toll. The bunkers were unplayable. Many of the green side traps were full of water so it made it very difficult not only to play but find your ball. Considering the wet conditions we had a great time. I can only imagine this course dry and playing fast! Whoa!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Wait a week or two

I haven't played the South course in a while but have always loved it. Amazing layout and just great facility in general. The course isn't and it's best shape right now though since they put a couple of weeks ago so I would wait another 2 weeks before I played it and then it should be back in great shape.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Punches Greens

Still one of my favorite courses, love the layout, staff this time were very professional. They’ve had a lot of rain lately so the bunkers had standing water in them. The greens were punched which is a bit of downer since the best part of these courses. Had to be done though. Will play again once the greens roll smooth.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Disappointed

Lake Jovita South is typically one of my favorite courses in the area, however, this was not the course that I have played several times before. The bunkers were in terrible shape and most of them were filled with several inches of water. The greens had been recently aerated but this was not mentioned when booking the tee time. Due to the course conditions, the rate should have been much cheaper than the price I paid.

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 11
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

South course closed - played north

Booked a tee time on line for South course, but when arrived was informed south course was closed and was sent on to north course (south course greens had been aerated week prior and then a large rain storm had washed off the top dressing so greens were not ready... can't control mother nature).
Luckily for me, I enjoy the North Course just as well. Layout is beautiful and challenging. Tee boxes and green fringe in spots is a little rough. Fairways in great shape.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 41
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

One of my new favorites.

I played the south course about 6 years ago while working in Tampa and was scheduled to paly again today. I really liked the south course but it had just been aeriated and was closed. they had me playing the north course and man was that a jot to play. Lots of nice views elevation changes and a nice layout. I played from white tee box and they were a little rough in spots but other boxes looked to be in better shape. fairways and greens where nearly perfect. I will defiantly play here more often now that I live near by. Only negative was the $22 dollar grouper sandwich for lunch.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

friendly staff , great course

Everyone from start to finish was overboard friendly. We felt our business was truly appreciated..Course was in usual good shape. Matt from pro shop came out and saw we were in the middle of a tournament. He moved us ahead and let us come back and get the hole we missed. This saved us an hour and a half at least. Thank you Matt!!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 11
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

You will be irritated

No carts available when you get there. Then they gave carts to people with a 12:30 tee time and people with 12:00 tee times still waiting for a cart and late for tee time. Rented crappy carts from the Abby golf course without GPS as promised. Lots of weeds on the course, thin grass in fairways. Greens nice. Staff in pro shop not very friendly and many people were very irritated, some left and didn't play. $5.00 range balls for a small bag with 15 balls. I counted. The inland course is very hot and humid. We probably won't play there again.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Poor
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Course in great shape

Played here probably about half a dozen times. Some of the best greens in the area. Excellent layout and enough undulations to make you think you’re playing outside of FL. One of my favorite courses around Tampa. Almost all the staff members were pleasant to talk to except the young guy behind the desk.. he seemed rude everytime I’ve played there. Felt like me and my guests were troubling him. The new Head Pro however was super cool and professional.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

It was great!

Great course! Super fast greens, great conditions. Can’t wait to play again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great Course - Played the South

Greens were fast as lightning. Took awhile to get used to them.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Love this course

Have played Lake Jovita’s South course many times overt the years. Great layout. Very different from the usual Florida design. Love the elevation changes. Course is in good shape. Greens are better than many other courses in the area although they have been better. Highly recommend this course.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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