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4.4
636 Reviews (636)
5 Stars
342
4 Stars
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3 Stars
51
2 Stars
23
1 Stars
16
Conditions
4.3
Value
4.3
Layout
4.7
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.2
93.2%
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572 out of 636 reviews
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4.3
57 Reviews (57)
5 Stars
30
4 Stars
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3 Stars
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1
1 Stars
2
Conditions
4.2
Value
4.2
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.1
StaffFriendliness
4.7
91.2%
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52 out of 57 reviews
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4.5
137 Reviews (137)
5 Stars
87
4 Stars
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3 Stars
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2 Stars
2
1 Stars
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Conditions
4.4
Value
4.3
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.2
StaffFriendliness
4.7
94.2%
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129 out of 137 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.

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4.4
636 Reviews (636)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 29
Dinner 13
Brunch 12
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 65
Elevation Changes 60
Undulating Greens 57
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 56
Playing Multiple Courses 43
Locals 39
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 58
In the 'Burbs 26
Convenient to the City 17

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4.0
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Great course with excellent conditions and layout. The problems are:
1). The golf carts are terrible. I used 3 carts on one round, the first being replaced twice. Brakes are terrible, steering is terrible and they are terribly water spotted......and that is on every round I have played this season.

2). They never have enough sand in the divot bottles (if they are even on the carts to start with). That means lots and lots of divots are not being filled. They MUST get with the program on this one if they want fairway divots filled.

These are complaints a course like this should not be dealing with.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
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5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played

Concerns

The course is in great shape. The golf carts often don’t last for the afternoon golf. We have had to shift our cart out more than once. If they want golfers to take care of their divots, they need to fill the sand jugs provided with the cart. We filled our own last time but today there was no half way stations to fill our jugs so divots were left unfilled. These concerns should not be a part of an upper rated course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Not a Typical Florida Course

I come from NJ to visit FL once or twice a year for the past three years, and each time I visit the Tampa area, I make sure to make the trip up to Lake Jovita to play the North course. Unlike most FL courses which are flat and the only interesting topography involves water, Lake Jovita North actually has elevation changes, tree lined areas, slope, and just a visually appealing architecture. Add in a little challenging length, and this course is more than worth the reasonable price tag. And I’ve always found the staff to be very friendly and accommodating. Not the best choices with food during a round, but that’s the least of my concerns when golfing. I’d recommend the course for anyone looking for a well maintained course that offers something a little different for FL.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
Incentivized Review
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
Incentivized Review
5.0
Top 250 Contributor
Florida Advisor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great with few flaws.

I have previously played this course and have had a great time every round I have played. The more I play the more I notice about it. One flaw that I noted about this course yesterday was that there are no ball washers. i know this may sound like an odd complaint and maybe I was just missing them but this was sort of off putting. Overall the course was in great playing shape and the greens rolled lightning fast.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
Incentivized Review
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Super layout with undulating greens

The course was in good shape with the exception of some bunkers.Would like to see white sand in the sand traps.Pace of play was good for black friday.The greens were like lightning

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
Incentivized Review
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played

Enjoyable Game

I thoroughly enjoyed my game but pace of play was slow. The day after Thanksgiving may be the reason.
We also had to change carts toward the end of the game as ours was dying. This has happened to us before. They need to address the cart situation.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great course

Fantastic course. T boxes ,fairways, greens are perfect.
And greens are FAAST!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Everything Was Perfect

Played the North course and it's in great shape. Rye has come in well in the fairways. Greens are very fast and rolling well. I've played this course at least 50 times and this is the best overall condition I've experienced here. Compares very favorably, if not better, than all the other high end courses in the area.

If you've never played here, not your typically flat course as is the norm in the Tampa area. Lots of rolling hills (small), non-flat lies. Depending on pin locations, can have upwards of 8-10 foot breaks on putts.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played

Lake Jovita North Course

My wife & I played the North Course for the 2nd time today (1st Time was 2 years ago) and again enjoyed ourselves. The Course was in good condition although a little damp in places and the greens were very good. The staff were very friendly & helpful. We will definitely play here again and hope to try the South Course.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Outstanding conditions

South course in excellent condition. Greens in very good condition, running fast!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
Incentivized Review
5.0
Previously Played

great course layout

I have played this course several times now, and have always enjoyed it. The course is in great shape now, with the overseeding having grown in. I think the fellow setting the pins today must have got up on the wrong side of the bed this morning- pins were tough, in sloping areas of the greens, making it almost impossible to leave the ball close to the hole. Good for tournament play, but greens fee players? Takes us over an hour to get there, we will be back.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
Incentivized Review
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
Incentivized Review
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
Incentivized Review
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart

Best course for a player in area

Loves Lake Jovita! Played north course, greens are excellent. Overseeding fairways had us walking to and from cart some but fairway conditions also excellent. I highly recommend playing this course if you have the opportunity.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Best in Dade City area

Both the north and south courses are great. Highly recommend. They recently over seeded so I only rated condition a 4.... closer to 4.5 and coming back nicely. The north layout is a bit longer and much different than the south. Hills and elevation. Quick sloping greens. Plays well for all handicaps.

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

South course gem

Greens we're pinched recently but they were rolling very nice. The fairways are looking nice and lies were great

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Scenic

Pace of play was poor. Couldn't get a rhythm going.

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

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