Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club - North Course

4.2826529412 4.3 stars from 5 (414)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7226 yards
  • Slope: 139
  • Rating: 74.8
  • Layout

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

Policies

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

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Gold 72 7226 yards 74.8 139
Blue 72 6863 yards 73.1 136
White 72 6299 yards 70.2 130
Green 72 5812 yards 68.2 125
Black (W) 72 5522 yards 70.9 122
Red (W) 72 5184 yards 69.1 117

Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club offers two championship courses, the North and the South. Both courses sprawl across a verdant landscape covered with mature oaks, lakes, and ponds. The terrain is unusually hilly for Florida. Like the South Course, the North Course is undulating with a lot of movement but it has even greater elevation changes than the South, which provides scenic views of the surrounding community. On a clear day, golfers can see at least five miles to the northeast from the second tee. The North has a more modern layout that plays a little bit longer. Although the golf courses are nestled amongst rolling hills, Lake Jovita is situated just 30 minutes north of Tampa. The unique hilliness of the courses and their convenient location have made them some of Florida's must-play courses.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.3 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.0 stars from 5
Value: 4.2 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.0 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.2 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.7 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.2 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 414 Reviews
5 stars:
211
4 stars:
134
3 stars:
38
2 stars:
19
1 stars:
12

recommend this course

362 out of 411 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive in the 'burbs convenient to the city   Great for advanced golfers playing multiple courses locals   Challenges include bunkers elevation changes undulating greens   Great for drinks dinner brunch  

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"Horrible"


john8397038's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/18/2018
First time playing

Reviewed on

Played 9 holes in over 3 plus hours. No ranger and at times 6 groups on a hole. Pace of play i rated 1 poor because there is no lower rating. I believe at least 4 groups came in complaining. Very poorly run and managed. STAY AWAY from there not worth any price. Would not go back even if offered a free round, keep it and hire new management and rangers.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Poor Pace of Play / Poor Customer Service"


u00000948052's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/18/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Course we clearly overbooked. Started just before 1:00 PM and took 3 hours to finish nine holes. We called the club house who informed us that a ranger was out there however, we never saw a ranger. We walked off the course along with group behind us. The individuals working the club house would not offer any rain checks because we booked online. Regardless of how you book your tee time it's the courses responsibility to control the number of players and pace of play. They did neither and did not care.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Terrible course management"


Avidgrinder's avatar
Top 100 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/18/2018
Previously played Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

Booked the round through Golfnow and got a good deal at 12:24 pm. Was paired with a twosome and the three of us started the round a few minutes before our tee time. However, we ended up playing for almost 5 1/2 hours. There was no ranger on the course at any time keeping pace of play, no water or adequate ice at the comfort stations, and the cart girl came around only twice in those five plus hours. In addition, two groups of threesome members ahead of us decided to pair up to make a six-some and there was nobody around to address this.

The course boasts about the country club feel but apparently is in need of public money to keep afloat. You will not get my money ever again - terrible course management - shameful pace of play and poor on-course conditions.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Need to grow grass!"


billdadecity's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/17/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great layout and potential but fairway conditions are terrible. Why dont they grow grass...impossible to get clean contact. Won't return here until the condition improves.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"A Great Day on Lake Jovita South"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/15/2018
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Our foursome had a great day, starting with the reception in the pro shop. We checked in early with the starter and since the tee was open, we got off 20+ minutes early. The course was in great shape, including sand in the bunkers and the greens were rolling true. The young lady on the cart was around twice during the round, the gentlemen at the cart return were pleasant and the service at the 19th hole was good as well. Thank you for another enjoyable experience.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great Course"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/14/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

One of the best I’ve playrd in the Orlando area. Layout was great. If you are playing multiple rounds in a week you must put this one on the list.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from Lake Jovita Management on 02/16/2018:

Thank you for the 5-star review of Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club. Glad to hear you enjoyed the course and they layout. Please come back and visit us soon.

"Wonderful Course"


richiep1958's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/13/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The only thing keeping this from being a 5 star review is that there are no ball washers and very little trash containers. What a beautiful course, congrats, and I hope to be back soon!!!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Lake Jovita Management on 02/15/2018:

Thank you for the 4-star review of Lake Jovita. Please come back and tee it up with us soon.


u000007673178's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/12/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from Lake Jovita Management on 02/15/2018:

Thank you for the 5-star review of Lake Jovita. Please come back and visit us soon.

"Outstanding"


ssj2salami's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/05/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Outstanding conditioned course. Pace of play was excellent. Course had a challenging layout with elevated tees and elevated greens. I would recommend this course to anyone and this course is suitable to hold a tournament.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from Lake Jovita Management on 02/09/2018:

Thank you for the 5-star review of Lake Jovita, please come back and visit us soon.

"super bowl sunday golf"


u000002647046'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 02/04/2018
Previously played Used cart Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

love to play the south course for the layout. the day we did play was light rain and was steady all day and heavier by the time we finished. the greens were as usual-excellent. the fairways are very tight as grass is yet dormant in this area, this will change soon carts do have covers over the clubs which really helped. pace was very good which also got us done in 3.5 hours


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


Response from Lake Jovita Management on 02/09/2018:

Thank you for the 4-star review of Lake Jovita, please come back and visit us soon.

"Bring your “A game”"


pattivalero's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/03/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Just a beautiful day. Everything was so very nice how ever the pace of play was not that great but hey it’s a weekend so that’s when everyone comes out.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Magnolia Landing on 02/05/2018:

Thank you for the 5-star review of Magnolia Landing. Please come back and visit us soon.



5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/03/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Lake Jovita Management on 02/05/2018:

Thank you for the 5-star review of Lake Jovita, please come back and visit us soon.


u000007800118's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/02/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great course hope to play one more time before going north


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Lake Jovita Management on 02/16/2018:

Thank you for the 5-star review of Lake Jovita. Please come back and visit us soon.

"Jolly good coutse"


Karen1878756's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/02/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Driving range stations too close together heard many folks complain. Spotty fairways but dormant season. When in Tampa area always like to play North more than South course


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Lake Jovita Management on 02/05/2018:

Thank you for the 4-star review of Lake Jovita. Please come back and visit us soon.

"Lake Jovita-you get what you expect"


u000002647046'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 02/02/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course is in very good shape for the time of year. Greens are pure and fast. Fairways are tight as grass is yet dormant. Rough is dry and dormant also. Did play as a 3some and done in 4 hrs as course had a good pace. Did get a hot time so value for what you get is very good. We did play north course, I like the south better yet


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from Lake Jovita Management on 02/05/2018:

Thank you for the 4-star review of Lake Jovita. Glad to hear you enjoyed your round with us! Please come back and see us soon.


mdking14's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/30/2018
First time playing Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Lake Jovita Management on 02/05/2018:

Thank you for 5-star review of Lake Jovita. Please come back and visit us.

"1 hour and 20 minutes to play 3 holes"


u000005769367's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/27/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Tried to play on 1/27/18. Came to course and discovered GolfChannel AM Tour event there that day. Took 1 hour and 20 minutes to play 3 holes. Drove up to 4th tee and two groups still waiting in front of us. Went in and got rain check. Not much of an apology from Pro Shop. Place seemed pretty overwhelmed by the event there. Too bad, looked like nice course, but worse pace of play ever experience.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


Response from Lake Jovita Management on 02/05/2018:

Sorry to hear about the experienced you faced. Hopefully your next round will be much better.

"Great value"


u000004688742's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/27/2018
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

North course is long and open with big fast greens. If you could eliminate or redesign the 10th and 11th holes it would be one of the best courses in Florida. I do not like the South course it is the opposite it is tight with a lot of water and tricked up holes skip it.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Lake Jovita Management on 02/01/2018:

Thank you for the 5-star review of Lake Jovita. Glad to hear you enjoyed your round with us! Hope to see you back soon

"Nice but very slow play"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/27/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Greens were in excellent shape. Fairways are brown but still soft enough to make a good divot. Pace was extremely slow and we were late starting as they did not have carts available. We were told AFTER the round that they had a large tournament that day and most of the rounds were taking 5-6 hours. We finished almost in darkness even though we had a 1.36 tee off. Considering the amount paid we were not happy.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Lake Jovita Management on 02/01/2018:

Thank you for the 4-star review of Lake Jovita. Sorry to hear that the pace of play was slow. Please come back and visit us soon.


uYWMI9230YW's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/26/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from Lake Jovita Management on 02/01/2018:

Thank you for the 5-star review of Lake Jovita! Please come back and visit us soon.


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