Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club - North Course

4.3012941176 4.3 stars from 5 (467)
  • 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: 4.1 stars from 5
Value: 4.2 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.0 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.6 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.2 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 467 Reviews
5 stars:
241
4 stars:
148
3 stars:
44
2 stars:
21
1 stars:
13

recommend this course

412 out of 464 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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"Wonderful"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/18/2018
Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great course. wide Fairways. Some carries are a liittle long for a older golfer from whites. Big greens. definately not your basic Florida golf outing


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Lake Jovita Management on 06/21/2018:

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

"Good course except for the punched greens"


u7354491's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/17/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was a pretty good course except would have liked to know that the greens were just punched. Also the bunkers were full of water. Lost 2 balls in the bunkers cause of water. The staff wasn’t the friendliest except the starter.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I recommend this course


Response from Lake Jovita Management on 06/19/2018:

Thank you for the 4-star review of Lake Jovita. Glad to hear you enjoyed the round here. Please come back and visit us soon.

"Punched greens"


LEKnight's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/13/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Fairways were goox.We knew the greens were punched.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Lake Jovita Management on 06/19/2018:

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

"Great courses"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/03/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

These two courses are excellent courses- both layout and condition. You won’t be disappointed in either one.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Lake Jovita Management on 06/07/2018:

Thank you for the 5-Star review, we appreciate the great feedback regarding our course conditions. Thanks for coming out and we hope to see you again soon.

"Excellence in golf"


Vick43's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/03/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I played the North Course. the fairways and greens were absolutely superb the layout on the front 9 was reasonable, hilly, with well-placed sand bunkers, not overly challenging from the white tees if you can hit your drive over 200 yards. The Back Nine was harder. Rolling Hills with tighter Fairways with for 5 Tee shots where 160 airborne shots was called for to get over the hazard and into the Fairway. With difficult trees and water and sand bunkers well placed. However the course as a whole was excellent, I am 74 years old my drive go around 160 to 170 so I had to be very careful where I hit the ball. I could play this course everyday and love it highly recommend Lake Jovita Golf and Country.

David Vick


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from Lake Jovita Management on 06/04/2018:

Thank you for the 5-star review of Lake Jovita. Glad to hear you enjoyed your round with us. Please come back and visit us soon.

"golf"


Bill5122890's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/29/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

nice day of golf this course was on are top 5 list of course we played this year the greens where true the fairways where great the course was in great shape even for all the rain we had would like to play there again the price was a little high but great value if your in the area its worth playing


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Lake Jovita Management on 06/04/2018:

Thank you for the 5-star review of Lake Jovita. Glad to hear you enjoyed the course conditions. Please come back and visit us soon.


DeeWinch's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Intermediate

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/10/2018
First time playing Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Response from Lake Jovita Management on 05/14/2018:

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

"Most unfriendly staff ever"


hstrawn's avatar
Age:  45-54

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/08/2018
First time playing

Reviewed on

Course is fine but experience is terrible. Worst starter ever. Brought 12 golfers on vacation and wasn’t welcomed at all. No one at bag unload or in pro shop spoke. Starter was a jerk and clearly didn’t want us there. If you want to be private then be private. Play world woods and tpc instead. They actually want you there. Starter here needs to take lessons from Mark at TPC.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


Response from Lake Jovita Management on 05/14/2018:

We would like to apologize for the experience you faced while you were here at Lake Jovita. We want all of our guests to feel welcome while they are here.

"Lake Jovita North"


LEKnight's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/08/2018
Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

We picked a good time to play at a reasonable rate.The fairways on the north course were good.The greens were also good.Around the greens still has a significant amount of various weeds that interfere with play. The bunkers are no better or worse than usual.The bunker edges look uneven and some are still in washout mode from the hurricane rain 8 months ago.The faded green color of the grasses differs from several other courses I have played recently.Maintenance apparently has limitations on what can be spent on two fine golf courses worthy of better upkeep.If the owners are not spending 29% of revenue on maintenance they are short changing what could be among the best facilities in Florida.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Lake Jovita Management on 05/14/2018:

Thank you for playing Lake Jovita. We appreciate you taking the time to write a review and letting us know where we can improve. Please come back and visit us soon.


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/07/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Lake Jovita Management on 05/10/2018:

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


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/06/2018
Previously played 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


I recommend this course


Response from Lake Jovita Management on 05/10/2018:

Thank you for the 5-star review of Lake Jovita. Please come back and tee it up with us soon.

"Worth the Drive"


SLorenzo8's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

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

Reviewed on

Make sure to call the pro shop first to make sure greens aren’t punched. I drove 45 minutes to this place and it’s worth it. Midweek had the course to ourselves and great conditions. Great scenery and a challenge for those of us who usually play flat courses and greens. Only gripe was whoever cut the cups made them sunday pin placements on a Wednesday with so many pins tucked. Wow. Will play the South next time.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Lake Jovita Management on 05/07/2018:

Thank you for the 5-star review of Lake Jovita. Sorry to hear about the tough pin placements. Let us know how you like the South Course next round.

"Always a good choice"


Randyhuckabee's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/26/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

LJ continues to be in great condition. Fairways firm but giving. Greens are some of the fastest in Florida. The views are unbelievable for the Sunshine State. Being from NC, I always feel at home when I play here. Best value for the money. Love this place!


Pace of Play: Good

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 04/30/2018:

Thank you for the 5-star review of Lake Jovita. Some of the best golf in Tampa, glad you enjoyed! Come back and see us soon.


uKBZG4355KB's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/25/2018
Previously played Used cart 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 04/30/2018:

Thank you for the 5-star review of Lake Jovita. We hope to see you again soon.

"Never Disappoints"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/22/2018
Previously played Used cart Windy weather

Reviewed on

Took my group of 13 players there this week and everyone enjoyed themselves. The course was in good shape and the greens were fast and challenging. We will be back!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Lake Jovita Management on 04/25/2018:

Thank you for the 5-star review of Lake Jovita. Glad to hear you enjoyed your round with us. Please come back and visit us soon.


u723893826's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/21/2018
Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I am a PGA Golf Professional and I loved the golf course. Greens were great and the fairways were in super condition. Tee to green was challenging and I love the green complexes


Pace of Play: Average

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 04/25/2018:

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

"Very impressive course"


u000004481771's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/19/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Of the local courses played over the past six months, Lake Jovita is in the best condition. The greens are very fast, adding significantly to the challenge of a superb layout.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Lake Jovita Management on 04/25/2018:

Thank you for the 5-star review of Lake Jovita. Please come back and tee it up with us again soon!


uKBZG4355KB's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/19/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect 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 04/25/2018:

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

"Great Course, Terrible sand traps"


u000005025393's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/18/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Love the layout, & the greens are great, but the sand traps are terrible. Very little sand & very hard. With all the sand in Florida, don’t understand why bunkers aren’t the best part of golf courses.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average


I recommend this course


Response from Lake Jovita Management on 04/25/2018:

Thank you for the review of Lake Jovita. We would like to apologize for the condition of the bunkers. We hope your next experience is better your next round with us.

"Course condition and layout not nearly what was described on website"


tholbroo's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/14/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course average and play very slow! Not a good value and as a result would not recommend


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


Response from Lake Jovita Management on 04/25/2018:

Sorry to hear you did not enjoy your round with us here at Lake Jovita. We hope that all of our guests have the best possible experience.


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