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4.6
1103 Reviews (1103)
5 Stars
686
4 Stars
362
3 Stars
39
2 Stars
10
1 Stars
6
Conditions
4.5
Value
4.5
Layout
4.7
Friendliness
4.7
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.3
96.6%
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1066 out of 1103 reviews
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4.7
84 Reviews (84)
5 Stars
65
4 Stars
17
3 Stars
0
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.6
Value
4.6
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.6
Amenities
4.2
StaffFriendliness
4.7
97.6%
Recommend this course
82 out of 84 reviews
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4.6
160 Reviews (160)
5 Stars
111
4 Stars
43
3 Stars
3
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.5
Value
4.5
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.2
StaffFriendliness
4.7
95.6%
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153 out of 160 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 6908 yards
Slope 141
Rating 73.0

Inspired by the backdrop of the Manatee River, Ted McAnlis has created the ultimate golf experience with the perfect combination of beauty and challenge. Waterlefe Golf & River Club is built along a particularly beautiful section of the Manatee River, complete with wide expanses of pristine marshes and pleasant coves. Don't be surprised if on the 15th tee you spot a family of manatees poking noses up for a breath of air. The golf course was designed with a great deal of time, effort and expense going toward protecting and resorting the natural environment that gives the course it unique character. The gently sloped greens with the newest Tifteagle Bermuda offer the ultimate in putting. From a lazy start on the par-5 first hole to the big finish on the 18th hole island green, golfers love Waterlefe Golf & River Club!

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Course Details

Year Built 2000
Greens Bermuda Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Ted McAnlis (2000)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes
Pull-carts No

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker No
Caddies No
Golf School Academy Yes
Golf Simulator No
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area No
Putting Green Yes
Practice Hole No

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted Major credit cards are accepted.
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code Proper golf attire required

Food & Beverage

Bar, Grill, Beverage Carts

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Meeting Facilities, Banquet Facilities, Spa

Available Activities

Swimming, Billiards

Available Sports

Fitness, Tennis

Accolades

Reviews

4.6
1103 Reviews (1103)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 55
Brunch 17
19th Hole Specials 15
Course Challenges Include:
Water Hazards 156
Forced Carries 103
Bunkers 92
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 124
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 111
Locals 48
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 105
Convenient to the City 49
In the 'Burbs 43

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Handicap 5-9
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5.0
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Favorite course in Florida!

Love the course. Beautiful course that is always in great shape. Staff is amazing!
The course is very challenging but no matter your handicap or how long/short you are off the tee you will find the right set of tees to play from.
Wish I could play there 5 days a week - It would never get old!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Good

Excellent and good I like to play anytime again. Hanging

Conditions Good
Value Good
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Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
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Conditions Good
Value Excellent
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Friendliness Excellent
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Reviews 5
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
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5.0
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Great Course

Waterlefe is a great layout with wonderful facilities. The greens and fairways were recently aerified, but you can tell they pride themselves in taking great care of this course. I will return to play the course when the conditions are more like the norm.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 31
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart

Vince

This is one of the best courses in Bradenton. Course is always in perfect condition. Entire staff is extremely friendly. Never over booked pace is good. Overall excellent.
My only issue is Waterlefe will NEVER close the course regardless of how bad the weather conditions are.The last time I played Waterlefe there was an intense lightning rain storm. Other golfers came in due to torrential downpour and intense lightning. It was so bad we watched from inside the cart barn a tornado dipped down up rooted an oak tree.all across from pro shop. Several greens were under water. Fairways flooded. Did they close the course No...instead “cart path only” This is typical for many courses to avoid “rain checks” very unsafe considering Florida is #1 in not only people killed by lightning but more than the remaining 49 states combined..

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
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Reviews 7
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Pleasurable

Beautiful course, fun holes. Really have to think off the tee. Greens are very fast. Love the layout. Staff was very friendly. They even brought a cart out to my car. Nice touch. Will be playing again soon.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Reviews 2
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 20
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Always love it

On vacation so drove here. Best condition course has been in that I’ve ever played it. Always one of the memorable rounds I get to play when the chance comes along. Superb job!

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing

Gorgeous and challenging course

Nearly in perfect condition, even after all the recent rain. Greens were super fast so beware. Amazing design and views. Really an epic course all around. Bring your A game. Can’t wait to play it again. Super fun course. You won’t be disappointed!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Worth Every Bit of It

Waterlefe is probably my favorite course, at the moment. It's a bit of a drive for me, from St. Pete, but well worth the trip, and every penny of the greens fees. It is a serene and scenic track, and always in terrific condition.

Five sets of tees, for any skill level. Wide, plush fairways, with not many obstructions, but still present a challenging approach, most of the time. Large, receptive, sloping greens, with sensible undulations. Greens were punched recently, but still slippery as can be, and rolled very well. Fairways, always immaculate. Tee boxes, mostly in great shape, with a few exceptions, but nothing egregious.

Carts are pretty new, with comfortable, stitched leather seats, and equipped with GPS, but no Bluetooth, sadly. Normally equipped with coolers, too, but not right now, with the COVID situation. I'd also like to see a ball wash/club wash on the carts, but that's a minor gripe.

You can still get a yardage book, in the Pro Shop, despite the GPS on the carts. I like having a yardage book, when I play, but they seem to be getting more scarce these days, for whatever reason.

Overall, I love Waterlefe. I recommend it to everyone new that I meet, at other courses. If you haven't played there, you definitely should.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Beautiful course.

This is one of my favorite courses in Bradenton / Sarasota area. Always in great shape. Always a challenge. Always a beautiful 4 hours.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 23
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Very scenic course, a lot of trouble.

First time going out to Waterlefe on our annual vacation to Siesta Key. Was pleasantly surprised. Very nice layout, greens rolled well. Fairways were a little rough but got tons of rain, August in FL. Back nine is very scenic. There is quite a bit of trouble on the course so hit em straight or bring a box a balls. Staff was very nice, carts are nice with GPS, water stations on course. Highly recommend.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 8
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Great layout, great conditions

Thoroughly enjoyed my round. It is a picturesque course in a nice neighborhood. bordering the Manatee River. A testy par 3 with a healthy carry borders the river. Most every hole comes in contact with water--use your range finder and choose your clubs wisely (my GPS was off by 10 yards on one approach shot), Bring your A game and some extra balls--mis-hits are costly. I played on a Tuesday, after two days of heavy rain cells. The course drained relatively well--fairways were soft but the course allowed carts on the fairways. Overall course conditions were very good. Greens were a bit "grainy" (Bermuda) but the balls rolled true (speed control is important and adjust for the influence of the grain). The pace of play was excellent (foursome finished in 3-1/2 hours). The snack bar was closed due to COVID-19 precautions but there were several shelters/restrooms on the course that had vending machines for drinks. The club staff was very friendly (the bag drop, pro shop check-in and starter were very helpful and pleasant). I highly recommend the course if you're in the area (about a half-hour inland from the barrier islands. I'll be back on our next visit.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 12
Handicap 20-24
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Plenty for everyone

While staying the property at my brother-in-law I played Tributary and Sanctuary nines. I was paired with three members and opted to play “combo” white/green tees with member named Steve. Our tees were at 5500 and the others range from 6655 down to 3851.

It was good to have been set up with members as just finding the first and ninth tees was a challenge. I followed the others to the first tee but at the turn I stopped for a snack and a beer (fairly priced) but by the time I paid my partners had headed to the next tee. I had no idea where to go so I took a shot and headed out to find them. I made a wrong turn into the parking lot and it took me about five minutes to back out to the carts that after the cart shut off. I knew there were signs to the next tee but they were near very clear.

I really liked the course and the combo tees we played were a good length for me. The conditions were excellent although the tees and fairways were a bit hairy. I thought that the greens were really great. They putted true and fast. There were a few bunkers that had water or wet areas due to daily rains but the two that I were in were fine. A little local knowledge goes a long ways and I flew a couple of greens from inside 100 yards because I didn’t know the design of the greens. Two of the greens were unexpectedly small compared to the rest.

I had a couple of three putts that were equaled out by a couple of nice birdies. I saw people walking the course but there are some awfully long distances between several of the holes. The ONLY negative I can mention had nothing to do with the course. It was with member Steve. He was pretty snooty about my playing under my brother’s name. Steve scoffed at him living “renting” in the apartments and was not an equity member nor a home owner. . My brother is living in this community temporarily until his house in a far more exclusive community with a brand new Arnold Palmer course is built.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

The course was awesome. Second time playing here.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great Experience

Excellent course in great shape. Take lots of ammo, you will lose balls unless you are ready for the tour.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

played well. Very challenging greens rolled true! Fun coarse

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