Waterlefe Golf & River Club

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4.5
808
5 Stars
486
4 Stars
276
3 Stars
33
2 Stars
8
1 Stars
5
Conditions
4.4
Value
4.4
Layout
4.6
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.1
97.4%
Recommend this course
780 out of 806 reviews
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4.4
80
5 Stars
38
4 Stars
34
3 Stars
7
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.3
Value
4.3
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.1
StaffFriendliness
4.5
95.0%
Recommend this course
76 out of 80 reviews
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4.5
215
5 Stars
119
4 Stars
84
3 Stars
8
2 Stars
3
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.4
Value
4.4
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.1
StaffFriendliness
4.6
97.7%
Recommend this course
210 out of 215 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Par 72
Length 6908
Slope 141
Rating 73.0
Type Public
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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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Bobcat 72 6908 yards 73.0 141
Eagle 72 6427 yards 71.0 136
Tarpon 72 5909 yards 69.0 122
Manatee 72 5449 yards 65.0 103
Manatee (W) 72 5449 yards 72.1 132
Otter (W) 72 4700 yards 68.0 116
Scorecard for Waterlefe Golf & River Club
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Gold M: 73.8/141 554 404 348 198 385 545 448 383 231 3496 561 199 413 399 484 176 351 391 427 3401 6897
Blue M: 71.6/132 491 388 333 165 379 504 414 367 198 3239 542 182 392 375 462 161 340 377 392 3223 6462
Blue/White M: 70.5/130 491 361 333 165 349 504 389 367 154 3113 475 170 392 375 462 149 340 364 352 3079 6192
White M: 69.4/128 W: 75.1/136 426 361 311 141 349 494 389 331 154 2956 475 170 360 353 449 149 323 364 352 2995 5951
Silver M: 66.9/121 W: 72.0/135 405 325 280 117 275 455 363 313 147 2680 463 149 324 325 421 138 305 348 321 2794 5474
Green M: 65.7/116 W: 70.6/132 405 285 280 101 275 455 363 313 147 2624 463 149 324 325 421 90 228 268 321 2589 5213
Green/Red W: 69.5/125 405 285 280 101 275 417 336 286 147 2532 406 149 324 295 382 82 228 268 321 2455 4987
Red W: 68.4/123 372 285 255 92 253 417 336 286 119 2415 406 123 292 295 382 82 228 268 291 2367 4782
Handicap 11 5 13 17 9 3 7 1 15 6 18 14 4 2 16 8 10 12
Par 5 4 4 3 4 5 4 4 3 36 5 3 4 4 5 3 4 4 4 36 72
Handicap (W) 9 1 11 17 13 5 7 3 15 6 18 14 4 2 16 8 12 10

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

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Reviews

4.5
808

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 53
Brunch 16
19th Hole Specials 14
Course Challenges Include:
Water Hazards 154
Forced Carries 102
Bunkers 90
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 123
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 109
Locals 47
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 105
Convenient to the City 48
In the 'Burbs 42
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Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

FABULOUS!

One of the best courses I have played. Beautiful, tuff, tremendous staff. 30$ due to aeration + a free lunch!! . What a value. I would pay a hundred to play this course! It's that nice!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Challenging Layout / Great Condition

Played this course early this morning and completed the round in just over 3 hours. Playable from the tips and made the round a good test for all types of golfers. Course in very good condition, greens rolled true bit not overly fast.

Layout gave good opportunities to score on par 5’s and the par 3’s were long and fair.

Staff was friendly and helpful!

A definite must to play if you are in the area.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Fantastic Value and Great Course

Played this for the first time last week. Friendly staff at the course. The layout is very challenging with water coming into play frequently.

Most fairway landing areas are generous and greens very receptive.

With this being August and it having riained quite a bot the course was still in good shape.

A definite place top place while in the area.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Slow, Slow, Slow - 6 hr pace

The pace of play was ridiculously slow. Our group quit after 13 holes almost 4 hours in to the ground. There were four groups backed up on a par five at one time. Certainly feel like golf now should address this with waterleaf management, as we have never had a problem prior to this with a reservation made thru you. We pre-paid for two and certainly think a refund should be in line. Hopefully this gets addressed.

Conditions Average
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great track, slow play

Saddly the poor pace of play trumps this otherwise very nice course. Our 10:52 tee time was 35 minutes behind. And it didn't get better. After 4 hours we were only on #14. We drove in and didn't finish after seeing 4 foursomes on #15. The last 2 times I played here were 5+ hour rounds. I won't be coming back any time soon.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great great shape

I have played this course a few times in the past. I think the course is in the best condition I have ever seen during the summer. I enjoyed the layout and the staff was so friendly and helpful, great time highly recommend.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Incredible Value

We played here on 7/29/18 for our first round of our weeklong Florida trip. I booked our tee time online for $49 per player. When I booked the tee time, there was no mention of any specials... When we got to the clubhouse, the gentleman inside took our $50 and notified us that our round included a sleeve of ProVs - what an unexpected treat. Additionally, our $50 included range balls... So in essence, we paid $30 for the round and let me tell you, if you can play this course for that $50 price point, do yourself a favor and do so. It is absolutely incredible. There are water features on every single hole on the course, which makes it very challenging, but if you can control your golf ball and your distances moderately well, you can score here. The course conditions were absolutely fantastic. I truly cannot speak highly enough of this place... I just hope the rest of our trip includes places as nice as this!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Cold weather
Used cart

Great Course

We love playing this course. Staff is always friendly and course is always in great condition.

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