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4.6
948 Reviews (948)
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1 Stars
5
Conditions
4.5
Value
4.4
Layout
4.7
Friendliness
4.7
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.3
98.0%
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4.7
49 Reviews (49)
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Conditions
4.7
Value
4.6
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.6
Amenities
4.6
StaffFriendliness
4.9
100.0%
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4.6
130 Reviews (130)
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4 Stars
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Conditions
4.6
Value
4.4
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.4
StaffFriendliness
4.7
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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

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Reviews

4.6
948 Reviews (948)

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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5.0
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Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Plays A few times a week
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5.0
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Previously Played

As good as ever

We've played Waterlefe every year since the first month after it opened, every time we come from the UK. We even rent in the Waterlefe community now since 2012.
As ever the course is immaculate with quick, true greens and really challenging holes. Nos 7,8 10,14,and 15 are stand out holes. I'll keep coming and playing until I can no longer swing a club.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing

Wide Fairways, Lots of Waterx

Nice course, adequate amount of fairway but misses are wet. Pace of play was great. Staff was friendly.

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

Waterlefe excellent

Fantastic course and in great condition.
A great test of golf.
There are lower cost. Purses around but not with the attributes of this place.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Great experience

Course was challenging and the amenities, including GPS in the cart, were great.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Fun and different course

This course is challenging because it has some tighter holes with a good amount of water. I enjoyed the round and got 18 holes in three hours. The conditions were good. The scenery is definitely different than what I’m used to in the Tampa area, which is a nice change.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
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Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Always great!

Love Waterlefe. Some people think it’s too hard, but that’s because they can’t control their golf ball. Hit the proper club off the tee and lay up to a good number on the par 5’s and it’s fine. Always great condition and it’s the most beautiful back 9 in town. Nice staff.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Walked

waterlefe

It was a good course just the holes are really separated. The money is zero because i play for team.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Poor
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Excellent Course

Drainage is tremendous considering we received 12+ inches of rain leading up to when we golfed there....it was cartpath only on every course in the area including waterlefe however the drainage was fabulous

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Unforgiving and that’s good

I was able to book a last minute tee time for my first ever round with my 7 year old son. This course is unforgiving with water and foliage. But it’s absolutely stunning and challenging in a great way. My son was hitting them down the middle while I was foraging with the gators near the water. I’ll remember this moment for the rest of my life. Thank you!

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Very Good Course

Great value, overall experience. Course does not drain great, so it can be very very wet with recent rains. That hurt our overall experience. Greens were above average but not top tier. Layout and design was top notch. Amenities were good to great. I would rate it a very good course but not a great course.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Nice course

Very nice course with almost nobody on it! Great value!

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

Great Golf Experience

Great course and very well maintained....Staff was friendly and helpful too...many thanks

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Best Course In Bradenton

Everything was spectacular at Waterlefe!!
Started at 10:50 and finished at 1:30p
Great layout,great condition !!
Staff was over the top friendly

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart

Love the layout, little long today because of the wet conditions. Excellent value.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Top 3 courses I’ve played in Florida

If you’re within 2 hours of this course (I live an hour away) its worth the drive to play it. Challenging for all levels of players - especially those that are slightly advanced. Not only would I recommend this course I’ll be back to play here again. Summertime rates are especially attractive and you can save even more by booking through the Golf Now app - bring plenty of fluids.

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

Great track

Best course in the area. I caught a Hot deal tee time which is only way I could afford it so I was thrilled to get a chance to play it. Shot 3 over from blue tees......this was due to excellent course conditions. Greens were excellent and love a course with great tee boxes....some of the best views also...wonderful but tough layout with some forced carries, so pick your tees wisely. By far, my favorite course in the area.

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

Well named

Water and trees. Mostly water. But it rewards good shots. Part Target golf but has some open areas to allow you to drive the ball. Course is in great shape and the crew treats you well. Water range allows you to dial in your irons with instant feedback. Worth playing!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Wow!

Great golf course! Greens were true and fairly fast. Best course of the three I played this week while visiting from NC.

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

Water in most holes

Tremendous improvements throughout the course. Very nice and clean.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent

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