Waterlefe Golf & River Club

4.5007823529 4.5 stars from 5 (798)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6908 yards
  • Slope: 141
  • Rating: 73.0
  • Layout


Year built: 2000
Architect(s): Ted McAnlis (2000)
Type: Public
Greens: Bermuda Grass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: No
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: No
GPS: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: No
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: No
Practice hole: No
Simulator: No
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Proper golf attire required
Credit cards accepted: Major credit cards are accepted.

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

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

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!

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.5 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.1 stars from 5
Value: 4.4 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.3 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.6 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.4 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 798 Reviews
5 stars:
480
4 stars:
273
3 stars:
32
2 stars:
8
1 stars:
5

recommend this course

772 out of 796 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive convenient to the city in the 'burbs   Great for advanced golfers wildlife/ scenic views locals   Challenges include water hazards forced carries bunkers   Great for drinks brunch 19th hole specials  

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"Beautiful Course - forgot greens were aerated"


Djbates1's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/12/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course is a beautiful layout in great shape. Greens were just aerated but look forward to going back in several weeks when they are in better shape.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course


"Slow Round"


allenan5's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/05/2018
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Reviewed on

Staff needs to monitor pace of play. Never saw a ranger.

Nearly a five hour round.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



u000003537762's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/03/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Lush"


u5277691's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/30/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Beautiful track.. excellent staff. Highly recommend this course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Difficult Test"


Bdfire12's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/28/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Must find the fairway here or you are going to have a long day. If it’s not the rough that gets you, it’s the water. A lot of water. Fairways and greens is the key to most courses and this one is no different. Great shape. Played early and finished in 3 hours as a twosome. Greens rolled well. Will play again on our next trip.


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


"This Course Simply Must be Played"


Newmaj's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/26/2018
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Reviewed on

Five stars on every level !

The fairways are better than some of the greens I have played on during this trip !

My favourite course in the area bar none.


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


"Go-to course when in Sarasota"


u000003984614's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/25/2018
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Reviewed on

This is the one course I play every time I visit the area. Great layout, tough with loads of water. Hit it straight and long or bring loads of golf balls.

Tees had been mostly re-laid when I played, and sure the greens would be faster in main season.

Probably not a course for the faint hearted, but worth the visit.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great Round"


Spanimal9's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/24/2018
Previously played Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

Played as a 4some. The course is very good condition. Greens are back and were rolling great. Fairways were in great condition. If you want an enjoying round, play the white tees. Landing areas are tighter due to water, but the white tees allows you to not have to hit Driver on every hole. It is still a respectable 6000 yards.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great time"


Michael2212104's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/23/2018
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Reviewed on

We got on early and no one in front or back of us. Course in great shape and the greens were smooth and fast.


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


"Great condition"


warden0007's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/21/2018
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Reviewed on

For this time of year and after aeration the course was in great shape


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"An enjoyable challenge with great views"


Chirky's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/20/2018
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

It's a tough course and normally in good condition. Greens were recovering from maintenance but 98% healed and good. Fairways were good but the tees below standard however they are working on them.

Give it another couple of weeks and it will be in great shape. I have a friend from the UK who loves playing here when he visits. It's a challenge but an enjoyable one if you have enough balls!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Nice Course"


jimmcelyea's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/19/2018
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

First time playing here while on vacation. Course is a real tester. You need to hit the ball where you are looking. Course management is required while playing here. Scoring opportunities are there if you play smart. Course was in good shape during my play day.

Staff is great - Friendly, Professional and available for any questions.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Alone at Waterlefe"


manolo62's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/19/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We played all 18 holes Rarely seeing another player at that time of the day so we had a great time and although the greens had been punched/ sanded, they were rolling nicely and in a week they will be very fast. Great course and layout.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Hardest course in the area"


aaronkalban1'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 06/13/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Waterlefe is one of my favorite courses in the area (along with University Park and Sarasota National). Today the winds were not blowing too hard so the course was much easier. (When the winds are blowing the course is a monster.) They had aerated the greens about a week ago but they were already coming back pretty well. The tee boxes were a bit bare but manageable. If you can try to get the “Hot Deal”. I played for $15. Price couldn’t be beat


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



kgustafson's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/09/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Waterlefe Golf Course"



5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/07/2018
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Ambiance of the course is excellent; well manicured.

It is a placement course due to all the water and marshareas. It is a great and fun challenge. Anybody that cannot hit a controlled straight shot should not play this course. Or bring a dozen golf balls to donate to the water.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



u000004978877's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/05/2018
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Reviewed on

Green had just been aerate and were couple of weeks from being smooth and the tees were also going Thur some major work course needs a few weeks to come back to its good condition


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Beautiful course"


mwholzem's avatar
Age:  Under 25
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/05/2018
First time playing

Reviewed on

My only complaint was the tee blocks. The staff said they suffered last winter. It was like teeing off on bare dirt. Everything else was amazing. Best course I ever played. Greens were surprisingly slower than expected. Some holes were a little unfair with some landing spots but comes with the layout.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Favorite Course"


u982175233's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/04/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Love the challenge, lay out, conditions, beauty and staff at Waterlefe! It's very important to select the appropriate tee for your level - but once you do you are sure to have an amazing experience!


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



shanliang's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/28/2018
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Reviewed on


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



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