Waterlefe Golf & River Club

4.5335352941 4.5 stars from 5 (706)
  • 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: 4.2 stars from 5
Value: 4.5 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.4 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 706 Reviews
5 stars:
436
4 stars:
234
3 stars:
26
2 stars:
6
1 stars:
4

recommend this course

683 out of 704 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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Reviews


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u815485181's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/21/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"One of this areas toughest courses"


johnptitans's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/20/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Having played Waterlefe for many years this year is one of the best conditions I've seen the course. The fairways and greens are excellent and the staff tries to accommodate you in every way.


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



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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/20/2018
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Waterlefe pronounced water leaf"


u000005094697's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/20/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I had a 1:15pm tee time as a single. Got paired up with a husband and wife and they were very pleasant. The course has water on almost every hole. Course is in good shape. Staff was friendly and on the ball. They even gave some good tips to visit as we are staying on Anna Maria Island.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



finkfink1's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/18/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Bugs"


Tom2gs's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/18/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was pretty good, greens were a little slow but fairways and everything was very flush. All was good until the 15th hole or so by the river and we were eaten alive by bugs. The last 40 mins were miserable and we left with about 100 bug bites on us.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Good track!"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/17/2018
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Reviewed on

As a previous member of Riverstrand next door we played Waterlefe last Saturday and really enjoyed it. The greens were a little slow but very true. The course is challenging and fun, a true position course.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"#great golf in Sarasota"


zerbco's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/17/2018
First time playing

Reviewed on

Scheduled to play three different courses, and Waterlefe was our last day. Of the three, Waterlefe was the better layout in terms of Fairway landing zones and shot angles into the green, which seemed more fair than the other courses we played. Greens rolled very well but had some damage spots, which the greens keeping people avoided smartly with pin locations.

Loved a couple of the holes where risk reward was a balancing act. The runoff from the fairway to the waste area or water hazards was not penalizing since they didn't mow that area too closely.


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


"Challenging course, but slow play."


ajbkb's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/17/2018
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Reviewed on

5 hours, way to long . Too bad its a great course to play. We we're told that it was some members that just take their sweet time. We will play it again and see what happens.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"World Class Golf Course"


u000004720619's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/17/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Waterlefe will challenge all aspects of your golf game and the back nine is awesome! The greens were smooth and could have been quicker, but overall, conditions were very satisfactory.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great Condition But not Easy"


stevec83's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/16/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Had a Hot Rate for this course. Came as single and played with a couple and one other gentleman always nice to meet new good people. The course was in great condition as nice if not nicer then the other top courses in the area. This is a challenging course with a lot of water. I played here once before but feel this is a course you need to play several times to shoot well at if your a 12 handicap or over. Greens rolled great but were tough to read and some shots that were good ended in water that was not seen.

I highly recommend this course the more you play it and get to know the course the better it will be.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Big challenge"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/15/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Pick the tee box for your game. This is a challenging and well maintained course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"great day"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/13/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Staff was very friendly, course was challenging and well maintained great to come home on leave and enjoy a great afternoon.


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


"Nice course... but"


Golfpro7099's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/12/2018
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Everything was fine until we made the turn and found 3 foursomes of "regulars" on the tenth tee. As we drove to the tenth, the ranger said there were 4-somes ready to tee off but that we should go ahead of them. When we got there we found one foursome of elderly gentlemen had already teed off and another group had hit their tee balls. We went ahead of them but waited on every shot on the back side. Evening was approaching and the "No-see-ums" started biting on 15. Still itching today. No one said we'd be interfering with the regulars going off on the back side. Other than that... a nice course and friendly staff.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



u841637901's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/11/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"The course mixes water hazards as well as sand traps"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/11/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was in good shape, greens rolled nice. Played white tees which were up further than the card said making it a bit easier. Would move back to blues if pkayed again.


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



msp007ed's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/08/2018
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



Jon5632556's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/06/2018
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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: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great layout"


johnptitans's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/06/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Waterlefe is in excellent shape and the greens are fast and true.


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



u459652565's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/06/2018
Previously played 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



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