Waterlefe Golf & River Club

4.5395352941 4.5 stars from 5 (694)
  • 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: 4.5 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 694 Reviews
5 stars:
430
4 stars:
229
3 stars:
25
2 stars:
6
1 stars:
4

recommend this course

671 out of 692 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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"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
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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


"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
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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
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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


"Favourite Track!"


TrueNorthGolfers's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/05/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We truly enjoy Waterlefe. It is one of our favourite layouts and course. The staff this past Winter season has been always very accommodating and kind. The layout is a wonderful track with somewhat target holes with meandering water hazards. Knowing the layout and playing the right tee deck is very important to playing this course. Greens were slower than previous rounds however, they ran true. The slower speed was logical after the heavy downpour of the previous night. A great track which is a must play if in this area.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Waterlefe"


mac120's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/03/2018
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Reviewed on

Great track,, target golf with water everywhere. Pace of play right at 4 hours with a packed tee sheet.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Excellent Waterlefe"


u772345897's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

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

Reviewed on

I play this course more than any other in the area because it’s a great layout, well conditioned and fairly priced. But better than that, it’s fun and a real challenge.

Plenty of water trouble which demands good straight driving. The quality of the design is evident and the landscape is striking with a good few stand out holes. 9 is a long par 3 with a significant carry over a wetland. 10 is a magnificent looking par 5 with water skirting the left with a large tree on the right narrowing the fairway at wedge distance from the green. But 14 - 16 are three special holes. 14 is a really tough par 5 with water both sides of the tee and a second shot lay up unless you can make the carry of circa 200 yards over a wetland. 15 is a delightful par 3 alongside the Manatee river where the green must be carried over a wetland. 16 is a quirky short par 4 offering a birdie chance but requiring an accurate drive water. Choose your tees to test your skills and give you a chance. It’s all good.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Cool Alligators too"


Andy8755326's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/01/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Just a great day at a nicely layed out track. Lots of water so the views are awesome. Fast greens, nice fairways and even the roughs are friendly


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Excellent Service on a Great Track"


TrueNorthGolfers's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/31/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We have played Waterlefe numerous times. Each time, especially this Winter season the Staff have been friendly and truly accommodating. GolfNow had somehow messed our tee time yet, the Pro Shop gents, AJ was very kind & accommodating and should be recognized. This is one of the best golf tracks in the area and we never get bored. It is a challenging layout and needs to be played from the correct tees. Please, play from the correct tees!! Blues are long carries on this course, with water hazards that are difficult to navigate. If it's a windy day, it's even more a challenging. Would always recommend this course in the conditions we have found it since December 2017. Wish they had a seasonal buy in option.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"thank you"


wahzz's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/30/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

i showed as a once some and starting with the pro shop sign in I was treated as though i was a valuable member of this course by every employee i met that wonderful day, the wildlife abounded everywhere especially the flotilla of courmarans passing by in one of the many ponds.


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


"Excellent Layout with Great Conditions"


gvs802's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/30/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I have played this course about a dozen times. I keep coming back because it is a beautiful course, always in excellent condition. The fairways are maintained, the greens true. As you might expect from the course name, there is a lot of water, but with some course knowledge the water is manageable. A great value.


Pace of Play: Good

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


"terrific golf"


uWYQF8474WY's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/30/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course was in great shape and was my favorite in the Bradenton area.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Wonderful Course"


u859999895's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/29/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is a very unique course and not for the faint hearted. Lots of water and challenge. Not to be missed.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



broot1's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/22/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Absolutely enjoyed playing Waterlefe. Course was in great condition. LOTS of water. Had to drive 30 miles to get there but I would do it again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Golf round"


dchaney's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/22/2018
Previously played

Reviewed on

We enjoyed playing the course today . We were paired up with two nice guys . The course was in good shape .


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Great Deal at Great Layout"


TrueNorthGolfers's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/21/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We've played Waterlefe many times over the past 5 Winter seasons and find it an excellent course. We truly enjoy the course, welcoming ProShop & Starter staff. The green were in the best condition and at a good speed since we played it two weeks prior. The course is always a good test as it is a target positioning course. Not at layout for beginner golfers. If you are a higher handicap ensure to be honest with with yourself and Play the Correct tees for your game so you can enjoy your round as will others in your group and playing behind you.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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