East Bay Golf Club

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3.0
176
5 Stars
14
4 Stars
77
3 Stars
49
2 Stars
23
1 Stars
13
Conditions
2.9
Value
3.6
Layout
3.2
Friendliness
4.0
Pace
3.5
Amenities
3.1
67.5%
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129 out of 175 reviews
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2.0
1
5 Stars
0
4 Stars
0
3 Stars
0
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
0
Conditions
2.0
Value
5.0
Layout
2.0
Pace
3.0
Amenities
4.0
StaffFriendliness
5.0
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3.0
3
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0
4 Stars
1
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1
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1
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Conditions
3.0
Value
4.3
Layout
3.3
Pace
3.7
Amenities
3.0
StaffFriendliness
4.3
66.7%
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2 out of 3 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Par 71
Length 6451
Slope 122
Rating 71.2
Type Public
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 71 6451 yards 71.2 122
White 71 5967 yards 68.8 116
Red 71 5286 yards 70.7 119
Scorecard for East Bay Golf Club
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Back M: 70.0/128 467 362 339 175 533 432 387 454 197 3346 386 417 153 484 152 389 435 168 521 3105 6451
Middle M: 68.1/125 435 327 321 154 506 408 373 386 174 3084 348 390 135 454 136 366 411 145 498 2883 5967
Yellow/Green M: 65.9/120 W: 71.5/129 385 309 288 138 450 311 277 355 151 2664 321 329 118 443 128 339 389 133 422 2622 5286
Handicap 13 15 9 17 5 3 7 1 11 10 12 18 8 16 6 2 14 4
Par 5 4 4 3 5 4 4 4 3 36 4 4 3 5 3 4 4 3 5 35 71
Handicap (W) 5 11 9 17 1 13 7 3 15 12 10 14 2 16 8 6 18 4

Course Details

Year Built 1961
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens Bermuda Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect William F. Mitchell (1961)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No

Reviews

3.0
176

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 15
19th Hole Specials 6
Course Challenges Include:
Water Hazards 40
Bunkers 38
Forced Carries 15
This course/club is great for:
Locals 26
Beginners 17
Seniors 15
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 41
Near Local Attractions 8
In the 'Burbs 6
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Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
2.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Not bad for the price.

Course was a little beat up; lots of marks on the greens, sand traps not well defined at all. The greens are very small and tight making it challenging, but they don't roll very well. The layout is a bit wonky with many holes being crammed next to each other including an iron only driving range hugging the 1st tee.

Overall, I will be looking for a better course in the area, but it will be hard to beat a 25 dollar twilight round with a cart at this decent-enough golf course.

Conditions Fair
Value Excellent
Layout Fair
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Fun to Play

East Bay is overall a fun course to play. Nice par 71 layout, a driver friendly course with a good amount of space on most holes, although there is also a fair amount of water hazards on the course too if you go wayward.

At the moment, the greens are not in great condition in that they are slow, and with more than one type of grass. Some putts were bouncing around.

Very good , light, consistent sand on the bunkers.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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wilsto
Commented On 03/13/2018

Course is now in the best shape I've seen it, greens included. Congrats to the staff.

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Played On
Handicap Don't know
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Long holes and nice greens

I like this course for a few reasons: it is close; it is inexpensive; and it has a lot of long holes for driving and good fairways with great greens. The range here is a bit narrow and potentially short and the club house seems a little outdated, but overall, this is one of my favorite places to go so far in the Largo/Clearwater area.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
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wilsto
Commented On 03/09/2018

Course is in best shape I've seen it in years. Congrats to the staff.

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Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Just Golf, No Drama

Played this Course, Staff is Exceptional, Cart GPS is more accurate than I am, the wildlife takes the Edge off every round, Greens are in Great Shape, Course can be Challanging, The Cart Girls are on the course, to Smooth over those "Missed Shots", Players are on Pace, They rake the bunkers, The Staff and Management make for a Great Uncomplicated Round of Golf, Yes they make the Owners L00k G00D,,

Conditions Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

A quick round for a reasonable price

Played here in December with my beginner girlfriend. Was a quiet Sunday afternoon and we had a great time. The course is a good layout for a short-hitter or a beginner- its a little on the short side for myself. I have played here a few times before and I have always found the greens a little patchy compared to others around the area. They have improved since last time I played but could still use a little work. I will be back again for the price ($24-$28) including power cart as other courses around the area (Bardmoor) are a little too expensive for me.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Previously Played

Rude manager

A couple of weeks ago, my elderly relative tried to play on this course. The manager refused service for no reason whatsoever. He yelled at my relative, hurled insults and closed my relative's account immediately. This was the third time the manager was rude and condescending, perhaps racist, toward my relative, which is why after speaking to others who had similar experiences with this person, we decided finally to post a review. We have never seen anything like this before at a golf course. Also, in our opinion, the course is poorly managed.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
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Eravel
Commented On 12/08/2016

As you know, I have already responded to your original comment which you have chosen to repost again. This is all I will add in the hopes that you will finally understand why I am disappointed in your club.

My underlying complaint and this blog interaction (and management's continued responses to it) point out precisely why there is a customer service problem at East Bay. Initially, instead of attempting to accommodate a request from a long time customer for the possibility of an early tee time, or explaining in a calm, thoughtful way why such an accommodation was not possible, management decided just to spitefully and rudely cancel the long time customer's reservation. Similarly, instead of responding in a considerate and measured manner to my complaint posted on this site, management has chosen to be openly defensive and blame their customer. No company I know that values its business would possibly treat its customers this way. Even if you disagree with a customer, you treat them politely, use kind words and stick by the maxim "the customer is always right" even if you believe that they are wrong. Could one ever imagine a professional organization such as Apple or Amazon or Nordstrom or another golf course like Pebble Beach treating their customers the way East Bay has here? Or responding to a complaint on a blog site like this in such a manner? Our point about East Bay management's poor treatment of their customers has been made by their own responses and words.

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EastBayGC
Commented On 12/08/2016

It is unfortunate that a third person wrote this review and was not present at the time referenced and is unaware of the issues at hand. East Bay GC staff goes out of it’s way to accommodate all customers. The gentleman and his wife know this to be a true statement. Expectations of demanding the FIRST TEE TIME that wasn't available, playing ALONE as a twosome and expecting to play 18 holes in 2 hours cannot be accommodated. The early am preparation of the golf course ie: mowing greens, rolling greens, cutting cups, raking bunkers cannot be accomplished for the entire 18 hole championship course ahead of a two hour race around the course and causes much interference with the grounds maint staff. I would hope anyone familiar with golf etiquette as it relates to being paired and common golf course operation understand this dilemma.

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Eravel
Commented On 12/07/2016

The male golfer in question is almost 80 years old and his wife is over 74 years old.. Anyone who has looked up any definition of "elderly" would know that this couple would fall into this category. I don't know what you mean by "competent" but yes, they are not scratch golfers, which is why they were justifiably stunned by your treatment of them and your club's policies.

Instead of telling yourself that these golfers were trying to be polite towards the club and other golfers when they informed you that they were fast golfers, you took the action you took, which led me to post this bad review. This couple no longer come to your club based on your arbitrary action when they live right near your course so your club just lost them as potentially excellent and regular customers.

Since you cited the GCSAA in your previous comment, let me remind you that among the responsibilities of the General Manager is to "[m]aintain[] positive and productive relationships between the golf facility and its ... golfers [and] guests." Along, among the functions of the General Manager is to "[k[eep[] golfers adequately informed of the activities of the golf facility and encourage[] their participation. Ensure[] that sound relationships are maintained between staff and customers and/or members, and that proper consideration is given to customer and/or member complaints and suggestions."

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EastBayGC
Commented On 12/07/2016

The couple is far from elderly and the Dr. is very competent.

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Eravel
Commented On 12/06/2016

Thank you for posting your comment so that other people on this site can see how you treat some of your customers. The elderly couple in question had spoken about this problem with others who had also had unfortunate experiences with the manager concerned, so it is not true to say this couple knew that your staff go out of its way to accommodate all customers. You should look at the comment from October below if you want to see how someone else felt about your staff. The couple I am concerned with did not speak to other staff members at this course last month when this unfortunate incident had occurred with the manager, so this couple only raised a concern about the club's manager, whom, from your comment, does not accommodate all customers. This person allegedly yelled at this couple and cancelled their account just after the male golfer had asked the manager one question, "What is the possibility that my wife and I can play at your course as early as possible today since we tend to play quickly through the course?" The manager knows and has known that English is not this couple's first language, which is why I wrote this review. I have been to this club before and did not see this manager address this couple even with a smile. This couple lives near the club, so it was not in their best interests to upset anyone at this club. This was why they couldn't understand why this manager made no effort to encourage customers like them to play more at the club instead of turning them away in such an abrupt manner. This couple is aware of golf etiquette having played golf for almost 40 years at different clubs in Florida, in the US and around the world. Up until now, this couple has never encountered the kind of managerial style at a club as they have seen at this club. This couple did not demand that the manager do anything. They simply asked a question. There's a big difference between what this club is trying to portray about this couple and what had actually happened. It is absurd to claim that this couple demanded that they play even before the grounds had been maintained. What this club is claiming this couple had demanded are actually services other golf clubs have provided to this couple and continue to provide to their customers. Yes, other clubs have sometimes granted this couple the first tee time. This couple has sometimes played as a twosome. They have sometimes played quickly around the course out of consideration to the other golfers behind them. What kind of club is this to say these golfers can never play first if that first tee time is free and that they should play golf in, say, 4 hours rather than 2? I looked at the rules of the USGA, GCSAA and the site for the Golf Channel/Golf Advisor (the PGA refers to the USGA rules) and did not see any of these so-called demands this club mentioned to be contrary to the rules of golf. In fact, page 19 of the 2016 USGA rules specifically states, "The game of golf should be played in the correct spirit and in accordance with the Etiquette Section in the Rules of Golf. In particular...play at a good pace and be ready to invite faster moving groups to play through." (see also page 27 of USGA Rules). On May 29, 2015, another customer on this site said he spent only 2,5 hours playing on your course, which didn't seem to be a problem for this club with that customer. See also page 28 that defines a group as including "a single player" so it is wrong for this club to say that according to the rules, this club can't have a couple play a round a golf. In fact, the club even said on October 7, 2015 on this site that it accommodates singles, so what was this club's issue with a couple telling the club the two of them intended to play? I can go on. We hope this review helps other customers see how they might be treated too if they rub the manager at the club the wrong way for whatever reason. You may not get an apology for any misunderstanding or inconvenience and now the readers of this site know what kinds of (in our opinion, non-accommodating and arbitrary) rules this particular club has if they ever want to play at that club! We really hope you, the customers on this site, never have the kind of experience this couple had with the manager at this club.

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EastBayGC
Commented On 12/06/2016

It is unfortunate that a third person wrote this review and was not present at the time referenced and is unaware of the issues at hand. East Bay GC staff goes out of it’s way to accommodate all customers. The gentleman and his wife know this to be a true statement. Expectations of demanding the first tee time, playing alone as a twosome and allowed to play 18 holes in 2 hours cannot be accommodated. The early am preparation of the golf course ie: mowing greens, rolling greens, cutting cups, raking bunkers cannot be accomplished for the entire 18 hole championship course ahead of a two hour race around the course and causes much interference with the grounds maint staff. I would hope anyone familiar with golf etiquette as it relates to being paired and common golf course operation (USGA, PGA, GCSAA and the Golf Channel/Golf Advisor) would understand this dilemma.

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Played On
Skill Beginner
Plays Twice a year
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Average player course

Was told wet & soggy & it was... Played it just the same, but went into play knowing wet & soggy. Not a surprise

Conditions Fair
Value Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Course in pretty poor shape

Shop personnel rude and condescending; quoted $27 on phone, charged $32; greens were VERY slow and grass very thin/spotty in many places; fairways were ok; tees were thin/spotty; the bunkers I landed in (3) were filled with dirt rather than sand. I play this course about once a year, always hoping it will be better, because it is close to where I live. But they just don't seem to be making any improvements to the course: poorly draining areas; thin/spotty turf; bad bunkers; and now the greens. There are too many other courses in the area to choose from. Maybe next year...

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Friendliness Fair
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Bad, bad Greens

no grass, only sand on the greens, good luck with putting

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Friendliness Fair
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
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EastBayGC
Commented On 09/27/2015

Verticutting is the thinning of turfgrass by blades that cut perpendicularly to the soil in a shallow swath or a deep cut. Both methods can promote lateral and vertical grass growth. Yet, a deeper cut removes more material to allow moisture and oxygen to reach the root zone more easily. Verticutting is an important turf management tool to reduce thatch. Thatch ties up chemicals and reduces efficacy, making it difficult to move water into the soil profile. Sand topdressing provides a smother surface and promotes new Bermuda grass growth. This is a cultural practice done multiple times per summer to provide the best possible putting surface. I'm sure your next round will provide you with a perspective why a few days of inconvenience awards better conditions for all.

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Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played

Bad green s

I've played this Course several times in the past it's been great. However right now the greens are in terrible shape their what I referred to as a two-putt Green. The rest of the course is good people are all friendly I'll wait a few months before I play it again

Conditions Poor
Value Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
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EastBayGC
Commented On 09/30/2015

Verticutting is the thinning of turfgrass by blades that cut perpendicularly to the soil in a shallow swath or a deep cut. Both methods can promote lateral and vertical grass growth. Yet, a deeper cut removes more material to allow moisture and oxygen to reach the root zone more easily. Verticutting is an important turf management tool to reduce thatch. Thatch ties up chemicals and reduces efficacy, making it difficult to move water into the soil profile. Sand topdressing provides a smother surface and promotes new Bermuda grass growth. This is a cultural practice done multiple times per summer to provide the best possible putting surface. I'm sure your next round will provide you with a perspective why a few days of inconvenience awards better conditions for all.

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