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Value
4.2
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4.6
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.6
Amenities
3.3
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About

Holes 9
Type Municipal
Style Executive
Par 27
Length 1311 yards
Slope N/A
Rating N/A

Course Details

Year Built 1998
Greens Bermuda Grass
Golf Season Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - $4.50
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes

Food & Beverage

Snacks

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Showers, Lockers, Locker Rooms

Reviews

4.4
10 Reviews (10)
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Reviews 92
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 100 Contributor
Florida Advisor
First Time Playing

Surprising Municipal

When I first rolled up I could tell the course is in good shape. There was 2 courses on this property, I played the 18 hole Mangrove Bay and was far from disappointed. Typically when I think (or play) muni courses I expect slower bumpy greens but such was not the case as all of the greens were in phenomenal shape and rolled not fast but very nice. The fairways were also in great shape, you can see where spots get wet but nothing that ever got in the way. The layout was not bad, nothing to really write home about but enjoyable. The practice facilities were amazing, range and there were putting greens everywhere. Once again I will say I was floored by the fantastic conditions at this city course. It’s worth the slightly higher price tag.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Great Par3!!!

Cypress Links is a wonderful local resource that provides some challenging holes yet can be fun for the novice players. As an example, even a 17 handicapper like myself has a shot at making a hole in one and after a long dry spell of almost 60 years, I've made 3 aces within the past six months. The course is typically in good condition but can be dry when the seasonal rains are light. The staff are all fabulous and if you're really lucky, your name might even be drawn for a week of free green fees. Nearby is the 18 hole regulation Mangrove Bay course that has very nice practice options with a driving range, chipping with bunker practice and a separate chipping and putting green. Occasionally, their veverage carts will swing by Cypress Links to offer a cold drink on a hot day but softer drinks are always available in the golf shop where you can get good deals on their golf shoes. Local residents can also purchase an annual membership card for disounts on greet fees so a great local resource and snowbirds alike.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Great after work course!

Staff was super friendly, course was not overly challenging but really fun.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Mangrove bay is in good shape right now.

I've played this course many times growing up, even taking 1st Tee summer camp lessons here. The course shape has always been hinging on the Florida weather and how much maintenance can keep up with the heat.

Simply put, I loved playing here recently. The course is in great shape. Greens are intact with little markings are rolling well enough (they have never been super slick). The fairways and tee boxes are perfectly green. The sand traps have never been super high quality but they are adequate.

The layout for this course is on of the best selling points. It has been one of my favorites for the area. There are some great long holes here. Its hard to imagine how they tuck this nice long course away in the middle of the busy area.

That being said you have to pay for what you get. The greens fees are not horrible if you're a budget golfer as long as you WALK. The cart fees will definitely hurt you here. I believe to rent a push cart its $3.00 and probably what I will do next time I play.

The staff have always been pretty average. I've never had a negative interaction with an employee here, they just seem a little stand off-ish, not really super friendly but that doesn't bother me much. I believe its because of the high volume the course sees so they are likely in business mode trying to get everyone out on the course.

The amenities are great. One of the best driving ranges in the area and I believe the cheapest rates to hit the balls there (9$ for the largest bucket). They have a large putting green and very large chipping green hugging the starters box. They have regular kitchen with burgers and such and also serve hot dogs from the starters box on the turn. There is a cart lady with plenty of beer making rounds on the course.

If you're looking to golf in the area, Mangrove Bay is worth the look.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 32
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played
Used cart

Old School Fun

Mangrove Bay is located in the city of St Petersburg, Florida and is a local favorite golf destination. Reminiscent the television series "Cheers", it's a gathering spot for friends, hosting business meetings, people watching, learning golf, practicing, and playing a round of golf. The place is busy, but not crowded. Some of the city's most influential people are spotted playing a round, and The First Tee Program of St Petersburg has a strong presence.  Some of the areas best young players have honed their skills here; it's a fun place to be.
     This 18 hole championship golf course is a par 72, with a slope rating of 7.5/123 from the Black (championship) tees. There are 4 sets of tee boxes to challenge all skill sets, and is relatively short by today's standards measuring only 6656 from the tips. Due to somewhat wet conditions from an overnight rain, I decided to play the White tees, which is 6112 yards and a has a slope rating of 69.1/119. The course is not difficult, but it is interesting. The fairways are wide and the greens are big. The greens are mildly fast and running about 8 or 9 on the stimpmeter. I like the layout from the standpoint that there are a few par 4s and par 5s that are reachable from the tee box or on your second shot respectively. This is the place to test your confidence and skills under pressure to take those dream shots. This is also the place where questionable golfing skills are exposed. It's a 'no excuse' golf course and there should be no excuse for not shooting your handicap. The course is easy to walk and it's encouraged, though you may want a cart on days when the temperature is above 85 degrees.
     Here's what interesting about Mangrove Bay Golf Course: while there are no homes on the golf course, some folks have managed to damage a few homes which are protected by trees and across the canal, on hole #14. Standing on hole 14 tee box you will be asking yourself how is this possible? I don't know, but it seems to be common ocurrance. There is water on 7 of the 18 holes, but there are only 4 holes where it really comes into play; still there are many balls that find the watery graveyard. Again, the fairways are wide and the greens are big, yet hitting fairways and greens seems to a problem. Our group had no problem finding the fairway bunkers and greenside sand traps. For this, I would say the course is cursed. So, it's interesting that what should be relatively easy or a piece of cake, can open doors of excuses, lies, questionable skills, and heaven forbid, cheating!
     Mangrove Bay Golf Course is a fun course to play. It has stood the test of time and it's timeless flair and design have the familiarity of ice cold lemonade at a family gathering on a hot summer afternoon - or a cold beer - your choice! The pace of play equates to a comfortable 3.5 or 4.0 hour round. The aesthetics of the course is simple with an old school charm, and it's a good value. The Clubhouse grille is not fancy, offering a good selection of sandwiches and drinks that's easy on your wallet. I have played this course several times solo and with friends. I recommend this course for golfers who enjoy golf and having fun!

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 9
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
2.0
Previously Played

Temporary greens, rude staff, no ice in the heat of summer

We enjoy this layout, haven't played here in years. After checking in at the shop we drive to the starter shack to meet a very rude employee, who offers no "hello" or anything of the sort. I then try to buy beers and ask for a cooler with ice. The employee states that they don't have coolers and ice. I find this hard to believe considering it's 96 degrees outside...and also the fact that this will be the first golf course I have ever played at that doesn't offer paying customers ice in the heat of summer. The icing on the cake was next....drove up to the 1st green to discover that all greens are temporary greens, something NOBODY in the shop or the starter shack thought worth mentioning. I will not be coming back here, temporary greens or not.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Previously Played

Unprofessional

Have never played a course in my life that would not give a rain check after they sound the sirens alerting that there is dangerous weather in the area. Played only 6 holes when the sirens sounded and the staff had no problem taking my money and not offering a rain check. Staff was unfriendly and very unprofessional in dealing with the situation! I will not play here again due to staff. I will take my money and play courses that appreciate my business.

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Fair
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Commented on 03/18/2020

Agreed if your referring to some of the staff at Mangrove Bay (the nearby regulation 18 hole course) but the staff at Cypress Links (the nearby Par3) have always been great!

Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Good Value, Great Facilities!!!

I live locally so I play this course often. the facilities are some of the best in this area. Great range, huge putting green, lob and bunker area, as well as a short game chipping green. the course is pretty open and normally in really good shape. From the Tips the course runs about 6700 yds but is pretty challenging. The course is very open so if the wind is blowing it plays much longer than advertised. The par 5's are long but very open. Some of the shorter Par 4's bring a lot of danger into play so you have to be smart off the tee to score well.
Currently the greens are in rough shape but I'm sure that will be fixed soon.

From what i hear its one of the busiest courses in Florida so be patient and be prepared for a long round. But the prices are fair, and its a course i always recommend.

Happy Golfing!!!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 373
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Top 10 Contributor
First Time Playing
Good weather
Walked

For the love of golf

It's the only championship municipal golf course in Saint Petersburg, and it's a pretty good one. The course itself is more than adequate, laid out among natural mangroves just a few hundred yards from the water. More impressive, however, are the practice facilities, the clubhouse and the par 3, giving this entire facility an in for every kind of player. This is where people who love golf come. No pretense and in some cases, not much in the way of golf clothes, but they all love it.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0

nice muni....Good shape....Fun to play

Greens were in wonderful condition...fairways were fast and firm...good value...fun to play

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Difficulty Moderate
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