Cypress Links at Mangrove Bay
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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.
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!
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.
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.
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!!!
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.
nice muni....Good shape....Fun to play
Greens were in wonderful condition...fairways were fast and firm...good value...fun to play