Tampa Bay Golf & Country Club
Tampa Bay Golf & Country Club is a Scottish links-style layout that is routed through sparkling lakes and carefully preserved conservation areas. The challenging layout features narrow tree-lined fairways and water hazards on all 18 holes. The front nine is short and tight, which contrasts nicely with the longer and more open back nine. Overall though, the golf course is not particularly long by modern standards. It is a shot-maker's course, requiring both accuracy and skilled iron play. The course has a challenging finishing hole that sums up the best elements of the course. This par-4 is a sharp dogleg right with a slew of bunkers and a pond to reckon with. The hole borders a nature preserve, making it the prettiest and most challenging hole on the course.
|Red (W)||72||4632 yards||67.6||112|
|Gold M: 70.6/131||389||506||205||132||392||178||317||445||331||2895||335||458||350||366||194||329||404||471||408||3315||6210|
|Blue M: 69.3/126||373||425||195||115||359||157||295||421||322||2662||324||445||340||360||172||307||376||451||398||3173||5835|
|White M: 66.4/118 W: 71.2/120||351||413||183||112||345||142||280||408||304||2538||300||419||328||350||159||291||312||430||355||2944||5482|
|Red W: 67.6/112||316||364||95||94||316||107||248||361||243||2144||278||364||251||293||128||238||244||360||332||2488||4632|
Water on the left, water on the right
This course was very enjoyable. The thing that I would note the most is the abundance of water. It seemed like every single hole had water on the left and right. If you're accurate, it was avoidable but a better player will have a better time. Accuracy off the tee is critical for this fact. There were a lot of very nice holes on this golf course. One that I liked the most was a very short par 4 where three wood was plenty off the tee. The greens were very nice, even late in the day. I look forward to playing here again.
My Review of Tampa Bay Golf & Country Club
The course was very good. It looked good. It was in very good condition and not too wet. Tee boxes were in good condition, fairways were in good condition, and greens were in pretty good condition with some ball marks. I saw many birds on the course. I was standing about 2 feet away from a sandhill crane on the course while some other sandhill cranes were very close to me. The course is like many other courses in Florida. The course has much water, many sand traps, much wildlife, and minor elevation changes. I hit out of one sand trap. The bunker was good, not packed down too tightly and not too firm. Tom, who was working at the course, was nice and helpful, and another man, who was working at the course, was also nice. Other people on the course were also nice. I saw almost nobody on the course. Not too many people, which is good. Pace was great, but my cart was slow.. I was able to hit on a good driving range (aqua range) beforehand with grass, not mats. An interesting swing plane device was on the driving range, and it was in good condition. It was like a big PVC hoop on a tilt similar to a golf swing plane, and I could swing a golf club along the plane. The practice green was off limits, but I was able to practice putting and chipping on the 9th hole. I don't like that I couldn't book a tee time at the course online. I had to call first. 1 thumb down for not being able to book a tee time online, but 2 thumbs up to the course, which was great, and a thumb up to Tom for helping me.
Nice and not easy!
A little bit hard, of course no rain then a hard land. But a nice course with a good challenge.
Good value for the money.
Good value for the money. But: Greens are far to fast for even good amateurs. Not fair.
pace of play... excellent greens
It took little over 5 hours to play because of 2 members who thought they were on the senior tour who held up the entire course. They were playing the wrong tees, (all the way at the back) were never "golf ready". I know I played on a Holiday so it would be slower then normal but where there are open holes ahead of them (4 some pulling ways from them) something is wrong. The Ranger did nothing about it, even agreed with me they were slow, not golf ready, and were on the wrong tees. But brushed it off saying, "well they are members what can you do...."
** Course Review **
The course was challenging enough. You have to be smart with club selection off the tee because of the small landing area to hit too. Small firm greens, that were quick and ran true. Very nice to putt on.
There is plenty of water that does come into play on almost every hole.
Gr eat Course Conditions
The fairways were beautiful and the greens were super fast........ great course conditions.
The course is very tight with lots of water and I had only played the course once before four years ago so I discovered that a lot of shots I thought were great met a watery grave.
Loved the fairways and greens .
There was a lot of driving between holes and we found that hole one and ten were not clearly marked.
Tampa Bay GC is a very nice golf course. The course is in really good shape. Greens are fast but fair. Fairways are good, with lush grass and subtle undulations that make some shots challenging. Fairways are narrow and water plays into many shots. All in all a really nice golf course. I will play it the next time I'm in Florida.
We were part of a shotgun start so a little intimidating to find the 13th hole. Narrow fairways with a good amount of water and sand. Fairways & greens in pretty good shape, will take a few rounds to get a good idea of the right lines to take.
Thus is a very good course, a good test for the average golfer. The staff was excellent, value - course layout was good, amenities was average since they are going through a major renovation which will be outstanding when completed in December.
My two concerns were the pace of play & the course conditions. I was behind a foursome & threesome that took 2-3 practice swings before hitting & lined up every putt from every angle as if they were at the Masters...come on people. It took 2.5 hrs to play the front 9, thank goodness these 7 hackers went to the clubhouse & I was able to get them behind me.
The course condition DOES NOT reflect on the staff & management but to the those of previous players (I use that term lightly) of the course. On every hole I was filling in divots on the tee boxes & fairways that hackers couldn't or wouldn't take the time to fill. On the greens I fixed a number of ball marks that were either overlooked or just ignored...For those of us that respect the game & the rules, it makes us mad when we have to fix the results of hackers that don't care how they leave the course. For this, remember what was taught to us that do play the game "Leave the course in the same or better condition than you found it"!!!
Worth the Drive
Pricing on everyday Hot Deals makes the extra drive worth it. Course is always in good shape including the greens and the Staff are effecient and friendly. We played the Blue Tees and though still under 6,000 yds, there is still plenty of water and challenge for everyone. Will return.
Challenging but fine course
Everything was good-challenging for our first time round.Hit straight here or water beckons
Greens were really good and generally all well maontained.Great value and returning Monday
Golf for a good time
Challenging. Course management paramount. Great layout. Clubhouse and pro shop under construction and renovation. Golfnow hotdeal is a steal.
Rude people Rangers on your back at every hole Any infractions--you will be kicked off the corse Handicaped walkers beware!
I have a handicapped sticker, which allows me to be 30 ft from the green. I was never given a flag--they didn't have one, so the rangers were all over us at every hole, rude, nasty people. Golfers behind us called the clubhouse many times on us--also screaming at me being 30 ft. The par 3 was too far for me to walk-so, if you are like me--BEWARE of this place. This place is ran by mean people, starting from the front desk. Anyone who has walking issues should stay away from this course, for they will be on you like the FBI security team. Hate the place, the mgmnt.
Sour grapes !!!!' They have handicap stickers your just upset because they did not bow to you..
there are rules and playing a 5000 yd course may not be what you should be playing
This certainly isn't the longest course around, but it is very challenging. Many holes are very tight with lots of water. Rough is thick also so you need to be accurate.
Course is in really great condition. Tre boxes are immaculate, fairways are plush and rough is deep and thick.
We didn't see anyone on the entire round and played in under 3 hours. Found a hot deal for $10 per person. Best deal around for sure.
Lots of water
I think this course is underrated. The USGA needs to rate this course again. Water on every hole makes hitting straight shots imperative.
I couldn't agree more. Although it looks wide open, there is a lot of water, often on both sides of the course, and much of it passes in front of the greens. The course is short, but there are some very tough holes here including a couple of long par 3's and the 18th hole par 4. The 18th is a 411 yard par 4 from the tips with a severe right dog leg. This is as tough a hole as you will find in the area.
August 2016 Round
Great golf course. Very well designed. Need to be very accurate, lots of water, sand traps protecting many greens.
Putting was very difficult, my partner shot an 81 thanks to his off the tee distance and his accurate second shots but neither of us one putted a single hole and he had 3 or 4 puts miss by an inch or less.
I'm in decent shape but the 11AM tee time was a bad idea. This course has virtually no shade and by 12:30 I was gassed. The heat index had to be up at 115 degrees in the sun.
Next time I play here, for sure will be early or late in the day.
Had a great time first 9 holes, back 9 was a struggle as course got harder and harder and sun got stronger and stronger.
Shot Makers Delight
This course belies it's slope rating. Water can come into play everywhere unless you can maneuver around. Spraying the ball will be quickly penalized. Greens are fair and true. Suggest playing when you're bored with wide open layouts. Will definitely return
lots of water
this course is in great shape.many holes require placement off the tee box . although many holes have water you don't have to play in it. the greens were a little slow , but very consistent. the pro shop is fine and you can easily spend some time in the clubhouse. .can't wait to play again
Enjoyable despite the weather
Unfortunately we only were able to play 7 holes due to the weather but enjoyed the course. The course is not long but has water on almost every hole. I have played this course before and it is one of my favorite courses.
Beating the Rain
I had never golfed her before, so I wasn't sure what to expect. It exceeded my expectations. However, it was a very difficult course. Water on just about every hole. Had to rush because of summer time rains. I will play it again.