Tarpon Woods Golf Club

3.3534823529 3.4 stars from 5 (246)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6504 yards
  • Slope: 129
  • Rating: 71.3
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Please wear traditional golf attire on our course, including collared shirts. No denim or cut-off shorts are allowed.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Back 72 6504 yards 71.3 129
Middle 72 6022 yards 69.5 124
Forward (W) 72 5252 yards 70.6 123

Named after the creek that borders it, Tarpon Woods Golf Club is home to an abundance of wildlife including deer, alligators, turkeys, coyotes, and otters. The layout is not the Tampa Bay area's most challenging but it is one of the most scenic. Formerly Brooker Creek Golf Club, the club changed management and made several improvements to the bunkers, tee boxes, and greens in 2009. It has been a local favorite for more than 30 years. Overall the golf course is not particularly long but the front nine plays longer than the back. Each nine offers a unique set of challenges. The third hole is the longest and toughest with water that runs down the left side. There is also water on both sides of the approach to the green.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.4 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.5 stars from 5
Value: 3.7 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.9 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.2 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.1 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 246 Reviews
5 stars:
18
4 stars:
77
3 stars:
73
2 stars:
38
1 stars:
40

recommend this course

159 out of 245 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city worth the drive in the 'burbs   Great for wildlife/ scenic views locals seniors   Challenges include water hazards bunkers narrow fairways   Great for drinks dinner watching the game  

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"Be coming a worthwhile course to consider to play again"


u000005761844's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/29/2018
Previously played

Reviewed on

Been years since I even considered playing here. Went from bad to disaster a number of years ago. New ownership seems to be making a different. Fairways are OK. greens for the most part are playable, even the brown areas are smooth and grassy. Still has a way to go but you should consider booking a tee time here and see for yourself.....


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Nothing short of a miracle"


u221399868's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/04/2018
Previously played

Reviewed on

My buddies and I used to joke that this course was built on Indian burial ground numerous owners and yet this beautiful classic course was beyond playable. I saw some good reviews recently and decided to give it another shot and was absolutely blown away ! Ive never seen the greens as good as they are right now. The rest of the course was very good as well and will improve I’m sure being the new owners have only been there barely a year. Definitely worth playing great value . A job well done to Jan Stephenson for bringing this course back .


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


"Could be so much more"


johnjfox's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/19/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

We arrived at the course and went in to pay.

The person before me was offered balls to warm up and was treated very friendly.

I'm sure he was a local because we did not receive the same treatment.

We got in a cart and drove to the first hole.

No starter and no one paired with us and 2 foresomes in front of us.

Nearly 5 hours later we finished.

The course has a very nice layout but they need to maintain it far better than they do now. There are leaves all over the place except for the greens which were in pretty good shape.

The scorecard is useless as it has no accuracy at all for the hole distance.

I was surprised because Jan Stephenson took this course over and she has to know how to appeal to golfers.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Give it another chance."


wheff64's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/27/2018
Previously played Used cart Windy weather

Reviewed on

In four months I watched this go from a place to practice for cheap money, to becoming a great place to play golf. The course improvements have been nothing short of spectacular. Pace of play needs a major improvement - 4:45 the last two rounds was way too much. But this remains a Great Value course. Challenging with lots of blind shots, dog legs and overhanging trees to navigate. The Par 3's are especially distinctive, and each hole has its own special character.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"This Is Being Restored To Past Greatness"


tuna1949's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/09/2018
Previously played

Reviewed on

Come Play Tarpon Woods after Inch of rain the course was very playable Greens were fast and true Matt the Pro was awesome can’t wait to go back !


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


"It's Back!"


u000005604654's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/30/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

I have been playing Tarpon Woods for years. The past couple of years the course was in rough shape. Since Jan Stephenson took over in April 2017, the course has improved each week. The conditions were almost perfect on Saturday. The layout is fair and you will see lots of wildlife as well.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Definately Going Back"


mrvgolf's avatar
Age:  Under 25
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/22/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

I used to play there many years ago. But, the condition went from bad to worse. I heard that LPGA player, Jan Stephenson recently took over so I gave it a try. I cannot believe how good the course is now. They also cater to disabled veterans and first responders and they are recognized by the Military Order of The Purple Heart for Veterans programs. I highly recommend that you give it another try. All I can say is WOW!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great Course and Veteran Friendly!"


RocknRollDR's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/14/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

I took two buddies to the course for a round of golf on ones birthday and while we weren't expecting much from the reviews we were more than pleased with what we found when we got there. We were greeted by the friendly staff and taken care of. We went out and played the front nine and the course was in great shape and the layout was challenging but enjoyable. Nice fairways and the greens were in good shape. The key for us was on the turn we came into the Pro Shop to get drinks and one of the staff overheard us talking about my friend being former military. They went above and beyond to show their appreciation with a special gift that was above and beyond. We then found out that this was the norm here as they are ran by the Jan Stephenson Crossroads Foundation which benefits wounded military and first responders. That sold us. We are working to have a regular outing here and look forward to playing here regularly.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Nice little course."


Phil55's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/26/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

Played at 11am. The fairways are in good shape with plenty of grass. Some fairways need to be cut and are a little long. Most of the greens are in good shape. There are a couple of greens with some dead patches of grass. Greens are thick and a little slow. Overall this course is a fun little course it's in good condition. Staff is very friendly.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Tarpon Woods"


u1116379's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once every three months

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/06/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course, especially the greens are in need of serious TLC. The staff is very friendly. The Beef O Brady's was nice. I didn't feel rushed while I played. Great course for beginners or playing on a budget.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


"So much potential"


Pickelson's avatar
Age:  Under 25
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/02/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

I used to play here frequently but this was the first time I had in probably 4-5 years. The conditions were boarderline atrocious. Even the guys working there knew it. I guess it's been like this for some time.

Apparently, however, Jan Stephenson recently took ownership, so hopefully she cleans it up and gets it back to where it was.

Still such a friendly staff. The club pro, Matt Côte is a great guy and extremely helpful. The hospitality almost makes up for the conditions. ALMOST.

Beautiful scenery, and layout. The fairway is just simply non-existent. You're either hitting out of mud or sand on every shot after you tee off. They're better off just shutting the place down for 3 months to renovate. Back in the day, this place was one of the nicer courses in the area.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


"Worst I've Played in Tampa Bay Area in 4 Years"


Demetri9701415's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/01/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Sandy, rough tee boxes. Dry, hard, lotsa bare areas in fairways and lots of debris. Greens are the worst I've seen. Dry, hard, burnt, little grass on most greens. $44 was way too much. Should have been $15. I was told new management as of Apr. 1. Hope they can repair and maintain this course. I won't be back until I read a lot of favourable reviews.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"course conditions"


joeskinn's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/30/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

in 60 years of golfing, this takes the cake, mold has killed over 90% of the greens, no grass on fairways, course is beyond repairable, new management will have their hands full trying to bring this course back. management was unsypathetic to anyones complaints.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"cow patch"


Jimmyny's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/24/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

worst course ever, cart girl on phone, passed us 3 times !! quit after 7 holes, no refund!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! went over to lands brooke


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Although the routing through threes an marshland can be nice at times."


joseph4164014's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/19/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Tarpon woods has the worst conditions of any course in the Tampa region.

That fraiways look as plush as a mexican hairless dog with really bad mange.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course



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

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/16/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Condition of course was worse I've ever seen in this area"


cobraoneseven's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/25/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

The entire fairway on every hole should be marked as ground under repair.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"College Golf Course"


u1763537's avatar
Age:  Under 25
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/18/2017
Previously played Walked Hot weather

Reviewed on

I went to a small college in the area and the golf team was able to play this course for free whenever we wanted. I would not recommend this course to anyone. The course itself is always in poor shape. The facilities are not great, it feels old and rundown. I was blown away at how much they are charging per round when I looked at prices. I never really had a slow round here because the prices were outrageous. The conditions of the course were always poor. Only thing good here is Beef O Brady's. Overall, stay away from this place.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Going downhill"


Pseudio1's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/12/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Been a while since we played this course, and it'll be the last. Pace of play was really slow, tee boxes were in terrible shape, no grass, fairways have many bare patches, greens less than reasonable. Such a disappointment, even the homes around the course seem to be less cared for. No starter, no ranger, carts driving on par 3's and almost on greens, no control.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Slow play"


David2639982's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/16/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

First time played & very disappointed, was playing by myself, 4some on 2nd hole just look at me as I waited to tee off, then drove off & never let me play through. After 7 holes I finally skipped a hole to get around them. Then on back 9, got behind 4some of women who had 3 groups backed up & refused to let anyone play trough. Not once did I see a ranger on course.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course



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