Belleview Biltmore Golf Club - No. 6
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Belleview Biltmore Golf Club - No. 6
Opened in 1925, Belleview Biltmore Golf Club is a rare Donald Ross design open to the public. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
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Belleview Biltmore Golf Club - No. 5
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Belleview Biltmore Golf Club - No. 5
With a difficult left-to-right tee shot and hazard across the fairway, the par-4 fifth is one of the most difficult holes at Belleview Biltmore Golf Club. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
Belleview Biltmore Golf Club - No. 6
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Belleview Biltmore Golf Club - No. 6
Though it's short, the par-4 sixth at Belleview Biltmore Golf Club has an intimidating tee shot. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
Belleview Biltmore Golf Club - No. 9
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Belleview Biltmore Golf Club - No. 9
At 444 yards, the ninth at Belleview Biltmore Golf Club is a difficult par 4. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
Belleview Biltmore Golf Club - No. 10
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Belleview Biltmore Golf Club - No. 10
It doesn't get any easier on the par-4 10th at Belleview Biltmore Golf Club, which plays 454 yards from the back tee. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
Belleview Biltmore golf course - No. 12
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Belleview Biltmore golf course - No. 12
The par-3 12th at Belleview Biltmore Golf Club plays over a hazard. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
Belleview Biltmore Golf Club - No. 16
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Belleview Biltmore Golf Club - No. 16
The 399-yard, par-4 16th begins a terrific finishing stretch at Belleview Biltmore Golf Club in Belleair, Florida. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
Belleview Biltmore Golf Club - No. 17
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Belleview Biltmore Golf Club - No. 17
With water on the left and OB right, precision off the tee is critical on the par-4 17th at Belleview Biltmore Golf Club in Belleair, Florida. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
Belleview Biltmore G.C. - 18th
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Belleview Biltmore G.C. - 18th
The 438-yard finishing hole is the No. 1-handicap hole at Belleview Biltmore G.C. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor

Belleview Biltmore Golf Club near Clearwater, Florida: A blast from the past worth savoring

BELLEAIR, Fla. -- Opened in 1925, Belleview Biltmore Golf Club is one of the few Donald Ross designs in Florida open to the public. Having passed through a series of owners in recent years, the city of Belleair saved the course and made it available to its residents and visitors.

In true fashion, these Ross greens are difficult to read. Better yet, though, this Clearwater-area golf course flows well through natural Florida coastal land where waterfowl -- including ospreys -- reside.

At 6,614 yards, this par 71 plays tougher than its yardage with a good variety of holes, including a tough finishing stretch that ends with a 438-yard par 4.

Mike Bailey is a senior staff writer based in Houston. Focusing primarily on golf in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America with an occasional trip to Europe and beyond, he contributes course reviews, travel stories and features as well as the occasional equipment review. An award-winning writer and past president of Texas Golf Writers Association, he has more than 25 years in the golf industry. Before accepting his current position in 2008, he was on staff at PGA Magazine, The Golfweek Group and AvidGolfer Magazine. Follow Mike on Twitter at @MikeBaileyGA and Instagram at @MikeStefanBailey.
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