TPC Tampa Bay golf course - 2nd green
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TPC Tampa Bay golf course - 2nd green
Two members chip onto the par-3 second green at TPC Tampa Bay in Lutz, Florida. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
TPC Tampa Bay golf course - No. 3
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TPC Tampa Bay golf course - No. 3
TPC Tampa Bay's par-4 third hole is 425 yards from the championship tees. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
TPC Tampa Bay golf course - 3rd hole
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TPC Tampa Bay golf course - 3rd hole
The par-4 third hole at TPC Tampa Bay is fairly straight and a little narrow near the green. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
TPC Tampa Bay golf course - No. 8
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TPC Tampa Bay golf course - No. 8
The par-4 eighth hole at TPC Tampa Bay is a dogleg left that wraps around water. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
TPC Tampa Bay golf course - No. 5
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TPC Tampa Bay golf course - No. 5
TPC Tampa Bay's fifth hole is on the shorter side at 322 yards and doglegs left. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
TPC Tampa Bay golf course - fifth green
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TPC Tampa Bay golf course - fifth green
A look at the well protected, shallow green on the fifth hole on TPC Tampa Bay in Lutz, Florida. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
TPC Tampa Bay golf course - No. 7
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TPC Tampa Bay golf course - No. 7
The 553-yard seventh hole at Tampa Bay snakes left off the tee and then back to the right to a small, tucked green. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
TPC Tampa Bay golf course - 8th hole
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TPC Tampa Bay golf course - 8th hole
TPC Tampa Bay is one of the area's best upscale destination golf courses. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
TPC Tampa Bay golf course - 8th fairway
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TPC Tampa Bay golf course - 8th fairway
The fairway of TPC Tampa Bay's eighth hole is well bunkered. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
TPC Tampa Bay golf course - 18th hole
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TPC Tampa Bay golf course - 18th hole
TPC Tampa Bay's 18th hole is a long par 4 that hugs water down the right side from tee to green. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
TPC Tampa Bay golf course - No. 10
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TPC Tampa Bay golf course - No. 10
A large pond lies right of the par-4 10th hole at TPC Tampa Bay in Lutz, Florida. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
TPC Tampa Bay golf course - No. 14
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TPC Tampa Bay golf course - No. 14
TPC Tampa Bay's 14th hole is a par 5 with water down the left side. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
TPC Tampa Bay golf course - No. 15
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TPC Tampa Bay golf course - No. 15
TPC Tampa Bay's par-4 15th, a dogleg left, is widely regarded as one of the toughest holes on the golf course. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor

Florida's TPC Tampa Bay: One of the area's best upscale destination courses

LUTZ, Fla. -- Located just north of Tampa, TPC Tampa Bay is widely considered one of the top public-access courses in this popular destination area.

The course, now owned and operated by Heritage Golf Group (opened in 1991 and designed by architect Bobby Weed), has hosted 21 PGA Tour Champions tournaments.

It's a certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, and despite being the centerpiece of a residential community, the golf course features lots of wetlands and native areas throughout.

From the championship tees, TPC Tampa Bay plays 6,898 yards, but there are five total sets. There aren't too many forced carries, and while there is plenty of water and bunkers, it isn't too penal for seniors and higher handicaps. The forward set of five tees plays just under 5,000 yards.

While it's a good pick for visitors and snowbirds, the facility does offer a lot of specials and events aimed at locals, such as junior rates, nine-hole deals, after-work Friday fun days, and more. There is no hotel on site, but there are stay-and-play specials with the Don Cesar Loews St. Pete Beach property.

As you'd expect from a TPC facility, courses conditions are maintained at a high level, and there is an expansive practice facility. The clubhouse also has a full pro shop and restaurant.

Read Brandon Tucker's full review of TPC Tampa Bay.

Brandon Tucker is the Sr. Managing Editor for Golf Advisor. Prior to the launch of Golf Advisor in 2014, he was the managing editor for Golf Channel Digital's Courses & Travel. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and nearly 600 golf courses worldwide. While he's played some of the most prestigious courses in the world, Tucker's favorite way to play the game is on a great muni in under three hours. Follow Brandon on Twitter at @BrandonTucker and on Instagram at BrandonTuckerGA.
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