Tampa Bay Trip Planner
A guide to the golf scene around Tampa Bay, from Brooksville to Sarasota. Let our experts help your trip planning.
Tampa Bay Trip Planning
No matter the level of your golf game, you'll enjoy testing your skills on the excellent lineup of golf courses in the Tampa, Fla. area that serve as sites for professional tournaments, U.S. Open qualifiers and collegiate matches. Ed Schmidt looks at Tampa's finest, which are superb designs with multiple tee placements and consistent maintenance standards.
Tampa doesn't have the weather and wealth of Naples, the theme parks and resorts of Orlando or the glitzy appeal of Miami and famed South Beach. But it's still one of Florida's biggest and best cities, and golfers will appreciate its 100-plus golf courses. Jason Scott Deegan offers up his top 10 reasons to tee it up in greater Tampa Bay.
Tampa has an impressive line-up of stay-and-play options with golf courses sporting designer labels such as Arnold Palmer, Tom Fazio and Tom Lehman. Veteran Florida golf writer Ed Schmidt offers up some of his favorites.
Trip dispatch: Tampa Bay portion of Florida Swing boasts strong golf, starting with Innisbrook Resort
Mike Bailey checks in from the Tampa area, where he played Innisbrook's Copperhead, home of the Valspar Championship, plus World Woods, Black Diamond and Lake Jovita Golf & C.C.
No matter the budget, golfers in the Sarasota/Bradenton area of Florida can find a quick getaway. Mike Bailey breaks down the choices.
If you play golf in the Tampa/St. Pete area, you're rewarded with amazing land diversity encompassing everything from abandoned rock quarries to pine-dotted, North Carolina-style terrain and quintessential palm and palmetto-studded terrain. For those who've never visited the area, however, it's sometimes befuddling to get around as you navigate long bridges over bays and state and county roads that lead to smaller towns with great golf courses.
World Woods Golf Club's location is remote, and its entrance is humble. But the golf, as the name implies, is nothing short of world class. Tom Fazio brought his artful eye to this large, untouched piece of wooded and sandy property and delivered two very different courses that are among the most accessible and affordable course in his entire portfolio, not to mention among his best works in the U.S.