Tampa may be known as the Cigar Capital of the World, home of the world’s longest continuous sidewalk (4.5 miles on Bayshore Boulevard) and the MacDill Air Force Base (U.S. Central Command). Did you know the world’s first scheduled passenger flight was an 18-mile flight from St. Petersburg to Tampa? But there’s more to discover in this city located just a one hour drive from Orlando and a four-hour drive from Miami.
Tampa has over 100 golf courses. You’ll find blossoming neighborhoods with resort-like clubhouses and golf courses, championship golf courses with gorgeous water views and plenty of professionally designed golf courses with miles and miles of manicured greens. Whether it’s winter, spring, summer or fall, Tampa’s golf courses are always open. Want to know where to play golf?
Here are 7:
1. TPC Tampa Bay
The award-winning 18-hole par 71 TPC Tampa Bay golf course is open to daily fee golfers (no membership required) and members. TPC Tampa Bay in the Lutz neighborhood is about 30 minutes away from Tampa International Airport.
It’s ideal for golf enthusiasts who like an environment surrounded by natural wetlands, lagoons and wildlife habitat. The golf course is designated an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, an organization that protects and preserve the land, water, wildlife and other natural resources of an area.
This course is not for beginners. It’s for anyone who wants to take their game to the next level. Check out !Cuatro Restaurant and Bar, a modern family friendly restaurant with an extensive selection of wines and hand-crafted cocktails.
2. Pebble Creek Golf Club
For a reasonably priced public golf course in the New Tampa area located between Wesley Chapel and the University of Florida, we recommend Pebble Creek Golf Club. Established in 1967 this casual-style 18 hole par 71 public golf course has an Irish pub too.
Mulligan’s Irish Pub has Guinness on tap and is decorated with Irish murals and Golf Course flags. It has a billiard room and a veranda overlooking the golf course, a perfect location for family outings.
3. The Claw at USF
If you like challenging golf courses and playing in one that is like a nature preserve, you’re going to love The Claw at USF. Located at the University of South Florida, this 18 hole, par 71 public golf course is home to many types of wildlife including alligators, deer, and spoonbills.
Nestled amongst majestic oaks, towering cypress and pines, yet professionally manicured, The Claw is another affordable and casual place to play a round of golf.
4. Westchase Golf Club
Recognized as Tampa’s friendliest golf course, Westchase Golf Club is an 18 hole and par 72 daily-fee (no membership required) golf course just minutes away from Tampa airport. Designed by Lloyd Clifton, it has natural wetlands, wooden bridges, and bulkheads, situated in a master-plan neighborhood with over 5,000 homes.
5. Babe Zaharias Golf Course
18-hole and par 70 Babe Zaharias Golf Course is one of the oldest in Tampa. Started in 1926 the original course had riding stables and in 1949 a female golf enthusiast named Mildred Ella “Babe” Didrikson Zaharias purchased the golf course. She operated it until her death in 1956.
Tampa Sports Authority now manages Babe Zaharias Golf Course. Stop by at the clubhouse for domestic drafts starting at $2 from Monday to Friday.
6. Rogers Park Golf Course
The Hillsborough River surrounds Rogers Park Golf Course on three sides. Rogers Park Golf Course is the best for anyone looking for a quiet environment, away from private homes and barking dogs. Opened since 1952, this 18-hole and par 71 public golf course has undergone major renovations and is now managed by Tampa Sports Authority.
7. Saddlebrook Resort and Golf
Located in Wesley Chapel, about 25 miles from Tampa, Saddlebrook Resort and Golf is a “one stop” place, where you can play golf, sleep, eat and enjoy all the facilities in the resort. You don’t have to leave the resort if you don’t want to.
There are two golf courses in Saddlebrook Resort – the 18 hole, Par 71 Palmer Course and the 18 hole, Par 70 Saddlebrook Course. To improve your game, join Saddlebrook Golf Academy where PGA professional golf instructors give instructions.