Congo River Mini-Golf - Par: 42 - Course Rating: Very Easy (All ages) Extras: Picnic Area, Game Room, Live Gators.
Located on: 20060 U.S. Hwy. 19 N. (A few blocks South of Clearwater Mall)
One of my favorite courses....Follow in the footsteps of famous African Congo explorers Stanley and Livingstone. Play through (and later scale) Crystal Mountain, traverse the raging Alima River by canoe (hollow tree) and cross the Koullou Gorge by rope bridge. Find the; hat, spear, mask, shield, canoe and snake (especially the snake) to win an Exploration Game Prize (scavenger hunt). Ok, it's not Papua New Guinea but it does have live gators to feed (be sure and bring the kids)....gator food available....um, what were YOU thinking?
St. Andrews Links - Par: 54 - Course Rating: Easy Extras: Driving Range, Short Game Area
Located on: 620 Palm Blvd. in Dunedin off Alt. 19
Great course for 1st timers! Bring your 7,8 & 9-irons for a short course designed for young golfers. Shouldn't lose any balls on this course (but I'd still bring more than 1). Carts or walking permitted. Modeled after the famous St. Andrews course in Scotland, home of the prestigious British Open.....well, kind of. Not as long, not as challenging but... you can wear your kilt and pretend. Remember...if it's not Scottish, it's just a bunch of crrrrrap.
Pinecrest Golf Course - Par: 55 - Course Rating: Easy Extras: Pro Shop, LoungeLocated on: 1200 8th Ave. S.W.
Discover Largo's best kept secret (shhhhh!) for executive golf. Probably won't need more than a 5-iron and a few balls for this course. Another great place for beginners. Never mind the power lines, over pass and RV park that borders the 17th, that's what makes this course so much fun! Carts or walking permitted. Free slice of pizza for anyone who shoots a hole-in-one on the 18th......now how can you beat that?
Largo (Muni.) Golf Course - Par: 62 - Course Rating: Modest Extras: Pro Shop, Snack Bar, Enclosed Restrooms
Located on: 12500 131st St. in Largo (a few blocks North of Ulmerton/Walsingham)
Did you break 100 at Pinecrest? Then you are ready for the next stop on the tour, Largo Muni. This challenging executive course features eight par-4 and ten par-3 holes. Recently renovated, featuring new TifEagle UltraDwarf greens & Bermuda tees and fairways. Water, sand, trees, beverage cart service and, of course, enclosed restrooms! Located just two miles East of Gulf Beaches. I can't guarantee you'll get a trophy, but everyone should at least get a tan. :)
Clearwater Executive Golf Course - Par: 63 - Course Rating: Modest Extras: Pro Shop, Lounge, Driving Range
Located on: 1875 Airport Dr. (N. off Hercules by the Air Park)
Yes, it's a par-63 executive course.....but you wouldn't know it when you add up your score at the end. Even though all 18 holes (w/9 par-4's) are straight shooters, half the greens cut-away to the left or right. You want sand? There's plenty of sand (where it should be, in the bunkers)....all but 5 holes have 2 or more traps for you to skillfully avoid (4 traps on the 18th). Well maintained course right next to the airport. Don't worry, they are just single and dual engine planes taking off and landing. Errant tee shots from holes 2 & 3 might end up on the runway but take the drop......I wouldn't try to scale the electric fence on the airport's property line.
Mainlands Golf Club - Par 67 - Course Rating: Modest Extras: Pro Shop
Located On: 9445 Mainlands Blvd W. in Pinellas Park (1 mile N. of Park Blvd.)
I've heard all the excuses....."I'd play golf, but; it's too expensive, it takes too long, I don't have any balls..." Whaaah. Stop your belly-aching and come on out to Mainlands. Best scenic course for the price. 2 par-5's, 6 dog-leg par-4's & some fairly long par-3's. 4800 yards makes this the hardest "Modest" course on the tour. For it would be easier for a camel to go through the eye of the needle than it would be to drive the green (between water, sand & trees) on the 18th. Lots and lots of water on this course + you'll probably need all your clubs (including retriever). Lovely park-like setting will make you forget that your are even in Pinellas Park.
Chi Chi Rodriguez Golf Club - Par: 69 - Course Rating: Hard Extras: Pro Shop, Snack Bar, Putting Greens
Located on: 3030 N. McMullen Booth Rd. in Clearwater (just a wee bit N. of SR 580, behind Countryside H.S.)
Indeed.....everyone's favorite senior (Senior Rodriguez) has blessed us with a beautiful 69-par, well-bunkered open and sprawling course that is even recognized by the National Audubon Society. With 3 par-5's, 9 par 4's & 6 challenging par-3's....this course will show you where your game is at. Water intersects or infringes on 11 of the 18 holes and there are trees & traps a-plenty. Native wildlife for you to aim at (just kidding) abounds on almost every hole. All green-fee proceeds go towards Chi Chi Kids Foundation and is home of "1st Tee Clearwater". However, "Sword-play" on the greens is not allowed.
Cove Cay Country Club - Par: 70 - Course Rating: Hard Extras: Luxury Pro Shop & Restaurant
Located on: 2612 Cove Cay Dr. in Clearwater (off US 19, 1 mile North of E. Bay Dr.)
Now we're talkin'!. Scenic Championship 18-hole par-70 course right here in Clearwater. Too many challenges to list. Tight fairways, deep bunkers & multi-level greens just to name a few. A big chunk of the course borders the water on Tampa Bay so bring some extra balls (about 100, just to be safe). Davis Love III was once rumored to say, "This course scares me!". But then again, Davis Love III scares easily. Make sure you've got the whole afternoon off to tackle this course, you're gonna need it.
East Bay Golf Club - Par: 71 - Course Rating: Hard Extras: Pro Shop, Restaurant, Fully-stocked beverage cart.
Located on: 702 Country Club Dr. in Largo (2 miles W. of US 19 off E. Bay Dr.)
No middle-of-the-road holes on this course. Either you find yourself in the open plains of the midwest or you are island-hopping in the Pacific. Championship layout challenges every aspect of your game. State-of-the-art golf carts include "Pro Shot" GPS range-finders and detailed hole graphics (and pro-tips). Billy Mitchell (the golfer, not the bomber pilot) has designed a course where water comes into play on at least 14 holes. Massive bunkers and giant roving squirrels add to the madness that is.....East Bay Golf Club. Mufhahaha
Belleview Biltmore Golf Club - Par: 71 - Course Rating: Hard Extras: Club House Grill & Lounge
Located on: 1501 Indian Rocks Rd. in Belleaire
Not a single thing has changed since 1926 (well...except the prices). Just walking up to the mansion-style club house of "The Biltmore" takes you back to turn-of-the century times when golfers wore suits & ties and it was acceptable to beat your caddie openly. Huge championship course that (by the 18th) will make you feel like you were born in 1926. Elevated tees, Bermuda greens and fairways....the layout (by Donald Ross - Course Architect) is exceptional! Impressive elevation changes for a Florida course. Traditions are treasured and memories are made (mostly pleasant) at the Belleview Golf Club. Awwww.
Tarpon Springs Golf Course - Par: 72 - Course Rating: Hard Extras: Pro Shop, Snack Bar
Located on: 1310 S. Pinellas Ave. (off Alt. 19, 1 mile N. of Klosterman Rd.)
Not quite ready for Innisbrook or Bay Hill? That's ok, I'm not either. Therefore, we are proud to present...TSGC. This just might be the easiest par-72 (if there is such a thing) on the tour. But hold on....this course has more dog-legs than the Westminster Kennel Club. Open, yet challenging, TSGC has elevated tees, phosphate mine-like traps and a wicked (but loveable) island hole to test your patience/demeanor/disposition. Includes well-maintained greens and plenty of water to swallow up all the balls you just bought at the pro shop. Ooof. Built in 1908 when sponge diving was all the rage in Tarpon Springs, be sure to try out the vintage bell diving helmet they have available and bring home a souvenir sponge from the Gulf-fed lake on the 18th (+ any balls you can find).