Tampa and St.Petersburg Area
Babe Zaharias Golf Course is located in Tampa. Mildred Ella “Babe” Didrikson Zaharias was physically gifted in many fields. In 1935 she began to concentrate on golf and won 17 tournaments in a row in 1946 and 1947. She was voted the Associated Press’s #1 Woman Athlete of the Year in 1931, 1945, 1946, 1946, 1950 and 1954. The course was opened in 1926 as Forest Hills Golf and Country Club. The “Babe” bought the course in 1949 and lived in the second story of the clubhouse until 1954 when she moved to a house close by. After her death in 1956 the course’s existence became questionable. It was nearly developed several times into housing, but Tampa city bought the course in 1974 as a memorial to her. Since then it has been rebuild into a challenging course for all golfers.
Bardmoor Golf & Tennis Club is in Largo, FL was designed by William H. Diddel and built in 1974. In 2003 a renovation was done by Gary Koch. The undulating greens are Tif-Eagle green. The wide fairways are made for long hitters! The sand traps and water hazards are positioned to challenge your short game shots. Remember on this course the resident and non-resident fees are different.
The Claw at USF in Tampa, FL. is a course that plays from 5353 to 6863 yards and offers 4 tee boxes. It is named for the famous oddly shaped tree that “eats” balls on the 14th hole. Over the years they continue to improve the course. It offers a chance to play on land adjacent to a Florida land preservation area, and to enjoy towering moss-draped oaks, native pines and numerous lakes as you play golf.
Cove Cay Golf Club in Clearwater, FL. is a David Stewart layout.Because it is actually on the bay, water comes into play on 12 of the 18 holes. In fact you will be challenged to not hit into the water on some holes, so your accuracy will be tested! Fairways come in many shapes with an abundance of challenge! Each hole offers spectacular views of some of the prettiest coastal scenery in the country. You will find an abundance of wildlife to add to your enjoyment.
The Dunes Golf Club at Seville in Brooksville, FL is an award-winning Arthur Hills-designed layout. Built among the unique terrain in the sand hills of West Central Florida, Arthur Hills utilized the existing weather-worn sand dunes, terrain and Pine Valley views. Elevation changes, forced carries and large, undulating greens provide a memorable game of golf! The course has 419 Bermuda grass on the fairways and roughs while the greens feature Pike Creek tifdwarf native grasses. The course is a paradise of natural beauty with 1,100 acres of planted pine forest framing every hole.
In the early days, Rogers Park was the only area designated for African Americans to go. It contained all the elements of a park- swing sets, picnic tables and baseball field. The funds were donated by G.D. Rogers. A group of caddies from Palma Ciea C.C. asked if they could build a nine hole course that was finished in 1952 and named Rogers Park Golf Couse. A clubhouse was built, and then remodeled in 2002. Over the years many other improvements have been made and the course is a 6,802-yard par 71 design which is surrounded on three sides by the Hillsborough River.
The Saddlebrook golf courses in Wesley Chapel, FL were designed by golf legend Arnold Palmer. The two courses are the Saddleback and the Palmer courses. Both courses use wilderness areas full of cypress, pines, palms, and wildlife with rolling fairways and well-maintained greens. The Palmer course opened in 1982 and was remodeled in 2004. It has Tif-Eagle undulating greens with wide fairways and many lakes, streams, and ponds to challenge the shots. The Saddlebrook course opened in 2006, with Tif-Dwarf greens. It is flatter, with narrow tree-lined fairways and water on most holes. Also, at the Resort is a acclaimed golfing facility.