Year-Round Play and Premier Courses Make Tampa a Golfer's Mecca

A version of our license plate proclaims Florida as the "Golf Capital of the World", much to the chagrin of people from the Carolinas, Arizona, or Scotland. There are 1300 courses in Florida, more than any other state, and more than 40 million rounds of golf are played in Florida every year.

We take our golf seriously here, particularly in Tampa, where there are dozens of great tracks. With so many choices, making a decision can be difficult. To help you out, 10 Best has compiled a list of the areas best. When it comes to golf, we've got you covered.

We have some fine resort courses for the discerning golfer with the most popular being the Innisbrook Golf Resort. Here you will find the Copperhead Course, one of the most challenging tracks on the PGA Tour. While it may be the best round of golf you ever play, it is also very expensive and difficult to get a tee-time. You may want to consider reserving a room in the resort to make sure you can get on.

If you're looking for a public course, Tampa has many well-maintained, challenging courses to play. These courses are usually quite reasonably-priced as well. Budget golfers will enjoy playing Rocky Point, one of the city's two municipal courses. Located minutes from the airport, this is a perfect option for busy business people. 

Rocky Point Golf Course
Photo courtesy of Eric Rodgers

Since the City took it over in 2003, Rocky Point has steadily improved into a fun course with an excellent location; it's across the street from the airport and the fine hotels that surround it. Anyone in town for business probably has time to...  Read More

The Claw at USF
Photo courtesy of The Claw (Facebook)

The best place to see some natural Florida wildlife during your round is The Claw, a certified Audubon animal sanctuary. It's not uncommon to see gators, deer, and many varieties of birds here. As the home course for the University of South...  Read More

Pebble Creek Golf Club

Pebble Creek is a great public neighborhood course in New Tampa located off of Bruce B. Downs Blvd. They recently rebuilt their greens and tees with Champion Bermuda grass for a more consistent quality. The course isn't overly long, making this...  Read More

The Eagles Golf Club

The Eagles has two courses that weave in and out of native Florida scenery and wildlife, all within a short drive from downtown. The courses come in two flavors: the Lakes course and the Forest course. The Lakes stretches to over 7100 yards and...  Read More

Westchase Golf Club
Photo courtesy of Raymond Rodgers

Westchase Golf Club uses its setting as a former wetland and reserve to its advantage, winding its way through a variety of native Floridian terrain. The 6700 yards quoted on the scorecard plays much longer thanks to the narrow fairways and...  Read More

Avila Golf and Country Club

Avila is known around town as one of Tampa's most exclusive communities. If someone famous lives in Tampa, chances are they live in Avila. The course itself is a superb Jack Nicklaus design that is both challenging, especially from the back...  Read More

Cheval Golf & Country Club
Photo courtesy of Cheval (Facebook)

Cheval Golf and Country Club is one of the finest semi-private clubs in Tampa Bay. Located 20 minutes north of downtown, the course is located in an exclusive gated neighborhood lending a private feel to the clubhouse and restaurant which have...  Read More

Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club
Photo courtesy of Lake Jovita (Facebook)

Lake Jovita offers two golf courses that trick you into believing you are playing in North Carolina. This is the hilly section of Tampa Bay and the elevation changes have been used for dramatic effect on the course. A visit to Lake Jovita offers...  Read More

North Tampa
TPC of Tampa Bay
Photo courtesy of TPC Tampa Bay

Take a poll of golfers around Tampa and the majority will say that the toughest test of golf can be found at the TPC of Tampa Bay. Because of its pedigree, a round of golf here is on the expensive side. The 6800 yards from the TPC tees doesn't...  Read More

Copperhead Course at Innisbrook - A Salamander Golf & Spa Resort
Photo courtesy of Innisbrook Resort

Just over the bridge from Tampa is the Innisbrook Copperhead Course in Palm Harbor. One of the favorite stops of the PGA Tour, this course tests even the most seasoned professionals at the Valspar Championship held every March. Especially...  Read More


Meet Skye Rodgers

Skye has lived in Tampa for over 16 years and spends much of her time exploring the region and discovering its hidden treasures. As a native of Canada, Skye has happily embraced the no cold, no...  More About Skye

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