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

We take our golf seriously in Florida, and particularly in Tampa where there are dozens of challenging world-class tracks to conquer. With so many choices, making a decision can be difficult. To help you out, 10 Best has compiled a list of the area's best. When it comes to golf, we've got you covered.

Tampa Bay has 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. Recently renovated from tee to green, this may be the best round of golf you ever play.

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

The Claw at USF
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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

Rocky Point Golf Course
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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

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

Westchase Golf Club
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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 6,700 yards quoted on the scorecard plays much longer thanks to the narrow fairways and...  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 7,100 yards and...  Read More

Outside the city
Fox Hollow Golf Club
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Designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr, each hole on the Fox Hollow course presents its own unique set of challenges. While some have open fairways, strategically placed water hazards and sand traps will keep you honest. Some holes have tight,...  Read More

Cheval Golf & Country Club
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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
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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
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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 6,800 yards from the TPC tees doesn't...  Read More

Copperhead Course at Innisbrook - A Salamander Golf & Spa Resort
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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 is a freelance writer that adopted Tampa as her hometown over a decade ago and never looked back. As a native of Canada, Skye has happily embraced the no snow climate, and in her spare time...  More About Skye