Hole-7We know that avid golfers like to be a quick trip away from the nearest course on a given Saturday, and so we’ve compiled a list of six top-quality courses in the Tampa area. Check out the list below that shows comparative information, and follow the links to view any of the websites.

Saddlebrook Resort
5700 Saddlebrook Way
Wesley Chapel, FL 33543
813-973-1111

Course basics: 18 hole, par 71, Palmer Course; 18 hole, par 70, Saddlebrook Course
Architect: Arnold Palmer
Description from website: The Palmer course, with Tif-Eagle greens and tiger blue tees, will provide a test for all skill levels. The Saddlebrook course is distinguished by its tight fairways and water hazards that come into play on 17 of the 18 holes.
Awards: Rated one of the top 100 Golf Resorts by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine
Cost with cart, Twilight-Prime Time: $75-$105
Book a tee time online.

Tournament Players Club of Tampa Bay
5300 West Lutz Lake Fern Road
Lutz, FL 33558
813-949-0090

Course basics: 18 hole, par 71
Architect: Bobby Weed with Chi Chi Rodriguez as player consultant.
Description from website: The course is routed around natural wetlands, cypress heads and numerous ponds and lagoons, which are home to an abundance of wildlife. Deer, foxes, otters, armadillos, alligators, egrets, storks, cranes, blue heron, and eagles all inhabit the golf course. This natural setting and wildlife variety is the reason why TPC Tampa Bay is one of the only two courses in the Tampa Bay area to be designated as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.
Awards: #13 Best Public Golf Facility by GolfWorld Magazine’s 2010 Reader’s Choice Poll
Cost with cart, Twilight-Prime Time: $99-$159
Book a tee time online.

The Claw at USF
13801 North 46th Street
Tampa, FL 33613
813-632-6893

Course basics: 18 hole, par 71
Architect: William F. Mitchell
Description from website: Featuring long, tight fairways lined with majestic oaks, towering cypress and pines, this manicured course is also one of the most beautiful. Home to alligators, deer, spoonbills and other wildlife, you may feel like you are playing in the heart of a nature preserve.
Cost with cart, Twilight-Prime Time: $22-$44
Book a tee time online.

Heritage Isles Golf & Country Club
10630 Plantation Bay Drive
Tampa Bay, FL 33647
813-907-7447

Course basics: 18 hole, par 71
Architect: Gordon G. Lewis and Jed Azinger
Description from website: The course architects dedicated themselves to preserving the land’s rustic beauty to combine a course that is not only challenging but extremely enjoyable. The course sets itself apart as it maintains an untouched glory through the preservation of 15 acres of natural wetlands and a thriving animal population.
Cost with cart, Twilight-Prime Time: $26-$39
Book a tee time online.

For a memorable golf experience, try World Woods two fabulous courses–Rolling Oaks and Pine Barrens–two of the top 100 courses in the U.S.

World Woods Florida Golf Resort
17590 Ponce de Leon Blvd
Brooksville, FL 34614
352-796-5500 x 4

Course basics: Two 18 hole courses, a 9 hole short course featuring seven par 3’s and two par 4’s, and a 3 hole practice course.
Architect: Tom Fazio
Description from website: Pine Barrens is a visually stunning blend of native terrain and golf course design. Named for the many pine trees that line its length, the acclaimed layout is sculpted from an expansive pine forest with surprising and dramatic changes in elevation. Rolling Oaks us named for the Oak trees draped with Spanish moss that regularly accent the holes. The beautiful rolling fairways that lead to undulating greens add drama to this more traditional course design. Many changes in hole style and length create a great blend of holes that requires a variety of shots and a strategic approach to score well.
Awards: Practice facility reported as the best in Sports Illustrated. 2004 Golf Magazine #9 and #49 top 100 Golf Courses in the World; 2004 Golf Week #2 and #4 “America’s Best Modern Courses”
Cost with cart, Twilight-Prime Time: $49-$119
Book a tee time online.

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