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Best Golf Courses in Tampa

Scott Luebke  
TPC Tampa Bay

With nearly 100 public, private and resort golf courses within close driving proximity of Tampa, Florida, it can be a daunting task to find the best golf courses in Tampa to play on your vacation.     The Tampa golf course rankings are based on course conditions, course design, guest service experience, cost, playability, accessibility and location.   We've made the task of choosing your next Tampa tee time a little easier by narrowing the list of Tampa golf courses to play.  Golf in Tampa features a diverse mix of golf courses from some of the top course designers in the world.

 Top Tampa Golf Courses

TPC Tampa Bay

Designed by Bobby Weed, TPC Tampa Bay has been a host site to a Champions Tour event for 21 consecutive years. Consistently voted one of the best golf courses in Florida and awarded 4 ½ stars by Golf Digest, TPC Tampa Bay is a must play for any golfer traveling to Tampa.  TPC Tampa Bay is routed around natural wetlands, cypress heads and numerous ponds and lagoons to provide a natural setting. With this natural setting and wildlife variety, TPC Tampa Bay is one of the only two courses in the Tampa Bay area to be designated as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.  Measuring 6,898 yards, TPC Tampa Bay features meticulously maintained course conditions daily from tee to green.

World Woods Golf Club

Opened in 1993, World Woods Golf Club features two world class championship golf courses carved out of mature, pristine forestry with ample vegetation in a natural setting. Course designer Tom Fazio has referred to the 36 holes of championship golf at World Woods as his “best work” and we must agree.  Both courses, Pine Barrens and Rolling Oaks, have been listed among the top 100 golf courses in America and are consistent rated as two of the best golf courses in Florida.  Pine Barrens is sculpted from an expansive pine forest with surprising and dramatic changes in elevation. Rolling Oaks offers run off slopes, rolling, meticulous fairways, undulating greens, majestic oaks and native foliage.  Make sure to place World Woods at the top of your playlist for golf courses in Tampa.

Lake Jovita Golf Club

Featuring 36 championship holes of golf, Lake Jovita Golf Club offers tournament quality conditions daily. Located 40 minutes from Tampa in Dade City, Florida, Lake Jovita Golf Club’s lush conditions are interwoven through lakes, ponds, valleys, hills, and lush vegetation making for a memorable Florida golf experience.  Designed by Tom Lehman and Kurt Sandness, Lake Jovita Golf Club takes full advantage of the uniquely hilly terrain with natural elevation changes contrary to most Florida golf courses.  Picturesque views of the scenic landscape captivate golfers throughout the round.  Lake Jovita Golf Club rates as one of the best golf courses in Tampa. 

Innisbrook Golf Resort

Featuring 72 holes of championship golf, Innisbrook Golf Resort is annually celebrated as one of Florida’s best golf resorts. Innisbrook’s Copperhead course annually hosts the PGA Tour’s Valspar Championship.  Course designer Lawrence Packard utilized imagination to mold the unique Florida landscape featuring scenery more similar to the Carolina sand hills and Georgia foothills into 72 holes of majestic Tampa golf. Golfers are required to stay at Innisbrook Resort to have playing access to the 4 championship golf courses.

Fox Hollow Golf Club

Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr., Fox Hollow Golf Club features meticulously maintained course conditions and a strategically designed layout offering a variety of holes ranging from tight, tree lined fairways to various links style golf holes to challenge golfers of all skill levels.  The expansive, undulating Sea Dwarf Paspalum grass greens provide fast, smooth tournament quality conditions daily.  Opened in 1994, Fox Hollow Golf Club has consistently been rated as one of the better Tampa golf courses.

Black Diamond Ranch (Private)

Typically, we don't put private golf courses on our list of Best golf courses.  However, if you have the chance to play Black Diamond Ranch...do it.  Featuring 45 holes of stunning golf, Black Diamond Ranch is a private golf community and one of the best Florida golf courses. Renowned course architect Tom Fazio transformed the abandoned limestone quarries, with their sheer 80-foot cliffs plunging into the lakes, into the Quarry Course.  The stunning Quarry Course at Black Diamond Ranch is majestic. The Quarry Course is consistently recognized as one of America’s best golf courses.

Lexington Oaks Golf Club

If you're looking for a value option in good condition during your Tampa golf vacation, Lexington Oaks Golf Club ticks all the boxes.  Measuring 6,646 yards, Lexington Oaks Golf Club is a good golf experience at a reasonable rate. Opened in 2000, Lexington Oaks interlaces with numerous lakes and native wetlands providing an imposing and scenic golf course.  Located a mere 20 minute drive from downtown Tampa, Lexington Oaks Golf Club is a fun, challenging Tampa golf course in good condition.

Westchase Golf Club

Measuring 6,710 yards, Westchase Golf Club carves thru 213 acres natural wetlands, conservation areas and majestic pine forests offering an authentic feel for the natural habitat, creating one of the most beautiful Tampa golf courses.  Opened in 1992, Westchase Golf Club features meticulously maintained course conditions daily. Strategically placed bunkers frame the slightly contoured greens while palmetto, cypress and pine trees border the fairways.  Located just minutes north of Tampa Airport, Westchase Golf Club has been long been considered one of the best golf courses in Tampa.

Eagles Golf Club

Featuring 36 holes of championship golf, The Eagles Golf Club has long been considered on the better Tampa area golf courses. The Eagles two championship golf courses, The Lakes and The Forest, offer golfers distinctly different experiences.  Located 20 minutes from Tampa International Airport, pristine course conditions and a natural setting awaits golfers at the Eagles Golf Club.

 

 

 

 

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