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Westchase Golf Club

It’s Not Private...You’ll Just Think It Is

Also Inside: Golfest at the Downs – Feb. 19 & 20 Local News, Maps and Directories

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Contents

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Westchase Golf Club First-class customer service, great clubhouse amenities and flawless greens featuring Sea Dwarf Pasapalum grass make the Westchase Experience better than ever.

18 Private Courses Discover the finest private country clubs in the Tampa Bay area

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20 Featured Courses

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Find out more about Tampa Bay’s best public-access courses

51 Driving Ranges/Lesson Tee An overview of some of the region’s finest practice facilities, golf schools and instructors

54 Shopping The Tampa Bay area is renowned for its great shopping

58 Area Maps/Directory We’ll help you find the courses and the best way to get there

66 Local News/Events Golf news & events from the Tampa Bay area 4

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t’s a brand new year and Florida’s “High Season” is upon us. With the economy down, it’s anybody’s guess how “high” the season will be. Nonetheless, every golf facility in the Tampa Bay area is prepared and hopeful that visitors will come in mass from the frozen Midwest and Northeast. If you are visiting, thanks for making the trip. Enjoy our warm, sunny weather and the many fine golf courses on Florida’s Central West Coast. You will find very affordable rates and excellent course conditions. This issue’s cover story features Westchase Golf Club, a perennial Top of the List public golf facility located in West Tampa. First class service, excellent clubhouse facilities and flawless putting surfaces make the Westchase Experience as good as it gets. The story begins on page 8. For local and visiting golfers alike, the inaugural Tampa Golfest at the Downs Golf Practice Facility in Oldsmar is a must go event. Scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, February 19-20, 2011, this demo day and golf lifestyle extravaganza promises something for everyone who attends. See this issue’s center spread and Local News for more details.

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Westchase Golf Club

“It’s Not Private, You’ll Just Think It Is”

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he folks at Westchase Golf Club are far too low-key to create a brassy slogan like “It’s Not Private, You’ll Just Think It Is”. That line has actually come from more than one visitor to this quiet, upscale, but very public course located in the master-planned development of Westchase in Hillsborough County just northwest of downtown Tampa. Award-Winning Experience The visitors who coined that moniker aren’t the only ones impressed by the dayin-day-out excellence of this 18-year-old

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Lloyd Clifton design. The National Golf Foundation surveyed players at hundreds of courses for their prestigious CLASP (Customer Loyalty And Satisfaction Program) awards and ranked Westchase in the Top 10 nationally, and #1 in the state of Florida. First-class customer service, an updated clubhouse, and flawless greens featuring Sea Dwarf Paspalum grass will create that kind of loyalty and satisfaction. But then there are the more subtle factors, like the gorgeous, yet serene nature-trail ride you’ll take every time you play Westchase.

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11602 Westchase Golf Drive, Tampa, FL 33626 Off Linebaugh Avenue just West of Veteran’s Expressway (813) 854-2331 www.westchasegc.com RESERVATIONS: Book tee times up to 30 days in advance online. Tournaments, corporate outings, weddings and banquets welcome. PGA instruction available. STATISTICS: 18 Hole Championship Course, Par 72 TEE YARDS RATING SLOPE Blue 6710 71.8 130 White 6233 69.2 123 Red 5205 69.1 121 PERSONNEL: Architect................................Lloyd Clifton GM/Director of Golf .....Clay Thomas, PGA Head Pro ...................Richard Veghte, PGA Superintendent ..................... Gene Roberts

Where Nature Abounds You’ll appreciate subtleties like the vertically planked bridges that bring a smoother, more tranquil feel as you navigate over the 16 lakes, 21 wetland conservation areas, 14 upland conservation areas and the one creek that bisects the property. Cypress, oak, pine, maple and other trees comprise these beautiful natural habitats. Beautiful pickrel weed with its bright violet bloom, arrowhead, bulrush and water lilies are among the aquatic plant species inhabiting the wetland areas. FALL/WINTER 2010-11

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Westchase’s 213 acres offer sanctuary to a myriad of wildlife including alligators, deer, turtles, bobcats as well as countless native and migratory birds. Since opening in 1992, at least two mating pairs of American bald eagles have nested in pine trees on the golf course. Many golf courses love to trumpet their new upgrades or renovations, but other than the new greens and player-friendly changes to the clubhouse, Westchase has been the same first-class facility since the day it opened 18 years ago. General Manager Clay Thomas went to work at

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the course right out of college, right after Westchase opened, and Superintendent Gene Roberts helped build the layout from the ground up, and obviously has cared for it since its birth. It is that kind of “family” commitment that makes Westchase unique among upscale public courses anywhere. The Course Layout Like the entire “experience”, Clifton’s designs are subtle and understated, like the classic lines of a luxury car or a welltailored suit. This course isn’t one to wow you with a lot of sharp angles or targets that must be hit. It is just a consistently strong, yet fun, challenge to golfers of all skill levels. From the 6700-yard tips, you’ll get all you want from four solid par-5s, four par-4s over 400 yards and four par-3s that’ll likely send you to your bag for four different clubs off the tee. 10

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Many of the greens, beginning with the very first one, encourage you to bump the ball into them, though a solid aerial game comes in handy with more than a dozen of Westchase’s holes having water in-play. The par-3 third might be Westchase’s “signature” hole, if they were into having something like that. The tee shot over wetlands and water gets longer to clear the bulkhead and hit the green the farther right you play it. The other par-3s are also either all-carry to get to relatively small putting surfaces, or deceptive in their green design. The three par-4s in the middle of the front nine again show some of the subtleties of Westchase, the long distance the homes are set back from the course, the mixture of pines and palms lining the fairways. The three finishing par-4s on the back side feature two of Westchase’s toughest holes. GM Thomas loves

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16th-17th combo, the two longest par 4s on the back side, both demanding distance control and shot placement for a successful approach to the pins. New carts with the detailed graphics of ProLink GPS are there to guide you all the way. The only two parallel holes at Westchase are the 9th and 18th, both with marshland carries on the approach to greens visible from the Westchase Grill clubhouse dining room and veranda. Diners not only have a perfect view of golf outside, they’re in a wonderfully collegial environment inside. And with separate private rooms and a large main dining area, Westchase is perfect for any sized meeting, conference, wedding or golf event, from a couple of foursomes to a full-course charity outing. Walking Privileges Now Available The Westchase Advantage Club membership offers golfers the opportunity to play more golf and save along the way. Join the Westchase Advantage Club for FALL/WINTER 2010-11

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just $99 per year ($25 per year for Florida residents) and receive these exclusive benefits: • Walking, including push carts, now available to members • Complimentary GPS for you and up to three guests • 10% pro shop discount • 10% discount on meals in Clubhouse Grille • $10 off annual USGA handicap fee • Preferred rates on greens fees all year for you and up to three guests for online reservations. Rates range from 10 percent to 25 percent off for your entire foursome Tee time reservations at the Advantage Club rates are accepted up to seven days in advance. Join online today at www.westchasegc.com or call (813) 854-2331. Westchase Golf Club leaves nothing to chance, which is how they earned the CLASP award from the National Golf Foundation, and why you’re sure to enjoy the “Westchase Experience.” GG

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tournament. The winner will take home, or at the very least to the gaming floor, $2,600 with the runner up pocketing $2,000. In addition to the tournament, Golfer’s Guide will host a welcome reception on Sunday, Feb. 20 and a tournament-ending awards party on Wednesday, Feb. 23. For the most avid golfers, however, the real action will take place on the terrific links of Rio Secco, Siena and Arroyo. Surrounded by the towering Spring Mountains, Sienna features gently rolling fairways and artful bunkering, as well as stunning views of the Vegas skyline. Arroyo, a sister course to Sienna, ribbons seamlessly through the rugged terrain of the fabulous Red Rock Canyon, one of Las Vegas most revered natural landmarks. For its part, Rio Secco is among the most acclaimed courses in the desert. Located at the base of Black Mountain, the course provides a world-class experience unlike any other off the Strip. The cost of the event $1,999 per two-man team and includes three rounds of tournament play, four nights at the Rio, one entry into the poker tournament and two receptions. For more information on the Golfer’s Guide National Team Classic visit www. nationalteamclassic.com or call Bruz Fellenz at (727) 522-4147. Be sure to be on hand the week of February 21st where golf, gaming and good times converge in a way only Las Vegas can deliver.

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hy waste time driving? Feather Sound’s stunning golf course and meeting facilities are located in the heart of the Tampa Bay area - between St. Petersburg, Clearwater and Tampa. If you live in the Tampa Bay area we would love to have you as a member of our private country club. Feather Sound is one of the Tampa Bay area’s most prestigious private golf and country clubs. The par-72, 6900-yard championship layout features lush, broad fairways and TifEagle greens. Designed by Joe Lee and updated by Bob Cupp, the course is considered one of the best conditioned in the area. The course is not your typical Florida design. With an open, airy, natural feel, there

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isn’t a place on the golf course where you feel enclosed on both sides by houses and condos, unlike almost every other course in the area. The dedicated golfer will appreciate the challenges that are offered on the well-guarded, elevated greens at Feather Sound.. Feather Sound’s seven-acre practice facility includes a laser-leveled natural turf teeing area with five target greens, a short game practice area and practice putting green. Professional golf instruction and golf schools are available. Our professional staff offers clinics using video lessons and our computerized swing analysis machine. The golf staff is available for scoring, pairing and on-course games.

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FEATHER SOUND AT A GLANCE

We are experts at hosting charity golf tournaments, business golf outings, weddings, receptions, banquets, parties and celebrations of all sizes. Our professional planners will help make your event a very memorable occasion. Other amenities include a beautiful clubhouse, fine or casual dining, a robust social schedule, nine lighted Har-Tru tennis courts, a fully-stocked pro shop, a complete fitness center and junior Olympic swimming pool with a separate kiddie pool. Members at Feather Sound feel a special sense of pride and belonging. Memberships are available to fit all lifestyles. Whether you are a scratch golfer or a beginner, you are sure to enjoy your experience as a member. We are proud to have created a great integration program with weekly golf games, tennis match-ups and an active social schedule. For more information, contact Membership Director Matt Shappee at (727) 573-5666, extension 248 or visit www.feathersoundcc.com. GG FALL/WINTER 2010-11

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LOCATION: Clearwater, Florida (727) 573-5666 www.feathersoundcc.com STATISTICS: PAR 72 YARDS RATING SLOPE Black 6921 74.3 137 Chairman 6649 72.7 135 Gold 6466 71.6 132 Blue 5824 68.7 125 Green (M) 5635 67.7 122 Green (L) 5635 73.3 130 Red 5122 70.6 121 PERSONNEL: Architects ...............Joe Lee and Bob Cupp General Manager ..........Andy Crowe, PGA Membership Director . Matt Shappee, PGA Superintendent .................. Michael Strube AMENITIES: • Spacious clubhouse with Grand Ballroom and open-air verandah over looking golf course • Meeting Rooms to accommodate 10 to 200 people • Culinary staff offering outstanding fine or casual dining • Jr. Olympic-sized Swimming Pool with separate kiddie pool • Nine Har-Tru lighted Tennis Courts • Complete Fitness Center

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Airco Golf Course Clearwater, FL (727) 573-4653 www.aircogolfcourse.com

Please call the Golf Shop at (727) 573-4653 for tee times. TEE TIMES Tee Times can be made up to 5 days in advance.

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irco is “the” Pinellas County par-72 championship golf course and is open to the public year-round. The course challenges players of all skill levels. They have a newly-renovated practice facility and rental clubs are available. The clubhouse features a complete golf shop, restaurant and 19th Hole facilities, and is centrally located in Gateway area near St. Pete/Clearwater Airport. The course is an easy drive from Tampa, Clearwater and St. Petersburg.

STATISTICS Par-72 Black Silver Gold Scarlet

Yards 6678 6241 5910 4749

Rating Slope 71.4 124 69.2 121 67.7 114 66.8 109

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Baypointe Golf Club Seminole, FL (727) 595-2095

Please call the Pro Shop at (727) 595-2095 for current rates. STATISTICS Men Ladies

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aypointe offers incredible views – you can see the Gulf of Mexico from the 15th fairway – and fun golf. This 18-hole, par-61 tree-lined course will test your skill with seven par 4 and 11 par 3 holes. Ten-play tickets and annual memberships available. There’s a full restaurant and lounge, walking is permitted and electric carts are available.

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DIRECTIONS Located just minutes from Indian Rocks Beach. 1.5 miles south of Ulmerton Rd. off Oakhurst Rd. at Yacht Club Blvd.

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Belleview Biltmore Golf Club

Award-Winning PGA Intructors Bill Shriver & Pat McClanan-Shriver

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esigned by world-famous architect Donald Ross, the Bel- Belleair, FL leview Biltmore Golf Club has been an American favorite (727) 581-5498 e.com since 1925. The 18-hole championship par-71 course has www.belleviewbiltmore.com a reputation for its challenging design which harmonizes beautiFor current rates or to reserve your tee time up to 7 days in advance, fully with the surrounding environment. Nature, not houses, call the Pro Shop at (727) 581-5498. dominates the field of play at the Biltmore. Crowned pedestal To schedule a lesson, contact greens, a Ross trademark, invite run-up shots but tend to shed Bill Shriver at (727) 215-5801 or Pat careless approaches, while well-placed fairway bunkers snare McClanan Shriver at (727) 480-9049. errant drives. Large water oaks and pines narrow a few fairways, Now offering 30- and 90-day and water comes into play on seven holes. But the biggest determemberships. rent to low scoring is the wind. In common with a links, much of STATISTICS â&#x20AC;&#x201C; LAKES COURSE the course is relatively flat and exposed to Gulf breezes. Par: 71 Yards Rating Slope Blue 6614 71.9 124 Specializing in corporate and charity outings , the White 6137 69.3 120 Biltmoreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s professional staff will make any function, large or Yellow 5760 67.2 118 Red 5143 70.0 115 small, a complete success. Every golfer needs to be taught a method of playing golf PERSONNEL that will bring out his/her personal best. The Shriver Golf Acad- Architect ................... Donald Ross G.M. & Dir. of Golf ....... Chuck Eade emy instructors seek to help their students reach their highest Teaching Pro................. Bill Shriver Teaching Pro..Pat McClanan-Shriver potential. The Shriver Golf Academy offers private lessons, Superintendent ...... Jason Richards group clinics, day golf schools and junior programs. Visit 4 Map Key Number www.beachgolfschool.com for details. FALL/WINTER 2010-11

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Brooker Creek Golf Club Palm Harbor, FL (727) 784-7606 www.brookercreekgc.com

•Please call the Pro Shop at (727) 784-7606 for current rates. •Tee times available up to seven days in advance. •Walking allowed anytime

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rooker Creek is a family-owned and operated public golflf facility. A favorite among locals, the tree-lined course is home to many deer, gators, turkey, eagles and other native wildlife. Built along Brooker Creek, playing the course is a beautiful golfing experience. A full practice and teaching facility, newly renovated tees and bunkers and remodeled clubhouse make Brooker Creek a great destination. Clubhouse features Beef O’Brady’s restauant and a pro shop managed by Steve’s World of Golf.

STATISTICS Par-72 Back Middle Forward

Yards Rating Slope 6504 71.3 129 6022 69.5 124 5252 70.6 123

PERSONNEL Architect ..................... Lane Marshall Gen. Mgr ......... Rebecca McClimans Dir. of Golf .....Greg McClimans, PGA Teaching Pros ......... Earl Mauer, PGA Jeff Haney, PGA Superintendent ........... John Drossos 44 Map Key Number

Clearwater Golf Club Seasonal Memberships Available

Clearwater, FL (727) 443-5078 Pro Shop www.clearwatercountryclub.com FEATURES/AMENITIES • Tournaments & Banquets Welcome • Fully-Stocked Pro Shop • Frequent Player Program • Membership Specials Available • Breakfast & Lunch Available to Public Daily

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learwater Golf Club’s semi-private 18-hole championship course is located in downtown Clearwater, five minutes from Clearwater Beach. The manicured course features elevated, well-bunkered TifDwarf greens, a meandering creek and tight fairways. It is a shotmaker’s delight that will challenge the accomplished golfer and please the novice. Practice facilities are available as is a well-stocked pro shop. The spacious clubhouse offers a comfortable, friendly atmosphere to satisfy your pre/post-round food & beverage desires.

STATISTICS Par-72 Blue White Red (M) Red (W) Gold (M) Gold (W)

Yards 6225 5922 5448 5448 5312 5312

Rating Slope 69.8 125 68.8 122 66.3 115 71.8 125 65.2 114 71.1 123

PERSONNEL Architect ....................Herbert Strong General Mgr .... Rebecca McClimans Director of Golf ...... Greg McClimans Pro Shop Manager ........... Eric Lettie Superintendent ............ Keith Hering

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angrove Bay Golf Course is a well maintained, 18-hole championship golf course with excellent practice facilities including a grass tee driving range. The facility maintains a fully-stocked pro shop and comfortable snack bar where you can enjoy lunch and cold drinks before or after your round. For tee times up to seven days in advance, call (727) 893-1790. Cypress Links, a 9-hole, par-3 golf course with challenging holes and outstanding putting surfaces, is located next to Mangrove Bay. Twin Brooks is an 18-hole, par-3 golf course with a excellent driving range and fully-stocked pro shop.

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Chi Chi Rodriguez Golf Club Clearwater, FL (727) 726-4673 www.chichi.org

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his beautiful 18-hole, well-bunkered course – a recognized member of the National Audubon Society – is located a half mile north of SR 580 on McMullen Booth Road. The facility is home to the Chi Chi Rodriguez Academy. Public amenities include a fully-stocked pro shop, snack bar and putting green. All proceeds support Chi Chi Kids’ programs. Home of The First Tee of Clearwater. FALL/WINTER 2010-11

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New Mini Verde Greens

(727) 535-1406 Pro Shop www.covecaygolf.com

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ove Cay is a semi-private, 18-hole championship golflf course located on the shores of Old Tampa Bay. The Cove Cay golf course and clubhouse offer spectacular views of Tampa Bay with an abundance of wildlife to add to your experience of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Old Floridaâ&#x20AC;? lifestyle. In addition to new Mini Verde greens, all 18 tee boxes have been reconstructed. Many sand bunkers have been reconstructed as well. The driving range also has been reworked. Amenities include a full-stocked pro shop, on-course refreshments, leagues, fundraisers, waterfront restaurant and patio, full-service bar, banquet facilities, weddings and ceremonies, private parties, marina and memberships.

Please call the Pro Shop at (727) 535-1406 for current rates and daily specials. New Seasonal Memberships Available DIRECTIONS Located on Old Tampa Bay. On U.S. Hwy. 19, two miles south of Hwy. 60, one mile north of East Bay Dr. Directly across from Walker Ford. STATISTICS Par-70 Yards Rating Slope Blue 6261 68.6 130 White 5859 66.8 123 Red 5483 69.4 128 Beige 4704 64.0 109 Map Key Number

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Dunedin Golf Club Dunedin, FL (727) 733-7836 www.dunedincc.com

DUNEDIN GOLF CLUB Please call the Pro Shop at (727) 733-7836 for current rates.

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esigned by Donald Ross, this historic course opened Jan. 1, 1927. From 1945 to 1962, it was the original PGA of America National Headquarters and home course. Bobby Jones, Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, Paul Runyan and others played here. Memberships are available. For tournament or membership information call Debbie Logerquist at (727) 733-2134, Ext. 235. 24

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STATISTICS Par-72 Yards Rating Slope Blue 6605 71.6 129 White 6245 69.7 123 Silver 5267 65.0 108 Red 5433 71.6 116 PERSONNEL Architect ....................... Donald Ross Head Pro ...................... John Falcone G.M. & Dir of Sales & Memberships .......................................Debbie Logerquist Supt. ...................... Allen Brissenden Map Key Number

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Where the Golfing Public is Always Welcome

East Bay Golf Club Largo, FL (727) 581-3333 www.eastbaygolfclub.com BOOK TEE TIMES ONLINE

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ocated in the heart of Pinellas County, minutes from the Gulf beaches, East Bay is an 18-hole, par-71 championship layout. Water comes into play on 14 holes. East Bay offers full restaurant, lounge, banquet facilities and beverage cart service on course. Tees, fairways and greens are overseeded during the winter season. Now featuring the Pro Shot GPS system on every golf cart with accurate yardage and detailed hole graphics. Located on East Bay Drive, 2.5 miles west of U.S. 19.

Please call the Pro Shop at (727) 581-3333 for current rates. •AUTOMATED TEE TIMES 10 DAYS IN ADVANCE 24 HRS/7 DAYS •Proshot GPS Yardages • Under New Ownership STATISTICS Par-71 Back Middle Forward

Yards 6451 5967 5286

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argo Golf Course is a challenging executive course that features eight par 4 and 10 par 3 holes. A total renovation, featuring new TifEagle UltraDwarf greens, new TifWay (T-419) Bermuda tees and fairways, new Club Car electric carts, new cart paths, a new oncourse restroom, two new on-course rain shelters and an updated clubhouse snack bar and pro shop, was completed in April 2007. Located two miles east of the Gulf Beaches.

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Please call the pro shop at (727) 518-3024 for current rates. Tee times may be reserved 7 days in advance by using the Largo Golf Course Automated Tee Time System. Call the Pro Shop at (727) 518-3024 to obtain an Identification Number. NOW BOOK ONLINE STATISTICS Yards Par Back 3335 62 Forward 2655 62 PERSONNEL Architect .................... Ward Northrup Manager....................... Don Brannon Superintendent ... Gerald Marquardt 79 Map Key Number

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Pinecrest Golf Course Largo, FL (727) 584-6497

Please call the pro shop at (727) 584-6497 for current rates.

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iscover Largo’s best-kept secret for executive golf. Don’t let this small course fool you. Pinecrest is a challenging par-55 short course with 17 par 3s & one par 4. Walking anytime and electric carts are available if you wish to ride. At Pinecrest you will enjoy a very friendly and personal atmosphere. Annual memberships and ten play tickets. Enjoy the newly renovated pro shop. Also, visit “Your Pizza Shop” upstairs for great food.

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Mainlands Golf Club Pinellas Park, FL (727) 577-4847 Pro Shop www.mainlandsgolf.com BOOK TEE TIMES ONLINE Automated Tee Times Call (727) 577-2797

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ainlands Golf Club is centrally located off of US Hwy 19 N. in Pinellas Park. This par 67’s nine par 4s, seven par3s and two par 5s will have you using most every club in your bag. The course measures 4,800 yards over level terrain making it ideal for walkers and riders alike. We invite you to come and experience the great conditions and comfortable prices that have made this Family-owned and operated establishment a local favorite for nearly 40 years. Mainlands also boasts a fully-stocked pro shop with a wide selection of golf apparel and equipment.

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STATISTICS Par-67 Blue White Red

Yards 4803 4607 4180

Rating Slope 63.7 107 61.8 93 62.3 96

PERSONNEL General Manager ........ Tyson Duane Pro Shop Mgr. ...........Darlene Bonds Dir. of Golf. .......... Michael Summers Superintendent. ........Marianne Clay Map Key Number

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Tarpon Springs Golf Course Tarpon Springs, FL (727) 934-5191

Please call the pro shop at (727) 934-5191 for current rates. Discount Books/Cards Available Call for Details.

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arpon Springs was built in 1908 and follows the architecture of the time, with small, elevated greens and quite a few doglegs. The golf course is very scoreable on your good days, while the water can play havoc on your bad days. Monthly tournaments offered to all golfers with food and prizes at each event. The course is located on Alt. U.S. 19 between Klosterman Rd. on the south and Tarpon Ave. on the north. Both roads intersect U.S. 19.

STATISTICS Par-72 Blue White Yellow Red

Yards 6243 5910 5289 5130

Rating Slope 69.3 127 68.0 121 64.5 118 68.9 110

PERSONNEL Dir of Golf/GM .......... Chuck Winship Head Pro ............... Steve Didik, PGA Superintendent ........... Dave Kiesow

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Tides Golf Club Seminole, FL (727) 393-8483 www.tidesgc.com

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verlooking beautiful Boca Ciega Bay, the Tides has been a favorite course for visitors and residents since 1973. Just minutes from the Gulf beaches and short drives from St.Petersburg and Tampa, the Tides provides easy access from Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. With a newly-renovated clubhouse and a course always in impeccable condition, the Tides will provide an enjoyable golfing experience. Check the courseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Web site for lowest rates.

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STATISTICS Par-72 Blue White Yellow

Yards 6329 6013 5320

Rating Slope 70.6 123 69.2 121 70.8 116

PERSONNEL Architect ............................. David Gill GM/Superintendent ......Louis deVos Head Pro .................... Darryl Spelich Map Key Number

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The Golf Club at Cypress Creek Ruskin, FL

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he Golf Club at Cypress Creek is one of the most scenic and challenging 18-hole championship golf courses in Florida. The recently-renovated golf course winds its way through 640 acres of protected woodlands and wetlands. Unique to Florida golf, the Golf Club at Cypress Creek has homes bordering only four holes. Come and experience golf the way it was meant to be played.

• Call Golf Shop at (813) 634-8888 for current rates. Visit our Website for special offers. • We specialize in leagues and corporate outings. Call the Golf Shop for rates and programs. STATISTICS Par-72 Black Blue White Gold Red

Yards 6833 6379 6009 5455 4667

Rating Slope 74.5 149 72.4 140 70.7 133 68.2 124 69.7 123

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Freedom Fairways Golf Course Sun City Center, FL (813) 633-GOLF www.brookdaleliving.com

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his well-maintained, challenging par-63 executive course winds around an abundance of lakes and through stands of pines and oaks. It features a mix of nine par 3s and nine par 4s ranging from 89 to 238 yards. Tight, tree-lined fairways and small greens place a premium on accuracy. Playing Freedom Fairways will definitely improve your short game. Open to the public. Memberships are available. 28

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Please call the Pro Shop at (813) 633-GOLF (4653) for current rates and group discounts DIRECTIONS Take I-75 to 674 exit (exit 240 from south; exit 240A from north). Go east to first light. Turn left then right at Upper Creek Dr. Follow to course on left. STATISTICS Par-63 Yards Rating Slope Gold 3210 56.0 78 Blue 2699 54.0 74 White 2393 54.1 73 Red 2022 51.0 67 PERSONNEL Pro Shop Manager ..........Bree Baker Superintendent……..Chris Driggers Map Key Number

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The Eagles Golf Club

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he Eagles Golf Club – carved out of 1,000 acres of Odessa, FL scenic woodlands, picturesque lakes and rolling terrain (813) 920-6681 – tests players of all skill levels. The club’s two 18-hole, www.eaglesgolf.com par-72 courses offer 36 of the most challenging and exhilaCall the Pro Shop at (813) 920-6681 rating holes of golf in the Tampa Bay area. The Champion for current rates. Tournaments, banquets, weddings and outings are Bermuda greens are often thought of as the best in the area. our specialties. The Lakes Course, measuring up to 7,150 yards, is STATISTICS – LAKES COURSE Par: 72 Yards Rating Slope your traditional Florida golf course. Bring your long game Black 7074 74.6 134 for it will be tested with par 3s measuring up to 232 yards Blue 6664 72.5 130 White 6323 70.9 127 and par 4s topping off at 462 yards. Red (Senior) 5375 66.0 114 Accuracy is placed at a premium on the Forest Course, Red (W) 5375 72.1 123 which features small greens and narrow landing areas. This STATISTICS – FOREST COURSE Par: 72 Yards Rating Slope course stretches to more than 6,700 yards. The Forest’s Black 6719 72.8 134 6215 70.3 130 signature hole, No. 6 with its island green, rivals the famed Blue White 5625 67.8 116 17th at TPC Sawgrass. Red (Senior) 4910 64.2 108 4901 69.6 117 The Eagles Golf Club is the place to hold your next out- Red (W) PERSONNEL ing. We host over 150 charity and corporate golf tournaArchitects .........Ron Garl/Gary Koch ments per year. The Eagles is one of the few golf facilities in GM/Dir. of Golf ..............Paul Holden Dir. of Instruction.............. Tom Shea the area with the ability to seat more than 200 participants Superintendent ................... Don Cox for after-golf banquets and parties. 17 Map Key Number Register at www.eaglesgolf.com for a free round.

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Heritage Harbor Golf & Country Club Lutz, FL (813) 949-4886 www.heritageharborgolf.com

Call The Pro Shop at (813) 949-4886 for current rates. Public welcome. Seven day advanced tee times.

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he Heritage Harbor Golf Club measures nearly 7,000 yards from the back tees and is one of the more challenging public course layouts in the Tampa Bay area. Four sets of tees have been incorporated into the design, making the course fun for golfers of all skill levels. Swirling winds and strategically-located bunkers will play havoc with the players of these finely manicured links. Course designers Jed Azinger and Gordon Lewis took extra care when laying out the course to preserve the wildlife in residence. Check www.heritageharborgolf.com for golf rates and coupons.

STATISTICS Par: 72 Champ. Blue White Red

Yards Rating Slope 6898 73.5 129 6053 69.4 117 5487 66.9 109 4773 68.2 116

PERSONNEL Architects ........................ Jed Azinger Gordon Lewis Pro Shop Manager .........John Panno Superintendent ............Jim Poertner Map Key Number

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Heritage Isles Golf & Country Club Tampa, FL (813) 907-7447 www.heritageislesgolf.com

Call the Pro Shop at (813) 907-7447 for current rates. Public welcome. Seven day advanced tee times.

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t 6,976 yards from the tips, Heritage Isles is one of the most demanding public golf courses in the Tampa Bay area. Four sets of tees provide opportunities for players of all skill levels to enjoy this scenic layout cut through native cypress heads and natural wetland areas. Come and enjoy the golf course, service-oriented staff, spectacular wildlife and fullyequipped golf shop. Public driving range and short game practice facility open seven days-a-week. Heritage Isles is located just minutes from I-75 on Cross Creek Blvd. in New Tampa..

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Pebble Creek Golf Club New Carts with Free Pro Link GPS

Tampa, FL (813) 973-3870 pebblecreekclub.com

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ew Champion Bermuda greens, new Australian Celebration tees, new bunkers, new carts with free GPS and an Irish Pub & Billiard Room. Experience the $2 million improvements of majestic, locally-owned, 18-hole Pebble Creek. Conveniently located in New Tampa three miles off I-275 near USF/Tampa Palms area. Spacious and serene in a preserve-like setting, surrounded by huge moss-draped oak trees, water on 16 holes and abundant wildlife. For golfers of all levels, Pebble Creek is challenging, yet enjoyable. Afternoon specials from $19. Sign up at pebblecreekclub.com. Open to all!

Practice with us at Ace Golf Driving Ranges Brandon ............... (813) 651-4653 Riverview.............. (813) 672-7750 STATISTICS Par-71 Yards Rating Slope Champ. 6436 71.1 127 Men 6032 69.1 122 Senior 5516 66.3 111 Ladies 5280 70.3 120 37 Map Key Number

Silver Dollar Golf Club Odessa, FL (813) 920-3884 www.silverdollargolf.com

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ilver Dollar is located in northwest Hillsborough County just a few minutes from Tampa, Clearwater and St. Petersburg. We have 27 holes of championship golf, providing excellent opportunities for walk-on and last-minute tee times. Facilities include driving range, three-hole practice course, chipping green, lounge, snack bar, beverage cart and some of the best greens in the area. Directions: Take SR 580 (Hillsborough Ave) to Race Track Rd., go north six miles to Patterson Rd., then go west three miles to course. 32

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Please call the Pro Shop at (813) 920-3884 for current rates. â&#x20AC;˘TOURNAMENTS WELCOME â&#x20AC;˘Tee times accepted 7 days in advance. STATISTICS Yards Gator/Panther PAR: 72 6489 Bobcat/Gator PAR: 73 6222 Panther/Bobcat PAR: 71 6139

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TPC Tampa Bay

Bernhard Langer 2010 Champion

TPC Tampa Bay is home to the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am.

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laying to a par-71, TPC Tampa Bay challenges the Lutz, FL (813) 949-0090 best players on the Champions Tour while providwww.tpctampabay.com ing a fun and memorable experience for players of all ages and abilities. The 18-hole design features the PGA Please call the golf shop at (813) 949--0090 Ext. 205 Tour’s trademark stadium mounding, numerous bunkers for current rates. and water hazards and large, undulating greens that com- STATISTICS Par: 71 Yards Rating g Sl Slope bine to provide both a visual treat and golfing adventure TPC 6898 73.6 135 that rewards the most accurate shot makers. Blue 6610 72.3 132 The property is also enhanced by a first-class practice Green 6332 71.0 129 White 6008 69.5 125 facility, an award-winning golf shop and the TPC Grille, Red 5036 69.7 119 open to the public for breakfast and lunch every day. LOCATION TPC Tampa Bay is located on Lutz Your chance to play the home course of the Outback Lake Fern Road, just ½ mile east of Steakhouse Pro-Am, one of the most successful tournaVeteran’s Expressway Exit #16 (15 minutes north of TIA). ments on the Champions Tour, is closer than you think. Now conveniently located just a half mile east of Veteran’s PERSONNEL General Manager....Brady Boyd, PGA Expressway exit No. 16, the club is only a 15-minute Head Pro ............... Justin Wink, PGA Director ...... Rick Weber, PGA drive from Tampa International Airport. Visit TPC Tampa Sales Superintendent ............ Jason Kubel Bay and experience first hand the standards of excellence Architects . Bobby Weed, Chi Chi Rodriquez Rated #13 Best Public Facility in for which the TPC Network is recognized throughout the North America by GolfWorld Magaindustry. All it takes is a phone call or visit to our Web site zine’s 2010 Reader’s Choice Poll. to reserve your starting time at one of the premier daily58 Map Key Number fee facilities in America.

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Summerfield Crossings Golf Club Riverview, FL (813) 671-3311 www.summerfieldgc.com BOOK ONLINE

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ummerfield Crossings is a links-style golf course that looks like the great layouts of Scotland. This championship course is unique with pot bunkers, waste areas and small, undulating greens. Facilities include a two-tiered driving range, putting and chipping greens and a practice bunker. Doc’s Grille offers a fullservice bar, golfer’s grill and full banquet facilities. Now featuring full-color GPS on every golf cart. No more pacing off yardage. GPS included with every round of golf.

Please call the Pro Shop at (813) 671-3311 for current rates • Open to the Public. • Great Membership values available. • A Brighton Golf Facility STATISTICS Par-71 Green Gold Black Silver

Yards 6903 6375 5779 5139

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Lexington Oaks Golf Club Wesley Chapel, FL (813) 907-7270 www.lexoaks.com

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ocated just 20 minutes north of downtown Tampa, Lexington Oaks has built a reputation as one of the best courses in the area. This challenging layout is 6,646 yards from the tips and is known for tough par 3s, fast greens, unparalleled fairways and difficult closing holes. Course conditioning and a commitment to customer service are top priorities and it shows. We invite you to visit our beautiful clubhouse and restaurant when you experience Lexington Oaks for your next round of golf. 34

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STATISTICS Par-72 Black Blue White Gold (M) Gold (L) Red

Yards 6646 6073 5617 5061 5061 4435

Rating Slope 72.5 136 69.6 126 67.2 123 64.4 111 69.8 114 66.1 104

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Westchase Golf Club

The Westchase Golf Club course winds through acres of lakes, woods and conservation areas.

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he Westchase Golf Club takes full advantage of Tampa, FL (813) 854-2331 its settingâ&#x20AC;Śnatural lakes and wetlands teemwww.westchasegc.com m ing with wildlife including an occasional gator. Florida golf at its best. The layout, designed by nationally-recognized architect Lloyd Clifton, winds through acres of lakes, For current rates or to reserve your woods, conservation areas and communities. Westtee time, visit us online at chase offers manicured greens surrounded by natural www.westchasegc.com or call the Pro Shop at (813) 854-2331. wetlands, wooden bridges and bulkheads. Discounted rates and free GPS With its 9,500-sq.-ft. clubhouse, full-service dining all year for Advantage Cardholder and up to 3 guests. room, and fully-stocked pro shop, Westchase offers a country club atmosphere along with first-class service. STATISTICS Par: 72 Yards Rating Slope The golf club has established itself as one of Tampa Blue 6699 72.6 131 Bayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best upscale public golf facilities. The National White 6233 70.6 127 Red 5205 70.8 127 Golf Foundation has ranked Westchase in the Top 10 nationally and No. 1 in the state of Florida in customer PERSONNEL Architect ........................ Lloyd Clifton loyalty and satisfaction. Gen. Man. ...........Clay Thomas, PGA Join our E-mail Club and be the first to receive Dir. of Golf ...........Clay Thomas, PGA e-specials on green fees, merchandise and more. Go to Head Pro ......... Richard Veghte, PGA Superintendent ......... Gene Roberts www.westchasegc.com and sign up today. 63 Map Key Number New Westchase Advantage Card Now Available. FALL/WINTER 2010-11

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Fox Hollow Golf Club

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ox Hollow Golf Club holds the enviable distinction of being the very last golf course in a long line of world famous layouts to be built and designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. Everywhere you turn, from the playerfriendly five sets of tees, to the rolling, undulating fairways, it’s vintage Robert Trent Jones Sr. But what really makes a Trent Jones Sr. golf course is the way it looks and feels — as though the piece of earth it occupies was always meant for the course he designed. Fox Hollow is no exception. Although it was necessary to move

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thousands of tons of dirt to create the gentle undulations and subtle elevation changes, it looks as though every blade of grass, every tree, every drop of water has been there since time immemorial. Since the course was designed more than 16 years ago, Fox Hollow Golf Club has grown and developed into one of the Tampa Bay area’s finest and most well-known semi-private clubs with one of Florida’s finest practice facilities and PGA Professional teaching staffs. All 18 greens and the practice putting green utilize SeaDwarf Seashore Paspalum turf. The greens run fast and true 365

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days a year because they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to be overseeded in cooler weather. Fox Hollow now has the finest quality, most environmentally-friendly greens in the Tampa Bay area. The 15,000-square-foot clubhouse features an upscale dining room to serve as an alternative to the more relaxed atmosphere at the Windows On The Green Tavern. Both the tavern and the dining room share the fantastic views of the 18 green, 10th tee and the beautiful 10-acre lake. The Windows on the Green dining room not only provides the perfect weekly dining destination, but also serves as an ideal location for private parties - including weddings. FALL/WINTER 2010-11

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10050 Robert Trent Jones Parkway New Port Richey, Florida 34655 On Little Road, three miles south of SR 54 www.golfthefox.com

STATISTICS: 18-Hole Championship Course, Par 71 Designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. TEE YARDS RATING SLOPE Black 7138 74.6 131 Blue 6801 72.8 127 White 6402 71.2 126 Gold (M) 6018 69.3 123 Gold (F) 6018 75.4 135 Red 5203 70.9 125

RESERVATIONS: For tee time reservations up to 6 days in advance, call (727) 376-6333, toll free (800) 943-1902 or online at www.golfthefox.com. Tournaments, Corporate Outings and Banquets are welcome. PGA instruction available.

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Links of Lake Bernadette Zephyrhills, FL (813) 788-7888 www.linksoflakebernadette.com

Please call the Pro Shop at (813) 788-7888 for current rates. Tee times up to 30 days in advance with credit card guarantee.

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h Li he Links combines water, sand and Pampas grass to create one of Tampa Bay’s most recognized golfing challenges. Rated ★★★ by Golf Digest Places to Play. Also listed as an “Excellent Value.” Only 25 minutes from downtown Tampa, the lush, well-manicured layout will excite golfers of all skill levels. When visiting the Tampa Bay area, the Links of Lake Bernadette is a “must play.” Visit their website at www.linksoflakebernadette.com for specials and promotions.

STATISTICS Par-71 Blue White Gold Red

Yards 6484 6044 5423 5031

Rating Slope 71.8 126 69.6 122 67.1 110 69.9 122

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Magnolia Valley Golf Club New Port Richey, FL (727) 847-2342 (727) 461-9596 Pinellas BOOK YOUR TEE TIME ONLINE www.magnoliavalleygolfclub.com

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agnolia Valley Golf Club exemplifies the tradition i of great golf experiences in the tropical climate of Florida. Whether you are looking for a new home course, a winter haven for golf, or the location of your next golf tournament, Magnolia Valley is your best bet. Magnolia Valley offers an 18-hole championship course and a 9-hole executive course that’s great for sharpening up your short game. Come and experience our pristine course conditions today. Visit www.magnoliavalleygolfclub.com for golf specials and promotions. 38

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• Check out our Web site or call the Pro Shop at (727) 847-2342 for current rates. • Call for information on membership specials, tournaments or league specials. • Tee times available up to 7 days in advance. STATISTICS Yards Rating Slope Championship (Cypress/Pines) Par-72 6166 70.3 127 Executive (Palms) Par-33 1808 Map Key Number

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Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club

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ake Jovita Golf & Country Club is the “must play” Dade City, FL (352) 588-9200 course in Florida. Surrounded by rolling hills, this 652 spectacular 36-hole facility was rated as one of the “Top Toll Free (877) 481-2652 com 10 New Upscale Courses” by Golf Digest and also owns a Golf www.lakejovitagolfcc.com Digest 4 ½-Star rating. Lake Jovita is a continued host of PGA TOUR Q-School STATISTICS: SOUTH COURSE since 2000. Located a 20-minute drive northeast of Tampa, PAR: 72 YARDS RATING SLOPE Lake Jovita is ideally situated just a few minutes from I-75. Gold 7153 74.8 136 Lake Jovita is blessed with rippling terrain and tall hard- Blue 6690 72.2 133 White 6206 69.9 123 woods that give it a North Carolina look. Freshwater lakes Red 5145 70.3 121 dot the landscape and quicken the pulse of an avid golfer. In STATISTICS: NORTH COURSE fact, the club’s South course features the longest natural drop PAR: 72 YARDS RATING SLOPE Gold 7226 74.9 134 of any course in the state—94 feet from tee to green on the Blue 6863 72.9 131 par-5 11th hole. White 6299 70.2 124 Tom Lehman, the PGA Tour star who designed Lake Red 5184 69.1 117 Jovita South, built greens with subtle, even confounding, STAFF & PERSONNEL Architects ..................Tom Lehman contours. The North Course – with its fast, true greens – Kurt Sandness boasts even more elevation changes than its sister course. General Manager .....Stephen Lee Lake Jovita offers several stay-and-play packages, as well Dir. of Golf ............... Jonathan Lee Superintendent ........ Roy Wilshire as daily tee times for those not staying on-site. Visitors can Membership & Villa Manager stay at privately owned three-bedroom/two-bath Club Villas overlooking the 18th green. A 32,000 sq. ft. clubhouse and a ...................................Sharon Gebhart 57 15-acre practice facility complement the courses. Map Key Number

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Plantation Palms Golf Club Land O’Lakes, FL (813) 996-7122 Toll Free: (866) 512-GOLF www.plantationpalms.net

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lantation Palms Golf Club provides every golfer with ith a challenging and rewarding golf experience. The linksstyle design has many elevation changes with greens framed by trees, water and large snow-white bunkers. The elevated greens are true-rolling and have good movement to challenge all golfers. Plantation Palms offers a practice facility where you can work on every phase of the game, a fully-stocked golf shop and a full-service dining room.

Please call the Pro Shop at (813) 996-7122 for current rates. Public welcome. Call for information about tournaments, charity and corporate events and banquets. Tee times available up to seven days in advance. STATISTICS Par-72 Blue White Gold Red

Yards 6824 6324 5924 5396

Rating Slope 73.4 139 71.1 135 69.3 131 71.8 130

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Silverado Golf & Country Club Zephyrhills, FL

Home of the Zephyrhills Open

(813) 788-1225 Toll Free (800) 853-4653 www.golfsilverado.com

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Yards 6671 5827 5036 4776

Rating Slope 70.9 113 66.8 110 63.0 106 66.8 114 48 Map Key Number

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Tampa Bay Golf & Country Club San Antonio, FL

New TifEagle Greens

(352) 588-5454

Please call the Golf Shop at (352) 588-5454 for current rates. Annual Memberships Now Available.

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he best of Pasco’s new championship golf courses. A challenging layout carved between beautiful lakes and conservation areas. With four sets of tees, the course is appealing to all golfers. Also featuring one of the area’s finest nine-hole executive courses. A great community offering all the amenities of country club living. Conveniently located 25 minutes from Tampa 1/8 mile west of I-75 at S.R. 52.

STATISTICS Par-72 Gold Blue White Red

Yards 6200 5835 5482 4632

Rating Slope 70.6 131 69.3 126 66.4 118 67.6 112

PERSONNEL Director of Golf ...... Rich Unger, PGA Head Pro .............Tom McKone, PGA Superintendent ..... Dennis Swander

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Brooksville Country Club Brooksville, FL

Play Our Quarry Holes

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World Woods Re-Opens Renovated Rolling Oaks Course

orld Woods Golf Club took one more step this past summer toward meeting its goal of being the Southeast’s best 36-hole golf complex. The Rolling Oaks Course, closed since June 1, reopens November 1 after a complete renovation. “Both courses at World Woods are in

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been re-surfaced with TifEagle Bermudagrass, chosen according to Cooke because “Tifeagle best suits the topography and character of Rolling Oaks. TifEagle is the proven grass with no mutations based on all the choices we tested.” While Rolling Oaks contouring remains the same, the greens have been restored to their original size. This is a 20 percent expansion in the size of the greens prior to renovations. The Pine Barrens course remains a par-71 and Rolling Oaks remains a par-72, but both courses have extensive new teeing grounds resulting in extended yardages for both courses. Pine Barren’s greens remain in immaculate condition. With the renovation, Rolling Oaks greens will run as true and as fast as those on Pine Barrens. World Woods has also added new cart paths throughout the facility and a new fleet of golf carts. The clubhouse has been totally refurbished and course restroom facilities have been renovated as well.

Brooksville, FL (352) 796-5500 www.worldwoods.com Call the Pro Shop at (352) 796-5500 for current rates or tee times, or book online. ROLLING OAKS STATISTICS Par: 72 Yards Rating Slope Elite 7279 – – Black 7032 73.9 132 Green 6520 71.5 125 White 6069 69.2 119 Red 5245 70.1 123 PINE BARRENS STATISTICS Par: 71 Yards Rating Slope Elite 7259 – – Black 6955 73.8 138 Green 6458 71.4 123 White 6032 69.6 119 Red 5301 71.0 124 PERSONNEL Architect ............................ Tom Fazio VP & Dir. of Golf ....Stan Cooke, PGA Head Golf Pro ... Scott Wyckoff, PGA Host Professional ...Rick Kelso, PGA Superintendent .......Jimbo Rowlings Map Key Number

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El Diablo Golf & Country Club Citrus Springs, FL (352) 465-0986 (877) 760-0839 www.eldiablogolf.com

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ocated in Citrus County, El Diablo offers a relaxing and unhurried atmosphere. You’ll find dramatic elevation changes, fairways carved through rich and lush pine forests, bunkers so steep and deep you’ll think you’re across the pond and multi-tiered greens as fast and undulating as any in Florida. El Diablo is a challenge for the body and a stimulus for the imagination! Rated 4 ½ of 5 Stars by Golf Digest 2008. Selected as best new affordable public course in America in 1999.

Please visit our Web site at www.eldiablogolf.com or call the pro shop at (352) 465-0986 or toll free (877) 760-0839. STATISTICS Par-71 Gold Silver Blue White White (L) Red

Yards 7045 6688 6232 5654 5654 5144

Rating Slope 75.3 147 73.7 136 71.7 130 68.7 121 73.0 124 69.8 117

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The River Club Bradenton, FL

Garmin GPS on Every Cart!

(941) 751-4211 www.riverclubgc.com

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easuring more than 7,000 yards from the back tees, River Club is considered one of the more challenging layouts in the area. Two distinctive nines incorporate rolling fairways with plenty of mounding on the front; and dense woods with undulating, rolling greens on the back. To add to the playability, the Ron Garl-designed 18-hole championship course has incorporated all new state-of-theart Jones Dwarf greens. Rated ★★★★ by Golf Digest.

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DIRECTIONS Conveniently located one mile east of I-75 (exit 217), only minutes from Sarasota, Tampa and St. Pete. STATISTICS Par-72 Gold Blue White Green Red

Yards 7031 6621 6102 5495 5056

Rating Slope 74.4 144 72.1 137 69.6 128 71.7 130 69.7 120

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his gem, designed by renowned golf course architect Weeki Wachee, FL (352) 596-7888 Arthur Hills, offers an extraordinary golfing experience well worth the trip from anywhere in the Tampa (800) 232-1363 www.dunesgolfclub.com Bay area. Recently renovated, the Dunes features all-new TifDwarf Bermuda grass greens, new cart paths and an updated irrigation system. American Owned The dramatic rolling terrain is dominated by intimidating and Operated native sand dunes and a mature planned pine forest. Golfers Please call the Pro Shop for current rates. Corporate and Charican expect to encounter native wildlife such as wild turkey, table Outings are welcome. gopher tortoises, fox squirrels and the occasional deer or STATISTICS coyote. Par-72 Yards Rating Slope The golf course is a blend of modern day and old ScotBlack 7139 74.0 132 6744 72.2 129 tish design with the addition of trees. All vegetation is indig- Blue White 6222 69.8 122 enous to the area. You’ll find no palm trees at the Dunes. Gold 5613 66.9 115 Red 5007 68.8 113 Our friendly staff is committed to making your day at PERSONNEL the Dunes an enjoyable one. Ask about our “Preferred Player Architect................................Arthur Hills Director of Golf ......................Jim Cocchi Program.” The Dunes is located on U.S. Highway 19, 10 Teaching Pro ......Walter Newell, PGA miles north of S.R. 50 and Weeki Wachee. Superintendent .............Roger Edwards For information regarding Stay & Play group packages at Plantation Golf Resort & Spa, contact Starla Hayes toll Map Key Number 26 free at (800) 524-7733.

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he new 27-hole championship golf course at River Strand, designed by world-renowed architect Arthur Hills, offers a first-class golf experience that will be challenging for the low handicap golfer, yet fair and fun for the less-accomplished player. The Manatee River and its tidal water areas are incorporated into several holes making the coursee a remarkable and memorable experience. River Strand is meticulously maintained and its practice facilities provide the opportunity to practice all aspects of your game.

STATISTICS ESTUARY/SANCTUARY PAR: 72 Yards Rating Slope GOLD 7113 74.7 140 TRIBUTARY/ESTUARY PAR: 72 Yards Rating Slope GOLD 6854 73.1 135 SANCTUARY/TRIBUTARY PAR: 72 Yards Rating Slope GOLD 6687 72.2 135

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Imperial Lakewoods Golf Club

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or the most satisfying golf experience in the Tampa Imperial Lakewoods Bay area, visit the Imperial Lakewoods Golf Club in Golf Club Palmetto, FL Palmetto. Family-owned and operated and superbly conditioned year-round, Imperial Lakewoods offers www.ILWGC.com (941) 747-4653 Pro Shop championship-caliber golf at reasonable rates. Five sets of (800) 642-2193 tees offer a challenge to golfers of all levels. The 600-yard (941) 723-3655 Restaurant par-5 18th – Imperial’s signature hole – is regarded among Tee Times online: the finest holes found anywhere in Florida and considered 24 hours a day/7 days a week. by The Herald as the best golf hole in the area. STATISTICS Par: 72 Yards Rating Slope The lakeside restaurant is open for breakfast and Champs/Gold 7019 73.9 136 lunch. Reserve the dining room with full bar for weddings Mens/Blue 6802 72.9 132 Mens/White 6225 71.0 126 and banquets. Mens/Silver 5602 69.9 118 Our friendly staff will help to ensure that all our Ladies/Red 5275 69.9 117 guests feel like members. Membership opportunities are PERSONNEL currently available for 2009 at 2008 rates, with no initiaArchitect .........................Ted McAnlis GM’s ......................Ric & John Cueto tion fee! PGA Golf Pro ...................Tracy Lowry Imperial Lakewoods is conveniently located within Supert. .................Gregg Richardson Teaching Pros. ............Tracy Lowry 30 minutes of St. Petersburg, Tampa and Sarasota at the Patrick Walsh, Susan Grams intersection of I-275 and I-75 at Exit 229. Food & Beverage ...........Eric Richard Map Key Number 24

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he Club at Eaglebrooke golf course was designed by renowned architect Ron Garl and opened for play in 1996. Located in southern Polk County, Eaglebrooke is convenient to the Tampa Bay area. From the lush, rolling fairways to the meticulously manicured greens you know youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve found a treasure as soon as you approach the first tee. Undulating fairways meander along bunkers and scenic lakes to multi-leveled greens giving this championship golf course a challenging yet forgiving appeal. With six sets of tees, every level of golfer from the beginner to the more experienced player will find just the right challenge. Golf Digest has consistently rated Eaglebrooke Four and OneHalf stars and has designated the course as one of the Best Places To Play for the past nine years. Currently semi-private, Eaglebrooke is a full service country club committed to the highest standards. Eaglebrookeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s professional team can arrange golf outings and events as well as teaching clinics held independently or combined with meetings, seminars or other banquet events. Individual instruction is also available. Our Head Golf Professional has achieved a Class A rating from the PGA.

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Please call the Pro Shop at (863) 701-0201 for current rates. STATISTICS Par-72 Course#1 Course#2 Course#3 Course#4(M) Course#4(L) Course#5(M) Course#5(L) Course#6(M) Course#6(L)

Yards Rating Slope 7030 74.4 138 6663 72.3 133 6316 70.8 126 6000 69.3 122 6000 74.3 137 5577 66.9 117 5577 71.1 125 5009 64.0 110 5009 67.9 117

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he Dent/Bradshaw School of Golf has brought world-class instruction to the Tampa Bay area for more than 15 Years. Director of Instruction, Rick Bradshaw is a two-time (2004 & 2006) Teacher of the Year for the West Central Chapter and North Florida Section PGA. Bradshaw has been featured four times on the Golf Channel. Jim Dent is a 35-year Tour professional, winning 12 times on the Champions Tour.

(813) 220-8099 At Heritage Isles Golf & CC www.tourexperience.com

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(727) 819-9333 12647 U.S. Hwy. 19 North, Hudson

Steve’s World of Golf features a full line of TaylorMade golf equipment. They also specialize in custom-fitted clubs and have a great selection of pro-line golf sets, bags, shoes, putters and gloves, all at discount prices. Ask a sales associate about Steve’s 90-day warranty on all golf clubs. Complete club repair center on site. Blue Collar Golf

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(727) 542-9228 11616 Seminole Blvd., Largo

Club repair, custom-fitted clubs, bags, putters, gloves & accessories at affordable prices. We re-shaft, re-grip and repair. Blue Collar Golf carries name brands such as Bang, Krank Golf, I-Drive, Accuflex, & Lamkin. Indoor hitting cage with Zelocity Pure Launch Monitor System to analyze your swing. We are certified by Ralph Maltby School. Visit www.bluecollargolf.net.

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The Golf Place has moved to Fairway Oaks Plaza in Hudson. Owners Ron & Penney Tomaszewski have added a new 16’ x 18’ synthetic putting green and expanded 15’ x 25’ Fitting/Hitting area. Ron is an authorized Ping Club Fitter. They sell new clubs, take in trades and have a good selection of used clubs.

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PG.

(813) 651-4653 (813) 672-7750 (727) 480-9049 (727) 216-6389 (813) 854-4946 (813) 220-8099 (727) 584-8088 (727) 893-7800

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Golf Equipment Manufacturer Equipment, Access. Equipment, Access. Equipment, Access. Equipment, Access. Apparel, Shoes Equipment, Access. Custom Clubs, Repairs Equipment, Repairs Used & Custom Clubs, Repairs New & Used Clubs, Repairs

MAP KEY ENTERTAINMENT/SERVICES

LOCATION

Driving Range Driving Range Golf School Driving Range Driving Range/OTG Golf School Driving Range Lessons, Schools

Clear Water Largo Palm Harbor Tampa Brandon Tampa Hudson Largo Hudson Oldsmar Tampa

LOCATION

PHONE

PG.

(727) 726-5737 (727) 542-9228 (727) 787-1234 (813) 960-5330 (813) 621-7775 (813) 265-8999 (727) 863-8019 (727) 586-4400 (727) 819-9333 (813) 855-5385 (813) 888-5433

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PHONE

PG.

Tampa Bay (727) 530-7226 Tampa Bay (352) 277-5007 Tampa Bay (813) 689-7200 Tampa Bay (800) 605-2582 Tampa Bay (727) 942-9876 LOCATIONteeofftampabay.com PHONE Tampa Bay

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COURSE

YDS./REG.

YDS./CH

PHONE

PG.

PINELLAS COUNTY 1

Airco GC

Public

6,635-5,703/72

(727) 573-4653

20

13690 Stoneybrook Dr., Clearwater 33763; Adjacent to St. Pete/Clearwater Airport. 10

Baypointe GC

Public

3,167-2,384/63

(727) 595-2095

20

(727) 581-5498

21

9399 Commodore Dr., Seminole 33776; Ulmerton west to Oakhurst. 4

Belleview Biltmore Golf Club Semi-Private

44

Brooker Creek GC

6,614-5,143/71

1501 Indian Rocks Rd., Belleair, FL 33576; East Bay W. to Indian Rocks Rd., then North to course. Semi-Private

6,540-5,245/72

(727) 784-7606

22

1100 Tarpon Woods Blvd., Palm Harbor 34685; On Eastlake Rd. 2 mi. north of Tampa Rd. 12

Chi Chi Rodriguez Golf Club

Public

5,454/3,929/69

(727) 726-4673

22

3030 McMullen Booth Rd., Clearwater 33761; 1/4 mi.n. of SR 580 on west side of McMullen Booth Rd. 71

Clearwater CC

Semi-Private

6,225-5,312/72

(727) 443-5078

23

525 N. Betty Lane, Clearwater 33755; On corner of Drew St. and N. Betty Lane 18

Cove Cay Country Club

Semi-Private

6,161-4,704/70

(727) 535-1406

24

2612 Cove Cay Dr., Clearwater, FL 33760; Off U.S. 19 1 mile north of East Bay Dr. 30

Cypress Links

Municipal

1,311/27

(727) 551-3333

23

875 62nd Ave., NE, St. Petersburg 33702; On 62nd Ave. N. 1 mile east of 4th St. 49

Dunedin Golf Club

Semi-Private

6,605-5,433/72

(727) 733-7836

24

1050 Palm Blvd., Dunedin 34698; East of U.S. Alt. 19 and South of Curlew Rd. 9

East Bay Golf Club

Semi-Private

6,462-5,193/71

(727) 581-3333

25

(727) 572-6677

18&19

702 Country Club Dr., Largo 33771; 2 miles west of US 19 off East Bay Dr. 5

Feather Sound Country Club Private

21

Isla Del Sol Yacht & CC

6,921-5,122/71

2201 Feather Sound Dr., Clearwater 33762; Take Ulmerton Rd. (SR 688) to Feather Sound Dr. Turn north to course. Private

6,207-4,806/71

(727) 864-2417

15

6000 Sun Blvd., St. Petersburg 33715; 54th Ave. S., 3 miles west of U.S. Hwy 19. 79

Largo Golf Course

Municipal

3,335-2,655/62

(727) 518-3024

25

12500 131st St. N., Largo 33770; 4 blocks north of SR 688 on 131st St. North. 64

Mainlands GC

Public

4,803-4,180/67

(727) 577-4847

26

9445 Mainlands Blvd. W., Pinellas Park 33782; US 19 N., 1 mile north of Park Blvd. 30

Mangrove Bay GC

Municipal

6,656-5,176/72

(727) 893-7800

23

875 62nd Ave., NE, St. Petersburg 33702; 62nd Ave., North 1 mile east of 4th St. 98

Pinecrest GC

Semi-Private

2,235-2,029/55-56

(727) 584-6497

26

1200-8th Ave., S.W. Largo 34640; 8th Ave., S.W. 1 1/2 miles west of Seminole Blvd. 22

Seminole Lake Country Club Semi-Private

32

Tarpon Springs Golf Course

6,601-5,536/72

(727) 391-3318 Reply Card

6100 Augusta Blvd., Seminole 33777; Part St. N. to Augusta Blvd., south to course. Municipal

6,105-5,338/72

(727) 934-5191

27

1310 S. Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs 34689; On Alt. 19 one mile north of Klosterman Rd. 23

Tides Golf Club

Semi-Private

6,329-5,449/72

(727) 393-8483

27

11832 66th Ave., N., Seminole 34642; 66th Ave. N., 1 mile west of Alt. US 19.

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COURSE

Twin Brooks GC

YDS./REG. Municipal

YDS./CH

2,016/54

PHONE

PG.

(727) 893-7445

23

3800 22nd Ave. S., St. Petersburg 33711; 22nd Ave. S.; 1/2 mile west of US 19

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY 53

Babe Zaharias Golf Course

Municipal

6,244-5,256/70

(813) 631-4374

31

11412 Forest Hills Dr., Tampa 33612; I-275 to Fowler Ave. exit, west 2 miles. 25

Buckhorn Spring G&CC

Private

6,888-5,000/72

(813) 689-7766

17

6,839-4,640/72

(813) 634-8888

28

2721 S. Miller Rd. Valrico 33596 16

Cypress Creek Golf Club

Semi-Private

1011 Cypress Village Blvd., Ruskin 33573; I-75 Exit 240A east to first light. Turn left to course. 17

The Eagles Golf Club

Semi-Private

The Forest 6,719-4,910/72;

The Lakes 7,074-5,375/72

36 holes

(813) 920-6681

28

16101 Nine Eagles Dr., Odessa 33556; SR 584 to Race Track Rd., north 3 miles. 38

Freedom Fairways GC

Semi-Private

3,267-2,056/63

(813) 633-GOLF

28

3940 Upper Creek dr. Sun City Center 33573; I-75 exit 240 to 1st light. Turn left then right at Upper Creek Dr. 87

Heritage Harbor G & CC

Public

6,898-4,773/72

(813) 949-4886

30

19502 Heritage Harbor Pkwy., Lutz 33549; North on Dale Mabry to Lutz Fern Rd., west to course. 91

Heritage Isles G&CC

Public

6,976-4,832/72

(813) 907-7447

30

10630 Plantation Bay Dr., Tampa 33647; Take Bruce R. Downs Blvd. to Cross Creek Blvd., east 3 1/2 miles. 37

Pebble Creek Golf Club

Semi-Private

6,436-5,280/71

(813) 973-3870

32

10550 Regents Park Dr., Tampa 33647; Bruce B. Downs Blvd. 7 miles north of Bearss Ave. 54

Rocky Point Golf Course

Municipal

6,450-5,172/71

(813) 673-4316

31

4151 Dana Shores Dr., Tampa 33614; 2 miles west of Tampa Int’l Airport off Memorial Hwy. 55

Rogers Park Golf Course

Municipal

6,855-6,215/72

(813) 356-1670

31

(813) 920-3884

32

7910 N. 30th St., Tampa 33610; I-275 to Sligh exit, east to 30th Street. 47

Silver Dollar Golf Club

Public

27 Holes

Bobcat/Panther 6,489/72; Panther/Bobcat 6,139/71; Bobcat/Gator 6,222/72 12711 Silver Dollar Dr., Odessa 33556; SR 584 to Race Track Rd., north 6 miles to Patterson Rd. West 3 miles. 51

Summerfield Crossings GC

Semi-Private

6,903-5,139/71

(813) 671-3311

34

13050 Summerfield Blvd., Riverview 33568; 1-75 to exit 246, east 2 miles on Big Bend Rd. 58

TPC Tampa Bay

Daily Fee

6,898-5,036/71

(813) 949-0090

33

5300 Lutz-Lake Fern Rd., Lutz 33549; North on Dale Mabry to Lutz - Lake Fern Rd., West to course. 63

Westchase Golf Club

Public

6,710-5,205/72

(813) 854-2331

35

11602 Westchase Golf Dr., Tampa 33626; Take Veteran’s Expressway to exit 7. Go west on Linebaugh Ave. 3.5 miles

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The Club at Eaglebrooke

Semi-Private

7,030-5,009/72

(863) 701-0201

50

1300 Eagle Brooke Blvd., Lakeland 33813; S. Florida ave. to 540A, then east to course

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YDS./CH

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PASCO COUNTY 66

Fox Hollow Golf Club

Semi-Private

7,138-4,454/71

(727) 376-6333

36&37

10050 Robert Trent Jones Pkwy., New Port Richey 34655; On Little Rd., 3 miles south of SR 54. 80

The Groves G&CC

Semi-Private

4,019-3,001/65

(813) 996-0161

75

7924 Melogold Cir., Land O’ Lakes 34639; On US 41, 6 miles north of SR 54. 76

Lexington Oaks Golf Club

Semi-Private

6,724-4,515/72

(813) 907-7270

74

(813) 788-7888

38

(727) 847-2342

38

26133 Lexington Oaks Blvd., Wesley Chapel 33544; 1 mile west of I-75. 70

Links of Lake Bernadette

Semi-Private

6,392-5,031/71

5430 Links Lane Rd., Zephyrhills 33541; On SR 54, 9 miles east of I-75. 34

Magnolia Valley Golf Club

Semi-Private

6,106-4,869/71

7223 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey 34653; Located 4 miles east of US 19. 99

Plantation Palms GC

Daily Fee

6,824-5,396/72

(813) 996-7122

40

23253 Plantation Blvd., Land O’ Lakes 34639; I-75 to SR 54, 7 miles west to Collier Pkwy. North 1 mile. 48

Silverado G&CC

Semi-Private

6,663-5,200/72

(813) 788-1225

40

36831 Clubhouse Dr., Zephyrhills 33541; S.R. 54 east 6 miles to Eiland Blvd. North 3 miles. 28

Tampa Bay G&CC

Semi-Private

6,212-4,516/71

(352) 588-5454

41

10641 Old Tampa Bay Dr., San Antonio 33576; I-75 to S.R. 52 West 1/8 mile.

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Brooksville CC

Semi-Private

6,752-5,402/72

(352) 796-8879

41

23446 Links Dr., Brooksville 34601; US Hwy. 41 to Croom Rd., East 1.2 miles. 26

The Dunes Golf Club

Semi-Private

7,195-5,034/72

(352) 596-7888

45

18200 Seville Clubhouse Dr., Weeki Wachi 34614; On U.S. 19 N. about 10 miles north of S.R. 50. 46

Hernando Oaks GC

Semi-Private

6,915-5,099/72

(352) 799-9908

17

5230 Delacroix Dr., Brooksville 34604; Take Veterans Expwy. to Spring Hill Dr, Go east to 41, then north 1.4 mi. 77

Southern Hills Plantation

Private

7,153-5,205/72

(352) 277-5000

17

5374 Broad St.(US 41), Brooksville 34604; Take Veterans Expwy to Spring Hill Dr., go east to 41, then north 2 miles 81

World Woods GC

Public

36 Holes

(352) 796-5500

42 & 43

Rolling Oaks 6,935-5,441/72; Pine Barrens 6,902-5,301/71 17590 Ponce De Leon Blvd., Brooksville 34614; Hwy. 98, 5 miles east of U.S. Hwy 19.

CITRUS COUNTY 82

El Diablo Golf & CC

Semi-Private

7,045-5,144/72

(352) 465-0986

44

10405 N. Sherman Dr., Citrus Springs 34434; Take U.S. Hwy. 41 North to Citrus Springs Blvd. N, turn right, follow signs

MANATEE COUNTY 24

Imperial Lakewoods GC

Semi-Private

7,019-5,275/72

(941) 747-4653

47

(941) 751-4211

44

6807 Buffalo Rd. Palmetto 34221; I-75 to exit 229, then east to course. 43

River Club

Semi-Private

7,026-5,157/72

6600 River Club Blvd., Bradenton 34202; 1 mile east of I-75 off SR 70. (Exit 217). 74

River Strand G&CC

Semi-Private

27 Holes

(941) 708-3617

46

Estuary/Sanctuary 7,113/72; Tributary/Estuary 6,854/72; Sanctuary/Tributary 6,687/72 7155 Grand Estuary Trial, Bradenton 34212; I-75 to Exit 220, east on SR 64.

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GOLF COURSES NOT FEATURED IN THIS ISSUE OF GOLFER’S GUIDE COURSE TYPE LOCATION PHONE COURSE TYPE LOCATION PHONE

PINELLAS COUNTY

HERNANDO COUNTY

Bardmoor GC SP Bayou Club PV Belleair CC PV Clearwater Executive P Countryside CC PV Cypress Run GC PV East Lake Woodlands CC PV Highland Lakes GC PV Lansbrook GC SP Palm Hill SP Pasadena Y&CC PV St. Andrews Links P St. Petersburg CC PV Treasure Bay Golf & Tennis M Vinoy Club R/PV Wentworth GC PV Innisbrook Resort & Golf Club R/PV

Largo Largo Belleair Clearwater Clearwater Tarpon Springs Oldsmar Palm Harbor Palm Harbor Largo St. Petersburg Dunedin St. Petersburg Treasure Island St. Petersburg Tarpon Springs Palm Harbor

(727) 392-1234 (727) 399-1000 (727) 442-0229 (727) 447-5272 (727) 796-2153 (727) 937-3191 (727) 784-8576 (727) 785-9819 (727) 786-7333 (727) 581-1710 (727) 381-7922 (727) 738-2905 (727) 867-2111 (727) 360-6062 (727) 896-8000 (727) 942-4760 (727) 942-2000

HILLBOROUGH COUNTY Apollo Beach GC Avila Golf & CC Bloomingdale GC Caloosa CC Cheval G&CC The Claw at USF Club Renaissance Countryway GC Diamond Hill CC Emerald Greens G&CC Hunter’s Green CC MacDill Air Force Base GC Northdale G&TC Old Memorial Golf Club Palma Ceia G & TC River Hills CC Riverside GC Sun City Courses Tampa Palms G&CC Temple Terrace G&CC Walden Lake G&CC

SP PV SP PV PV P SP SP SP PV PV MIL SP PV PV PV SP PV PV PV SP

Apollo Beach Tampa Valrico Sun City Lutz Tampa Sun City Tampa Valrico Tampa Tampa Tampa Tampa Tampa Tampa Valrico Ruskin Sun City Center Tampa Temple Terrace Plant City

(813) 645-6212 (813) 961-1754 (813) 685-4105 (813) 634-2870 (813) 949-4231 (813) 632-6893 (813) 642-9091 (813) 854-1182 (813) 689-7219 (813) 961-1381 (813) 973-1000 (813) 840-6905 (813) 962-4028 (813) 926-8888 (813) 253-3061 (813) 653-1554 (813) 645-2000 (813) 634-3311 (813) 972-1991 (813) 988-2601 (813) 754-8575

St. Leo Bayonet Point Holiday Hudson New Port Richey Hudson Hudson Spring Hill New Port Richey Wesley Chapel Dade City Hudson New Port Richey Zephyrhills New Port Richey New Port Richey New Port Richey Port Richey Dade City Zephyrhills

(352) 588-2016 (727) 868-9528 (727) 934-7317 (727) 861-1645 (727) 372-5281 (727) 868-1091 (727) 856-2878 (813) 996-2630 (727) 847-4762 (813) 973-1111 (352) 567-7600 (727) 863-1214 (727) 376-0035 (813) 780-7637 (727) 849-7675 (727) 856-0771 (727) 372-0789 (727) 863-1072 (352) 567-6622 (813) 782-0714

PASCO COUNTY The Abbey at St Leo’s SP Beacon Woods GC SP Forest Hills CC P Heritage Pines CC PV Heritage Springs CC PV The Links GC SP Meadow Oaks G&CC SP Quail Ridge G&CC SP River Ridge GC SP Saddlebrook Resort R/PV Scotland Yards SP Sea Pines GC SP Seven Springs G & CC SP Southport Springs GC SP Springer’s Gulf Harbors GC P Summertree GC SP Timber Greens CC SP Timber Oaks GC SP Town & Country GC SP Zephyrhills GC M

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Brookridge CC Glen Lakes CC The Heather G & CC High Point Golf Club Oak Hills GC The Quarry Ridge Manor Oaks Rivard G & CC Sherman Hills GC Silverthorn CC Timber Pines CC

PV PV SP PV SP P SP SP P SP PV

CITRUS COUNTY

Black Diamond Rch G & CC PV Citrus Hills G & CC SP Citrus Springs CC SP Inverness G & CC PV Lakeside CC SP Plantation Inn R/SP Point O’ Woods GC SP Pine Ridge GC SP Seven Rivers G & CC PV Skyview at Terra Vista SP Southern Woods CC PV Sugarmill Woods CC PV Twisted Oaks GC SP

Brooksville Brooksville Brooksville Brooksville Spring Hill Brooksville Ridge Manor Brooksville Brooksville Brooksville Spring Hill

(352) 596-8161 (352) 597-1118 (352) 596-2019 (352) 596-0833 (352) 683-6830 (352) 544-5495 (352) 608-4800 (352) 796-1410 (352) 544-0990 (352) 799-4653 (352) 666-2311

Lecanto Hernando Citrus Springs Inverness Inverness Crystal River Inverness Beverly Hills Crystal River Hernando Homosassa Homosassa Beverly Hills

(352) 746-3446 (352) 746-4425 (352) 489-5045 (352) 637-2526 (352) 726-1461 (800) 632-6262 (352) 726-3113 (352) 746-6177 (352) 795-2100 (352) 746-3664 (352) 382-5996 (352) 382-2663 (352) 746-6257

POLK COUNTY

Bartow GC M Bartow (863) 533-9183 Bramble Ridge GC P Lakeland (863) 667-1988 The Golf Club at Bridgewater P Lakeland (863) 682-3000 Cleveland Heights P Lakeland (863) 682-3277 Cypress Greens GC SP Lake Alfred (863) 956-4179 Cypresswood G&CC PV Winter Haven (863) 324-6174 Cypress Lakes G&CC SP Lakeland (863) 859-6871 Deer Creek SP Davenport (832) 424-3153 Diamondback GC SP Haines City (863) 421-0437 Four Lakes P Winter Haven (863) 291-0930 Grasslands G&CC PV Lakeland (863) 680-1600 The Hamptons GC P Auburndale (863) 666-8442 Highland Fairways PV Lakeland (863) 858-0947 Highlands Reserve P Davenport (863) 420-1724 Huntington Hills P Lakeland (863) 859-3689 Imperialakes G&CC PV Imperialakes (863) 425-1154 Indian Lakes G&CC SP Indian Lake Est. (863) 692-1514 Lake Henry GC PV Winter Haven (863) 299-2683 Lake Region Y&CC PV Winter Haven (863) 324-4579 Lake Wales CC PV Lake Wales (863) 676-6519 Lily Lake Golf Resort SP Frostproof (863) 635-2676 Lone Palm PV Lakeland (863) 499-5481 Oakwood GC P Lake Wales (863) 676-8558 Par 3 Golf Center P Lakeland (863) 686-0613 Polo Park GC SP Davenport (863) 424-3341 Polo Park East GC P Davenport (863) 424-0093 Providence SP Davenport (863) 420-2652 The Reservation P Mulberry (863) 425-3818 Ridgewood Lakes G&CC P Davenport (863) 424-8688 River Ranch GC P Lake Wales (863) 692-1321 Sandpiper GC SP Lakeland (863) 859-5461 Schlamar Creek CC SP Lakeland (863) 666-1623 Skyview G&CC P Lakeland (863) 66504008 Southern Dunes G&CC SP Haines City (863) 632-6400 Stonegate GC SP Poinciana (863) 622-6660 Sun Air Resort &CC R Haines City (863) 439-4958 Sweetwater Golf & TC SP Haines City (863) 956-5530 Wedgewood GC SP Lakeland (863) 858-4451 Willowbrook GC M Winter Haven (863) 291-5899 SP-Semi-private, PV-Private, P-Public, M-Municipal, R-Resort, MIL-Military

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GOLFER’S GUIDE NEWS Local Golf News from the Greater Tampa Bay Area ■ Golfweek’s GOLFEST Coming to Tampa February 19-20 Golfweek is proud to announce that a third Golfest, in partnership with the Transitions Championship, will be held in Florida this winter. This popular demo day and golf lifestyle extravaganza will take place on Feb. 19-20, 2011 at The Downs Golf Practice Facility located at Tampa Bay Downs on Racetrack Road in Oldsmar. Golfest will feature a 15 to 17 golf club, shaft and ball company demo day along with booths from local golf courses and golf lifestyle companies. Throughout the weekend, enjoy special Golfest pricing from major golf equipment manufacturers and the on-site PGA Discount Pro Shop. Golf club trade-ins will be taken. While LPGA and World Golf Hall of Famer Annika Sorenstam will headline at the Main Stage on Sunday, Chuck “The Hitman” Hiter will entertain the crowd with his golf trick shots on Saturday. A total of 11 hours of local golf experts and celebrities will be on hand during the two-day event. Other Golfest activities will include free golf lessons given by PGA pros, games at the “Junior Golf Experience” where juniors can test their skills, and a $25,000 Putting Challenge. Food and beverages will be available. Tickets are available at several local golf courses and at The Downs Golf. Daily entry fee is $10, with juniors 16 and under free. Goody bags with discounted items and even a free round of golf at

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the fairway, we will help improve your game. We also welcome back this year the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am. Many of you will receive free tickets to this year’s event at TPC Tampa Bay April 11-17. A few lucky attendees will win the opportunity to walk inside the ropes and attend the VIP party where they can hang out with all of their favorite Champions Tour players and celebrities. If you have any questions, please contact our corporate office at (813) 689-7200 or visit www.floridaslargestgolfshow.com for all the latest developments. We welcome your feedback to help improve this great event. ■ Champions Tour Announces 2010 Tournament Awards, Outback Wins In Business Affairs Category The Champions Tour recently announced its best tournaments of the 2010 Champions Tour season. Five specific categories were recognized – the Presidents Award, the Players Award, the Tournament Business Affairs Award, the Outstanding Achievement Award and the Fan Favorite Award. The Champions Tour Tournament Business Affairs department voted the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am as the Best Tournament in 2010. The TBA team rates and grades several different categories that determine what makes a successful event, and the Outback Steakhouse ProAm, played for the 19th consecutive year at the TPC Tampa Bay in Lutz, Florida, earned the highest overall score. Despite a cancelled final round which allowed Bernhard Langer to claim the title, this tournament has a history of being one of the best on the Champions Tour. Congratulations to Tournament Director Amy Hawk and her staff for a job well done! 68

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■ Bright House Networks Challenge Golf Series Returns The 2011 Bright House Network Challenge Golf Series offers a chance of a lifetime for your foursome to win an opportunity to play with a Champions Tour professional in the Laser Spine Institute Challenge during the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am (valued at $25,000). The Laser Spine Institute Challenge will take place on April 13 and 14, 2011 at TPC Tampa Bay. For an entry fee of only $150 per person/$600 per foursome, per event, the Bright House Networks Challenge Golf Series offers two opportunities at two different courses to qualify and move forward into the final competition. Golfers 18 and older are eligible to participate. Two foursomes per qualifying event will move onto the finals at TPC Tampa Bay. The first qualifier will be a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start at East Lake Woodlands Country Club on Friday, Jan. 21, 2011. The second qualifier will be an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start at Hunter’s Green Country Club on Monday, Feb. 21, 2011. The second qualifier will be an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start at Hunter’s Green Country Club on Monday, Feb. 21, 2011. Players will be treated to a great gift package featuring tickets to the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am (valued at over $100). First and second place teams from each qualifier witll advance to finals to be held March 21, 2011 at TPC Tampa Bay. For more details, go to www.outbackproam.com. ■ Bob VanSweden’s Golf Repair Center Moves To St. Petersburg The Golf Repair Center has moved from Missing Links Driving Range in Largo to a new location in St. Petersburg at the corner of 23rd Avenue North and

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26th Street North, just west of the 22nd Avenue North Exit to I-275. The new location features a state-ofthe-art fitting studio complete with Flight Scope launch monitor. Outdoor fittings are also available at a nearby Pinellas County private golf club. Owner Bob VanSweden has been a master certified club fitter for over 20 years and the 2009 TaylorMade National Club Fitter of the Year. In addition to TaylorMade custom club fitting, Bob now offers a custom component line at very reasonable prices. The Golf Repair Center is a full-service repair shop offering regripping, reshafting, shaft spining and loft and lie adjustments. For more information, call (727) 321-4653 or visit www.golfrepaircenter.com. ■ Golf Provisions Relocates To Missing Links Driving Range Jeff Parrott, owner of Golf Provisions and a top 100 clubfitter worldwide for the past two years, has relocated to the pro shop at Missing Links driving range at 1201 East Bay Drive in Largo. Jeff is in his 35th year in the golf business in Pinellas County. Golf Provisions offers custom fit golf clubs, repairs, performance upgrades, putting labs and golf accessories, as well as outdoor launch monitor fittings. Jeff states: “I’ve fitted customers for years indoors using a net with great success. However, the ability to fit outdoors will make it easier for my clients to see instantly the difference in ball flight and direction that a change in shaft or loft can offer. With the teachers and golf school at the range, we should be able to round out a complete package for Missing Links customers.” Golf Provisions hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, 10 Continued on page 72

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a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays, and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays (in season). The phone number is still (727) 536-8117 and the website is www.golfprovisions.com. You can also e-mail Jeff at jeff@golf-shop.us.

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■ Terrace Hill Golf Club Tampa Bay’s Only Lighted Golf Course Did you ever have an irresistible urge to play golf and realize it’s getting dark outside? Well, there is one course in Tampa Bay that’s still open after the sun goes down. Terrace Hill Golf Club features a fully-lighted 9-hole, par-30 golf course as well as a lighted driving range. The course features six par 3s and three par 4s. The facility is located on Temple Terrace Highway, just east of 56th Street North in Temple Terrace. Terrace Hill’s practice facilities include chipping and putting greens and both artificial and natural turf hitting stations. PGA Professional Ken Juhn is available for private and group lessons as well as clinics. The recently remodeled and expanded clubhouse features a wide variety of golf equipment and accessories. Owned and operated by James and Cheryl Wetherington, Terrace Hill is also available for parties and group outings. For more information, or to book a tee time up to 8:45 p.m., call (813) 9854653 or visit www.thgcgolf.com. ■ People In The News • The Downs Golf Practice Facility is proud to announce that PGA Professional Justin Hill has joined their instructional staff at the Oldsmar facility. Justin is a graduate of the Ferris State PGM program and has been a PGA member since 2008. He comes to this top 100 range from GolfTEC where he was one of their top instructors, giving over 5,000 lessons in Continued on page 74

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■ Schedule of Events • The Getaway Classic Matt Sommers, a former Tampa Bay area golf pro, has put together a golf competition called “The Getaway Classic”. It’s a 4-person scramble concept with the grand prize a “Getaway” trip to the 2011 British Open at Royal St. George’s. Thirty-six teams will qualify for the finals that will be held at Sanctuary Ridge in Clermont on April 10, 2011. Team rules include: a cumulative handicap of 33 per team; each team is allowed to have one player under an 8 handicap; and PGA professionals will be allowed to play providing they have not played on any PGA Tours. For full details on the rules, go to www.getawaygolf.com. Event Schedule: Sun. Jan. 2

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• A Message From The Chapter President A new West Central Chapter “Grand Slam” was introduced in 2010 with the addition of three new major events: The Stableford, The Shootout and The Match Play. All were well attended and led to an exciting Player of the Year race in both regular and senior (50+) divisions. Major winners for 2010: Stableford: Ryan Hritz; Doug Brehme (Seniors) Shootout: Stan Cooke; John Greiner (Seniors) Chapter Championship: Stan Cooke; Lynn Janson (Seniors) Match Play: Tim Polce World Woods’ Stan Cooke was a double major winner this summer with his extra-hole victory in the Chapter Championship as well as winning the Shootout. Stan was also the Leading Money Winner in 2010 followed closely by Tim Polce and Shawn Gordon. The Player of the Year was Tim Polce from Pasadena Hills with Shawn Gordon coming in second. The Senior Player of the Year was Matt Mitchell followed by Fred Bender. The Senior Leading Money winner was Lynn Janson. CONGRATS to all winners. The chapter’s Gary Koch Pro-Junior event was held at Temple Terrace Country Club and was an outstanding success. It is an honor to have Gary as a member of our chapter and as host of the event. FALL/WINTER 2010-11

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Chapter Awards for 2010: Golf Professional of the Year: Jim Cocchi, The Dunes GC Teacher of the Year: Rick Sopka, Mangrove Bay GC Bill Stausbaugh Award (club relations): Jon Johnson, The Downs Golf Horton Smith Award ( education): Kennie Sims, Tampa Sports Authority Assistant of the Year: Brian Thornbury, Emerald Greens CC Merchandiser of Year (Private): John Greiner, The Club at Eaglebrooke Merchandiser of Year (Public): Richard Veghte, Westchase GC Merchandiser of Year (Resort): Rodney Green, Innisbrooke Resort Amateur of Year: Bill Gilkes Sales Representative of Year: Patrick Allen, Wilson President’s Plaque: Tom McCrary, Glen Lakes CC Dean Hedstrom Award: Jim Slattery, Belleair CC And finally, the new chapter board of officers would like to say a huge THANK YOU to outgoing President John Falcone. His six years of service has resulted in many great improvements to the chapter; we are now a stronger, closer, more educated group of professionals. The West Central Chapter is indeed a better chapter than it was six years ago! – Jon Johnson, incoming President

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How To Use The Long Putter Successfully

By Jim Cocchi, Cocchi PGA Director of Golf, The Dunes Golf Club

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’m an advocate of the long putter and have been since 1988. I find that it is particularly helpful for golfers who have putted well in the past and then completely lose their touch, something I see happen to a lot of good players. I feel that the ball rolls better with a longer putter then the standard shorter putter because the natural release of the clubhead produces immediate overspin. What I like about this approach is that it reduces anxiety, which automatically creates confidence. Since I have adopted this approach, I have never stood over a putt with doubt that I would make it. Putting with this putter is like stealing. It’s too easy! To use the long putter successfully, I recommend that it fit so that the butt end of the club rests snugly in the center of your chest. The butt end of the putter should stay in the same position throughout the putting stroke, acting as an anchor from which the club swings. The benefit of this style of putting is that there are fewer moving parts. Your top hand holds the putter close to the chest, while your bottom hand freely swings the putter. Imagine a pool player who stabilizes the cue with the front hand and uses the rear hand to generate the power and necessary feel and finesse. To me this is the same approach. I believe that our feel is in our hands 78

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and by using the long putter the dominating factor is in the bottom hand. Since the long putter may not be for everyone, I apply a different principle when teaching the conventional putting method. I recommend reducing hand action as much as possible so that your shoulders swing the putter head. I also recommend that you practice putt one-handed, first putting a few balls with your right hand, then a few with your left. Invariably, you will find that one hand has more control of distance and direction and feels better. The hand that has the best “feel” is the hand that should dominate the putting stroke: if your right hand is more dominate, concentrate on a right-hand stroke; if your left hand appears to be more dominate, concentrate on a left-hand stroke. I always suggest alternative styles if you’re not feeling confident. I recommend the cross-handed grip or – for right-handed players – a left-hand low grip. These styles help you rely on the use of your shoulders and not your hands in the putting stroke. ■ Jim Cocchi is the 2010 West Central Chapter PGA Golf Professional of the Year. To schedule a putting lesson, call Jim at (352) 238-0114.

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