Cheval Golf and Country Club Has Public Play With Private Feel

Cheval: 3rd hole

The 3rd hole is a medium length par 4 with water down right, out-of-bounds left. Accurate tee shot recommended.

Playing Cheval Golf and Country Club always gives you the feeling you’re playing at a private club. This could be due to the exclusive gated community where it’s located, or the consistently excellent condition of the course.  That being said, it is a little pricey. We played Sunday morning and the greens fee for me was $70, but a few of the other guys paid a lot less with a Paradise Golf Card. You can also find cheaper rates depending on time of day and day of the week.

Cheval can play long depending on your tee selection which range from over 7000 yards to a little over 5000. Choosing the right tees will help you better enjoy your game as this course can be difficult. Each 9 has plenty of challenges with dog-legs and plenty of water and sand that can come into play. Also, when you think you might have a short easy hole with wider fairways, your accuracy will come into play - as a friend said “the green is the size of a postage stamp.”

We teed off at 8:45 and finished by 12:30 which was a good pace of play for a foursome and a weekend morning. As usual the course was in great shape. The tees were nicely cut as were the fairways and greens which ran true. There also is an abundant amount of sand which was in good shape and nicely raked.

The staff was helpful and friendly. They have a driving range and a good size putting green for you to warm up on and get loose. They don’t have a GPS system in the cart but they have sprinkler heads with yardage markers throughout the fairways to help you get an idea for club selection.

Located north of downtown Tampa in Lutz, Cheval Golf and Country Club is easily reached. For directions and course information visit

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