Crescent Oaks CC Restored by New Owners

Crescent Oaks: 3rd hole

The 3rd hole is a medium to long par 3, all carry over water. Favor right side, better long than short.

I’d say that it has been at least 10 years since I played Crescent Oaks Country Club. It was private at the time, but I got on with a member and the course was in good shape then. Since the course was private, I never had an opportunity to play it again until now. Crescent Oaks closed down back in November of 2010 and was sold. After a major over-haul it re-opened in October of 2011 as a semi-private course, allowing public play.

The course winds through a gated community and features several holes with dog-legs, and many more with water hazards. On 14 of  18 holes, water can come into to play with drives, lay ups and forced carries, making these hazards a challenge from anywhere on the course. Straight and accurate drives are required to avoid the hazards and negotiate tight fairways.  Many of your second and third shots will also prove tricky. About average in length, the course boasts 7 sets of tees ranging from 5150 yards to just over 6900. 

Considering Crescent Oaks recently re-opened, and the time of year, the course was in good condition. The tee boxes were in good shape, as were the fairways and greens. The sand traps, clustered sporadically along the course, were in decent shape and raked. I think with a little more time, and the arrival of spring, they should be able to further improve the course condition. 

Our Saturday noon tee time was as early as we could get with members getting preferred tee times between 8 and noon. The pace-of-play was decent and in spite of being paired with two golfers who ‘just wanted to have fun,’ we managed to get through in just over 4 hours. Although it was a cold and windy day, I enjoyed the round and look forward to playing it again in better weather.

The price was $40, but we had a coupon for $5 off so it was $35 plus tax which is a good price for a semi-private course. There is a driving range for pre-round warm-ups, a chipping and bunker area to practice your short game, and a putting green by the first tee behind the range. Friendly staff at the fully stocked Pro Shop offered water with cups of ice to hydrate before the round, and water is also available on the course.

Now that the course is open to the public, I think it’s a new must-play for the Tampa area. Located in Tarpon Springs, it takes around 30 minutes to get there from downtown.  For more information go to www.crescentoaksgolf.com

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