Diamond Hill Golf Club Needs Polishing

Diamond Hill: 17th hole

The 17th hole is uphill par-5 with an open fairway. Favor the left side of fairway. A good drive can get you to the green in two. Don't overshoot green as a severe drop-off will take your ball.

This past weekend I made the trip with some friends to play Diamond Hill Golf Club.  I’ve wanted to play this course for a while, so I was disappointed that the condition of the course was a little rough. It was difficult to tell where the fairway ended and the rough started. The sand traps on the front 9 had not been raked when we went through, although the traps on the back 9 seemed to be a little better. The tees for the most part were in good shape but not cut, and the same was true with the greens which were also really slow.

The course has an 18-hole layout with some slight and severe dog legs to both the left and right.  Elevation changes both off the tee and to the greens added some interest. There are 4 sets of tees that ranging from 6800 yards from the tips to just over 5300 yards from the red tees. Water comes into play on only a few holes and, other than a couple fairway bunkers, sand only comes into play on your approach shots to several greens. There are several holes with blind tee shots where we couldn’t see the direction the hole was going. We relied on the group in front of us to see where to hit our tee shots.  We also had a hard time finding yardage markers.

The staff at check in was friendly and the pro shop was small but adequate. There is a driving range, which wasn’t in the best condition, with a putting green and chipping area right beside it. The cart had no GPS but was clean. There are water coolers on both nine’s to keep you hydrated, but there was no beverage cart.

We teed off a little before noon on a Saturday and after passing a slower group in front of us, we got around the course in just under four hours. The price was only $30 plus tax, but due to the conditions, I don’t think it was worth it.

Diamond Hill Golf Course is located 20 minutes from downtown Tampa in Dover, Florida. For more information go to www.diamondhillgolf.net .

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