Feather Sound Country Club is Private but Playable

Feather Sound: 16th hole

The par-4, 16th is a long hole with a slight dog-leg left. Second shot to elevated green.

In addition to a large selection of public and semi-private courses in the Tampa metropolitan area, there are also quite a few luxury private clubs.  If you want to get on these courses, you need to know a member, join a tournament, and sometimes they are accessible using the Paradise Golf Card or through other special promotions.  If you get an opportunity, it’s always fun to play the private courses to see if you’re missing anything.

Last week I played Feather Sound Country Club in Clearwater for the first time. The course is private, but we went with a friend who was going playing the course. It has a nice layout with a variety of open and generous fairways combined with some that are a little tight, with tree-lined fairways requiring the right club choice.  It is not a long course with six tee selections that go from just over 6900 yards to just over 5100, making the course playable for almost all skill levels. But with water coming into play on most holes and well placed fairway bunkers, choosing the right tees will make a big difference on how well you will enjoy your day. 

Feather Sound was in great shape, but being a private club you would expect that. The tees were cut and in good condition as were the fairways. The sand traps were raked and full with sand. The greens were also in good shape but tricky, with some two or three-tiered greens that were large and extremely fast. Getting my ball close to the hole on approach shots was a challenge. My friends enjoyed the course a lot, finding it very beautiful.  I enjoyed the wonderful condition of the course, but did find the found the layout and landscaping pretty typical for a Florida golf course and available on many good public courses in the area. 

The staff was friendly and helpful at sign-in. The practice facilities were good featuring a putting green with several hole locations giving a good idea of what you will face on the course. It also has a nice driving range with range balls and a chipping area. The carts have no GPS,  nor did they have any yardage books which is a little frustrating. You are able to get water with ice before you head out to keep you refreshed.

Our foursome played in just under 4 hours and the price for that day was $45 – not bad for a weekend round at any course, and definitely worth it for a peak at one of the Tampa area’s nicest private courses. Conveniently located 15 minutes from downtown Tampa, if you have an opportunity to play Feather Sound Golf Club, I would grab it. For more information go to www.feathersoundcc.com.

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