No Change is Good at Cheval Golf and Country Club


Cheval Golf & Country Club: 2nd hole

The 2nd hole is a nice dog-leg right, par 4. Watch for water on right.




I played at Cheval Golf and Country Club last week, almost exactly one year since my last visit.  It was like I had never left. What I like about this course is that it doesn’t change. It is consistently excellent and lives up to its reputation as one of the best private/public courses to golf in south Florida.

The course is still challenging. 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 nine has plenty of challenges with dog-leg holes and strategically placed water and sand hazards. Then, on holes like the 11th, you think you might have a short easy hole with a nice wide fairway, until you realize how small the green is.

It’s still in great condition. The tee boxes are cut, the fairways are in good shape, and the sand on the course is nicely raked and playable (not washed out, no foot prints). The greens ran true. It was just two of us and with a late morning tee time and we got around the course in just over three hours. This will change depending on when you play.

The staff is still friendly at the bag drop at check-in. They have a nice driving range and two greens for chipping and bunker play. If you have time you might want to practice your sand play, I noticed at the turn there were a couple of guys doing just that. It also has a nice size putting green for you to get the speed of the greens down.

The one thing that changed is they have a new well-stocked Pro Shop, and a restaurant and bar overlooking the practice green, but that is for the better. It was under construction last time I was here.

If you get a chance to play Cheval Golf and Country Club, do it. Non-members can play by becoming “Member For a Day” and must call for prices and tee times as they don’t offer online booking options. Prices are a little higher than for most courses (averaging about $70) but you know that you will be playing an excellent course and that you will get value for your money.

Cheval is conveniently located north of downtown Tampa in the Lutz area. For more information go to

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