Northdale Golf and Tennis Club is a Convenient Community Golf Course

 

Northdale Golf and Tennis Club: 5th hole

The 5th hole is a short par 3 with drive over water. Can’t be short and long will take you into woods behind green.

Northdale Golf and Tennis Club is a community golf course that winds you through the adjacent neighborhood. There are houses on both sides of the fairway on almost every hole. Most courses in Florida are like this and it’s more uncommon to play a course with no houses. There is a good mixture of open fairways, like hole six, and some that are tighter, such as the tough second hole that features water left and trees right.  Another difficult hole is the par three fifth hole which is not long, but the tee shot is all carry over water. Northdale is not a long course and features four sets of tees that range from just over 6800 yards from the blue tees to 5230 yards from the red tees.

I was pleasantly surprised with the good condition of the course. I haven’t played Northdale Golf and Tennis Club in almost three years because it’s not usually in very good condition with ragged tees, rough greens and wet fairways. However, in the interests of providing my readers with reviews of all Tampa golfing opportunities, I sucked it up. This time, the fairways were in good condition as were the sands traps. What impressed me the most was the good condition of all the greens. My only complaint is that a few of the tee boxes were a little rough.

The pace-of-play is another thing that always bothered me about this course. It can take a looooong time to play a round. This time pace wasn’t a problem and although it did seem like we waited on every shot, we still finished our round in four hours. However, we played on a weekday with a late morning tee time so I’m sure the pace will change depending on time and day of week. Something to keep in mind if you want to play a weekend round of golf.

The staff was friendly at check-in as was the starter. There was a beverage cart that we saw several times during our round. For practice, they have a nice size putting green near the clubhouse, but they do not have a driving range. There is no GPS for this course. The price was fair at $32, but again, this will change depending on the day of week and time.

Northdale Golf and Tennis Club is popular with area locals and is conveniently located in the Carrollwood area, about a 20 minute drive from downtown Tampa. For more information or to book a tee time, call 813-962-0428 or go to www.northdalegolf.com.

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