Quail Hollow Golf Course was closed in 2007 to make way for residential housing. The development subsequently fell through and has just been reopened. Having not played this course in over 10 years, when I heard it was open I had to go out and play it. I’m glad I did.
After teeing off and playing a few holes I noticed that the tees, fairways and greens were all in great shape. The sand is nice, white and fluffy, and there is a lot of it. The front 9 seems to have more open fairways and larger landing areas. The back 9 has a tighter feel which calls for some more accurate and well placed tee shots, as well as your approach shots to the greens.
The course is not exceptionally long, but with well placed fairway bunkers and sand traps fronting several greens, it can be a challenge from any tee you choose. There are 4 sets of tees going from a little over 6800 yards to 5300 yards from the front. The main drawback was the pace of play with my round taking over 4 1/2 hours. This is probably due mostly to the recent reopening. To make sure you get your round in before dark, I’d avoid making tee times after 1pm.
The staff was friendly and there is a small pro shop. The price was a very reasonable $25 which for now is also the price every day, including weekends. After checking in and getting my cart I went to test the greens and practice some putts. There is a medium-sized practice green by the front of the clubhouse. The green was in good shape and the putts ran true, although they were a little speedy. There is no driving range however, and the carts are not equipped with GPS.
With the course in great condition, I highly recommend you get out to give it a try. Quail Hollow is located just 5 minutes off I-75 and state road 54 in Wesley Chapel, Florida about half an hour from downtown Tampa. For more information and tee times go to www.quailhollownow.com.