Rocky Point Golf Course Challenges With Wind, Not Rocks

Rocky Point: 11th hole

The 11th hole is a long par 3 with carry over water. To play it safe, aim to the right side of the green.

For the second time in two weeks I played a course that I haven’t played in 10 years.  This time the course is Rocky Point Golf Course. A friend of mine moved near the course recently so we decided to give it a try after work. We showed up a little after 3 pm without a tee time and were able to get right out and around the course in three hours.

Rocky Point plays from 4 different sets off tees going from over 6300 yards to just under 5000.   Although it is not a real long course, there is almost a 600 yard difference between the back blue tees and the whites which are next, so some holes can play long.  A lot of the holes run next to each other so errant tee shots are still playable. The one thing  you need to be careful with are the major roads running along a few holes. A big slice could potentially hit a vehicle. 

Although I haven’t played this course for years, I did remember that it is always windy due to its location on a rocky spit of land jutting out into Tampa Bay.   Other challenges on this course include water and some blind shots, especially the par 3 16th hole which has both. If you have never played here or if it’s been a while, I noticed it can be tricky figuring out the direction of a few of the holes and where to aim.  This is not helped by the lack of GPS in the carts.

The price was $22, pretty decent for an afternoon round, but we were wary because this is a municipal course and we weren’t sure what the conditions would be like. The gentleman at the Pro Shop said the course was in good shape and he was right. The tees were well maintained as were the fairways.  The greens were tidy, but ran slow and were a little small.  This could be due to the recent amount of rain because some of the rough was wet, as well as a few spots on the fairways. The sand traps were also  nicely raked and in good condition except for one or two that were washed out and unplayable. 

The staff was very friendly and they a have a well stocked Pro Shop.  To warm up before the round, there is a small putting green near the first and tenth tee and a driving range nearby. To relax after the round, there is a restaurant and bar.

Rocky Point Golf Course can challenge all skill levels and is located just a few minutes from downtown.  It is one of three courses run by the Tampa  Sports Authority. For tee times and more information go to www.rockypointgc.com.

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