Tarpon Springs Golf Course Gives Good First Impression

Tarpon Springs: 18th hole

The finishing hole is an uphill par 4 just over 300 yards. Favor left center off the tee to leave you a short iron to the small green.

I have driven by this city owned and run golf course many times without paying much attention, but an opportunity came up to play it and I’m glad I did.  From the road, you might get the impression this is a no frills golf course, but you would be wrong.  The course has a very unique feel to it characterized by its many dog-legs - some severe, open fairways and small greens.  There are also no houses to worry to about.  The course is not long  with 4 sets of tees ranging from 6250 yards to just over 5100.  The length of the course and the many dog-legs are inviting, but hitting to the small greens can present quite a challenge. 

You have several options on club selection from tee to green based on length and whether you decide to try shaving off some length on the dog-legs.  There is one par 5 on the front side and three on the back, some of these can be reached in two with a good drive.  All except one of the par 3′s on this course are long.  You will have to decide on what yardage you want to hit your approach shot to the small greens with accuracy on the approach being key. 

The the day we played the course was in good shape.  All the tee boxes were fine except for one or two, and the fairways were also in good condition.  There is not a lot of sand on the course but what there is had been raked.  The only complaint would be that although in good shape, the greens were rolling a little slow.

The price for our round of golf on a late Tuesday morning was $25 which is a good price for a city course and a great price for this little-known gem.  We teed off at 11:30 and finished by 2:00.  This I’m sure had something to do with the time of day and length of the course, but 2 1/2 hours was fine by me due the summer Florida heat.

Staff in the pro shop were friendly and helpful to the point that my friend bought a pair of golf shoes at a good price.  Restaurant staff were also friendly as we purchased beverages for our round and stocked our cart with ice.  To speed up the round, the starter was able to get us out on the back 9 first.  Practice facilities included two small putting greens and a driving range to warm up.

Although Tarpon Springs Golf Course is a good 45 minute drive from downtown Tampa, if you get a chance, I would definitely advise you not to just drive by, stop and play.   The course is located just south of the Sponge Docks off Alt.19.  Visit their website for more information: www.ctsfl.us/GolfCourse/GolfCourse.html.

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