Warning! Golfing Hunter’s Green May Cause Envy

Hunter's Green Country Club: 7th hole

The 7th is a medium-length par three with a well protected green. Deep grass bunker short right. Sand also right and left.





Living only a half mile from Hunter’s Green, a gated golf course community built 1989, you would think that I would play this course often. The problem is that it’s private. I played it a lot more when it was first opened with members and golf tournaments, but it has been a good ten years since I last played it. Last week, I took advantage of  my “member for a day privileges” that came with my summer Paradise Golf membership.

Hunter’s Green Country Club features a Tom Fazio designed course that meanders through the planned community. Golfer-friendly aspects include some generous fairways, dog-legs both left and right, and large-sized greens. It’s not extremely long, going from just over 7000 yards to just under 5100 with five sets of tees for you to choose from. But the course also has it share of tight shots and tee shots over large wetlands. Sand and fairway traps, along with the odd grass pot bunkers can also trip you up. And on the shorter holes, you can expect to see smaller greens. These aspects can make this one tough course.

The course, as I remembered it, was always in good condition. Since I haven’t played it in so long, I wondered if that still held true. It did. The only thing that had changed was that the original front nine is now the back nine, probably the result of the Tom Fazio led renovation in 2006. Even with all the rain we’ve had lately, the course had little to no standing water. The tees were all cut and dry as were the fairways. The sand was also in good condition and nicely raked. The greens were cut and in good shape for easy putting, but surprisingly, a little fast. This may have something to do with the new TifEagle Bermudagrass greens which are only available at a few of the more exclusive courses in Tampa.

The staff was friendly and really made you feel like a member for a day. The Pro Shop small but well stocked and there is a large locker room. A large driving range with tees at two ends provides space for practice. There is also a nice sized putting green behind the clubhouse. The pace-of-play was just over three hours for  a twosome on our Wednesday afternoon tee time. That included a ten minute rain delay and picking up a third (a member) for our back nine.

For the price, it was only $25 and $40 for my guest, but I don’t know if this matters. The only way you can play this private course is with a member, for golf tournament outings, as a Paradise Golf member for a day, or by becoming a member yourself. However, if you do get an opportunity, I would definitely jump at the chance to play this wonderful, if difficult to get on, golf course.  For more information visit: http://www.clubcorp.com/Clubs/Hunter-s-Green-Country-Club.

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