Brandon, FL lies to the southeast of Tampa and has an inland countryside feel to it compared to the beachy and marshy vibes of the cities that lie to the west and north of the Tampa Bay area and that is reflected in the golf courses here as well.
Brandon including Valrico and Dover has 4 golf courses. Two are private and the other two are semi-private.
Brandon has a warm and temperate climate with year-round playability, typical of the Tampa Bay region, and can get hot during summers.
So, the next time you find yourself in the region, whether it’s for business or pleasure, do check out some of these excellent courses that wouldn’t disappoint you matter what your skill levels are at.
|Bloomingdale Golfers Club||Public||18||72||7165||Yes|
|Diamond Hill Golf & Country Club||Public||18||72||7000||Yes|
|Buckhorn Springs Golf & Country Club||Private||18||72||6900||Yes|
|River Hills Country Club||Private||18||72||7000||Yes|
Public Golf Courses In Brandon, FL
Bloomingdale Golfers Club – Semi-Private
When you are voted Tampa’s #1 golf course for 10 years in a row, that’s saying something. Now when you find a mention in Golf Digest’s “Best Courses To Play” that’s etching it down.
Many pros have called BGC their home.
With 220 acres of Florida’s natural terrain encapsulated within its boundaries and boasting of 100-year-old oaks, with a plethora of wildlife calling it home, the Bloomingdale golf course is a naturalist golfer’s delight.
You’ll get to spot a variety of birds and animals including cranes, raccoons, bald eagles, and semi-rare birds that can add some animal magnetism to your game.
The club is a Ron Garl Signature course with a classic 18-hole Par 72 layout with a slope of 136 and a USGA rating of 75.0.
Like Buckhorn, this course is also known as a challenging yet fun course to play.
The course has a good layout with some of the best Par 5’s, as per Golfweek.
Measuring 7165 yards from the back tees with a course rating of 75 and 5 sets of tees, this is a challenging course, testing the skills of advanced and beginner golfers alike.
The greens are excellent, no surprises here, as they use the CHAMPION Dwarf Bermudagrass which puts BGC in an exclusive list of courses that uses this type of grass.
The practice facilities, again, which some pros call home, has a 2-tiered driving range, a chipping area for the short game, a half-acre putting green which, it seems, is the largest in the Tampa Bay area. The facility also has a golf shop.
The golf academy at Bloomingdale provides clinics and private golf lessons for players at all skill levels.
The green fees are $42 for 9 holes for morning tee times which reduces to $25 after 3 PM for weekdays with cart. The rates are $52 and $25 for weekends, respectively. A variety of golf memberships are also available that suits the need of any individual.
A pizzeria and grille provide post-game nourishment.
Diamond Hill Golf & Country Club – Semi-Private
This club in Dover was opened in 1959 and is the oldest golf course in the Dover/Brandon area. Designed by Chic Adams, this is an 18-hole Par 72 with a USGA rating of 73.8 and a slope of 135.
This course was built on an old phosphate mine and that reflects in the terrain with a lot of undulations, mounds, and elevation changes that are very uncommon in this part of the country.
Water and numerous bunkers come into play in many holes. Fairways are accommodating, however, some houses line some of the fairways, and so strategic tee shots are required to not get into trouble.
The course has a nice layout and measures 7000 yards from the tips; not a short one by any measure, and also boasts of a 630 yards par 5 that is one of the longest in Florida.
With 5 sets of tees, this course is challenging yet fun for all levels.
The practice facilities include short game and long game areas such as driving range, pitching and chipping areas, as well as putting greens.
The green fees are $40 for early morning tee times with cart, $37 between 11 am to 3 pm, and $27 after 3 PM on weekdays. On weekends, the rates are $45, $42, and $32, respectively. Golf membership options are also available if you wish to become a member.
Private Golf Courses In Brandon, FL
Buckhorn Springs Golf & Country Club – Private
This private golf club is one of the premier clubs not only in the Brandon/Valrico area but in the Greater Tampa area as well.
Designed by Harris Green and opened to the public in 1968, this 18-hole Par 72 course has the highest elevation in Hillsborough County.
The course has a slope of 125 and a rating of 72.7.
With decently wide fairways, minimal water hazards, and fast tricky greens, this can be a challenging but fun course to play. The back nines are tougher than the front.
Measuring a tad under 6900 yards from the back tees, and with 5 sets of tees, this can test both the novice and the experienced golfer
The course is beautiful, well-maintained, and manicured as can be expected from a private course with excellent drainage – not affected by heavy rains, which can be a challenge in this part of the country.
The practice facilities include areas for chipping, putting as well as a driving range for the swings. PGA-certified professionals provide golf lessons and instructions.
Four types of golf membership plans are available – Individual, Family, Corporate, and Social – to suit everyone’s needs. The clubhouse with scenic views can host full-service events.
River Hills Country Club – Private
River Hills is another private club that is considered to be one of the best in the Greater Tampa Bay area.
Situated in the Valrico/Brandon, this is a Joe Lee-designed course built in 1989 with an 18-hole Par 72 layout with a slope of 140 and a difficulty rating of 73.9.
The course sits on 200-acres of manicured Florida countryside land.
With 67 bunkers and undulating greens, and measuring a tad over 7000 yards from the back tees, this can be a challenging course if you want it to be.
The fairways are forgiving and the greens roll fast and true – thanks to the CHAMPION Dwarf Bermuda grass that’s found in top PGA courses. The four sets of tees make it playable for every skill level.
The practice facilities are top-notch with a 10-acre facility that includes a driving range, pitching and chipping area, bunkers, as well as putting greens, and a fully-stocked golf shop.
PGA professionals are available for individual as well as group golf lessons.
Four types of golf memberships are available – Golf, Tennis, Social, and Corporate.
Golf Courses Near Brandon, FL
Brandon, Valrico, and Dover along with the other cities in the Greater Tampa Bay Area have dozens of golf courses that suit every pocket and skill level.
View the below articles for golf courses nearby Brandon.
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