Odessa, FL is a small town in Pasco County bordered by swamps and nature preserves.
It is situated 25 miles north of Tampa and 35 miles northeast of Clearwater.
Odessa has 5 golf courses that are part of two golf clubs.
All the golf courses in Odessa are public and there are no private courses.
The place has a warm and semi-tropical climate, typical of midwest Florida, and can get hot and sultry during summers.
Check out some of these courses the next time you are in the region and hone your handicap.
|Eagles – Forest||Public||18||72||6720||Yes|
|Eagles – Lake||Public||18||72||7005||Yes|
|Silver Dollar||Public||9 x 3||37. 35, 36||Yes|
Public Golf Courses In Odessa
Eagles Golf Club
This public golf club has two courses which are considered to be the best in the region.
Situated right next to a preserve, the Eagles Golf Club is a beautiful property that has scenic views with native Florida vegetation and wildlife. The names of the two courses – Forest and Lakes – are pretty much indicative of what you can expect to see in these courses. Trees and Water.
Wildlife can be spotted throughout and can be exhilarating for a naturalist golfer.
The natural beauty along with the fact that the courses are maintained well makes these courses a must-play for Odessa’s resident golfers.
The Forest Course
This course is interesting in that the front nine was designed by Gary Koch and the back nine by Ron Garl.
The Forest is an 18-hole par 72 with a rating of 72.3 and slope of 134 and was built in 1995.
The fairways are tight with water coming into play on a lot of holes, so accuracy is important here.
This is a beautiful course, and as the name implies, winds its way through thickly wooded areas with majestic oak trees and water bodies lining the fairways.
The course has a nice layout and has a signature island-green hole at the sixth that is reminiscent of TPC Sawgrass’s 17th.
Measuring 6720 yards from the back tees, the course is not too long, however can be quite challenging. But with 4 different sets of tees, and by choosing the right tee for the handicap, this course can be fun for all skill levels.
The green fees range from $49 to $22 depending on the tee time. A 9-hole option is also available after 3 PM for $19.
The Lake Course
If the first one was Forest, this one is all about Lakes. Water comes into play in pretty much all the holes.
The Lakes is an 18-hole par-72 built in 1970 with a USGA rating of 73.8 and a slope of 135.
The fairways are not as tight as the Forest is and are a bit more forgiving. However, water and elevated greens can play spoilsport.
Although there are not many trees as there are in Forest, the Lakes’ fairways are sprinkled with oaks.
At 7005 yards, this is the longer of the two courses. However, with 4 sets of tees, this shouldn’t pose a problem as long as you pick the one that suits your skill level.
The fees are the same as that on the Forest course.
Silver Dollar Golf Club
Abutting the Brooker Creek Preserve, Silver Dollar is a three 9-hole golf facility.
Designed by Dan Maddox and opened in 1985, the combination of two courses provides for an 18-hole par-72 experience. Alternatively, each one of the courses can be played individually for 9 holes for people that are short on time.
The Gator, The Panther, and The Bobcat comprise the three 9-hole courses. Gator is par-37, Panther is par-35, and Bobcat is par-36.
The course is also scenic with lush flora and fauna of the region and dotted with majestic trees and water bodies in the form of lakes and ponds.
The layout offers a variety of challenges for each course combination.
The Gator/Panther has narrow fairways with wide landing areas and water bodies that come into play on some holes with strategic bunkers whereas the Panther/Bobcat combination has a mix of wide and narrow fairways with water and bunkers.
The Bobcat/Panther also has a variety of fairways with water and bunkers that provides for a wide variety of challenges and options for all skill levels.
Gator/Panther measures 6490 yards from the back tees with a course rating of 71 and a slope of 119.
Panther/Bobcat is shorter at 6140 yards with a rating of 69 and a slope of 111.
Bobcat/Gator is in between the above two at 6220 yards with a rating of 70 and a slope of 114.
The green fees are $30 for tee times until 1 PM on weekends w/cart and $25 for weekdays. Post 1 PM the rates are standard at $21.
The 9-hole option is $16 w/cart.
The club boasts of having one of the best practice facilities in the area with grass driving ranges, two putting greens, and a chipping green with sand bunker.
Professional instructors are available for golf lessons.
A pro shop for golf equipment and a bar and grill for nourishments is also at hand.
Golf Courses Near Odessa, FL
Odessa and the towns and cities in and around Pasco County have dozens of golf courses that cater to every budget and skill level.
Check the below articles for golf courses nearby Odessa.