Tarpon Springs lies north of Clearwater and Palm Harbor in Florida’s Gulf of Mexico coast.
This city with the largest Greek-American population in the US has no shortage of beaches like its neighboring cousins Clearwater, Largo, and Palm Coast.
Tarpon Springs has 4 golf courses within its 17 sq mi city boundaries. Two are semi-private courses, one municipal and another one is fully private. There are no resort golf courses in Tarpon Springs.
Tarpon Springs, part of Pinellas County, has a warm and temperate climate and can get hot during summers, with year-round playability.
So, drop in and check out some of these courses the next time you find yourself in the region.
|Wentworth Golf Club
|Crescent Oaks Country Club
|Cypress Run Golf Club
|Tarpon Springs Golf Club
Public Courses In Tarpon Springs
Wentworth Golf Club – Semi-Private
Wentworth Golf Club is a golf club that is enveloped by nature preserves and that kind of translates into the varied flora and fauna of the course where there is an abundance of wildlife, marshlands, and natural rolling terrain with lots of mounds and undulations.
The golf course, designed by Steve Smyers, was opened in 1990 and is a local favorite, with the front 9’s featuring a variety of trees including majestic oaks, pines, and cypresses.
This is an 18-hole Par 71 course with a slope of 144 and a USGA rating of 71.5.
The course has a good layout with hardly any homes that are visible. The fairways are narrow and tight and the greens are undulating and roll fast.
Although the course measures less than 6500 yards from the back tees, you get the feeling that you’ve played on a longer one.
With a lot of Par 3’s and 4’s, water coming into play in many of the holes, and with large bunkers that are positioned around fairways and greens, you can make this course as challenging as you want it to be.
Errant shots are penalized, so strategic play is required to stay in the game.
The facility has a pro golf shop, a driving range, a pitching and chipping area with a sand bunker to hone your short game skills as well as a large putting green.
PGA professionals are on hand for golf lessons and instructions.
The English manor-style clubhouse, which has a pub, can also host events.
The green fees are $50 for 18 holes with cart for a morning tee time, $40 between 11 AM and 2 PM, $30 after 2 PM, and $25 after 4 PM for Monday through Thursday with weekends having an increase of $5 respectively for each time slot.
Appropriate golf attire is required.
There are 3 yearly membership programs available – Platinum, Gold, and Silver – depending on one’s budget and needs.
Crescent Oaks Country Club – Semi-Private
Although most of the golf courses in and around Tarpon Springs have some sort of affinity to the natural preserves of the regions, Crescent Oaks Country Club can stake the claim as the only club that is right in the midst of a preserve.
And this gives the course at COCC a unique characteristic; a marshy, swamp-feel or as the club themselves term it as a ‘marsh-links’ course.
Naturalist golfers will find this course to be a stimulating experience. The thickly wooded pines and numerous marshland lakes that line the fairways, where you can easily lose a lot of balls, give this course a different feel as well as challenges.
This 18-hole Par 72 course, built in 1991 and designed by Steve Smyers, has a slope of 137 and a rating of 73.0.
The fairways are narrow on the front 9’s but open up on the back with undulating terrain and strategically placed bunkers with greens that are firm and true.
Because of the layout and the unique characteristics, the course needs to be attacked with different strategies for each tee.
The 5 sets of tees and measuring 6900 yards from the back tees challenge both the beginner and the skilled golfer.
The facility has a golf shop, driving range, a pitching and chipping area for the short game as well as a putting green.
Golf lessons and clinics are available from PGA instructors.
The green fees start at $50 for an early morning tee-off for 18 holes and the rates taper down to $20 for a twilight tee time. A 9-hole option is also available for those who are short on time.
The golf membership plans include the annual Gold and Silver membership as well as ‘mini’ membership options.
There is a bar and grille and the 10,000 sq ft clubhouse can host up to 250 guests for events.
Private Golf Course In Tarpon Springs
Cypress Run Golf Club – Private Community Golf Course
This private golf club is situated right next door to the Crescent Oaks Gold Club and as you can imagine, has certain characteristics found in COGC. The area is in the midst of a preserve and has a lot of wooded areas, but unlike COGC, this is not a marshy type course.
The course is also a certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.
Built in 1981 and designed by Larry Packard, who also designed the Valspar Championship Copperhead Course at Innisbrook, the course is an 18 hole Par 72 with a slope of 136 and a rating of 74.1.
By being next to a nature preserve, as well as being a private club, this is a picturesque and beautiful course and a sensual treat for the naturalist golfer.
Water is present in a lot of holes in the form of creeks and lakes but doesn’t really come into play that much.
However, oaks do. This course is dotted with a lot of trees with some trees abutting and pinching the fairways. So selecting the right angles is required especially on the doglegs.
The course measures 7000 yards from the back tees and with 5 sets of tees, provides ample challenge to both the novice and seasoned golfer.
The facility has a scenic practice facility, something that is overlooked in many clubs, with a 15-station all-grass driving range to practice your swings, with putting greens, and pitching and chipping area for honing your short game skills.
The pro shop will address your golfing gear requirements and a PGA professional is available for golf lessons.
There are 3 membership options available – Full, Executive, and Social if you so wish to be part of the club.
Municipal Golf Course In Tarpon Springs
Tarpon Springs Golf Club – Municipal/Public
This municipal course is part of the Florida Historic Golf Trail, a collection of roughly 50 courses that were built in Florida that dates a century back.
Unlike the other golf courses in Tarpon Springs that are mostly located along the periphery of natural preserves and away from downtown, this club is right in the midst of the city and closer to the beach.
The original course with 9 holes was built in 1907 and 20 years later was redesigned to make it 18 holes by course architects Wayne Styles and John Van Kleek.
This is a Par 72 course with a slope of 117 and a USGA rating of 68.5.
Measuring 6070 yards from the back tees the course is not long and has wide fairways, making it a fun course to play and easier on the beginner golfer, although the back 9s are tougher than the front to tackle.
The facility has a golf shop with a driving range and short-game area. Also, golf lessons and instructions are available for both beginners and advanced golfers.
A membership option is available with unlimited green fees.
Golf Courses Near Tarpon Springs, FL
Tarpon Spring and the cities that are part of the Tampa Bay area have dozens of golf courses – some of them being the best in the country.
Please check out the below articles for golf courses in the nearby cities of Tarpon Springs.
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