Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Summer discounts available at Tampa Bay area golf courses

Around the bay area, golf courses are going through their annual summer routine of attracting players.

istockphoto.com

Around the bay area, golf courses are going through their annual summer routine of attracting players.

Golfers are always looking for deals. Golf courses are always looking for golfers. Golf marketing companies try to make both groups happy. That is the summer golf triangle in Florida, and it is in full swing again this season. Most of the seasonal golfers who drive up greens fees in the winter have headed home. Rates are starting to drop as tee sheets get emptier. After a brutal winter with several days where courses were shut down, the courses need players in a bad way. "Anybody who tells you they did well this winter is lying,'' Brooker Creek Golf Club owner and operator Greg McClimans said. "On the days we could play, we were packed. But there were so many bad days.''

In an effort to fill the tee times, courses not only have their own deals but rely on membership cards and online tee time companies. For a fee, golfers can buy discount cards that give them cheaper rates on Tampa Bay area courses.

And anyone with a computer can go to myriad online tee time services that allow you to book a time at a cut rate. One company that has offered membership cards and tee time services for several years is Paradise Golf. Paradise Golf president Gregg Gagliardi said his company and area golf courses help each other out.

"We're like a marketing company for golf courses,'' Gagliardi said. "We complement each other. Our whole goal is to help drive business to the golf courses.''

Here is a look at some of the discount cards and online tee time services available:

Discount cards

Big Summer Golf Card

Cost: $60

Dates: Through Oct. 31

Advantage: It claims to offer up to a 40 percent discount on courses, and the cost is much cheaper than other cards.

Disadvantage: The geographic balance is off. Courses are heavy on Hillsborough, but there are only two courses offered in Pinellas and two in Hernando. And most are average courses instead of the championship courses.

Contact: Bigsummergolf.com, toll-free 1-800-391-3665, or (941) 923-2232

Paradise Golf

Cost: $199. There are also junior memberships and corporate memberships.

Dates: Through Oct. 31

Advantage: This year's card is $100 cheaper than last year's. It also has more courses to choose from.

Disadvantage: If you don't use it enough, it's not worth it. This card is more for the player who can get out about once a week.

Contact: paradise-golf.com, toll-free 1-800-605-2582

American Lung Association Golf Privilege Card

Cost: $39.95

Dates: Year round

Advantage: It is now a national card, and there are more than 3,500 courses participating. It can be narrowed down to Tampa Bay. If you buy three cards, you get a fourth free.

Disadvantage: They have paired with golfdigestteetimes.com, so the site takes some getting used to.

Contact: lungusa.org, (904) 743-2916

Tee time services

Paradiseteetimes.com

It has courses listed on the left side, but it also has featured courses with bigger discounts. There are deals of the week and player reviews as well.

Golfnow.com

On this site you can find courses across the United States. In our case, you click Florida on the U.S. map, then Tampa/St. Petersburg to find area courses. Courses are listed down the left side, and there are also featured courses in the middle of the page.

Teeofftampabay.com

It is dedicated to only Tampa Bay area courses, and it has more than 30 available. There is a featured course in the middle of the page as well as course listings on the left side.

Golftampabay.com

Click on Tampa Tee Times and a page is displayed with courses from around the area. It also has courses from around Florida, and Myrtle Beach, S.C. as well.

Teetimesusa.com

On the home page there is a map of Florida. Click on Tampa and the area's courses come up. Pretty simple to use.

Ezlinks.com

Another site that offers courses throughout the country, but it can be narrowed to Florida. One negative is that it doesn't break down the state into sections, so you have to scroll through the list to pick out local courses.

Thegolfcourses.net

Within a few clicks you can narrow the search to Tampa/St. Petersburg. It's not as extensive a list as some other sites, but it does give descriptions of courses to help make the decision easier.

Teemaster.com

It can be a little confusing at first, but find the "Find a course'' button on the top left, then fill in the name of the course or city you want to play in.

Golfswitch.com

Again, a little confusing at first, but scroll to the bottom and start filling in when and where you want to play. Available courses start popping up.

Teetimewatch.com

Pretty simple. Right in the center of the home page you type in the city and watch the courses pop up.

Golfhub.com

Right on the home page there are local courses, including featured courses with discounted rates.

Summer discounts available at Tampa Bay area golf courses 04/21/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 21, 2010 9:04pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. If Tony Dungy sticks around, he'll broadcast the 2021 Tampa Super Bowl for NBC

    Bucs

    Lost in the Super Tuesday news of the Super Bowl coming back to Tampa was this nugget:

    Pictured, from left, Dan Patrick, co-Host, Tony Dungy, studio analyst, Aaron Rodgers. [Ben Cohen/NBC]
  2. Tragedy, tenacity helped shape Ridgewood valedictorian Johannah Cummines

    Volleyball Preps

    NEW PORT RICHEY — Even if her daily routine didn't permit calories to melt off, Johannah Cummines would deserve to pick anything on the menu.

    Ridgewood High senior Johannah Cummines and mom Chenell. Cummines is headed to Florida Atlantic, where she will play beach volleyball. (Photo courtesy of Johannah Cummines)
  3. Bucs Roberto Aguayo kicks off 2017 on the wrong foot

    Blogs

    The goal posts still seem to be moving for Roberto Aguayo.

    The Bucs woebegone place-kicker, who is in a battle with veteran Nick Folk, went 1-for-4 in field goal tries from 35-40 yards Tuesday on a set of narrow uprights, the first day of full squad Organized Team Activities.

    If that weren’t …

    Roberto Aguayo went 1-for-4 in field goal tries from 35-40 yards Tuesday on a set of narrow uprights.
  4. Rays morning after: Are cold bats a sign of things to come?

    Blogs

    How does an offense that has ranked among the most productive in the league for seven weeks go so cold?

    Steven Souza Jr. extended his weeks-long skid to 8-for-67.
  5. Calvary Christian takes strong lineup, defense to state baseball tournament

    Baseballpreps

    CLEARWATER — No matter what happens in Friday's Class 4A state semifinal against Delray Beach American Heritage, Calvary Christian has already had a historic season. The unbeaten Warriors have won 28 games and qualified for the school's first state baseball tournament.

    The addition of Nolan Hudi to the rotation made a difference, said Calvary Christian coach Greg Olsen. “It was huge.”