So you've come down for the Super Bowl and you wouldn't mind squeezing in 18 holes before the big game. You came to the right place. Tampa Bay has no shortage of golf courses in a four county area. While some are private and impossible to get on, there are plenty of public and semi-private courses that may have tee times available.
Below are listings of some courses to check out, broken down as executive courses and regulation courses with approximate green fees. It's not a complete list, but you can find that at golf.tampabay.com.
EXECUTIVE COURSES (green fees between $20-40)
Clearwater Executive Golf Course (1875 Airport Dr.): It is a par 63 with nine par-4s and nine par-3s. It is in good shape and it is challenging. (727) 447-5272.
Cypress Links Golf Course (875 62nd Ave. NE, St. Petersburg): The course is adjacent to Mangrove Bay Golf Course and is one of three city-owned courses. It is a nine-hole course with all par-3s. (727) 551-3333.
Bay Pointe Golf Course (9399 Commodore Dr., Seminole): It is an 18-hole, par-61 course built on rolling hills, which is unusual in Florida. And here's an interesting fact, more than 300 parrots live on the course. (727) 595-2095.
Largo Municipal Golf Course (12500 Vonn Rd.): A city-owned course, it is a par 62 with some short holes, but also some challenging longer holes. (727) 518-3024.
Countryway Golf Club (11111 W. Waters Ave, Tampa): An 18-hole, par-61 tract that features plenty of water hazards. It's a challenging executive course, so be prepared. (813) 854-1182.
Kings Point Executive Golf Course (202 Cambridge Trail, Sun City Center): There are some really playable courses at Sun City Center, but if you just want a quick, enjoyable round on a short course, this is a good choice. It's 18 holes and a par 56, but there are plenty of ponds and sand traps to make it tough. (813) 634-6261.
Terrace Hill Golf Club (7740 Temple Terrace Hwy., Tampa): It is a nine-hole, par-30 course, but here's the cool thing: It stays open until 10:30 p.m. The last tee time is 8:45, so if you spent all day sight seeing and still want to golf, check it out. (813) 985-4653.
Forest Hills Golf Course (5211 Boardwalk St., Holiday): A nine-hole, par-35 course that has three different sets of tee boxes. (727) 934-7317.
Magnolia Valley Golf Club (7223 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey): There is both an 18-hole course and an executive course, and both are affordable. (727) 847-2342.
World Woods Golf Club (17590 Ponce De Leon Blvd., Brooksville): While it is one of the better public courses in our area, it also has a par-3 course that is well kept. It has seven par-3s and two par-4s. (352) 796-5500.
REGULATION COURSES (Green fees $20 and above).
*Between $20-$50; **$51-$70; ***$71-$90; ****$91-above.
Airco Golf Course (13690 Stoneybrook Dr., Clearwater): It is right next to St. Pete/Clearwater Airport and is a county-owned course. Not overly challenging, but still a decent par-72 course. **
Bardmoor North Golf Club (7919 Bardmoor Blvd., Largo): Back in the day it used to be the home of the JC Penney Classic, and it remains in good shape. Worth playing if you are in that part of the county. (727) 392-1234. ***
Clearwater Country Club (525 N. Betty Lane): The course is in good shape, although it is not for long hitters. Also, the beach is close by, so before or after the round you can check out the view. (727) 447-5272. *
Dunedin Country Club (1050 Palm Blvd.): This is a Donald Ross design that recently replaced its greens. Plenty of history and plenty challenging. (727) 733-7836. ***
Lansbrook Country Club (4605 Village Center Dr., Palm Harbor): This is a solid public course, well kept, challenging and scenic. It's right off McMullen-Booth Road (727) 784-7333. **
Mangrove Bay Golf Course (875 62nd Ave. NE, St. Petersburg): A city-owned course, it gets oodles of play, so call early to try for a tee time. (727) 893-7800. **
Tarpon Woods Country Club (1100 Tarpon Woods Blvd., Palm Harbor): A very nice course in a hilly section of the county, so expect some different scenery. (727) 784-7606. ***
Innisbrook Golf Resort (36750 U.S. 19 N., Palm Harbor): Here is their Super Bowl Package: Four-night minimum (Thur-Sun), checkout Monday. Cost is $1,200 per person/per night based on double occupancy. Four night package includes seven rounds of golf (two on Copperhead Course, two on Island Course and three on Highlands North or South), club storage each day, a gift pack, breakfast, lunch and dinner for each night of stay, transportation to and from the game or attend the Super Bowl party to watch the game. (727) 942-2000. ****
Apollo Beach Golf Club (801 Golf and Sea Blvd.): A Robert Trent Jones Course with reasonable rates. (813) 645-6212. **
Bloomingdale Golfer's Club (4113 Great Golfer's Place, Valrico): A highly challenging par-72 course that is always in good shape. (813) 685-4105. **
Northdale Golf Club (4417 Northdale Blvd., Tampa): A typical Florida course through flat lands, marsh and water. (813) 962-0428. ***
Rocky Point Golf Club (4151 Dana Shores Dr., Tampa): A par-72 course, but short and narrow. Not overly challenging. (813) 673-4316. **
TPC of Tampa Bay (5300 W. Lutz Lake Fern Rd.): A tournament caliber course that hosts the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am on the Champions Tour. Better call early to see if any tee times remain. (813) 949-0090. ****
University of South Florida Golf Course (13801 N. 46th St., Tampa): USF's home course known as "The Claw'' for its signature hole. It is mostly wide open and a good course for long hitters. (813) 632-6893. **
Walden Lakes Golf and Country Club (2001 Clubhouse Dr., Plant City): Another quality Hillsborough course that will likely fill its tee times quickly. (813) 752-1171. ***
Westchase Golf Club (11602 Westchase Golf Dr., Tampa): Convenient to get to from downtown, it is one of the better public courses in the area. (813) 854-2331. ***
Fox Hollow Golf Club (10050 Robert Trent Jones Pkwy., Trinity): A quality course that has hosted PGA Tour and Champions Tour qualifying events. (727) 376-6333. ***
Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club (12900 Lake Jovita Blvd., Dade City): There is a north course and a south course, and both get rave reviews. You can book tee times up to 10 days in advance. (352) 588-9200. ****
Lexington Oaks Golf Club (26140 Lexington Oaks Blvd., Wesley Chapel): A decent size course (6,700 yards) through a housing development, it also has plenty of marsh and water. (813) 907-7270. **
Quail Ridge Golf Club (12830 Shady Hills Rd., Spring Hill): It is a short course at just over 5,000 yards, but it could be one of the better deals during Super Bowl time. They offer a $25 green fee that includes cart fee, breakfast and range balls. (813) 996-2630. *
Seven Hills Golfers Club (10599 Fairchild Rd., Spring Hill): Another decent course that winds through a housing development and wooded areas. Challenging, but not too difficult. (352) 688-8888. **
Silverthorn Country Club (4550 Golf Club Lane, Spring Hill): A little more forgiving than some of the other Hernando courses, good for average or above average players. (352) 799-2600. **
World Woods Golf Club (17590 Ponce De Leon Blvd., Brooksville): Two beautiful courses, Pine Barrens and Rolling Oaks. Could be tough to get tee times, but there could be some left. (352) 796-5500. ****