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Summer is time for a slice

Winter visitors to Florida have departed for northern locales and that means courses are offering summer rates to lure more golfers. The competition among courses is brisk, as a survey of 32 courses in Citrus, Hernando and Pasco suggests.

Eight courses offer lower rates than last summer, nine are unchanged and 11 are higher in greens fees and cart rental prices.

Among the best bargains are Seville and Tall Pines. Seville has a special this month of $10 for one golfer to ride a cart and play 18 holes. Golfers at Tall Pines may play a full round for $7, which is down from the $10 rate one year ago.

Zephyrhills and Point O'Woods (Inverness) also get $10 for 18 holes, the same rate as last year.

Golfers who play Summertree (New Port Richey) in the afternoon will save 50 percent over the cost of a morning round. The cost of 18 holes with cart is $16 before 1 p.m., and $8 on the twilight special that starts right after the lunch hour.

Many courses offer reduced rates with discount cards from such organizations as the Gulf Coast Lung Association and American Cancer Society. There are several others and golfers should inquire about discount cards at the individual courses they want to play.

A listing follows of the summer rates charged by public and semi-private courses on the North Suncoast. All rates reflect the price of one greens fee for 18 holes with a shared powered cart. Pro shop phone numbers are included.

Citrus County

Citrus Hills (Hernando): $26 before 3:30 p.m., $15 after 3:30 p.m. Call (904) 746-4425.

Citrus Springs: $18 before 11 a.m., $15 after 11 a.m. Monday through Thursday. $15 all day Friday, $18 weekends. Call (904) 489-5045.

Connell Lake (Inverness): $18 before 2 p.m., $14 after 2 p.m. Walkers may play 18 holes for $9 before 2 p.m., $7 after 2 p.m. Call (904) 726-1461.

Pine Ridge (Beverly Hills): $16.98 before 2 p.m., $13.21 after 2 p.m. Walkers may play 18 holes for $9.43. Call (904) 746-6177.

Plantation (Crystal River): $15 until 4 p.m., $10 after 4 p.m. Walkers may play 18 holes for $15. Call (904) 795-7211.

Point O'Woods (Inverness): $10 until 3 p.m., $8 after 3 p.m. Call (904) 726-3113.

Twisted Oaks (Beverly Hills): $18 until 2 p.m., $13 after 2 p.m. Walkers may play after 2 p.m. for $10 for 18 holes or $7 for nine holes. Call (904) 746-6257.

Hernando County

Oak Hills (Spring Hill): Call (904) 683-6830 for rate information.

Seven Hills (Spring Hill): $17 before noon, $12 after noon. Call (904) 688-8888.

Seville (Spring Hill): A special summer rate of $10 is in effect until June 30. Rates will change in July, but aren't yet known. Call (904) 596-7888.

Spring Hill: $15 until noon, $10 after noon, $8 after 3 p.m. Walkers after noon may play 18 holes for $8, and $4 after 3 p.m. Call (904) 683-2261.

The Heather (Spring Hill): $15. Walkers may play nine holes for $5. Ten-play greens fee cards are available for $45, and 10-play cart rental is $45. Call (904) 596-2019.

Timber Pines (Spring Hill): The year-round rate is $25. Call (904) 683-8439.

Whispering Oaks (Ridge Manor): $13 until 3 p.m., $10 after 3 p.m. Call (904) 583-4020.

Citrus County

Forest Hills (Holiday): $14. Walkers may play 18 holes for $10, nine holes for $7 anytime. Walkers after 3 p.m. can play 18 holes for $6. Call (813) 934-7317.

Gulf Harbors (New Port Richey): $14. Walkers may play anytime for $8. Call (813) 849-7675.

Ironwood (Hudson): $10.50. Walkers may play 18 holes for $7 until 2 p.m., $5 after 2 p.m. Twenty-play cards are available for $115. Call (813) 863-1214.

Links of Lake Bernadette (Zephyrhills): $20 weekdays, $25 weekends. Daily special for $16 after 1 p.m. Call (813) 788-4653.

Magnolia Valley (New Port Richey): $14 before 11 a.m., $12 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., $8 after 3 p.m. Walkers may play 18 holes for $10, nine holes for $6. A special rate applies to the 9-hole executive course: walkers for $6 before 3 p.m. and $3 after 3 p.m. Call (813) 847-2342.

Meadow Oaks (Hudson): $15 before noon, $12 after noon, $10 after 3 p.m. Call (813) 856-2878.

Quail Hollow (Zephyrhills): $16 weekdays, $20 weekends. Call (813) 973-0097.

Quail Ridge (Hudson): $15 before 11 a.m., $12 after 11 a.m. Call (813) 856-6064.

Saddlebrook (Wesley Chapel): $40 outside rate, $35 if staying in hotel. Call (813) 973-1111.

Seven Springs (New Port Richey): $27 on championship course until 3:30 p.m., $13 after 3:30 p.m., $16 on executive course until 3:30 p.m., $8 after 3:30 p.m. Call (813) 376-0035.

Silver Oaks (Zephyrhills): $16 before noon, $14 after noon, $12 after 3 p.m., $8 after 5 p.m. on weekdays. Weekend rates are $20 before noon, $16 after noon, $12 after 3 p.m., $8 after 5 p.m. Call (813) 788-1225.

Summertree (New Port Richey): $16 until 1 p.m., $8 after 1 p.m. Walkers may play 18 holes for $11 until 1 p.m., $4 after 1 p.m. Call (813) 856-0771.

Sundance (Dade City): $15 weekdays, $20 weekends. A twilight special is offered daily at 3 p.m. for $10. Walkers are welcome after 1 p.m. and may play 18 holes for $12 or 9 holes for $7. Call (904) 567-7600.

Tall Pines (New Port Richey): $7. Walkers may play 18 holes for $6, 9 holes for $4. Call (813) 847-4762.

The Links (Hudson): $15 before noon, $12 after noon, $9 after 3 p.m. Call (813) 868-1091.

Timber Oaks (Port Richey): $15 until 2 p.m. $6 for 18 holes plus $2 cart rental for 9 holes (golfers must walk second 9). Call (813) 868-7541.

Valle Oaks (Zephyrhills): $12. Walkers may play 18 holes for $8 or 9 holes for $5. Call (813) 788-4112.

Zephyrhills: $10. Unlimited walking after 3 p.m. for $4.50. Call (813) 782-0714.

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