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3.1
424 Reviews (424)
5 Stars
55
4 Stars
162
3 Stars
113
2 Stars
51
1 Stars
43
Conditions
2.9
Value
3.4
Layout
3.8
Friendliness
3.8
Pace
3.5
Amenities
2.1
60.3%
Recommend this course
286 out of 424 reviews
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3.3
70 Reviews (70)
5 Stars
8
4 Stars
24
3 Stars
23
2 Stars
9
1 Stars
6
Conditions
3.1
Value
3.5
Layout
3.7
Pace
3.4
Amenities
1.9
StaffFriendliness
3.7
65.7%
Recommend this course
46 out of 70 reviews
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3.1
102 Reviews (102)
5 Stars
10
4 Stars
30
3 Stars
34
2 Stars
15
1 Stars
13
Conditions
2.9
Value
3.4
Layout
3.6
Pace
3.3
Amenities
1.8
StaffFriendliness
3.8
59.8%
Recommend this course
61 out of 102 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 71
Length 6863 yards
Slope 135
Rating 73.6

The newly renovated Claw at USF, named thus for its many doglegged fairways, offers a distinct layout that seamlessly winds through moss draped oaks and towering pines on pristine Florida preservation land. You will enjoy the fact that there are no houses crowding the fairways. Located at the University of South Florida, this manicured course is home to alligators, deer, turkeys and many other rare inhabitants. You will feel like you are playing in the heart of a nature preserve. "The Claw" is also home to the nationally ranked men's and women's USF Golf Teams. Elevated greens and new Tif-Dwarf putting surface, will test your finesse and shot making ability.

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Course Details

Year Built 1967
Greens Champion Bermuda Grass
Golf Season Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes
GPS No
Pull-carts No

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Caddies No
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code Proper golf attire required.

Food & Beverage

Grill

Available Facilities

Clubhouse

Reviews

3.1
424 Reviews (424)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 20
Brunch 9
Watching the Game 8
Course Challenges Include:
Narrow Fairways 43
Water Hazards 36
Bunkers 29
This course/club is great for:
Locals 34
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 33
Advanced Golfers 31
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 43
On a College Campus 39
Worth the Drive 19

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Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Slow pace today

We have not played this course in while. We were early for our tee time, but there was a group of 30? Golfers ahead of us. 30 golfers...how is that possible or practical? We ended up starting on the back nine with a wait because others had the same idea. Course is in good shape ....difficult as usual. The clubhouse is in total disrepair. We were shocked! I know we have Covid restrictions, but this building looks like it has been going down for longer than than 12 months of pandemic. Hope they have plans to fix it. We will have to think twice before booking again.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Amenities Poor
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Reviews 2
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5.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 10
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 8
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser

For the money it was ok.

Greens were pretty good but the course itself, although not bad layout, could do with some TLC.. There were no serviced carts available at 11.52am...had to use an unserviced cart on its return....no attendant in sight.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
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Commented on 02/17/2021

Thank you so much for your review. We are happy to see you enjoyed our course. We value your feedback, and hope to see you back in the future.

Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 16
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Okay course

The course is good. The carts were filthy. No amenities. Buildings falling in. USF must have something else in mind for the use of this land use.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
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Commented on 02/18/2021

Thank you for your review, Curtis. We take your opinions seriously, and are constantly looking to improve the customer experience. Please feel free to reach out to us at info@theclawatusfgolf.com to discuss your concerns further.

Played On
Reviews 122
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 100 Contributor
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great course. Wet and windy. Never a good combo for golf. Played long and tough. Reviews are justified. Tough layout for the average joe. A couple grrens need love but overall in great shape. Greens hold and putt good. Will be back to test The Claw again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 02/17/2021

Thank you so much for your review. We are happy to see you enjoyed our course. We value your feedback, and look forward to seeing you back in the future.

Played On
Reviews 8
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked

Course conditions improved

The claw is a challenging course off the tee and is fun to play. Compared to the last time I played here last year, the course is in better shape. Course was soggy from some rain. Greens were rolling pure and looked good for the price you pay. Only played the front 9, once the course dries up a bit it should be in good shape.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 02/17/2021

Thank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback and hope to see you back out soon.

Played On
Reviews 17
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Fun track

The course was in better than average shape. Greens were nice. The course was fun to play, but it’s like a ghost town for amenities. The Pro Shop is is in a “temporary” mobile shack. The clubhouse has been closed for over a year. My guess is that USF put money into renovating the clubhouse. Guessing the last hurricane to hit the Tampa area did too much damage to warrant rebuilding! Nice footprint if a private management firm wanted to make some money. Steady play for a good price!

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
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Commented on 02/12/2021

Thank you so much for your review. We are happy to see you enjoyed our course. We value your feedback, and hope to see you back in the future.

Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Never before

I played today with a friend (2 players) on the 2nd hold we caught up to the group ahead of us. There were 3 young men in ! cart with ! golf bag playing. Each young man was playing sharing clubs, to say the least it was very slow. After 2 holes we called the pro-shop and they sent out a marshall.

The marshall just brought them one more cart and let them play out of ! golf bag. The play continued to be very slow with 3 people playing out of 1 golf bag. 3 people putting sharing one putter. At the turn we complained again and the staff said that they did not care if they played out on 1 bag.

I have never played on a golf course that would allow 3 players to play out of one bag. We went around the group at the turn and finished at a normal pace. I will never play the Claw again. Very unprofessional staff.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 02/12/2021

Thank you for your review. We take your opinions seriously, and are constantly looking to improve the customer experience. Please feel free to reach out to us at info@theclawatusfgolf.com to discuss your concerns further.

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Reviews 1
2.0
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Previously Played

We had to wait for a golf cart, 20 minutes. Pace of play was very bad.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
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Commented on 02/12/2021

Thank you for your review. We take your opinions seriously, and are constantly looking to improve the customer experience. Please feel free to reach out to us at info@theclawatusfgolf.com to discuss your concerns further.

Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Fair
Friendliness Fair
Pace Fair
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 16
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Rough course

This is a challenging course! The fairways were so wet the ball just stopped on landing. There was absolutely no roll. oddly though, The greens were running so fast. The players behind us were extremely rude and hitting before we were clear, many times coming very close to us. No ranger on the course. Frustrating play.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
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Commented on 02/12/2021

We apologize for the poor experience. Please feel free to reach out to us to discuss your concerns further.

Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Condition So So

The clubhouse, pro shop and restaurant, (was told by staff) have been closed/condemned for last 18 months. only a shipping container available for pro shop. porta jons
Driving range for public, ball machine not working, heard the ball picker was broke, they have to hand pick.

positives: The greens are in good shape, Teeing area acceptable, pace of play good, 4hr round. Pro Shop Staff very nice and helpful.
some of the bunkers on back 9 had been refurbished.

Negatives: fairways poor, area around greens, hardly playable, For a D1 program home course, embarrassing

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap Don't know
Skill Beginner
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great Course

It was my first time playing this course. I really enjoyed it. Moderate difficulty. It took me 4 hours playing 4 people. I recommended.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 02/12/2021

Thank you so much for your 5-star review! We are happy to see you enjoyed our course. We value your feedback, and hope to see you back in the future.

Played On
Reviews 95
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Cold weather
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked

Good Condition

I've got to say, whether it's the weather or the work on the course...the Claw looks great. Fairways were green and well maintained. Greens were fast and pure. Tee boxes were a bit less cared for, but that's ok.
All in all...it's a great value for golf in Tampa Bay.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 02/03/2021

Thank you so much for your review! We are happy to see you enjoyed our course. We value your feedback, and hope to see you back in the future.

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