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3.1
460 Reviews (460)
5 Stars
59
4 Stars
176
3 Stars
120
2 Stars
57
1 Stars
48
Conditions
2.9
Value
3.4
Layout
3.8
Friendliness
3.9
Pace
3.6
Amenities
2.0
60.1%
Recommend this course
310 out of 460 reviews
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Average Rating
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3.3
90 Reviews (90)
5 Stars
12
4 Stars
33
3 Stars
25
2 Stars
12
1 Stars
8
Conditions
3.2
Value
3.6
Layout
3.9
Pace
3.5
Amenities
1.9
StaffFriendliness
3.9
70.0%
Recommend this course
63 out of 90 reviews
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3.1
122 Reviews (122)
5 Stars
13
4 Stars
39
3 Stars
37
2 Stars
18
1 Stars
15
Conditions
3.0
Value
3.4
Layout
3.7
Pace
3.5
Amenities
1.8
StaffFriendliness
3.8
62.3%
Recommend this course
76 out of 122 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
460 Reviews (460)

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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Played On
Reviews 9
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Needs a complete makeover

It would appear that not one dollar in maintenance or upkeep. And no progress toward opening a snack bar or pro shop that this course is headed for closure. To resurrect this place would take millions and I don't see it coming.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Thomas Gorman

Fun course. There is a lot of dried out fairways and rough. Many of the fairways should be ground under repair especially around the greens. The clubhouse is a trailer which is surprising.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 11
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Club house is closed and looks like it will be tore down.

Everybody was nice and the carts were clean and in good shape over all it was good.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a year
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Similar Challenges Throughout Course, Good Greens, 14’s the Claw

Had fun playing today. Last time I’ve been to this course was when I graduated from USF and looks like they added some USF college style facilities and more plans to add even more USF college style facilities like the clubhouse is coming soon. Similar Challenges Throughout Course, Good Greens, 14’s the Claw.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 16
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

The Claw

Greens were awesome, fast and the fairways were fairly good and the rough was sparse. If you was a challenging round, the claw will fill the bill.....

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Course

Course was in good shape...staff was realky friendly...no real ammenities cuz the clubhouse is closed down...hard layout overal....good experience

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 25+
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Pay for what you get!

Greens were above average but the rest of the couse was DRY. Extremely DRY. Did I mention HARD AND DRY?

Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 9
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Has Seen Better Days

The Proshop is in a 12 foot trailer. Had to wait for a cart that was on a second round and didn't make it. Carts are very old. No snack bar, inside of building is completely closed down. The cart barn was about to fall down. The course was fair at best. You can't get cheap enough to make this place a good deal. Sorry folks but this place needs lots of improvements starting with professional management.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Fairly Easy
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Commented on 04/07/2021

We are extremely disappointed that you didn't have a good experience. We would love to talk to you about this further. Please email me at jsparrow@theclawatusfgolf.com with your best contact information so we can discuss this further.
-John Sparrow GM

Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Terrible experience

Had to wait for a cart for over 30 minutes and a group of 3 guys were given a cart before me and played ahead of me when they had a later tee time than I did. Cart girl never came around. I will never play this course again. Pro shop was in a storage container. Very unprofessional

Conditions Good
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Amenities Poor
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Commented on 04/07/2021

Thank you so much for coming out to The Claw an playing this past weekend. We are extremely disappointed that you didn't have a good experience. We would love to talk to you about this further. Please email me at jsparrow@theclawatusfgolf.com with your best contact information so we can discuss this further.
-John Sparrow GM

Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Beginner
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Cheap golf

If you are looking to play a round of golf cheap then this is the place for you.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Fair
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Solid course. Not great. Not bad.

For $35 it’s not bad. Course is difficult with lots of tough tee shots, doglegs and trouble off the fairway. Fairways are in decent condition. Miss the fairway or green and you’ll likely be in a crappy lie with dirt and roots. Pace of play is fine early in the morning but after 9am you’ll likely be backed up and be playing a slow 4-5 hr round

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 19
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

The Claw

Nice greens. They rolled pretty true. The course was in good shape but the tee-boxes are poor. For the price this is a good value.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 29
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Disappointing for a college course.

Nice greens, fairways okay, any where else very poor conditions. Did enjoy layout.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 7
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Death of a golf corse

Returned to the Claw after roughy 5 years. Amazed to find it total falling apart. Club house, restaurant, pro shop shut, staff working out of a shipping pod. Coarse in terrible shape, although did see workers.
Staff said things are in flux, improvements on the way. I understand that COVID hurt everyone & colleges are money starved, but. I think if the university pres played golf it wouldn’t be in such shape. It was & could be a draw, valuable piece of property. Hope it works out, I’ll wait till next year to try it again.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a year
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Love it!!

I haven’t played a course in 7 yrs, and this was perfect. Started to get my rhythm on the back nine. I can’t wait to play it again.

Thank you

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a year
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great course

My first time playing in 7 years.. Felt great to play again and the staff was great, especially Hunter

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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