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3.0
696 Reviews (696)
5 Stars
80
4 Stars
233
3 Stars
185
2 Stars
103
1 Stars
95
Conditions
2.7
Value
3.3
Layout
3.9
Friendliness
3.9
Pace
3.6
Amenities
1.9
54.3%
Recommend this course
422 out of 696 reviews
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2.4
84 Reviews (84)
5 Stars
1
4 Stars
15
3 Stars
19
2 Stars
27
1 Stars
22
Conditions
1.9
Value
2.6
Layout
3.7
Pace
3.4
Amenities
1.6
StaffFriendliness
3.9
32.1%
Recommend this course
27 out of 84 reviews
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2.9
179 Reviews (179)
5 Stars
18
4 Stars
45
3 Stars
49
2 Stars
35
1 Stars
32
Conditions
2.5
Value
3.2
Layout
3.9
Pace
3.6
Amenities
1.8
StaffFriendliness
4.0
51.4%
Recommend this course
92 out of 179 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 No
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

3.0
696 Reviews (696)

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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3.0
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Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
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2.0
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Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
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Reviews 47
Handicap 15-19
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Plays A few times a week
2.0
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First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Awesome Layout poor Maintenace

I had heard good things about the course, so I was surprised at the poor conditions. Fairways were the best feature most were green and well kept. Tee boxes where a real miss and some greens were in horrible shape. Biggest disappointment was area around greens especially elevated greens. The banks where all rutted up and no grass. I like the old course layout and while some holes where tight, it was fun course was to play, would be very fun to play if conditions where better.

Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
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Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Fair
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
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Reviews 1
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1.0
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Windy weather
Used cart

Course is in horrible condition. The cart was so far out of alignment had I not had experience and a novice drove it they would have crashed!

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
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Previously Played

Conditions deteriorating

We used to play here frequently, but the conditions are deteriorating severely. On our most recent visit, several of the tee boxes had no grass at all, there were numerous bare spots and infilled divots in the fairways, and large areas with no grass on about half of the greens. On a positive note, the sand in the bunkers was the best I’ve seen at any of the area courses. The course has potential, but is in desperate need of new management.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 51
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 185
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

This course needs some work

The greens need lots of work, the fairways are poor ,and some tee box's have little to no grass on them. USF should be embarrassed there name is on that course

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Reviews 185
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
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Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

This course needs some work

The collage should be embarrassed at the condition of this course ,some tee boxes were very bad others just soso the greens need lots of work I played with another guy that was also disappointed , Its sad to see any course in bad shape

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 15
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

What a shame.....

There was a time when The Claw was in excellent condition with the greens/fairways/teeboxes and bunkers all well maintained. There was a pro shop with equipment and shoes/clothing neatly displayed. The restaurant/bar was well stocked and resonably priced. Fast forward to now.....The course is a disgrace, the restaurant/bar are closed and there is no pro shop. The carts are old gas type and are sometimes filthy. There are a few greens that are still good, but the majority are riddled with bare areas and pock marks. Tee boxes are beyond awful. USF should be ashamed of this poor excuse for a golf course. My sympathy to the members of their golf team.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 24
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

The Claw

Most of the reviews for this course are true. I dont really have the right words to describe how bad it is. If you want to have a place where you can play golf and putt for fun then this is the place. Some tee boxes are just dirt and sand. Fairways are wet and zero grass. Greens are okay for almost the whole layout 2-3 have bad spots. The layout is pretty good with some hard holes as well. I last played it almost 10 years ago and it has really gone way downhill, Sad to see it really. Dont waste your money

Conditions Poor
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great value

Not expensive and not Augusta enjoyed the day with great staff and all players we ran into were friendly

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Previously Played
Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 107
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 500 Contributor
Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great course for relief from big $ courses in winter

We especially loved the pace (never waited once) and the friendliness of people working there. USF clearly lacks funds to improve conditions, but many greens were decent (but some had some big bad spots). In winter there are few places with reasonable prices, so we found it to be a fun course for the money (& quite challenging) and the doglegs weren't annoying like name 'Claw" might suggest. If you need a budget stretcher mid winter while still getting out to play, this is a good choice.

Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Bad

Such a nice layout.its a shame they can't or won't fix this course back to shape.Used to be a nice place to go play.i go back every 6-8 months to check and see if they fix it up and again they have done Nothing to it..Greens were terrible again the same or even worse then the last time I was there.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Twice a year
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 13
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Birthday golf

A great day with family and friends. Course was wet but quite playable, greens were decent except for one or two. Pro shop is in a small trailer which we weren’t expecting

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 1
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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