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4.6
1687 Reviews (1687)
5 Stars
1091
4 Stars
514
3 Stars
55
2 Stars
15
1 Stars
12
Conditions
4.5
Value
4.4
Layout
4.8
Friendliness
4.7
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.3
96.5%
Recommend this course
1631 out of 1687 reviews
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Average Rating
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4.5
198 Reviews (198)
5 Stars
127
4 Stars
59
3 Stars
7
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
4
Conditions
4.4
Value
4.2
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.1
Amenities
4.3
StaffFriendliness
4.6
94.9%
Recommend this course
188 out of 198 reviews
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4.6
308 Reviews (308)
5 Stars
208
4 Stars
83
3 Stars
9
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
6
Conditions
4.5
Value
4.3
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.3
StaffFriendliness
4.6
95.8%
Recommend this course
295 out of 308 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 6892 yards
Slope 146
Rating 73.9

Inspired by the backdrop of the Manatee River, Ted McAnlis has created the ultimate golf experience with the perfect combination of beauty and challenge. Waterlefe Golf & River Club is built along a particularly beautiful section of the Manatee River, complete with wide expanses of pristine marshes and pleasant coves. Don't be surprised if on the 15th tee you spot a family of manatees poking noses up for a breath of air. The golf course was designed with a great deal of time, effort and expense going toward protecting and resorting the natural environment that gives the course it unique character. The gently sloped greens with the newest Tifteagle Bermuda offer the ultimate in putting. From a lazy start on the par-5 first hole to the big finish on the 18th hole island green, golfers love Waterlefe Golf & River Club!

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Course Details

Year Built 2000
Greens Bermuda Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Ted McAnlis (2000)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes
Pull-carts No

Practice/Instruction

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

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted Major credit cards are accepted.
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code Proper golf attire required

Food & Beverage

Bar, Grill, Beverage Carts

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Meeting Facilities, Banquet Facilities, Spa

Available Activities

Swimming, Billiards

Available Sports

Fitness, Tennis

Accolades

Reviews

4.6
1687 Reviews (1687)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 55
Brunch 17
19th Hole Specials 15
Course Challenges Include:
Water Hazards 157
Forced Carries 104
Bunkers 92
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 125
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 112
Locals 48
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 105
Convenient to the City 50
In the 'Burbs 43

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Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
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I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing

Perfect

Perfect everything. Like hitting of a pillow in the fairways. Perfect bent grass greens.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 06/28/2022

Thank you for taking the time to review us, u780180012. Your feedback is valuable, and we look forward to delivering you excellent service again soon. Waterlefe Golf & River Club thanks you!

Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Excellent and fun layout

Course condition was great, considering greens were punched only a few weeks ago. Greens were patchy in colour but rolled great at good speed.

Lots of tee options for all skill levels. The speed of play could’ve been better. There was no course Marshall on course. The back 9 is lots of fun with interesting holes. Will be back for another game!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented on 06/27/2022

Hello, 1dly1. Thank you for visiting us at Waterlefe Golf & River Club. We appreciate your 4-star rating and review. We hope you join us for another round soon.

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Reviews 9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Very good layout.

Pace of play was great. Course is challenging and consistently in good shape.

Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
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Commented on 06/27/2022

Thank you for taking the time to review us, tomcat324. Your feedback is valuable, and we look forward to delivering you excellent service again soon. Waterlefe Golf & River Club thanks you!

Played On
Reviews 14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 06/24/2022

Hello Cdkelley211,

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave an excellent rating! We really appreciate your business. Please let us know what we can do for you in the future to earn that last star!

Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great course.

Greens were a little slow. play was great until back nine. Slow play no rangers pushing them along. I called the club house from hole 11 where there were two foursomes in front of me waiting to tee off with, no help from the pro shop.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
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Commented on 06/22/2022

Hello, uVHPC8314VH. Thank you for visiting us at Waterlefe Golf & River Club. We appreciate your 4-star rating and review. We hope you join us for another round soon.

Played On
Reviews 19
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather

Get out there

Can't beat the views. Course in great shape. Greens coming back nicely after being punched. Starter and ranger are funny, nice guys.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 06/17/2022

Thank you for your review, u314161866180. We will pass along your positive experience to our team at Waterlefe Golf & River Club. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Played On
Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great course. Rate of play was slow due to a foursome that was holding us up

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
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Commented on 06/14/2022

Hi, noahhugo. Thank you so much for the great review. We are glad you had an incredible time, and we hope to see you again soon! Thanks for choosing Waterlefe Golf & River Club.

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Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 06/13/2022

Hello and thank you for your 5-star rating, christophe7624116! We're delighted you enjoyed your round. Please book another round with us soon, and thanks for choosing Waterlefe Golf & River Club!

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Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 06/15/2022

Hi, Steve6457026. We would love to hear more about your positive experience on our course. Please contact us to share with us your favorite part of your experience. Thanks for golfing at Waterlefe Golf & River Club!

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Terrible greens

They should inform you when greens are aerated. Greens were unputtable.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented on 06/10/2022

We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us, jamesvmiller. We are going to pass on your feedback to the team. Thanks for visiting Waterlefe Golf & River Club, and we hope to see you again in the future.

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Greens and fairways just punched

I would avoid for a few weeks. Greens were just punched which made putting and even chipping a really poor experience. Awesome layout.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 06/10/2022

Hello, Jpowers618. We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. We strive for a 5-star experience, so we welcome your feedback. We work hard to maintain the course for everyone's benefit, which means aerifying the greens as part of our regular maintenance schedule. The greens will be healed soon and in pristine condition. Please come back soon for the 5-star experience you expect at Waterlefe Golf & River Club.

Played On
Reviews 14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented on 06/10/2022

Hello Cdkelley211,

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave an excellent rating! We really appreciate your business. Please let us know what we can do for you in the future to earn that last star!

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

no updated info on golfnow

the greens were all sanded and the fairways were rough; if this would have mentioned in golfnow we would not have booked.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Amenities Fair
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Commented on 06/10/2022

Hi, u314162370571,

We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. We are going to pass on your feedback to the teams in charge so they can work to make changes.

Your feedback helps us do better. We are looking into this issue and hope to resolve it promptly.

Thank you for visiting Waterlefe Golf & River Club. We hope you'll give us another try in the future.

Played On
Reviews 7
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 06/10/2022

Hi, u101946674. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your time at Waterlefe Golf & River Club. We look forward to seeing you on the course soon for another 5-star experience!

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 06/03/2022

Hello and thank you for your 5-star rating, u314161107863! We're delighted you enjoyed your round. Please book another round with us soon, and thanks for choosing Waterlefe Golf & River Club!

Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great course!!

Very beautiful and challenging golf course!! Glad I got out there when I did since they are aerating this week. Always well maintained and the staff is great!! Big shout out to the ranger for keeping things moving and tracking me down to return my 8 iron to me!! Such a fun track

Pace Good
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Commented on 05/31/2022

Wow! We are so happy you enjoyed your round, u314159860019! We look forward to seeing you again soon at Waterlefe Golf & River Club.

Played On
Reviews 3
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 05/31/2022

Hello and thank you for your 5-star rating, mattjo2000! We're delighted you enjoyed your round. Please book another round with us soon, and thanks for choosing Waterlefe Golf & River Club!

Played On
Reviews 8
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
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Commented on 05/31/2022

Hello and thank you for your 5-star rating, u279060419! We're delighted you enjoyed your round. Please book another round with us soon, and thanks for choosing Waterlefe Golf & River Club!

Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Hard golf course

This course is short and surrounded by water. It is a fun and challenging layout. There is water and woods everywhere in this course. Better hit the ball straight in order to have a chance. It is a great course an I highly recommend it!

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 05/27/2022

Hello, Bryanrichards73. Thank you for visiting us at Waterlefe Golf & River Club. We appreciate your 4-star rating and review. We hope you join us for another round soon.

Played On
Reviews 16
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great course 0-6 hdcp

If I could rate this course 4.5 ⭐️ I would. Anything that’s not in great shape they are actively working on it. Lots of water in play on nearly every shot. I felt like there was lots of room to hit the ball. I would describe the course as look hard plays easier. Trust the GPS in the golf cart. I found it to be very accurate. The greens were fast and medium firmness. The fairways were in very very good condition. A few of the tees were not great but were good and they were actively trying to improve them. Overall one of the best courses I have played this year.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 05/26/2022

Hello, u220912277. Thanks so much for your review. We're so glad you enjoyed your round at Waterlefe Golf & River Club. That's what we like to hear! We hope to see you again soon!

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