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4.6
1421 Reviews (1421)
5 Stars
910
4 Stars
443
3 Stars
48
2 Stars
13
1 Stars
7
Conditions
4.5
Value
4.5
Layout
4.8
Friendliness
4.7
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.3
97.0%
Recommend this course
1377 out of 1421 reviews
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4.6
124 Reviews (124)
5 Stars
88
4 Stars
30
3 Stars
4
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.4
Value
4.5
Layout
4.9
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.4
StaffFriendliness
4.7
97.6%
Recommend this course
121 out of 124 reviews
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4.7
315 Reviews (315)
5 Stars
223
4 Stars
80
3 Stars
9
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.6
Value
4.5
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.4
StaffFriendliness
4.7
98.1%
Recommend this course
309 out of 315 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
1421 Reviews (1421)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 55
Brunch 17
19th Hole Specials 15
Course Challenges Include:
Water Hazards 156
Forced Carries 103
Bunkers 92
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 124
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 111
Locals 48
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 105
Convenient to the City 49
In the 'Burbs 43

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Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing

Great layout

I loved the layout of this course. It is one of my favorite courses in the area. I would have rated it a 5, but the greens were a little bumpy.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Wet but great layout

Course was very wet due to rain, but was holding up pretty well. We were lucky enough to have played on day that threatened rain, which scared off most others. We mostly had the course to ourselves on a Saturday afternoon Layout is very good - challenging but playable. Will definitely go back.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

A well maintained challenging course

This is a really nice course nestled along the Manatee river and nice homes. They have several tee boxes which accommodates long and short ball hitters. The front 9 is easier than the back which requires a little more precision shots or layups to get to the green. The fairways are free of weeds and cut nice. The staff are friendly and helpful. My only disappointment was the greens had been recently aerated and there was no notice when I booked the round. I think Golfpass and other booking sites should have this posted. We still had a fun and enjoyed the round.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Beginner
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Friendly

Very friendly knowledgable crew
Clean
Great food
Good time

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

Nice layout

Good layout- some target golf but playable. I played during Cary path only- so in some cases I didn’t have the correct club. Overall I’d suggest playing here.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great course poor staff

The course layout is awesome. The fairways and tee boxes were a little rough. Th overall review would have been a four but the staff in the clubhouse and bar were not very nice or pleasant. I come here to hit balls every now and then and the experience has been poor then also. This could certainly be a world class golf course. It.is a shame that the management doesn’t do a better job of training the staff in the art of customer service.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Poor
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Nice Course

Right on the river, really nice layout, complimentary driving range balls, good restaurant/bar all around great day of golf!

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

Fun course!

This course is a very fun track to play! You can be a great to very average golfer and still have a good time. The course layout with really cool and was in great conditions for this year. Greens were a little sandy still but not bad! Overall very fun track.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Magnificent!

Hot deal was available...so I gave Waterlefe a try. This is a magnificent course. Stunningly beautiful, very well maintained, lots of character, water everywhere. I played in 2:30 as a single. Everyone was nice. Perfect!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Lots of Rain

If it wasnt for all the rain they have had in the past weeks the rating for course conditions would have been 5 stars. Not the course managements fault. GOTTA PLAY HERE!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Course was and always is in great condition. The layout is a bit tricky with water on many of the holes.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 24
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

U.S.Open Qualifying Site.

Great layout just a little shaggy. Needed mowing and traps were not raked.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Just Beautiful

One of the most beautiful courses I had ever played!!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Great Track

Everything about the course generally exceeded my expectations. Compared to other courses in the area this is among best. If you are a walker the back nine Is a tough walk. I would definitely recommend this course for It’s structure, themes and overall challenging features. There is a good amount Of water and generally clubbing down or an easy swing is rewarded on many shots.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 29
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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