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4.6
1220 Reviews (1220)
5 Stars
772
4 Stars
388
3 Stars
42
2 Stars
12
1 Stars
6
Conditions
4.5
Value
4.5
Layout
4.7
Friendliness
4.7
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.3
97.2%
Recommend this course
1181 out of 1220 reviews
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Average Rating
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4.7
148 Reviews (148)
5 Stars
113
4 Stars
30
3 Stars
3
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.6
Value
4.6
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.4
StaffFriendliness
4.8
98.6%
Recommend this course
146 out of 148 reviews
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Average Rating
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4.7
235 Reviews (235)
5 Stars
171
4 Stars
53
3 Stars
6
2 Stars
4
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.5
Value
4.5
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.3
StaffFriendliness
4.7
96.2%
Recommend this course
226 out of 235 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
1220 Reviews (1220)

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 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 9
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Nice course

First time playing this course. Staff members were extremely friendly. This course plays longer than expected. Water/sand on every hole. Shot placement is a must. Not a course for a high/super high handicapper. Also, watch out for the “no see em” bugs. Be sure and use bug spray on legs and ankles before playing. Beautiful homes surround the course and enhances your golfing experience.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 10
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great track

This is an outstanding and a very pretty course. We truly enjoyed playing here although it did cost us a few balls. We will plan on playing this again.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Had 3 groups stacked up on the tee box at the same hole at several points. There was a ranger but didn’t see him out on the course

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played

Nice course...Slow play!

Have played Waterlefe on numerous occasions and never had an issue., however this time the pace of play was almost 5 hours. The ranger said he would speed up play but it never happened.

On the positive side the greens were quick and consistent to read.

This golf course has dropped out of my top 5 in the Sarasota/Bradenton area due to the slow play and expensive ($109) green fees. There are better courses in the area at lower green fees.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 171
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 500 Contributor
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great Track

4th time playing - I will go back. Challenging...bring plenty of balls. Love it

Conditions Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Excellent greens

Greens are fast and roll true. Course condition very good.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Played On
Reviews 88
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played

First time this season

Everything was top notch.
My only criticism is that the starter was maskless
He was well within 6 feet talking to a couple in their cart in front of me,
When he approached my cart , he explained that he is outdoors so a mask wasn’t necessary,
Then please, don’t get so close to the carts,

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Advanced
Plays Twice a year
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 16
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Water! Bring your snorkel

Really nice golf course! Course conditions for this time of year were awesome. Greens in great shape and fast. What a fun layout can not wait to get back for a second look. Ball striking a must on this course pick your spots. players course not really a course for the beer golfers. Loved it!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Worth the price!

Definitely worth the price if you can get a deal in the evening

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 15
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Top Five so Far

This is a must play and should be added to your rotation.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 21
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

A Must Play for west coast of FL

This is one of the better golf courses on the west coast of Florida. The greens were in Great shape and it’s always a pleasure to play at Waterlefe - it’ll test all aspects of your golf game.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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