Mangrove Bay Golf Course - No. 15
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Mangrove Bay Golf Course - No. 15
Mangrove Bay Golf Course is the site of the St. Petersburg City Amateur Championship. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
Mangrove Bay Golf Course - No. 4
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Mangrove Bay Golf Course - No. 4
The fourth hole at Mangrove Bay Golf Course is a 399-yard par 4. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
Mangrove Bay Golf Course - No. 7
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Mangrove Bay Golf Course - No. 7
The short, par-4 seventh at Mangrove Bay Golf Course plays around a lake. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
Mangrove Bay Golf Course - No. 9
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Mangrove Bay Golf Course - No. 9
As the No. 16-handicap hole, the par-4 ninth at Mangrove Bay G.C. presents a scoring opportunity. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
Mangrove Bay Golf Course - No. 13
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Mangrove Bay Golf Course - No. 13
A large bunker guards the green on the short, par-4 13th at Mangrove Bay Golf Course in St. Petersburg, Florida. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
Mangrove Bay Golf Course - No. 14
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Mangrove Bay Golf Course - No. 14
The 504-yard, par-5 15th at Mangrove Bay Golf Course gives golfers a birdie opportunity. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
Mangrove Bay Golf Course - No. 16
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Mangrove Bay Golf Course - No. 16
The par-4 16th might be the signature hole at Mangrove Bay Golf Course in St. Petersburg, Florida. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
Mangrove Bay Golf Course - No. 18
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Mangrove Bay Golf Course - No. 18
Mangrove Bay Golf Course ends with a 436-yard par 4 to a well protected green. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
Mangrove Bay Golf Course - practice bunker
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Mangrove Bay Golf Course - practice bunker
A practice bunker is one aspect of Mangrove Bay Golf Course's extensive facilities. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
Cypress Links - clubhouse
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Cypress Links - clubhouse
With a separate facility that also hosts The First Tee, Cypress Links is a popular par-3 course right next to Mangrove Bay in St. Petersburg, Fla. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
Cypress Links golf course - No. 9
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Cypress Links golf course - No. 9
Conditioning and layout on the par-3 Cypress Links doesn't disappoint. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
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Mangrove Bay Golf Course: The pride of St. Petersburg, Florida

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- There's only one championship-level golf course in the St. Petersburg municipal golf department, and it's very popular.

Busy seven days a week, not only do locals and visitors flock to play Mangrove Bay Golf Course, but they love to take advantage of the extensive practice facilities as well. The course winds around natural mangroves just a few hundred yards from the bay.

It's also located next to a par-3 course, Cypress Links, which is perfect for beginners as well as experienced players.

Mike Bailey is a senior staff writer based in Houston. Focusing primarily on golf in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America with an occasional trip to Europe and beyond, he contributes course reviews, travel stories and features as well as the occasional equipment review. An award-winning writer and past president of Texas Golf Writers Association, he has more than 25 years in the golf industry. Before accepting his current position in 2008, he was on staff at PGA Magazine, The Golfweek Group and AvidGolfer Magazine. Follow Mike on Twitter at @MikeBaileyGA and Instagram at @MikeStefanBailey.

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