Seminole Lake Country Club offers a private-like setting for Tampa-area golf

SEMINOLE, Fla. -- Located just south of Tampa, Seminole Lake Country Club is a semi-private facility set near the popular vacation communities of Reddington Beach. The golf course sits on a peninsula beside Long Bayou and is surrounded with water on three sides. Gentle breezes and a wealth of bird life is a hint that the Gulf of Mexico is just a short distance off. The course even has its own family of bald eagles that live on site.

The once private club that has hosted such luminaries as Arnold Palmer now offers a limited amount of public tee times.

One of the highlights of the course -- which plays 6,501 yards from the championship tees -- are the firm and fast seadwarf paspalum greens that have much less grain than traditional Florida bermuda greens.

The start of the course doesn't feature much water with the exception of the first green. But when you get to the fifth green, water comes into play in a big way. The par-3 seventh requires a long carry entirely over water.

The back nine has a wealth of water holes as well, including to the right of the 18th fairway.

In addition to the 18-hole golf course, Seminole Lake is also home to a clubhouse and full practice area and driving range.

Brandon Tucker is the Sr. Managing Editor for GolfPass and was the founding editor of Golf Advisor in 2014, he was the managing editor for Golf Channel Digital's Courses & Travel. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and nearly 600 golf courses worldwide. While he's played some of the most prestigious courses in the world, Tucker's favorite way to play the game is on a great muni in under three hours. Follow Brandon on Twitter at @BrandonTucker and on Instagram at @btuck34.
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Seminole Lake Country Club offers a private-like setting for Tampa-area golf