Located in the Tampa Bay area, the city of Clearwater is known for Clearwater Beach, a three-mile stretch with numerous hotels and restaurants. It also hosts Major League Baseball’s Philadelphia Phillies for spring training games at Spectrum Field.
Florida is also known for great golf and Clearwater is no exception. The Cove Cay Golf Club, The Landings Golf Club, and Largo Golf Course are must-plays and some of the best public golf courses in the Clearwater Beach area!
1. Cove Cay Golf Club
Cove Cay’s Golf Club is located in Pinellas County along Tampa Bay.
The course can be played from one of four sets of tees ranging from 4216 to 6079 yards. The signature hole is the par 5 17th that features a tiny peninsula green.
Golfers can enjoy the views of Tampa Bay along with the back nine while trying to avoid water hazards on each of the last six holes.
The strategically-placed bunkers from course designer David Wallace add to the complexity and provide a great test of golf for even the best players.
The course is semi-private (but open to the public with tee times and rates displayed 24/7) and memberships are available annually or seasonally, which is perfect for both locals and visitors.
How Much Does it Cost at the Cove Cay Golf Club?
Rates through April are $55 plus tax all day for 18 holes and $32 for nine holes.
From May 1 through June 30, rates are $55 before noon for 18 holes and $32 for nine holes.
Rates for the driving range are $5 for a small bucket of balls and $8 for a large bucket of balls. For more information on rates later in the season, call 727-535-1406.
Cove Cay Golf Club driving range is open 7 days a week from 7 am to 5 pm.
You can download a scorecard for Cove Cay Golf Club, FL here.
The golf shop at Cove Cay Golf Club is open 7 am until 6 pm in the summer and 7 am until 5 pm in the winter.
An authorized Ping Dealer, Cove Cay Golf Shop does Ping custom club fitting.
Just call the golf shop and set up a consultation with Bill Shriver for complete analysis and adjustments.
Merchandise carried includes top quality golf apparel, footwear, gifts, and gift certificates which are good for a year upon purchase.
In addition to a picturesque driving range, Cove Cay Golf Club has a complete practice area with bunkers, chipping and putting green.
Need improvements to your game? Book lessons with PGA Professionals Chris Ardolina, Pat Shriver, or Bill Shriver.
When finished with your round, enjoy a full bar, daily specials, and free Wifi at the Bayview Grill.
Hours of operation are 11 am to 6 pm on Saturday, and 11 am to 8:30 pm every other day.
Southwinds Golf Course, 2612 Cove Cay Drive, Clearwater, FL 33760.
Tel: (727) 535-1406
Hours: 6:00AM to 8:30PM
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2. The Landings Golf Club
The location where the golf course is situated was originally used as an Air field in the early 1930s.
The golf course, which was established in 1970, was designed by Ron Garl.
A unique 18-hole layout of par 63 with nine par 4s and nine par 3s, the Landings Golf Club is owned and operated by the family of PGA Tour professional John Huston.
Located behind the Clearwater Airpark, this public course provides a combination of challenge and enjoyment.
How Much Does it Cost at the Landings Golf Club?
Tee times range from 7 am to 5 pm.
Rates effective at the start of the year were $34 to ride and $29 to walk from 7 am to 1 pm and $29 to ride and $25 to walk, 1 pm to 5 pm.
All prices are plus tax and are subject to change.
You can download a scorecard for The Landings Golf Club, FL here.
The Landings Golf Club has a pro shop with a wide variety of top-brand golf merchandise.
Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate, professional, man, woman or child, there is something at the Landings’ pro shop to suit your needs!
Have a club with a broken shaft or an old grip that needs replacing? Landings Golf Club is completely equipped to fix your clubs.
They offer standard, mid-sized or oversized grips, custom-fitting services with lie and loft adjustments, and can replace missing clubs.
A recently renovated clubhouse has two large-screened televisions where you can relax with a drink or hot dog before or after your round.
Driving range hours are Monday through Wednesday 7 am to 6 pm, Thursday 7 am to 4 pm, and Friday through Sunday 7 am to 6 pm.
Prices are $6 for a small bucket, $8 for a medium bucket, and $10 for a large bucket.
Range card can be purchased for $100 and you get $120. Pay $200 and get $250, or pay $300 and get $390.
The Landings Golf Club, 1875 Airport Drive, Clearwater, FL 33765.
Tel: (727) 447-5272.
Hours: 7AM to Sunset.
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3. Largo Golf Course
Opened in 1969, the Largo Golf Course is an 18-hole, par 62 executive course that plays at 3300 yards from the longest of two sets of tees.
The greens and fairways and beautifully manicured and are made of Bermuda grass.
How Much Does it Cost at Largo Golf Course?
Rates for April are $22.50 and $29.50 for riding before noon and $22.50 for walking, and $25 for riding after noon.
The nine-hole rate is $15.50 for walking and $20.50 for riding before noon, and $15.50 for walking and $18.50 for riding after noon.
Take advantage of the twilight rates after 4 pm of $13.50 to walk and $18.50 to ride.
You can buy a 10 greens-fee package for $202.50 to walk and $265.50 to ride.
Single-player cart rates are $10 for nine holes and $16 for 18 holes.
You can download a scorecard for Largo Golf Course, FL here.
A clubhouse, pro shop, spacious practice putting green, and hitting net are available. For food, beer, and wine served both indoors and outdoors, head to Café 19.
Group lessons are available for players of all abilities.
Learn the proper grip, alignment, set up, ball position, full swing, golf etiquette, course management and more!
Lessons are Saturdays from 9 am – 10 am and cost $40 per month or $15 per class.
Sign up for individual riding lessons where a teaching professional will take you on the course for nine holes. It’s the perfect way to learn all aspects of the game. Lessons are $90 for one person and $120 for two people.
You can also rent the course for private parties, outings, birthdays, whatever your occasion.
Included is over 800 square feet of open space with a seating capacity of 56.
Audio equipment is available as well as catering options.
Largo Golf Course, 12500 Vonn Rd, Largo, FL 33774.
Tel: (727) 518-3024
Hours: 7:00AM to Sunset
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Best Public Golf Courses in the Clearwater Beach, FL Area
The best public golf courses don’t have to be long to be challenging and enjoyable.
Case in point is the Cove Cay Golf Club, The Landings Golf Club, and the Largo Golf Course.
Alternative public golf courses in Florida: Pompano Beach, Daytona Beach, Bradenton, Jupiter, Disney World, Fort Myers Beach, Estero, Sanibel Island, Naples, FL, Sarasota, Panama City Beach.
At just over 6000 yards from the tips, the Cove Cay Golf Club is the longest, while the executive Largo Golf Course comes in at a mere 3300 yards.
Take time away from your beach vacation to play one or all of the three courses, or simply enjoy the courses as part of an exclusive golf retreat at affordable rates.