metro West  (Orlando )


Mangrove BAy  ( St. Petersburg)

Buffalo Creek  (Palmetto)


Tanglewood  (Fulton)


Mayfair Lakes  (Vancouver, British Columbia)


Bajamar  (Ensedada) 

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metro west orlando

address:  2100 S. Hiawassee  Orlando, Fl.  32835  Phone:  407-299-1099  Website:  https://www.metrowestgolf.com

Metro West was my first experience with Florida Golf and I kind of liked it.  Coming from The Central Valley of California the course was kind of different in that it was lush and green all over the course.  It had deep rough off the fairways which was a challenge that I have never come across. The greens were bermuda which took some getting used to in that they were a lot grainier than I was used too here in California.  Overall the course was fun to play and a great golf experience for me.  Besides, lunch and a beer were included in the package that I had.   


Gold 7051 YRDS.  Rating 74.4  Slope 138:  Blue  6619 YRDS.  Rating 71.6  Slope 135:  White  6104  Men  Rating 69.5  Slope 130  Women  Rating 74.1  Slope 126:  Red  5325 YRDS.  Men  Rating  66.5  Slope 124  Women  Rating 69.8  Slope 121        

Green Fees:  $25-$35

Range:  Yes

mangrove bay st. petersburg

address:  875 62nd Ave.  NE  St. Petersburg, Fl.  33702  phone:  727-893-7800  Website:  https://www.golfstpete.com/mangrovebay/

After my stay in Orlando it was time to go to The Tampa-St. Petersburg Area.  This time I thought that I would try a good muni in the Tampa-St. Petersburg Area so I asked around in the local golf shops.  Mangrove Bay was suggested almost unanimously.  I was not disappointed after my round at Mangrove Bay.  The course was in better condition than I expected for a muni as the fairways were very green and the greens putted true.  I was impressed with the pro shop staff as well.  Should I get back to St. Petersburg,  Mangrove Bay will be on my play list.    


Black  6656 YRDS.  Rating 71.3  Slope 116:  Black/White  6369 YRDS.  Rating 69.5  Slope 114:  White  6112 YRDS.  Rating  68.3  Slope 113:  White/Yellow  5992 YRDS.  Rating 66.6  Slope 108:  Yellow  5726 YRDS.  Men  Rating 65.5  Slope 107  Women  Rating 71.2  Slope 116:  Red  YRDS.  5176  Men  Rating 63.5  Slope 103  Women  68.7  Slope 112  

fees:  $39 Cart Included (Call Pro Shop For Exact Rates)

Reange:  Yes  

buffalo creek palmetto, florida

Address:  8100 69th St. East  Palmetto, Fl.  34221  Phone:  941-776-2611  Website:  https://golfbuffalocreek.com

Buffalo Creek was a blind choice.  I don't know, the name sounded kind of different and I wanted something a bit out of the ordinary.  This course is kind of a working man's course stuck out in the middle of nowhere. You kind of have to want to play it to play it, although I'm glad I did. I hooked up with three regulars and spent a marvelous day of golf and fellowship.  I enjoyed the course.  There was nothing fancy about it but the course played fair and it was a lot of fun.  Water is on the course and comes into play, but not in a way that doesn't make sense.  As far as the condition of the course, it was a bit sloppy as I played it right after a heavy Florida rainstorm that had come through the day before.   


Blue  6926 YRDS.  Rating 73.6  Slope 129:  White  6404 YRDS.  Rating 71  Slope 121:  Gold  5745 YRDS.  Rating 67.8  Slope 115:  Red  5234 YRDS.  Rating 70.8  Slope 121    

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Green Fees:  $30-$60  (Call The Pro Shop For Exact Rates)

Range:  Yes



address:  818 Golf Course Drive  Fulton, Missouri  65251  Phone:  573-642-7277  Website:  https://tanglewoodfulton.com

My daughter lives in Fulton, Missouri so on a recent visit I took along my sticks.  I did my research and found out that there was a pretty decent golf course near where she lived.  So, I took a day and played Tanglewood and was very happy that I did.  I loved the course.  It meandered through the gentle rolling Missouri countryside with some pretty cool holes.  I especially liked the par threes.  One thing that was different for me was the bunkers were filled with a fine crushed red brick.  I had never seen that before. The greens putted well.    

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Blue  6964 YRDS.  Rating 72.7  Slope 123:  White  6341 YRDS.  Rating 69.7  Slope 119:  Gold  5546 YRDS.  Men  Rating 64.0  Slope 108  Women  Rating 71.6  Slope 125:  Red  5093 YRDS.  Women  68.8  Slope 116

green fees:  $22-$36  Plus Cart

RAnge:  Yes


Mayfair lakes  Richmond British Columbia

Address:  5460 Number 7 Rd.  Richmond, BC Canada  V6V1R7  Phone:  1+ 604-276-0585  Website:  https://mafairlakes.com

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How did I wind up in Canada playing golf?  You find out the whole story by going to the "My Travels" page on this website and clicking on "This Must Not Be Cabo" link.  It explains it all but this was definitely a good twist of fate.  Maifair Lakes was a good find.  The course was flat and enjoyable to play with greens running fast and true.  The views of the City of Vancover were pretty neat as were the views of the surrounding mountains.  Of course there were many lakes on the course-why else would they call it Mayfair Lakes but what I thought was interesting about the course was the shared green.  

Tees:  Par 71 

Blue  6641 Yrds.  Men  Rating 71.5  Slope 124  Women  Rating 78.6  Slope 135:  Blue/White  6476 YRDS.  Men  Rating 70.6  Slope 123  Women  Rating 77.8  Slope 132:  White  6247 YRDS.  Men  Rating 69.7  Slope 122  Women  Rating 76.5  Slope 130:  Gold  5673 YRDS.  Men  67.4  Slope 117  Women  Rating 72.9  Slope 123:  Red  5277 YRDS.  Men  Rating  65.6  Slope 110  Women  Rating 70.2  Slope 118   

Green Fees:  $98  US   $118  Canadian  (Check With The Pro Shop For Exact Green Fees and Exchange Rate)

Range:  Yes


estrella del mar  mazatlan, mexico 

Address:  Km. 10  Camino a la Islas de la Piedra  Mazatlan, Sinaloa  Mexico  92267:  Phone:  +1  800-727-4563  669-982-3300:  Website:  https://estrelladelmar.com

What can you say about a golf course that several holes are just step from a Pacific Ocean beach. Not much I would think.  The course was flat but there was a lot of water to navigate.  Overall the fairways were generous, the greens were fast and the course was a challenge.  How can you not like a course where the crashing sound of the Pacific ocean on a nearby beach fills the air. 


Gold  7005 YRDS.  76.8  Slope 133:  Blue  6443  Rating 73.2  Slope 131:  White  5960 YRDS. Rating 70.8  Slope 128:  Silver  5679 YRDS. Rating 69.6  Slope 124:  Red (Women) 5448 YRDS. Rating 74.1  Slope 127:  Pink  (Women) 4532 YRDS.  Rating 71.4  Slope 122:     

green fees:  $60-$130

Range:  Yes 

bajamar ensenada

Address:  Km. 77.5 E. Ensenada Toll Road  Ensenada,  Baja California  Mexico  Phone:  888-311-6076  Website:  https://golfbajamar.com  

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I have played Bajamar on a couple of occasions when I was on the four day cruise down to Ensenada.  I like the course very much.  It is also known by its nickname, "The Pebble Beach of Mexico"  although I wouldn't go that far.  There are three 9 hole layouts here and two of the 9 hole layouts are joined when you play eighteen holes.  There is The Vista Course, The Lakes Course and The Oceano Course.  I haven't played the Vista course but have enjoyed playing the Lake/Oceano combination.  As the names suggest, the Lakes nine has a few well placed lakes and the Oceano nine has some challenging holes built on the lava cliffs above the shore of the Pacific Ocean. I really enjoy playing the par 3's here, but you just can't beat the views of the Pacific Ocean on the Oceano Course.         


Oceano/Lake (Lagos)

Black  Par 71  6835 YRDS.  Rating 74.1  Slope 135:  Blue  Par 70  6189 YRDS.  Rating 70.8  Slope 128:  White  Par 69  5708 YRDS.  Men  Rating 68.7  Slope  121  Women  Rating 73.2  Slope 124:  Green  Par 69  5124 YRDS.  Rating 65.7  Slope 114:  Red  Par 68  4854 YRDS.  Men  Rating 111  Women  Rating 70.1 Slope 115



Black  Par 72  7111 YDRS.  Rating 75.1  Slope 137:  Blue  Par 72  6553 YRDS.  Rating 72.6  Slope 130:  White  Par 72  6053 YRDS.  Men  Rating 70.1  Slope 125  Women  Rating 74.8  Slope 128:  Green  Par 70  5236 YRDS.  Rating 66.1  Slope 116:  Red  Par 69  4954 YRDS.  Men  Rating 64.4  Slope 112  Women  Rating 70.0  Slope 118

Lakes (Lagos)/Vista

Green Fees:  $71-$103

Range:  Yes

Black  Par 71  6866 YRDS.  Rating 74.4  Slope 133:  Blue  Par 70  6196 YRDS.  Rating 71.0  Slope 125:  White  Par 69  Men  Rating 68.2  Slope 119  Women  Rating 72.5  Slope 122:  Red  Par 67  4578 YRDS.  Men  Rating 62.7  Slope 106  Women  Rating 67.3  Slope 110:  Green  Par 67  4676 YRDS.  Rating 63.4  Slope 108