metro West (Orlando )
Mangrove BAy ( St. Petersburg)
Buffalo Creek (Palmetto)
Mayfair Lakes (Vancouver, British Columbia)
estrella Del Mar
metro west orlando
address: 2100 S. Hiawassee Orlando, Fl. 32835 Phone: 407-299-1099 Website:
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
mangrove bay st. petersburg
address: 875 62nd Ave. NE St. Petersburg, Fl. 33702 phone: 727-893-7800 Website:
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)
buffalo creek palmetto, florida
Address: 8100 69th St. East Palmetto, Fl. 34221 Phone: 941-776-2611 Website:
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)
address: 818 Golf Course Drive Fulton, Missouri 65251 Phone: 573-642-7277 Website:
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
Mayfair lakes Richmond British Columbia
Address: 5460 Number 7 Rd. Richmond, BC Canada V6V1R7 Phone: 1+ 604-276-0585 Website:
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)
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:
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
Address: Km. 77.5 E. Ensenada Toll Road Ensenada, Baja California Mexico Phone: 888-311-6076 Website:
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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.
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
Green Fees: $71-$103