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metro West  (Orlando )

Mangrove BAy  ( St. Petersburg)

Buffalo Creek  (Palmetto)


Tanglewood  (Fulton)

Washington State

Meadow Wood


Mayfair Lakes  (Vancouver, British Columbia)


Bajamar  (Ensedada) 

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

Range:  Yes

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)

Reange:  Yes  

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)

Range:  Yes



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

RAnge:  Yes

washington state
Meadowwood golf course  (Spokane, Washington)

Address:  24501 East Valleyway Ave.  Liberty Lake, Washington  99019

Phone:  509-255-9539



Washington State is as green as they say it is.  When I went up to Spokane to see my new granddaughter, of course I had to fit in a round of golf ant one of Spokane's three municipal courses. MeadowWood was the choice, although I was told that any of the three courses would be good choices.  I wasn't disappointed.  The course was in immaculate condition.  I have not seen such green fairways.  They were lush and there wasn't a bad lie anywhere my ball landed.  The greens were fast and true.  Most of the course is flat and very few trees.  It is billed as a links course, but I wouldn't go that far.  The back nine is a bit different from the front nine and the course makes a nice change as far as tree lined fairways on the back nine. Holes 16, 17 and 18 make for an interesting and challenging finish.  I highly recommend MeadowWood when you are in the Spokane area. 



Blue  6874 YRDS.  Rating 71.5  Slope 126:  White/Blue  6581 YRDS.  Rating 70.3  Slope 125:

White  6429 YRDS.  Rating  69.7  Slope 125:  White/Gold  6140 YRDS  Rating 68.3  Slope 123:

Gold 5880 YRDS  Rating 67.0  Slope 121:  Gold/Red  5773 YRDS.  Rating 65.6  Slope 118: 

Red  5709 YRDS.  Rating  64.8  Slope 116  


White  6429 YRDS.  Rating 75.9  Slope 135:  White/Gold  6140 YRDS.  Rating 74.1  Slope:

Gold  5880 YRDS.  Rating 72.2  Slope 126:  Gold/Red  5773 YRDS.  Rating 70.9  Slope 124

Red  5709 YRDS.  Rating 69.7  Slope 122 


Range:  Yes

Green Fees:  $44-$42  Plus Cart        


Mayfair lakes  Richmond British Columbia

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

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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:

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, Baja California, Mexico) 

Address:  KM  77.5 E. Ensenada Toll Rd.  Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico 

Phone:  888-311-6076 

Website:  https://gp;


Bajamar is an interesting property.  There are three nines here The Oceano, Lakes and Vista.  I have not played the Vista nine and am not in a hurry to play it because the Lakes and Oceano nines are two of the best nines I have ever played.  The Lakes course is a "desert style" course with plenty of sand and natural lava and desert off the generous fairways.  The Oceano course starts as a fairly flat desert course and thend goes down for a couple of holes right on the ocean.  The nickname for the course is Mexico's Pebble Beach and when you play the Oceano nine, you can see why.  The first time I played the course it was in immaculate condition.  The fairways were lush and the greens quick.  The second time I played it, they had just aerated about two weeks before and the greens were slow.  The fairways are generous, but you don't want top go too far off into the rough or past the rough into the lava. The par 3's are very picturesque and a lot of fun to play and my favorite hole is a par 4 that you have to carry a barranca that is just in front of the green.  I have to book another cruise because I would like to play Bajamar again.

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Black  6835 YRDS.  Rating 74.1  Slope 135  Par 71:  Blue  6189 YRDS.  Rating 70.8       

Slope 128  Par 70:  White  5708 YRDS.  Men  Rating 68.7  Slope 121 Women

Rating  73.2  Slope 124  Par 69:  Green  5124 YRDS.  Rating 65.7  Slope 114

Par 69:  Red  4854 YRDS.  Men  Rating 64.1  Slope 111  Women  Rating 70.1  

Slope 115  Par 68



Black  7111 YRDS.  Rating 75.1  Slope 137  Par 71:  Blue  6553 YRDS.  Rating 72.6 

Slope 130  Par 72:  White  6053 YRDS.  Men  Rating 70.1  Slope 125  Par72

Women  Rating 74.8  Slope 128 Par 72:  Green  5236 YRDS.  Rating 66.1  Slope 116 Par 70:  Red  4954 YRDS.  Men  Rating 64.4  Slope 112  Women  Rating 70.0  Slope 118

Par 69



Black  6866 YRDS.  Rating 74.4  Slope 133  Par 71:  Blue  6196 YRDS.  Rating 71.0  

Slope 125  Par 70:  White  5633 YRDS.  Men  Rating 68.2  Slope 119  Women

Rating 72.5  Slope 122  Par 69:  Green  4676 YRDS.  Rating 63.4  Slope 108  Par 67:

Red  4578 YRDS.  Men  Rating 62.07  Slope 106  Women  Rating 67.3  Slope 110

Par 67

Green Fees: $102-$71 Cart Included

Range:  Yes

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