the golf course travel bag
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: 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
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)
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)
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
Meadowwood golf course (Spokane, Washington)
Address: 24501 East Valleyway Ave. Liberty Lake, Washington 99019
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
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: https://mafairlakes.com
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: 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
bajamar (Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico)
Address: KM 77.5 E. Ensenada Toll Rd. Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
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
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
Green Fees: $102-$71 Cart Included