BARDMOOR  GOLF  CLUB,  Largo Florida

"The course is a 18-hole Bent grass course with water in play. Built in 1974. Designed by William Diddel. Weekday green fees for non-members are $65.00 for 18 holes and $38.00 for 9 holes during peak season. Weekend green fees for non-members are $65.00 for 18 holes and $38.00 for 9 holes during peak season. CLASSIFICATION: Semi-Private GUEST POLICY: Open

DRESS CODE: Collared shirt, no cutoffs, denim OK SEASON: Open all year

TEE TIMES: Accepted 4 days in advance. EARLIEST TIME TO CALL: 7:00 AM

PRO SHOP PHONE: (813)392-1234 PRO SHOP OPENS: 7:00 AM

This course opened for public play in 1990 after many years as a private club. The fairways are tight, and the small greens are undulating and elevated. The course was voted "Tampa Bay's Favorite Public Course" by readers of the "St. Petersburg Times." The JC Penney Tournament was held here for thirteen consecutive years. Caddies are mandatory if you choose to walk the course. This club also offers a Tom Fazio-designed practice range. Daily golf clinics and instruction by PGA certified professionals are available. Discounts are available for Florida residents." (Course Description From Bardmoor Golf & Tennis Club)

The Bardmoor Golf Club is located near Tampa, Florida, and I have played it in the Fall and Winter.  It is perhaps the best Golf Course I have Ever Played with green fees of $29.  Now, that the green fees are $65, it is still a very good deal, but not such a great bargain. However, the greens are in better shape, now that they have more money to maintain the course. 7,000 yards from the Blue Tees, water, water everywhere, and one hole (18) a 600 yard par 5.  Big Bertha, or Great Great Big Bertha.  I used my Taylor Made Bubble Graphite Shaft Titanium Head to hit a measly 240 yard drive into the trees.   My second shot was straighter and it played.  I looked at the map of the course when I started and my first reaction was it is a fishing lake, or perhaps a map of the land of the lakes.  For a 7,000 yard course, it only has a slope rating of 126.   The greens were a bit hard (concrete) and I understand this has been a problem for the course, since the green fees are so low and the course is played so much.  The course is still played a lot, but the greens are generally in better shape now, still fast, but not like concrete. I have paid $150 to play courses that were much worse, though.  If one can hit the long ball, this course will be easy.  (300 yard drives) For the rest of us, it is a tremendous challenge, though.  I enjoyed the challenge, hated the concrete greens several times when I played, but the last time I played, the greens were in much better shape. (1.8 putts/hole average)  I enjoyed playing the Long Course and it must be one of the better bargains in golf.   I play it when in town.  My score range here is from 90 to +100, on a bad day.   (When the greens are in reasonable shape I am close to 90)

The view approaching the 1st tee from the clubhouse.  The driving range is to one side, the clubhouse to the other, and a long day in front.