Bardmoor Golf and Tennis Club is “one of Florida's most popular courses that offers you golf that's just plain fun.” The claim is a good one. Florida golf just doesn't get any better than at Bardmoor. Demanding for pros yet fun for all players, the golf course plays as well as any I’ve visited. It epitomizes Florida golf at its finest. I found it to be well manicured and in great condition. The course features broad, generous landing areas that will tempt you; glistening water features that add sparkle to your round; TifEagle greens, fast and true that rival tour status. There’s also a state-of-the-art practice facility and a full-service golf shop. PGA Tour winner Gary Koch completed renovations to the layout at Bardmoor Golf Club in 2001 and I don’t think I’ve seen a course in Florida that’s in better condition.
The course plays 7,015 yards from the tips (there are four sets of tees to facilitate play by golfers of sjill levels) for a par of 72 rated at 74.2 with a slope of 131. Bardmoor is a member of the Florida Golf Trail.
There are a number of outstanding holes at Bardmoor, including all of the prr 3s: each is outstanding and each has something special about it. The shortest, No. 5, plays 174 yards from the back and 115 from the forward tees. It’s a picture-perfect hole with lots of appeal, and one you’ll remember for its elevated green and glistening water behind and to the right. The longest par 3 is the 13th, measuring 225 from the back and 136 from the front tees.
Other notable holes include the 14th, a true strategy par-4 measuring that plays 376 yards from the back tees and 230 from the front. It's a dogleg left that demands careful club selection and an accurate tee shot in order to set up the approach to the green. The par 5 16th also deserves note. At 521 yards from the back tees and 417 from the front it can be a real test. A creek runs parallel to the fairway on the right and then crosses it some 300 yards out. The play is to drive just short of the creek; get it right and you can go for the well-bunkered, elevated green in two; get it wrong and… well, there are pine trees and large bunkers all along the fairway which, along with the creek to the right, make for a potential disaster.
Rates: From $25 to $60 depending upon the time and day.
Where to Stay:
I recommend you try the Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort. It’s close to the golf club and offers a wide range of amenities and attractions, which is important if you’re taking your family along with you.
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Contact:Bardmoor Golf & Tennis Club
8001 Cumberland Road
Largo, Florida 33777
Phone: (727) 392-1234
Fax: (727) 391-1055
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