Waterlefe Golf & River Club

  • Semi-Private Course
  • Bradenton, FL
  • (56) reviews
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Course Facts

  • Year Built: 2000
  • Course Designer: Ted McAnlis
  • Club Type: Semi-Private Course

Club Facilities

  • Banquet Facilities: Yes
  • Bar: Yes
  • Clubhouse: Yes
  • Dress Code: Collared Shirts Required, Bermuda Shorts Required, No Demin
  • Driving Range: Yes
  • Food: Yes
  • GPS: Yes
  • Homes: Homes along a few holes
  • On-Site Restaurant: Yes
  • Pro Shop: Yes
  • Shower: Yes
  • Water: Water comes into play on lots of holes
Tees Yardage Rating Slope
Back 6897 73.80 141
Middle 6462 71.60 132
Front 5951 69.40 128
Ladies 4782 68.40 123

About Waterlefe Golf & River Club

Waterlefe Golf & River Club's unrivaled natural setting along the Manatee River is composed of a collection of signature holes designed by Ted McAnlis. The layout presents a challenge for golfers of all skill levels with five sets of tees ranging in length from 4,782 to 6,897 yards. Features include five unforgettable holes that touch and border the scenic Manatee River. Voted "Best Golf Course Community" Waterlefe is known as a "must play" course, and has hosted the U.S. Open Qualifying tournaments six times since 2002. Amenities include The Waterlefe Golf Academy, practice facilities, a full-service pro shop, Grille Room and beverage cart service.

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    Kevin () 12/9/2017
    We played from 6400 and it was a stern test on a cold windy day. Lots of hazards Greens very good , tees need some work
    Steve() 5/18/2017
    wow factor at this course. best course we played out of the 6!!! Good for you waterlefe
    Raymond(Canada) 3/24/2017
    We always play this course for the last several years. It plays us hard every time. Excellent value for our golfing dollars.
    Cindy(Ann Arbor) 3/24/2017
    Great course but our tee times were messed up, however, the pro got us out.
    Tai() 2/24/2017
    Excellent course except too much mosquito. Maybe too much river. U need bug spray. I will give 4 star
    Tom(N.C.) 2/4/2017
    One of our all time favorites. This was our tenth year of playing Waterlefe. Great course, difficult but fun to play. Nice facilities, nice people, beautiful.
    Bill(Simsbury, CT) 2/3/2017
    Interesting, challenging course - bring a few extra water balls. Only saw the cart girl once. Moved around well for 13 holes and then had a three group back-up on 14th tee.
    Howard(Pittsburgh,PA) 11/3/2016
    Very nice course. Great condition, greens excellent. Price great for the time of year. I will definitely come back to play this course.
    Robert() 10/31/2016
    Very good challenging course. Plenty of water, ate us up on a 35 mph windy day. W pull definitely go back.
    Mark(Sarasota ) 4/11/2016
    Had the greatest golf trip of my life truly an amazing place wow!!
    Bill(Simsbury, CT) 2/12/2016
    Rainy day but we got in 9 holes. Cart path only, which we understood but is challenging on this course. Disappointed that they wouldn't give us a 9 hole rain check, as they had in the past.
    Paul() 12/17/2015
    An interesting mix of holes where accuracy of the tee is critical to be positioned to attack the greens.
    Paul(Toronto Canada) 12/7/2015
    Super course with great greens. Very polite staff who recommended we play from green tees. Had a great time.
    Ralf(Germany) 12/4/2015
    Great course. Certainly one of the best, if not the best, in the region. Must play! Together with River Strand, our favorite.
    John(Prospect, KY) 12/3/2015
    We love this course, having played it two years in a row. Great greens and great course layout. Nice club house and a nice place to have lunch after your round.
    Gottfried() 12/3/2015
    Challenging golf and great condition. Scenic layout
    Colin() 11/14/2015
    Great course! Do not miss out if in the Tampa region as you will not be disappointed.
    We all enjoyed Waterlefe -- challenging and unusual.
    Darlene(Largo) 8/18/2015
    Nice challenging course. Friendly staff. Great condition.
    Ian(Scotland) 5/27/2015
    Waterlefe was in excellent condition throughout and was a good test of golf with lots of water and other hazards. Very enjoyable round and well worth a visit.
    SHAWN COELHO(WARREN - RI) 4/2/2015
    Bring some balls
    Mark() 3/13/2015
    The course was very challenging and in great shape. Very good course.
    Bill (Simsbury, CT) 2/7/2015
    Fun, challenging course to play.
    Kun(Lake Forest, IL) 1/30/2015
    Fun and challenging course. Take a picture with nature,alligators and tropical birds.
    Too much water in play on every hole. Between the eight of us we must have lost 50 golf balls.
    John(Pro) 12/4/2014
    The course was in great shape and will play again. Staff was very friendly and accommodating.
    Colin() 11/13/2014
    Tough golf course. Need your A-game to score well but still a enjoyable time as its a beautiful course
    Possibly the most beautiful course I have played. Tons of water, trees, wildlife. The driving range is a lake. That was just too cool. I recommend Waterlefe to anyone who wants a challenge.
    Jerry(Montoursville - PA) 4/3/2014
    Challenging course with lots of water. Accuracy is a must to score well. Enjoyed the layout and will play it again.
    Ron Reinking() 3/25/2014
    Played this course for the first time a little over a week ago on a warm - windy day. The course is in great shape and we absolutely loved it. The staff was great and we especially enjoyed the Starter's sense of humor. The amount of water is a challen
    Gary(Niagara Falls - NY) 3/2/2014
    Everyone in our group loved it.
    Name Not Given() 3/1/2014
    Everyone in our group loved it.
    Tom(Fuquay Varina - NC) 2/4/2014
    Always great. Seventh year in a row playing Waterlefe. Super course - fun to play - very scenic - and a good test of golf.
    Michel(Montreal - CANADA) 1/15/2014
    If you love water this course is for you. Very challenging to me. Course was in good shape and staff was friendly.
    Colin(Lincolnshire - UK) 1/15/2014
    best course we played .very beautiful and very toughcourse.
    Doug(Owasso - OK) 5/20/2013
    We loved this course - great condition - good greens - just a fun course to play.
    Sam(BT40 2RX Ballygally - UNITEDKINGDOM) 5/18/2013
    A great course in exceptional condition. As the nameimplies lots of water but user friendly. Our favorite course inthe Sarasota area.
    Brent(Verona - OH) 4/11/2013
    Loved the layout and strategic design.
    Steve(St. John'S - NL CANADA) 11/4/2012
    Smashing course with some wonderful shaped holes.Greens were true and pretty quick. Water on just about everyhole. Would recommend it to anyone.
    Frank(St. John'S - NL CANADA) 11/1/2012
    One of the best courses I've played. The staff wasgreat. I played one of my best rounds ever even with wind gustsof thirty miles an hour at times. The course was in fantasticshape and the holes were beautiful.
    Brent(Victoria - NL CANADA) 10/19/2012
    Beautiful course. Nicest one of our trip. Woulddefinitely play again.
    Bill(Mississauga - ON CANADA) 4/1/2012
    Superb condition. Challenging course. Need to be on top of our game. Look forward to playing it each year.
    Bill(Simsbury - CT) 11/18/2011
    We always enjoy playing here. It's got a couple of trick holes but we're used to them and overall it's an interesting - well-kept and challenging layout. We'll skip it in the future if they're overseeding fairways again - long walks off the cartpath.
    Barry(St Johns - NL CANADA) 10/11/2011
    What a beautiful course.It is tough if not anaccomplished golfer.
    DANNY DIVERS(GLASGOW - ) 11/1/2010
    We played from the eagle tees @ 6555 yards we thought that would be fine, but no one told us that there was a lot of forced carries, so some of the group struggled, so although a great layout, I think the pro's staff should inform golfers of carries before tee off.
    LONNIE MCCOY(NEW YORK - NY) 5/17/2010
    Had my best round here. Enough said.
    MIGUEL LASAGA(MIAMI - FL) 5/5/2010
    My personal favorite of the 5 we played. Prestine conditions. Excellent service. Felt rushed at times, but that didn't hinder the quality of this course. Houses and area are amazing. A++++++
    Lovely course, well maintained
    #1 of the 5 we played
    Waterlefe is just too difficult to play and not enjoyable
    Great course but too hard from the blues for most players, play the white or the blue/white combination shown on the card.
    MARGRETH INGOLD(URTENEN - ) 12/11/2007
    The crasiest course i ever played
    Besides being an excellent course we found it to be an extremely friendly atmosphere. We were a group of 4 women & found the members (incuding the men) to be extremely nice, friendly & helpful. It was the favorite of the whole group.
    best course I have ever played
    BILL HERTHUM(CLAY - NY) 11/20/2006
    one word: Spectacular!!! A must play every time im in the area.

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    • A super layout with the tropical Florida feel you look for on your vacation
    • Challenging, well-maintained and upscale in every respect
    • This course is a true favorite of even the most discerning golfers

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