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1100 Tarpon Woods Blvd
Palm Harbor, FL  34685-2008
United States
P: (727) 784-7606
F: (727) 748-1088
Brooker Creek Course

18 hole regulation length course

Public golf course

72 par | 6,504 yards

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Brooker Creek Golf Course

The 18-hole "Brooker Creek" course at the Tarpon Woods Golf Club facility in Palm Harbor, Florida features 6,504 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. Designed by Lane Marshall, ASGCA, the Brooker Creek golf course opened in 1971. Lisa Hardesty manages the course as the General Manager.

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Reviewed September 04, 2012

I'll preface my review by saying I understand that summer is "off-season" at a lot of golf courses here which means lower revenues and less money for upkeep. Our "home" course is in Englewood, FL, [Oyster Creek] and we decided to give Tarpon Woods a go while visiting in the area. My younger brother and I had played it many times decades ago and thought we would see how it was.

Having said that, this is a decent course in a fairly heavily wooded housing subdivision. The houses are not overly close to the course. We arrived early for our tee time in order to warm up on the range. My first surprise was that the greens fees were much lower than the posted prices when I booked the tee time on line. On line the price said $24.95, but our total for our threesome, with a medium bucket of balls, came to just under $55. I think it probably worked out to $14.95 a head. More on this later.

The range is roomy and close to the clubhouse and #1 & #10 tees. On a down note, the range mats do not have tees of any kind, they are made of some kind of densely woven material that I had never seen before. If you worked at it you could almost make a tee penetrate far enough to stand up, otherwise you had to tee up out in front of the mats, which appeared to be what people had done. Next we tried some putting practice and discovered the holes on the putting green were flag-less; this was about 7:30 and they hadn't put them out yet. Not a big deal. Headed for the #1 with a stop in the clubhouse; pretty standard at courses we play to have ice and water, with cups and lids, available for golfers to take out. Didn't have any; the food & drink concession is a Beef O'Brady's and they weren't set up for the ice-water routine. Okay, went on to the #1.

Course is very nicely wooded with just the right amount of water hazards, ponds, and traps; really no ultra-challenging shots, which is fine with us. Lots of doglegs right, which plays to my playing.

Tee boxes, fairways, rough, and greens: Many of the tee boxes needed mowing, the fairways have a variety of grass and vegetation growing on them as do the greens. The rough had been mowed recently and there was a large quantity of new-mown grass in clumps along the fairway edges in some places. Many of the greens were patchwork quilts of repaired areas and even the portions of the greens that weren't under repair were bumpy. In addition, there was a second variety of grass growing in clumps on the greens besides the primary type. Putting was interesting to say the least.
Got about halfway through the front nine and spotted a restroom with a drink machine and thought we would get a drink; nope, unplugged.
Otherwise the round was pretty uneventful. Overall I give the course a "3", but this is somewhat mainly because of the reduced price; had we paid $24.95 each I would have been very unhappy and would have rated it a "2". Has the potential to be a very nice course, but the greens-keeper has his work cut out.

Overall we pretty much echo the remarks of the other review dated Monday, June 01, 2009; this being over three years ago we were hoping there had been some improvement. We will probably not play again absent some proof of better conditions.

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Reviewed June 01, 2009

A nice layout but lined with houses through out... Design is nice but the conditions are not very good. Fairways are in ok shape considering the lack of rain in the area but the greens are very bumpy. Lots of dirt spots on almost all 18 greens. They didnt putt very true and were very slow as well. Tee boxes were very patchy, and some of the back tees were not even mowed.. The bunkers had dark grey dirt in them, not very sandy and only raked by tractor and not on the edges.The staff was polite and the cart girl was very active and came around alot. Only cost us 18 to ride so that was the lone bright spot. Driving range has mats and the only thing you could hit off the grass(mostly dirt) was the driver...Returned on 5-30-09 after much rain and conditions were worse than before, greenskeeper has to be clueless worse greens we've seen in the area...gave them and 2nd chance but no more,sorry.

Reviewed May 12, 2008

The course is a nice course with the exception of the greens. It appeared that they had a blight or something because the green were partly dirt

Reviewed February 15, 2008

This course is a great course with long and short holes. Accurate irons on the short holes is rewarded, and a good drive will put you in position for the longer holes

Reviewed January 22, 2007

Evening Banquet

I would not reccomend having a party at Tarpon Woods. The management will not staff enough people for your event, run out of food and will offer no aplogoy when they clearly messed up (And when I called the next day - Greg said "So what's the problem" and spoke to me with utter disrespect. The food was so so and the buffet presentation was like we were at a picnic. If you do have a party Tarpon Woods make sure you go in early so you can help them setup the room becasue there was no silverware laid out and no water glasses. We had to go to the bar to get water or a drink refill - there was no table service. Mark and Donna are awesome bartenders - that was the one nice part of our evening. At least there was alcohol.

Reviewed September 07, 2006

This Course Has Come A Long Way

Since purchasing the course in 2004, the current ownership has put a lot of effort into this course and it si starting to come around.

Reviewed June 06, 2006


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  • Latest Scores
  • Overall
Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
1 Theo B. 25 52 27 03/22/08
2 Gene A. 10 77 67 05/30/09
3 Deborah T. 26 94 68 05/08/08
4 Ray K. 29 97 68 08/08/07
5 Dan M. 28 96 68 08/17/12
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Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
27 CLARENCE B. 20 105 85 06/25/16
27 CLARENCE B. 20 98 78 04/05/16

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About Tarpon Woods, Brooker Creek

Tarpon Woods Golf Club

Community facility

30 tees driving range

18 regulation holes

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Course Staff

Lisa Hardesty, General Manager
Jan Stephenson, LPGA, Golf Professional/Architect
Tim Canfield, Superintendent
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