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4151 Dana Shores Dr
Tampa, FL  33634-7410
United States
P: (813) 673-4316
F: (813) 673-4318
www.rockypointgolf.net
Rocky Point Course

18 hole regulation length course

Municipal golf course

71 par | 6,444 yards | 122 slope

71.7 rating

Recommend this course: +0 -0

Rocky Point Golf Course Description


The 18-hole "Rocky Point" course at the Rocky Point Golf Course facility in Tampa, Florida features 6,444 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71. The course rating is 71.7 and it has a slope rating of 122. Designed by Ron Garl, the Rocky Point golf course opened in 2015. Tampa Sports Authority manages this facility, with Jim Hanks as the Operations Manager/Assistant Pro.

Course Reviews


Course is in very nice shape right now (as well as Rogers Park and Babe). The best I have ever seen them in. Nice bar/grill in clubhouse. Friendly starter and person behind the counter. Improvements on the golf course. Fun to play and the price is right.

Don't waste your time or your money, don't try to get something to eat the lady behind the card table will bite your head off...they need a management change to bring that place back...

For any local Tampa golfers I have this to say I very often post negative things - However, I hghly suggest that you do not even consider golfing at Rocky Point golf course. The Manager, Kevin, is a total jerk. He saw nothing wrong with people stealing balls and hit balls at your head without providing warning. The course in itself awful. The golfers have no respect for one another. Balls were flying from one fairway to another. Golfers who balls landed on other’s fairways felt they had the right away. This is not a difficult course but the people and golfers make it stressful and unwanted. I will never go there again. If you want to hate gold more then go and enjoy!

This course may be good for reverse sandbaggers or those that hit in the 100s. Anyone that really shoots in the 80s or occasionally touches the low 90s don't waste your time. The place would qualify as a pasture golf course as you have to make sure the boneheads from 2 fairways over don't hit you. You then have to contend with them coming into your hole and playing it as fair play rather than taking a drop. I had another guy just try to play over me so again, entire waste. I had read some reviews another place that gave me reason to bring my clubs down on a business trip and get in half a day early to play. huge mistake. The frosting was a dead cart in between holes and no one answering the phone.I didn't even bother finishing the round because it took me 20+ minutes to limp back to the clubhouse. Supposedly this was the best of the 3 muni's too so be warned. The only thing missing here were the goats....

Course is getting a somewhat unfair rap, but I suppose its relative. If I was paying $29 to play, I'd probably feel the same way, but since we are booking online tee times, this course is a great value as we've never paid over $15. If you pay a premium price, you expect more.

Ok, the negatives and there is quite a few of them,

The carts are weak in the p.m, they do tend to peter out around 4:00 as it appears they use the same cart for more than one round.

The tee boxes are usually in pretty bad shape, often concave, uneven, and usually pretty torn up from all the hackers digging holes off the tee and forgetting that they are responsible for filling their divots with sand.

The rangers are pretty much non existent, which is great when things are going well, but bad when things aren't, as they do not push the slow groups as much as they should, and there is usually quite a few poor players out here. (usually groups of them) But that is the nature of the beast, as most cheap municipal courses attract the golfers that play very seldom and are somewhat unsophisticated and knowledgeable when it comes to etiquette. They do a lot of damage to the course and create much more traffic than the avg course. This is IMO more the fault of golf courses not reinforcing positive behavior and recognizing the need for a full time ranger that is actively doing their job. A good ranger that identifies a group of bad players and keeps and eye on them and educates and pushes them as needed would help this course considerably. I've noticed if you start filling your divots others in your party do also. If the ranger is filling divots while making rounds, it encourages the players to do the same as they feel the peer pressure to play responsibly.

I do find it odd when I hear of high handicappers complain about how a course is not very difficult and yet they can't shoot bogey golf on it. (how hard do they want it?) These are probably the same players that play from the tips and yet can't break 90. To me, all golf courses are difficult if they have a hole and its further than 80 yards away. But I'm just realistic about my capabilities. I went yesterday, the greens were in the best shape than I'd seen them this year, coming back nicely, not close to perfect but an improvement from 3 weeks ago. Green have filled in and are running pretty true. The rough was very thick, and I'd like to see more of a 2nd cut from the deep rough to the fairway which it appears to be lacking. But I cant complain about the rough being rough as I'm supposed to be penalized when it doesn't land in the fairway. It's by no means a beautiful loop, but not ugly either. If they had a full time ranger doing their job and educating the hackers, this course would play and look much better. But if you can get on for less than $15 its not a bad value, if you pay over $20 I can think of several much nicer courses I'd rather play.

The positives?
The price, nice staff, and fun little course to play for cheap.

I played this course back in April, 2009 after an absence of more than 30 years. Truth be told, I didn't miss much in that time.! Here's why; The staff was more interested in talking amongst themselves than helping out patrons. That's not a good start. There was slow play and it took almost five hours to lumber through the course -- way too long. Not a lot of water, but I found the course to be non-descript. It rarely captivated my attention -- or interest and quite frankly I'm not in any hurry to play it again. At least the cart girls were cute and friendly!

Fariways were hard, riddled with hard-pan even on the fringe. Greens playable, average at best. Tee boxes were chewed up as if packs of wolves were laying claim. Too many parallel fairways.

I understand Rocky Point is a muni, so it gets lots of play, but still, it was not inspiring in the leastl. In fact, after about 8 holes, I was thinking about playing Northdale in Carollwood. For the money, play one of the city's other munis like Rogers Park, which is in better shape and offers more of a challenge.

I had heard so many good things about this golf course. But the way that I see it is -- that Rocky Point is simply overrated, the worst of the Tampa's three municpal courses. "Nuff said.

This course is very basic. The fairways are close to one another and have no separation lines. Players from a different hole jump across adjacent fairways disrupting your game. Several holes are next to busy streets and avenues without any separation. A motorist yelled "hit it, hit it" while trying to tee off. The course is noisy and has no beauty. Players seem stressed out and lack the joy that golf should bring. Avoid this course at all costs!

just your run of the mill municipal course

It should have threw up a red flag when we pulled into the parking lot for our Sunday 7:20 t-time to find the lot empty. But, we paid $29 to walk. The course was filthy. There was litter in all the lakes like some inner city city slum. The fairways had so many holes and burns that we all agreed to "roll over" balls in the fairway to keep the game fair (zoom in on the satellite image above to see for yourself). On top of all this, the greens were overgrown (slowest greens I ever played). It was a humbling experience. The poor maintenance actually increased the difficulty. Since we were virtually on the course alone, the play was quick. NEVER AGAIN

This is a city owned course so you expect the worse when you play it for the first time, but its in above average shape for a municipal course. There are a couple of very unique holes, including a par 3 to an island green with a blind tee shot over a marshy area, very nice... Ive played it a few times and the greens are always nice, the fairways are what you would expect from a muni-course but its still well maintained. A few holes have busy streets beside them so if you spray the ball slightly you had better have your insurance up to date. The staff is always very friendly, I took my 10 year old son out once and the guy only charged me for myself(25 all you can play after 2pm in the summer)...Overall an above average course for a city owned facility.

Course played VERY slow on Super Bowl Sunday afternoon. No ranger keeping play moving. More than our group skipped the slow group just to finish before dark. almost 5 hours...

nice course to practice fundamentals for around 20 bucks.

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  • Overall
  • Latest Scores
Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
1 eric L. 17 46 29 02/23/08
2 Spencer H. N/A 51 51 06/14/08
3 Matthew S. 11 78 67 08/02/09
4 craig O. 28 95 67 06/02/09
5 Nestor D. 21 90 69 08/17/10
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Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
39 Aaron J. 14 92 77 05/19/18
81 Bill E. N/A 88 88 07/23/16
88 Bill E. N/A 91 91 07/09/16
20 Bob M. 22 95 73 10/20/15
69 Larry J. 12 96 84 02/18/14

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About Rocky Point

Rocky Point Golf Course

Golf Only facility

Managed by Tampa Sports Authority

12 tees driving range

18 regulation holes

Awards at Rocky Point

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Course Staff

Jim Hanks, Operations Manager/Assistant Pro
Jim Garrison, PGA, Golf Professional
Steven Hunter, Head Superintendent
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