Clearwater Country Club was built in 1921 and was designed by Herbert Strong. The course plays 6,231 yards from the back tees for a par of 72. The course rating is 69.2 and has a slope rating of 123. This friendly 18-hole public course features some 48 bunkers – but that doesn’t necessarily make it a tough course to play. Four sets of tees are available, offering an enjoyable test for golfers of every skill level
This parkland-style golf course is always in great shape. Stevenson Creek meanders through the property and comes into play on six holes. Numerous live oaks, as well several varieties of pine trees add to the beauty and challenge of the layout.
Clearwater Country Club has 20,000 square foot clubhouse that serves as the hub of all activities — from friendly card games to elegant wedding receptions.
Number 2: Par 3, 214 yards. A very challenging par 3, especially from the back tees, this long par 3 parallels a city street to the right making it imperative that righties don’t hit a monster slice out of bounds. The green is slightly elevated and features several undulations. Par is a good score here.
Number 9: Par 4, 338 yards. Most players won’t need to hit driver off the tee, a three wood or hybrid will do the trick. From there a mid to short iron will get you on this elevated green. Be sure to avoid the water on approach.
Number 12: Par 4, 345 yards. At only 345 yards, this hole seems a little intimidating from the tee box. Fear not though, a good drive will help you tame this one. Play your tee shot out to the right to leave yourself a short approach shot to a smallish green well protected by bunkers.
Number 14: Par 4, 244 yards. This hole presents a risk/reward opportunity off the tee. At 244 yards from the back tees, your inclination is to pull out driver and go for the green. Be careful though, Stevenson creek meanders across the fairway and has gobbled up its fair share of tee shots. The smart play is to hit a long iron or hybrid around 180 yards and leave a fairly easy pitch shot over the stream to a fairly small, elevated green. It may be a short hole, but par is acceptable on this one.
Number 17: Par 5, 471 yards. Number 17 is another hole that runs alongside a city street on the right. A good drive can get you home in two on this fairly short par three; all it requires is a little bravado to hit your long second shot over a water-filled ravine to the green. Anything right will likely go over the fence and out of bounds and can easily lead to a big number.
The Last Word: Clearwater Country Club may not be the longest course you will ever play, but it will test your golf skills. Heck anything with a tee box and a green test my skills! The course measures just over 6200 yards from the back tees and the longest par 5 measures a mere 495 yards, yet something tells me that no matter what your skill level, you’re just not going to go out and eat up this course. Sand traps in fairways are well placed and water comes into play – in fact crossing the fairway – on several holes. Number 14 is a true risk/reward hole. Measuring only 244 yards from the back tees, this hole has water crossing the fairway in front of the green. Long is OK. The other memorable feature about Clearwater Country Club Stevenson creek that meanders throughout the property and comes visibly into play on six holes. It’s a little different from your typical Florida water hazard that you have to shoot over or around; it’s more like that pesky little brother that always wanted to hang around with you and your friends while you were growing up. I any event, Clearwater Country Club is worth playing at least once. To book a tee time or to speak with one of their golf pros, visit them online at www.clearwatercountryclub.com or give them a call at (727) 442-7557.