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Destination: Tampa Bay and St. Petersburg

To an outsider looking in, the Tampa Bay area has it all. The enormous, sugar-white beaches of St. Petersburg/Clearwater are some of the best in the world. The peaceful, warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay are a veritable maritime playground.

It's also a favorite host city for the Super Bowl.

Now, if this swashbuckling chunk of coastline along Florida's Gulf coast could only establish itself as a "golf" coast, we'd have to consider the Tampa Bay area as one of the premier destinations in the U.S.

It really shouldn't be a hard sell.

Tampa Bay is home to an intriguing collection of first-class resort golf courses, upscale daily-fee and semiprivate tracks and a heaping helping of affordable public access facilities sure to appeal to any skill level and income bracket.

Copperhead, the flagship course of the wildly popular Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor, remains one of the Bay area's best. North of the city and just a chip shot from Interstate-75, Saddlebrook Resort awaits with two Arnold Palmer-designed golf courses, luxury suites and one of the country's premier tennis facilities.

Busch Gardens has been Tampa's heavyweight attraction for amusement, but thanks to modern gem World Woods an hour north of the city, the title bout may not exactly be a knockout. This 36-hole Tom Fazio designed "core" golf panacea with its nine-hole short course and state-of-the-art practice center is deserving of its own mini-series.

A revitalized downtown and waterfront area that includes a multi-sport arena, a sea aquarium, museums, hotels and eateries holds the city's urban and civic fabric together. Local planners, government officials and citizen groups have also banned together to create a vision for the city reflecting its Hispanic and American heritage.

A series of residential/retail enclaves make Tampa one of the most unique mid-size cities in the South. Ybor City, former headquarters for the city's cigar-making business, is now home to a collection of bars, nightclubs and restaurants that pulses with activity and diversity nearly seven nights a week.

Come and you'll discover Tampa's greatest three assets: a jaw-dropping location along the tranquil blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico, some of the world's best weather, and a bountiful supply of resort and daily fee golf courses.

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Courses

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The Groves Golf & Country Club Land O Lakes $27
TPC Tampa Bay
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Lutz $54
Saddlebrook Course at Saddlebrook Resort
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Wesley Chapel $15
Forest Course at The Eagles Golf Club
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Odessa $18
Clearwater Country Club
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Clearwater $15
Brooksville Country Club
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Brooksville $11
Summerfield Crossings Golf Club
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Riverview $14
The Club at River Wilderness
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Parrish $60
Palmer Course at Saddlebrook Resort
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Wesley Chapel $32
Fox Hollow Golf Club Trinity $33.95 - $74.95
Heritage Isles Golf & Country Club
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Tampa $16
Heritage Harbor Golf & Country Club
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Lutz $10
Waterlefe Golf & River Club
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Bradenton $21
Lakes Course at The Eagles Golf Club
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Odessa $18
Links of Lake Bernadette
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Zephyrhills $11
Cove Cay Golf Club
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Clearwater $14
Southern Woods Golf Club Homosassa $44
Heather Golf & Country Club Weeki Wachee $10 - $15
South Course at Big Cypress Golf & Country Club
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Lakeland $11
Osprey/Falcon Course at Scepter Golf Club
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Sun City Center $22
Falcon/Ibis Course at Scepter Golf Club
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Sun City Center $22
The Claw at University of South Florida
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Tampa $10
Abbey Course At St. Leo University
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Saint Leo $10
Rocky Point Golf Course
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Tampa $14.95 - $26.17
South Course at Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club
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Dade City $30
Seminole Lake Country Club
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Seminole $18
North Course at Big Cypress Golf & Country Club
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Lakeland $7
Oaks/Lakes at Sandpiper Golf Club
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Sun City Center $18
Bloomingdale Golfers Club
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Valrico $14
Pine Nine at Sugarmill Woods Country Club Homosassa $22 - $40
Rogers Park Golf Course
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Tampa $15.88 - $32.70
Wentworth Golf Club
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Tarpon Springs $10
Diamond Hill Golf & Country Club
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Dover $20
Cypress Nine at Sugarmill Woods Country Club Homosassa $22 - $40
Golf Club at Cypress Creek Ruskin $29.99 - $39.99
Landings Golf Club
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Clearwater $10
Challenger at Seven Springs Country Club
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New Port Richey $9.95
Southern Hills Plantation
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Brooksville $49
Silverthorn Country Club
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Brooksville $17
Championship at Seven Springs Country Club
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New Port Richey $14.95
Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort & Golf Club Palm Harbor $150 - $250
Panther/Bobcat at Silver Dollar Golf Club
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Odessa $10
Palms/Oaks at Sandpiper Golf Club
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Sun City Center $18
GlenLakes Country Club Weeki Wachee $50
Southport Springs Golf & Country Club Zephyrhills $20 - $34
Hernando Oaks Golf & Country Club
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Brooksville $14
Northdale Golf & Tennis Club
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Tampa $10.8
Terra Ceia Bay Golf & Tennis Club
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Palmetto $10
Scotland Yards Golf Club
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Dade City $14
Ibis/Osprey Course at Scepter Golf Club
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Sun City Center $22
Babe Zaharias Golf Course
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Tampa $13.08 - $23.36
Riverside Club
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Ruskin $12
Westchase Golf Club
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Tampa $21
Lakes/Palms at Sandpiper Golf Club
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Sun City Center $18
Bardmoor Golf & Tennis Club
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Largo $18
North Course at Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club
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Dade City $32
Club Renaissance
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Sun City Center $20.95
Oak Nine at Sugarmill Woods Country Club Homosassa $22 - $40
Zephyrhills Municipal Golf Course
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Zephyrhills $15 - $24
Chi Chi Rodriguez Golf Club
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Clearwater $9
Rolling Oaks Course at World Woods Golf Club
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Brooksville $16
Dunedin Golf Club
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Dunedin $24.99 - $50.00
Lexington Oaks Golf Club
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Wesley Chapel $20 - $38
Plantation Palms Golf Club
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Land O Lakes $15
Moccasin Wallow Golf Club
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Palmetto $18.69
Cypress Run Golf Club Tarpon Springs $58
Buffalo Creek Golf Course
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Palmetto $13
Crescent Oaks Country Club
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Tarpon Springs $16.95
Meadow Oaks Golf & Country Club
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Hudson $11
Countryway Golf Club
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Tampa $10
Pine Barrens Course at World Woods Golf Club
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Brooksville $14
Sherman Hills Golf Club
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Brooksville $16
Oak Hills Golf Club
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Spring Hill $10
Huntington Hills Golf & Country Club
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Lakeland $20
Silverado Golf & Country Club
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Zephyrhills $10
Gator/Panther at Silver Dollar Golf Club
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Odessa $10
Lansbrook Golf Club
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Palm Harbor $10
Freedom Fairways
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Sun City Center $10
Bobcat/Gator at Silver Dollar Golf Club
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Odessa $10
Caloosa Golf & Country Club Sun City Center $50
Bayou Club Largo $88 - $125
St. Petersburg Country Club
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Saint Petersburg $31
Red/White at Highland Lakes Golf Course Palm Harbor $10
Seven Hills Golfers Club
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Spring Hill $10
Islands Course at Innisbrook Resort & Golf Club Palm Harbor $130 - $230
Brookridge Golf & Country Club Brooksville $22 - $25
Red Nine at Palmetto Pines Golf Course Parrish $22
Beacon Woods Golf Club Bayonet Point $15 - $34
Mainlands Golf Club Pinellas Park $13 - $35
Tarpon Springs Golf Course Tarpon Springs $25 - $38
Summertree Golf Course New Port Richey $13
River Ridge Golf Club
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New Port Richey $10
Highlands North Course at Innisbrook Resort & Golf Club Palm Harbor $80 - $170
Key Royale Club Holmes Beach $14
Dunedin Stirling Links
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Dunedin $12
Bayhead/Lake Golf Course at Countryside Country Club Clearwater $56
Lone Palm Golf Club Lakeland $52 - $65
Cypress Links at Mangrove Bay Saint Petersburg $10.00
Buckhorn Springs Golf & Country Club Valrico $35 - $45
Quail Ridge Golf & Country Club Spring Hill $27
West Course at Belleair Country Club Belleair $125
Fairway Village Golf Course Largo $5 - $9
River Hills Country Club Valrico $65
Heritage Pines Country Club Hudson $32
Grand Pines at Timber Pines Spring Hill $14 - $34
White Course at Betmar Acres Golf Club Zephyrhills $10
White/Blue at Highland Lakes Golf Course Palm Harbor $10
Feather Sound Country Club Clearwater $65
Pine/Bayhead Golf Course at Countryside Country Club Clearwater $56
Renaissance Vinoy Golf Resort Saint Petersburg $82 - $215
Ridge Manor Oaks Golf & Country Club Ridge Manor $19 - $22
Highlands at Timber Pines Spring Hill N/A
East Course at Belleair Country Club Belleair $125
Gold Course at Betmar Acres Golf Club Zephyrhills $10
9-Hole at On Top of The World Golf Club Clearwater $20
Tributary Course at River Strand Golf and Country Club Bradenton $32 - $89
Kings Point Golf Club Sun City Center $17 - $25
Isla Del Sol Yacht & Country Club Saint Petersburg $65 - $75
Country Meadows Golf Course Plant City $10
Rivard Golf & Country Club Brooksville $15 - $20
South Course at East Lake Woodlands Golf & Country Club Oldsmar $49 - $79
Avila Golf & Country Club Tampa $50 - $90
Blue/Red at Highland Lakes Golf Course Palm Harbor $10
Executive Course at Tampa Bay Golf & Country Club
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San Antonio $10
Highlands South Course at Innisbrook Resort & Golf Club Palm Harbor $80 - $170
Orange Nine at Palmetto Pines Golf Course Parrish $22
North Course at Bay Palms Golf Complex Mac Dill AFB $31
Apollo Beach Golf Club
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Apollo Beach $15.95
North Course at East Lake Woodlands Golf & Country Club Oldsmar $49 - $79
Timber Greens Country Club
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New Port Richey $26 - $40
East Bay Golf Club Largo $28 - $32
Pelican Golf Club Belleair $25 - $65
Golden Lakes Golf Course Plant City $15
High Point Golf Club Brooksville $15
Lakes at Timber Pines Spring Hill $22
Lutz Executive Golf Center Lutz $10
Pasadena Yacht & Country Club Gulfport $40 - $70
Estuary Course at River Strand Golf and Country Club Bradenton $32 - $89
Palma Ceia Golf & Country Club Tampa $66
Tampa Palms Golf & Country Club Tampa $67
Pines/Cypress at Carrollwood Country Club Tampa $85
Lake/Pine Golf Course at Countryside Country Club Clearwater $56
Temple Terrace Golf & Country Club
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Temple Terrace $25.95
Palm Hill Country Club Largo $12
Old Memorial Golf Club Tampa $85 - $108
Tarpon Woods Golf Club
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Palm Harbor $18.99
Pinecrest Golf Course Largo $12.84 - $18.19
Blue Course at Betmar Acres Golf Club Zephyrhills $10
Terrace Hill Golf Club
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Tampa $8
Treasure Bay Golf & Tennis Club
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Treasure Island $10
Forest Hills Golf Course Holiday $10
Tampa Bay Golf & Country Club
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San Antonio $20
Travelers Rest RV Resort & Golf Course Dade City $6 - $12
Cypress/Meadows at Carrollwood Country Club Tampa $85
South Course at Bay Palms Golf Complex Mac Dill AFB $31
Largo Municipal Golf Course Largo $16.59 - $18.73
Cheval Golf and Athletic Club Lutz $39 - $59
Mangrove Bay Golf Course Saint Petersburg $10.85 - $28.00
Short Course at World Woods Golf Club Brooksville $20
Meadows/Pines at Carrollwood Country Club Tampa $85
18-Hole at On Top of The World Golf Club Clearwater $20
Twin Brooks Golf Course Saint Petersburg $10.00
Hunter's Green Country Club Tampa $68
Hills at Timber Pines Spring Hill $22
Sanctuary Course at River Strand Golf and Country Club Bradenton $32 - $89
Heritage Springs Country Club Trinity $40 - $45
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