BARDMOOR GOLF CLUB (727-392-1234)
Florida Golf Course Review
Bardmoor Golf Club in Largo - just west of Tampa (near some of Florida's best beaches), was originally created by William Diddel in 1970 and was re-designed by Gary Koch in
2001. This par 72 championship layout is regarded as one of the most premier and rewarding golf courses in Florida and has hosted the PGA Tour's nationally televised JC
Penney Classic for 13 years. The re-design created larger and more undulating green complexes, with the putting surfaces featuring TifEagle - which provides some of the
quickest and most true rolling greens in the nation.
The course includes 4 par fives that are between 521 and 572 yards in length, 10 par fours (with 6 over 397 yards) plus four par threes. Golfers will have to perform well on the par
threes if they are to score well - numbers five and eleven are the 17th and 18th handicaps, but the 3rd and 13th rate as the eighth and third most difficult courses on the layout.
The four sets of tees at Bardmoor play to distances and slopes measuring 7015 yards/131 slope, 6579 yards/127 slope, 5726 yards/117 slope and 5046 yards with a 120 slope
for women from the forward tee areas. Water is in play in some shape or form on every hole with a few forced carries. Fifty sand bunkers are located in strategic areas near landing
zones, and greenside. That being said, Bardmoor is generally user friendly off the tee, with ample landing areas along fairly wide fairways.
On course the marking system includes yardage blocks (at 1100, 150 and 200 yards + 250 on par fives) in the fairways and on cart paths, as well as 150 yard stakes on all par
fours and fives. Sprinkler heads are also measured to the center of the green, and pin placement sheets are provided to indicate the days hole locations.
The clubhouse includes a pro shop, locker rooms with showers, a grill room with bar and 5 televisions, plus banquet/outing capacities for up to 250 people. On property also is a
state-of-the-art practice facility, that features a double-tiered 20-station natural grass driving range, putting green and short game area with practice bunker. The driving range was
recently renovated (fall 2007), and now has one of the largest tees in the area, all grassed in seashore paspalum, one of the newest turf varieties on the market. For more info on
Bardmoor, visit our page for them on our web catalog of courses to play in Florida by clicking here.