The Lakes Course Par 72 7101 yards
An abundance of water inspired the moniker for this course. Water comes into play on virtually every hole. This 18-hole course measures over 7,100 yards and is more like the traditional Florida course with "Champion" bermuda greens and generous driving areas.
Both nines of The Lakes start out with unique par-5's that challenge golfers to use their creativity to make a sub-par score. As you play these outstanding layouts, you soon understand why The Eagles Golf Club of Tampa Bay has a hard-won reputation for well-conditioned tees, greens, and fairways. Four sets of tees offer golfers a wide choice of challenges. When the St. Petersburg Times canvassed several dozen Tampa Bay golf courses to put together a Tampa Bay "Dream 18," two holes from The Eagles were selected.
The Forest Course Par 72 6604 yards
The front nine of the Forest Course was designed by noted golf course architect, PGA Tour professional and NBC-TV commentator Gary Koch and the back nine was designed by renowned architect Ron Garl.
Accuracy is a premium on this course, with its contoured fairways and well protected greens. This course measures 6,700 yards and features the signature island-green, par-3 sixth hole.
The third hole of The Forest is a "fun" hole. This short par-4 invites eagles and double eagles. It is reachable from the tee with a well-placed long drive; however, the player choosing to "go for it" faces a formidable task. Water down the entire right side and a green surrounded by bunkers make a lay-up the far less risky choice.
The back nine of The Forest hosts several holes which are not only challenging but are as beautiful as any holes in golf. The 10th is a reachable par-5 carved from dense forest. This hole challenges the golfer from the tee and also on the approach. The Forest is also famous for its 13th hole, dubbed "Lake Michigan" because of the large lake guarding the green. A par here is equal to a birdie on most other holes. The 17th hole - known as "the partner's hole" - has met with rave reviews. Water down the left side from tee to green, woods to the right and a firm, fast fairway create a hole that appears wide open but requires skill and precision to play well.