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Lansbrook a tough, but rewarding golf course


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Things have changed since famed architect Ron Garl took over at Lansbrook Golf Club and redesigned the course, making the 6,846-yard course one of the nicest in the Tampa Bay area.

With tree-lined fairways and water that comes into play on most holes, Lansbrook is a challenging course that rewards players who can shape their shots.

But it also has a unique feature not found on many courses. At the first hole, the Stimpmeter measurement is listed. For whatever reason, most courses don’t tell you the Stimp reading – and some don’t want you to know – but Lansbrook does.

The tight layout means it might be a good idea to keep the driver in the bag and play it safe. The course isn’t a long one, so a 3-wood off the tee is usually the best bet. Also, with water on 16 holes, playing it safe is essential.

The first hole is a tough way to start the round. At 410 yards, it doesn’t require a bomb off the tee, but don’t try to get too close, either. There’s a severe dogleg left with water on the right. A drive through the fairway will be wet, but the approach shot to a green with bunkers on the right, but generous on the left, is an easy short iron.

The second hole is more of the same with water all the way down the right side of the 492-yard par 5 and the third hole, a 180-yard par 3, requires a long carry over water to a green surrounded by bunkers.

The toughest handicap hole on the course is No. 5, a 440-yard par 4 that looks relatively tame, unless you can’t keep the drive down the middle. It’s as close to a U.S. Open-tight fairway as you’ll find in Florida. As tough as it is, though, it is one of the few holes at Lansbrook where water really doesn’t come into play.

Lansbrook also offers a benefit that is starting to catch on at golf courses everywhere. You can call the snack bar for some food and beverages and have them waiting for you at the turn. More and more courses are offering that feature, but Lansbrook offers a nice selection, including a full liquor bar.

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