Waterlefe golf & river club

@BR Boxtext bold lede colon:LOCATION: 1022 Fish Hook Cove, Bradenton.

PHONE: 744-9771.


WHO PLAYS HERE?: Semi-private, about 180 members; runs gamut from scratch players to high handicappers.

RATES: $39-$99, depending on season (call for current rates).


HOLES: 18.

PRACTICE FACILITIES: An aqua range with grass tees, putting green, chipping area and sand trap.

PAR/YARDAGE: Bobcat 72/6,908; Eagle 72/6,427; Tarpon 72/5,909; Manatee 72/5,449; Otter 72/4,770.

COURSE RATING/SLOPE: Bobcat 73.8/141; Eagle 71.4/136; Tarpon 69.3/122; Manatee-men, 65.1/103; Manatee-women, 71.2/132; Otter 68.0/119.

HEAD PRO: Bryan Richard.

DIRECTIONS: From downtown Bradenton, take State Road 64 East past I-75 intersection. Turn left just past the intersection onto Upper Manatee River Road. The entrance to the course is 1.3 miles down on the left.

HOLE TO REMEMBER: The 10th green is difficult to access because a huge oak blankets the entrance on the par-5, 557-yard hole. Water down the left-hand side and a hazard to the right of the fairway make this a thinking golfer’s hole.

UNFORGETTABLE: Some area players compare the 173-yard, par-3 15th to No. 17 at the TPC at Sawgrass-Stadium Course, with a marsh and the river often coming into play. The 15th begins a difficult four-hole closing stretch.

INSIDE INFO: Discount golf is available all summer through such deals as the Big Summer Card.

DID YOU KNOW?: The course record from the back tees (68) was established by Nike Tour player Sean McCarty the week Waterlefe opened.