AREA GOLF COURSES
KINGS POINT EXECUTIVE COURSE
The Kings Point Golf Course is an 18 hole executive layout designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. Some have said that it was the only executive course designed by Mr. Jones, but that's not true. It wasn't even the first. That distinction went to the Hawaii Kai executive layout in Honolulu that opened in 1962. Jones also designed an executive layout for Kings Point in Delray Beach, Florida that opened in 1973. It was the first golf course built in Kings Point and opened in 1974. 16 holes are par-3s, with the remaining two holes being par-4s for a course par of 56. Most of the holes are tight and will test your accuracy. Cypress Creek runs through the course and is an obstacle to avoid on several holes. Even if you prefer championship courses, you need to see this course. Play here is included with your membership to the Falcon Watch Club.
FALCON WATCH GOLF CLUB
In the center of our community is the Falcon Watch Golf Club with 27 holes. Three 9s originate and finish at the club house. Across Kings Blvd. is the Cyprus 9 that starts out with a dogleg par 5 with woods and water on your left and a pond on your right. Water is in play on all nine holes of this layout, the first one to be built at the club when it was called Cyprus Greens Golf Club. The second 9 that was built was Sands, which is across MacDaniel St. from the clubhouse. The first hole is a dogleg par 4 that is protected by trees and a pond on your right. You will want to keep your first shot from an elevated tee box to the left side of the fairway. The third 9 that was built at Falcon Watch is Challenge and it is appropriately named. The first hole starts from an elevated tee box with a beautiful view of the small pond on your left and a lake on your right. The green is protected by water and sand. A bogie here is not a bad score. Before you start shaking your head, remember that the 9th hole will be even harder to score on as you finish your round. The normal rotation of play is Sands-Cyprus-Challenge.
The Falcon Watch clubhouse provides a pro shop and locker room facilities. A cafe serves food Monday-Friday. A covered patio provides a nice venue to relax after your round with your companions.
SCEPTER GOLF CLUB
The Scepter Golf Club is an 18 hole championship course that was designed by Chip Powell and was finished in 2005. The clubhouse is located adjacent to the Kings Point South Club on Newpoint Loop. Many people feel that this is the finest golf course in the area. Others believe that it is too challenging. The first hole is a dogleg par 4 to the left. Slicers will need to beware of the pond on the right. Cutting the corner on the left is a risk/reward situation with bunkers and a swamp that is out of bounds and filled with snakes. If you lose your ball there, take your medicine and drop a new one down. It's not worth looking for the lost one. Once again, water is in play on nearly every hole, so accuracy is a must.
The clubhouse offers locker room facilities, a pro shop and a lounge with card tables. A nice patio in the rear is a great place to relax and add up your score, or count how many balls you lost.
Dues were raised slightly for 2007 and again in 2008. Some communities advertise "free golf for life" but be aware that this may only apply to executive courses. How much will it cost to play championship courses? Can you get tee times in winter? With 63 holes of golf inside the gates of our community, you will never get bored. In 2007, a Falcon Watch membership included reciprocal play at neighboring Sandpiper (27 holes), Caloosa Greens (18 hole executive) and Renaissance (18 hole championship course at a reduced rate). That's 126 holes of golf with one membership. Where can you top that? All of the courses are only a short golf cart ride away. Leave your car in the garage.
For many years, a membership at Sandpiper included the North Lakes Course. In 2008, WCI terminated that policy and made the North Lakes Course open to all members of the Sun City Center COA. That does not include residents of Kings Point. Play at North Lakes is subject to a daily greens fee.
In addition to courses in Sun City Center and adjacent Ruskin, there are numerous public courses you can play nearby. Remember, in sunny Florida, you can play all year long! ClubLink offers reciprocal play at other resorts for members of the Falcon Watch, Renaissance and Sandpiper clubs, as noted above, plus other ClubLink courses around the country, and in Canada during the off season.
Sun City Center Courses
Renaissance - (813)
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The Golf Club at Cypress Creek - (813) 634-8888
Apollo Beach Golf Club (813) 645-6212
Buffalo Creek Golf
Course - (941) 776-2611
Parrish Golf Courses
Palmetto Pines (941) 776-1375
Summerfield Golf Club (813) 671-3311
There are over 21 public courses you can play in Hillsborough County alone!