How often does one get the opportunity to play a PGA Tour venue for $45? Not very often I imagine. Tiburon Golf Club, home of the Franklin Templeton Shootout, is the exception. If you are looking for great value, a top notch facility, and excellent service, Tiburon is about as good as it gets. I believe the in-season greens fees (if you can even get on the course as it’s private) run $175.
I managed to secure the $45 greens fee with the following:
- Cheap Off-Season Rates – Summer rates for South FL courses seem to run from May through the end of October. Obviously this isn’t the ideal time to vacation in Florida, but the courses are kept in impeccable shape year-round so it’s not like you’re getting second-hand treatment.
- Pick up a WCI Experience card at one of their properties. Worst-case scenario it will cost you $50 but I’ve gotten them for free for several years; I’ve just kept my eye out for times when they’re giving them away for free. Another advantage of the card is it allows you to make tee times further in advance than you’d be able to as a customer off the street. Another nice thing about the card is that proceeds from the card benefit junior golf.
The golf itself is very good although I wouldn’t classify it as spectacular. It’s unique in the sense that many of the “cart paths” are actually waste areas made up of cocquina shells. The first few holes it’s somewhat hard to get used to, however once you do I think you’ll find it a nice aesthetic change from the traditional cart path.
Value – A
Course Conditions – A-
Service – A – It’s hard to beat the Ritz when it comes to taking care of customers
Practice Facilities – A – Full driving range, short game area, and a PGA Tour Academy on site
Course Design – A- Not the most unique course in the world but a fun, playable track that you’ll want to play again.
Cart Girl Talent – B – Solid service but let’s just say Maxim won’t be scouting here any time soon.
Overall Grade – A- Only minor gripe is the lack of memorable holes
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