(January 2010) Summerfield Crossings Golf Club in Riverview, FL opened as a daily fee golf course in 1987. The course plays slightly more than 6900 yards from the back tees for a par of 71. The course rating is 73.0 and carries a slope rating of 125 on Bermuda grass.
Summerfield Crossings was designed by Ron Garl, who has once again used his expertise and created a beautiful layout that golfers of any level of ability can enjoy. Many golfers have compared Summerfield to a Scottish-links style course; with fairways that rise and fall with the terrain, pot bunkers and small undulating greens. Over the past 23 years, it has proven itself to be a lasting favorite in the Tampa area.
Every hole on the course is surrounded by lush landscape; you are immersed in spectacular scenery at every turn from tee to green. Wide winding fairways lead to oversized green complexes that feature a lot of undulation. Many of these greens are open in front, beginning for bump and run approaches. Champion Ultradwarf greens are a pleasure to putt on, and the many waste bunkers and water hazards keep the round interesting. Number 15 at Summerfield Crossings is the signature hole. Number 15 is a scenic par 3 that features an island green surrounded by water; it’s an exciting challenge for golfers of all abilities.
Summerfield Crossings offers a full practice area complete with a two-tiered driving range, putting and chipping greens, as well as a practice bunker. If your game’s not up to “par”, the Inner Circle Golf Academy offers a variety of instructional programs to enhance anyone’s game.
Amenities at Summerfield Crossings include a beautiful clubhouse facility that includes a fully stocked pro shop and Doc’s Grille, a full-service restaurant that can seat up to 160 people. As you can see, Summerfield Crossings is an ideal place for outings and tournaments.
Tee Yardage Rating Slope
Green 6903 73.0 125
Gold 6375 69.6 121
Black 5779 70.6 115
Silver 5139 69.5 114
Number 1: Par 4, 345 yards. This short par 4 is drivable for long ball hitters, at least from the gold and black tees. Number 1 is a straight forward, easy par 4 with little trouble. There are a few trees up by the green on both the left and right side that need to be avoided. The toughest part of number 1 is the green; it’s one of the smaller greens on the course – very narrow and shallow. It slopes severely from back to front. If you hit it long, you will have your work cut out for you to make par from the pot bunkers.
Number 3: Par, 570 yards. It’s hard to believe that this dogleg left is 572 yards; it seems much shorter. Take out the driver and bomb it straightaway; a good drive will leave a little over 220 yards. You are playing to a small, narrow green that slopes back to front. If you decide to go for it in two; your approach shot is blind over woods. Good luck!
Number 4: Par 4, 400 yards. Another tee shot that requires you to hit it straight off the tee with woods on the left. Be careful with the big stick; there is water on the right that you can’t see, but it is reachable. Also be sure to avoid the large bunker behind the green.
Number 7: Par 4, 429 yards. Number 7 is a tough par 4 that requires control off the tee to a narrow landing area; water on the right and long grass and woods on the left only add to the drama. Your approach shot is to a fairly open green with a waste bunker about 20 yards short and left of the green. The elevated, two-tiered green features some very subtle undulations.
Number 11 Par 4, 417 yards. Number 11 is a long par 4 that typically plays right into the wind on a hot, Florida afternoon, making a tough hole that much tougher. You will need to hit the ball at least 200 – 230 yards off the tee to make the dogleg. Do that and you will have a long yet wide open shot to a large green that slopes back to front. Par is a good score here.
Number 15: Par 3, 158 yards. All carry over water to a large green that again slopes gently from back to front. Hit the green and you have a good shot at birdie.
Number 18: Par 5, 587 yards. The finishing hole is a long, straight par 5 with water on the right side off the tee about 280 yards out. Anything dry is considered successful. Hit your layup shot over the water and avoid the waste bunker on the left and you’ll leave yourself an uphill pitch of around 100 yards to a two tiered green that slopes back to front. The waste bunker is about 50 yards short of the green.
On many holes out here, you can spray the ball off the tee although water does come into play in one form or another on at least 12 holes. Fairway and waste bunkers flank sometimes narrow landing areas no matter what tees you are playing from. Pompous grasses in waste bunkers seem to swallow any golf balls that come near. Number 15 is a very pretty golf hole and quite challenging; it may not be that long but neither is number 17 at TPC Sawgrass!
Most golfers will choose either the gold or black tees; there is over 525 yards difference between the green (6903) and the gold (6375). The greens are recommended fir players with a 5 handicap or better so do your fellow golfers and yourself a favor and choose your tees carefully. For more information on Summerfield Crossings, call the pro shop at (813) 671-3311 or visit them online at www.summerfieldgc.com/.