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Northdale Golf & Tennis Club is a Real Gem for Hickory Players


Here’s a gem of a course for hickory lovers in the Tampa Bay Area, one that the Hickory Golf Hub’s own Richard Bullock has enjoyed for several years.

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Built on the acreage of a past dairy farm, the Northdale Golf and Tennis Club may not be a vintage course in the literal sense, but its architect Ron Garl is one who clearly understands the grace and playability of a classically inspired design. Northdale’s website describes it best:

“Opened in the late 1970’s with a Ron Garl design that stayed true to the natural beauty of this former dairy operation, Northdale has undergone a few changes over the years, bringing the course up to USGA standards while maintaining Mr. Garl’s original plan of a course that would ‘sit softly on the land.'”

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Northdale Course Architect Ron Garl (photo courtesy of

And so it does sit softly…and well! This is a very hickory friendly course, allowing run ups to the greens without bunkering in the front. The surfaces consistently run true, with speeds stimping 9 to 11 on any given day, making the Northdale greens a popular draw.

But the greens are not the only focus of careful maintenance. Fairways are paid particular attention with regular re-seeding and tee areas have now been re-leveled.

The courteous staff is committed to golfers having an excellent experience on the course, whether players of the contemporary game or vintage style. Speak to golf pro Juel (pronounced Joel) for tips on how to play the strategic holes. Northdale is well worth adding to the avid hickory player’s list of “Courses to Visit in Tampa.” And if you see Richard on the practice green when you go-which you likely will- stop and say “Hi.”


To learn more about Northdale Golf & Tennis, go to Hickory Golf Hub covers as many wood shafted golf events as we can shake a stick at.