The Claw at USF

The Claw at USF

4202 E. Fowler GCH001
Tampa, FL 33620

(813) 632-6893

Par: 71/72
Slope: 125
Rating: 72.3

If you are looking to sharpen your golf game, look no further than The Claw at USF. Home to the nationally-ranked University of South Florida golf teams, the layout is demanding yet fair for players of all skill levels.

The Claw's rating of 74.2 is exceptionally high for a par-71. The slope is an equally impressive 132. Remember, this course was built tough for college golf.

The course is named for its signature 14th hole. It became The Claw years ago when a player lamented that the course just "reached out and grabbed my ball like a claw."

The Claw winds through majestic oaks, towering cypress and tall pines. It's long, narrow fairways are surrounded by pristine preservation land, not the endless tract housing found on today's real estate-driven layouts. Home to alligators, deer, spoonbills and a multitude of other wildlife, the course feels like you're playing in a nature preserve.

In 2004, the course underwent major renovations. Many greens were enlarged and all new putting surfaces were installed. The new TifDwarf Bermudagrass is a hybrid turf known for its speed.

The professionals and staff at The Claw are committed to delivering a quality golf experience to each and every golfer. They strive to be approachable, courteous and helpful. They also value their hard-earned reputation for friendliness, professionalism and initiating the extra effort to create satisfied customers.

Leagues, tournaments and alumni groups are welcome. A weekly Skins Game is in full swing every Thursday morning. The Claw at USF is open to the public. For tee times up to 7 days in advance, call the Pro Shop at (813) 632-6893. Visit for a tour of the course. Are you ready to challenge The Claw?

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