Mainlands Golf Club Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary

November 2011 marked the 40th year of serving the public for Mainlands Golf Club. Located just north of US 19 and Park Blvd, in the Mainlands retirement community, the course is nestled in the heart of Pinellas County. As such it is easily accessible from most anywhere in Tampa Bay. This family run and owned golf course has built its reputation over the years by providing the golfing public with both stellar conditions and excellent prices all in a laid back and friendly environment. Originally an executive track, renovations over the years have created a walker-friendly par 67 track measuring 4800 yards that is enjoyable for both novice and more experienced golfers alike.

November 2011 marked the 40th year of serving the public for Mainlands Golf Club. Located just north of US 19 and Park Blvd, in the Mainlands retirement community, the course is nestled in the heart of Pinellas County. As such it is easily accessible from most anywhere in Tampa Bay. This family run and owned golf course has built its reputation over the years by providing the golfing public with both stellar conditions and excellent prices all in a laid back and friendly environment. Originally an executive track, renovations over the years have created a walker-friendly par 67 track measuring 4800 yards that is enjoyable for both novice and more experienced golfers alike.

In the early 90’s long-time employee Steve Franks moved outside as Superintendent as Bill Blair’s son-in-law Tom Duane made the move to Florida to start under Bill as GM. Under this new management team the course came into its own as more and more time and money was spent on its conditioning and upkeep.

By the time 2005 came around renovations added a 2nd par 5, changed about half of the holes, and put in new TifDwarf greens. The changes, planned out by Tom Duane and Steve Franks, put the Mainlands on the map as a affordable and well- kept course that is in close proximity to most all of Pinellas County.

At the same time Marianne Clay assumed the responsibility of Superintendent from Steve Franks. Steve was diagnosed with A.L.S. or Lou Gehrig’s disease stepping back as a consultant to spend time with his family. . A gentleman and a fighter, Steve now spends much of his time helping to raise awareness for the disease across the state.

In more recent years Bill has retired as well as Tom, placing Bill’s grandson, Tom’s son, Tyson Duane as General Manager. With the help of his Pro Shop Manager Darlene Bonds, and new Director of Golf Michael Summers, Tyson is proud to offer the same friendly and personal service that he learned from his family.

Part of the appeal at Mainlands is not just the course itself but the good-hearted nature of both employees and patrons alike. The relaxed atmosphere makes it an attractive place for seniors, women, or anyone who is looking to enjoy a stress free day on the links. The Mainlands always hosts numerous tournaments as well as weekly golfing leagues throughout the year for both men and women alike. We invite you to visit our website to learn more about what is going on at The Mainlands @ www.mainlandsgolf.com. We also boast a fully stocked Proshop long known for having some of the best deals on equipment, soft-goods, and apparel.

Great pride is taken in our staff, our pro-shop, and our course’s consistently excellent conditions. The dedication of Superintendent Marianne Clay and her team has garnered the Mainlands a well deserved reputation for offering up course conditions whose value consistently exceeds the greens fee price. Boasting a modest snack bar Mainlands now proudly serves the coldest beer in town to as well as hotdogs and sandwiches.

Since 1971 the Mainlands has recorded over 2.3 million rounds. In that time we have developed our golfing niche in the community. We are proud to have gone by the same name, The Mainlands, for the past 40 years and with a little luck and a lot of work we hope to keep it that way for another 40.

 

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