Each nine at Emerald Greens is strong. Some members prefer the Pine nine; others like the Cypress; others like the Meadow nine. From the back tees, each par-36 nine will challenge the best golfers in any club. From the white tees, all three nines provide a solid challenge and lots of fun for our regular members. Seniors and most of our junior and lady members enjoy the course from the Silver, Teal, and Red tees.
The best par three at Emerald Greens is the 7th on the Meadow nine. It's 158 yards from the white tees and requires a forced carry over water and a bunker; it's a beautiful hole and the undulating green can make for some interesting hole locations.
On the Cypress nine, a par on the fourth hole, a 450 yard par-4, is a significant achievement. Off the tee, you'll need to avoid the water but giving the hazard too much width leaves a difficult second shot to the narrow and elevated green. Water comes into play on 20 of the 27 holes. While length off the tee is not vital at Emerald Greens, each hole places an emphasis on strategy and accuracy. That's especially the case on the finishing hole of the Pine nine, a 490 yard par-5 from the white tees with an island green; it's a tempting hole. Strong golfers can reach the green in two shots but laying up to leave a wedge into the green can more often produce a birdie. When you play the hole, remember that the Emerald Room in the clubhouse has a view of the island green so make sure you smile and wave as you sink that birdie or eagle putt.
Even though Emerald Greens is close to Dale Mabry Highway and numerous local attractions, it's a peaceful course that rolls through Pine and Cypress trees. The greens are mostly large and undulating; the greens on the Meadow nine are slightly smaller. In addition to the numerous water hazards, the course is well-bunkered with smaller pot bunkers as well as large waste bunkers. Come explore the best course near Carrollwood, Odessa, and Lutz.
Dan Maples, based in Pinehurst, North Carolina, designed all three nines at Emerald Greens. To learn more about our architect and his Pinehurst-style design,