More Tampa Bay-area golf options for the adventurous types

River Strand is a 27-hole layout less than hour south of Tampa, in Bradenton.

Last week in this space we discussed a few of the more popular golf courses around Tampa Bay, in honor of the masses descending on the area later this month for the Republican National Convention.

The golf options don’t nearly stop there, however. The “bay area” can be stretched as far south as Bradenton, as far north as Brooksville and almost as far as Lakeland to the east, depending on who you’re talking to, and some 200 courses are within those boundaries.

Here’s just a few more for any adventurous types looking to wander from downtown Tampa.

Dunedin Golf Club – An original Donald Ross design from 1927 and the former home of the PGA of America. Bobby Jones, Walter Hagen, Byron Nelson and other legends walked these grounds, refurbished a few years ago to restore Ross’ vision.

Isla Del Sol Yacht and Country Club – Take the scenic Pinellas Bayway toward St. Pete Beach and you’ll hit the Isla Del Sol community, which includes a course open to the public in the summer. Course can get tight in spots but has great bay views.

Lansbrook Golf Club – While Innisbrook Resort is Palm Harbor’s golf mecca, this course (some four miles east as the crow flies across Lake Tarpon) is a less-expensive alternative with plenty of bite including water on 16 holes.

Plantation Palms Golf Club – This Land O'Lakes course has seen plenty of development around it since its 2002 construction, but the golf itself is still a good test with a lot of variety.

River Strand Golf and Country Club – Venture less than an hour from downtown Tampa into Manatee County and one of the first golf stops is this 27-hole Arthur Hills track set in the wetlands of the Manatee River.

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