Waterlefe Golf & River Club Course is a gorgeous championship golf course that anchors an upscale residential community in Bradenton, Florida, just off of I-75 and state road 64. Course architect Ted McAnlis s layout boasts a peerless setting along the Manatee River as it extends through the 175-acre upscale community. With water and wildlife seemingly everywhere at the environmentally conscious course, Waterlefe Golf & River Club is a delight for skilled players and ordinary golfers alike. The highlight of the round is the beautiful five-hole stretch on the back nine that meanders along the Manatee River. Cool bridges and cart paths through marshland add still more fascination. Along the way you ll see prolific birdlife, alligators, turtles, and maybe even otters and manatees. Waterlefe Golf & River Club is a very challenging course that plays between 4,722 yards and 6,869 yards. Though the club is a favorite of many area professionals and has hosted numerous U.S. Open local qualifying tournaments, the multitude of different teeing areas (up to eleven on each hole) ensure that everyone can play from an appropriate distance. Still, Waterlefe Golf & River Club abounds with forced carries over water (especially from the longer sets of tee markers) and exhilarating risk-reward shots that tempt players to bite off more water than may be advisable. The course puts a premium on accuracy, as the terrain slopes toward the hazards. The many bunkers and sandy waste areas that double as cart paths at Waterlefe Golf & River Club often save shots from being lost in the water, marsh, or thick vegetation. Waterlefe Golf & River Club s greens are fast and smooth they re some of the best you ll find in Manatee County. If you want to warm up before your round, the practice facilities include an aquatic driving range with targets arranged in the water, short game area with a sand bunker, and a large putting green. The fancy clubhouse is home to a full-service pro shop and a grill room. The next time you are looking for a tee time in the Bradenton-Sarasota area, consider the lovely Waterlefe Golf and River Club for an unforgettable experience.