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Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club
Ranked #2 of 7 Hotels in Dade City
Miami, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
233 reviews
26 hotel reviews
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“Great place for a golf trip”
Reviewed 30 April 2014

We had a great time. The villas were extremely spacious and clean. Loved the service that Sharon offered. Great customer service. Everything was painless and we definitely will consider going back soon. Golf was great too.

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Bath, Ohio
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Reviewed 26 February 2014

We arrived on Wednesday and the check in was painless. The 4 condos on the 18th fairway of the south course were perfect for 16 guys playing 126 holes of golf in 4 days were perfect. The staff was very accomodating, quick to load up our bags and carts - everyone was very pleasent. The buffet breakfasts and lunches were fantastic - great food!! The south course is a great layout - really loved it. Excellent finishing holes - #9 and #18. Great par 5's. The greens are especially good - true and fast. Rarely are greens in Florida very good and these were a pleasant suprise. The north course is average at best: trees in the middle of the fairways on 2 holes and a rather boring layout. The condition of the north course was average at best. Beverage carts were very scarce which was a bit disappointing. Lake Jovita has an older retirement feel - moreso than the previous resorts we have visited.
To summarize, our trip was great and we look forward to coming back - at least next year. The draw to come back is directly related to the golf - quick play, good courses, and great greens. If they get some more beverage carts on the course we may be back for more than just next year!

Room Tip: If you are there to golf - request a condo on the south course 18th fairway.
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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Alameda, California
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Reviewed 22 February 2014 via mobile

Not so friendly staff, first time playing the 2 courses in one day (36 holes). No staff at the end of first round to direct us to 1 st hole on north course. Only 2 sandwiches in snack bar@ 12:30. No drinking water on 1st 14 holes, no ball washer on the entire 18 holes, no cart person on the course, really bad experience. Definitely will not include this course in our next roration.

Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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Jensen Beach, Florida
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Reviewed 23 November 2013

We spent two great days in one of the villa's...not golfer's but it was nice to sit by the lake in out screened porch and have almost total silence except for an occasional bird. The villa's have 4 queen beds and two very, very nice baths and comes with your own golf cart. We were visiting our daughter at Saint Leo's right next door but most people come here to play golf. We will hopefully come back in May..

Room Tip: We stayed in a villa overlooking the lake and golf course..pricey
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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Tampa
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Reviewed 14 July 2013

Played the North Course today. I have played the South course in the past but prefer the North. It seems less busy, it has less forced carries, and has some stunning holes.
They aerified the greens a few days ago so we took advantage of discounted pricing. $35 for 9:06 AM. A great deal. The greens were actually pretty good considering and the rest of the course was in excellent shape, as usual.
The amenities at LJ are nice. They have a large water/ ice station by the pro shop and every cart has a cooler you can use. The carts were nice and quiet and cart paths are abundant.
They have a nice bathroom on the front nine with ice and water that you can access from both the 5th hole I think, and also the 9th. There are no restrooms on the back nine.
The fairways are mostly wide but often enough you need to keep it straight to keep it challenging.
There is a lot of wildlife, sand hill cranes and birds are everywhere, but not in a bad way of course.
The tee boxes are level and well-maintained. The staff is nice.
The pace of play was pretty good. We were a threesome and rarely had to wait for the twosome in front of us.
There is enough water to make it gorgeous but much of it is was not in play if you use the forward tees.
The sand drains pretty good and was playable after 9 days of rain in Florida.
The course is very well-maintained, beautiful, and has nice elevation for FL.
We love playing here and love it more when discounts are available.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Willoughby, Ohio
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2013 via mobile

Lake Jovita was a recommended course on our recent guys golf trip to Tampa and we were pleased with the choice. Course conditions were pretty good. Drive was a bit far from where we stayed (40 min drive from Emerald Greens) and course was a tad on the pricey side even with our package deal, but overall we were happy.

Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
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silver spring
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333 reviews
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Reviewed 27 October 2012

Lake Jovita provides 36 beautiful holes of golf and the north and south courses provide different experiences. One is neat and trim, like a country club, while the other plays a bit wilder, with tall fescue providing more of the backdrop than flowers. Both courses are excellent, well-maintained, fair, and fun.

On several visits (we go back each year), service has generally been friendly, although we've had a couple of issues inside the pro shop. Still, we do go back every year as a part of an annual trip to the Tampa area.

A quick bite to eat is available at the turn at an outdoor snack bar, or you can go inside the clubhouse and have a full meal before/after your round.

There are some houses around the course, but they never really come into play.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
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Property: Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club
Address: 12900 Lake Jovita Blvd, Dade City, FL 33525-8291
Region: United States > Florida > Dade City
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 7 Hotels in Dade City
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club is located in a beautiful gated community just north of Tampa. You're Invited! Enjoy two amazing golf courses and a host of services and amenities to fulfill anyone’s desires. The close proximity to Tampa and Orlando allow you to live “close to the action” but far enough away in this cozy one-of-a-kind atmosphere. The hilly terrain and varying escalation changes remind you of North Carolina. You wouldn’t know you’re in Florida. In addition to the best golf in the area, Lake Jovita features an amazing tennis area with the best clay courts you can find (Har Tru). Overhead lighting allows for excellent night play as well. Professional instructors are on site and a wide array of private or group lessons for kids and adults are available. The Clubhouse’s Fitness Center features the latest technology and a relaxed atmosphere for your workouts. Pickle ball courts, playground, track and basketball courts are abundant for outdoor exercising in the community. The Junior Olympic lanes of the large swimming pool and club complete the sporting paradise. Lake Jovita residents enjoy a lifestyle unparalleled in Tampa Bay, with fine dining at the Club, event-ready spaces, many community groups and organizations, parks for both people and pets, and refreshing wide-open spaces. Just 25 minutes north of Tampa, Lake Jovita is an immaculately manicured, gated community made even more beautiful by the people who call it home. Don’t take our word for it, schedule a visit today to include a golf game, services tour and request our various memberships web link to see and imagine YOU included in our Lake Jovita Family. Stay and Play packages are available on a daily, weekly or monthly basis…. Please contact us with request for more information on availability and pricing for your group. Villa, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 2-6) 1750 sq/ft Villa is a fully furnished 3BR/2BA very private location in a gated community overlooking the 18th & 9th green and lake with fountain on one of Florida’s premier golf courses. Voted TOP 100 PLACES TO LIVE, the Course was designed by PGA TOUR great Tom Lehman & award winning Architect Kurt Sandness. This modern Florida-style community is only 30 minutes N of Tampa and 45 minutes N of Tampa International Airport, 90 minutes W of Orlando International Airport. This Villa is exquisitely decorated with stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, porcelain & marble tiled floors, private master suite with 2 queen beds, large walk-in closet and separate guest rooms have private bath and laundry room. The Villa’s 12′ high ceilings and 40′ lanai are dramatic. The Clubhouse is Mediterranean & only a 2 minute walk from the villas. This resort community offers two-18 hole golf courses, Pro shop, excellent grillroom with full menu & bar. Sunday Buffet Brunch, Optional Social or Fitness Membership. Come home to serenity with all amenities just a short drive away. Many of the best restaurants, shopping, museums & sports venues in Central Florida just a short drive away. Florida Hospital Health & Wellness Center in Wesley Chapel a short drive away. ... more   less 
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