Experience the Difference that Exclusivity and Privacy Offer at Cypress Run Golf Club

Published on 21 March 2014 in Business
Julie Kanehl (author)

Julie Kanehl


Location(s): Cypress Run

Have you been searching for a golf and country club that offers an exclusive and private experience, with a razor sharp focus on providing above-and-beyond excellence to its members? Cypress Run Golf Club in Tarpon Springs is a golfer’s dream, offering an award-winning golf course, a newly remodeled clubhouse and a highly dedicated staff.

Cypress Run Golf Club is located at 2669 St. Andrews Boulevard, just a minute north of Keystone Road in Tarpon Springs. Its private gates, impeccably manicured golf course, and clubhouse restaurant and facilities have earned Cypress Run the phrase, “The Pride of Pinellas.”

For more than 30 years, Cypress Run Golf Club has been a popular destination for golfers worldwide who seek a member-focused environment where golf isn’t just an activity, but the pride and joy of its very foundation. Today, Cypress Run is better than ever, and many members have even moved into the neighborhood golfing community that has grown up around Cypress Run since it opened in 1981.

Tom Tripoli, Majority Owner and President/CEO of Cypress Run these last five years, has an extensive career in building and creating golf clubs all over the East Coast. In fact, he built or remodeled more than 50 clubs during his career before coming to Cypress Run Golf Club in 2009. Since that time, Tripoli has used his experience and his passion for creating an entirely member-focused experience to enhance and improve upon Cypress Run’s already impressive reputation.

Tripoli says, “Our mission is ‘Providing the premier golf experience, supported by excellence in social programming,’ and our goal is to not just meet, but ultimately exceed our members’ expectations.”

Experience the Playability, Power and Passion of Cypress Run Golf

Impeccably maintained by Golf Course Superintendent and Partner Duane VanEtten, a multi-year winner of the West Central Section and West Central Region’s “Superintendent of the Year Award” – Cypress Run’s beautiful grounds have been honored as an Audubon International Certified Cooperative Sanctuary.

A top choice for members and their guests and families, from the back tees the course plays 7,001 yards at a tournament level, and the most forward tees shorten the course to 4,375 yards “without inhibiting the challenge.” Cypress Run’s Golf course actually offers seven sets of tees to facilitate golfers of all ages and abilities. In fact, it was built with that in mind by legendary golf course architect Lawrence Packard, who recently passed away at 101 years of age on Jan. 30. Packard oversaw more than 250 golf projects in his career. Having his pick of places to choose from all over the country, Packard chose to receive his Lifetime Achievement Award at Cypress Run Golf Club in 2012. His popular tagline, “Enjoy the game,” is not surprisingly, par for the course at Cypress Run Golf Club.

Member Ron May said, “I’ve lived in Cypress Run for 20 years, and never get tired of playing the course. It’s always a challenge with a lot of character, and always in great shape. If you can play well here, you can play anywhere with confidence.”

The golf course that Packard built at Cypress Run is an 18-hole, championship course which has attracted everyone from amateur players to the pros. Whether it’s because of its beauty or because of its reputation for being such an enjoyable course to play, Cypress Run has become a destination for players, couples, tournaments, and is even a US Open Qualifying course. Tripoli says, “We host qualifiers, and have hosted US Open Qualifiers, US Amateur, Senior Open, Regional, Junior and even high school golf. That’s what sets us apart.” He adds, “We are also the home to Palm Harbor University’s Golf Team as we believe it is important to support golf’s future champions.”

Ron Salhany said, “I’ve been a member of Cypress Run for 30 years. I choose to be here because of the pristine fairways, greens that roll true and the course challenge that make this one of the best golf experiences in the entire Tampa Bay area.”

If you love the idea of the private club, the membership and its many perks, but haven’t mastered the game, don’t fret. Cypress Run Golf Club has hired some of the most reputable pros around to offer lessons, help with technique and conduct seminars. Lew Smither III, the Director of Golf, has had the privilege of instructing players in every category, from amateurs to Tour Professionals. Ranked as one of the “Top 50” of teaching professionals, Smither is supported by Emily Van Etten, Dan Knop and Beth Bauer, who won Rookie of the Year in the LPGA Tour in 2002!

Experience the Difference a Private Club Affords

From sports to social events, inhouse membership activities to preferred membership arrangements at places like Ruth Eckerd Hall and Island Limo, what it all comes down to is a lifestyle that is fun, member-focused, friendly and private.

Ever heard the phrase, “Membership has its advantages?” Cypress Run Golf Club offers a number of membership categories to suit those who can appreciate the experience, ambiance, and the lifestyle that a club membership to Cypress Run Golf Club can offer. Voted “Best of 2013” for Pinellas County by the Tampa Tribune and St. Petersburg Tribune, Cypress Run calls itself the area’s finest “Private” club community. A bold statement indeed, but the members back it up 100%.

Derrick Brooks, former All Pro Linebacker of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, said, “Cypress Run is where I like to play, from the excellent course conditions to the outstanding staff, the Club is #1 in my book.”

Derrick Brooks isn’t the only famous member of Cypress Run Golf Club. Heismann Trophy Winner and NFL star Vinny Testaverde, PGA Champion and NBC Golf Analyst Gary Koch, and LPGA Champion Jan Stephenson, are all members and call Cypress Run Golf Club home.

Of course, you don’t have to be a star to be a member, although you might feel like one when you dine at their onsite restaurant, Larry’s, and their bartender has your favorite cocktail waiting for you when you arrive. Larry’s, just one of the many amenities at Cypress Run, is a fullservice restaurant that offers a private place for members and their guests to enjoy delicious meals, happy hour drink specials and live entertainment. While the menu is always changing, members know that they can pretty much order whatever they’d like to eat, and that the menus are merely a suggestion. That’s hard to beat!

Cypress Run Golf Club has an energetic and experienced staff that’s always focused on providing an exciting golfing and social calendar, which has something for everyone. There are weekly organized golf games (including their incredibly popular “couples golf and quota games”), tennis courts, groups and clubs for everything from playing cards to discussing books, and plenty of live entertainment.

Members enjoy access to the lounge and grill; great places to slip away for a romantic evening, to meet with friends or grab a bite to eat. In fact, Tripoli calls the grill and lounge, “the heartbeat of our club.” It’s not uncommon to see people coming up to the grill to chat before or after a game, while enjoying a drink and snacking on some freshly popped popcorn, peanuts, or snacks. Of course, it’s not called “The grill” for nothing! Affordable and delicious, there’s always plenty to eat at the club, from snack foods to full-course meals.

Tripoli, who welcomes each and every new member personally, says, “We truly build pride in belonging here at Cypress Run Golf Club.”

Say “I Do” at Cypress Run Golf Club

Cypress Run is the perfect place to have a bridal luncheon, a bridal shower, and of course, a wedding reception. Taking a completely personalized approach to each and every wedding, shower, Bar or Bat Mitzvah, or special event, the staff at Cypress Run Golf Club takes a special pride in making every event unique and personalized.

Recognized in the local and national wedding magazines and websites, Cypress Run’s beautiful grounds, newly renovated main dining area, built-in dance floor and dramatic, second- floor panoramic views, offer couples privacy, exclusivity and class as a baseline to build on as they plan their perfect event.

One couple raved about their reception saying, “[You] delivered on each and every item and I am so very thankful. The ceremony site was perfect and the bridal party suite with all of the special touches was such a nice surprise. I heard nothing but compliments on the ambiance, service and of course the food. Thank you again for guiding us and our parents through all of the planning. From what I have been told, three of my bridesmaids are now planning their weddings with you.”

From making a special event to remember, to enjoying the perks of membership, it’s not hard to see why so many people call Cypress Run Golf Club “home.”

Cypress Run Golf Club is located at 2669 St. Andrews Blvd. in Tarpon Springs. To inquire about becoming a member, call the office at (727) 938-3774, Mon. – Fri., 8 a.m – 5 p.m. Find more information at CypressRun.com.

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