Sarasota Golf Information
For many vacationers the concept of relaxing on our Gulf beaches can only be improved by adding a game of golf to your beach stay. Needless to say, it doesn't hurt for those couples who have only one golf lover to be able to leave your partner at the beach for their favorite Gulf. Sarasota and Florida are rich in golf courses. Listed below you will find some of the area favorites. The Bobby Jones Municipal course is certainly the course that out dates the rest. The British course at Bobby Jones just completed a green renovation to enhance your game. Your golf game can only be enhanced by enjoying the news article on our website that talks of the legacy of golf and highlights the importance that Sarasota's municipal course's namesake, Bobby Jones, himself has in this legacy. Neither Nann nor I play golf and we reply on our friends and guests to help us with the information on golf for our website. Please make sure to give us more information that you have on the courses we have listed and let us know of any that you feel we should add to this list of links.
Bobby Jones Golf Complex
The Sarasota area has a number of semi-private golf courses that will welcome you to their links and club house. Bobby Jones Golf Club is a 45 hole municipal facility named for the legendary Robert Tyre Jones, Jr., who personally dedicated the facility on Sunday, February 13, 1927. This historic gem, initially designed by Donald Ross in 1926, has grown to include two 18-hole championship courses and a 9-hole executive course. A particularly unique feature of this complex is the absence of any building development on all but one golf hole. You can schedule your tea times up to five days in advance online on the American Course, the British Course or the 9 hole Executive Course. Sarasota claims title to being the 'Cradle of Golf' in the United States through a legendary story going back to 1886. Bobby Jones courses have challenged such immortals as Walter Hagen, Tommy Armour, Gene Sarazen and even the 'Babe', George Herman Ruth. In 1940 the longest playoff for a PGA event was held at both the Bobby Jones Course and nearby Sarabay C.C. when the PGA Seniors Championship tournament needed 36 playoff holes before Otto Hackbarth bested Jack Hutchinson 294 to 295. Past LPGA greats including Patty Berg, Babe Dedrickson Zaharias and Louise Suggs made Bobby Jones a regular tour stop in the mid 1950's. Visitors from around the globe have come to tee it up and walk these fairways steeped in golfing history. Current British Course record is 62 set by a local lad, Paul Azinger, in 1980.
Bobcat Trail Golf Club
One of Florida's finest. Full practice and teaching facilities and excellent food. This Norhport location in Sarasota County is not far from Interstate 75 with easy access to this fine Sarasota County Golf Club in Northport.
The River Club
A golf Digest 4-star facility. Rolling hills, woods, fast greens. This Bradenton golf club in Manatee County is not far from your condo and a favorite of many of our guests.
Championship course rates 4.5 stars by Golf Digest. 27 Holes, nice elevations and layout. This is another Sarasota County Golf course located in the fast growing city of Northport.
Legacy Golf Club
Award-winning Arnold Palmer18 -hole championship course. Country club amenities and service at a daily fee facility. This Golf Club is located in the Lakewood Ranch development and is easily accessed off off Interstate 75 at University.
Twenty-seven holes winding through old Florida growth, marsh, hills, just 30 minutes from the beach. This course has been endorsed by Coach Monken of the now famous Monken coaching family. If you mention that Bob Monken recommended you golf Oak Ford you may not get a tee time. Just be satisfied that you are aware that this is the Coach's favorite course and keep an eye out for his balls.
Pelican Point Golf & Country Club
Twenty-seven holes, semi-private club. Adjacent to a 1,000 acre nature preserve. This Venice area golf club is another favorite of many of our guests. Venice is also a great area to explore and shop.
River Strand Golf Club
Twenty-seven holes crafted by Arthur Hills. Natural setting moving from palms and oaks to river holes. This is another Bradenton area golf course that you will enjoy playing.
Stoneybrook Golf Club
Classic blend of risk/reward in championship condition. 7100 yards from the tips. This is a great Bradenton area golf club to challenge your game.
University Park Country Club
Ranked among Florida's top courses. 27 hole Ron Garl Championship course. Located just of University and Interstate 75 in a well maintained developed community on the border of Manatee and Sarasota Counties
Venition Golf & River Club
Semi-private, 18-hole par 72 with panoramic views and strategically placed bunkers. This Venice area golf club will give your game a challenge.
Waterlefe Golf & River Club
Eighteen-hole championship course bordering the Manatee river. Shot makers course that is lying in wait for you.