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Come and enjoy golf's "Land of Plenty" with over 50 golf courses in the Sarasota - Bradenton area. Local golf courses challenge every level of play, fit every budget and display all kinds of natural beauty from expansive woods, open water to islands. The quality of our courses is well recognized with nine Sarasota area courses ranking in the Top 20 courses in Southwest Florida, and 4 courses in the Top 100 places to play in the whole state of Florida (Florida Golf News Survey).
During your stay we recommend enjoying one of these great area courses…
Bradenton Florida Golf: The River Club

The River Club (4.0 Stars - Golf Digest)
6600 River Club Blvd. Bradenton, FL 34202 / (941)-751-4211
Par: 72 Ydg:7026 Rating:74.5 Slope:135

A lot of tricky holes on this 18-hole, par 72 semiprivate course make it quite challenging, including a par 4 with an island green. Holes 10 and 18 impressed one golfer with the degree of difficulty. A good driving range. Call one day in advance for tee times.

University Park Country Club (4.0 Stars - Golf Digest)
7671 Park Blvd., University Park, FL 34201 / (941) 359-9999
Par: 72 Ydg: 4914-7247 Rating: 67.8-74.4 Slope: 113-144

Considered one of the finest golf courses on the west coast of Florida with recent rating of #1 in SW Florida and in the top ten in the state. This 27 hole course was designed by Ron Garl. It has one of the finest practice facilities around, including golf instruction by PGA professionals. Course is always immaculate, reasonably priced and challenges all skill levels. It features many amenities beyond golf including Braden River Nature Trail and Fitness Park, the Tennis and Fitness Center, croquet and bocce. (expected to go private in Nov 03).


Sarasota Florida Golf: University Park Country Club
Bradenton Florida Golf: Legacy Golf Club
Legacy Golf Club (4.0 Stars - Golf Digest)
8255 Legacy Boulevard, Bradenton 941-907-7067 /
Par: 72 Ydg: 4886 - 7067 Rating: 68.2 - 73.3 Slope: 125 - 143

A real gem! Top 10 golf courses in the Florida. This is an award winning Arnold Palmer designed course that is managed by Troon Golf. The Legacy is an upscale 18 hole championship course that is beautiful to see, but can be difficult to play. Some advise playing it twice…once to find trouble and again to keep score! The course design features elevated multiple tees with the hole well framed with sand and water leading to expansive greens. Generous fairway widths do allow for some margin of error. All in all, while it is expensive to play, it is one of the premier golf experiences in Florida. 24 hour tee times.

Waterlefe Golf & River Club (NR - Golf Digest)
1022 Fish Hook Cove, Bradenton / (941) 744-9771
Par:72 Ydg:4700 - 6908 Rating: 65.1 - 73.8 Slope: 103 - 141

Magnificent layout along the Manatee River designed by Ted McAnlis. From the back tees this course will challenge even the most demanding player. It features five sets of tees and a very competitive course design. Gently sloping greens using the newest Tifeagle Bermuda grass for a silky smooth putting experience. You'll enjoy the adventure of the 18th hole island green. Excellent value for the area! Aqua range and club with full-service pro shop and grillroom are available. 24 hour tees times.

Sarasota Area Golf: Waterlefe Golf & River Club
Sarasota Florida Golf: Stoneybrook Golf and Country Club Stoneybrook Golf and Country Club (4.0 Rating - Golf Digest)
8801 Stoneybrook Blvd. Sarasota / 941-966-1800
Par: 72 Ydg: 4984 - 6561 Rating: 68.6 - 72.0 Slope: 117 - 132

One of the newest gems on the Sarasota golf scene, this 18 hole, par 72 regulation course was designed by Arthur Hills. Challenging and entertaining for both novice and pro. Very well maintained with big, lush greens. Daily clinics are offered October through April, and private lessons are available. Tee times two days in advance. Close to Sarasota Square Mall

Bobby Jones Golf Complex (3.0 Rating - Golf Digest)
1000 Circus Blvd, Sarasota / (941) 365-GOLF
Par: 72 Ydg: 5670 - 6467 Rating: 69.2 - 72.3 Slope: 110 - 116 (British Course)

A 45-hole municipal golf complex that provides great golf at a very affordable price. Bobby Jones himself dedicated the facility in 1927. There both an American-style and British-style 18-hole course that pay tribute to Bobby Jones' major tournament wins on both continents. There is also a fine 9-hole par three executive course. Famous course architect Donald Ross designed the original 18 holes. It's really one of the best muni golf complexes in the country. It has a full pro shop, practice tee and the Tavern on the Green restaurant, which is a great 19th hole to sip a brew and watch the action on the course. However, like all good muni's, it can be very busy with local golf-rats. Go and have fun!

Sarasota Public Golf: Bobby Jones Golf Complex, Muni
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