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FROM THE EDITOR

Golf Coast Magazine

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Cover Story

Fox Hollow Golf Club continues to be a Tampa Bay favorite. The club was recently rated 57th in Golf Digest’s “Top 75 Courses Accessible to the Public in Florida.”.

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Where to contact us, plus a letter from our publisher.

ON THE WEB 10 & 11 CLUB CHAMPION

Visit GolfCoastMagazine.com to keep up with local news and events.

Premium club fittng equals instant success. 8 of 9 golfers added an average of 21 yards off the tee.

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A new name, and even better conditions! Come to Charlotte Harbor National Golf Club to see the great changes foryourself.

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Fox Hollow Golf Club 38 & 39 TOP TEN PRODUCTS has the distinction Here’s a short list of what we of being one of the like this year. See more on last courses designed our website. PINELLAS, HILLSBOROUGH, PASCO and built by Robert & HERNANDO COUNTIES Trent Jones, Sr.

REGIONS

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40 & 41 MAPS 42 COURSE DIRECTORY 44 SHOPPING, DRIVING RANGE, INSTRUCTION

MANATEE, SARASOTA & CHARLOTTE COUNTIES

79 & 84 MAPS 80 SHOPPING, DINING, INSTRUCTION 81 COURSE DIRECTORY

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WELCOME LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

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It is Springtime in Florida, and there has never been

Ryan Ruppert, Partner Office: 941.361.1536 ryan@golfcoastmagazine.com

better time to get out and golf. You are holding a phenomenal resource (if we may say so ourselves) to guide you through the best golf courses and services in our area. We are constantly reminded about how privileged we are to work in the golf industry here on the “Golf Coast.” The professionals working in our region are truly changing golf at a national level, and we couldn’t be more excited to witness it first-hand. The game is expanding, attendance at major events is up, and our local economy is growing faster than it has for over a decade. It¹s truly an exciting time! We hope that you keep up to date by checking in at GolfCoastMagazine.com, joining our E-Newsletter and liking us on Facebook. Our writers, led by Mark Cardon, consistently share the local golf stories that effect our community. As the weather warms, be sure to stop by the many great golf facilities that you find in these pages—you’ll have a great time and maybe even a birdie or two! Fairways and greens,

Rose Ruppert, Partner rose@golfcoastmagazine.com

Bruz Fellenz, Jean Couser, Ryan Ruppert, Rose Ruppert

Connecting Golfers on the West Coast of Florida. Bruz Fellenz, Publisher - Tampa Bay Area Mobile: 727-409-0797 bruz@golfcoastmagazine.com Jean M. Couser, Publisher Greater Sarasota Area Mobile: 941-915-9160 jean@golfcoastmagazine.com

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It all comes together at Charlotte Harbor National Golf Club. Offering the finest golf in the area, world-class instruction, inspired cuisine, and exceptional service. One of a few Golf Digest rated 4-1/2 star golf courses in Sarasota County, the course plays 6,806 yards from the tips but is friendly for all levels. Every hole is a distinctive “risk-reward� design and any one of the 18 could be considered the signature hole.

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3 Keys to ‘Buying’ a Better Game by Leonard Finkel If new clubs meant you would drive the ball 20 yards longer and drop several strokes, would you reach for your credit card? According to a Golf Magazine fitting study, you should! Partnering with Club Champion, the #1 premium club fitter, builder and retailer of the best brands in golf, Golf Magazine declared, “Fitting Matters!” Based on the data and player interviews, it’s clear that correctly fit clubs help golfers of all levels –“you can actually buy a better game with properly fit clubs.” The study found golfers gained 22 yards off the tee, up to 15 yards with their irons and lowered their scores by an average of 3 strokes per round.

I spoke with Club Champion founder, Nick Sherburne, who gave me a quick primer on what you should look for when buying new equipment. Club Champion is the highly regarded expert in the field, ranked by Golf Digest among the 100 best club fitters year after year. They offer more than 35,000 hittable head and shaft combinations, the best-trained master fitters, nearly every brand in golf, plus unrivaled, in-house club building. Here are 3 tips Nick had to share. 1) Choose the Proper Shaft The industry has taught us that the head is the most important component of a golf club. However, the proper shaft is actually more important. The shaft powers the clubhead and is critical to how well the club performs. If your shaft doesn’t optimize your swing, then you’re not maximizing your clubhead. Buying the ideal club off the rack is almost impossible because there is no industry standard that defines an R, S, or X flex shaft. The way to determine your best shaft/head combination is to use a skilled fitter working with a launch monitor. Club Champion begins all fittings by evaluating the shaft, not only to determine the appropriate flex, but also the proper shaft weight. They utilize a unique coupling system that allows you to combine any shaft and head together. Most fitters use fitting carts provided by club manufacturers that limit their ability to mix-and-match components across carts. Club Champion, on the other hand, offers hundreds of shaft options, many not available from most other fitters and retailers. 2) Choose the Appropriate Clubhead All driver models have distinctive characteristics that affect launch angle, spin rate and ball speed. Look for a clubhead that provides maximum distance, control and feel for your swing. Launch monitors identify which head and shaft combinations deliver the highest Smash Factor, ball speed and controlled spin. Irons are even more complex because golfers need to choose between design features like offset, leading edge, lie angle, weighting and varying degrees of cavity back, which all impact playability. GolfCoastMagazine.com


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These design elements can counter a fade, a hook or promote better and more consistent contact. That’s why it is so important for a fitter to blend your swing characteristics with the correct components. Club Champion has the most highly trained and experienced master fitters in the industry to ensure the most accurate and complete fittings. 3) Choose the Right Swingweight Often overlooked is swingweight, which is a measurement of weight distribution of the club. This impacts how your club feels when you swing it. With today’s widely variable shaft, clubhead and grip weights, getting the right swingweight is more important than ever. A heavier swingweight will make a shaft play looser; lighter makes it play stiffer. The key application of swingweight is matching clubs within a set. If your clubs aren’t properly matched, they will likely feel different as you swing them. Club Champion is one of the few fitters that emphasizes and checks for swingweight. It is clear that buying clubs off the rack is not the best idea. The smarter option is to

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work with a premium club fitter to buy yourself a better game. In fact, worldrenowned instructor David Leadbetter says, “It never ceases to amaze me that golfers buy clubs off-the-shelf and assume they are right for them. Whether you are an accomplished golfer or a casual one, getting a Club Champion club fitting is one of the quickest ways to improve your game.” Club Champion’s approach is unbiased; no specific vendor is promoted. The only goal – find the best combination of components to lower your scores. Whether you’re looking to buy new clubs or just improve your current set, premium club fitting is the answer. Club Champion has 28 national locations including Orlando and Naples. Don’t just buy clubs, buy guaranteed improvement. For more information, visit clubchampiongolf. com/gcm or call 888-890-3218.


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COVER FROM THESTORY EDITOR

Fox Hollow Golf Club This Tampa Bay Favorite Is Now One of Florida’s Best

Fox Hollow Golf Club is one of the premier

golf courses in the state and was recently rated 57th by Golf Digest’s “Top 75 Courses Accessible to the Public in Florida”. Purchased by the Creighton family four and a half years ago, one of their goals was to take the course to a higher level by improving course conditions and constantly making improvements. Opening in 1994, the Fox Hollow golf course has the distinction of being one of the last courses designed and built by Robert Trent Jones, Sr., one of the most prolific and innovative golf course designers of all time. In his design of Fox GolfCoastMagazine.com

Hollow, the legendary Jones created a layout as picturesque as it is playable. Quite simply, Fox Hollow offers a good, fair test of golf. Water comes into play on 11 holes and Jones’ other signature feature – plentiful and penal bunker complexes – abounds. Fox Hollow has hosted local qualifying for the U.S. Open as well as qualifiers for the Valspar Championship, the PGA Tour event held annually at Innisbrook Golf Resort. The par-71 championship layout features five sets of tees and offers new challeng-


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Hole #18 es every time it’s played, mixing native trees and vegetation, sparkling lakes, sand bunkers and a variety of wildlife. Fox Hollow’s rolling fairways are a delightful departure from the pancake-flat layouts found elsewhere in Florida. The third hole is a straightaway par 4 (measuring 451 yards from the back tee) that will challenge the most accomplished ball strikers. Viewing the hole from the tee there’s a water hazard left and OB right. A massive oak tree on the right pinches in the landing area, making the tee shot extremely demanding. The approach shot is uphill to a wide, narrow

green protected by a deep bunker in front and more sand on the player’s left. If awards are what you’re looking for, the Tampa Tribune has placed Fox Hollow on its list of top three public-access courses in all of west central Florida; and Central Florida Magazine says the 18th hole is simply the “Best Par 4 in Florida”. From the tips, Fox Hollow’s finishing hole is a robust 459 yards. From the white tees it’s a slightly more manageable 429 yards. With water guarding both sides from tee to green, the fairway appears to be an island of grass. Place


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The 451-yard, Par-4 third hole will challenge even the most accomplished ball strikers. your drive in play and your work is only half done. The approach demands a long, accurate shot to a large, undulating green protected by yawning bunkers front left and right. Fox Hollow’s putting surfaces feature SeaDwarf Paspalum, a hearty turfgrass that can be irrigated with effluent, reclaimed, or even seawater. This grass also has the ability to deliver fast green speeds (9+ on the Stimpmeter) and requires less fertilizer, pesticide, weed control and irrigation than other grasses. Arguably, Fox Hollow possesses some of the finest quality, most environmentally friendly green complexes in the Tampa Bay area. Convenience and an emphasis on friendly, unobtrusive service also contribute to the Fox Hollow experience. From GolfCoastMagazine.com

the time you drop off your clubs until you reach the first tee, everything you need is readily accessible. The 15,000 square foot clubhouse is the focal point, featuring a fully stocked pro shop, locker rooms, private meeting rooms and an upscale dining room to serve as an alternative to the more relaxed atmosphere of the Grille at Fox Hollow Golf Club. Both share spectacular views of the golf course. Events The Fox Hollow clubhouse is available for tournaments, corporate outings, weddings and banquets, all catered by its professional events staff. The staff will help design the menu, handle the details and have the golf course in impeccable condition for your event. They handle tournament groups from


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20 to 144 players. Competitive pricing is available. For more information, visit FoxHollowGolfClub. com or call (727) 264-8939. Practice Facilities As you exit the clubhouse, Fox Hollow’s practice facilities are all within easy walking distance. There’s a large putting green to your left; a pitching green with sand bunker to your right; and a spacious natural turf driving range straight ahead. Lessons and clinics are available, taught by Fox Hollow’s highly experienced PGA professional teaching staff. Memberships Three attractive golf membership packages are available: Junior, Intermediate and Regular. Both single and family memberships are available in all three categories. Regular and family members may book tee times up to fourteen days in advance. Daily Fee Players Welcome Fox Hollow is a semi-private club. Daily fee players are always welcome. Another initiative taken by the Creighton family is a significant reduction in the rate structure. Playing Fox Hollow has never been more affordable. Reserve tee times online at FoxHollowGolfClub.com or call the Pro Shop at (727) 376-6333. GCM

Fox Hollow welcomes tournaments, corporate outings, weddings and banquets.

Fox Hollow At A Glance LOCATION 10050 Robert Trent Jones Parkway Trinity, Florida 34655 On Little Road, three miles south of SR 54

STATISTICS 18 Hole Championship Course, Par 71, Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. GC Tee Yards Rating Slope Black 7079 74.6 134 Blue 6757 72.8 130 White 6288 71.2 125 Gold (M) 5908 68.3 122 Gold (W) 5908 75.4 137 Red 4825 70.9 125

RESERVATIONS For tee times up to 6 days in advance, call (727) 376-6333 or toll free (800) 943-1902. Tee times available online at FoxHollowGolfClub.com. Tournaments, Corporate Outings, Weddings and Banquets are welcome. Instruction by PGA Professionals available.


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What is Rich Smith’s secret for success at Charlotte Harbor National Golf Club and Port Charlotte Golf Club?

Something great is happening in the golf

industry, and it’s happening in our own back yard. Golf industry leaders who talk about bringing excitement and fun back into the game should start listening to Rich Smith, CEO of Cloud Ten! Marketing Group, LLC. As the new owner of Charlotte Harbor National Golf Club (formerly Bobcat Trail) and Port Charlotte Golf Club, he has already elicited a lot of fun and excitement in six short months, with no plans to stop. An hour spent talking with Smith is a highenergy journey of concepts, ideas and also a hint at an announcement being made in GolfCoastMagazine.com

October that he promises will revolutionize the game of golf. He plans to hold a press conference in Orlando that will impact 29million golfers and 15,500 golf facilities. It’s a secret until then, but it is a project he’s been developing for three years. The fun at Charlotte Harbor National begins when you call the club. PGA Tour player and sportscaster Gary Koch is an honorary member at CHNGC and his voice welcomes golfers with his iconic call on Tiger Woods’ improbable birdie putt in 2001: “Better than most! Better than most! Better than most!” before he extols the virtues of the golf course and club.


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The excitement continues in the renovated clubhouse that includes a new pro shop with top of the line fixtures and additional office space to make the pro staff more accessible to the players. The kitchen has been doubled in size to accommodate more diners at Cahoots Bar and Grill. A large dance floor and an expanded patio overlooking the 18th hole add to the ambiance and is the scene of many parties, or as they are called here, OCCASIONS!!!!

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bands. Recently the cast of Caddyshack came through with a guest appearance by Shooter McGavin. The club is jumping. It even hosted three New Year’s Eve parties. Cahoots Bar and Grill is open 6:30 a.m. for breakfast every day and serves lunch and dinner, provides catering, take-out and even a delivery service.

At CHNGC Friday nights are usually packed houses with entertainment including Elvis sightings, and Rat Pack and Rolling Stones tribute L-R:Dave Hronek, Charlotta Sorenstam, Rich Smith & Jamie Detert

make up the TEAM that is passionate about excellence in golf


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All new bunkers and meticulously maintained greens add to the enjoyment of the course. Beginning in March, Charlotte Harbor National will also host a live golf radio show broadcast Saturday mornings from 8-9. It features Dave Hronek, PGA Director of Golf; Charlotta Sorenstam, LPGA Director of Instruction and Rich Smith. The public is invited to participate as audience members. The show can be heard on FM97 or streaming on their website and Facebook page. The renaissance extends to the golf course and beyond. The 4- 1/2 star Golf Digest rated course designed by 1986 PGA Champion Bob Tway is a fun course for beginners but challenging for even the best golfers. Under the direction of Jamie Detert, GCSAA Director of Agronomy, new bunkers are completed on all 18 holes, and the course is in the best shape ever. Mark O’Neal, a club member for 18 years, has witnessed the tremendous improvements over the last six months. He originally was attracted to the community GolfCoastMagazine.com

because of its small size and the relative ease of making a tee time. A member of the men’s golf association, he also feels the members are so friendly that it’s always easy to find a game. O’Neal credits the teamwork of General Manager Ellen Smith along with her husband Rich’s workaholic schedule to the many ways the community has benefitted. “From inside the clubhouse to the golf course, it’s a remarkable change.” He points to the recent great reviews on Golf Advisor. “The last 3-4 months have been nothing but positive,” says O’Neal. Charlotte Harbor National is also home to the world’s only Sorenstam Golf Academy, led by Charlotta Sorenstam, LPGA 1998 Solheim European Cup Team Member, 2000 LPGA TOUR Standard Ping Register Champion and sister of LPGA Hall of Famer Annika Sorenstam. Charlotta moved the academy from Orlando and has embraced the North Port community, now calling it home. Her large following


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of students from Orlando, Tampa and Fort Myers have traveled hours for lessons and to play the course. “The most important improvements I’ve seen here is the greens and bunkers are so much better,” says Sorenstam. “For me, playing a course with greens and bunkers in such good shape makes for a totally enjoyable experience.” CHNGC also supports two main charities, Arnie’s Army charitable foundation and Folds of Honor with a portion of each membership and a dollar from each round. In December, the club raised over $15,000 to donate to men’s prostate cancer in honor of Will Frantz, PGA professional emeritus. In announcing the acquisition of Port Charlotte Golf Club Smith said: “It’s a beautiful golf course. The people there are as nice and friendly as the people at Charlotte Harbor National. Being that this is my hometown and my community I love the fact that I will have two of the nicest golf courses in the area. So many opportunities are in place for members to have two places to play. The clubs are both semi-private and anyone can play but the members will now have two courses to play.” Renovations are scheduled this summer for Port Charlotte Golf Club with the same core values employed at Charlotte Harbor National of exceptional quality, hospitality, charitable giving and lots of fun. As for the big picture to be announced in October, we just can’t wait to hear!

The dog-leg left 18th, wraps around a lake and is a perfect risk-reward finishing hole

Charlotte Harbor National Golf Club at a Glance

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1350 Bobcat Trail North Port, FL 34288 4.3 miles west of I-75, exit 179.

www.GolfTheNational.com STATISTICS

Yardage/Rating/Slope Par-72 Frantz 6806 73.9 Gator 6095 70.2 Bobcat 5495 67.4 Bobcat 5495 73.2 Fox 4806 69.7

130 130 119 M 131 L 118

COURSE FACTS

Will Frantz, PGA PGA Professional Emeritus in Perpetuity Rich Smith, PGA Chairman David Hronek, PGA Director of Golf Ellen Smith, CMAA General Manager Charlotta Sorenstam, LPGA Director of Instruction Jamie Detert, GCSAA Director of Agronomy & Head Superintendent

Visit Charlotte Harbor National Golf Club at Bobcat Trail, located just 4.3 miles west of I-75 on Toledo Blade (Exit 179) in North Port. For Tee Times call 941-429-0500. Visit our website: www.GolfTheNational.com to be included in special e-news and rate promotions.


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Public Course

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TEE INFORMATION

Yardage/Rating/Slope: Blue: 4540/62.3/96 White: 4490/61.8/93 Red: 3556/63.7/107

COURSE FACTS

Holes/Par: 18 holes, Par 67 General Manager: Tyson Duane Director of Golf: Michael Summers Pro Shop Manager: Darlene Bonds Superintendent: Aaron May

COURSE AMENITIES

• Clubhouse • Snack Bar with beer • Pro Shop • Practice Green • Rental Clubs • Walker Allowed • Putting & Chipping Green • Practice Cage

Pinellas Park

Mainlands Golf Club Family owned and operated for over 45 years Family owned and operated for over 45 years, The Mainlands Golf Club is the destination for both discriminating locals and savvy snowbirds. The course is conveniently located in the heart of Pinellas County about 1 mile north of US 19 and Park Boulevard. Great conditions and friendly service are cherished traditions here. A par 67, nine par 4’s, seven par 3’s, and two par 5’s comprise a walker-friendly, links-style course. A completely stocked pro shop is onsite to cater to any and all golfer’s needs before your round. After your round, visit the snack bar, grab a bite to eat and cold beer and tally up your score on the patio. Come play The Mainlands Golf Club. We look forward to seeing you. CHECK OUT OUR WEBSITE AT mainlandsgolf.com/golf-course-news/ FOR UNCLE JULIO’S SPECIAL OF THE MONTH

9445 Mainlands Boulevard West Pinellas Park, FL 33782 (727) 577-4847 Pro Shop (727) 577-2797 Tee Times www.mainlandsgolf.com


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COURSES Semi-Private GC

PINELLAS | HILLSBOROUGH | PASCO | HERNANDO MAP #2

TEE INFORMATION

Clear water

Cove Cay Golf Club

Yardage/Rating/Slope: Black: 6261/70.4/130 White: 5859/67.8/123 Red: 5483/71.4/115 Yellow: 4704/68.7/111

COURSE FACTS

Holes/Par: 18 holes, Par 70 Architect: David Stewart G.M./Owner: Pat McClanan Shriver, PGA Director of Golf/Owner: Bill Shriver, PGA Superintendant: Troy Purdue

COURSE AMENITIES

• Clubhouse • Dining Room/Lounge • Banquet Facilities • Seasonal Memberships • Stocked Pro Shop • Chipping/Putting Green • Driving Range • Home of Shriver Golf Academy • Club Rentals • League Play Available

Cove Cay is a semi-private, 18-hole championship golf course located on the shores of Tampa Bay. The Cove Cay golf course and clubhouse offer spectacular views of Tampa Bay and an abundance of wildlife adds to your experience of the Florida lifestyle. Owners Bill and Pat Shriver – both PGA professionals – have done a tremendous job reviving this “classic gem” located in Clearwater. All levels of golfers are sure to enjoy this challenging layout. With water on 12 holes and a premium on tee shots, Cove Cay is a “must play” for all! After the day be sure to stop by the Bayview Pub and Grill for food and drinks while enjoying spectacular views of the Bay! Enjoy the day, Come visit Cove Cay! 2612 Cove Cay Drive Clearwater, FL 33760 (727) 535-1406 www.covecaygolf.com

We are Open to the Public June 1 -September 30, 2018 Isla Del Sol Yacht & Country Club is opening its doors to outside play June1 through September 30, 2018 Tee times are available after 10:00 a.m. any day. The course is closed on Tuesdays.

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18-Hole Championship Golf Course Seashore Paspalum Greens Renovated Tees and Bunkers Summer Membership Specials Available Check Website For Current Rates

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Includes Green Fees and Cart Fee and can be used on any day at any time and your 11th Round is FREE. Prices subject to season. Please visit our website at www.seminolelake.net for current pricing or call the Golf Shop at (727) 391-6255.

Don’t Join Anywhere Else Until You’ve Checked Us Out Winter and Annual Memberships Available Annual Memberships are available year round to full time Florida Residents Winter Memberships are available from 11/1 through 4/30 in one-month increments.

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All Memberships carry No Initiation Fees, No Food & Beverage Minimums and include Unlimited Use of the Golf Course, Practice Facilities, Restaurant, Pool, Fitness Center, Kayak Launch and all Social Functions. To sign up or for more information regarding our Membership Programs, please give us a call at (727) 391-3318.

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COURSES Public Daily Fee

PINELLAS | HILLSBOROUGH | PASCO | HERNANDO MAP #7

TEE INFORMATION

Largo

East Bay Golf Club

Yardage/Rating/Slope: Back: 6451/70.1/128 Middle: 5967/68.1/125 Forward: 5286/71.5/129

COURSE FACTS

Holes/Par: 18 holes, Par 71 Architect: William Mitchell General Manager: Bruce Orr Superintendent: Bruce Orr Teaching Pro: Jeff Myers

COURSE AMENITIES

• Clubhouse - Restaurant • Pro Shop • Driving Range • Practice Green • Lessons Available • Rental Clubs • Pro Shot GPS Yardages • Leagues Welcome • Book Online 24/7

Public Course

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TEE INFORMATION

Located in the heart of Pinellas County, minutes from the Gulf Beaches. East Bay is an 18-hole, par-71 championship layout. Water comes into play on 14 holes. East Bay offers full restaurant, lounge, banquet facilities and on-course beverage cart service. Tees, fairways and greens are overseeded for the winter season. Now featuring the Pro Shot GPS System on every golf cart with accurate yardages and detailed hole graphics. Located on East Bay Drive, 2.5 miles west of U.S. Hwy. 19. 702 Country Club Drive Largo, FL 33771 (727) 581-3333 www.eastbaygolfclub.com

Largo

Pinecrest Golf Course

Yardage/Rating/Slope: White: 2235 Yards Red: 2029 Yards

COURSE FACTS

Holes/Par: 18 holes, Par 55 General Manager: Jeff Myers Teaching Pro: Jeff Myers

COURSE AMENITIES

• Clubhouse – Restaurant • Pro Shop • Practice Green • Lessons Available • Rental Clubs • Walking Allowed

Discover best kept secret for evecutive golf. Don’t let this small course fool you. Pinecrest is a challenging par-55 short course with 17 par 3s and one par 4. Walking anytime and electric carts are available if you wish to ride. At Pinecrest you will enjoy a very friendly and personable atmosphere. Annual memberships and 10-play tickets are also available. Enjoy the renovated pro shop. Also visit “Your Pizza Shop” upstairs for great food.

1200 – 8th Avenue, S.W. Largo, FL 34640 (727) 584-6497

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MAP #30

TEE INFORMATION

Yardage/Rating/Slope: Blue: 6069/68.5/117 White: 5729/67.0/113 Yellow: 5145/64.4/107 Red: 4886/67.6/113 Family (M): 3388/58.7/96 Family (W): 3388/59.6/96

COURSE FACTS

Holes/Par: 18 holes, Par 72 Architects: Wayne Styles, John Van Kleek Golf Course Manager: Howard Hunt, PGA Head Pro: Steve Didik, PGA

COURSE AMENITIES

• Clubhouse • Snack Bar • Pro Shop • Renovated Driving Range • Range Memberships Available • Short Game Practice Area • Lessons Available • Rental Clubs • Walking Allowed • Book Online 24/7

Tarpon Springs

Tarpon Springs Golf Course Originally built in 1908, the Tarpon Springs golf course follows the architecture of the time with small, elevated greens and quite a few doglegs. The course is very scoreable on your good days, while water hazards can wreak havoc on your bad ones. During the summer of 2014, all 18 greens and two practice greens were reconstructed. The greens now feature new contours and state-of-the-art Seashore Paspalum turf. At the same time, bunkers were re-sanded and the driving range renovated. Tarpon Springs golf course is honored to be a participating course on the Florida Historic Golf Trail. The “Trail” celebrates Florida’s early golf heritage by featuring publicly accessible golf courses throughout the state that golfers can still play today. Tarpon Springs boasts two PGA Professionals, each with over 25 years of experience. Together, they oversee golf operations, leagues, clinics, summer junior camps and much more. COMING THIS SUMMER...NEW $30 DISCOUNT CARD! This exclusive card offers the bearer $3.00 OFF regular rates for unlimited rounds of golf at Tarpon Springs — Good June 1st through October 31st, 2018 —

1310 South Pinellas Avenue Tarpon Springs, FL 34689 (727) 934-5191 www.tarponspringsgc.com


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Yardage/Rating/Slope The Forest Course Black: 6604/72.3/134 Blue: 6159/70.2/129 White: 5606/67.8/117 Gold (M): 5112/65.3/112 Gold (W): 5112/69.9/123 Red: 4762/67.8/121 The Lakes Course Black: 7001/73.8/135 Blue: 6572/72.0/130 White: 6222/69.8/129 Gold (M): 5612/66.7/123 Gold (W): 5612/72.3/125 Red: 5200/69.8/124

COURSE FACTS

Forest Course: 18 holes, Par 72 Lakes Course: 18 holes, Par 72 Architects: Ron Garl/Gary Koch General Manager: John Russell Director of Golf: Brian Richter, PGA

COURSE AMENITIES

The Eagles Golf Club Offering Two Championship Layouts at Affordable Rates The Eagles Golf Club boasts a long, proud tradition as the standard of excellence for public access golf in the Tampa Bay area. At over 7,000 yards from the tips, the Lakes Course features all-new Champion Bermuda greens and a traditional look and feel. Bring your long game as it will be tested with par 3s measuring up to 232 yards and par 4s topping off at 462 yards. At 6,719 yards from the championship tees, the Forest Course demands precise shot making and course management. The signature par-3 sixth hole offers the drama of a forced carry over water to a peninsula green. The back nine is nestled in a setting more reminiscent of a nature preserve than a golf course. Playing conditions at The Eagles are consistently excellent. Attention to detail both on the golf courses and in the clubhouse promise to make your experience at The Eagles a memorable one. POSTED MORNING & TWILIGHT RATE

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• New Ownership • 6 Sets of Tees including a Par 3 Course • GPS “connected” Golf Cars • Home of the 4-Hour Round • Champion Bermuda Greens • $25 Replay Rate • Full Practice Facilities • Tee Times Up to 14 Days In Advance • “The Grail” is now open with 2 simulators

COUPON

Cheval Golf & Athletic Club | 4312 Cheval Blvd., Lutz, FL 33558 | (813) 949-4231 | chevalgac.com

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Semi-Private GC

MAP #10

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Yardage/Rating/Slope: Gold: 6976/74.3/137 Blue: 6236/70.4/133 White M: 5615/67.6/129 White W: 5615/72.7/134 Green: 5033/66.2/114 Red: 4832/69.2/117

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New Tampa

Heritage Isles Golf & Country Club Rated 4 ½ Stars By Golf Now

COURSE FACTS

Holes/Par: 18 holes, Par 72 Architects: Gordon G. Lewis, Jed Azinger Director of Golf: Rich Unger, PGA Superintendent: Don Cox

COURSE AMENITIES • • • • • •

Clubhouse - Restaurant & Bar Pro Shop Aqua Driving Range Short Game Area Lessons by PGA Professional Tournaments, Outings, Weddings & Banquets Welcome • Book Online 24/7 • Home of Players Advantage Club

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Beautifully carved from Florida’s rich landscape, Heritage Isles is everything Florida golf was meant to be. Architects Gordon G. Lewis and Jed Azinger dedicated themselves to preserving the land’s rustic beauty to create a course that is not only challenging but also extremely enjoyable. Heritage Isles now features all-new Champion Dwarf Bermuda grass greens.

$5.00 OFF

POSTED 18-HOLE RACK RATE WITH THIS COUPON

Good Any Day until 2:00 PM • Not Valid on Replay or League Rates Good for up to 4 Players • Offer Good Thru 6/30/18

10630 Plantation Bay Drive Tampa, FL 33647 (813) 907-7447 www.heritageislesgolf.com


PINELLAS | HILLSBOROUGH | PASCO | HERNANDO

Semi-Private GC

MAP #9

TEE INFORMATION

Yardage/Rating/Slope: Champ: 6898/73.5/129 Blue: 6053/69.4/117 White: 5487/66.9/109 Red: 4773/68.2/116

COURSE FACTS

Holes/Par: 18 holes, Par 72 Course Architects: Jed Azinger & Gordon Lewis Pro Shop Manager: John Panno Superintendent: Jim Poertner

COURSE AMENITIES

• Newly Renovated Clubhouse • Restaurant & Bar • Banquet Facilities • Pro Shop • Driving Range • Putting Green • Short Game Area • Lessons • Rental Clubs • Book Online 24/7

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Lutz

Heritage Harbor Golf & Country Club Specializing in wedding receptions, golf tournaments, meetings, quinceaneras and all other celebrations. Heritage Harbor measures nearly 7,000 yards from the back tees and

is one of the most challenging public-access layouts in the Tampa Bay area. Four sets of tees are incorporated into the design, making the course fun for golfers of all skill levels. Swirling winds and strategically located bunkers can wreak havoc with players of this finely manicured links. Course designers Jed Azinger and Gordon Lewis took extra care when laying out the course to preserve the wildlife in residence. Check our website for golf rates and specials. We specialize in wedding receptions, golf tournaments, professional meetings, quinceaneras, and all other celebrations! We provide the highest standard of personalized service, and an outstanding variety of menu items from which to choose. Our attention to detail and our goal of total satisfaction, has been noticed by receiving awards from national wedding websites. Our full-service dining room offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner with full liquor bar available, providing a full day of enjoyment before and after your round of golf. Wedding and current banquet pricing are available on our website. 19502 Heritage Harbor Parkway Lutz, FL 33558 (813) 949-4886 www.heritageharborgolf.com


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COURSES Upscale Public GC

PINELLAS | HILLSBOROUGH | PASCO | HERNANDO MAP #36

TEE INFORMATION

Tampa

Westchase Golf Club

Yardage/Rating/Slope: Blue: 6699/72.6/131 White: 6233/70.6/127 Green: 5869/67.2/121 Red: 5205/70.8/127

COURSE FACTS

Holes/Par: 18 holes, Par 72 Architect: Lloyd Clifton Interim GM: Zack Vervaecke, PGA Superintendent: Terry Pounce

COURSE AMENITIES

• Clubhouse • Dining Room with Liquor Bar • Banquet Facilities • Weddings/Private Functions • Fully-Stocked Pro Shop • Aqua Driving Range • Putting & Chipping Greens • Book Online 24/7 • Advantage Card with Rewards Program

Semi-Private GC

MAP #28

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Westchase Golf Club’s promise to its customers is the relentless pursuit of perfect conditions and uncompromising personal service in a fun and relaxed environment. The layout, designed by nationally recognized architect Lloyd Clifton, winds through acres of lakes, woods, conservation areas and communities. Westchase offers manicured greens surrounded by natural wetlands, wooden bridges and bulkheads. With its 9,500-square-foot clubhouse, full-service dining room, and fully stocked pro shop, Westchase offers a country club atmosphere along with first-class service. Join our e-mail club and be the first to receive e-specials on green fees, merchandise and more. Go to www.westchasegc.com and sign up today. 11602 Westchase Golf Drive Tampa, FL 33626 (813) 854-2331 www.westchasegc.com

River view

Summerfield Crossings Golf Club

Yardage/Rating/Slope: Green: 6903/73.0/125 Gold: 6375/70.6/121 Black: 5779/67.5/115 Silver: 5139/69.4/114

COURSE FACTS

Holes/Par: 18 holes, Par 71 Architect: Ron Garl General Mngr: Jason Blanchard, PGA Head Pro: James Gottschalk Superintendent: Keith Lamb, GCSAA

COURSE AMENITIES

• Clubhouse – Doc’s Grille • Tournaments for 12-144 • 2-tiered Driving Range • Putting & Chipping Greens • Practice Bunker Area • 7-Day Advanced Tee Times • Inner Circle of Golf Academy • Book Online 24/7

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Golf Digest’s Places to Play 4-1/2 Stars Summerfield Crossings is a links-style golf course that looks like the great layouts of Scotland. This championship course is unique with pot bunkers, waste areas and small, undulating greens. The signature 15th hole is a demanding Par 3 featuring an island green and unpredictable winds. Facilities include a two-tiered driving range, putting and chipping greens and a practice bunker. Doc’s Grille offers a full-service bar, golfer’s grille and full banquet facilities. 13050 Summerfield Blvd. Riverview, FL 33568 (813) 671-3311 www.summerfieldgc.com


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Public Golf Course

MAP #27

TEE INFORMATION

Yardage/Rating/Slope: Gator/Panther: 6489/71.4/119 Bobcat/Gator: 6222/70.3/114 Panther/Bobcat:: 6139/69.9/111

COURSE FACTS

Holes/Par: 27 holes, Par 71-73 General Manager: Ken Ross Director of Golf: Bob Capobianco Superintendent: Justin Martinjak

COURSE AMENITIES

• Clubhouse & Snack Bar • Lounge • Pro Shop • Driving Range • 3-Hole Practice Course • Lessons Available with Bobby Capobianco • Rental Clubs • Book Online 24/7 • Trap & Skeet Shooting • Gun Rental

Odessa

Silver Dollar Trap & Golf Club Home of the Southern Grand, the largest trap shooting event in the Southeast US. Silver Dollar Golf Club offers a truly great golfing experience for every skill level, with three 9-hole courses that can be played individually or consecutively. This scenic golf club, located on the northwest corner of Tampa, Florida, conveniently located on the Pinellas/Hillsborough border offers a complete pro shop, extensive practice area, restaurant, and a fun, friendly staff. Nature has blessed this country setting flanked by stately trees, sparkling waters, deer, gators and an occasional eagle. Practice facilities include full driving range, three putting greens, a pitching and chipping green with sand trap, and three practice holes. Come and round out your game with us at the Silver Dollar! Ask about our rewards program. Silver Dollar is also home to the finest trap and skeet shooting club in the southeast US. Before or after your round, test your ability at trap or skeet shooting. Gun rental and ammunition are available. 12711 Silver Dollar Drive Odessa, FL 33556 (813) 920-3884 www.silverdollargolf.com

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COURSES Semi-Private GC

PINELLAS | HILLSBOROUGH | PASCO | HERNANDO MAP #00

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Land O’Lakes

The Groves Golf & Country Club

Yardage/Rating/Slope: Blue: 4019/60.8/101 White(M): 3549/59.4/98 White(W): 3549/60.7/96 Red: 3001/58.1/91

COURSE FACTS

Holes/Par: 18 holes, Par 65 Architect: Gary Koch Pro Shop Manager: Richard Moore Superintendant: Drew Schlatter

COURSE AMENITIES • Clubhouse • Grill & Bar • Banquet Facilities • Stocked Pro Shop • Putting Green • Lessons Available • Book Online 24/7

The Groves Golf & Country Club is a superbly manicured golf course designed by Gary Koch…professional golfer, sportscaster and golf course designer. The course is surrounded by 200 acres of conservation wetlands and was designed with nature’s best interests in mind. We are located just minutes North of Tampa in the growing community of Land O’ Lakes, The Groves is a player friendly course that challenges all skill levels of golfers and can be completed in about 3.5 hours. We are proud to be a fully-stocked Steve’s World of Golf Pro Shop. 7924 Melogold Circle Land O’ Lakes, FL 34637 (813) 996-0161 www.TheGrovesGolfandCountryClub.com

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Semi-Private Course

MAP #46

TEE INFORMATION

Yardage/Rating/Slope Green: 6081/68.3/122 White: 5362/66.1/108 Gold: 4769/63.6/102 Red: 4769/67.2/117 Blue: 4119/61.7/99

COURSE FACTS

Holes/Par: 18 holes, Par 71 Architect: Ron Garl General Manager: Rick Dingus, PGA Head Golf Professional: Devin Dahlgren Superintendent: Marshall Edgren

COURSE AMENITIES

• Clubhouse • Restaurant & Bar • Banquet Facilities • Stocked Pro Shop • Putting/Chipping Green • Short Game Area • Lessons Available • Tournaments, Outings, Weddings and Banquets Welcome

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New Por t Richey

Timber Greens Country Club This Ron Garl Design is Always in Magificent Condition Timber Greens’ semi-private golf course features 6,081 yards of golf from its longest tees for a par of 71. The course’s USGA rating is 68.3 and has a slope rating of 122 on pristine Bermuda grass fairways and flawless Paspalum greens. Designed by renowned golf course architect Ron Garl, the Timber Greens golf course was opened in 1995. Abundant sand, wetlands and rolling, treelined fairways challenge players of all skill levels. Timber Greens is also pleased to extend their hospitality to those playing a round of golf as individuals, groups or in corporate leagues the opportunity to visit their 19th Hole Bar & Grille for delicious food and beverages. The course is available for corporate outings and tournaments with an accompanying buffet if desired. Please call the Pro Shop at (727) 372-0789 for details. Regular Rate Discounted Rate

March & April 2018 $10.00 OFF $42.00 $32.00

May & June 2018 $5.00 OFF $32.00 $27.00

• Rates include green fees, cart fees and taxes • Good anytime for up to 4 players Must present coupon at check-in • Offer good on dates indicated

6333 Timber Greens Boulevard New Port Richey, FL 34655 (727) 372-0789 www.timbergreens.net


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COURSES Semi-Private GC

PINELLAS | HILLSBOROUGH | PASCO | HERNANDO MAP #12

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Wesley Chapel

Lexington Oaks Golf Club

Yardage/Rating/Slope: Black: 6646/72.5/136 Blue: 6073/69.6/126 White: 5617/67.2/123 Gold (M): 5061/64.4/111 Gold (L): 5061/66.1/114 Red: 4435/66.1/104

COURSE FACTS

Holes/Par: 18 holes, Par 72 Architect: Gordon Lewis Head Golf Professional: Dave Stewart, PGA Superintendent: Terry Teats

COURSE AMENITIES

• Clubhouse • Restaurant/Lounge • Banquet Facilities • Stocked Pro Shop • Aqua Range • Putting/Chipping Green • Lessons Available • Rental Cubs • Book Online 24/7

Public GC

MAP #25

TEE INFORMATION

Yardage/Rating/Slope: Blue 6486/71.6/127 White 5645/68.2/118 Gold 4899/65.8/116 Red 4724/68.3/114

COURSE FACTS

Holes/Par: 18 holes, Par 72 Architect: Denis Griffiths Owner: Paul D’Anna GM/Golf Pro: Nate King Superintendant: John Lamparelli

COURSE AMENITIES

• Clubhouse/Restaurant & Bar • Pro Shop • Banquet Facilities • Driving Range • Short Game Practice Area • Lessons Available • Rental Clubs • Book Online 24/7

Located just 20 minutes north of downtown Tampa, Lexington Oaks has built a reputation as one of the best courses in the area. This challenging layout is 6,646 yards from the tips and is known for its tough par 3’s, fast greens, unparalleled fairways and difficult closing holes. Course conditioning and a commitment to customer service are top priorities and it shows. You are invited to visit Lexington Oaks’ beautiful clubhouse and restaurant when you experience Lexington Oaks for your next round of golf. 26133 Lexington Oaks Blvd. Wesley Chapel, FL 33544 (813) 907-7270 www.lexoaks.com

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With a new owner, a friendly and helpful staff, and proper course maintenance, Seven Hills Golfers Club is on its way back! Once called “A Great Layout” by Golf Digest, Seven Hills was recently purchased by a successful golf course owner who wants to return the Par 72 layout to its former glory. Featuring 4 sets of tees, forgiving fairways, and rolling hills rarely seen on Florida golf courses, the course is challenging yet enjoyable for players of all skill levels. Check us out on Facebook or swing by today to see for yourself.

We are proud to be a fully-stocked Steve’s World of Golf Pro Shop. 10599 Fairchild Road Spring Hill, FL 34608 (352) 688-8888 www.7hillsgolf.com

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ZERO FRICTION

Compression-Fit technology in a Cabretta leather golf glove molds to your hand for a guaranteed fit. And the best thing is it’s one size fits all in men’s and women’s sizes, taking the guess work out of buying a glove or the perfect gift for a golfer. The leather provides a solid grip in wet or humid weather and works with a smart phone or touch screen devices. Reinforced lycra throughout fingers, back of hand and palm provide maximum strength, durability, and enhanced breathability. All you have to decide is which of the many colors to buy. Zero friction just introduced golf balls to match the glove. Gift packs are available. www.zerofriction.

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SUNGLASSES by Bollé Driven by the recognition that flawless vision is an essential element of hand-eye coordination, Bollé developed lenses for sport sunglasses that are among the most distortion-free on the market. Modulator photochromic technology allows the lenses to adapt quickly to changing conditions, ensuring the proper tint in any environment, from direct sunlight to shaded areas. The new Anaconda and King designs are a departure from the more sporty wraparound styles they are known for, and look great both on and off the course. bolle.com


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mevo Personal Launch Monitor

The mevo is a personal launch monitor with multi-sport capabilities designed for athletes to practice with a purpose. Mevo was developed by FlightScope, an industry leader in the development and manufacturing of sports technology. Data parameters include: carry distance, club head speed, ball speed, smash, vertical launch angle, spin, height and flight time. FlightScope.com

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Tour Edge HotLaunch HL3

Tour Edge Exotics clubs have been an unheralded favorite of pros for years. The HotLaunchL3, is an affordable new driver with the ability to have you hit to farther and straighter. A forged titanium head and Cup Face technology, are the keys to longer and straighter. Tour Edge plans to have up to 1,000 custom fitting centers across the country that will feature the new mobile HL3 custom fitting bag and a 48 hour guaranteed delivery on custom fit orders. TourEdgeGolf.com

CHIPPO GOLF Why didn’t I think of this? The perfect marriage between corn hole and golf, Chippo was named the Best New Product of the 2018 PGA Show. The party game can be set up anywhere and played by all ages, combining fun with practice - and even a little betting and sipping. ChippoGolf.com

Shot Scope V2 GPS Watch In one lightweight design, V2 is the best GPS watch, the best performance tracker and has the best post-round analytics platform available. Shot Scope V2 is the future of golf technology. $250 ShotScope.com

The Water Caddy Love to walk the course for fitness? Tired of juggling a water bottle or can’t find a beverage cart? The water caddy fits in any golf bag, stays cold for up to 5 hours and keeps the liguid within easy reach. TheWaterCaddy.com

OnCore Golf Balls

OnCore’s mission is to infuse fun and enjoyment into an amazing sport, while continuing to introduce game changing technology and products. OnCore Golf’s golf ball products include: Caliber – a hollow-metal core technology; Avant – a five star-rated SoftCell technology; and ELIXR – a tri-phase constructed technology of chemistry blends and advance material elements.From $20 to $35 per dozen OnCoreGolf.com

Underwear for Men Uniquely designed to keep men from having to adjust themselves, Underwear For Men’s pouch adjusts to create a custom fit. The drawstrings can’t be felt from the inside or seen from the outside. They gently work together to create a comfy pouch that isolates and supports. From $22.95 UFMunderwear.com


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Black Diamond Ranch (352) 746-3446 PR 18 39 2600 W. Black Diamond Cr, Lecanto, FL 34461; 18 18

72 72 72

Cheval Golf & Athletic Club 38 4312 Cheval Blvd., Lutz, FL 33558;

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6961/74.5/140

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(727) 535-1406 SP 18

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6261/70.4/130

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(813) 920-6681 SP 18

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(727) 581-3333 P 18

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Fox Hollow Golf Club (727) 376-6333 SP 18 8 10050 Robert Trent Jones Pkwy., Trinity, FL 34655;

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7138/74.6/131

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4019/60.8/101

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TAMPA BAY

CR 491, 1.5 miles N of Norel Bryant Hwy. (CR486).

(813) 949-4231 SP 18

Q:7159/75.0/137 • • • R: 6921/73.4/130 H: 3447/74.8/143

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On N. LDale Mabry Hwy, just north of Van Dyke Rd.

Cove Cay Golf Club 2 2612 Cove Cay Dr., Clearwater, FL 33760; Off US 19, 1 mile north of East Bay Dr.

The Eagles Golf Club

6 16101 Nine Eagles Drive, Odessa, FL 33556; SR 584 to Race Track Road, north 3 miles

East Bay Golf Club

7 702 Country Club Dr., Largo, FL 33771;

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2 miles W of US 19 off East Bay Dr.

On Little Rd., 3 miles south of SR 54

The Groves Golf & Country Club (813) 996-0161 SP 18 31 7924 Melogold Circle, Land O’Lakes, FL 34637; On US 41, 6 miles north of SR 54

Heritage Harbor Golf & Country Club (813) 949-4886 SP 18 9 19502 Heritage Harbor Pkwy., Lutz, FL 33558; North on

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Heritage Isles Golf & Country Club

10 10630 Plantation Bay Drive, Tampa, FL 33647;

(813) 907-7447 SP 18

Bruce B. Downs Blvd to Cross Creek, East to course

Isla Del sol Yacht & Country Club (727) 864-2714 PR 18 11 6000 Sun Boulevard, St. Petersburg, FL 33715; On 54th Avenue South, 3 miles West of US Hwy 19.

Lexington Oaks Golf Club (813) 907-7270 SP 18 12 26133 Lexington Oaks Blvd., Wesley Chapel, FL 33544; Off SR 54, 1 mile west of I-75

Mainlands Golf Club (727) 577-4847 P 18 14 9445 Mainlands Blvd. W., Pinellas Park, FL 33782; On US 19 North, 1 miles north of Park Blvd.

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TAMPA BAY 17

Mission Inn Resort

(800) 874-9053 R 18

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(727) 584-6497 P 18

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(727) 391-6255 SP 18

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10400 CR 48, Howey-In-The-Hills, FL 34737; On CR 48 0.2 miles past San Luis Blvd.

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Pinecrest Golf Course 1200 - 8th Ave., SW, Largo, FL 34640; 1 1/2 miles west of Seminole Blvd.

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Seminole Lake Country Club 6100 Augusta Blvd., Seminole, FL 33777;

Take Park St. .2 miles south of Park Blvd. to Augusta Blvd.

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Seven Hills Golf Club

(352) 688-8888 SP 18

10599 Fairchild Road, Spring Hill, FL 34608; On Mariner Blvd (County Hwy 587), one mile N of County Line Rd.

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Silver Dollar Trap & Golf Club

(813) 920-3884 SP 27 71-73

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LC: 7230/74.8/135

(813) 671-3311 SP 18

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6903/73.0/125

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(727) 934-5191 SP 18

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6243/69.3/127

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(727) 784-7606 SP 18

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12711 Silver Dollar Drive., Odessa, FL 33556; SR 584 to Race Track Rd, N 6 miles to Patterson Rd, W 3m

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Summerfield Crossings Golf Club 13050 Summerfield Blvd., Riverview, FL 33568; I-75 to exit 246, east 2 miles on Big Bend Rd

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Tarpon Springs Golf Course 1310 S. Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs, FL 34689; On Alr. US 19, 1 mile north of Klosterman Rd.

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Tarpon Woods Golf Club

1100 Tarpon Woods Blvd., Palm Harbor, FL 34685; East Lake Road S. to Tarpon Woods Blvd., east 1/4 mile

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Timber Greens Golf Club

(727) 372-0789 SP 18

6333 Timber Greens Blvd., New Port Richey, FL 34655; On Little Road, 2 miles north of SR 54

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Westchase Golf Club

(813) 854-2331

P 18

11602 Westchase Golf Dr., Tampa, FL 33626; Take Veteran’s Expresswy to exit #7, west on Linebaugh Ave. 3.5 miles

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World Woods Golf Club

(352) 796-5500 P 18

17590 Ponce De Leon Blvd., Brooksville, FL 34614; Veterans Expressway to Hwy. 98, then 1/4 mile east


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SHOPPING | ENTERTAINMENT/SERVICES | INSTRUCTION TAMPA BAY AREA MAP PAGE 40 & 41

SHOPPING Blue Collar Golf Shop 11616 Seminole Blvd., Largo, FL 33778 | www.bluecollargolf.net | (727) 542-9228 | Map #51, Ad Page 12

ENTERTAINMENT/SERVICES Amuni Financial, Inc. 720 Second Ave. S., St. Petersburg, FL 33701 | www.amuni.com | (800) 868-6864 | Map #59, Ad Page 3

Bob VanSweden Golf 2300 – 26th St. North, St. Petersburg, FL 33713 | www.BobVanSwedenGolf.com | (727) 321-4653 | Map #54, Ad Page 22

APlus Softwash www.aplussoftwash.com | (800) 881-5813 | Ad Page 47

Club Champion Golf (2 locations) 7720 Turkey Lake Rd, Ste 100, Orlando, FL 32819 | (407) 745-5660 | Ad Pages 10 & 11

County Golf Association www.countygolf.com | (727) 446-6644 | Ad Page 49

1040 Collier Center Way, Unit 13, Naples, FL 34110 | (888) 340-7820 | Ad Pages 10 & 11 www.clubchampiongolf.com |

The Golf Show Guys www.golfshowguys.com | Ad Page 47

Edwin Watts Golf Shops (2 locations) 32257 US Hwy 19 North, Palm Harbor, FL 34684 | (727) 787-3370 | Map #52, Ad Page 95

Golf Today www.golftodaychallenge.com | (561) 880-1007 | Ad Page 8

11921 North Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33618 | (813) 960-5330 | Map #40, Ad Page 95 www.worldwidegolfshops.com Florida Aerial Services Team www.fastaerial.com | (800) 723-7425 | Ad Page 9 In The Sand Golf www.ITS-GOLF.com | (800) 723-7425 | Ad Page 12 Southern Golf of Pinellas, Inc. 4647 – 4th St. North, St. Petersburg, FL 33703 | www.southerngolfofpinellas.com | (727) 522-1538 | Map #55, Ad Page 9 T & D Golf Stores (2 Locations) 4205 W. Waters Ave., Tampa, FL 33614 | (813) 888-5433 | Map #56, Ad Page 5 180 Race Track Rd., Oldsmar, FL 34677 | (813) 855-5385 | Map #57, Ad Page 5 www.tanddgolfstores.com | Trust In God Products T & D Golf Store | 4205 W. Waters Avenue, Tampa, FL 33614 | www.trustingodproducts.com | (813) 888-5433 | Map #56, Ad Page 49

Paradise Golf www.paradise-golf.com | (800) 605-2582 | Ad Page 96

Valspar Championship At Innisbrook Resort | 36750 US Hwy 19 N., Palm Harbor, FL 34684 | www.valsparchampionship.com | Map #40 DRIVING RANGES/LESSON TEE The Downs Golf Practice Facility 11225 Race Track Rd., Oldsmar, FL 33626 | www.tampabaydowns.com | (813) 854-4946 | Map #62, Ad Page 8 John Hayes Golf At Chi Chi Golf & Family Sports Complex | 2987 N. McMullen Booth Rd., Clearwater, FL 33761 | www.JohnHayesGolf.com | (727) 692-4679 | Map #61, Ad Page 8 Shriver Golf Academy At Cove Cay Golf Club | 2612 Cove Cay Dr., Clearwater, FL 33760 | www.shrivergolfacademy.com | (727) 480-9049 | Map #2, Ad Page 24


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GOLF COURSES NOT FEATURED IN THIS ISSUE OF GOLF COAST MAGAZINE COURSE PINELLAS COUNTY

TYPE LOCATION

PHONE

COURSE Rocky Point GC

TYPE LOCATION P Tampa

PHONE (813) 673-4316

Bardmoor GC

SP

Largo

(727) 392-1234

Rogers Park GC

Bayou Club

PV

Largo

(727) 399-1000

Sun City Golf Courses

PV

Sun City Center

(813) 634-3311

Belleair CC

PV

Belleair

(727) 442-0229

Tampa Palms G&CC

PV

Tampa

(813) 972-1991

Belleview Biltmore

SP

(813) 988-1791

Tampa

(813) 356-1670

Belleair

(727) 581-5498

Temple Terrace G&CC

PV

Temple Terrace

P

Clearwater

(727) 726-4673

Terrace Hill GC

P

Temple Terrace

(813) 985-4653

SP

Clearwater

(727) 443-5078

The Landings GC

P

Clearwater

(727) 447-5272

Chi Chi Rodriquez GC Clearwater GC

P

Countryside CC

PV

Clearwater

(727) 796-2153

TPC Tampa Bay

SP

Lutz

(813) 949-0090

Crescent Oaks GC

SP

Tarpon Springs

(727) 937-4653

Walden Lake G&CC

SP

Plant City

(813) 754-8575

M

St. Petersburg

(727) 551-3333

Cypress Run GC

PV

Tarpon Springs

(727) 937-3191

PASCO COUNTY

Dunedin GC

SP

Dunedin

(727) 733-7836

Abbey at St. Leo’s

SP

St. Leo

(352) 588-2016

East Lake Woodlands CC PV

Oldsmar

(727) 784-8576

Beacon Woods GC

SP

Bayonet Point

(727) 868-9528

Feather Sound CC

PV

Clearwater

(727) 572-6677

Forest Hills GC

SP

Holiday

(727) 934-7317

Highland Lakes GC

Cypress Links

PV

Palm Harbor

(727) 785-9819

Heritage Pines CC

PV

Hudson

(727) 861-1645

Innisbrook Resort & GC PV/R

Palm Harbor

(727) 942-2000

Heritage Springs CC

PV

Trinity

(727) 372-5281

Lansbrook GC

Palm Harbor

(727) 784-7333

Lake Jovita G&CC

SP

Dade City

(352) 588-9200

Largo

(727) 518-3024

The Links GC

SP

Hudson

(727) 868-1091

SP

Largo GC Mangrove Bay GC Palm Hill GC

P M SP

St. Petersburg

(727) 893-7800

Links of Lake Bernadette SP

Zephyrhills

(813) 788-7888

Largo

(727) 581-1710

Meadow Oaks GC

SP

Hudson

(727) 856-2878

Pasadena Y&CC

PV

Pasadena

(727) 381-7922

Plantation Palms GC

SP

Land O’Lakes

(813) 996-4653

The Tides GC

SP

Seminole

(727) 393-8483

Quail Hollow GC

SP

Wesley Chapel

(813) 333-0033

Top of the World GC

SP

Clearwater

(727) 726-7773

River Ridge GC

SP

New Port Richey (727) 847-4762

M

St. Petersburg

(727) 893-7445

Saddlebrook Resort

Wesley Chapel

(813) 973-1111

PV/R

St. Petersburg

(727) 896-8000

Scotland Yards GC

SP

Dade City

(352) 567-7600

Tarpon Springs

(727) 942-4760

Sea Pines GC

SP

Hudson

(727) 863-1214

Seven Springs G&CC

SP

New Port Richey (727) 376-0035

Twin Brooks GC Vinoy Club Wentworth Golf Club

SP

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY

R, SP

Silverado G&CC

SP

Zephyrhills

(813) 788-1225

Apollo Beach GC

SP

Apollo Beach

(813) 645-6212

Southport Springs GC

SP

Zephyrhills

(813) 780-7637

Avila G&CC

PV

Tampa

(813) 961-1754

Springer’s Gulf Harbor GC

Babe Zaharias GC

P

New Port Richey (727) 849-7675

P

Tampa

(813) 631-4374

Summertree Golf Club

P

Bloomingdale GC

SP

Valrico

(813) 685-4105

Tampa Bay Golf & CC

SP

San Antonio

Buckhorn Springs G&CC

PV

Valrico

(813) 689-7766

Town & Country GC

SP

Dade City

(352) 567-6622

Caloosa CC

PV

Sun City Center

(813) 634-2870

Zephyrhills GC

M

Zephyrhills

(813) 782-0714

Carrollwood CC

PV

Tampa

(813) 961-1369

The Claw at USF

P

Tampa

(813) 632-6893

HERNANDO COUNTY

Countryway GC

P

Tampa

(813) 854-1182

New Port Richey (727) 856-0771 (352) 588-5454

Brookridge CC

PV

Brooksville

(352) 596-8161

Club Renaissance

SP

Sun City Center

(813) 642-9091

Brooksville CC

SP

Brooksville

(352) 796-8876

Cypress Creek

SP

Ruskin

(813) 634-8888

Glen Lakes CC

PV

Brooksville

(352) 597-1118

Diamond Hill GC

SP

Valrico

(813) 689-7219

The Heather G&CC

SP

Brooksville

(352) 596-2019

Freedom Fairways

SP

Sun City

(813) 633-4653

Hernando Oaks GC

SP

Brooksville

(352) 799-9908

Hunter’s Green CC

PV

Tampa

(813) 973-1000

High Point GC

PV

Brooksville

(352) 596-0833

MIL

Tampa

(813) 840-6905

Oak Hills GC

SP

Spring Hill

(352) 683-6830

St. Petersburg

(727) 893-7800

The Quarry

P

Brooksville

(352) 544-5495 (352) 796-1410

MacDill AFB GC Mangrove Bay GC

M

Northdale G&TC

SP

Tampa

(813) 962-0428

Rivard G&CC

SP

Brooksville

Old Memorial GC

PV

Tampa

(813) 926-8888

The Ridge GC

SP

Ridge Manor

(352) 608-4800

Palm Ceia G&TC

PV

Tampa

(813) 253-3061

Silverthorn CC

SP

Brooksville

(352) 799-4653

Pebble Creek GC

SP

Tampa

(813) 973-3870

Southern Hills Plantation

PV

Brooksville

(352) 277-5000

River Hills CC

PV

Valrico

(813) 653-1554

Timber Pines CC

PV

Spring Hill

(352) 666-2311

Riverside GC

SP

Ruskin

(813) 645-2000

P=Public SP=Semi-Private PV=Private MIL=Military M=Municpal


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GOLF COAST NEWS Local Golf News from the Greater Tampa Bay Area

Paradise Golf Summer 2018 Memberships Now On Sale

Paradise Golf has been a significant provider of golfer value in West Central Florida since 1999. Paradise Golf is a “Virtual Golf Club” or a “Club Without Walls.” Paradise offers great golf values through two seasons of membership programs: summer (April – October) and winter (November-March), or a year-round combo membership. Paradise Golf is now offering its Summer 2018 Membership for sale. The key Paradise member benefits are as follows: • Negotiated lowest rates at 75+ of the best clubs in West Central Florida. Clubs such as Fox Hollow, TPC Tampa Bay, the private Isla Del Sol, Bardmoor, and Dunedin are exclusively on the Paradise Membership program • Access to 12 private clubs as a Member for a Day at great rates • Try Us Out coupons for over 24 clubs at cart fee only rates • Concierge service by Paradise PGA pros to private clubs throughout the country • Special golf tournament/ promotional events for members throughout the year

Spring 2018

• Member group options 7 days per week to have a game without searching for one The 2018 Summer Membership costs $199 and includes a complimentary round of golf to local favorites Fox Hollow GC in Trinity and Lake Jovita G&CC in Dade City. The combined round value covers 50% of the summer membership fee. If you play 3 times/month, the Summer Paradise Membership will pay for itself. For more details, go to Paradise-Golf.com. A recent testimonial from Paradise Member Mark Hopkins sums up his perception of membership: “I just wanted to say thanks again for the wonderful job you guys do. I just had an unbelievable week of golf because of Paradise. I played 3 premier, private courses that I would not have otherwise. Carrollwood on Paradise Magnificent Monday, Innisbrook South on Tuesday in another Paradise outing, and Thursday at Tampa Palms in another outing with a Paradise member and two guests. The courses were great, your organization and coordination are top notch, and I’ve met and hung out with a lot of terrific people.”


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2018 PGA Merchandise Show

If the annual gathering in Orlando is any indication, 2018 is off to a good start. Traffic on the show floor was strong and, more importantly, vibrant. Industry tracking firm Golf Datatech also saw reason for optimism, with founding partner Tom Stine saying he expects 2018 to be a good year for the industry. “I would expect we would see a bounce back in units sold this year, and the price points have been good. I’m optimistic.” Those last two words pretty much summed up the attitude of most in attendance. After years of existence on the sport’s periphery, the application of statistics and data-driven technology is no longer a novelty in golf. Judging by its presence at the show, it’s a mechanism at the heart of all things golf, be it instruction, management, equipment or just plain recreation. Examples include more in-depth output from launch monitor and simulator readings; digital apps that track your playing performance with your clubs and share the info with your mobile device; smart systems in golf carts to identify what parts of the course act as bottle necks; and suits that deduce what parts of your golf swing are causing problems like hooks and blocks. These breakthroughs have been talked about for years, although always using the future tense. As this week’s show proved, the future is now. [Excerpted from “Takeaways and trends in golf to be learned from the 2018 PGA Merchandise Show” by Golf Digest editors.] Continued on Page 49

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The President’s Report After a fantastic 2017, the West Central Chapter of the North Florida PGA looks forward to another great year in 2018! I want to personally thank all of our partners for jumping back on board this year including JanPro, Century Buick GMC, Yamaha Golf Cars, Breakthru Beverage, and several other partners (including Golf Coast Magazine) who contribute their time, effort, and dollars to the West Central Chapter! We have added a Pro/Assistant (up to 3 assistants per pro) to the calendar this year thanks to a great idea from Randy Mosely at the Vinoy Club. We have also decided to have our Awards Banquet at Cove Cay immediately following the Pro/Pro there April 9th. Thanks to Bill and Pat Shriver, PGA owners of Cove Cay, for supporting and hosting this event. Also thanks to Yamaha Golf Cars for their continued support of this special day for many of our members. As always, if you have a question about the WCCNFPGA, I am available at cslattery@avilagolf.com. – Chris Slattery, President 2018 WCC Tournament Schedule Mon. Mar. 26 Pro-Am @ Tampa Palms Mon. Apr. 16 Pro-Pro @ Cove Cay GolfCoastMagazine.com

Mon. May 7 Pro-Assistant @ Vinoy Club Thurs. May 10 Assistants Event @ Fox Hollow Mon. May 21 Pro-Am @ Avila M.-Tu. June 4-5 Chapter Championship @ Old Memorial M.-Tu. Jun 11-12 Sr Chapter Championship @ Dunedin GC Thurs. June 21 Assistants Event @ Lone Palm Tues. June 26 Pro-Pro @ Streamsong Thurs. July 12 Assistants Event @ Isla Del Sol Mon. July 16 Two-Person Team Event @ World Woods Mon. July 30 Stableford Championship @ Grasslands Thurs. Aug. 2 Pro-Scratch @ Belleair CC (West) Mon. Aug. 6 Gary Koch Pro-Junior @ Temple Terrace Thurs. Aug. 23 Assistants Event @ Avila Mon. Sep. 10 Pro-Am @ World Woods Mon. Oct. 1 WCC Senior-Junior @ Isla Del Sol M.-Tu. Nov. 5-6 Jerry Porter Cup @ Reunion (Watson) Mon. Nov. 12 Pro-Am @ Lone Palm Mon. Nov. 26 WCC/ECC Pro-Pro @ CC of Winter Haven Mon. Dec. 3 Holiday Pro-Pro @ Seven Springs (Champion) GCM


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Big Summer Golf Card® delivers consistently great rates at top area courses all summer long and gives you the chance to share in $30,000 of prize giveaways and monthly prize drawings too!! Look for our published Golf Guide in all participating course proshops as well as Edwin Watts stores and PGA Tour Superstore. Go to bigsummergolf.com for details of special rates and offers, play dates and an Exclusive invitation from The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club! Every Big Summer Golf Card holder is automatically eligible to play The Big Money TourSM with 10 monthly prizes worth $5,000 including cash, golf certificates, top of the line equipment and a grand prize of $1,000 every month! Since 2013 over 320 local golfers have shared in more than $150,000 in prizes.

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University Park Country Club UNIVERSITY PARK in MANATEE COUNTY

University Park Country Club, the area’s premier semi-private country club, continues to be the “not to be missed” golf destination on Florida’s Cultural Coast. The breathtaking championship golf course is designed to reward the golfer whatever their skill level and provide an exhilarating golf experience against a stunning backdrop of native Florida. The impeccable conditions and beauty of the course as well as the club’s renowned friendly service offer the daily-fee player a private club experience that is surprisingly affordable. As University Park Country Club continues to improve, it is no surprise that the course consistently earns awards and recognition from independent reader’s surveys and discerning golfers. For the 21st year in a row, the award-winning and challenging 27 holes at University Park have earned Golf Digest’s 4-star rating, with writers enthusiastically calling it a “must play” course. The Ron Garl-designed course has won accolades and distinction from, Golf for Women, Golfweek and Florida Sportsfan placing University Park in “Florida’s Top Fifty.” Locally University Park County Club has been voted “Best Place to Play Golf” by Sarasota Magazine readers every year since 1993, and Golf Advisor has ranked it #10 on its 2015 top 25 courses in Florida. The founding partnership of Pat Neal and Rolf Pasold combined exceptional local expertise with an international vision. Respect for nature and a commitment to excellence is unparalleled at University Park. Careful planning and attention to detail are the hallmarks of Neal/Pasold management which has blended a beautiful piece of property with exceptional golf and an unsurpassed lifestyle. Among the most prestigious and revered awards for this community are “Best Community Design in America” awarded by The National Association of Home Builders and Professional Builder Magazine, and “Best Development in Region” by the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council Future of the Region Award. Unrelenting attention to detail is evident and these high standards keep the course in top playing condition to maximize player enjoy-

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For the 21st year in a row the beautiful and challenging 27 holes at University Park have earned Golf Digest’s 4-Star Rating with writers enthusiastically calling it a “must play” course.

LOCATION ment of the course. Add to this dedicated employees who create a friendly, relaxed atmosphere which is why the club has a reputation for first-class service. University Park County Club is committed to an ongoing program of improving and upgrading its golf operations. Each year the club’s management reviews the changing needs of its golfing members and visitors and responds with innovative actions that reflect the rapidly changing environment and technology in the golfing industry today. The club’s newly redesigned 2017 website is now responsive for all mobile devices and offers online tee time booking options making it even easier to book a tee time at this award-winning golf course. PGA Professional Clinton Whitelaw, a former South African Open winner, LPGA tour player Sue Ertl and Head Golf Professional Ashley Hayden, bring golf instruction to every level of golfer. The Golf Academy offers a variety of clinics, golf schools, the popular Get Golf Ready programs, playing lessons and private instruction. The outstanding golf experience is enhanced by notable food and beverage service. Golfers are invited to enjoy lunch post or pre round and drinks and conversation are always welcomed on the lakeside café. The awardwinning culinary staff and management attract many of the area’s most prominent charitable and corporate golf tournaments, weddings and special events.

7671 The Park Blvd. University Park, FL 34201 1.8 miles west of I-75, exit 213.

www.universitypark-fl.com STATISTICS

Number of Holes: 27 Par-72 10+1 Emerald 6446 Platinum 6095 Gold 5607 Ruby 5338 Bronze 4875

10+19 6598 6205 5720 5456 4949

19+1 6725 6161 5727 5432 4862

COURSE FACTS

Architect: Ron Garl General Manager: Laurie Evans Head Golf Professional: Ashley Hayden Head Teaching Pro: Clinton Whitelaw Superintendent: Curtis Nickerson

Visit University Park Country Club located just 1.8 miles west of I-75 on University Parkway (Exit 213). For Tee Times call (941) 359-9999. For Club Membership call Ann Backus at (941) 355-3888 x234. Visit our website: www.universitypark-fl.com to be included in special e-news and rate promotions.


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THE POPE GOLF ADVANTAGE‌. COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE! The combination of extensive golf knowledge, innovative course management, and a sincere passion for the traditions of the game elevate Pope Golf to a role as one of the top golf management companies in Florida and the Southeast. The Sarasota based organization now has over a dozen properties under contract, most of which are in the Sarasota/Manatee area, with thousands of rounds of golf played last year, and just as many satissed customers!

The personalized attention of a team with OWNERS, KEITH & INGRID POPE WITH PRESIDENT, JERRY MOORE over 100 years of golf course management experience is what sets Pope Golf apart in the golf course management eld. The company has extensive experience helping under-performing clubs reach their full potential. Whether your gollng adventures lead you North or South of Sarasota, and are seeking an exceptional Public Golf or a Private Club experience, Pope Golf oers you several outstanding options with the best value for your gollng dollar. From Private Club Memberships, to Tournaments & Special Events, to just a round of golf, Pope Golf is the place to call!

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PRIVATE COUNTRY CLUBS VISITING GOLFERS ARE WELCOME WHILE WE FILL OUR MEMBERSHIP ROSTERS Bent Tree Country Club 941-371-8200

Tree-lined fairways of towering oaks, and acres of lakes and streams create a unique and tranquil setting for first-class championship golf. Come play our new TifEagle greens for a true roll. Plus, one of the most flexible and creative membership plans around! For membership information and tournaments call 941-371-5854.

www.benttreecc.net

Misty Creek Country Club 941-921-5258

Misty Creek is a Private Club in a 350 acre wildlife preserve. Just minutes from the beaches and downtown, Misty Creek is a special place! Visiting golfers are welcome while we fill our membership roster. The course plays 6900 yards from the “tips”, yet multiple tees make it friendly for all. New TifEagle Greens — Renovated Clubhouse. Located 3.5 miles east of I-75, on the Bee Ridge Road Extension.

www.mistycreek.net

Mission Valley Golf & Country Club 941-488-7747

A private Member-Owned club located between Venice and Sarasota. This tree-lined championship course has six sets of tees for all abilities, and is very scenic and walker-friendly. Course renovations in late April include new TifEagle Greens, New Tees, re-grassing fairways and roughs, and renovating all bunkers. The clubhouse offers casual and fine dining and is available for private parties. Located off Laurel Rd. between U.S. 41 & I-75.

www.missionvalleycc.com

Twin Isles Country Club 941-637-1232

Twin Isles Country Club is a Private Club, located 5 minutes south of the historical district of Punta Gorda, Florida. Visiting golfers are welcome while we fill our membership roster. Twin Isles’ golf course, tennis complex and spacious clubhouse create a comfortable atmosphere that makes new members feel welcome - we invite you to our special place in Punta Gorda.

www.twinislescc.org

Esplanade Golf & Country Club 941-306-3500

at Lakewood Ranch

Esplanade Golf & Country Club, the area’s newest country club is designed in an eco-friendly manner, featuring majestic oaks and varying elevations. Large greens, and generous fairways provide for an enjoyable round. World-class golf and resort-level customer service, professional golf instruction, superior golf programming, and boutique retail services make this course a must-play.

www.esplanadelwr.com


PUBLIC GOLF COURSES

EXCEPTIONAL VALUES, CHAMPIONSHIP GOLF COURSES, GREAT SERVICE Buffalo Creek Golf Course 941-776-2611

The goal of Buffalo Creek is simple - offer the best value of any championship course in the area. A challenging par-72 Ron Garl design, perfect for all skill levels. Rolling, wide fairways in the Scottish links tradition wind through lakes and waterways, and not a house in sight! Featuring New TifEagle Greens! Staffed by PGA Professionals with a commitment to great customer service. The snack bar is open daily.

www.golfbuffalocreek.com

Manatee Golf Club 941-792-6773

Experience home town hospitality! Sharpen your game at the full practice facilities. A challenging layout, with five teeing areas making it friendly for all abilities. New Tif Eagle Greens! The snack bar is open daily. Centrally located, it is the closest championship length golf course to the beaches and 9.5 miles West of I-75 on SR70/53rd Ave. www.golfmanatee.com

Kings Gate Golf Club 941-625-0680

Golfers of all abilities will enjoy this 18-hole executive course. Enjoy the natural beauty of picturesque lakes, natural preserves, and a beautifully landscaped community. Walking is allowed anytime. Play in leagues, tournaments or just for fun! Whether you play for the challenge, the fun, the friends, the exercise, or to get away from it all, you’ll love living and playing here. West of I-75 off Kings Hwy.

www.kingsgategolfclub.com

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Bradenton

Peridia Golf and Country Club

Yardage/Rating/Slope: Blue: 3373 / 58.8 / 97 Yellow: 3014 / 56.2 / 89 Red: 2749 / 55.6 / 89

COURSE FACTS

Number of Holes: 18 Architects: Jed Azinger and Gordon Lewis General Manager: Tom Donato, CAM Pro Shop Manager: Brian Schmidt Superintendent: Ray Bartels, Jr. , CGCS

COURSE AMENITIES

• Complete Pro Shop • Terrace on The Green Restaurant with Full Bar service • Banquets and weddings • Golf Lessons available with Mitch Riley, PGA

Semi-Private Course

MAP #144

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Yardage/Rating/Slope: Men’s White: 3752 / 60.3 / 101; Ladies Red: 3122 / 58.5 / 95

Manatee County’s Premier Executive Golf Course offers lush fairways and redesigned Tif-Eagle greens that provide a challenge to golfers of all skill levels and the ability to play in 3 hours. Walk or ride anytime! It’s the perfect course for couples, families, and seniors to improve their short game. Peridia’s full service restaurant and banquet facility is open to the public for lunch and dinner. Sunday brunch is the Club’s most popular event, every Sunday from 10am to 2 pm, please call to make your reservation. 4950 Peridia Boulevard East Bradenton, FL 34203 941-758-2582 www.peridiagcc.net

Bradenton

Pinebrook/Ironwood Golf Club

COURSE FACTS

Number of Holes: 18 Architect: Dean Refram Director of Operations: Joel King Superintendent: Andrew Jordan

COURSE AMENITIES

• Putting Green • Pro Shop • Walking Allowed • Tournaments and Leagues Welcome • Exclusive Foot Joy Dealer

Pinebrook/Ironwood Golf Club is one of the area’s finest executive courses nestled inside a beautiful community. Between the water-bordered fairways and the 37 bunkers surrounding 18 Champion Bermuda greens this 3,706-yard, par-61 course offers a challenge to golfers of all ages and handicaps. The amenities include a pro shop, snacks, refreshments and putting green. 4260 Ironwood Circle Bradenton, FL 34209 941-792-3288 www.PinebrookIronwood.com

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Semi-Private Course

MAP #103

Yardage/Rating/Slope: Gold: 7031 / 74.4 / 144 Blue: 6621 / 72.1 / 137 White: 6102 / 69.6 / 128 Red: 5495 / 71.7 / 130

COURSE FACTS Number of Holes: 18 Architect: Ron Garl General Manager: Mike Pascuzzi Head Pro: David Lamm Superintendent: Doug Powell

• GPS System on Carts • Chipping Area • Club Storage • Clubhouse • Driving Range • Golf Lessons • Practice Greens • Pro Shop • Restaurant • Golf Club Rental

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The River Club Rated HHHH by Golf Digest, The River Club is a challenging test of golf. Measuring more than 7,000 yards from the back tees, The River Club is considered one of the more challenging layouts in the area. Two distinctive nines incorporate rolling fairways with plenty of mounding on the front and dense woods with undulating, rolling greens on the back. To add to the playability, last summer the Ron Garl-designed 18-hole championship course incorporated all new state-of-the-art Jones Dwarf greens. A semi-private country club, The River Club is open to the public seven days a week. Memberships are available. The restaurant offers panoramic views of the golf course and is open daily for breakfast, lunch and Friday night dinners. Other amenities include a full-service pro shop, lessons, driving range, tennis courts, pool, lounge and banquet facilities. Tee times are available two days in advance and proper golf attire is required. Conveniently located one mile east of I-75 (exit 217), only minutes from Sarasota, & Tampa/St. Petersburg.

6600 River Club Boulevard Bradenton, FL 34202 941-751-4211 www.riverclubgc.com


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Yardage/Rating/Slope: Men Women Pro: 7141/75.0/139 Black: 6720/73.2/135 White: 6219/70.4/132 76.4/136 Silver: 5647/67.8/120 73.2/129 Green: 5002/64.7/115 69.8/121

Bradenton

Stoneybrook Golf Club at Heritage Harbour

COURSE FACTS

Number of Holes: 18 Architect: Arthur Hills Head Golf Pro/GM: Todd Pyle Superintendent: Jim Wells

COURSE AMENITIES

• Clubhouse - Grill 8000 • Golf Lessons • Practice Facilities • Pro Shop • Seven Day Advanced T-times • Banquet Facilities

Semi-Private Course

MAP #180

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Yardage/Rating/Slope: White: 2810 par 58 Red: 2525

One of the area’s premier daily-fee golf courses! This 18-hole, par-72 championship course plays through a landscape highlighted by mature wooded wetland preserves and ponds, creating strategic risk/reward holes. Designed by Arthur Hills, one of the world’s top course designers, this is a “must-play” masterpiece. After golf, join us in Grill 8000, with its unique menu items, crafted cocktails, daily features and signature hospitality. Call us to book your extraordinary event! 8000 Stone Harbour Loop Bradenton, FL 34212 941-746-2696 www.GolfStoneybrook.com

Sarasota

Village Green Golf Club

COURSE FACTS

Number of Holes: 18 Manager/Golf Professional: Jack Binswanger, PGA Superintendent: Al Williams

COURSE AMENITIES

• Complete Pro Shop • Daily lunch menu • Full Bar • Chipping & Practice Green • PGA Instruction • 9 & 18 hole rates • Walk or Ride Anytime • Golf Club Rental • Golf Club Repair • League Play Available • Memberships Available

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Village Green is conveniently located to downtown Sarasota and the beaches. It’s Sarasota’s fun place to play, learn, or tune up your short game. A great course for women, seniors, beginning golfers, juniors and family events or tournaments. Come join one of our leagues or form your own! The restaurant opens for lunch daily and the full bar is a great place to gather after your round. The clubhouse is available for special events. 3500 Pembrook Dr Sarasota, FL 34239 941-922-9500 www.villagegreengolfclub.com


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Semi-Private Course

MAP #116

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Yardage/Rating/Slope: Blue: 6747 / 72.1 / 124; White: 6111 / 69.1 / 118; Gold M: 5435 / 65.9 / 110; Gold W: 5435 / 71.3 / 120; Red M: 5126 / 64.6 / 104; Red W: 5126 / 69.7 / 116

COURSE FACTS

Number of Holes: 18 Architect: Ted McAnlis General Mngr: Eddie Rodriguez Superintendent: Tom Hilferty

COURSE AMENITIES

• Chipping Area • Club Storage • Clubhouse • Driving Range • Golf Lessons • Practice Greens • Pro Shop • Sand Practice • Concessions • Restaurant-Breakfast & Lunch • Golf Club Rental

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Sarasota

Tatum Ridge Golf Links Rated MMMM by Golf Digest. Tatum Ridge is conveniently located approximately 2 miles east of I-75 off of Fruitville Road (exit 210). Turn left off of Fruitville Road onto Tatum Road and you’re there. Tatum Ridge Golf Links is a Scottish-style links course complemented by preserved wetlands and 11 lakes in a natural setting, with plenty of wild life and nature at its best. We have been “Sarasota’s Fun Course to Play” since 1989. Our signature hole is the 504-yard, par 5, 13th, a dogleg right over water. A large practice facilty offers grass tees, chipping from grass and bunkers, and an 18-hole putting green. Lessons are available by appointment. Proper golf attire and soft spikes are required. Call for tee times up to seven days in advance or visit our website at www.tatumridgegolflinks.com to make your own tee time and look for special offers. We welcome large groups for outings and tournaments. Our restaurant is also available for special events. For information about lessons and clinics available at the Golf Academy, please contact Tim Conaway at (941) 812-0137. 421 North Tatum Road Sarasota, FL 34240 941-378-4211 www.tatumridgegolflinks.com


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Yardage/Rating/Slope: American, 6082 / 69.2 / 119; British, 6829 / 72.1 / 123; Gillespie, 1687

COURSE FACTS

Number of Holes: 45 Architects: Donald Ross / Dave Johnson / Ron Garl General Manager: Susan J. Martin Assistant GM: Christian Martin, PGA; Teacher of the Year

COURSE AMENITIES

• Clubhouse - Restaurant • PGA Golf Lessons • Practice Facilities • Golf Shop • Walking Allowed • Golf Club Rental • Seven Day Advance T-times • League Play Available

Semi-Private Course

MAP #109

TEE INFORMATION

Yardage/Rating/Slope: Gold: 4545 / 70.8 / 124 Silver: 3941 / 68.5 / 119 Blue: 3443 / 71.3 / 117 Yellow: 2731 / 71.3 / 117

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Sarasota’s only municipal golf facility with 45 holes of great golf fun and challenges. Play the American Course (18 holes, par-71) and the British Course (18 holes, par-72) for the challenge or the 9-hole, par30 Gillespie Executive for the fun! A full practice facility is available. For 15 years, Bobby Jones has been voted as the No.1 public/semiprivate golf course by readers of the Sarasota Herald Tribune and has been named Best of the Best by Sarasota Magazine. 1000 Circus Boulevard Sarasota, FL 34232 941-365-4653 (GOLF) www.BobbyJonesGolfClub.com

Sarasota

The Palms Golf Club at Forest Lakes IN NS EE TA! R G O ST AS BE SAR

COURSE FACTS

Number of Holes: 18 Architect: Gordy Lewis Head Golf Professional: Jay Nash, PGA General Manager: Sven Nelson III Superintendent: Robert Carter

COURSE AMENITIES

• Complete Pro Shop • Golf lessons available • Large Practice facility with two Putting Greens, Chipping Area and Aquatic Driving Range • Grill Room • Memberships available

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Nestled in the heart of Sarasota, The Palms Golf Club at Forest Lakes is unlike any golf experience on the Suncoast. This brand new course from renowned architect, Gordy Lewis, features a Par 64 layout that will challenge every aspect of your game. The Palms is maintained in championship condition and features TifEagle greens and Celebration fairways, providing turf surfaces that rival that of many of Florida’s most exclusive country clubs. Two very unique nines provide great variety and ensure that you’ll use every club in your bag!

1990 Beneva Road Sarasota, FL 34232 941-388-7241 www.palmsatforestlakes.com


CHARLOTTE | SARASOTA | MANATEE

Semi-Private Course

MAP #136

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Yardage/Rating/Slope: Black: 7344 / 75.2 / 136; Gold: 6559 / 71.9 / 129; Silver: 6034 / 69.5 / 121; Orange Men: 5521 / 63.3 / 116; Orange Ladies: 5521 / 71.7 / 123; Jade: 5069 / 69.1 / 117

COURSE FACTS

Number of Holes: 18 Architect: Gordon Lewis Director of Golf: Mark Trotter Head Golf Professional: Charles Darbyshire Assistant Professional: Rich Williamson Golf Shop Staff: Jack Collins Superintendent: Josh Del Bene

COURSE AMENITIES

• Pro Shop • Driving Range • Short Game Practice Areas • Golf Lessons • Golf Club Rental • 19th Hole Restaurant

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Venice

Sarasota National Golf Club Spectacular TifEagle Greens Sarasota National is one of the fastest growing golf course communities in Venice and Southwest Florida. Sarasota National is excited to unveil its 40,000 square foot clubhouse with wonderful new amenities for the community to enjoy. The project is a perfect fit for the 2200 acre property which is nestled among gorgeous pines, oaks and palms. Be sure to visit the sales staff for more informaton on home sites and future models. The golf course, built to the specifications of Silver Signature by Audubon International, is both environmentally friendly and unparalleled in beauty and playability. The expansive fairways, undulating greens, multiple tee placements and strategic bunker positioning will allow the course to be flexible enough for high-handicap golfers to enjoy, but capable of challenging the very best golfers. Golfers can expect exceptional service and a world-class golf experience every time. The golf complex includes a fully-stocked pro shop, aqua range with natural turf targets, chipping and putting greens and lessons are available by PGA professionals. 25510 National Blvd. Venice, FL 34293 941-496-8676 www.sarasotanationalgolf.com


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Venice

Lake Venice Golf Club

Yardage/Rating/Slope: Blue: 6507 / 70.5 / 125; White: 6173 / 69.1 / 123; Gold: 5592 / 65.8 /110; Red: 4692 / 62.6 /104

COURSE FACTS Number of Holes: 27 Architects: Mark Mahanna General Manager: Rod Parry Superintendent: David Knott

COURSE AMENITIES

• Clubhouse - Restaurant • Practice Facilities • Driving Range • Golf Shop • Walking Anytime • Golf Club Rental • Tee times not required • League Play Available • FLORIDA RESIDENTS: $5.00 off round of 18hole A.M. riding rate with valid ID • 5 Years Best Public Course

Executive

MAP #166

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Come to Lake Venice for the best golf value in the Sarasota area! Play the recently rennovated nine holes Gulfside and warm up at the new practice area and driving range at this championship quality 27-hole facility. Located on the Isle of Venice adjacent to the Gulf of Mexico, golfers can walk or ride any time to experience the Gulf breezes and truly natural surroundings of this local favorite. Tee times are not required. Lake Venice is renowned for reasonable rates, quality service and a knowledgeable friendly staff. Call for seasonal pricing and afternoon specials. 1801 South Harbor Drive Venice, FL 34285 941-488-3948 www.LakeVeniceGolf.com

Venice

Venice East Golf Course

Yardage: 2791 / Par 57

COURSE FACTS Number of Holes: 18 General Manager: Lila Purcell Golf Professional: Coleman Plecker, PGA Superintendent: Lou Corvo

COURSE AMENITIES • Rental Equipment • Snacks • PGA Instruction • Walking Anytime • Memberships Available Equity & Associate • Driving Range & Practice Facility • Automated Ball Machine • Special 5 Buckets for $20

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Golf should be fun! Want to have a nice relaxing round and then go to the beach? Want to exercise and like to walk? If so, then we’re the perfect course for you. Venice East Golf Course is a semi-private 18-hole executive course with a par of 57 making it easy to walk or ride and play a round in less than 3 hours. For Specials and Coupons see our website at: veniceeastgc.com 107 Venice East Boulevard Venice, FL 34293 941-493-0005 www.veniceeastgc.com


CHARLOTTE | SARASOTA | MANATEE

Semi-Private Course

MAP #112

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Yardage/Rating/Slope: Meadows & Preserve Gold: 7182 / 75.4 / 141 Blue: 6619 / 72.2 / 133 White: 6053 / 69.8 / 121 Black: 5600 / 67.4 / 117 Red: 4939 / 68.9 / 117 Orange: 4166 / 64.3 / 106 Preserve & Hatchett Creek Gold: 7009 / 74.3 / 145 Blue: 6477 / 71.6 / 133 White: 5918 / 69.3 / 116 Black: 5326 / 66.5 / 109 Red: 4756 / 68.5 / 114 Orange: 4084 / 63.8 / 106 Hatchett Creek & Meadows Gold: 7039 / 74.5 / 140 Blue: 6526 / 72.0 / 129 White: 6067 / 69.9 / 122 Black: 5412 / 66.9 / 113 Red: 5075 / 70.4 / 118 Orange: 4272 / 64.9 / 104

COURSE FACTS

Number of Holes: 27 Architect: Ted McAnlis PGA Head Pro: Bill Neal General Mngr: Tom Weaver Superintendent: Dan Haubein Assistant Pros: Travis Blauvelt, Brian Todd

COURSES

Venice

Pelican Pointe Golf and Country Club Voted Best Semi-Private Club in Venice 16 years in a row! • Six Sets of Tees to Satisfy Every Skill Level • Beautiful Nature Preserves and Lakes • Extensive Driving Range and Practice Facility • PGA Professionals to Fine-Tune Your Game • Golf Tournaments & Corporate Outings Available • Award-Winning Sunday Brunch • Top-Quality, Creatively Prepared Menu • Private Parties, Banquets, Receptions and Charity Functions • Golf Memberships Available Conveniently located on Center Road between Jacaranda Blvd (I-75 exit 193) and Bypass 41. 4-DAY ADVANCE TEE TIMES

625 Center Road Venice, FL 34285 941-496-4653 www.pelicanpointeclub.com

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Englewood

Boca Royale Golf & County Club

Yardage/Rating/Slope: Diamond: 6357 / 71.1 / 130 Emerald: 6065 / 69.7 / 122 Platinum: 5720 / 67.9 / 121 Gold: 5366 / 66.4 / 118 Ruby: 4981 / 63.8 / 114

COURSE FACTS

Number of Holes: 18 Golf Professional: Ed McConnell, PGA Superintendent: David Spencer

COURSE AMENITIES

• Chipping Area • Club Storage • Clubhouse • Golf Lessons • Practice Greens • Pro Shop • Sand Practice • Restaurant-Lunch Daily, Dinner Wed-Fri, Sunday Brunch • Golf Club Rental • GolfBoard Rental

Boca Royale is a Semi-private Country Club that welcomes all golfers and offers a challenge for all skill levels. Our pro shop staff and our teaching professionals are waiting to serve our members and guests. Eighteen championship holes with NEW Champion Greens, five tee box locations and an excellent putting practice area are surrounded by towering oaks, cypress, palms, and lush green fairways. Native birds and wildlife can be spotted on the 150 acres of lakes, tropical nature preserves and the beautiful landscape of woodlands, sand and water. 1601 Englewood Road Englewood, FL 34223 941-474-7475 www.bocaroyale.com

Two Courses Two Unique Experiences

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3400 Longmeadow Sarasota FL 34235 | 941.371.0982


CHARLOTTE | SARASOTA | MANATEE Semi-Private Course

MAP #157

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Par: 72 Oaks & Creek & Marsh & Marsh Oaks Creek Black 6869 6783 6816 Blue 6348 6406 6370 White 5940 5926 5880 Gold 5141 5217 5264 Red 4787 4755 4820

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Heron Creek Golf & Country Club

COURSE FACTS

Number of Holes: 27 Architect: Arthur Hills Dir of Golf: Bart Cook, PGA Superintendent: Tom Rainey Course Records: Gary March, 62 Nancy Smith, 65

COURSE AMENITIES

• Complete Pro Shop • Full Menu and Bar • PGA Golf Lessons • 12 Acre Practice Facility with 3 Short Game Holes • Memberships Available

The 27-hole championship course is rated 4-1/2 stars by Golf Digest, for it’s superb, natural design that not only preserves, but enhances its natural surroundings. Elevated tees assist the golfer with shot placement and the courses, tees, fairways and roughs have been recently renovated. Now featuring all new TifEagle ultradwarf Bermuda greens. The practice facilities and learning center are without question the largest and finest in the region, with multiple areas to develop every facet of your game. Annual Practice Range Memberships are available: Family-$595, Single-$395. Range Membership comes with 4 complimentary Twilight rounds of golf. Tee times available 7 days in advance. 5301 Heron Creek Blvd. North Port, FL 34287 941-423-6955 www.heroncreekgcc.com

Join us as a Member for a Day. Plus! Every round includes a chance to win $1000. For a Hole In One* Nov, Dec, & April $49 Jan, Feb & March $79 May - Oct. $39

12 Acre Learning Center 4 USGA spec TifEagle practice putting, chipping and pitching greens

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Call : (941)-423-6955 for Tee Times Call for reduced rates June - September • 7 day advance tee times *South Sarasota County’s only Everyday Hole In One Contest


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CHARLOTTE | SARASOTA | MANATEE MAP #119

TEE INFORMATION Yardage/Rating/Slope: Blue: 3976 / 59.3 / 100; White: 3445 / 57.2 / 93; Red: 2840 / 56.0 / 85

Englewood

Oyster Creek Golf Club

COURSE FACTS Number of Holes: 18 Architect: Ted McAnlis Director of Operations: Joel King General Manager: Denny Burnham Superintendent: Andrew Jordan

COURSE AMENITIES • Clubhouse • Practice Greens • Pro Shop • Snack Bar - Lunch • Golf Club Rental • Exclusive Foot Joy Dealer

Semi-Private Golf Club

MAP #172

TEE INFORMATION Yardage/Rating/Slope: Blue: 5836 / 68.9 / 124 White: 5424 / 66.9 / 115 Gold: 4942/ 64.8 / 113 Ladies Gold: 4942 / 69.0 / 121 Red: 4746 / 68.3 / 119

Not your typical executive golf course, Oyster Creek, designed by Ted McAnlis, is both challenging and scenic. Accuracy off the tee is important as water comes into play on 13 of the 18 holes. Distance is critical on only a few of the par 4s, but even low-handicap golfers find they play to their handicap. Oyster Creek offers meticulouslymanicured greens surrounded by environmentally-protected natural wetlands. 6651 Oriole Blvd. Englewood, FL 34224 941-475-0334 www.oystercreekgolfclub.com

Punta Gorda

Deep Creek Golf Club gle -EaS!! f i wT N Ne GREE

COURSE FACTS Number of Holes: 18 Architect: Mark McCumber General Manager/PGA: Todd Evans Superintendent: Josh Czarnecki

COURSE AMENITIES • Clubhouse - Restaurant • Practice Facilities • Short Game Area • Walking Allowed • Golf Club Rental • Five Day Advanced T-times • PGA Instruction • 5 Day Advanced T-Times

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Now in its 32nd year of operation, Deep Creek has become one of the top-rated golf clubs in the Charlotte County area. 18 holes of enjoyable golf and a welcoming and friendly staff will make your experience top-notch. Public play is welcome, and a variety of memberships are available at an exceptional value. Our restaurant and lounge serves only the best quality food and drinks under a casual setting to enhance your experience. Warm up on our putting green and driving range before your round. 1260 San Cristobal Avenue Punta Gorda, FL 33983 941-625-6911 www.deepcreekgolf.com

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SHOPPING | SERVICES/ENTERTAINMENT | INSTRUCTION CHARLOTTE MAP PAGE 84 SARASOTA AND MANATEE MAP PAGE 79

SHOPPING Edwin Watts 5247 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34231 | www.edwinwattsgolf.com | 941-922-1006 | Map #200, Ad Page 95 The Golf Outlet 5935 Factory Shops Blvd, Ellenton, FL | www.USAgolfoutlet.biz | 941-722-9000 | Map #181, Ad Page 58 Personal Golf Fan www.PGFan.com | 888-938-6672 | Ad Page 34 The Water Caddy | www.TheWaterCaddy.com | Email: thewatercaddy@gmail.com | Ad Page 80 SERVICES /ENTERTAINMENT Big Summer Golf Card www.bigsummergolf.com | 941-923-2232 | Ad Pages 52-54 Club Champion Golf (2 locations) 7720 Turkey Lake Rd, Ste 100, Orlando, FL 32819 | (407) 745-5660 | Ad Page 10 1040 Collier Center Way, Unit 13, Naples, FL 34110 | (888) 340-7820 | Ad Page 10 www.clubchampiongolf.com | Golf Home Guru - Joe Morgan www.GolfHomeGuru.com | Email:Guru@GolfHomeGuru.com | 239-438-6426 | Ad Page 78 International Barter Exchange 1161 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236 | www.IBEBarter.com | 941-955-6100 | Map #137, Ad Page 62 Mission Inn Howy-In-The-Hills, FL | www.MissionInnResort.com | 888-283-6363 | Ad Page 13 Pope Golf www.Popegolf.net | 941-444-6600 | Ad Page 63

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MANATEE COUNTY (941) 776-2611 P 18 Buffalo Creek Golf Course 130 8100 Erie Road, Palmetto, FL 34221; i-75 to exit 224,

301 North to Erie Road, 2 mi to 69th St. E turn left

Esplanade Golf & Country Club (941) 306-3500 SP 18 139 5240 Esplanade Blvd. W., Lakewood Ranch, FL 34211; SR 70 east from I-75; Left on LRB, east on Rangeland Rd.

IMG Academy Golf Club (941) 758-1464 SP 18 114 4350 El Conquistador Parkway, Bradenton, FL 34210; US 41 to Bayshore Gardens Pkwy, west to entrance

Legacy Golf Club

(941) 907-7920

192 8255 Legacy Boulevard, Bradenton, FL 34202; I-75 to exit

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213; East 2.7 miles

Manatee Golf Club (941) 792-6773 P 18 149 6415 53rd Ave W. Bradenton, FL 34210; Cortez road to 66th St W. Turn south then east on 53rd Ave.

Mocassin Wallow Golf Club

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Peridia Golf and Country Club (941) 758-2582 SP 151 4950 Peridia Blvd. East Bradenton, FL 34203; Exit 217 off

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The River Club (941) 751-4211 SP 18 103 6600 River Club Blvd., Bradenton, FL; 1 mile east of I-75 off

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101 9680 Buffalo Road, Palmetto, FL 34221; Exit 229 off I-75, 1/4 mile east

I-75; West on Hwy 70 ; turn R

Pinebrook/Ironwood Golf Club

(941) 792-3288

144 4260 Ironwood Circle, Bradenton, FL 34209; Just off Cortez Road between 51st St. W. & 43rd. St. West

SR70, exit 217.

Stoneybrook at Heritage Harbour

(941) 746-2696

126 790 Stone Harbour Loop, Bradenton, FL 34202; I-75 to Exit 220, East on SR 64

University Park Country Club

105 7671 The Park Blvd., University Park, FL 34201; 1.8 miles west of I-75 on University Parkway, (Exit 213


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(941) 371-8200 PR 18 Bent Tree Country Club 156 4700 Bent Tree Boulevard, Sarasota, FL; 1.5 miles east of

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Bobby Jones Golf Course (941) 365-4653 P 45 106 1000 Circus Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34232; Off Beneva Road,

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Boca Royale Country Club

(941) 474-7475 SP 18

160 1601 Englewood Road, Englewood, FL 34223 ; I-75 to Jaca-

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randa Blvd; Left onto Hwy 776, 4 miles S of US41

Calusa Lakes Golf Club (941) 484-8995 SP 18 107 1995 Calusa Lakes Blvd., Nokomis, FL 34275; Exit 195 off I-75

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Capri Isles Golf Club (941) 485-3371 SP 18 108 849 Capri Isles Blvd., Venice, FL 34292; I-75 off Jacaranda Blvd. (exit 193), R on Venice Ave., R on Capri Isles Blvd

Charlotte Harbor National Golf Club (941) 429-0500 SP 18 110 1350 Bobcat Trail, North Port, FL, 34288; I-75 to exit 179, 2 miles west on Toledo Blade.

The Groves Course at The Meadows (941) 371-0982 SP 18 135 3400 Longmeadow, Sarasota, FL; I-75 to Exit #213; W approx

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Highlands Course at The Meadows (941) 371-0982 SP 18 135 3400 Longmeadow Sarasota, FL; I-75 to Exit #213; W approx

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Misty Creek Golf & Country Club (941) 921-5258 PR 18 123 8954 Misty Creek Drive, Sarasota, FL 34241; 3 miles east

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1 mile, S on N. Honore Ave; S 1 mile to Longmeadow

Heron Creek Golf & Country Club

157 5301 Heron Creek Blvd., North Port, FL 34287; Take I-75 to Exit 182 Sumter Blvd continue on to Heron Creek Blvd

1 mile, S on N. Honore Ave; S 1 mile to Longmeadow

Lake Venice Golf Club (941) 488-3948 P 27 179 1801 South Harbor Drive, Venice, FL; Business 41 to W. Venice Ave, L on S. Harbor Drive 2-1/2 miles

The Meadows Country Club (941) 378-5957 PR 18 135 3400 Longmeadow Sarasota, FL; I-75 to Exit #213; W approx 1 mile, S on N. Honore Ave; S 1 mile to Longmeadow

Mission Valley Golf & Country Club

128 1851 Mission Valley Blvd., Nokomis, FL 34275; Exit 195 off I-75 west to Mission Valley Rd, turn right

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The Palms Golf Club at Forest Lakes (941) 388-7241 SP 18 109 1990 Beneva Road, Sarasota, FL 34232; Exit I-75 at Fruitville Road, west to S. Beneva Rd, south 1.5 miles

Pelican Pointe Golf & Country Club (941) 496-4653 SP 27 112 625 Center Road, Venice, FL 34285; I-75 to South on

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Rolling Green Golf Club (941) 355-7621 P 18 175 4501 N. Tuttle Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34234; I-75 to exit 213 to Tuttle Ave. South for 1/2 mile

Sarasota National Golf Club (941) 496-8676 SP 18 136 25510 National Blvd, Venice, FL 34293; From I-75 Jacaranda Blvd (exit 193) W to US 41, turn S appr 2 mi on R

Serenoa Golf Club

113 6733 Serenoa Drive, Sarasota, FL 34241; 2 miles east of I-75 off Clark Road

Tatum Ridge Golf Links

116 421 North Tatum Road, Sarasota, FL 34240; 2 miles eat of I-75 off Fruitville Road Exit 210

University Park Country Club

105 7671 The Park Blvd., University Park, FL 34201; 1.8 miles west of I-75 on University Parkway, (Exit 213

Venice East Golf Club

(941) 493-0005

166 107 Venice East Blvd., Venice, FL 34293; I-75 to Jacaranda Blvd (exit 193) West to US 41 S; approx 2 mi on Left

Village Green Golf Club

(941) 922-9500

180 3500 Pemrook Drive, Sarasota, FL, 34239; Just North of Bee Ridge Road on Beneva, turn left on Pinecrest

Waterford Golf Club

117 1454 Gleneagles Dr., Venice, FL 34292; Exit 195, Laurel Rd., west to light at Pinebrook, left on Edmunsdson Rd.

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Oyster Creek Golf & Country Club (941) 475-0334 E 18 119 6501 Oriole Blvd, Englewood, FL; I-75 to Exit 191 River Road

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CHARLOTTE COUNTY Deep Creek Golf Club (941) 625-6911 SP 18 172 1260 San Cristobal Ave., Port Charlotte, FL ; Exit 170 off I-75, east on Kings Hwy, R on Sandhill, R on SanCristobal

Kings Gate Golf Club

152 24000 Rampart Blvd, Port Charlotte, FL 33980 1 mile west of I-75, Exit 170 Kings Hwy

to Pine, left on Pine to SR776, left on 776, south 2 miles

Port Charlotte Golf Club (941) 625-4109 SP 18 198 22400 Gleneagles Terrace, Port Charlotte, FL 33945; US 41 to Conway, right into entrance

Twin Isles Country Club (941) 637-1232 PV 18 143 301 Madrid Blvd., Punta Gorda, FL 33950; Exit 161 off I-75, west 1.4 miles to US 41, right then quick left

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941-907-7920

Enter to Win $10,000 Hole-In-One Contest Every Day! This upscale, championship daily-fee course is different from anything found in the region. Not only is this course memorable, but a round of golf at this impressive facility comes with a guaranteed level of service you would only expect at a world-class private club. An award-winning Arnold Palmer Signature Design, it features multiple elevated tees, natural wetlands and virtually every hole is framed with sand and water. Legacy has been voted among the Best Places to Play by readers of Golf Digest. www.legacygolfclub.com

Serenoa Golf Club

941-925-2755

Located just a half mile east of I-75 off Clark Road, Serenoa is one of the finest 18-hole championship golf courses on the Gulf Coast. Florida Golf News has named Serenoa one of the top 100 golf courses in Florida and one of the top three courses in the area. This is a shotmaker’s course. The attractive lakeside dining room is available for banquets, meetings and weddings. Memberships, tournaments, outings, leagues and professional instruction available. www.serenoagc.com

Rolling Green Golf Club

941-355-7621

Conveniently located to downtown Sarasota and the beaches. Regarded by many as one of Sarasota’s favorites, the course boasts generous fairways and large manicured greens. Amenities include a driving range, golf shop, putting green and rental clubs. The restaurant opens at 6 a.m. daily for breakfast and lunch, and the full-service lounge is a local favorite, especially for the Friday night Fish Fry. www.rollinggreengc.com


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Experience the Citrus Golf Trail By Ryan Ruppert

Relatively speaking, I’m a newcomer

to Florida. I’ve loved living in the state and have been to all the biggest destinations – from Tampa, Sarasota (my home), to Naples on the ‘Golf Coast’, to Orlando, Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Miami, and even Tallahassee. Admittedly, I didn’t know what – or better, where – Sebring was. Just a short drive from anywhere on the ‘Golf Coast’, Sebring is an incredible destination where you can take advantage of exceptional golf at value prices. In fact, golfers can stay and play for as little as $99 per person including golf, room, and a complimentary breakfast.

This year I was invited to the Citrus Golf Trail Media Classic – and since it’s unlikely that I’ll be invited back (bad behavior), I thought that I’d share the incredible experience that is the Citrus Golf Trail. We checked into the Inn on the Lakes in Sebring. It’s a quaint family owned hotel centrally located in Sebring, between two large and beautiful lakes. I couldn’t believe how modern and beautiful the room was when I checked in, it was the perfect place to relax after a long day. After checking in, we quickly departed to the Sun ‘N Lakes Golf Club. The club has consistently been ranked among the best in Florida, and it lived up to its reputation. Sun ‘N Lakes features 36 holes – the Deer Run Course designed by Don Dyer and the Turtle Run Course designed by Charles Ankrom.


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We played nine holes from each course. The courses were challenging and designed like many of the best courses here on the coast. The designers used water, clever layout, and the beautiful landscape to create an exceptional experience. The Deer Run Course features length and challenging green complexes, while the Turtle Run Course puts more emphasis on accuracy than distance. At the end of the day we went to Cowpoke’s Watering Hole to celebrate a great day of golf. We need to talk about Cowpoke’s. Cowpoke’s is an institution in Sebring that’s been around for over 30 years. It’s not for the faint of heart. If you love steak and you think that the gator you saw on the course looked tasty – then Cowpoke’s is the place for you. You’ll get fried food, including gator, tender steaks, heavy drinks, and a great country style atmosphere. If you serve a phenomenal ribeye, you’ll get a good review from me, so Cowpoke’s gets five stars for providing a delicious indulgence of southern style cooking.

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Next on our list of attractions was Pinecrest Country Club. Pinecrest was designed by Donald Ross in 1926 and has been recently restored. It’s surrounded by and is a part of Florida’s history. The most visible historical point is the Pinecrest Hotel – which was a major destination when the rich and famous would take the train to vacation in Sebring. Frequent guests at the hotel included Al Capone, Babe Ruth, and Franklin D. Roosevelt. The Pinecrest Country Club itself was part of history in the late 50s, when it hosted the first nationally televised PGA event, the World Championship of Golf. Players included Sam Snead, Gardner Dickinson, Don January and the winner, Dr. Carey Middlecoff. The course at Pinecrest is stunning. There are no condos or homes bordering the fairways, instead, the course winds through natural wooded areas and orange groves. The course features false


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fronts on many of the greens and bunkers, one of Donald Ross’ signatures. After a great nine holes, we headed over to River Greens Golf Course. It’s a truly unique 6400-yard course with lots of water, drivable par fours, and several great risk/reward opportunities. This is a course that calls for strategy and accuracy, and you’re guaranteed to have a fun time.

Another day in Sebring brought more great food and drink. We had the chance to visit Eighteen East, a restaurant and bar that was founded by a retired police officer from Indiana. It’s a wonderful place to enjoy a laid-back meal with Midwest classics. We also enjoyed a gourmet meal at Chicanes, the hotel restaurant at the Inn on the Lakes. This is a great place to enjoy a high-end meal in a luxurious setting. I highly recommend the ribeye (you

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may notice a pattern in my heart attack inducing eating patterns), which was cooked to perfection! Our final round in Sebring was at the Highlands Ridge Golf Club, where we played the North course. This course is among my favorites in Florida because of the natural beauty of the setting. It was designed by Dave Harman who patterned it after the Kauri Cliffs in New Zealand. It’s a great track that plays 7141 yards with a rating of 74.7 and a slope of 138 from the black tees. It’s a challenging course and a great way to conclude three days of championship golf. How do you conclude an epic golfing trip with great friends? You go to an internationally renowned racetrack. Our final stop in Sebring was the Sebring International Raceway. It’s America’s oldest road racing track, with over six decades of storied history. The legendary circuit evolved from Hendricks Field, a World War II airbase used to train B-17 combat crews. Sebring is a phenomenal place to visit in March – because on the third Saturday of March, the giants of sports car racing are challenged to one of the world’s most grueling endurance tests. For 12 hours, the best in the sports car racing scene drive the 3.74-mile track for glory.

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The race is second only to Le Mans in international prestige. There’s a lot happening out in central Florida, and you don’t want to miss it. Visit Sebring for great golf, incredible attractions, and some of the best value that you’ll find in the state. For more information on Inn On The Lakes visit: innonthelakes.com or call (800) 531-5253. To make reservations at Chicanes visit: chicanerestarant.com or call (863) 314-0348. For more information on Sun ‘N Lake Golf Club go to: www.sunlakegolfclub.com or call (863) 385-4830. For more information on Cowpokes visit: www.cowpokeswateringhole. us or call (863) 314-9459. For Pinecrest Country Club visit: www.golfpinecrest. com or call (863) 543-7555. River Greens Golf Course visit: www.rgreens.com or call (863) 453-5210. Eighteen East Restaurant visit: www.beststeakaround or call (863) 453-1818. Highlands Ridge Golf Club visit www.highlandsridgegolf. com or call (863) 471-1171. And finally, for Sebring International Raceway visit: www.sebringraceway.com or call (800) 626-RACE. Or for information on these and other Sebring locations, go to: www. visithighlandscounty.com.


3 Strategies to Cure the Yips in Golf Do you struggle with executing short putts, getting off the tee with ease, or feeling confident with your shots around the green? The challenge in working with golfers who suffer from the yips is not eliminating the physical yip, but overcoming the bad thoughts (of hitting a poor shot or getting a poor outcome) that are producing the yips. The solution is to address the root cause, not the symptom. Your shots are a reflection of your thoughts. Therefore, you must fix your thinking in order to fix your swing. Here are 3 strategies to help free you from the yips 1 - Reset Your Self-Image The first step to overcoming your yips is to stop thinking of yourself as a golfer with a yip problem. This may sound silly because it’s so simple, but it works. Fixating on how many times you’ve yipped will simply set you up to repeat those yipped shots. The more you begin to see yourself as a golfer who can swing freely, because you invest time thinking about when you have (instead of when you haven’t), the more that better self-image will become your reality, and the more you will produce better shots.


2 - Reset Your Expectations Prior to any shot with which you have struggled, you need to actively remain in control of your thoughts. Are you expecting to yip, or are you expecting to swing freely? The choice is yours. You can talk yourself into hitting a good shot just as easily as you may be in the habit of talking yourself into hitting a bad one. Take active control of your expectations and make sure they are directing you toward the shot you want to hit every time. 3 - Reset Your Routine How you think about and prepare to hit every shot is within your control, and will determine the quality and consistency of your shots. A good pre-shot routine enables you to play without the noise of technical swing thoughts. Unfortunately, golfers with the yips are often overly focused on fixing their technique to solve their problem. The solution is simplifying your pre-shot thoughts to how your good swing feels, rather than how to technically swing the club correctly. Good feel in the practice swing will enable you to focus on repeating that same good feel when you’re over the ball. This approach will keep your mind in play, rather than practice mode on the course. If you struggle with the yips, confidence, a bad attitude or some other mental interference that’s preventing you from consistently playing at your best, don’t you think it’s time to start playing great? Consider joining my new Mental Game Boot Camp that runs monthly at the Tiburón Golf Club in Naples, FL. Mention Golf Coast Magazine and get a special $79 bonus with your enrollment. To learn more visit http://bit.ly/BootCampGCMagazine Sport Psychologist, Dr. Shannon Reece teaches golfers how to play great using her proven mental formula. Her tactics help golfers of all levels reach their potential by leveraging their assets into championship form. For more information please call 239-431-6810 or visit trainingforoptimalperformance.com.

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NAPLES AREA COURSE, SERVICES, DINING & ENTERTAINMENT

Cape Royal Golf Club (239) 283-5522 P 27 201 11460 Royal Tee Circle, Cape Coral, FL, 33991; I-75 to Exit 161 Jones Loop Road, Burnt Store Rd to Royal Tee Cr.

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The Forest Country Club (239) 482-8378 PR 36 202 6100 Club Boulevard, Fort Myers, FL 33908;I-75 to Alico Rd, N on S Tamiami to Partridge Club Rd

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Quail Village Golf Club (239) 598-2815 PR 18 207 11719 Quail Village Way, Naples, FL 34119 ; I-75 Exit 111, East on Immokalee Road, Left on Valewood to Quail Village Way

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Quail Run Golf Club (239) 261-3930 PR 18 208 1 Forest Lakes Blvd, Naples, FL 34105 ; I-75 Exit 107, Follow Pine Ridge Rd to Forest Lake Blvd.

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River Hall Country Club (239) 313-4653 P 18 209 3500 River Hall Pkwy, Alva, FL 33920 ; I-75 Exit 141, East on SR80, Right on River Hall Parkway

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San Carlos Golf Club (239) 267-3131 P 18 210 7420 Constitution Circle, Ft. Myers, FL 33912 ; Off US41, 1 mile south of Alico Road to Constitution Blvd.

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Tiburón Golf Club (239) 593-2200 P 36 211 2620 Tiburón Drive, Naples, FL 34109 ; I-75 Exit 111, south at Airport Pulling Rd. 2 miles to Tiburón Blvd.

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Valencia Golf & Country Club (239) 352-0777 P 18 212 1725 Double Eagle Trail, Naples, FL 34120; Exit 111 off I-75 - West to Randall Blvd, N on Approach Blvd

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West Bay Club (239) 444-2310 PR 18 213 4606 West Bay Blvd., Estero, FL 33928; I-75 to exit 123, Corkscrew Road to Williams Rd, to Bay Blvd

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Golf & Casual Shop (239) 936-8753 203 11900 South Cleveland Avenue, Ft. Myers, FL 33907; On US 41 between Colonial Blvd/Daniels Pkwy Golf World (239) 731-0130 204 19001 N. Tamiami Trail, North Ft. Myers, FL; www.GolfWorldDiscount.com Hibiscus Golf Club (239) 774-0088 P 18 205 5375 Hibiscus Dr, Naples, FL 34113; 41 South to Rattlesnake Hammock Rd. Old 41 Restaurant (239) 948-4123 206 25091 Bernwood Dr., Unit 1, Bonita Springs, FL 34135; Old 41 & Bernwood Pkwy, 1/2 m E of US41/Old 41 Rd.


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