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FROM THE EDITOR

Golf Coast Magazine

Contents

Cover Story

Big Summer Golf Card is the area’s ticket to great golf values and the opportunity to play the Big Money Tour to win cash and prizes.

6 WELCOME

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

8 36 TOP TEN PRODUCTS

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Golf Products to help you play better and look good too.

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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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An engaging and scenic Naples golf community surrounding a challenging and rewarding course.

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REGIONS MANATEE, SARASOTA & CHARLOTTE COUNTIES 38 & 43 MAPS 39 SHOPPING, DINING, INSTRUCTION 40 COURSE DIRECTORY

PINELLAS, HILLSBOROUGH, PASCO & HERNANDO COUNTIES 74 & 75 MAPS 76 COURSE DIRECTORY 79 SHOPPING, DINING, INSTRUCTION

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LEE & COLLIER COUNTIES 104 MAPS 105 COURSE DIRECTORY

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Connecting Golfers on the West Coast of Florida. Jean M. Couser, Publisher Greater Sarasota Area Mobile: 941-915-9160 jean@golfcoastmagazine.com Bruz Fellenz, Publisher - Tampa Bay Area Mobile: 727-409-0797 bruz@golfcoastmagazine.com Ryan Ruppert, Partner Office: 941.361.1536 ryan@golfcoastmagazine.com Rose Ruppert, Partner rose@golfcoastmagazine.com Tami Vaughan, Production Manager Mark Cardon, Golf News - fcardon@aol.com Golf Coast Magazine is published by Golf Coast Magazine, Inc.; 3X’s a year and distributed along the West Coast of Florida. Circulation 360,000/year. Distributed from Brooksville to Marco Island. © 2017 Every effort has to made to ensure the accuracy of information in this guide. Golf Coast Magazine and it’s affiliates are not responsible or liable for any errors, omissions, or changes in rates or information.

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is the perfect time to get involved with the greatest golfing community in the world, and you’ll find all of the best players in our local golf industry right here in Golf Coast Magazine. We invite you to explore our coast and the vast array of golf opportunities, from driving ranges, lessons, and executive courses to championship courses designed by some of the biggest names in golf. Lakewood National Golf Club, by the Arnold Palmer Design Company has opened to rave reviews and you can read about it on page 23. Take advantage of the chance to watch the professionals in action at The Valspar Championship at Innisbrook Resort in March, and the LPGA Symetra Tour at Sara Bay Country Club in April. After you have marveled at their swings, pick up your clubs and join The Big Money Tour in May. It’s part of the Big Summer Golf Card where you have a chance to win cash and prizes, just like the pros! As we continue to be the top resource for local golf along the gulf coast of Florida, we are now helping our clients reach new clients digitally with automated lead capture services. If you’re looking to grow your business, we now have the top print network and the most talented digital marketing experts – call us today! We invite you to visit us at GolfCoastMagazine.com and join our e-newsletter. It’s the best resource to keep up to date with the local golf news. We hope that this spring brings you long drives and short putts. Fairways and Greens,

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REVIEW 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!!

Since 1992 the Big Summer Golf card is your passport to prime tee times and a full summer of golfing opportunities. Look for our published Golf Guide in all participating course pro-shops and around town or 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 of cash, golf certificates, top of the line equipment and a grand prize of $1,000 every month! Since 2013 some 230 area golfers have shared in $115,000 of prizes.

Join our growing list of winners with every registered round when you “Sign up for the Tour” at any or all of the exclusive Big Money TourSM participating courses this summer. For full details visit our website www.bigsummergolf.com and click on “Big Money Tour” in the menu pane. Everyone can play and be a winner!

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The Big Summer Golf Card Golf Guide is free at all participating course pro-shops and contains detailed rate information, maps and summaries of every participating course as well as full details on how to play The Big Money TourSM!

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Host of the 2017 LPGA Sara Bay Classic: April 17-23 Founded in 1926, Sara Bay Country Club is a private golf club located just north of downtown Sarasota. Designed by legendary architect Donald Ross, it is recognized as one of the most venerable clubs in Florida, and where the traditions of the game have been preserved.

SUMMER MEMBERSHIPS MAY-OCTOBER SARA BAY COUNTRY CLUB (941) 355-7658 7011 Willow Street, Sarasota, 34243 www.sarabaycc.org membership.sbcc@verizon.net

• 5 sets of tees from 4748 - 7021 Yards • Walking / Golfboards • General Manager, Paul Barone • Head Professional, Daren King • Director of Membership, Dennis J. Budny • Superintendent, Bob Gwodz


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Semi-Private Golf Clubs Tri-Club Membership Restaurant and Full Bar Open Daily for Breakfast and Lunch ​Membership includes unlimited green fees, range benefits, & much more


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Capri Isles Golf Club 941-485-3371

STATISTICS

Capri Isles Golf Club Yardage / Rating / Slope Blue 6600 71.8 130 White 6007 69.2 121 Green 5597 67.5 115 Yellow 5075 66.0 111 Green (Ladies) 5597 73.4 126 Red 5075 69.7 119

Capri Isles Golf Club, one of the oldest semi-private golf courses in Venice, is located just off I-75 (Exit 193) near the heart of the City of Venice. With four sets of tees to choose from, this par-72 links-style layout offers challenges that are guaranteed to capture the interest of the serious golfer or the casual player. Junior golfers are welcome. Head Golf Pro: Mike Cummings, PGA

Calusa Lakes Golf Club 941-484-8995

Calusa Lakes Golf Club’s beautiful wooded terrain highlights the natural setting of this outstanding 18-hole presentation. Located just off I-75 (Exit 195), the golf course weaves its way through an impressive Florida landscape. Rolling fairways, fair landing areas, and new Champion Grass greens offer a unique and enjoyable golfing experience for players of all abilities. Head Golf Pro: Jay Hosey, PGA

Waterford Golf Club 941-484-6621

Waterford Golf Club is a semi-private Venice golf course situated just off I-75 (Exit 195 from the north, or 193 from the south) within two beautiful upscale home developments. Each of the 27 holes has distinct picturesque qualities combined with abundant natural landscape and wildlife. While some courses have one signature hole, this club has many. Head Golf Pro: Jack McFaul, PGA

Calusa Lakes Golf Club Yardage / Rating / Slope Black 6715 72.5 125 Blue 6145 70.0 119 White 5625 67.6 114 White (Men) 5625 72.2 125 Red (Ladies) 5197 70.4 119 Waterford Golf Club Yardage / Rating / Slope Gleneagles/Turnberry Blue 6535 72.1 127 White 6065 69.8 120 Green (Men) 5507 66.9 111 Green (Ladies) 5507 72.3 123 Red 5168 70.7 115 Yellow 4844 68.9 112 Turnberry/Sawgrass Blue 6670 72.2 135 White 6067 69.8 118 Green 5560 67.5 112 Green (Ladies) 5560 72.4 126 Red 5142 70.1 118 Yellow 4849 68.7 113 Sawgrass/Gleneagles Blue 6529 72.3 133 White 5894 69.4 117 Green 5357 66.6 114 Green (Ladies) 5357 71.9 123 Red 5016 70.0 118 Yellow 4795 68.9 116

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OPEN TO THE PUBLIC 5-DayAdvance Tee Time Junior Golfers Welcome For Membership Opportunities contact Kim LeBlanc General Manager 941-468-3462 Rob McCoy kim@golfinvenice.com


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!

Dedicated to Excellence

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For more information on the Pope Golf family of Clubs, please see next 2 pages.

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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, tournaments and parties 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. Adding new TifEagle Greens this summer. 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

Mission Valley is a Private Member-Owned Club centrally located between Venice and Sarasota. The manicured, tree-lined championship course was designed with six sets of tees for all abilities, and is very scenic and walker-friendly. A classic clubhouse with casual and fine dining 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

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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

CONTACT US TODAY TO HELP PLAN YOUR NEXT EVENT!

Dedicated to Excellence Our creative and professional team of country club professionals is committed to making your tournament or group outing a success. We specialize in banquets,weddings, corporate events and parties - from the intimate gathering to the grand occasion in one of our exceptional country club settings.

Visit www.popegolf.net for more information or scan this tag with your smart phone!

Championship Clubs

Prime Tee Times Great Conditions Call today 941-444-6600


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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, celebrating it’s 25th anniversary, 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 20th 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 20th 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 10+19 Emerald 6446 6598 Platinum 6095 6205 Gold 5607 5720 Ruby 5338 5456 Bronze 4875 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: Sue Ertl 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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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 Head Golf Professional: Mitch Riley, PGA 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

TEE INFORMATION

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

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Pinebrook/Ironwood Golf Club

COURSE FACTS

Number of Holes: 18 Architect: Dean Refram Director of Operations: Joel King General Manager: Mike Wilson 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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Lakewood Ranch

MAP #132

TEE INFORMATION

Yardage/Rating/Slope: King: 7148 / 74.5 / 138 Arnold: 6791 /72.6 / 134 National: 6374 / 70.2 /130 Palmer: 5988 / 68.5 / 127 Friendly (M): 5685 / 67 / 124 Friendly (W): 5685 / 72.5 / 128 Winnie: 5194 / 69.8 / 120

COURSE FACTS

Number of Holes: 18 Head Golf Professional: David Perritt PGA Superintendent: Jamie McCrosky

COURSE AMENITIES

• Chipping Area • Clubhouse • Driving Range • Golf Lessons • Practice Greens • Pro Shop • Concessions • Golf Club Rentals-Titleist

Conveniently located east of I-75 on State Rd 70 (Exit 217)

Lakewood National Golf Club This Arnold Palmer Design Company course offers Magnificent Golf, Superb Amenities and Outstanding Service Prepare yourself for an unparalleled golfing experience. Lakewood National takes you on a journey over broad rolls, long ridges, unexpected dips, over and alongside beautiful ponds, and next to delicate wetland preserves to offer an exhilarating experience for everyone to enjoy. The course possesses a natural, rustic feel with a classic touch.Contour, coupled with width, will be your friend or foe depending on the slopes and angles between you and your intended target. Six sets of tees makes it a pleasure for golfers of any skill level to play. A fully stocked pro shop, world-class practice facilities and instructors are available to help you perfect your game. A private bundled golf community. The public is invited to experience our outstanding conditions and superior service while we fill our membership. Ask us about hosting your next tournament or outing.

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CHARLOTTE | SARASOTA | MANATEE MAP #129

TEE INFORMATION Yardage/Rating/Slope: Gold: 6897 / 73.8 / 141; Blue: 6462 / 71.6 / 132; White: 5951 / 69.4 / 128; Green: 5213 / 65.7 / 116; Red: 4782 / 68.4 / 123

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Waterlefe Golf & River Club

COURSE FACTS Number of Holes: 18 General Mngr: Steve Dietz II Head Golf Pro: Matt Hill Superintendent: Chris Threatt Sales & Marketing: Janice Reed

COURSE AMENITIES • Clubhouse • Driving Range • Golf Lessons • Practice Greens • Pro Shop • Grille RoomBreakfast & Lunch

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Located just east of I-75, minutes north of Sarasota in Bradenton, Waterlefe has been host to the US Open Qualifier an unprecedented six times. The golf course is renowned for excellent course conditions and consistent high rankings by Golf Advisor, most notably receiving the “Top 25 Golf Courses in Florida” award. Situated along the Manatee River, five signature golf holes border the Manatee River. Welcome to Waterlefe Golf & River Club, where our slogan, “You Deserve the Best…You Deserve Waterlefe” becomes a reality! 1022 Fish Hook Cove Bradenton, FL 34212 941-744-9771 www.waterlefegolf.com


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TEE INFORMATION 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

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

Bradenton

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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COURSES Public Golf Course

CHARLOTTE | SARASOTA | MANATEE MAP #126

TEE INFORMATION 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

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Stoneybrook Golf Club at Heritage Harbour

COURSE FACTS Number of Holes: 18 Architect: Arthur Hills Head Golf Pro/GM: Todd Pyle Superintendent: Michael Noppenberg Food & Beverage Director: Geoff Scott

COURSE AMENITIES • Clubhouse - Grill 8000 • Golf Lessons • Practice Facilities • Pro Shop • Seven Day Advanced T-times • Banquet Facilities Semi-Private Course

MAP #180

TEE INFORMATION 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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MAP #157

TEE INFORMATION Yardage:

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 • Large Practice Facility • League Play Available • 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-$500, Single-$350. 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 $5000. For a Hole In One*

4 USGA spec TifEagle practice putting, chipping and pitching greens

Name__________________________________________ Email__________________________________________

March $79 pp Phone__________________________________________ Address_________________________________________ April $49 pp City______________________St_____Zip_____________ May & Oct. $39 pp 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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COURSES Public Golf Course

CHARLOTTE | SARASOTA | MANATEE MAP #106

TEE INFORMATION

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

Sarasota

Bobby Jones Golf Club W NE

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 • Five Day Advanced T-times • League Play Available

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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, par-30 Gillespie Executive for the fun! A full practice facility is available. Libby’s Greenseide is open daily for lunch, with full bar. 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

Venice East Golf Course Fully Automated Ball Machine

Accepts Cash • Credit Card or Pin Number (purchased at Pro Shop)

Small Bucket - $6 Large Bucket - $10 Special: 5 Small for $20 Par 57 - 2791 Yards • Memberships: Equity & Associate

(see pro shop for details)

• Snacks • Rental Equipment General Manager: Lila Purcell Superintendents: Danny Willlis & Gary Matthews

See Pro Shop for Details

PGA Golf Pro Venice East Golf Course is an 18-hole Coleman Plecker semi-private, executive par 57 course. group and private lessons It is perfect for the beginner, senior, or 410-960-2077 those that want to practice their short Driving Range located on game. The longest hole is 250 yards, US 41- 3/4 mile south of so the course can easily be played in Jacaranda Blvd & US 41 2-1/2 to 3 hours. We have gators, 107 Venice East Blvd sandhill cranes, and other wildlife Venice, FL 34293 watching you, so please watch out for 941-493-0005 them. The most important thing — Golf Should Be Fun - So Enjoy! veniceeastgc@comcast.net

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CHARLOTTE | SARASOTA | MANATEE

Semi-Private Course

MAP #116

TEE INFORMATION

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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Semi-Private Course

CHARLOTTE | SARASOTA | MANATEE 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

Sarasota

The Palms Golf Club at Forest Lakes N SI EN A! E GR OT 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: Justin Troy

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

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

27 Holes • Outstanding Golf! 27 Holes | Par 36 courses • New greens, designed by Ron Garl, opened October 2016 • 5 sets of tees per hole • Member-owner golf club

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

941-474-1753

Goliath the viral gator!

2550 S River Road, Englewood www.myakkapinesgolfclub.com


CHARLOTTE | SARASOTA | MANATEE

Semi-Private Course

MAP #112

TEE INFORMATION

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 15 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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COURSES Public Golf Course

CHARLOTTE | SARASOTA | MANATEE MAP #179

TEE INFORMATION

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

Semi-Private Course

MAP #160

TEE INFORMATION

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

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


CHARLOTTE | SARASOTA | MANATEE

Semi-Private Course

MAP #136

TEE INFORMATION

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 Discover Sarasota National as WCI Communities is building an exciting new future in Southwest Florida by adding its wonderful touch to Venice. 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. Professionally managed by Troon Golf®, 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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COURSES Semi-Private Golf Club

CHARLOTTE | SARASOTA | MANATEE 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

Punta Gorda

Deep Creek Golf Club le ag if-E S!! T N w Ne GREE

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

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 Executive

MAP #119

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

Now in its 30th 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

Nice People, Great Golf!

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

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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


Open to the Public Full Practice Facility Walk or Ride Anytime Tournaments and Leagues Welcome Call for Tee Times:

941-729-7663

Manatee County’s most challenging and premier executive course is one of the best kept secrets on the Gulf Coast! The course borders Terra Ceia Bay and has water located on 15 of its 18 holes. Don’t be fooled by the yardage - it’s a perfect test of golf. Plus, the course is in great condition! Beginners, juniors and even the most seasoned players will enjoy a round here. Full practice facilities with driving range provide ample space to work on your game, and golfers can walk or ride anytime. The Sunset Grill at Terra Ceia is open for lunch and dinner. We offer a full bar and daily specials. It’s the perfect place to host your next event or relax at the Tiki Bar.

Terra Ceia Bay Clubhouse and Golf, LLC 2802 Terra Ceia Bay Blvd. Palmetto, FL 34221 www.TerraCeiaBay.com

“ The Experts in the Game and Business of Golf ” The NFPGA is a group of approximately 1500 PGA Members and Apprentices serving the needs of the golfers at more than 600 courses in North Florida. The North Florida Section is the fourth largest in the PGA, geographically comprised of 41 counties. Founded in 1916, the PGA of America has grown into the world's largest working sports organization. If it’s about golf, choose a PGA Professional for advice! They are the experts in the game and business of golf. On the web at: nfpga.com


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TOP TEN

BRADLEY PUTTERS Bradley Converse started the Bradley Putter

Company in December of 2016. He left behind ten years of designing military equipment to survive nuclear blasts, and now designs unique statement pieces for the distinguished golfer. Bradley Putters features a highly-finished burl wood putting head, created through a patentpending process which allows the company to customize each putter to the individual rather than being a more generic putter. Converse uses stabilized burl wood and a proprietary weight system to give the putters a true feel. Learn More: BradleyPutters.GolfCoastMagazine.com

KEVAN HALL SPORT

Haute couture meets golf. Kevan Hall is known for designer and runway fashion. When golfer and entrepreneur Beth DePass couldn’t find high quality, fashionable golf and lifestyle clothing, she teamed with Kevan to build a unique and sophisticated golf collection. The 2017 season includes flirty skorts, form fitting dresses, and ankle pants that can be layered with shrugs and matching jackets - taking you from the fairway to board room. The fabric is UV-prtotectant and moisture wicking, with unique prints that are perfect for the Gulf Coast lifestyle, which Betsy knows about, having lived on Anna Maria Island. KevanHallSport.com

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SNELL GOLF BALLS In March 2015, Dean Snell founded Snell Golf, a company committed to developing premium golf balls at affordable, direct pricing. Dean’s no newcomer to the industry. His name is on 38 ball patents. Other models he helped produce include the Titleist ProV1, Professional, Tour Prestige, HP2 Tour and HP2 Distance, and TaylorMade TP Red & TP Black, Lethal, Noodle, Burner, and RocketBallz. The Snell golf ball line up includes the 3-piece “My Tour Ball” tour caliber golf ball and the 2-piece “Get Sum” ball for the average golfer. SnellGolf.com


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SKYCADDIE LINX GT Golf’s first gps rangefinder and shot tracking watch with synchronized mobile gps. SmartTags insert in clubs and identify each club used and the distance and location of the shot and report back to the mobile app and watch. It comes with 35,000 course maps, digital scorecard, stat tracking and you can share your round in real time. SkyGolf.com

GOLF PRIDE ALIGN TECHNOLOGY GRIPS When installed on a shaft, the red “align technology” ridge rises and extends down the back of the grip to aid better hand alignment and more consistency, locking the hands in place every time. Heightened club face awareness throughout the swing promotes a square club face both at address and at impact. Available Spring 2017. GolfPride.com

REKS The Gumby of sunglasses. Bend,

stretch or twist them they bounce right back. Lightweight and comfortable, REKS are available in a broad range of sizes and frame styles, and in colors from basic black to electric blue. The lenses are optical grade polycarbonate providing superior optical clarity. They are shatter and scratch resistant, and offer 100% UV protection. Starting at $30, you can customize your glasses by choosing your frame shape, color and lenses online at: RekSoptics.com

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Skechers GoGolf Performance Known for making the most comfortable shoes in golf, Skechers is now spreading their wings and entering the golf apparel arena. The Spring 2017 collection for women focuses on active stretch for comfort and flexibility, moisture management, and a color palette of sunny limes, magenta, and pink, paired with black navy and white. Technology meets comfort in both the men’s and women’s clothing lines. www.Skechers.com

Cobra Golf Cobra’s King F7 one-length iron set is inspired by PGA Tour star Bryson DeChambeau. Proper setup includes foot positioning, spine angle, ball position and other variables. These variables change as you switch between longer and shorter length clubs, causing more room for error. With one setup and one swing you can simplify the entire process. CobraGolf.com

Gen i1 by DuoTrac

Attention Techies! DuoTrac has turned swing analysis into a whole new ball game by putting the analyzer inside the golf ball. Sensors act as a built-in launch monitor, providing launch angle, ball speed, face angle and back spin / side spin. The putting feature tracks direction and path. All data is reported back to your phone. Shipping of the Gen i1 will begin this spring. Priced at $139.99 for a 2-pack, Gen i1 can be preordered by visiting www.DuoTrac.com

Unique 8BG MP3 player integrated headphones are preloaded with hours worth of exclusive lessons and psychological coaching from the world’s best golf psychologists, coaches and trainers. Drills and practices are performed in “real time” with messages of instruction, guidance, advice and world class insight. Messages play at designated times throughout the practice session. The user can choose to have their own music or silence between messages. FX-Sport.net


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SHOPPING | SERVICES/ENTERTAINMENT | INSTRUCTION CHARLOTTE MAP PAGE 43 SARASOTA AND MANATEE MAP PAGE 38

INSTRUCTION

SHOPPING 5247 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34231 | www.edwinwattsgolf.com | 941-922-1006 | Map #200, Ad Page 111

Golf Academy at Tatum Ridge Golf Links 421 North Tatum Road, Sarasota, FL 34240 | www.ConwayGolf.com | 941-812-0137 | Map #116, Ad Page 29

The Golf Outlet

Golf Academy at University Park

5935 Factory Shops Blvd, Ellenton, FL | www.USAgolfoutlet.biz | 941-722-9000 | Map #181, Ad Page 3

7671 The Park Boulevard, University Park,FL | www.UniversityPark-FL.com | 941-359-9999 | Map #105, Ad Page 20

Edwin Watts

SERVICES /ENTERTAINMENT Big Summer Golf Card www.bigsummergolf.com | 941-923-2232 | Ad Pages 8-10

North Florida PGA Regional website | www.NFPGA.com | 386.256-1221 | Ad Page 35

International Barter Exchange 1161 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236 | www.IBEBarter.com | 941-955-6100 | Map #137, Ad Page 16 LPGA Sara Bay Classic 7011 Willow St. Sarasota, FL 34243 | www.SaraBayClassic.com | Sara Bay Country Club | Map #141, Ad Page 12 Mission Inn Howy-In-The-Hills, FL | www.MissionInnResort.com | 888-938-6672 | Ad Page 51 Pope Golf www.Popegolf.net | 941-444-6600 | Ad Page 17

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MANATEE COUNTY Buffalo Creek Golf Course (941) 776-2611 P 18 72 7005-5261/72 • • • • • 19 130 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 72 6756-4597/72 • • • • • 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 72 6855-5294/72 • • • • • 2 114 4350 El Conquitador Parkway, Bradenton, FL 34210; US 41 to Bayshore Gardens Pkwy, west to entrance

Lakewood National Golf Club (941) 900-2424 PR 72 7148-5194/72 • • • • • 23 132 17605 Lakewood National Pkwy, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34211; I-75 to exit 217; East on SR 70

Legacy Golf Club (941) 907-7920 P 72 7008-4886/72 • • • • • 112 192 8255 Legacy Boulevard, Bradenton, FL 34202; I-75 to exit 213; East 2.7 miles

Manatee Golf Club (941) 792-6773 P 18 72 6703-5587/72 • • • • • 19 149 6415 53rd Ave W. Bradneton, FL 34210; Cortez road to 66th St W. Turn south then east on 53rd Ave.

Peridia Golf and Country Club (941) 758-2582 SP 72 5044-4109/72 • • • • • 22 151 4950 Peridia Blvd. East Bradenton, FL 34203; Exit 217 off I-75; West on Hwy 70 ; turn R

Pinebrook/Ironwood Golf Club (941) 792-3288 E 18 68 3706-3146/59.9 • • • • 22 144 4260 Ironwood Circle, Bradenton, FL 34209; Just off Cortez Road between 51st St. W. & 43rd. St. West

The River Club (941) 751-4211 SP 18 72 7031-5056/72 • • • • • 25 103 6600 River Club Blvd., Bradenton, FL; 1 mile east of I-75 off SR70, exit 217.

Rosedale Golf & Country Club (941) 756-0004 SP 18 72 6714-5064/72 • • • • • 7 102 5100 87th Street East. Bradenton, FL 34202; 1/4 mile east of I-75, off SR70, exit 217.

Sara Bay Country Club (941) 355-7658 PR 72 7021-5264/72 • • • • • 11 141 7011 Willow Street, Sarasota, FL 34243; Just N of the airport, US 41 to Montgomery Ave.; turn R

Stoneybrook at Heritage Harbour (941) 746-2696 P 18 72 7141-5002/72 • • • • • 26 126 790 Stone Harbour Loop, Bradenton, FL 34202; I-75 to Exit 220, East on SR 64

Terra Ceia Bay Golf Club (941) 729-7663 E 18 62 169 2802 Terra Ceia Bay Blvd., Palmetto, FL 34202; I-75 to Exit

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224, west to 10th St. W., right on 14th Avenue

University Park Country Club (941) 359-9999 SP 27 72 105 7671 The Park Blvd., University Park, FL 34201; 1.8 miles

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west of I-75 on University Parkway, (Exit 213

Waterlefe Golf & River Club (941) 744-9771 SP 18 72 6897-4782/72 • • • • • 24 129 1022 Fish Hook Cove, Bradenton, FL 34202; I-75 to Exit 220, E to Upper Manatee River Rd, N. to course on L


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Bent Tree Country Club (941)371-8200 PR 18 72 6880-5350/73.2 • • • • • 18 156 4700 Bent Tree Boulevard, Sarasota, FL; 1.5 miles east of I-75, Bee Ridge Road (Exit 207).

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 72 6357-4981/70.9 • • • • • 32 160 1601 Englewood Road, Englewood, FL 34223 ; Hwy 776, 4 S of US41 . Calusa Lakes Golf Club (941)484-8995 SP 18 72 6715-5197/72.7 • • • • • 14 107 1995 Calusa Lakes Blvd., Nokomis, FL 34275; Exit 195 off I-75 Laurel Rd. W to Mission Valley Rd., Right, 1.3 miles.

Capri Isles Golf Club (941)485-3371 SP 18 72 6600-5075/72 • • • • • 14 108 849 Capri Isles Blvd., Venice, FL 34292; I-75 off Jacaranda Blvd. (exit 193), R on Venice Ave., R on Capri Isles Blvd

The Groves Course at The Meadows (941) 371-0982 SP 18 65 4182-3268/65 • • • • • 24 135 3400 Longmeadow Sarasota, FL; I-75 to Exit #213; W approx 1 mile, S on N. Honore Ave; S 1 mile to Longmeadow

Heron Creek Golf & Country Club (941) 423-6955 SP 27 72 6869-4820 • • • • • 27 157 5301 Heron Creek Blvd., North Port, FL; Exit 182 I-75 to. Sumter Highlands Course at The Meadows (941) 371-0982 SP 18 72 6669-5090/72 • • • • • 24 135 3400 Longmeadow Sarasota, FL; I-75 to Exit #213; W approx 1 mile, S on N. Honore Ave; S 1 mile to Longmeadow

Jacaranda West Country Club (941) 493-5010 SP 18 72 6574-5282/72 • • • • • 7 171 1901 Jacaranda Boulevard, Venice, FL; Exit 193 off I-75 Jacaranda Blvd. 2 miles west

Lake Venice Golf Club (941) 488-3948 P 27 72 6507-4962/72 • • • • • 32 179 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 72 6669-5090/72 • • • • • 5 135 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 (941) 488-7747 PR 18 72 6734-5147/73.1 • • • • • 18 128 1851 Mission Valley Blvd., Nokomis, FL 34275; Exit 195 off I-75 west to Mission Valley Rd, turn right

Misty Creek Golf & Country Club (941) 921-5258 PR 18 72 6895-5208/72 • • • • 18 123 8954 Misty Creek Drive, Sarasota, FL 34241; 3 miles east of I-75, Bee Ridge Rd exit 207

Myakka Pines Golf Club (941) 474-1753 SP 27 72 147 2550 South River Road, Englewood, FL 34223; Exit 191 off

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The Palms Golf Club at Forest Lakes (941) 388-7241 SP 18 64 109 1990 Beneva Road, Sarasota, FL 34232; Exit I-75 at

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Fruitville Road, west to S. Beneva Rd, south 1.5 miles

Pelican Pointe Golf & Country Club (941) 496-4653 SP 27 72 7182-4756/72 • • • • 31 112 625 Center Road, Venice, FL 34285; I-75 to South on Jacaranda Blvd., (exit 193) right on Center Road

Rolling Green Golf Club (941) 355-7621 P 18 72 6440-5081/72 • • • • • 112 175 4501 N. Tuttle Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34234; I-75 to exit 213 to Tuttle Ave. South for 1/2 mile


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Sarasota National Golf Club (941) 496-8676 SP 18 72 7344-5069/72 • • • • 33 136 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 (941) 925-2755 SP 18 72 6333-5024/72 • • • • • 112 113 6733 Serenoa Drive, Sarasota, FL 34241; 2 miles east of I-75 off Clark Road

Tatum Ridge Golf Links (941) 378-4211 SP 18 72 6747-5126/72 • • • • • 29 116 421 North Tatum Road, Sarasota, FL 34240; 2 miles eat of I-75 off Fruitville Road Exit 210

Venice East Golf Club (941) 493-0005 E 18 57 166 107 Venice East Blvd., Venice, FL 34293; I-75 to Jacaranda

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Village Green Golf Club (941) 922-9500 P 18 58 180 3500 Pemrook Drive, Sarasota, FL, 34239; Just North of

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Waterford Golf Club (941) 484-6621 SP 27 72 117 1454 Gleneagles Dr., Venice, FL 34292; Exit 195, Laurel Rd.,

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CHARLOTTE COUNTY Deep Creek Golf Club (941) 625-6911 SP 18 72 5836-4746/70 • • • • • 34 172 1260 San Cristobal Ave., Port Charlotte, FL ; Exit 170 off I-75, east on Kings Hwy, R on Sandhill, R on SanCristobal

Kingsgate Golf Club (941) 625-0680 SP 18 60 3182-2384/60 • • • • 19 152 24000 Rampart Blvd, Port Charlotte, FL 33980 1 mile west of I-75, Exit 170 Kings Hwy

Oyster Creek Golf & Country Club (941) 475-0334 E 18 60 3976-2840/60 • • • • 34 119 6501 Oriole Blvd, Englewood, FL; I-75 to Exit 191 River Road to Pine, left on Pine to SR776, left on 776, south 2 miles

Riverwood Golf Club (941) 764-6661 SP 18 72 6472-5376/72 • • • • 7 120 4100 Riverwood Drive, Port Charlotte, FL 34221; West of US41 on El Jobean Rd. (776)

Twin Isles Country Club (941) 637-1232 PR 18 72 6722-5258/72 • • • • • 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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Fox Hollow Golf Club This Tampa Bay Favorite Is 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 three and a half years ago, one of their goals was to take the course to a higher level by upgrading course conditions and constantly making improvements. Dave Creighton, Sr. has owned and operated several courses in Florida starting with Northdale Golf Club from 1980 to 2000. Other courses include Rosemont, Kissimmee, Celebration, Countryway, Lexington Oaks and now Fox Hollow. GolfCoastMagazine.com

Dave Sr. had a 21-year professional hockey career including 11 seasons in the NHL with the Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs, Chicago Black Hawks and New York Rangers. Son Adam followed his dad’s path into professional hockey with a 14-year NHL career, including two years with the Tampa Bay Lightning (1992/93 and 1993/94). Dave’s other son, Dave Jr., is an accomplished PGA golf professional. He has spent his career managing the family’s golf course properties. When the Creightons purchased Fox Hollow in August of 2013 they immediately


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started upgrading the facility. New machinery was purchased for golf course maintenance and different maintenance practices were followed to ensure that the golf course is always in great condition. The restaurant and banquet room also went through a facelift and were upgraded with new furniture and décor in 2014. 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 Hollow, the legendary Jones created a layout as pictur-

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esque as it is playable. Quite simply, Fox Hollow offers a good, fair test of golf. The par-71 championship layout features five sets of tees and offers new challenges 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 pancakeflat layouts found elsewhere in Florida. The putting surfaces at Fox Hollow 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


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The clubhouse offers spectacular views of the 18th hole and practice areas. the Stimpmeter) and requires less fertilizer, pesticide, weed control and irrigation. 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 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. If awards are what you’re looking for, the Tampa Tribune has placed Fox Hollow on its GolfCoastMagazine.com

list of top three public-access courses in all of west central Florida; and Central Florida Magazine says the 18th hole, with its forced carry off the tee and water running the entire length of the hole on both sides of the fairway, is simply the “Best Par 4 in Florida”. Water comes into play on 11 holes and Jones’ other signature feature – plentiful, profound 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. Events The Fox Hollow clubhouse is available for tournaments, private parties, receptions and dinners, all catered by its professional events staff. The staff will help design the menu, handle the details and


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have the golf course in impeccable condition for your event. They handle tournament groups from 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 clubThe new bulkheads on numbers 2, 10, and 18 are house, Fox Hollow’s recent enhancements to the golf course. practice facilities are all within easy walking Fox Hollow At A Glance distance. There’s a large putting green to your left; a pitching green with sand bunLOCATION ker to your right; and a spacious natural 10050 Robert Trent Jones Parkway turf driving range straight ahead. Lessons Trinity, Florida 34655 and clinics are available, taught by Fox On Little Road, three miles south of SR 54 Hollow’s highly experienced PGA professional teaching staff. STATISTICS 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. GC

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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We are Open to the Public June 1 -September 30, 2017 Isla Del Sol Yacht & Country Club is opening its doors to outside play June1 through September 30, 2017 Tee times are available after 10:00 a.m. any day. The course is closed on Tuesdays.

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www.IslaDelSolYCC.com Call Pro Shop up to two days in advance to reserve a tee time.

(727) 864-2417 6000 Sun Blvd., St. Petersburg, FL 33715 On Pinellas Bayway 3 miles west of U.S. Hwy. 19

Southern Golf • St. Petersburg’s Premier Name Brand Golf Shop • Huge Selection of Famous Brand Equipment From • TaylorMade, Callaway, Adams, Mizuno, Wilson, Bridgestone, Cleveland and many more. • Custom Fitted Clubs by Our Professional Staff

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JOHN HAYES - PGA Chi Chi Golf Range & Family Sports Complex www.johnhayesgolf.com

The Downs Golf Practice Facility

Home of the Matt Mitchell Golf Academy.

This 22-acre facility features a vast array of amenities including: 45 all-Bermuda grass hitting stations and target greens with sand bunkers. The short game area includes putting green, a green for chipping and bunker practice, and a green for practicing approach shots of up to 65 yards. The fully stocked Pro Shop also offers wagering terminals for live thoroughbred racing action at Tampa Bay Downs and simulcast racing from other thoroughbred and greyhound tracks. Open daily 8:30 AM until dusk. Just South of Tampa Bay Downs on Race Track Road, Oldsmar (813) 854-4946 www.tampabaydowns.com

Awards include: Golf Digest Best Teacher in State US Kids Top 50 Kids Teacher Gateway PGA Junior Golf Leader Horton Smith Award For Education Professional of the Year and Player of the Year • Private Lessons • Group Clinics • Specialty Schools A portion of all lesson fees goes to the Chi Chi Rodriguez Youth Foundation

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2987 N. McMullen Booth Rd., Clearwater,FL 33761 Across the street from Chi Chi Rodriguez Golf club


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Crescent Oaks Golf Club (727) 937-4653 18 holes, Par 72 Architect: Steve Smyers

STATISTICS Yardage Rating Slope Black 6808 73.2 137 Blue 5951 68.7 123 White (M) 5639 67.4 115 Red (W) 5044 69.1 120 Orange (M) 4241 62.0 104 Orange (W) 4241 65.0 104

Rated top 5 in the nation in customer reviews on GolfAdvisor, this Steve Smyers designed championship course meanders through the beautiful Brooker Creek Preserve, where deer, turkey, and a wide variety of birds are a common sight. The layout features TifEagle greens, seven sets of tees and rolling fairways with many lakes, streams and ponds to complete this challenging layout. 3300 Crescent Oaks Blvd. Tarpon Springs, FL 34688 Map #3, www.crescentoaksgolf.com

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Wentworth Golf Club (727) 942-4760 18 Holes, Par 71 Architect: Steve Smyers STATISTICS Black Blue White Red

Yardage Rating Slope 6459 71.5 144 6053 69.6 135 5500 67.6 127 5010 70.8 132

Not your typical Florida golf course! Wentworth is recognized as one of the most challenging layouts in the Tampa Bay market. Featuring Platinum Paspallum greens, 83 bunkers and manicured fairways, this intricate layout plays among naturally rolling terrain and million-dollar homes. An elegant English manor style clubhouse and upscale Irish Pub will complete your day’s experience. 2990 Wentworth Way Tarpon Springs, FL 34688 Map #35 , www.wentworthgolfclub.org

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Plantation Palms Golf Club (813) 966-4653 18 Holes, Par 72 Architect: David Harman

STATISTICS Yardage Rating Slope Blue 6735 72.6 139 White 6240 70.1 131 Gold 5790 67.8 127 Red 5313 70.8 132

After lying dormant for nearly two years, Plantation Palms is on the way back to its glory days… and beyond. All 18 greens have been re-built and now feature the latest strain of TifEagle Bermuda grass. Tees, fairways and sand bunkers have all been reclaimed and upgraded. The clubhouse is renovated and now features a Mulligans Irish pub with U-shaped bar, booths, wood floor, copper ceilings and plenty of TVs. 23253 Plantation Boulevard Land O’ Lakes, Florida 34639 Map #20, www.plantationpalms.net

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Pebble Creek Golf Club (813) 973-3870 18 Holes, Par 71 Architect: Tripp Davis

STATISTICS Yardage Rating Slope Champ. 6436 71.1 127 Men 6032 69.1 122 Senior 5516 66.3 111 Ladies 5280 70.3 120

Tampa Bay’s must play, best value course with Champion UltraDwarf Bermuda greens, Australian Celebration tees and a fun Mulligans Irish Pub and Billiard Room. The course is spacious and serene in a preserve-like setting, surrounded by huge moss-draped oak trees, water on 16 holes, and abundant wildlife. The club is located on Bruce B. Downs Blvd. in New Tampa. 10550 Regents Park Drive Tampa, FL 33647 Map #18, www.pebblecreekclub.com

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St. Petersburg

City of St. Petersburg Golf Courses

Mangrove Bay: 18 holes, Par 72 Yardage/Rating/Slope: Champ: 6656/71.5/123 Men: 6112/69.1/119 Seniors: 5726/67.0/116 Ladies: 5176/69.1/111 Cypress Links: 9 holes, Par 27 Champ: 1311 Yards Twin Brooks: 9 holes, Par 27 Champ: 1068 Yards

COURSE AMENITIES

Mangrove Bay • Clubhouse • Snack Bar • Pro Shop • Driving Range • Putting Green • Short Game Area • Rental Clubs • Lessons Available • Free Mangrove Bay App (Apple or Android)

Semi-Private GC

MAP #2

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Mangrove Bay Golf Course is a well-maintained, 18-hole championship golf course with excellent facilities including grass tee driving range. The facility maintains a fully stocked pro shop and comfortable snack bar. For tee times up to 7 days in advance, call the tee time hotline at (727) 893-1790. Cypress Links is a challenging 9-hole par-3 course that is fun for all skill levels located next to Mangrove Bay. Twin Brooks has undergone a complete renovation and is now open for play. There are 9 new holes, with 3 holes that play around a pond, electric golf carts, a new practice facility, 3 practice holes and new Paspalum greens. Mangrove Bay 875 62nd Ave. NE St. Pete, FL 33702 (727) 893-7800 www.golfstpete.com

Cypress Links 875 62nd Ave. NE St. Pete, FL 33702 (727) 551-3333 www.golfstpete.com

Twin Brooks 3800 22nd Ave. South St. Pete, FL 33711 (727) 893-7445 www.golfstpete.com

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: Jamie Detert

COURSE AMENITIES

• Waterfront Clubhouse • Bayview Pub & Grill • Weddings/Special Events • Golf Shop • Driving Range • Short Game Practice Area • Shriver Golf Academy • PING Custom Club Fitting • Seasonal Memberships • League Play Available

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Cove Cay is a semi-private, 18-hole championship golf course located on the shores of Old 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 “Old Florida” lifestyle. Owners Bill and Pat Shriver – both accomplished PGA professionals – have done a tremendous job of reviving this classic gem located in Clearwater.

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2612 Cove Cay Drive Clearwater, FL 33760 (727) 535-1406 www.covecaygolf.com


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Public Course

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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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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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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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Includes Green Fees ~ Cart Fees ~ Range Balls and Lunch, which entitles you to any item from our extensive lunch menu and includes a non-alcoholic beverage.

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Includes Green Fees and Cart Fees for all Four Players. Available any time Sunday-Thursday and after 11:00 am Friday and Saturday.

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Available after 2:00 pm through March 11, 2017; after 3:00 pm starting March 12, 2017. Twilight rate includes Green Fees and Cart Fees for as many holes as you can play.

10 Play Card

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.

Winter Memberships as low as $375.00 Per Month Annual Memberships as low as $110.00 Per Month

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.

6100 Augusta Boulevard Seminole, Florida 33777

Affordable Quality Golf

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One of Florida’s Most Historic Golf Courses Is Still Going Strong Today Come check out Tarpon Springs Golf Course with newly renovated greens and a completely renovated driving range. The Tarpon Springs course offers a challenge to golfers of all skill levels. The Tarpon Springs Golf Course is owned and operated by the City of Tarpon Springs. The original nine holes of the golf course were built in 1907. In 1926 the course was redesigned and made an 18-hole facility by Wayne Styles and John Van Kleek. The course was redesigned again in 1957 by golf course architect Mark Mahannah. During the summer of 2014, all 18 greens and two practice greens were reconstructed. The greens feature new contours and state-of-theart Seashore Paspalum turf. At the same time, bunkers were re-sanded and select tee boxes Municipal Course

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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

renovated. Par is 72 and the course plays 6,200 yards from the back tees with many doglegs that make it play longer than its actual length. 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 on today. The course boasts two PGA Professionals, each with over 25 years of experience. They oversee golf operations, leagues, clinics, summer junior camps and much more. Come see for yourself how the best golf value in Pinellas County just got better. Follow the course on Facebook, Twitter and SnapChat. GC

Tarpon Springs

Tarpon Springs Golf Course Featuring Paspalum Greens

COURSE FACTS

Holes/Par: 18 holes, Par 72 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

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Tarpon Springs Golf Club was built in 1908 and 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. The course is located on Alt. U.S. Hwy. 19, between Klosterman Road on the south and Tarpon Avenue on the north. Both roads intersect U.S. Hwy. 19. Check out our newly renovated driving range. 1310 S. 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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• Par 3 Course • 6-Month Seasonal Memberships • $25 Replay Rate • Tee Times Up To 7 Days In Advance

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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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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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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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Yardage/Rating/Slope: TPC: 6898/74.2/140 Blue: 6610/72.1/136 Green: 6332/70.4/131  White: 6008/69.0/126  Red: 4990/69.2/117

COURSE FACTS

Holes/Par: 18 holes, Par 71 Architects: Bobby Weed, Chi Chi Rodriguez General Manager: Craig Cliver, PGA Head Pro: Justin Wink, PGA Superintendent: Jason Kubel

COURSE AMENITIES

• Clubhouse • Banquet Facilities • CUATRO Restaurant • Award-winning Golf Shop and Practice Facilities • Putting & Chipping Greens • PGA Instruction • Club Rental • Home of 21 consecutive PGA TOUR Champions events

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TPC Tampa Bay Rated #13 Best Public Facility in North America in Golf World Magazine’s 2010 Reader’s Choice Poll. Playing to a par of 71, TPC Tampa Bay challenged the best players on the PGA TOUR Champions while providing a fun and memorable experience for players of all ages and abilities. The 18-hole design features the PGA TOUR’s trademark stadium mounding, numerous bunkers, water hazards and large, undulating greens that combine to provide both a visual treat and golfing adventure that rewards the most accurate shotmakers. Your chance to play at the former home of the Tampa Bay Pro-Am – one of the most successful tournaments on the PGA TOUR Champions – is closer than you think. Conveniently located just a half-mile east of Veteran’s Expressway Exit #16, the club is only a 20-minute drive from Tampa International Airport. Visit TPC Tampa Bay and experience first-hand the standards of excellence for which the TPC Network is recognized. All it takes is a phone call or visit our website to reserve your starting time at one of the premier daily fee facilities in America.

$25.00 OFF

POSTED RACK RATE AT TPC TAMPA BAY WITH THIS COUPON

• Not Valid With Any Other Offer •

Good for up to 4 Players • Offer Good Thru 6/30/17

5300 Lutz Lake Fern Rd. Lutz, FL 33558 813-949-0090 www.tpctampabay.com


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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 Green • 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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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 General Mngr/Director of Golf: Clay Thomas, PGA Superintendent: Gene Roberts

COURSE AMENITIES

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

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Westchase Golf Club The course winds through acres of lakes, woods and conservation areas. The Westchase Golf Club takes full advantage of its setting… natural lakes and wetlands teeming with wildlife including an occasional gator. Florida golf at its best. 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. The club has established itself as one of Tampa Bay’s best upscale public golf facilities. The National Golf Foundation has ranked Westchase in the Top 10 nationally and #1 in the state of Florida in customer loyalty and satisfaction. 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


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Links of Lake Bernadette

Yardage/Rating/Slope: Blue: 6484/70.7/125 White: 6044/69.0/122 Gold (M): 5423/66.5/113 Gold (W): 5423/71.0/127 Red: 4998/66.1/119 Silver (M): 4256/62.8/106 Silver (W): 4256/65.4/112

COURSE FACTS

Holes/Par: 18 holes, Par 71 Golf Course Manager: Weston Ward Superintendent: Todd Benortham

COURSE AMENITIES

• Clubhouse • Restaurant & Full Liquor Bar • Discount Pro Shop • Practice Green • Book Online 24/7 • Seasonal Memberships • Tournaments & Outings • Banquets & Receptions • Weddings on the First Tee

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Welcome to The Links of Lake Bernadette golf course, a semi-private 18-hole, par-71 golf club just 25 minutes north of downtown Tampa. The course was designed, built and previously owned by Dean Refram, the same designer, builder and previous owner of Saddlebrook Resort. Lake Bernadette is a beautifully landscaped and mature course with rolling fairways, towering pines, and spectacular golf. Golf Digest rated The Links as the “Best Overall Value” in Tampa Bay. The Tampa Tribune called Lake Bernadette “Pasco County’s Best Kept Secret”. FOR A SPECIAL GOLF COAST MAGAZINE RATE, GO TO linksoflakebernadette.com AND ENTER PROMO CODE: CXP2758

5430 Links Lane Zephyrhills, FL 33541 (813) 788-7888 www.linksoflakebernadette.com

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

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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San Antonio

Tampa Bay Golf & Country Club

Yardage/Rating/Slope: Gold: 6210/70.6/131 Blue: 5835/69.3/126 White: 5482/66.4/118 Yellow: 4858/62.7/104 Red: 4620/67.6/112

COURSE FACTS

Champ Course: 18 holes, Par 72 Exec. Course: 9 holes, Par 27 General Manager: Steve Cox Golf Professional: Tim Baker Superintendent: Rob Johnson

COURSE AMENITIES

• Clubhouse • Restaurant & Lounge • Banquet Facilities • Pro Shop • Rental Clubs • Practice Green • Lessons Available • Book Online 24/7 • Tournaments & Outings Welcome

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Tampa Bay Golf G&CC features one of Pasco County’s best championship golf courses, meandering around beautiful lakes and conservation areas. With five sets of tees, the course is appealing to players of all skill levels. The club also features a 9-hole executive course with all-new TifEagle greens. It’s a great community offering all the amenities of country club living. Tampa Bay G&CC is conveniently located just 25 minutes north of Tampa, just west of I-75 and SR 52. Starting times are available to the public 3 days in advance. 10641 Old Tampa Bay Drive San Antonio, FL 33576 (352) 588-0059 www.tampabgcc.com


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TAMPA BAY Cheval Golf & Athletic Club (813) 949-4231 SP 18 72 6961/74.5/140 • • • • • 66 38 4312 Cheval Blvd., Lutz, FL 33558; On N. LDale Mabry Hwy, just north of Van Dyke Rd.

Cove Cay Golf Club (727) 535-1406 SP 18 70 6261/70.4/130 • • • • • 60 2 2612 Cove Cay Dr., Clearwater, FL 33760; Off US 19, 1 mile north of East Bay Dr.

Crescent Oaks Golf Club (727) 947-4653 SP 18 72 6808/73.2/137 • • • • • 58 3 3300 Crescent Oaks Blvd., Tarpon Springs, FL 34688; On Eastlake Rdl, 1/2 mile north of Keystone Rd.

Cypress Links (727) 551-3333 M 9 4 875 62nd Avenue NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33702;

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The Eagles Golf Club (813) 920-6681 SP 18 6 16101 Nine Eagles Drive, Odessa, FL 33556; 18 SR 584 to Race Track Road, north 3 miles

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East Bay Golf Club (727) 581-3333 P 18 7 702 Country Club Dr., Largo, FL 33771;

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Fox Hollow Golf Club (727) 376-6333 SP 18 71 8 10050 Robert Trent Jones Pkwy., Trinity, FL 34655;

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2 miles W of US 19 off East Bay Dr.

On Little Rd., 3 miles south of SR 54

Heritage Harbor Golf & Country Club (813) 949-4886 SP 18 72 6898/73.5/129 • • • • • 67 9 19502 Heritage Harbor Pkwy., Lutz, FL 33558; North on Dale Mabry Hwy. to Lutz Lake Fern Rd., west to course

Isla Del Sol Yacht & Country Club (727) 864-2714 PR 18 71 6251/69.1/130 • • • • • 55 11 6000 Sun Blvd., St. Petersburg, FL 33715;

Links of Lake Bernadette (813) 788-7888 SP 18 71 6487/70.7/125 • • • • 71 43 5430 Links Lane, Zephyrills, FL 33541;

Lexington Oaks Golf Club (813) 907-7270 SP 18 72 6646/72.5/136 • • • • • 71 12 26133 Lexington Oaks Blvd., Wesley Chapel, FL 33544;

Mainlands Golf Club (727) 577-4847 P 18 67 4803/62.3/96 • • • • • 61 14 9445 Mainlands Blvd. W., Pinellas Park, FL 33782;

Mangrove Bay Golf Course (727) 893-7800 M 18 72 6656/71.5/123 • • • • • 60 15 875 62nd Avenue NE, St. Petersurg, FL 33544;

On 54th Avenue South, 3 miles West of US Hwy 19

On SR 54, 9 miles east of I-75.

Off SR 54, 1 mile west of I-75

On US 19 North, 1 miles north of Park Blvd.

On 62nd Avenue NE, one mile east of 4th Street

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TAMPA BAY Mission Inn Resort (800) 874-9053 R 18 72 EC: 7015/73.8/136 • • • • • 51 17 10400 CR 48, Howey-In-The-Hills, FL 34737; On CR 48 0.2 miles past San Luis Blvd.

Pebble Creek Golf Club (813) 973-3870 SP 18 71 6824/73.14/139 • • • • • 58 18 10550 Regents Park Dr., Tampa, FL 33647; Off Bruce B. Downs Bvld., 7 miles N of Bearrs Ave.

Pinecrest Golf Course (727) 584-6497 P 18 55 19 1200 - 8th Ave., SW, Largo, FL 34640;

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Plantation Palms Golf Club (813) 996-4653 SP 18 72 6436/71.1/127 • • • • • 58 20 23253 Plantation Blvd., Land O’Lakes, FL 34639; I-75 to SR 54, 7 miles west to Collier zpkey., north 1 mile

Seminole Lake Country Club (727) 391-6255 SP 18 72 6501/71.2/125 • • • • • 63 23 6100 Augusta Blvd., Seminole, FL 33777; 18 72 LC: 7230/74.8/135 Take Park St. .2 miles south of Park Blvd. to Augusta Blvd.

Silver Dollar Trap & Golf Club (813) 920-3884 SP 27 71-73 6489/71.4/119 • • • • • 69 27 12711 Silver Dollar Drive., Odessa, FL 33556; SR 584 to Race Track Rd, N 6 miles to Patterson Rd, W 3m

Summerfield Crossings Golf Club (813) 671-3311 SP 18 71 6903/73.0/125 • • • • • 66 28 13050 Summerfield Blvd., Riverview, FL 33568; I-75 to exit 246, east 2 miles on Big Bend Rd

Tampa Bay Golf & Country Club (352) 588-5454 SP 18 72 6210/70.6/131 • • • • • 72 29 10641 Old Tampa Bay Dr., San Antonio, FL 33576; I-75 to SR 54, then west 1 mile.

Tarpon Springs Golf Course (727) 934-5191 SP 18 72 6243/69.3/127 • • • • • 64 30 1310 S. Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs, FL 34689; On Alr. US 19, 1 mile north of Klosterman Rd.

TPC Tampa Bay (813) 949-0090 P 18 33 5300 Lutz Lake Fern Rd., Lutz, FL 33558;

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Twin Brooks Golf Course (727) 893-7445 M 9 27 34 3800 22nd Ave. South, St. Petersburg, FL 33711;

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Wentworth Golf Club (727) 942-4760 SP 18 72 6459/71.5/144 • • • • • 58 35 2990 Wentworth Way, Tarpon Springs, FL 34688; On Eastlake Rd., 1/2 mile south of Keystone Road

Westchase Golf Club (813) 854-2331 P 18 72 6699/72.6/131 • • • • • 70 36 11602 Westchase Golf Dr., Tampa, FL 33626; Take Veter-

World Woods Golf Club (352) 796-5500 P 18 71 PB: 7237/75.3/133 • • • • • 73 37 17590 Ponce De Leon Blvd., Brooksville, FL 34614;

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SHOPPING | ENTERTAINMENT/SERVICES | INSTRUCTION TAMPA BAY AREA MAP PAGE 74 & 75

SHOPPING Blue Collar Golf Shop 11616 Seminole Blvd., Largo, FL 33778 | www.bluecollargolf.net | (727) 542-9228 | Map #51, Ad Page 56 Bob VanSweden Golf 2300 – 26th St. North, St. Petersburg, FL 33713 | www.BobVanSwedenGolf.com | (727) 321-4653 | Map #54, Ad Page 50

at Meadow Oaks Golf Club 13125 Fairwinds Rd., Hudson, FL 34669 | (727) 856-2878 | Map #16, Ad Page 44 at Quail Hollow Golf & Country Club 6225 Old Pasco Rd., Wesley Chapel, FL 33544 | (813) 333-0033 | Map #21, Ad Page 44 at River Wilderness Country Club 2250 Wilderness Blvd. W., Parrish, FL 34219 | (941) 776-2691 | Ad Page 44

Edwin Watts Golf Shops (2 locations) 32257 US Hwy 19 North, Palm Harbor, FL 34684 | (727) 787-3370 | Map #52, Ad Page 111

at Seven Hills Golfers Club 10599 Fairchild Rd., Spring Hill, FL 34608 | (352) 688-8888 | Map #25, Ad Page 44

11921 North Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33618 | (813) 960-5330 | Map #40, Ad Page 111

at Sherman Hills Golf & Country Club 31200 Eagle Falls Dr., Brooksville, FL 34602 | (352) 544-0990 | Map #26, Ad Page 44

Florida Aerial Services Team www.fastaerial.com | (800) 723-7425 | Ad Page 56

at St. Petersburg Country Club 2001 Country Club Way S., St. Petersburg, FL 33712 | (727) 867-2111 | Map #24 Ad Page 44

In The Sand Golf www.ITS-GOLF.com | (800) 723-7425 | Ad Page 72

at Tarpon Woods Golf Club 1100 Tarpon Woods Blvd., Palm Harbor, FL 34685 | (727) 784-7606 | Map #42, Ad Page 44

Southern Golf of Pinellas, Inc. 4647 – 4th St. North, St. Petersburg, FL 33703 | www.southerngolfofpinellas.com | (727) 522-1538 | Map #55, Ad Page 55

at The Groves Golf & Country Club 7924 Melogold Circle, Land O’Lakes, FL 34637 | (813) 995-2832 | Map #31, Ad Page 44

Steve’s World of Golf Superstore 12647 US Hwy. 19 N., Hudson, FL 34667 | www.stevesworldofgolf.com | (727) 378-4999 | Map #58, Ad Page 44 Steve’s World of Golf Pro Shops (Tampa Bay Area Locations) at Brooksville Country Club 23446 Links Dr., Brooksville, FL 34601 | (352) 796-8879 | Map #41, Ad Page 44 at Cheval Golf & Athletic Club 4312 Cheval Blvd., Lutz, FL 33558 | (813) 949-4231 | Map #38, Ad Page 44

at The Landings Golf Club 1875 Airport Dr., Clearwater, FL 33765 | (727) 447-5272 | Map #32, Ad Page 44 T & D Golf Stores (2 Locations) 4205 W. Waters Ave., Tampa, FL 33614 | (813) 888-5433 | Map #56, Ad Page 52 180 Race Track Rd., Oldsmar, FL 34677 | (813) 855-5385 | Map #57, Ad Page 52 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 81


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SHOPPING | ENTERTAINMENT/SERVICES | INSTRUCTION cont. ENTERTAINMENT/SERVICES American Municipal Securities, Inc. 720 Second Ave. S., St. Petersburg, FL 33701 | www.amuni.com | (800) 868-6864 | Map #59, Ad Page 53

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 57

County Golf Association www.countygolf.com | (727) 446-6644 | Ad Page 83

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 57

The Golf Show Guys www.golfshowguys.com | Ad Page 81

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 60

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

Valspar Championship March 6-12

The Valspar Championship presented by BB&T, one of the most colorful and growing tournaments on the PGA TOUR, returns to the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor March 6–12, 2017. Last year, Charl Schwartzel defeated Bill Haas in a one-hole playoff. Schwartzel will defend his title in 2017 against another stellar field and, for the third year in a row, tournament patrons will also have a chance to see a top country music act in a free concert. Superstar singer-songwriter Toby Keith will perform in the third Valspar LIVE! event on the Osprey driving range adjacent to the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort after the conclusion of play on Saturday, March 11. The concert is free of charge to all Saturday tournament patrons. Tickets to the 2017 Valspar Championship are now on sale at ValsparChampionship.com. The tournament will also feature enhanced food offerings with a Food Truck Village joining Frenchy’s, the Michelob ULTRA 19th Hole and the Hooters Owl’s Nest* (*special ticket required). Stay up to date with all the latest tournament details by following @ValsparChampion Twitter or

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and Pro V1x golf balls; Srixon’s new Z-Star and Z-Star XV golf balls, and Cleveland’s RTX3 wedges. In all, thousands of products and services were showcased within nearly 10 miles of Show aisles in the Orange County Convention Center. Golf Today Event Planners Golf Today is a family-owned golf event planning company that works closely with organizations of all size and scope to assist with golf event, and charity golf tournament planning. Their team of professionals brings a wealth of experience and resources to events large and small. Why choose Golf Today? Planning charity golf tournaments can be an enormous undertaking. Let Golf Today do the dirty work! Through their network, resources and partners they have the ability to provide products and services including, but not limited to: • Golf Clubs, Bags & Swag • Par 3, 4 and 5 Contests • Super Tickets • Hole In One Prizes & Insurance • Raffle & Silent Auction Items • The “Long Drive Launcher” Hole in one and closest to the pin prizes – including round-trip airfare and luxury destination vacations – are included in their standard Golf Today event package. For more information, go to GolfTodayChallenge.com, call Matt Donovan at (561) 880-1007 or email msdonovan10@aol.com.

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The President’s Report Our year ended with a fabulous golf event and dinner at Pasadena Yacht & Country Club. We presented all of the Chapter Awards, and closed our year in style. I would like to thank David Willis and the team at Yamaha Golf Cars for partnering with us to make that event a success. As we embark on 2017, I want to thank all of our host sites for the 2017 Tournament Calendar. The Chapter Board worked very hard putting this calendar together, and we hope that many of our members participate in more events this season. By the time this is published, the Chapter Board will have met to vote on all our Chapter Award winners for 2016. We have some great candidates in almost every category, and it is nice to recognize those who are at the top of their profession. The Chapter is excited to have secured some new partners for 2017, including a title partner for our Chapter Championship which will be contested at Old Memorial. There will be more details later about these partners, and how much they mean to the Chapter. If you think you could benefit from a partnership with the West Central Chapter, please do not GolfCoastMagazine.com

hesitate to contact me and we can discuss opportunities. Please email me at cslattery@avilagolf.com. – Chris Slattery, President 2017 WCC Tournament Schedule Tues. Mar. 28 Pro-Am @ So. Hills Mon. Apr. 10 Pro-Pro/Meeting @ Northdale Mon. May 8 Pro-Pro/Meeting @ Tampa Palms Mon. May 22 Pro-Am @ Avila M./Tu. June 5-6 Chapter Championship @ Old Memorial Sat. June 10 Drive, Chip & Putt @ The Downs Practice Facility M./Tu. June 12-13 Senior Chapter Championship @ Dunedin Mon. June 26 Pro-Pro @ Streamsong Mon. July 10 2-Person Team @ World Woods Mon. July 31 Stableford/Meeting@ TPC Tampa Bay Mon. Aug. 7 Gary Koch Pro-Junior @ Temple Terrace Mon. Aug. 21 Pro-Scratch @ Cove Cay Mon. Oct. 2 Senior-Junior @ Isla Del Sol Mon. Nov. 13 Pro-Am @ Lone Palm Mon. Nov. 27 WCC/ECC Pro-Pro/ Meeting @ CC of Winter Haven Mon. Dec. 4 Holiday Pro-Pro @ Pasadena Mon. Dec. 19 Holiday Pro-Am at TBD GC


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Quail Village Golf Club

Bold, Fun and Casual

Affordable luxury isn’t a common attribute of private golf clubs, but Quail Village is the clear exception. Quail Village Golf Club is a private golf club known for its friendliness and exceptional value since 1985. It’s a rarity among golf clubs – with no initiation fee and annual dues less than $5000 (even less if you are single or under age 63!), Quail Village offers the best value among private clubs in Naples. There’s a community of friends at Quail Village who believe that golf should be fun and golf clubs more friendly than stuffy. It’s a message that has resonated well outside the GolfCoastMagazine.com

local neighborhood, as only 30% of the members own homes in the Quail Village community. The people at Quail Village are immediately welcoming and laid back. You can always find members enjoying a drink on a nice day at Bogeys Poolside Grill – which is where we found Jim Goehler, a member who has belonged to two other country clubs but found himself at home at Quail Village. Jim spoke about the community when asked what he loved about Quail Village, saying, “The Members are friendly – it’s not a stuffy country club.” That’s an important point for many of the


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people who join, who are looking for a golf club experience that is much less formal than the typical country club. There are a lot of opportunities to make friends and socialize. Quail Village hosts monthly wine tastings, community events, golf groups, and regular clinics. New members can expect the warmest of welcomes. Member ambassadors help to introduce new members to the club and the many groups that it has. Charlie and Sheryl Baker are non-resident members who were initially just looking for a place to golf, but when they joined Quail

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Village they “gained more from the membership than they ever anticipated.” Charlie and Sheryl knew that Quail Village had a challenging golf course, but they didn’t fully appreciate the social aspect until they became members. “In addition to the golfing aspect, there’s a tremendous social organization at Quail Village, which we didn’t realize at the time. There’s a new food and beverage manager and the food is fabulous, the outside Bogeys area is a great social gathering place, there’s a bingo night, there’s a game night, they have countless activities and social


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functions, wine tastings, special food nights - those are things we didn’t plan on participating in. I just wanted it for the golf. We now spend a tremendous amount of time at Quail Village.” The community at Quail Village has had a lasting impact on both Charlie and Sheryl, who concluded that they had “developed tremendous friendships at Quail Village far exceeding their expectations.”

The uniquely playable golf course at Quail Village sets it apart. The course has a challenging layout that places much more emphasis on ball placement than on long drives. Water comes into play on fourteen of the eighteen holes, challenging players to make intelligent risk/ reward decisions as they make their way around the course. As an added feature, players can choose to walk the course after noon. Most of the new members meet new friends by joining the golf groups and events. Jim Goehler highlighted “the Winter Challenge, where players go out for thirteen weeks and take their best eleven scores. There’s a big celebration at the end of that – so there’s a lot of recognition of feats well done and it ties together the golf and social aspects nicely.” The community makes a big commitment to getting the members involved, which is why the course has a reputation for being


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among the most family friendly in Naples. The club has a tremendous teaching program led my Gary Kraft and Chuck Lange who help nervous players become confident golfers. The First Tee of Naples/Collier also hosts regular clinics at the club to help introduce the game to kids. In fact, two of the kids from Quail Village’s First Tee Program, Gianna and Pearl (pictured right), recently placed first and second in their Elementary School Tournament. There are countless reasons why Quail Village is known for its value and friendliness - make a point to visit today to see for yourself.

If you think that golf should be fun and casual, Quail Village Golf Club is the perfect community to join. Contact Nancy Dagher at (239) 598-2815 to learn more about all the benefits of membership.

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Yardage/Rating/Slope: Blue 4873 / 63.6 / 113 Blue/White 4714 / 63.2 / 112 White 4410 / 62.4 / 111 White/Gold 4177 / 61.7 / 107 Gold 3973 / 60.9 / 105 Red 3707 / 60.1 / 102

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Designer: Gordon Lewis General Manager: Alan Raulerson Membership Director: Nancy Farris Dagher PGA Professionals: Gary Kraft, PGA, Chuck Lange, PGA Golf Course Superintendent: Craig Nelson

COURSE AMENITIES

• Inviting 18-hole golf course • Clubhouse Dining • Wine Tastings • Bogeys Outdoor Bar & Patio • Pro Shop • Walk the Course after Noon • Private, Group, Youth PGA Lessons • 60+ Reciprocal Golf Clubs

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Quail Village Golf Club Quail Village Golf Club is the Best Private Golf Club Value in Naples. A beautifully manicured course challenges the best golfer who easily secures tee times and also family members who walk after 12:00pm noon when completing school and work daily. We embrace non-resident members as only 30 percent of our members live in our community. The Village is a place that is conducive to making friends with people with handicaps to challenge and different interests to explore. The course is demanding yet fun. Placement is critical. Women especially enjoy strategically planning their games as they traverse the par 69 golf course measuring about 5000 yards and is comprised of three par 5s, nine par 4s, and six par 3s. We are bold, fun and casual. With our diverse membership demographics, members enjoy coming off the course and mingling at Bogeys Outdoor Bar and Patio for happy hour and lunch seven days a week. Quail Village values the quality of our community and lifestyle, as much as the beauty of our golf course. Join us!

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Win The Ultimate Golf Experience at Tiburรณn Golf Club Golf Coast Magazine readers are invited to enter a FREE draw to win the Ultimate Golf Experience at Tiburรณn Golf Club, valued at over $2000. The Winner Can Look Forward to This Extraordinary Experience Complimentary Valet Service From the moment you arrive, you will be treated like a member. Members and guests receive complimentary valet service at Tiburรณn Golf Club. Drop your clubs off and we will take care of the rest. Lesson from a PGA Professional Before you tee off, receive a group lesson from one of our Impact Zone Golf trained PGA Teaching Professionals. You will cover the full swing, including putting, and will be ready to perform at your top level when you get on the course!


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Lunch at Sydney’s Pub Have lunch at Sydney’s Pub. Enjoy a “Taste of Tiburón” as the chef takes you on a tour of our award-winning menu featuring American pub fare. Play the Newly Remastered Gold Course Sophisticated and alluring, Tiburón’s 18-hole championship course is home to the LPGA CME Group Tour Championship and the PGA Tour’s Franklin Templeton Shootout, which brings many of the top names in golf to this prestigious golf destination. Enjoy Wine, Cigars, and Dinner to Conclude an Incredible Day After your round enjoy a complimentary bottle of wine, a Rocky Patel cigar and dinner fireside. The chef will prepare another Taste of Tiburón.

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Quail Creek Country Club to Host 2017 U.S. Women’s Mid Amateur Championship Quail Creek Country Club, in Naples has been selected by the United States Golf Association as the host site for the 2017 U.S. Women’s MidAmateur Championship. Scheduled for Oct. 7-12, the 31st U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur will be the club’s first USGA championship. “The USGA is honored to add Quail Creek Country Club as a championship site,” said Diana Murphy, USGA vice president and Championship Committee chairman. “We’re confident the club will be a terrific host, and we look forward to crowning the 31st U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur champion in the vibrant golf community of Naples.” Designed in 1981 by Arthur Hills, who also renovated Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club, host site of the 2016 U.S. Open, Quail Creek features two 18-hole courses named Quail and Creek. The course for the 2017 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur will be announced at a later date. Both courses were renovated in 2013 by Kevin F. Leo, Quail Creek’s golf course superintendent, with Hills serving as a consultant. Renovations include an increase in playable native areas that has reduced the amount of water, fertilizer and maintenance required; the restoration of bermudagrass throughout the course; and the addition and restoration of bunkers. The club has hosted numerous state and regional events. GolfCoastMagazine.com


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First USGA championship conducted in Naples “On behalf of the membership of Quail Creek Country Club, we are honored to host the 2017 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship,” said Robert P. Magrann, club president. “It is gratifying to have confirmed that our club and courses are of championship caliber, and we are proud to provide an exceptional golf experience for our members and guests alike.” An integral part of the success of this championship will be the support of the community to fill the many volunteer positions required. If you’d like to volunteer, go to QuailCreekCC.com/usgachampionship or call the clubhouse at 239.597.2831 and ask about volunteering at the 2017 U.S. Women’s Mid Amateur Championship.


Golf Course and Clubhouse Renovations Complete at Pelican Preserve

This season, Pelican Preserve members and players found a refreshed 27-hole championship course and a newly renovated golf clubhouse awaiting their return. Just in time to kick off a new season, WCI Communities completed renovations to the Chip Powell-designed course and golf clubhouse at the 55-and-better lifestyle community in Fort Myers.

26,145-square-foot clubhouse introduced a new indoor/outdoor covered patio for alfresco dining. Enclosing the patio off the second level not only doubled seating in the full-service, members-only dining room, but it also provided a beautiful view of The Ibis course’s finishing hole. Pelican Preserve’s golf clubhouse amenities also include a banquet room and a state-of-theart fitness center with spa treatment rooms. “When we undertake improvements, our ultimate goal is adding value to our members’ experience,” said Smith.

“The seventh green redesign is particularly dramatic,” said Pelican Preserve General Manager Joe Smith. “Our golfers are giving it high marks!”

Pelican Preserve’s 70,000-square-foot Town Center, Plaza del Sol, offers nearly every imaginable activity – from indoor fitness and swimming, to arts and crafts studios and a 99-seat theater. Dining options include the casually elegant Destinations restaurant and Flip Flops, the poolside bar. Outdoor amenities include a resort-style pool, a new lap pool, tennis, softball and pickleball.

The clubhouse interior redesign, led by Clive Daniel Hospitality of Naples, updated dining venues and common areas. Renovations on the lower level of the

Pelican Preserve is located 2 miles from I-75 just south of Colonial Boulevard on Treeline Avenue. For more information, call 239-9851600 or visit www.PelicanPreserve.com.

The five-month improvement project on The Heron course included a complete renovation of putting and practice greens, as well as a finetuning of the The Egret and Ibis courses, to align with United States Golf Association specifications.


Mediterra Completes $15 Million Golf Course Renovations, $1.5 Million Sports Club Expansion The Club at Mediterra has completed nearly $17 million in renovations to its two championship golf courses, an expansion at The Sports Club and the addition of new tennis and bocce courts. The projects were designed to enhance the membership experience and the active lifestyle at Mediterra, the only Naples country club recently named among the Platinum Club’s 2016-2018 top 50 private clubs in the country. Additional social and meeting space and a larger fitness center were among the top priorities identified by Sports Club members. The $1.5 million project doubled the size of the existing fitness center and introduced all new equipment, including a Life Fitness Synrgy system, which incorporates multiple workout options and configurations and MyZone, a monitor used for group exercise and personal training to track heart rate and optimize workout efficiency. Mediterra’s commitment to providing an extraordinary golf experience necessitated improvements to the Tom Fazio-designed North and South courses. The two-year project started in 2015 and was completed in phases during the

slower summer months. Enhancements included replacing irrigation, bunkers and re-grassing with Platinum TE seashore paspalum. Practice facilities and ranges were also renovated. Work on the South Course was completed in December 2015; the North Course this December. “From the tee box to the out-of-bounds area and each grain of sand, everything is brand new,” said Carmen Mauceri, club general manager and chief operating officer. “The only thing we didn’t touch were the greens.” “The grass was chosen for its color, cold-weather and low-light tolerance, playability and performance,” said Tim Hiers, director of agronomy for The Club at Mediterra. “It has very deep roots and is the best on the market. We now have 200 acres of new grass on 36 holes.” Named a 10-time Community of the Year winner by the Collier Building Industry Association, Mediterra offers luxury estates and single-family maintenancefree villas by London Bay Homes, priced from $1 million to over $7 million. For more information about Mediterra, visit www.MediterraNaples.com or call 239-949-8989.


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TEE INFORMATION Yardage/Rating/Slope: Blue 6465 / 71.6 / 120 White 6074 / 69.5 / 116 Gold 5692 / 67.5 / 113 Ladies 5191 / 70.1 / 113 COURSE FACTS General Manager/ Head Pro: Mike Dopslaff, PGA Golf Course Superintendent: Jason Craft, GCSAA

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GOLF LESSONS Golf lessons are available from four time SW Chapter PGA Player of the Year, Mike Dopslaff, PGA.

Nestled in the community of San Carlos Park, San Carlos Golf Club is one of the oldest established clubs in Southwest Florida. It was developed in 1971 by the San Carlos Park Community and in 1981 was purchased by local area golfers.

Private Lessons $45 for 30 mins or $80 for 1 hour

San Carlos Golf Club

San Carlos Golf Club strives to have the most affordable rates in Southwest Florida throughout the year. This traditional layout has received rave reviews for its playability from professionals and amateurs alike. Practice facilities include an aqua driving range, pitching and chipping area, practice bunker and a large putting green.

Lesson Series: Six 30 Minute Lessons for $225 Six Hour Lessons for $400

The teaching professionals at San Carlos Golf Club specialize in personalized instruction tailored to your skill level. From the golfer just taking up the game to the experienced player trying to take the game to the next level, golfers will receive plenty of individual instruction.

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San Carlos Golf Club was voted ‘Best Public Golf Course’ by the readers of the Fort Myers News Press in 2015. 7420 Constitution Circle, Fort Myers, FL 33912 239-267-3131 www.sancarlosgolfclub.com

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Keep Your Head Back at Impact Master Swing Tips by Steve Anderson, Master PGA Professional

One of the biggest differences between a Tour pro and a high handicapper is the position of their head at impact. Many high handicappers have their head in front of the ball as their club strikes it. They’ve slid their head forward during their downswing which will lead to a big slice in most cases. Golfer that do this are said to have gotten ahead of the ball but I like to say they’ve gotten; ‘A HEAD’ of the ball. The photo shows me holding my students head back with my club. It’ll feel strange at first, but you’ll notice that you’re quickly striking the ball more solidly and have eliminated much of your slice. We know that your legs drive forward to create power but keep your head back at impact and you’ll be hitting like a champ in no time. Steve Anderson is a PGA Master Professional and is the Director of Instruction for Hampton Golf. Steve teaches at River Hall Country Club in Ft. Myers, Florida and is the author of 4 best-selling books on golf. He can be contacted through his web site; www.MirrorImageGolf.com or by email at; leftguygolf@gmail.com.


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TEE INFORMATION

Yardage/Rating/Slope: Mens/Green: 7145 / 74.2 / 132; Mens/Blue: 6692 / 72.95/ 128; Mens/White: 6175 / 68.09/ 120; Mens/Gold: 5334 / 65.5 / 113; Ladies/Gold: 5468 / 70.5 / 119; Ladies/Red: 4786 / 66.5 / 117

COURSE FACTS

Number of Holes: 18 Architect: Gordon Lewis PGA Golf Pro: Nick Stokke Superintendent: Dominic Wachena

COURSE AMENITIES • All Grass Driving Range • Golf Lessons • Clubhouse and Pro Shop • Large Practice Greens • Full-Service Bar & Restauran • Golf Club Rental

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Valencia Golf & Country Club Four Star Rated by Golf Digest The readers of the Naples Daily News have rated Valencia Golf and Country Club the Best Public Golf course 3 years in a row! This 18-Hole golf course, driving range and practice facility is open to the public and includes a full-service Pro Shop and PGA Golf Professional available daily and 30 station public driving range and practice facility. Noted golf course architect Gordon Lewis created a masterpiece, taking advantage of the pristine natural beauty and carving out a spectacular course, which has quickly become one of Naples’ premier public golf courses. Highlighting the unique features of the landscape and native plants, the course features undulating fairways, sparkling lakes and lush stands of palms, pines and cypress preserves. Work on your game at the best public practice facility and driving range in Naples, FL. Located just 9 miles east on Immokalee Rd, within minutes of Bonita Springs, Fort Myers and Immokalee. 1725 Double Eagle Trail Naples, FL 34120 239-352-0777 www.ValenciaGolfNaples.com


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Meet the Snowbird Pros

Are You A Snowbird Looking To Find Your Dream Golf Lifestyle? There are over 120 golf courses, 15,000 realtors, and 1 million properties in Southwest Florida. Add to it all the different types of clubs – from bundled communities to equity memberships, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Without local knowledge, snowbirds are making poor decisions that keep them from enjoying their dream Florida golf lifestyle. Enter Trevor Johnson, Kevin Kuehl, and Jay Westerlund – the Snowbird Pros – three PGA Professionals who have worked both in real estate and at some of the area’s finest clubs. They personally know the PGA Professionals at every SWFL Golf Club, and they’re able to use that network to give their clients the best information available when making their buying decisions. The idea is simple – even though snowbirds aren’t locals yet, they should buy like them. The Snowbird Pros go the extra mile by accompanying their clients on club tours, showing the local attractions, and helping snowbirds get acquainted with the local community. Most snowbirds know what they want, but it can be nearly impossible to find without local expertise.


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It’s been having an impact – Danny Trejo, who worked closely with Trevor, had this to say: “I would highly recommend Trevor. He is honest, forthright, understanding and has great knowledge of SWFL. He not only has the expertise but the understanding, compassion, patience and professionalism which were all important for me. We couldn’t be more happy with our new SWFL lifestyle and Trevor.” Finding your dream Florida lifestyle can involve endless hours of research, phone calls, and wading through dozens of flashy sales pitches – or you could skip all that and talk to the Snowbird Pros, who know the market and will find you the social lifestyle that you’re looking for. The initial consultation is just 20-30 minutes.

If you’d like to meet the Snowbird Pros, call them at (800) 260-7431 or go to SnowbirdPros.com


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NAPLES | FORT MYERS

Alico Family Golf (239) 334-4653 P 9 27 450 Yards • • • • • 84 208 16300 Lee Road, Ft. Myers, FL; Miniature Golf Also Available 1 mile West of I-75, Exit 128. Imperial Golf Club (239) 597-8165 PR 18 217 1808 Imperial Golf Course Blvd., Naples, FL 34110 ; I-75 E 116, Co Rd 865 toward Bonita Springs, L on Old 41, L on Imperial

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6632 / 71.8 / 129 • • • • • 97

Quail Creek Country Club (239) 597-2831 PR 36 209 13300 Valewood Dr., Naples, FL 34119; East on Immokalee Road, Left on Valewood Drive

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6836 / 73.5 / 136 • • • • • 94

Quail Village Golf Club (239) 598-2815 PR 18 216 11719 Quail Village Way, Naples, FL 34119 ; I-75 Exit 111, East on Immokalee Road, Left on Valewood to Quail Village Way

69 4873 / 63.3 / 113 • • • • • 86 Memberships under $5,000!

Pelican Preserve Golf Club (239) 985-1600 PR 27 218 10571 Veneto Drive, Ft. Myers, FL 33913 ; 2 miles from I-75, just south of Colonial Blvd. on Treeline Avenue

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6851 / 73.2/ 134 • • • • • 96

River Hall Country Club (239) 313-4653 P 18 72 7124 / 74.1 / 132 • • • • • 204 3500 River Hall Pkwy, Alva, FL 33920 ; I-75 Exit 141, East on Home course of Steve Anderson SR80, Right on River Hall Parkway 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 36 212 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 18 202 1725 Double Eagle Trail, Naples, FL 34120; Exit 111 off I-75 - West to Randall Blvd, N on Approach Blvd.

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SERVICES, DINING, ENTERTAINMENT

Bradley Putters BradleyPutters.golfcoastmagazine.com Email: brad@bradleyputters.com.

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Golf & Casual Shop (239) 936-8753 110 11900 South Cleveland Avenue, Ft. Myers, FL 33907; On US 41 between Colonial Blvd/Daniels Pkwy

Golf Home Guru Joe Morgan (239) 438-6426 109 www.golfhomeguru.com Email: Guru@GolfHomeGuru.com.

Old 41 Restaurant (239) 948-4123 98 25091 Bernwood Dr., Unit 1, Bonita Springs, FL 34135; Old 41 & Bernwood Pkwy, 1/2 m E of US41/Old 41 Rd.

Snowbird Pros (800) 260-7431 102 14700 Tamiami Trail N., Suite 8, Naples, FL 34110; Snowbirdpros.com


NAPLES | FORT MYERS 106 COURSES NAPLES AREA COURSES Arrowhead Golf Course Audubon Country Club Bay Colony Golf Club Bear’s Paw Country Club Bentley Village Golf Club Bonita Bay Club Bonita Bay Club East Bonita Fairways County Club Bonita National Golf & Country Club Calusa Pines Golf Club Cedar Hammock Golf & Country Club The Club at Grandezza The Club at Olde Cypress The Club at Pelican Bay The Club at the Strand The Club at Renaissance Colliers Reserve Country Club Colonial Country Club Copperhead Golf Club Copperleaf Golf Club Coral Oaks Golf Course Country Club of Naples Country Creek Country Club Countryside Golf Club Cross Creek Country Club Crown Colony Golf & Country Club Cypress Lake Country Club Cypress Woods Golf & Country Club Del Tura Golf Club Eagle Creek Golf & Country Club Eagle Lakes Golf Club Eagle Ridge Golf Club Eastwood Golf Course El Rio Golf Club Estero Country Club at the Vines Esplanade Golf & Country Club Fiddlers Creek Fiddlesticks Country Club Forest Glen Golf Club Fort Myers Country Club Fountain Lakes Golf Course Foxfire Country Club Gateway Golf & Country Club Glades Country Club

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(239) 596-1000 P 2205 Heritage Greens Dr, Naples (239) 566-9800 PR 625 Audubon Blvd, Naples (239) 592-9515 P 9 740 Bent Grass Bend, Naples (239) 263-3007 PR 2500 Golden Gate Pkwy, Naples (239) 431-2080 PR 2550 Golfside Drive, Naples (239) 495-0200 PR 2 6660 Country Club Drive, Bonita Springs (239) 353-5100 PR 3 700 Wildwood Blvd, Naples (239) 947-9100 SP 9 751 West Terry Street, Bonita Springs (239) 908-0704 P 17481 Bonita National Blvd, Bonita Springs (239) 348-2220 P 2000 Calusa Pines Dr., Naples (239) 793-1134 SP 8 660 Cedar Hammock Blvd., Naples (239) 948-2900 PR 1 1481 Grande Oak Boulevard, Estero (239) 596-4797 PR 7 165 Treeline Dr., Naples (239) 597-1183 PR 7 07 Gulf Park Drive Naples (239) 592-7710 PR 5 840 Strand Boulevard Naples (239) 561-4170 P

1 2801 Renaissance Way, Ft. Myers

(239) 597-7200 PR 11711 Colliers Reserve Dr, Naples (239) 768-9421 P

9 181 Independence Way, Ft. Myers

(239) 369-8200 SP 2 0910 Copperhead Drive, Lehigh Acres (239) 390-2027 P

2 3101 CopperleafBlvd, Bonita Springs

(239) 573-3100 P 1800 Northwest 28th Ave, Cape Coral (239) 261-1032 P

1 85 Burning Tree Drive, Naples

(239) 947-4488 SP 21131 Country Creek Drive, Estero (239) 353-1780 P

6 00 Countryside Drive, Naples

(239) 768-1922 SP 13050 Cross Creek Blvd, Ft. Myers (239) 590-9044 SP 8 851 Crown Colony Blvd, Ft. Myers (239) 481-3222 P

6 767 Winkler Road, Ft. Myers

(239) 592-7860 SP 3 525 Northbrooke Dr. Naples (239) 621-6209 P

18621 North Tamiami Trl, North Ft. Myers

(239) 793-0500 PR 11 Cypress View Drive, Naples (239) 732-0034 P 18100 Royal Tree Parkway, Naples (239) 768-1888 P 14589 Eagle Ridge Drive, Ft. Myers (239) 321-7485 P 4 600 Bruce Herd Lane, Ft. Myers (239) 995-2204 P

1 801 Skyline Drive North, Ft. Myers

(239) 267-7000 PR 19501 Vintage Trace Circle, Ft. Myers (239) 494-8020 SP 8 912 Torre Vista Lane, Naples (239) 732-9300 PR 8 152 Fiddlers Creek Pkwy, Naples (239) 768-1111 PR 15391 Cannongate Drive, Ft. Myers (239) 354-1332 SP 3855 Forest Glen Blvd, Naples (239) 321-7488 P

3 591 McGregor Boulevard, Ft. Myers

(239) 495-3555 PR 2 2201 Fountain Lakes Blvd. #1, Estero (239) 643-3139 P

1 030 Kings Way, Naples

(239) 561-1036 PR 12091 Gateway Greens Dr., Ft. Myers (239) 774-1443 PR 2 10 Teryl Road, Naples


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NAPLES AREA COURSES Glen Eagle Golf & Country Club

(239) 353-3699 P

Golden Gate Country Club

(239) 455-9498 P 4100 Golden Gate Pkwy, Naples

1 403 Glen Eagle Boulevard, Naples

Golf Club of the Everglades

(239) 354-4727 PR 8 835 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples

The Golf Lodge at the Quarry

(239) 304-0172 PR 8 950 Weathered Stone Dr Naples

Golfview Golf & Racquet Club

(239) 489-2264 P

Grey Oaks Golf & Country Club

(239) 262-5550 PR 2 400 Grey Oaks Drive North, Naples

14849 Hole in 1 Circle, Ft. Myers

Gulf Harbour Yacht & Country Club

(239) 433-5111 SP 1 4500 Vista River Drive, Ft. Myers

Hammock Bay Golf & Country Club

(239) 394-2511 P

Heritage Bay Golf and Country Club

(239) 353-7056 SP 10154 Heritage Bay Blvd, Naples

1 370 Borghese Ln, Naples

Heritage Palms Golf & CC

(239) 278-9090 SP 10420 Washingtonia Palm Way, Ft. Myers

Herons Glen Golf & Country Club

(239) 731-4520 SP 2 250 Avenida Del Vera North, Ft. Myers

Hibiscus Golf Club

(239) 774-0088 SP 5 375 Hibiscus Drive, Naples

Hideaway Beach Club

(239) 642-2840 PR 2 50 South Beach, Marco Island

The Hideaway Country Club

(239) 275-5581 P

5 670 Trailwinds Drive Ft. Myers

Hideout Golf Club, LTD

(239) 352-4141 P

3 025 Brantley Blvd., Naples

Highland Woods Golf & Country Club (239) 495-9332 PR 9100 Highland Woods Blvd, Bonita Springs High Point Country Club

(239) 261-4442 PR 1100 High Point Drive, Naples

Hole In The Wall Golf Club

(239) 659-0164 PR 3 600 Goodlette-Frank Road, Naples

Hunters Ridge Golf & Country Club

(239) 992-4242 SP 12500 Hunters Ridge Drive, Bonita Springs

Hunters Run Executive Golf Course

(239) 574-4454 P

Island Country Club

(239) 394-6661 PR 5 00 Nassau Road, Marco Island

Kelly Greens Golf & Country Club

(239) 466-9570 PR 1 2300 Kelly Greens Blvd, Ft. Myers

1 006 SE 4th PI, Cape Coral

Kensington Golf & Country Club

(239) 213-1983 PR 2 700 Pine Ridge Road, Naples

Lake Fairways Country Club

(239) 731-2900 SP 1 9371 N Tamiami Trl North Ft. Myers

Lakewood Country Club

(239) 774-2958 P 4 235 Lakewood Blvd, Naples

Landings Yacht, Golf & Tennis Club

(239) 482-3211 PR 4 425 S. Landings Drive, Ft. Myers

LaPlaya Golf Club

(239) 254-5001 PR 333 Palm River Blvd, Naples, FL

Legends Golf & Country Club

(239) 561-8740 PR 8 600 Legends Blvd Ft. Myers

Lely Resorts

(239) 793-2600 P 8 004 Lely Resort Blvd, Naples

Lexington Country Club

(239) 437-0404 PR 1 6257 Willowcrest Way Ft. Myers

Magnolia Golf Club

(239) 652-0102 PR 3 501 Avenida del Vera N. Ft Myers

Majestic Golf Club

(239) 369-8216 SP 3 50 Homestead Rd S. Lehigh Acres

Marco Shores Country Club

(239) 394-2581 P 1450 Mainsail Dr Naples

Miromar Lakes Golf Club

(239) 482-7644 PR 1 8520 Miromar Lake Blvd, Miromar Lakes

Moorings Country Club

(239) 261-0909 PR 2500 Crayton Road Naples

Myerlee Country Club

(239) 481-1440 P

Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club

(239) 435-2475 SP 8 51 Gulf Shore Blvd North, Naples

Naples Grande Golf Club

(239) 659-3700 P 7335 Premier Drive, Naples

1 380 MyerleeC. C. Blvd, Ft. Myers

Naples Heritage Golf & CC

(239) 417-2555 PR 8 150 Heritage Club Way, Naples

Naples Lakes Country Club

(239) 732-6700 PR 4 784 Naples Lakes Blvd., Naples

Naples National Golf Club

(239) 775-3468 PR 9 325 Collier Blvd, Naples

Old Corkscrew Golf Club

(239) 949-4700 P

1 7320 Corkscrew Road, Estero


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NAPLES | FORT MYERS

NAPLES AREA COURSES Olde Florida Golf Club

(239) 353-7667 P

Olde Collier Golf Club

(239) 597-9898 PR 7 90 Main House Drive, Naples

9 393 Vanderbilt Beach Rd, Naples

Olde Hickory Golf & Country Club

(239) 768-2400 PR 1 4760 Olde Hickory Blvd, Ft. Myers

Palmetto-Pine Country Club

(239) 574-2141 PR 1940 Southwest 9th Court, Cape Coral

Panther Run Golf Club

(239) 304-2835 SP 6 005 Anthem Pkwy, Ave Maria

Palmira Golf & Country Club

(239) 949-4466 PR 2 8501 Matteotti View, Bonita Springs

Pelican Marsh Golf Club

(239) 597-3000 PR 1 810 Persimmon Drive, Naples

Pelican Sound Golf & River Club

(239) 948-4331 PR 4 561 Pelican Sound Blvd, Estero

Pelican’s Nest Golf Club

(239) 947-2282 PR 4 450 Pelicans Nest Drive, Bonita Springs

Quail Creek Country Club

(239) 597-2831 PR 13300 Valewood Drive, Naples

Quail West Golf & Country Club

(239) 593-4100 PR 5 950 Burnham Road, Naples

Raptor Bay Golf Course

(239) 390-4600 P

Riviera Golf Club

(239) 774-2011 SP 4 8 Marseilles Drive, Naples

Riverbend Golf Course

(239) 543-2200 P

Royal Palm Country Club

(239) 775-1150 PR 4 05 Forest Hills Boulevard, Naples

2 3001 Coconut Point Resort Dr, Bonita Springs 6 270 River Club Court North, Ft. Myers

Royal Poinciana Golf Club

(239) 261-3968 PR 1 600 Solana Road, Naples

Royal Tee Country Club

(239) 283-3989 SP 11460 Royal Tee Circle, Cape Coral

Royal Wood Golf & Country Club

(239) 774-5585 PR 4 300 Royal Wood Blvd, Naples

Sabal Springs Golf & Racquet Club

(239) 731-0101 SP 3 410 Clubview Drive North Ft. Myers

The Sanctuary Golf Club

(239) 472-6223 PR 2 801 Wulfert Road Sanibel Island

San Carlos Golf Course

(239) 267-3131 SP 7 420 Constitution Circle, Ft. Myers

Sanibel Island Golf Club

(239) 472-2626 SP 1100 Par View Drive, Sanibel Island

Seven Lakes Golf & Tennis

(239) 481-6560 PR 1 750 Augusta Dr Ft. Myers

Shadow Wood Preserve

(239) 590-6911 PR 6 900 Shadow Creek Blvd Fort Myers

Shell Point Golf Club

(239) 433-9790 P

Six Lakes Country Club

(239) 995-0595 PR 9 151 Littleton Road, North Ft. Myers

Spanish Wells

(239) 992-5100 PR 9 801 Treasury Cay Lane Bonita Springs

Stonebridge Country Club

(239) 594-5252 PR 2 100 Winding Oaks Way, Naples

17401 On Par Boulevard, Ft. Myers

Terraverde Country Club

(239) 433-7733 P

Tiburón Golf Club

(239) 594-2040 PR 2 620 Tiruron Drive Naples

1 7000 Terraverde Ct., Ft. Myers

Twin Eagles Golf & Country Club

(239) 354-1700 PR 1 1725 Twin Eagles Boulevard Naples

Vanderbilt Country Club

(239) 348-2662 SP 8 250 Danbury Blvd Naples

Verandah Country Club

(239) 694-7229 PR 1 2201 River Village Way Fort Myers

West Bay Beach and Golf Club

(239) 948-9009 PR 2 2050 South Tamiami Trail, Estero

Westminster Golf Club

(239) 368-1110 PR 2 199 Berkley Way, Lehigh Acres

Whiskey Creek Country Club

(239) 481-3021 PR 1449 Whiskey Creek Drive, Ft. Myers

Wildcat Run Golf & Country Club

(239) 495-3031 PR 2 0300 Country Club Drive, Estero

Wilderness Country Club

(239) 261-5505 PR 1 01 Clubhouse Drive, Naples

Worthington Country Club

(239) 495-1750 PR 1 3550 Worthington Way, Bonita Springs

Wyndemere Country Club

(239) 263-1700 PR 7 00 Wyndeinere Way Naples

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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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