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Greater Sarasota Edition

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The Golf Links of Charlotte Harbor A New Day, A New Name

INSIDE: LOCAL NEWS, MAPS, DIRECTORY and more


Sorenstam Golf Academy World-Class Cuisine and Great Golf

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

a portion of every tee time supports:

Call for Tee Times (941) 429-0500 or visit GolfTheNational.com


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FROM THE EDITOR

Golf Coast Magazine

Contents

Cover Story

For a fun and friendly west coast of Florida golf adventure, visit the new Golf Links of Charlotte Harbor. The course has a reputation as one of the premier layouts in SW Florida. Now under new ownership, it’s in fabulous condition.

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

ON THE WEB

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

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Come to Charlotte County for great golf!

Summer is the time to travel to some of Florida’s great golf destinations. The pace is unhurried, the golf courses are in fantastic shape and you’ll also find fabulous golf packages.

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REGIONS MANATEE, SARASOTA & CHARLOTTE COUNTIES 36 & 41 MAPS 37 SHOPPING, DINING, INSTRUCTION 38 COURSE DIRECTORY

PINELLAS, HILLSBOROUGH, PASCO & HERNANDO COUNTIES 64 & 65 MAPS 66 COURSE DIRECTORY 68 SHOPPING, DINING, INSTRUCTION

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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.

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out and experience everything that our local golf community has to offer. In this issue, we’re encouraging our readers to get on the road and visit one of the three great Stay and Play offers – all of which are offering world class golf at a tremendous value. You’ll also find the best local golf courses, professionals, and stores in this copy of Golf Coast Magazine. All the local businesses found in these pages offer extraordinary experiences and value. Now that summer deals are here, there’s never been a better time to try something new. And if you’re up for something new, you should head over to GolfCoastMagazine.com and subscribe to our email newsletter. Our news team – led by the legendary Mark Cardon – will keep you in the loop on everything ‘golf’ that is happening in our community. I hope that you take advantage of the great deals contained in these pages. I can’t wait to see you out on the course! Fairways and greens,

Jean Couser, Bruz Fellenz, Ryan Ruppert, Rose Ruppert


CHARLOTTE | SARASOTA | MANATEE Private Golf Course

MAP #186

TEE INFORMATION

Yardage/Rating/Slope: Gold: 6747 / 73.2 / 139 Blue: 6392 / 71.6 / 133 Green: 6204 / 70.6 / 124 White: 6035 / 69.7 / 121 Orange: 5692 / 68.5 / 117 Black: 5404 / 67.3 / 113 Red: 5094 / 70.2 / 125 Yellow: 4711 / 68.0 / 120 Silver: 4394 / 66.1 / 116

COURSES

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Venice

The Venice Golf and Country Club

COURSE FACTS

Number of Holes: 18 Architects: Ted McAnlis Golf Professional: Mike Passilla Superintendent: Eric Bennett

COURSE AMENITIES

• 5 Acre Practice Facility with 25 stations, 2 Short game areas and 2 putting greens • Trail Fee for resident and nonresident members • PGA Instruction • 25,000 sq. ft. Clubhouse open for dining 7 days/week (in season) • Limited number of non-resident memberships available

The Venice Golf and Country Club community features nine sets of member-friendly tees to accommodate all abilities. Recently renovated, you will find immaculate TifEagle greens worth bragging about. The course winds through lush landscapes of mature oaks, palms and pines and around ponds and natural preserves. Member Owned, VGCC covets its limited membership opportunities. With access to the only private club in Venice, you will enjoy unlimited golf most anytime you wish. See it. Live it. Love it. 250 Venice Golf Club Drive Venice, FL 34292 941-492-9600 www.VeniceGolfandcc.com


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COVER FROM THESTORY EDITOR

A New Day, a New Name The Golf Links of Charlotte Harbor

”Movers and Shakers” is a term used

to refer to business leaders, and those who have made great accomplishments; it was coined by poet Arthur O’Shaughnessy in his 1873 poem Ode. “Movers and Shakers” fits SW Florida’s golf industry leader, Rich Smith, PGA. Just 11 months ago, Smith’s first purchase of Sarasota County icon Bobcat Trail Golf Club was official. After a multimillion dollar renewal of bunkers, greens and fairways along with a completely renovated clubhouse including an all new pro shop and updated restaurant, the totally reinvented Charlotte Harbor National Golf Club emerged. GolfCoastMagazine.com

Smith’s second purchase is now official, with Port Charlotte Golf Club now joining the Charlotte Harbor National Golf Club family. Centrally located in the heart of Charlotte County, the course has a reputation as one of the foremost premier layouts in Southwest Florida. Wasting no time in showing this facility will also be aligning with Smith’s vision and undergoing its own renewal, the new name was revealed introducing The Golf Links of Charlotte Harbor. In announcing the acquisition of Port Charlotte Golf Club, Smith said: “It’s a beautiful golf course. The people here


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are as nice and friendly as the people at Charlotte Harbor National Golf Club. Being that this is my hometown and my community, I love the fact that I will have two of the nicest golf courses in the area.” The summer excitement in Sarasota and Charlotte Counties will center around the always continuing efforts to improve Charlotte Harbor National Golf Club and the start of the renewal and renovations at The Golf Links of Charlotte Harbor. Under the direction and leadership of Jamie Detert, GCSAA Director of Agronomy, at Charlotte Harbor National and Brad Wright, GCSAA Director of Agronomy at

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The Golf Links, both courses are definitely in good hands. Cahoots Bar & Grill at Charlotte Harbor National will continue to be the scene of many parties, or as they are called there, OCCASIONS!!! The Golf Links will also be the site of new and fresh entertainment and excitement in their clubhouse at “In Cahoots Too”. Both facilities are proud to have a Sorenstam Golf Academy, led by Charlotta Sorenstam, LPGA 1998 Solheim European Cup Team Member, 2000 LPGA Tour Standard Ping Register Champion and sister of LPGA Hall of Famer Annika Sorenstam. If you’re


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looking to improve your game, you now have two locations to benefit from the Sorenstam Golf Academy Instruction. With Smith’s vision, there will always be efforts to be better and improve guest experiences. Both facilities will share in this vision while sharing in the core values of exceptional quality, superb hospitality, charitable giving and lots of fun. Rich Smith and his teams will be working hard to make golf exciting at both locations. Smith’s vision doesn’t stop with just these two courses, it goes far beyond, looking to

the future of golf. With a looming announcement in October 2018 that will impact 29 million golfers and 15,500 golf facilities, Smith promises to evolutionize the game of golf. While continuing to work on all the positive changes and future announcements, Rich Smith is extremely excited about one announcement in particular. He is pleased to announce a partnership and support of a very important community, Folds of Honor. Folds of Honor provides educational assistance to families of service men and women who have “given their life” to our country, and our way of life. Smith says, “It is our extreme pleasure to do our small part in our larger community to give back through the game of golf to this very important and life changing social initiative.” The Golf Links of Charlotte Harbor is pledging a portion of each


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Membership as wells as ONE DOLLAR of each guest round to Folds of Honor. This is something they are very proud of. Folds of Honor’s motto says it best; “Honor Their Sacrifice. Educate Their Legacy.” In October 2018, Rich Smith along with his Next Cloud, LLC Executive Team will reveal their plans for this evolution. When you want to be the best, you need to work with the best. The Next Cloud, LLC Executive Team leading this industry game changer, is exactly that. Rich Smith, PGA and wife, Ellen, head up the team as Co-CEO’s along with Bob Baldassari, PGA, Chief Operating Officer; John Townsend, Chief Financial Officer; Jason Talley, Chief Technology Officer; Ben Herring, PGA, Chief Championships Officer; Glenn Wise, Office of the CEO/Strategy and Execution; and Charlotta Sorenstam, LPGA, Chief Inclusion GTG Officer & Director of Instruction Services. In addition to this impressive Executive Team, by October’s announcement, Next Cloud, LLC will have 45 PGA members employed corporately who will be running Rich Smith’s full vision and mission on a daily basis. As they look toward the future and implementing the October agenda, they plan to work with thousands of PGA Professionals in the golf industry, worldwide. As for the big picture to be announced in October, we just can’t wait to hear!

The Golf Links of Charlotte Harbor at a Glance

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22400 Gleneagles Terr., Port Charlotte, FL 33952 US 41 to Conway, right into entrance.

STATISTICS

Yardage/Rating/Slope Gold 6754 71.8 Blue 6344 70.0 White 6076 68.5 Green 5378 67.5 Red 4971 67.5

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COURSE FACTS

Rich Smith, PGA Chairman Mark Faulkner, PGA Director of Golf Charlotta Sorenstam, LPGA Director of Instruction Brad Wright Director of Agronomy

The 18-hole course at the Golf Links of Charlotte Harbor in Port Charlotte, Florida features 6,754 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course rating is 70.0 with a slope rating of 121. Designed by David Wallace/Charles Ankrom, the original Port Charlotte Golf course opened in 2006.


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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! Open to the public and serving Breakfast & Lunch: 6:15 am to 5:00 pm. For membership information and tournaments call 941-371-5854.

www.benttreecc.net

Misty Creek Country Club 941-921-5258

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

www.mistycreek.net

Mission Valley Golf & Country Club 941-488-7747

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

www.missionvalleycc.com

Twin Isles Country Club 941-637-1232

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

www.twinislescc.org

Esplanade Golf & Country Club 941-306-3500

at Lakewood Ranch

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

www.esplanadelwr.com


PUBLIC GOLF COURSES

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

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

www.golfbuffalocreek.com

Manatee Golf Club 941-792-6773

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

Kings Gate Golf Club 941-625-0680

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

www.kingsgategolfclub.com

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El Campeon, #7

Mission Inn Resort & Club Located in the heart of Central Florida, in Howey-In-The-Hills, Mission Inn Resort is a one-of-a-kind 1,100 acre full-service resort located 35 minutes north of Orlando and 90 minutes from Tampa Bay. It is easily accessible by Interstate 75 or the Florida Turnpike. It is a resort destination with an abundant amount of activities for everyone. Mission Inn features 176 freshly-decorated guest rooms and club suites with golf front patios. All rooms feature new Stearns & Foster bedding, modern dĂŠcor, safes, a new lock system and doors, plus much more. Club suites are larger and now include refrigerators for snacks and beverages, a separate sofa and second TV for relaxing over dinner. The resort setting features quaint courtyards, low profile buildings, red roof tiled accents and an intimate Spanish hacienda feeling. With four restaurants, two championship 18-hole golf courses, a luxury spa, fitness center and a wide range of outdoor recreation, the resort offers a perfect guest experience for couples, buddy groups, and family outings. The golf is truly remarkable. The terrain provides hills that roll and pitch, mature pine and magnolia trees that tower, where eagles and ospreys fly overhead. GolfCoastMagazine.com

Las Colinas, #5

The terrain of this part of Central Florida, originally orange groves, provides up to 85-foot elevation changes and a peaceful ambiance removed from busy city life. Golfers looking to hone their skills can practice on the 130 person golf range, several putting greens and chipping areas before their rounds. After golf, relax over lunch at Nicker’s clubhouse pub or relax at Spa Marbella over a refreshing massage. Special Summer/ Fall 2018 Golf Package offers are now available with individual resort incentives. For example, book any two night golf package with rooms, golf and daily breakfast for as low as $155 per person, per night and receive a $50 resort credit good for merchandise, meals, and more! For all stay-and-play packages, go online to missioninnresort.com to review the many options for golf, spa, fishing, wine tours and more.

Howey-In-The Hills, Florida (888) Defending 283-6363 Kevin Streelman, Champion MissionInnResort.com/summergolf


Quarry Course

Black Diamond

Ranch Course

most difficult course at Black Diamond. It can be played in tandem with the front nine of the Ranch or Quarry, offering two more 18-hole combinations. Off the golf course, guests enjoy three Located in the heart of Citrus County, Black and four-bedroom accommodations; priDiamond Ranch is a sanctuary for those vate, fully furnished homes conveniently looking for a golf retreat unlike any other located within the gated Black Diamond in Florida. The rolling hills and towering community. During their stay, club guests pines provide the perfect backdrop for a memorable round of golf, and private homes are invited to visit the Black Diamond restaurant for a pre-round lunch or quiet welcome guests for a relaxing evening. dinner. The chef and his staff delight memThe signature Quarry Course can best bers and guests alike with a world-class be described as breathtaking. The 13th culinary experience. For those who need through 17th holes are carved over and around the canyon walls of two abandoned a break from golf, the club offers a heated pool and Har-Tru tennis courts. limestone quarries. Writer Dan Jenkins Stay & Play packages are available with has referred to this stretch as “the best five one night and two rounds of golf, with consecutive holes of golf anywhere in the add-ons available.To schedule your stay, world.” Designed by architect Tom Fazio, visit www.blackdiamondranch.com or call the Quarry Course opened in 1987 and has garnered high praise from Golf Digest, 352-234-8855. Links Magazine, and Golfweek, which ranked it 5th in its 2017 “Best Courses You Can Play” list for Florida. While the Quarry Course is one of America’s favorites, the Ranch may very well be the members’ favorite. The Ranch’s 16th, 17th and 18th holes “repreLecanto, Florida sent the three best finishing holes I’ve ever (352) 234-8855 designed,” according to Fazio. The HighKevin Streelman, Defending Champion lands is no slouch either, and may be the BlackDiamondRanch.com/stay GolfCoastMagazine.com


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University Park Country Club UNIVERSITY PARK in MANATEE COUNTY

University Park Country Club, the area’s premier semi-private country club, continues to be the “not to be missed” golf destination on Florida’s Cultural Coast. The breathtaking championship golf course is designed to reward the golfer whatever their skill level and provide an exhilarating golf experience against a stunning backdrop of native Florida. The impeccable conditions and beauty of the course as well as the club’s renowned friendly service offer the daily-fee player a private club experience that is surprisingly affordable. As University Park Country Club continues to improve, it is no surprise that the course consistently earns awards and recognition from independent reader’s surveys and discerning golfers. For the 22nd 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 22nd 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 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 awardwinning golf course. PGA Professional Clinton Whitelaw, a former South African Open winner, LPGA tour player Sue Ertl and Head Golf Professional Ashley Hayden, bring golf instruction to every level of golfer. The Golf Academy offers a variety of clinics, golf schools, the popular Get Golf Ready programs, playing lessons and private instruction. The outstanding golf experience is enhanced by notable food and beverage service. Golfers are invited to enjoy lunch post or pre round and drinks and conversation are always welcomed on the lakeside café. The awardwinning culinary staff and management attract many of the area’s most prominent charitable and corporate golf tournaments, weddings and special events.

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

www.universitypark-fl.com STATISTICS

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

10+19 6598 6205 5720 5456 4949

19+1 6725 6161 5727 5432 4862

COURSE FACTS

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

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


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Big Summer Golf Card ®

Giant Savings and Unlimited Play May thru October and beyond! Play the courses you like at guaranteed low rates all Summer and More! — “DON’T PAY OPEN RATES IN SUMMER AGAIN!” The Big Summer Golf Card saves you money playing your favorite courses at rates not available to the general public. Save big every time you play knowing the card can pay for itself in 3 rounds or less! Every participating course carries the BSGC published Golf Guide and a daily updated website provides rates for every course, special offers, play dates and an exclusive invitation from The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club. In Southwest Florida every Big Summer Golf Card holder is automatically registered to play The Big Money TourSM with 10 monthly prizes May to October of cash, golf certificates and top of the line golf equipment including a monthly Grand Prize of $1,000! Since 2013 over 320 area golfers have shared in more than $150,000 of prizes.

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Local residents, summer visitors and savvy area golfers all benefit from The Big Summer Golf Card®. If you are traveling outside your local area check the website and Golf Guide for all participating clubs and you will find plenty to experience.

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The Big Summer Golf Card® is the area’s most respected golf privilege card serving Southwest, South and Central Florida for over 25 years and growing every year!

2018 Big Summer Golf Cards can be purchased online at www.bigsummergolf.com and by phone at 941.923.2232/800.391.3665 or at these locations: Tatum Ridge Golf Links, Calusa Lakes Golf Club, Capri Isles Golf Club, University Park Country Club, Waterford Golf Club and 7 Edwin Watts stores, including Ellenton and Sarasota.

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COURSES

CHARLOTTE | SARASOTA | MANATEE

Public Golf Course

MAP #106

TEE INFORMATION

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

COURSE FACTS

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

COURSE AMENITIES

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

Sarasota

Bobby Jones Golf Club W NE

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Sarasota’s only municipal golf facility with 45 holes of great golf fun and challenges. Play the American Course (18 holes, par-71) and the British Course (18 holes, par-72) for the challenge or the 9-hole, par30 Gillespie Executive for the fun! A full practice facility is available. For 18 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

“ 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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CHARLOTTE | SARASOTA | MANATEE Semi-Private Course

MAP #144

TEE INFORMATION

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

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Bradenton

Pinebrook/Ironwood Golf Club

COURSE FACTS

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

COURSE AMENITIES

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

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

Semi-Private Course

MAP #151

TEE INFORMATION

Bradenton

Peridia Golf and Country Club

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

COURSE FACTS

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

COURSE AMENITIES

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

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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COURSES Semi-Private Course

CHARLOTTE | SARASOTA | MANATEE MAP #180

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

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

Venice

Venice East Golf Course

Yardage: 2791 / Par 57

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

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

GolfCoastMagazine.com

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


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Semi-Private Course

MAP #103

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: Joaquin Estrada

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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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 - Club Rental • SUMMER RATES • AM: 18holes/$30. riding • AM: 9 holes/$20. riding • $5. off 18 AM riding with FL Drivers License • PM : 18h/$20 riding • After 3PM walk $10/ $15 ride • No tank tops or cut offs

Semi-Private Course

MAP #160

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Come to Lake Venice for the best golf value in the Sarasota area! Play the recently rennovated nine holes Gulfside and warm up at the new practice area and driving range at this championship quality 27-hole facility. Located on the Isle of Venice adjacent to the Gulf of Mexico, golfers can walk or ride any time to experience the Gulf breezes and truly natural surroundings of this local favorite. Tee times are not required. Lake Venice is renowned for reasonable rates, quality service and a knowledgeable friendly staff. League play available. Voted best public course 5 years. 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

GolfCoastMagazine.com

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


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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

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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Punta Gorda

Deep Creek Golf Club

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

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

COURSE AMENITIES • Clubhouse - Restaurant • Practice Facilities • Short Game Area • Walking Allowed • Golf Club Rental • Five Day Advanced T-times • PGA Instruction • 5 Day Advanced T-Times 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 32nd year of operation, Deep Creek has become one of the top-rated golf clubs in the Charlotte County area. 18 holes of enjoyable golf and a welcoming and friendly staff will make your experience top-notch. Public play is welcome, and a variety of memberships are available at an exceptional value. Our restaurant and lounge serves only the best quality food and drinks under a casual setting to enhance your experience. Warm up on our putting green and driving range before your round. 1260 San Cristobal Avenue Punta Gorda, FL 33983 941-625-6911 www.deepcreekgolf.com

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

GolfCoastMagazine.com

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


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Semi-Private Course

MAP #136

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

COURSE FACTS

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

COURSE AMENITIES

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

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Venice

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


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SHOPPING | SERVICES/ENTERTAINMENT | INSTRUCTION CHARLOTTE MAP PAGE 41 SARASOTA AND MANATEE MAP PAGE 36

SHOPPING Edwin Watts 5247 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34231 | www.edwinwattsgolf.com | 941-922-1006 | Map #200, Ad Page 79 Edwin Watts 5935 Factory Shops Blvd., Ellenton, FL 34222 | www.edwinwattsgolf.com | 941-722-9000 | Map #200, Ad Page 79 Personal Golf Fan www.PGFan.com | 888-938-6672 | Ad Page 37 SERVICES /ENTERTAINMENT Big Summer Golf Card www.bigsummergolf.com | 941-923-2232 | Ad Pages 24-25 Black Diamond Lecanto, FL | www.BlackDiamondRanch.com | 888-283-6363 | Ad Page 19 Golf Home Guru - Joe Morgan www.GolfHomeGuru.com | Email:Guru@GolfHomeGuru.com | 239-438-6426 | Ad Page 12 International Barter Exchange 1161 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236 | www.IBEBarter.com | 941-955-6100 | Map #137, Ad Page 42 Mission Inn Resort & Club Howy-In-The-Hills, FL | www.MissionInnResort.com | 888-283-6363 | Ad Page 16 Pinecrest Golf Club Avon Park, FL | 863-453-7555 | Ad Page 21 Pope Golf www.Popegolf.net | 941-444-6600 | Ad Page 13 River Greens Avon Park, FL | www.rgreens.com | 863-453-5210 | Ad Page 21

Spring Lake Golf Resort Sebring, FL | www.springlakegolf.com | 863-655-5555 | Ad Page 21 Sun ‘N Lake Golf Club Sebring, FL | www.sunlakegolfclub.com | 863-385-4830 | Ad Page 21 INSTRUCTION Golf Academy at Tatum Ridge Golf Links 421 North Tatum Road, Sarasota, FL 34240 | www.ConwayGolf.com | 941-812-0137 | Map #116, Ad Page 33 Golf Academy at University Park 7671 The Park Boulevard, University Park,FL | www.UniversityPark-FL.com | 941-359-9999 | Map #105, Ad Page 22 North Florida PGA Regional website | www.NFPGA.com | 386.256-1221 | Ad Page 28


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

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

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

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

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

Mocassin Wallow Golf Club

(941) 723-0500 SP

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

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

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

I-75; West on Hwy 70 ; turn R

Pinebrook/Ironwood Golf Club

(941) 792-3288

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

SR70, exit 217.

University Park Country Club

(941) 359-9999 SP 27

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


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

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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 18 160 1601 Englewood Road, Englewood, FL 34223 ; I-75 to Jaca-

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

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

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

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

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

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(941) 496-8676 SP 18

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7344-5069/72

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

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

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

The Meadows Country Club

(941) 378-5957 PR 18

135 3400 Longmeadow Sarasota, FL; I-75 to Exit #213; W approx 1 mile, S on N. Honore Ave; S 1 mile to Longmeadow

Mission Valley Golf & Country Club

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

Misty Creek Golf & Country Club

123 8954 Misty Creek Drive, Sarasota, FL 34241; 3 miles east of I-75, Bee Ridge Rd exit 207

Sarasota National Golf Club

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

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The Venice Golf and Country Club (941) 492-9600 PR 18 186 250 Venice Golf Club Drive, Venice, FL 34292; I-75 exit 193

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

University Park Country Club

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

6747-4394/72 • • • • • 7

(Jacaranda Blvd), South to Center Rd, Left 1 mile

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

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Village Green Golf Club (941) 922-9500 P 18 180 3500 Pemrook Drive, Sarasota, FL, 34239; Just North of Bee Ridge Road on Beneva, turn left on Pinecrest

Waterford Golf Club

(941) 484-6621 SP 27

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

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

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Mission Inn (800) 8744-9053 R 18 10400 CR 48., Howey-In-The Hills, FL 33825

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Pinecrest Golf Club (863) 453-7555 P 36 2250 Little Lake Bonnet Road, Avon Park, FL 33825

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River Greens Golf Course (863) 453-5210 P 18 47 West Lake Damon Dr., Avon Park, FL 33825

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Spring Lake Golf Resort

(863) 655-5555 P 45

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6757 / 71.1 / 127 • • •

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(863) 385-4830 P 36

72 7002 / 73.7 / 134 • • • • • 20

100 Clubhouse Lane, Sebring, FL 33876

Sun ‘N Lake Golf Club 5223 Sun ‘N Lake Blvd., Sebring, FL 33872

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

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

Kings Gate Golf Club

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

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

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

Twin Isles Country Club (941) 637-1232 PR 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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Across the street from ChiSunday Chi Rodriguez Golf club Open Tuesday-Friday, 10am-5pm and Saturday 9am-1pm, Closed & Monday

1628 Dale Mabry Hwy Lutz, Fl 33548

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813-264-7911


We Challenge You To Find A Better Value For Your Golf Dollar In This Area Member For The Day

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.

Foursome Special

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

Twilight Rate

Available any day after 3:00 pm and includes Greens Fees and Cart Fees for as many holes as you can play. Prices subject to season. Please visit our website at www.seminolelake.net for current pricing or call the Golf Shop at (727) 391-6255.

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All Memberships carry No Initiation Fees and No Food & Beverage Minimums and include unlimited use of the golf course, practice facilities, restaurant, pool, fitness center 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

727-391-6255 • www.seminolelake.net


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PINELLAS | HILLSBOROUGH | PASCO | HERNANDO MAP #2

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Clear water

Cove Cay Golf Club

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

COURSE FACTS

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

COURSE AMENITIES

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

Public Daily Fee

MAP #7

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

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

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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


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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 48 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. — SUMMER SPECIAL —

$24 gets you 18 holes with a cart+hotdog+chips+fountain drink (or draft for $1.00 more) Special good through 10/31/18

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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Municipal Course

MAP #30

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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

COURSE FACTS

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

COURSE AMENITIES

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

Tarpon Springs

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

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


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• New Ownership • GPS “connected” Golf Cars • Champion Bermuda Greens • Full Practice Facilities

• 6 Sets of Tees including a Par 3 Course • Home of the 4-Hour Round • $25 Replay Rate • Tee Times Up to 14 Days In Advance

COUPON

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

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MAP #10

TEE INFORMATION

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

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Any Tee Time Visit us at www.bit.ly/chevalgolf to book your tee time Enter Promo Code: gcoast17

Valid for up to a Foursome through 10/31/2018 • One-time use only per person

New Tampa

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

COURSE FACTS

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

COURSE AMENITIES • • • • • •

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

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

$5.00 OFF

POSTED 18-HOLE RACK RATE WITH THIS COUPON

Good Any Day until 2:00 PM • Not Valid on Replay or League Rates Good for up to 4 Players • Offer Good Thru 10/31/18

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


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Semi-Private GC

MAP #9

TEE INFORMATION

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

COURSE FACTS

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

COURSE AMENITIES

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

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Lutz

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

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


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COURSES Semi-Private GC

PINELLAS | HILLSBOROUGH | PASCO | HERNANDO MAP #28

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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

Upscale Public GC

MAP #36

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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

Tampa

Westchase Golf Club

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

COURSE FACTS

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

COURSE AMENITIES

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

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


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COURSES

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Public Golf Course

MAP #27

TEE INFORMATION

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

COURSE FACTS

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

COURSE AMENITIES

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

Odessa

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

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PINELLAS | HILLSBOROUGH | PASCO | HERNANDO MAP #12

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Wesley Chapel

Lexington Oaks Golf Club

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

COURSE FACTS

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

COURSE AMENITIES

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

Public GC

MAP #25

TEE INFORMATION

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

COURSE FACTS

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

COURSE AMENITIES

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

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

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Seven Hills Golfers Club ew rN e d Un

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

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

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Semi-Private Course

MAP #8

TEE INFORMATION

Yardage/Rating/Slope: Black: 7079/74.6/131 Blue: 6757/72.8/127 White: 6288/71.2/126 Gold (M) 5908/69.3/123 Gold (W) 5908/75.4/135 Red 4825/70.9/125

COURSE FACTS

Holes/Par: 18 holes, Par 71 Architect: Robert Trent Jones, Sr. General Manager: Dave Creighton, PGA Head Golf Pro: Jeff Leonard, PGA Superintendent: Terry Teats

COURSE AMENITIES

• Clubhouse~Restaurant & Bar • Banquet Facilities • Full-Stocked Pro Shop • Driving Range • Putting Green • Lessons Available • Rental Clubs • Book Online 24/7

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Trinit y

Fox Hollow Golf Club This Tampa Bay Favorite Keeps Getting Better Fox Hollow Golf Club holds the enviable distinction of being one of the last in a long line of world-famous golf courses to be designed and built by Robert Trent Jones Sr. Everywhere you turn – from the playerfriendly five sets of tees, to the rolling, undulating fairways, to the penal bunkering – it’s vintage Robert Trent Jones Sr. Since the course was opened in 1994, Fox Hollow has grown and developed into one of Tampa Bay’s finest and well-known semi-private clubs with one of Florida’s best practice facilities and PGA professional teaching staffs. All 18 greens and the practice putting green feature SeaDwarf Seashore Paspalum turf. The greens consistently run fast and true. Arguably, Fox Hollow possesses some of the finest quality, most environmentally friendly green complexes in the Tampa Bay area. The Fox Hollow clubhouse is available for tournaments, private parties, receptions and dinners, all catered by their professional events staff. Competitive pricing is available. For more information, visit FoxHollowGolfClub.com or contact Joseph Manna at (813) 264-8939.

10050 Robert Trent Jones Parkway Trinity, FL 34655 (727) 376-6333 or Toll Free (800) 943-1902 www.golfthefox.com


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TIPS

Chipping Out of Long Rough

Master Swing Tips by Steve Anderson, PGA Master Professional The Summer months finds three of golf’s Major Championships, the US Open, British Open and PGA Championship. All three venues usually feature long rough around the greens, putting a premium on the short game. During my years working for the legendary Ken Venturi, he taught me a shot that he used to win the US Open in 1964 and it’s one that can help your game. Many times, your ball will be a few yards off the green and the hole is 5075 feet away. This would usually call for a chip and run with a 7 or 9-iron. If your ball is sitting in 3-4 inch rough however this will greatly change your approach. The 7 and 9-iron will have a hard time getting through the rough unless you swing a bit harder, which would result in the ball rolling too far. The photo shows me with my sandwedge and you can see that I’m playing the ball about 6 inches ‘outside’ my back foot. Having the ball so far back will steepen your swing to get through the rough. It’s also de-lofting it some, so you’ll get the added roll you need. You’ll swing down into the ball without much follow-through and your ball will pop out every time and roll close to the hole. It’s a great stroke saver that Venturi used in his Open victory and will help your game too! 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. GolfCoastMagazine.com


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Semi-Private Course

MAP #46

TEE INFORMATION

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

COURSE FACTS

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

COURSE AMENITIES

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

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New Por t Richey

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

$5.00 OFF Regular Rate

Regular Rate...........$32.00 Discounted Rate.... $27.00

• Rates include green fees, cart fees and taxes • Good anytime for up to 4 players Must present coupon at check-in • Offer good through 10/31/18

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


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

Type: PR=Private, P=Public, SP= Semi-Private.

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TAMPA BAY

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

Cheval Golf & Athletic Club

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6961/74.5/140

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(727) 535-1406 SP 18

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6261/70.4/130

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(727) 581-3333 P 18

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The Eagles Golf Club (813) 920-6681 SP 18 18 6 16101 Nine Eagles Drive, Odessa, FL 33556;

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38 4312 Cheval Blvd., Lutz, FL 33558;

(813) 949-4231 SP 18

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

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

Cove Cay Golf Club

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

East Bay Golf Club 7 702 Country Club Dr., Largo, FL 33771; 2 miles W of US 19 off East Bay Dr.

F:6604/72.3/134 • • • L: 7001/73.8/135

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Fox Hollow Golf Club

(727) 376-6333 SP 18

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7138/74.6/131

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(813) 996-0161 SP 18

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(813) 907-7270 SP 18

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Mainlands Golf Club (727) 577-4847 P 18 14 9445 Mainlands Blvd. W., Pinellas Park, FL 33782;

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8 10050 Robert Trent Jones Pkwy., Trinity, FL 34655; On Little Rd., 3 miles south of SR 54

The Groves Golf & Country Club

31 7924 Melogold Circle, Land O’Lakes, FL 34637; On US 41, 6 miles north of SR 54

Heritage Harbor Golf & Country Club

9 19502 Heritage Harbor Pkwy., Lutz, FL 33558; North on

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Heritage Isles Golf & Country Club (813) 907-7447 SP 18 10 10630 Plantation Bay Drive, Tampa, FL 33647; Bruce B. Downs Blvd to Cross Creek, East to course

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

Lexington Oaks Golf Club

12 26133 Lexington Oaks Blvd., Wesley Chapel, FL 33544; Off SR 54, 1 mile west of I-75

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

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Mission Inn Resort

(800) 874-9053 R 18

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(727) 584-6497 P 18

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

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

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

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

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Seven Hills Golf Club

(352) 688-8888 SP 18

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

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Silver Dollar Trap & Golf Club

(813) 920-3884 SP 27 71-73

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(813) 671-3311 SP 18

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

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

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

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Tarpon Woods Golf Club

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

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Timber Greens Golf Club

(727) 372-0789 SP 18

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

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Westchase Golf Club

(813) 854-2331

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

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World Woods Golf Club

(352) 796-5500 P 18

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

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SHOPPING | ENTERTAINMENT/SERVICES | INSTRUCTION TAMPA BAY AREA MAP PAGE 64 & 65

SHOPPING Blue Collar Golf Shop 11616 Seminole Blvd., Largo, FL 33778 | www.bluecollargolf.net | (727) 542-9228 | Map #51, Ad Page 48

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 73

Bob VanSweden Golf 2300 – 26th St. North, St. Petersburg, FL 33713 | www.BobVanSwedenGolf.com | (727) 321-4653 | Map #54, Ad Page 50

ENTERTAINMENT/SERVICES Amuni Financial, Inc. 720 Second Ave. S., St. Petersburg, FL 33701 | www.amuni.com | (800) 868-6864 | Map #59, 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 79

County Golf Association www.countygolf.com | (727) 446-6644 | Ad Page 73

11921 North Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33618 | (813) 960-5330 | Map #40, Ad Page 79 www.worldwidegolfshops.com

The Golf Show Guys www.golfshowguys.com | Ad Page 72

Florida Aerial Services Team www.fastaerial.com | (800) 723-7425 | Ad Page 48

Golf Today www.golftodaychallenge.com | (561) 880-1007 | Ad Page 72

In The Sand Golf 1628 Dale Mabry Hwy, Lutz, FL 33548 | www.ITS-GOLF.com | (813) 264-7911 | Map #48, Ad Page 50

Valspar Championship At Innisbrook Resort | 36750 US Hwy 19 N., Palm Harbor, FL 34684 | www.valsparchampionship.com | Map #40

Pure Science Golf 3350 Ulmerton Rd.-Ste. 7, Clearwater, FL 33762 | www.PureScienceGolf.com | (727) 317-3510 | Map #64, Ad Page 45 Southern Golf of Pinellas, Inc. 4647 – 4th St. North, St. Petersburg, FL 33703 | www.southerngolfofpinellas.com | (888) 690-4920 | Map #55, Ad Page 46 T & D Golf Stores (2 Locations) 4205 W. Waters Ave., Tampa, FL 33614 | (813) 888-5433 | Map #56, Ad Page 47 180 Race Track Rd., Oldsmar, FL 34677 | (813) 855-5385 | Map #57, Ad Page 47 www.tanddgolfstores.com |

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 49 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 49 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 52


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

TYPE LOCATION

PHONE

COURSE Rogers Park GC

TYPE LOCATION P Tampa

PHONE (813) 356-1670

Bardmoor GC

SP

Largo

(727) 392-1234

Sun City Golf Courses

PV

Sun City Center

(813) 634-3311

Bayou Club

PV

Largo

(727) 399-1000

Tampa Palms G&CC

PV

Tampa

(813) 972-1991

Belleair CC

PV

(813) 988-1791

Belleair

(727) 442-0229

Temple Terrace G&CC

PV

Temple Terrace

P

Clearwater

(727) 726-4673

Terrace Hill GC

P

Temple Terrace

(813) 985-4653

SP

Clearwater

(727) 443-5078

The Landings GC

P

Clearwater

(727) 447-5272

Chi Chi Rodriquez GC Clearwater GC Countryside CC

PV

Clearwater

(727) 796-2153

TPC Tampa Bay

SP

Lutz

(813) 949-0090

Crescent Oaks GC

SP

Tarpon Springs

(727) 937-4653

Walden Lake G&CC

SP

Plant City

(813) 754-8575

M

St. Petersburg

(727) 551-3333

Cypress Run GC

PV

Tarpon Springs

(727) 937-3191

PASCO COUNTY

Dunedin GC

SP

Dunedin

(727) 733-7836

Abbey at St. Leo’s

SP

St. Leo

(352) 588-2016

East Lake Woodlands CC PV

Oldsmar

(727) 784-8576

Beacon Woods GC

SP

Bayonet Point

(727) 868-9528

Feather Sound CC

PV

Clearwater

(727) 572-6677

Forest Hills GC

SP

Holiday

(727) 934-7317

Highland Lakes GC

Cypress Links

PV

Palm Harbor

(727) 785-9819

Groves Golf & CC (The)

SP

Land O’Lakes

(813) 996-0161

Innisbrook Resort & GC PV/R

Palm Harbor

(727) 942-2000

Heritage Pines CC

PV

Hudson

(727) 861-1645

Lansbrook GC

(727) 372-5281

Palm Harbor

(727) 784-7333

Heritage Springs CC

PV

Trinity

Largo GC

SP P

Largo

(727) 518-3024

Lake Jovita G&CC

SP

Dade City

(352) 588-9200

Mangrove Bay GC

M

St. Petersburg

(727) 893-7800

The Links GC

SP

Hudson

(727) 868-1091

Palm Hill GC

SP

Largo

(727) 581-1710

Links of Lake Bernadette SP

Zephyrhills

(813) 788-7888

Pasadena Y&CC

PV

Pasadena

(727) 381-7922

Meadow Oaks GC

SP

Hudson

(727) 856-2878

Tarpon Woods

SP

Palm Harbor

(727) 784-7606

Plantation Palms GC

SP

Land O’Lakes

(813) 996-4653

The Tides GC

SP

Seminole

(727) 393-8483

Quail Hollow GC

SP

Wesley Chapel

(813) 333-0033

Top of the World GC

SP

Clearwater

(727) 726-7773

River Ridge GC

SP

New Port Richey (727) 847-4762

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St. Petersburg

(727) 893-7445

Saddlebrook Resort

Wesley Chapel

(813) 973-1111

PV/R

St. Petersburg

(727) 896-8000

Scotland Yards GC

SP

Dade City

(352) 567-7600

Tarpon Springs

(727) 942-4760

Sea Pines GC

SP

Hudson

(727) 863-1214

Seven Springs G&CC

SP

New Port Richey (727) 376-0035

Twin Brooks GC Vinoy Club Wentworth Golf Club

SP

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY

R, SP

Silverado G&CC

SP

Zephyrhills

(813) 788-1225

Apollo Beach GC

SP

Apollo Beach

(813) 645-6212

Southport Springs GC

SP

Zephyrhills

(813) 780-7637

Avila G&CC

PV

Tampa

(813) 961-1754

Springer’s Gulf Harbor GC

Babe Zaharias GC

P

New Port Richey (727) 849-7675

P

Tampa

(813) 631-4374

Summertree Golf Club

P

Bloomingdale GC

SP

Valrico

(813) 685-4105

Tampa Bay Golf & CC

SP

San Antonio

Buckhorn Springs G&CC

PV

Valrico

(813) 689-7766

Town & Country GC

SP

Dade City

(352) 567-6622

Caloosa CC

PV

Sun City Center

(813) 634-2870

Zephyrhills GC

M

Zephyrhills

(813) 782-0714

Carrollwood CC

PV

Tampa

(813) 961-1369

The Claw at USF

P

Tampa

(813) 632-6893

HERNANDO COUNTY

Countryway GC

P

Tampa

(813) 854-1182

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

Brookridge CC

PV

Brooksville

(352) 596-8161

Club Renaissance

SP

Sun City Center

(813) 642-9091

Brooksville CC

SP

Brooksville

(352) 796-8876

Cypress Creek

SP

Ruskin

(813) 634-8888

Glen Lakes CC

PV

Brooksville

(352) 597-1118

Diamond Hill GC

SP

Valrico

(813) 689-7219

The Heather G&CC

SP

Brooksville

(352) 596-2019

Freedom Fairways

SP

Sun City

(813) 633-4653

Hernando Oaks GC

SP

Brooksville

(352) 799-9908

Hunter’s Green CC

PV

Tampa

(813) 973-1000

High Point GC

PV

Brooksville

(352) 596-0833

MacDill AFB GC

MIL

Tampa

(813) 840-6905

Oak Hills GC

SP

Spring Hill

(352) 683-6830

Northdale G&TC

SP

Tampa

(813) 962-0428

The Quarry

P

Brooksville

(352) 544-5495

Old Memorial GC

PV

Tampa

(813) 926-8888

Rivard G&CC

SP

Brooksville

(352) 796-1410

Palm Ceia G&TC

PV

Tampa

(813) 253-3061

The Ridge GC

SP

Ridge Manor

(352) 608-4800

Pebble Creek GC

SP

Tampa

(813) 973-3870

Silverthorn CC

SP

Brooksville

(352) 799-4653

River Hills CC

PV

Valrico

(813) 653-1554

Southern Hills Plantation

PV

Brooksville

(352) 277-5000

Riverside GC

SP

Ruskin

(813) 645-2000

Timber Pines CC

PV

Spring Hill

(352) 666-2311

P

Tampa

(813) 673-4316

World Woods

P

Brooksville

(352) 796-5500

Rocky Point GC

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


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

Summer 2018

who previously earned the honor in 2012, was the Matt Mitchell is excited about section’s West helping golfers who are eager to Central Chapter improve. But his favorite students winner, defeating are those just starting to develop an winners from the appreciation for the sport. Northern, East “I teach golfers from beginners to tour professionals, but the beginners are Central and Southwest chapters. Mitchell is now eligible for the PGA probably more fun because they have a of America’s National Teacher of the lot more learning to do,” said Mitchell, Year honor. who operates the Matt Mitchell Golf Perhaps Mitchell’s best-known Institute at The Downs Golf Practice student is LPGA Tour star Brittany Facility at Tampa Bay Downs. Lincicome, the 2005 Rookie “You take somebody who has never of the Year and winner of eight put their hands on a club and never LPGA events, including two major seen a ball fly through the air, and all of a sudden it’s up there, that’s a pretty tournaments: the 2015 ANA Inspiration and the 2009 Kraft good feeling. I still feel the same way Nabisco Championship (the ANA when I hit it good,” Mitchell said. Mitchell’s skill at teaching beginners Inspiration’s previous name). Mitchell leaves no stone unturned in his the basics and fine-tuning the swings quest to bring out the best in his students. of top players has helped raise “I’m a big fundamentalist,” he said. the profile of “The Downs” since “I take what I think are the important opening in 2003. His contributions fundamentals of golf and try to to the sport and its growth have been apply them to what a student can do, recognized by the North Florida based on their physical abilities, any PGA Section which honored the limitations they may have and the 60-year-old Palm Harbor resident as amount of time they can put in. its Teacher of the Year on May 23 at For more information or to ChampionsGate in Orlando. arrange a lesson with Matt, visit The North Florida PGA Section matt-mitchell.com on the Internet or is comprised of more than 1,500 GCM call (813) 854-4946. teaching professionals. Mitchell, Mitchell Honored As North Florida PGA Section Teacher Of The Year


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The President’s Report Our summer season is finally kicking off with regard to the West Central Chapter! Our Senior Chapter Championship was held at Dunedin Country Club on June 11th and 12th. That was followed by our Regular Chapter Championship hosted by Old Memorial on July 9th and 10th. Results will be posted in the “Message from the President” in the Fall’18/Winter’19 issue. Thanks to the host facilities for letting us play, and thanks to our partner, Century Buick/GMC, for contributing a great deal to our Championships! Congratulations to Ken Juhn (Terrace Hill Golf Center), Patriot Award; Matt Mitchell (Downs Practice Facility), Teacher of the Year; Matt Jordan (Streamsong Resort), Horton Smith Award for Education; Scott Wilson (Streamsong Resort), Merchandiser of the Year-Resort; and Zoran Ilic (Lone Palm), Assistant Professional of the Year. They have each been recognized as Section Award Winners! I would also like to thank our Chapter partners, including Century Buick/GMC, Jan-Pro Cleaning Services, Horus Construction, and Breakthru Beverage. All of these partners contribute to our Pro-Am’s, major Chapter events, and support

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us in other ways when possible. For information about becoming a partner of the Chapter, please do not hesitate to reach out to me! The next report is due in November. This report will come from Matt Jordan, our current Vice-President. My tenure is over in September. It has been a pleasure serving my comrades and the North Florida PGA West Central Chapter! – Chris Slattery, President 2018 WCC Tournament Schedule Thurs. July 12 Assistants Event @ Isla Del Sol Mon. July 16 Two-Person Team Event @ World Woods Mon. July 30 Stableford Championship @ Grasslands Thurs. Aug. 2 Pro-Scratch @ Belleair (W) Mon. Aug. 6 Gary Koch Pro-Junior @ Temple Terrace Thurs. Aug. 23 Assistants Event @ Avila Mon. Sep. 10 Pro-Am @ World Woods Mon. Oct. 1 WCC Senior-Junior @ Isla Del Sol M-Tu Nov 5-6 Jerry Porter Cup @ Reunion (Watson) Mon. Nov. 12 Pro-Am @ Lone Palm Mon. Nov. 26 WCC/ECC Pro-Pro @ CC of Winter Haven

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2018 West Central Chapter Award Winners

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Cape Royal Golf Club (239) 283-5522 P 27 201 11460 Royal Tee Circle, Cape Coral, FL, 33991; I-75 to

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Practice Fac. Food Rental Clubs Pro Shop Lessons

COURSES

Yardage /Rating /Slope

Type: P=Public PR=Private, SP= Semi-Private, E=Executive

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