Golf Coast Magazine Sarasota Summer 2022

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THE MEADOWS COUNTRY CLUB

The Renaissance of this Private Club

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Cover Story

The Meadows Country Club Highlighted by a brand new Life and Wellness Center - just keeps getting better and better.

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5 VENETIAN GOLF CLUB Under new ownership The Venetian is now exclusively private

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The Meadows Country Club in Sarasota, surrounded by nature and convenience.

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REGIONS MANATEE, SARASOTA & CHARLOTTE COUNTIES 30 & 32 MAPS 31 COURSE DIRECTORY 33 SHOPPING, DINING, INSTRUCTION

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Venetian Golf Club is Now an Exclusively Private Club! This jewel golf course is now back to its original glory after completing a million dollar course renovation, and under new ownership with Heritage Golf Group. There are a limited number of memberships available for both residents and non-residents. Membership includes unlimited golf, weekly golf games and year round social events.

105 Pesaro Drive, North Venice • 941.441.2290 • Venetiangolfclub.com


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Connecting Golfers on the West Coast of Florida. Mary Raimondo, Publisher Greater Sarasota Area and Southwest Florida Mobile: 410-449-2822 mary@golfcoastmagazine.com Bruz Fellenz, Publisher - Tampa Bay Area Mobile: 727-409-0797 bruzfellenz68@gmail.com Ryan Ruppert, Partner Office: 941.361.1536 ryan@golfcoastmagazine.com Rose Ruppert, Partner rose@golfcoastmagazine.com Tami Vaughan, Production Manager Olivia Baldassari, Digital Marketing Manager olivia@golfcoastmagazine.com 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. © 2022 Every effort has been 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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experience to head up north, there are a select number of golfers who don’t seem to mind it. As the snowbirds are starting to leave and head back up north, golf courses will look a little emptier and finding a tee time will become a little more accessible. The Meadows Country Club in Sarasota continues the renaissance of their club, with the recent completion of the Community Lifestyle and Wellness Facility and expansion of their social spaces. This follows the recent renovation of their golf course, completed last year. Venetian Golf Club is now an exclusively private club under their new ownership, Heritage Golf Group, and has recently completed a million-dollar extensive renovation to their course. A limited number of memberships are available to both residents and non-residents of their community. Be sure to check out the multitude of Summer and Trial Memberships that many of the area’s public and private clubs are offering this summer, such as Golf in Venice, Peridia and The Meadows, just to name a few. Some also offer reciprocals to other private clubs, where you’ll have a chance to play at other area gems not traditionally open to the public. And there is still time to take advantage of the Big Summer Golf Card, where you can enjoy their special offerings all year long. This is the #1 golf privilege card in Florida! And speaking of special offerings, Cigars International is running their special on an eightpiece sampler, ideal for a perfect day by the pool this summer. We hope that Golf Coast Magazine can be your guide on all that Southwest Florida has to offer in the golf community. You can visit us at GolfCoastMagazine.com to keep up to date on all the latest golf stories, local golf news, and tips. You can also subscribe to our free e-newsletter that goes out every week. You can also follow us on Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter as well! We hope that you will enjoy your time on Florida’s beautiful West Coast! Fairways and greens, Mary Raimondo, Bruz Fellenz, Ryan Ruppert, Rose Ruppert







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COVER FROM THESTORY EDITOR

The Meadows Golf And Country Club Just Keeps Getting Better and Better

If you are in search of a lifestyle rooted in health and wellness for the entire family set in a casual country club atmosphere, look no further than The Meadows Country Club. You will find something for everyone at this 330- acre campus that winds through well-established neighborhoods with 14 miles of walking trails and spectacular live oaks and lush landscaping.

home to individualized exercise and fitness programs, group yoga, dance, stretch & tone classes, and a large variety of equipment. An experienced and accredited staff is available for guidance and personalized instruction, as well as massage and acupuncture services slated for the future.

The newest amenity to the club’s impressive list is a 5,000 square foot Lifestyle and Wellness Center that will guide members and residents along the path to optimal health. It is

If variety is the very spice of life, then golf at The Meadows is very flavorful. With 54 holes of golf, there is always a tee time available for many golfers to enjoy a friendly round of golf.

The Wellness Center is also home to the Titleist® Performance Institute The Meadows Country Club revolves Certified Golf Fitness Program, which combines health, fitness, and around an array of extraordinary amenities including golf, tennis, pick- swing advice for golfers taught by LPGA, Class A, Professional, and leball, a junior Olympic size pool, several dining and entertainment op- Athletic Director, Crystal Romeo. tions, and a busy social calendar. Life on Course

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The 18-hole historic Members Course underwent a major renovation and reopened to rave reviews in January 2021. This Ron Garl-designed course was rebuilt from top to bottom. All 18 greens were reshaped and rebuilt using TifEagle bermudagrass, which offers improved speed, consistency and playability. The Meadows course has always been known as one of the finest layouts in the area, offering six sets of tees with yardages from 4,586 to over 6,700. The 18th hole is also considered by many one of the best finishing holes in Sarasota, featuring a beautiful par 4, with an approach to a heavily guarded green with water to the left and bunkers to the right. The semi-private par 72 Highlands Course is open to public play. Offer-

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ing a diverse layout winding through 100-year oak trees and massive pine trees on the front nine, and an Old Florida park-like setting on the back that opens up to generous fairways and greens, it’s challenging but friendly. One of the best semi-private family courses on the west coast of Florida can be found at The Groves Course. Designed by noted architect Arthur Hills this Par 65 is a great place for junior golfers to begin and a fun place for women and senior golfers. Don’t let the yardage fool you, it’s been known to make even scratch golfers play to their handicap with challenging tee shots and undulating greens. Weekly golf games such as men’s, women’s and mixed leagues are available on the semi- private courses. Tournaments are always welcome, and


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first-class instruction is available with a staff of PGA golf professionals on the 12,000 square-foot putting green perfectly situated between the clubhouse and the large driving range. Tennis Anyone? The Tennis Center at The Meadows has been recognized again and again by Tennis Magazine as a top-notch facility. Featuring 17 Har-Tru tennis courts - 15 of which are lighted for night play- along with a stadium court and viewing area to highlight special matches, The Tennis Center accommodates area tournaments, team tennis, round robins, ladders, and socials that are held throughout the year. Two pickleball courts are accessible for members and community residents. Combining the elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis, pickleball is one of the fastest-growing sports in the nation. Not sure where to start? The tennis pros here are GolfCoastMagazine.com

USTA ranked and certified and can answer all of your questions or provide expert instruction. Make a Splash After a day of yoga, tennis, or golf there is always time for a swim in the Junior Olympic pool. Whether you want to swim laps, join a water aerobics class, or just lounge poolside, it’s a great gathering spot and is frequently used for club social activities. Foodies Rejoice Dining options are plentiful and include two restaurants, a banquet facility available for weddings and parties, plus catering is available for private or corporate events or just a nice gathering in your home. The Fountain View Lounge is a contemporary casual bar and restaurant in the main clubhouse that overlooks a beautiful water feature and the putting green. Inside dining as well as seating on the outside deck is available.


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The Centre Court Lounge, an informal dining venue adjacent to the tennis courts and pool is a great place to grab a bite to eat and offers a new outdoor deck where members and guests can enjoy our beautiful weather and scenery. The recently remodeled Regency Room is a bit more formal with an intimate bar and is the site of many weddings and events. The new design merges “Old Florida” with a mid-century modern motif with spectacular views of the golf course. We Have A Club For That The social calendar here is always full of events to keep members busy and includes dinner dances, Book Club, Wine Tastings, Trivia and numerous other activities. No doubt about it, The Meadows Country Club is a busy, social place with activities for every lifestyle. Memberships at this memberowned private club are as varied as

the people who choose to belong, with many options available from full equity memberships to Seasonal Golf, Tennis, and Social opportunities for those who visit Sarasota for limited times, yet want a wonderful club experience With all of the new and exiting things happening, it’s no wonder the club’s motto is: “join for the lifestyle. Stay for the friendships.” Visit MeadowsCC.org or contact Kat Turner, Membership Director 941-893-3224, or kturner@theiconteam.com for an onsite tour. The Meadows is conveniently located just minutes from downtown Sarasota, the airport, the UTC Mall, and I-75.


The Stars of the LPGA Tour Return to Tampa Bay for The Pelican Women’s Championship, Nov. 7-13

The LPGA Tour’s return to the Tampa Bay region for the first time in over 30 years for fans did not disappoint in finalround theatrics and drama at the 2021 Pelican Women’s Championship at Pelican Golf Club. Nelly Korda bounced back from a triple-bogey on the par-4 17th at Pelican Golf Club to birdie the 18th and final hole in regulation from 21 feet to force a four-way playoff alongside Lydia Ko, Sei Young Kim and Lexi Thompson. The group returned to play the 18th hole in the playoff, and similar to her final hole of regulation, Korda went on to record her second-consecutive birdie, this time from 23 feet, to capture her fourth LPGA Tour win in 2021. “I honestly lost hope,” said Korda, referring to her triple bogey on 17. “I was like, okay, just try to make a solid par because 18 is a really tough hole. If you have a chance for birdie, then try and go after it. My caddie [Jason McDede] really kept me in the moment and I didn’t give up.” In 2022, The Pelican Women’s Championship is excited to welcome 108 of the world’s top female professional golfers back to Tampa Bay for the tournament’s

third edition, taking place Nov. 10-13, competing for a share of a $2 million purse. Tickets are on sale for the 2022 Pelican Women’s Championship exclusively online at www.PelicanLPGA.com. A variety of ticket packages are available, including access to the “Lightning Lounge” a luxury skybox overlooking the tournament’s signature par-3 12th, and general admissions tickets that offer a wide degree of entertainment and access. In honor of Veterans Day on Friday, Nov. 11, military members (active, reserve, retired and veterans) will receive complimentary access to the tournament grounds all week. Children ages 17 and under gain free admittance with a paid adult. The final full-field regular season event on the LPGA Tour, The Pelican Women’s Championship will offer festivities and activities throughout tournament week for adults and kids of all ages. And if 2021 was any indication, the 2022 Pelican Women’s Championship will be the LPGA Tour’s must-attend event of the fall. Complete information is available at www.PelicanLPGA.com. Visit www.PelicanLPGA.com for more information about the 2021 PelicanWomen’s Championship.


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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 Stearns & Foster bedding, modern décor, 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 GolfCoastMagazine.com

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and ospreys fly overhead. 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 Golf Package offers are now available. For example, book any two-night golf package with room, golf and daily breakfast for as low as $178 per person, per night, based on double occupancy. 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



Golf is Fun at

Venice East Golf Course!

18 hole executive par 58 course surrounded by native wildlife. Perfect for beginner, senior and short game practice.

Free Cart Rental (18 holes) $12 Value

107 Venice East Boulevard ,Venice, FL 34293 941-493-0005 • www.veniceeastgc.com Executive

MAP #119

TEE INFORMATION

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

COURSE FACTS

Expires October 31, 2022

Englewood

Oyster Creek Golf Club BS CLBULE L A T A RENAVAIL

Number of Holes: 18 Architect: Ted McAnlis General Manager: Denny Burnham

COURSE AMENITIES • Clubhouse • Practice Greens • Pro Shop • Snack Bar - Lunch • Golf Club Rental

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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27 holes of Championship Golf Rated 4 1/2 stars by Golf Digest *Premier facility with Best Value Between Fort Myers and Sarasota

Annual Practice Facility Memberships are available. A 25-acre practice facility and learning center with 4 USGA spec TifEagle practice putting and 3 short game holes, that is without question the largest and finest in the region with multiple areas to develop your game. Range membership comes with 4 complimentary twilight rounds of golf.

Try our Complimentary Trial Golf Membership www.heroncreekgc.com by calling Richelle at 941-423-6955 or email Call for Tee Times Membership@heron-creek.com

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CHARLOTTE | SARASOTA | MANATEE MAP #151

TEE INFORMATION

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

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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 • Tiki Bar at Pool Side • Banquets and weddings • Golf Lessons available

Semi-Private Course

MAP #144

TEE INFORMATION

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

COURSE FACTS

Number of Holes: 18 Architect: Dean Refram Manager: Joel King Superintendent: Shane Hilleshiem

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. Peridia has a new Tiki Bar, open every day from 11 am to 8 pm, serving your favorite drinks and offering a limited food menu. Sunday brunch is the Club’s most popular event, every Sunday from 10 am 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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COURSE AMENITIES

• Putting Green • Pro Shop • Walking Allowed • Tournaments and Leagues Welcome • Rental Clubs Available

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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These Four Fun To Play Golf Cours Southport Springs Golf & Country Club Southport Springs offers a challenging par-69 golf course measuring 5,000 yards from the tips. But don’t be fooled. While short enough for senior players, it is also narrow and challenging for players with lower handicaps. You will be challenged! Located in beautiful Zephyrihills, Florida, the Southport Springs golf course is open to the public. Tee times can be booked up to two weeks in advance. Book online 24/7. 3737 Southport Springs Pkwy Zephyrhills, FL 33541 www.southportspringsfl.com Pro Shop: (813) 780-7637

Riverside Club Golf & Marina The Riverside Club Golf and Marina Community is nestled along the southeastern shore of Tampa Bay in beautiful Ruskin, Florida, The 18-hole Riverside championship course features 6,117 yards of golf from the longest tees with a par of 70. Designed by Ward Northrup, the Riverside golf course opened in 1954. Join their eClub and receive golf specials and promotions. Book tee times online 24/7. 2550 Pier Drive Ruskin, FL 33570 www.riversideclub.golf Pro Shop: (813) 645-2000


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Blue Heron Pines Golf Course Blue Heron Pines offers an 18hole, par-60 executive golf course located in Punta Gorda, Florida. With a length of 3,180 yards from the back tees and 2,362 yards from the forward tees, the course allows players to get out and play in less time and aggravation. The course is semi-private, offering both memberships at very reasonable rates and daily fee play. Tee times can be booked a week in advance. Book tee times online 24/7. 29201 Jones Loop Road Punta Gorda, FL 33950 www.bhpgolfmembers.com Pro Shop: (941) 637-6191

The Hamptons Golf & Country Club Located in Central Florida just off I-4 between Orlando & Tampa in Auburndale, The Hamptons Golf and Country Club features a challenging, 18-hole executive golf course which is open to the public. With par at 61, and the course measuring out to 3,488 yards at its longest, the course is friendly to all skill levels. Book tee times online 24/7. 900 Southhampton Boulevard Auburndale, FL 33823 www.hamptonsgolfcc.com Pro Shop: (863) 666-8442



CHARLOTTE | SARASOTA | MANATEE Semi-Private Golf Club

MAP #172

TEE INFORMATION

Par 70: 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

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Punta Gorda

Deep Creek Golf Club

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 • PGA Instruction • 7 Day Advanced T-Times

Established in 1985, Deep Creek GC has been voted one of the best golf courses in the Charlotte County area year after year. A Par 70, 18 hole layout designed by PGA Tour player Mark McCumber is truly an enjoyable experience with a friendly welcoming staff. From tee to green, whether high or low handicap your experience will be top notch. Public play is welcome, and a variety of memberships options are offered at an exceptional value. Our restaurant and lounge serves only the best quality food and drinks under a casual setting to enhance your experience. 1260 San Cristobal Avenue Punta Gorda, FL 33983 941-625-6911 www.deepcreekgolf.com

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

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Peridia Golf and Country Club (941) 758-2582 E 72 151 4950 Peridia Blvd. East Bradenton, FL 34203; Exit 217 off

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Laurel Rd. W to Mission Valley Rd., Right, 1.3 miles.

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

The Groves Course at The Meadows (941) 371-0982 E 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

Heron Creek Golf & Country Club

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

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

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

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

Venetian Golf Club (941) 483-4811 PR 18 116 105 Pesaro Drive, North Venice, FL 34275; I-75 to N. Jacaranda Blvd L on Laurel Rd E; R on Vento Blvd; R on Pesaro

Venice East Golf Club (941) 493-0005 E 18 166 107 Venice East Blvd., Venice, FL 34293; I-75 to Jacaranda Blvd (exit 193) West to US 41 S; approx 2 mi on Left

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.

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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

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Deep Creek Golf Club

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Rotonda Golf & Country Club - Long Marsh (941) 698-0918 SP 18

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1260 San Cristobal Ave., Punta Gorda, FL ; Exit 170 off I-75, east on Kings Hwy, R on Sandhill, R on SanCristobal

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Oyster Creek Golf & Country Club

(941) 475-0334

66511 Oriole Blvd, Englewood, FL; I-75 to Exit 191 River Road to Pine, left on Pine to SR776, left on 776, south 2 miles

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100 Rotonda Circle, Rotonda West, FL 33947; Exit 191 off I-75, Country Road 775 just north of Boca Grande Island

Rotonda Golf & Country Club - Palms

(941) 697-8118 SP 18

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Rotonda Golf & Country Club - Hills

(941) 697-2414 SP 18

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Rotonda Golf & Country Club - Links

(941) 697-8877 SP 18

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Mainlands Golf Club Family Owned and Operated for 50 Years

Beams of fresh orange sunlight

pierce the oak lined fairway. Fog floats off the grass and evaporates towards the morning sky. You hear the cracking sound of steel upon urethane. The first drive of the day is launched down the fairway and onto the dew lined grass that waits below. Another day of golf has begun.

Family owned and run, Mainlands has built its reputation over the years by catering to the golfing public in a laid back and friendly environment. Fashioned in typical Florida style, the open fairways of Mainlands are generally kind to shots hit with less than perfect aim. Water comes into play on 12 of its 18 holes. However, only two feature forced carries, both under 100 yards.

Easily accessible from most anywhere in Tampa Bay, “The Mainlands” is nestled in the heart of Pinellas County inside the Mainlands Comprised of nine par 3’s, seven par 4’s, and two par 5’s, the course ofof Tamarac retirement community. GolfCoastMagazine.com


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fers a little something for everyone. A natural match for golfers without long bomber distance, Mainlands nevertheless teases longer hitters with the possibility of driving the green on several par 4’s. Both par 5’s – with a well placed drive – also offer the potential for eagles to those of us who don’t hit 300 yard drives. With a par of 67, you can play bogey golf and still shoot an 85 without having to explain that you played a course measuring just over 4800 yards from the tips. Yes, Mainlands

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has two potentially drivable par 4’s to start you off the front nine, but before you start imagining those eagle putts, remember the risk of straying into the bunkers guarding those two greens. The risk/reward theme continues throughout the round. The 470 yard, par-5 fifth hole will tempt you to try and reach it in two, but don’t pull either shot into the lake that runs down the entire left side of the hole. The eleventh hole is another “reachable” par 5 measuring 490


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The opening hole at The Mainlands is a straightaway par-4 measuring just 323 yards from the back tee..

yards from the back tee. However, the hole is a pronounced dogleg left around another lake, requiring much risk for the reward of an eagle putt. You’ll probably make more decisions on this par-67 layout than you would ever make on a regular par-72 course negotiating the varying hole distances, the strategically placed bunkers and the abundance of water. And you’ve done it in less time, for less money, and if you walked, you got some exercise. Part of the appeal of The Mainlands is not just the course itself but the good-hearted nature of both employees and patrons alike…a little bit Caddyshack meets Cheers. The relaxed atmosphere makes it an attractive place for seniors, women, and everyone looking to enjoy a stress-free day on the links. GolfCoastMagazine.com

The Mainlands hosts numerous tournaments throughout the year as well as weekly leagues for both men and women alike. You are invited to visit, call the pro shop or go online to the website to learn more about what is going on at The Mainlands at mainlandsgolf.com. There’s a Sunday 2-person Scramble that starts at 4:00 PM, and a new 9-hole League on Mondays at 6:00 PM. Both run all summer through August. Mainlands boasts a fully stocked pro shop long known for having great deals on equipment, soft-goods, and apparel…from Skechers and Asics shoes to the newest tech from Cleveland/Srixon and Wilson Golf. Every month there are at least two specials in the shop. The Uncle Julio deal is THE deal on greens fees or golf equipment. The Bill


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#16 is home to the Mainlands Hole-In-One contest where you can enter to win up to $2,000 for an ace.

Blair Beverage special is for connoisseurs of a good drink. Both of these monthly deals can be found in the local America’s Favorite Coupon Book as well as on our website. For example, July is HALF PRICE greens fees for Active Military, Veterans, Police and Firemen and First Responders. September is always Ladies Month, where ladies get HALF PRICE greens fees all month. Hungry or thirsty after your round? Mainlands’ throwback lunch counter proudly serves the coldest beer in town as well as hotdogs and sandwiches. Since 1971, Mainlands has recorded over three million rounds. We are proud to have gone by the same name – The Mainlands – for the past 50 years. With a little luck and a lot of hard work we hope to keep it that way for at least the next 50 years! GCM

Mainlands At A Glance

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LOCATION

9445 Mainlands Boulevard West Pinellas Park, FL On US Hwy 19 North, one mile north of Park Blvd.

STATISTICS

18 Holes, Par 67 Tee Yards Blue 4803 White 4607 Red 4180

Rating 62.3 61.8 63.7

Slope 96 93 107

COURSE FACTS

General Manager: Tyson Duane Assistant GM: Mike Monteleone Apparel Maven: Deanna Houston-Boerjan Superintendent: Aaron May

RESERVATIONS

For a tee time up to 7 days in advance, call the pro shop at (727) 577-2797 or book online at mainlandsgolf.com. Tournaments, outings and leagues are welcome.


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COURSES

Semi-Private GC

PINELLAS | HILLSBOROUGH | PASCO | HERNANDO

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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: Marty Ford

COURSE AMENITIES

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

Lutz

Heritage Harbor Golf & Country Club ”The course has to be challenged. You have to test the players and I think we have all the components out there.” Designer Jed Azinger 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. You are invited to experience Double Bogeys Tavern & Grille, a new full-service restaurant and full liquor bar located in the Heritage Harbor clubhouse. Whether you’re playing golf or just want to watch your favorite sporting events, Double Bogeys is open to the public and we are all about having fun. Enjoy our food and drink specials either indoors or on our covered patio. Specializing in comfort food, we put a new spin on an American cuisine by creating our menu from a scratch-made kitchen. Beverage and snack carts are also available on the course. We are happy to be a part of Heritage Harbor’s community and looking forward to becoming a neighborhood staple.

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PINELLAS | HILLSBOROUGH | PASCO | HERNANDO

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TEE INFORMATION

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 Manager: Jarod Atkinson, PGA Director of Golf: Darryl Spelich, PGA Superintendent: Terry Mounce

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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 Paspallum 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. Westchase Golf Club’s promise to its customers is the relentless pursuit of perfect conditions and uncompromising service in a fun and relaxed environment. 11602 Westchase Golf Drive Tampa, FL 33626 (813) 854-2331 www.westchasegc.com


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COURSES

Semi-Private Course

PINELLAS | HILLSBOROUGH | PASCO | HERNANDO

MAP #8

TEE INFORMATION

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Fox Hollow Golf Club

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

This Tampa Bay Favorite Keeps Getting Better

COURSE FACTS

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.

Holes/Par: 18 holes, Par 71 Architect: Robert Trent Jones, Sr. General Manager: Dave Creighton, PGA Head Golf Pro: Rob Spiars, PGA Superintendent: Jim Gillett

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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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.

All 18 greens and the practice putting green feature SeaDwarf 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 Kristen Ritz at (813) 264-8939.

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