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FROM THE EDITOR

Golf Coast Magazine

Contents

Cover Story

Seminole Lake Country Club features unrivaled natural habitat and an abundance of wildlife, including a family of American bald eagles.

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

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Tampa Bay’s PGA Tour event — with defending champion Sam Burns — will be held March 14-20, 2022 on the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor.

The par 5 twelfth hole at Seminole Lake Country Club is one of eleven holes 8 GOLF LOCKER guarded by water. The “My Golf Locker”

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Connecting Golfers on the West Coast of Florida. Bruz Fellenz, Publisher - Tampa Bay Area Mobile: 727-409-0797 bruzfellenz68@gmail.com Mary Raimondo, Publisher - Greater Sarasota Area & Southwest Florida Mobile: 410-449-2822 mary@golfcoastmagazine.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. © 2021 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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fallout from COVID-19. The good news is that golf is still considered a safe and healthy recreational activity. Tampa Bay golf courses are continuing to experience record play as rounds continued to surge through the summer months. Rounds are up. Revenue is up. All is good as the “In Season” approaches. We are delighted to feature Seminole Lake Country Club as our cover story. Seminole Lake has a long and storied history that makes for an entertaining read. The property – purchased by the Cunningham family in the early 1930’s – was a working cattle ranch until 1962. That year, the property became a country club and housing development. Their slogan “Family Owned, Old Florida Golf” still holds true. To this day, the Cunningham family still owns and operates the club. The Tampa Bay area is most fortunate to be hosting three professional tour events in the next several months. The LPGA’s Pelican Women’s Championship is November 11-14 at the Pelican Golf Club in Belleair. Next, the Korn Ferry Tour’s LENCOM Classic will be played at Lakewood National Golf Club February 17-20, 2022. Finally, the PGA TOUR’s Valspar Championship returns to Innisbrook Resort March 17-20, 2022. Visit GolfCoastMagazine.com to stay up to date on all the latest news from the world of golf. And don’t forget to sign up for our free e-newsletter. You can also follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Fairways and greens, Bruz Fellenz, Mary Raimondo, Ryan Ruppert, Rose Ruppert





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Seminole Lake Country Club Family-Owned, Old-Florida Golf

In 1911 William Cunningham moved

his family from Fletcher, North Carolina to St Petersburg, Florida and opened a hardware and grocery store on Central Avenue. From the onset they enjoyed success with their business venture. In the early 1930’s, as a result the family’s successful business, William’s son Howard Cunningham, Sr. was able to purchase a 300-acre piece of property west of St. Petersburg. He named it Pine Ridge Farm. Pine Ridge Farm was a working cattle ranch with all of the family members contributing to its operation. For many years the Cunningham family – including Howard’s three sons Gene, Book and Doc Cunningham – enjoyed the farm, which at that time was a long way from their GolfCoastMagazine.com

home in the city. While not working on the property, the family members used the farm as a getaway. The remnants of the family cabin remain on the property just west of today’s clubhouse. In the early 1960’s, the brothers were approached by a local real estate developer. He convinced them to turn the property into a housing development and country club. So in 1962 Seminole Lake Country Club Estates was born. Shortly after the start of the project, the developer was no longer involved and the Cunningham brothers obtained control of the property. As time went by, the community flourished and the club acquired an excellent reputation


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as one of the premier country clubs in Florida, boasting a full membership and an active social events calendar. Arnold Palmer played an exhibition round at Seminole Lake Country Club shortly after the course opened. The club hosted several of the premier events in the Tampa Bay area during this time. Over the next four decades the club remained a successful private club, adding tennis courts, and a swimming pool to enhance its amenities. In 2007, golf course renovations were initiated including the resurfacing of all greens, refurbishing the bunkers and adding a complete practice facility. These improvements were very well received by the members. However,

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membership started to decline in the wake of the historic 2008 economic downturn and the club converted to semi-private status. Since then, Seminole Lake Country Club has become one of the favorites of golfers throughout the Tampa Bay area. Its excellent location, consistently good condition, playability and service level bring golfers back again and again. Coincidentally, membership has grown as well. Just this past summer, the club installed an entirely new irrigation system. To this day, the club is still owned by the Cunningham family and maintains a very warm feel just as the three brothers originally intended when the club opened in 1962.


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Water comes into play on eleven of Seminole Lake’s 18 holes. Playing from 6501 yards from the back tees, Seminole Lake offers five tee stations, ensuring a challenging yet enjoyable experience for golfers of all abilities. The greens feature Sea Dwarf Paspalum grass, providing smooth and true putting surfaces. The championship layout features native Florida landscaping, making players feel like they’re back in “Old Florida”. Golfers will be amazed at the unrivaled natural habitat and abundance of wildlife that Seminole Lake has to offer, including its own family of American bald eagles. Current Programs and Special Offers: Member for the Day Come be a member for the day and enjoy greens fee, cart fee, a small bag of range balls and lunch, which entitles you to anything from their extensive menu and a GolfCoastMagazine.com

non-alcoholic beverage all included in one great rate. Lunch is available from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM daily. Twilight Rate Reduced afternoon twilight rate includes greens fee and cart fee. Kids Play Free Program One child plays free with each paying adult. Available every day after 12:00 PM. Program is limited to children 15 years old or younger. Tennis and Pickleball Golf isn’t all Seminole Lake has to offer. The Seminole Lake Tennis facility offers 13 lighted Har-Tru courts and eight pickleball courts. There are instructional programs nearly every day of the week from their Doubles Academy clinics to active junior programs for beginners to elite junior


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players. Private instruction is always available from one of their USTA professionals. Seminole Lake also hosts a full schedule of events with monthly USTA events and their Club Championship Series coinciding with the four tennis Grand Slam events. Memberships Seminole Lake Country Club specializes in affordable quality golf and tennis, offering the best value for your membership The 9th hole is a straightaway par four measuring 348 yards dollar. Seminole Lake features from the back tee. an 18-hole championship golf course, complete practice facilities, pickleball courts, a full-service food & beverage operation, swimming pool, tennis courts, kayak launch, men’s and ladies’ locker rooms, club storage and service that is consistent with the finest country clubs in the Tampa Bay area. LOCATION Memberships carry No Initiation Fee, No Food & Beverage Minimums and include unlimited use of the golf course, practice facilities, pool, kayak launch, restaurant, all social functions and walking privileges every day after 3:00 PM. Monthly dues for golf start as low as $218.

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If you have ever considered joining a country club but were afraid that you could not afford it, Seminole Lake’s Membership Program features some of the lowest monthly dues in this area, including seasonal membership options. If you are interested in learning more about Seminole Lake Country Club membership programs, call Stacy at (727) 391-6255 to learn just how easy it is to start enjoying all of the benefits associated with a family-owned, Old-Florida golf club. GCM

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with launch monitors. Sure you can roll the dice and buy clubs off the rack elsewhere; but at Big Mike’s all the details that go into a proper fitting are handled expertly by Mike and his staff. You are invited to stop by and hit range balls at big Mike’s in-store virtual driving range where the temperature is always a perfect 75 degrees. Mike is also involved in organizing local events for amateur golfers of all skill levels. His last event at Lake Jovita drew 119 players. Call Big Mike about anything related to golf… clubs, accessories, club fitting or upcoming events.

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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


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PINELLAS | HILLSBOROUGH | PASCO | HERNANDO MAP #1

TEE INFORMATION

Yardage/Rating/Slope: Blue: 5313/66.4/121 White: 4864/64.1/112 Gold: 4289/62/102 Red: 3785/62.7/103 Junior: 2252/N/A/N/A

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Holes/Par: 18 holes, Par 69 Architect: Denis Griffith Chief Executive Officer: James Poulter Director of Golf: Al Arrigoni, PGA Superintendent: Michael Cauley

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• Pro Shop • Snack Bar • 7-Day Advance Tee Times • League Play Available • Discounts for Groups • Club Rental • Proceeds support Programs for kids • Course built in 1989 • Greens renovated in 2018

Public Daily Fee

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TEE INFORMATION

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

For Best Rates Book Online at chichi.org The Chi Chi Rodriguez Golf Club is open to the public with proceeds supporting the Chi Chi Rodriguez Youth Foundation. The par-69 course is well maintained and was renovated in 2018. The course features strategic bunkering and water hazards to challenge all levels of golfers. The Pro Shop features golf supplies, clothing, snacks and beverages. Fees vary by season and time of day. Juniors (under 15) play for reduced rates. The 140-acre site is home to the Chi Chi Rodriguez Academy, a publicprivate partnership with the Pinellas County School System that works to positively impact the graduation rate of our community.

3030 McMullen Booth Rd. Clearwater, FL 33761 (727) 726-4673 www.chichi.org

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East Bay Golf Club e om c l e ic W l b Pu

COURSE FACTS

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

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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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TEE INFORMATION

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

COURSE FACTS

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

COURSE AMENITIES

• Clubhouse • Snack Bar with beer • Pro Shop • Practice Green • Rental Clubs • Walking Allowed Anytime • Putting & Chipping Green • Practice Cage • Hole-In-One Contest

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Pinellas Park

Mainlands Golf Club Family owned and operated for over 50 years Family owned and operated for over 50 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 a cold beer and tally up your score on the patio. Come play The Mainlands Golf Club. We look forward to seeing you. CHECK OUT OUR WEBSITE AT mainlandsgolf.com/golf-course-news/ FOR UNCLE JULIO’S SPECIAL OF THE MONTH

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


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TEE INFORMATION

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

COURSE FACTS

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

COURSE AMENITIES

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

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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. PARTICIPATING GOLF COURSE FLORIDA HISTORIC GOLF TRAIL

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


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TEE INFORMATION

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Pinecrest Golf Course e om c l e ic W l b Pu

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

COURSE FACTS

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

COURSE AMENITIES

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

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

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

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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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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

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.

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Semi-Private GC

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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: Marty Ford

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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 starting in November 2021.

19502 Heritage Harbor Parkway Lutz, FL 33558 (813) 949-4886 www.heritageharborgolf.com

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Public Golf Course

MAP #27

TEE INFORMATION Yardage/Rating/Slope: Gator/Panther: 6270/70.8/120 Bobcat/Gator: 6039/69.7/117 Panther/Bobcat:: 6110/70.0/119

COURSE FACTS Holes/Par: 27 holes, Par 71-73 General Manager: Ken Ross Superintendent: Joan Pichardo Arias

COURSE AMENITIES • Clubhouse & Snack Bar • Lounge • Pro Shop • Driving Range • 3-Hole Practice Course • Lessons Available • Rental Clubs • Book Online 24/7 • Saturday AM Junior Clinics • Thursday Ladies Day (1/2 price)

Odessa

Silver Dollar Golf Club 27 Holes of Championship Golf 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. Enjoy the perfect blend of challenge and relaxation on three 9-hole courses with a wide variety of fairways, bunkers and water features designed to test and entertain you. Flanked by stately trees and sparkling waters, nature enhances the beauty of Silver Dollar Golf Club and adds to your enjoyment. Pristine Paspallum turf putting surfaces are a pleasure to play. 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. 12711 Silver Dollar Drive Odessa, FL 33556 (813) 920-3884 www.silverdollargolf.com


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Summerfield Crossings Golf Club Has All New Greens! The Blanchard family was busy this past summer sprucing up the Summerfield Crossings golf course as well as the clubhouse. All 18 holes – plus the putting and chipping greens – were re-grassed with Champion Generation 2 grass. This state-of-the-art Bermuda grass allows for faster putting speeds and generates exceptional ball roll. Many of the greens were also re-contoured for more playability and better drainage. Clubhouse renovations include new carpeting throughout, new window treatments and upgrades to the restaurant furniture. The effect is that the inside of the clubhouse looks like it’s had a complete makeover! Semi-Private GC

MAP #28

TEE INFORMATION

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

Check out Doc’s Grill, a full service restaurant and full liquor bar inside the clubhouse. Drinks and shakes are served daily. Full kitchen service is available Friday through Sunday. The clubhouse is available for any type of function including banquets, weddings, birthday parties or business meetings. Contact General Manager Jason Blanchard at (813) 671-3311, extension 7, for more information. Book your tee time online 24/7 or call the pro shop at (813) 671-3311 up to seven days in advance.You will love the new greens at Summerfield Crossings.

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COURSE FACTS

Holes/Par: 18 holes, Par 71 Architect: Ron Garl General Manager: Jason Blanchard, PGA Head Pro: James Gottschalk, PGA Superintendents: Don Schwartz and Alan Hanis

COURSE AMENITIES

• Newly Renovated Clubhouse • Doc’s Grill • Tournaments for 12-144 • 2-tiered Driving Range • Putting & Chipping Greens • Practice Bunker Area • 7-Day Advanced Tee Times • Book Online 24/7 • Leagues Available

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


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Upscale Public GC

MAP #36

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

COURSE AMENITIES

• Clubhouse • Full-Service Dining Room • Full Liquor Bar • Banquet Facilities • Weddings/Private Functions • Fully-Stocked Pro Shop • Aqua Driving Range • Putting & Chipping Greens • Season Passes Available • Book Online 24/7

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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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Fox Hollow Golf C This Tampa Bay Favorite Keeps Getting Better

Fox Hollow Golf Club is one of the

premier golf courses in the state of Florida and was recently rated 57th by Golf Digest’s “Top 75 Courses Accessible to the Public in Florida.” As a testament to the quality of the golf course, Fox Hollow has hosted U.S. Open and U.S. Amateur qualifiers as well as qualifiers for the Valspar Championship, a PGA Tour event played at nearby Innisbrook resort. Opening in 1994, the Fox Hollow golf course has the distinction of being one of the last courses designed and built by Robert Trent Jones, Senior, one of the most prolific and innovative golf course designers of all time. In his design of Fox Hollow, the legendary Jones created a layout as picturesque as it is playable. GolfCoastMagazine.com

The par-71 championship layout features five sets of tees and offers new challenges every time it’s played, mixing native trees and vegetation, sparkling lakes, sand bunkers and a variety of wildlife. Fox Hollow’s rolling fairways are a delightful departure from the pancake-flat layouts found elsewhere in Florida. Fox Hollow’s greens feature SeaDwarf Paspalum turfgrass. This grass has the ability to deliver fast green speeds (9+ on the Stimpmeter) and requires less fertilizer, pesticide, weed control and irrigation than Bermudagrass. The updated Fox Hollow clubhouse is available for tournaments, private parties, receptions and dinners, all catered by


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LOCATION

10050 Robert Trent Jones Parkway Trinity, Florida 34655 On Little Road, three miles south of SR 54

STATISTICS its professional events staff. They handle tournament groups from 20 to 144 players. Competitive pricing is available. For more information, visit FoxHollowGolfClub. com or call (727) 264-8939. Fox Hollow’s practice facilities include a large putting green; a pitching green with sand bunker; and a natural turf driving range. Lessons and clinics are available, taught by Fox Hollow’s highly experienced PGA professional teaching staff. Fox Hollow is a semi-private club that welcomes daily fee players. You will be pleasantly surprised by their rate structure. Playing Fox Hollow has never been more affordable. Reserve tee times online at FoxHollowGolfClub.com or call the Pro Shop at (727) 376-6333. GCM

18 Hole Championship Course, Par 71, Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. Tee Yards Rating Slope Black 7079 74.6 134 Blue 6757 72.8 130 White 6288 71.2 125 Gold (M) 5908 68.3 122 Silver (M) 5529 75.4 137 Red (M) 4825 70.9 125 RESERVATIONS

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

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Black Diamond Ranch 39

(352) 746-3440 PR 18 72 Q:7159/75.0/137 • • • • •

3125 W. Black Diamond Cr, Lecanto, FL 34461; CR 491, 1.5 miles N of Norel Bryant Hwy. (CR486).

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(727) 726-4673 P 18 69 5454/66.6/122 • • • • • 26

3030 McMullen Booth Rd., Clearwater, FL 33761; 1/4 mile north of SR 580

Crescent Oaks Golf Club 3

(727) 937-4653 SP 18 72 6808/73.2/137 • • • • • 24

3300 Crescent Oaks Blvd., Tarpon Springs, FL 34688; On Eastlake Rd, 1/2 mile north of Keystone Rd.

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(727) 581-3333 P 18

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

Fox Hollow Golf Club 8

(727) 376-6333 SP 18

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

Heritage Harbor Golf & Country Club 9

(813) 949-4886 SP 18 72 6898/73.5/129 • • • • • 30

19502 Heritage Harbor Pkwy., Lutz, FL 33558; North on Dale Mabry Hwy. to Lutz Lake Fern Rd., west to course

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10630 Plantation Bay Drive, Tampa, FL 33647; Bruce B. Downs Blvd to Cross Creek, East to course

Mainlands Golf Club 14

(727) 577-4847 P 18 67 4803/62.3/96 • • • • • 27

9445 Mainlands Blvd. W., Pinellas Park, FL 33782; On US Hwy 19 North, 1 mile north of Park Blvd.

Mission Inn Resort 17

(352) 324-3101 R 18 72 EC: 7015/73.8/136 • • • • • 3

10400 CR 48, Howey-In-The-Hills, FL 34737;

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

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(813) 996-4653 SP 18 72 6436/71.1/127 • • • • • 24

23253 Plantation Blvd., Land O’Lakes, FL 34639; I-75 to SR 54, 7 miles west to Collier, north 1 mile

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Riverside Club Golf & Marina (813) 645-2000 SP 18 70 6117/69.3/127 • • • • • 22 18 2550 Pier Dr., Ruskin, FL 33570; Take US 41 to Universal Drive, turn east and follow signs.

Seminole Lake Country Club (727) 391-6255 SP 18 72 6501/71.2/125 • • • • • 14 23 6100 Augusta Blvd., Seminole, FL 33777; Take Park Blvd. to Park St., go south 2 miles. Silver Dollar Golf Club (813) 920-3884 SP 27 72 G/P:6270/70.8/120 • • • • • 31 27 12711 Silver Dollar Drive., Odessa, FL 33556; 72 B/G: 6039/69.7/117 SR 584 to Race Track Rd, N 6 miles to Patterson Rd, W 3m

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Southport Springs Golf & Country Club (813) 780-7637 SP 18 69 4846/63.7/109 • • • • • 22 31 3509 Southport Springs Parkway, Zephyrhills; SR 54 to Morris Bridge Rd; South to Chancey Rd; E 1 mile Summerfield Crossings Golf Club (813) 671-3311 SP 18 71 6903/73.0/125 • • • • • 32 28 13050 Summerfield Dr., Riverview, FL 33568; I-75 to exit 246, east 2 miles on Big Bend Rd Tarpon Springs Golf Course (727) 934-5191 SP 18 72 6243/69.3/127 • • • • • 28 30 1310 S. Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs, FL 34689; On Alr. US 19, 1 mile north of Klosterman Rd. Westchase Golf Club (813) 854-2331 P 18 72 6699/72.6/131 • • • • • 33 36 11602 Westchase Golf Dr., Tampa, FL 33626; Take Veteran’s Expressway to exit #7, west on Linebaugh Ave 3.5 miles

World Woods Golf Club (352) 796-5500 P 18 71 PB:7237/75.3/133 • • • • • 37 37 17590 Ponce De Leon Blvd., Brooksville, FL 34614; Veteran’s 18 72 RO:7333/74.8/132 Expressway to Hwy. 98, then east 1/4 mile


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SHOPPING | ENTERTAINMENT/SERVICES | INSTRUCTION TAMPA BAY AREA MAP PAGE 38 & 39

SHOPPING Big Mike’s House of Golf 12647 US Hwy 19 N, Hudson, FL 34667 | www.bigmikeshouseofgolf.com | (727) 378-4999 | Map #16, Ad Page 18 Bob VanSweden Golf 2300 – 26th St. North, St. Petersburg, FL 33713 | www.BobVanSwedenGolf.com | (727) 321-4653 | Map #54, Ad Page 10 Duca del Cosma www.ducadelcosma.us | (888) 202-6066 | Ad Page 19

T & D Golf Stores 180 Race Track Rd., Oldsmar, FL 34677 | (813) 855-5385 | Map #57, Ad Page 5 www.tanddgolfstores.com |

ENTERTAINMENT/SERVICES Amuni Financial, Inc. 720 Second Ave. S., St. Petersburg, FL 33701 | www.amuni.com | (800) 868-6864 | Map #59, Ad Page 64

Edwin Watts Golf Shops 32257 US Hwy 19 North, Palm Harbor, FL 34684 | (727) 787-3370 | Map #52, Ad Page 63 www.worldwidegolfshops.com

County Golf Association www.countygolf.com | (727) 446-6644 | Ad Page 45

Edwin Watts Golf Shops 11921 North Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33618 | (813) 960-5330 | Map #53, Ad Page 63 www.worldwidegolfshops.com

Golf Today www.golftodaychallenge.com | (561) 880-1007 | Ad Page 45

Florida Aerial Services Team www.fastaerial.com | (800) 723-7425 | Ad Page 13 Golf Locker 6200 N. Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33614 | www.golflocker.com | (813) 265-8999 | Map #74, Ad Page 9 In The Sand Golf 1628 Dale Mabry Hwy, Lutz, FL 33548 | www.ITS-GOLF.com | (813) 264-7911 | Map #48, Ad Page 10

Valspar Championship 36750 US Hwy 19 N, Palm Harbor, FL 34684 | www.valsparchampionship.com | Map #40 | Page 7

DRIVING RANGES/LESSON TEE Ace Golf Riverview 12910 Boyette Rd., Riverview, FL 33569 | www.ace-golf.com | (813) 672-7750 | Map #32, Ad Page 24

Southern Golf of Pinellas, Inc. 4647 – 4th St. North, St. Petersburg, FL 33703 | www.southerngolfofpinellas.com | (888) 690-4920 | Map #55, Ad Page 13

Chi Chi Golf & Family Sports Complex 2987 N. McMullen Booth Rd, Clearwater, FL 33626 | www.chichi.org | (727) 216-6387 | Map #61, Ad Page 11

T & D Golf Stores 4205 W. Waters Ave., Tampa, FL 33614 | (813) 888-5433 | Map #56, Ad Page 5 www.tanddgolfstores.com |

The Downs Golf Practice Facility 11225 Race Track Rd., Oldsmar, FL 33626 | www.tampabaydowns.com | (813) 854-4946 | Map #62, Ad Page 11


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GOLF COURSES NOT FEATURED IN THIS ISSUE OF GOLF COAST MAGAZINE COURSE TYPE LOCATION PHONE COURSE TYPE LOCATION PHONE Rocky Point GC P Tampa (813) 673-4316 PINELLAS COUNTY Bardmoor GC

SP

Largo

(727) 392-1234

Rogers Park GC

Tampa

(813) 356-1670

Bayou Club

PV

Largo

(727) 399-1000

Sandpiper GC

SP

Sun City Center

(813) 634-3377

Belleair CC

PV

Belleair

(727) 442-0229

Scepter GC

PV

Sun City Center

(813) 634-4393

Clearwater GC

SP

Clearwater

(727) 443-5078

Temple Terrace G&CC

PV

Temple Terrace

(813) 988-1791

Cove Cay GC

SP

Clearwater

(727) 535-1406

Terrace Hill GC

P

Temple Terrace

(813) 985-4653

Cypress Links

M

St. Petersburg

(727) 551-3333

TPC Tampa Bay

P

Lutz

(813) 949-0090

Cypress Run GC

PV

Tarpon Springs

(727) 937-3191

Walden Lake G&CC

SP

Plant City

(813) 754-8575

Dunedin GC

SP

Dunedin

(727) 733-7836

Fairway Village

PV

Largo

(727) 531-8134

PASCO COUNTY

Feather Sound CC

PV

Clearwater

(727) 572-6677

Abbey at St. Leo’s

SP

St. Leo

(352) 588-2016

Highland Lakes GC

PV

Palm Harbor

(727) 785-9819

Beacon Woods GC

SP

Bayonet Point

(727) 868-9528

Innisbrook Resort & GC PV/R

Palm Harbor

(727) 942-2000

Forest Hills GC

SP

Holiday

(727) 934-7317

The Landings GC

Clearwater

(727) 447-5272

Groves Golf & CC (The)

SP

Land O’Lakes

(813) 996-0161

Palm Harbor

(727) 784-7333

Heritage Pines CC

PV

Hudson

(727) 861-1645

Lansbrook GC

P SP

P

Largo GC

P

Largo

(727) 518-3024

Heritage Springs CC

PV

Trinity

(727) 372-5281

Mangrove Bay GC

M

St. Petersburg

(727) 893-7800

Lake Jovita G&CC

SP

Dade City

(352) 588-9200

SP

Wesley Chapel

(813) 907-7270

Palm Hill GC

SP

Largo

(727) 581-1710

Lexington Oaks GC

Pasadena Y&CC

PV

Pasadena

(727) 381-7922

Links of Lake Bernadette SP

Zephyrhills

(813) 788-7888

St. Petersburg CC

PV

St. Petersburg

(727) 867-2111

Meadow Oaks GC

SP

Hudson

(727) 856-2878

Top of the World GC

SP

Clearwater

(727) 726-7773

Quail Hollow GC

SP

Wesley Chapel

(813) 333-0033

Tarpon Woods GC

SP

Palm Harbor

(727) 784-7606

River Ridge GC

SP

New Port Richey (727) 847-4762

Treasure Bay Golf & Tennis P

Treasure Island

(727) 360-6062

Saddlebrook Resort

Wesley Chapel

(813) 973-1111

Twin Brooks GC

M

St. Petersburg

(727) 893-7445

Scotland Yards GC

SP

Dade City

(352) 567-7600

PV/R

St. Petersburg

(727) 896-8000

Seven Springs G&CC

SP

New Port Richey (727) 376-0035

Silverado G&CC

SP

Zephyrhills

Vinoy Club

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R, SP

(813) 788-1225

Springer’s Gulf Harbor GC P

New Port Richey (727) 849-7675 New Port Richey (727) 856-0771

Apollo Beach GC

SP

Apollo Beach

(813) 645-6212

Summertree Golf Club

P

Avila G&CC

PV

Tampa

(813) 961-1754

Tampa Bay Golf & CC

SP

San Antonio

(352) 588-5454

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Tampa

(813) 631-4374

Town & Country GC

SP

Dade City

(352) 567-6622

Bay Palms Golf Complex MIL

MacDill AFB

(813) 840-6904

Zephyrhills GC

M

Zephyrhills

(813) 782-0714

Bloomingdale GC

SP

Valrico

(813) 685-4105

Buckhorn Springs G&CC PV

Valrico

(813) 689-7766

HERNANDO COUNTY

Caloosa CC

PV

Sun City Center

(813) 634-2870

Brookridge CC

PV

Brooksville

(352) 596-8161

Carrollwood CC

PV

Tampa

(813) 961-1369

Brooksville CC

SP

Brooksville

(352) 796-8876

Cheval Golf & Athletic Club SP

Lutz

(813) 949-4231

Glen Lakes CC

PV

Brooksville

(352) 597-1118

The Claw at USF

P

Tampa

(813) 632-6893

The Heather G&CC

SP

Brooksville

(352) 596-2019

Countryway GC

P

Tampa

(813) 854-1182

Hernando Oaks GC

SP

Brooksville

(352) 799-9908

Babe Zaharias GC

Club Renaissance

SP

Sun City Center

(813) 642-9091

High Point GC

PV

Brooksville

(352) 596-0833

Cypress Creek

SP

Ruskin

(813) 634-8888

Oak Hills GC

SP

Spring Hill

(352) 683-6830

Diamond Hill GC

SP

Valrico

(813) 689-7219

The Quarry

P

Brooksville

(352) 544-5495

Eagles Golf Club

SP

Odessa

(813) 920-6681

Rivard G&CC

SP

Brooksville

(352) 796-1410

Freedom Fairways

SP

Sun City

(813) 633-4653

The Ridge GC

SP

Ridge Manor

(352) 608-4800

Northdale G&TC

SP

Tampa

(813) 962-0428

Seven Hills GC

SP

Spring Hill

(352) 688-8888

Old Memorial GC

PV

Tampa

(813) 926-8888

Silverthorn CC

SP

Brooksville

(352) 799-4653

Palm Ceia G&TC

PV

Tampa

(813) 253-3061

Southern Hills Plantation PV

Brooksville

(352) 277-5000

River Hills CC

PV

Valrico

(813) 653-1554

Timber Pines CC

Spring Hill

(352) 666-2311

PV

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

LPGA Stars Return November 8-14, 2021 For the second-straight year the Pelican Women’s Championship will be contested at the Pelican Golf Club in Belleair, Florida. This Donald Ross design has been completely overhauled to create a truly unique experience for golfers and fans. Last year’s inaugural event featured a star-studded field of elite golfers like Lexi Thompson, Brooke Henderson, Lydia Ko, Morgan Pressel and many more. Also competing in the field were local LPGA professionals like Brittany Lincicome and Nelly Korda. The event was won by major winner Sei Young Kim. The week of festivities includes activities for kids and adults of all ages. Children under 18 get in free and are invited to the Junior Golf Show on Saturday to meet and mingle with LPGA professionals and learn about what it takes to be a professional athlete. There are a variety of options to attend the event. Grounds passes provide the opportunity to walk the course and witness not only the impressive play of the golfers but experience the immaculate course renovation completed by Beau Welling Design. Fans looking to entertain family, friends or clients can check out the Lightning Lounge, a luxury skybox with complimentary food and beverages, climate control, private bathroom, televisions and observation deck. Active and retired service members

Fall/Winter 2021

and first responders are invited to attend the event free of charge by showing proper credentials. Visit www.PelicanLPGA.com for more information about the 2021 Pelican Women’s Championship. Valspar Championship Returns March 14-20, 2022 After one year on the April-May border, the Valspar Championship returns to March in 2022. Tampa Bay’s PGA TOUR event — with defending champion Sam Burns — will be held March 14-20 on the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor. In addition to the unusual date, the 2021 tournament was played with limited attendance. In 2022, all of the bells and whistles that make it a true community event will be back, including a concert featuring Chris Young and Big & Rich. “We received a lot of positive feedback from the PGA TOUR that our 2021 event, with a substantial number of fans, felt like the first “real” tournament since the start of the COVID era,” says Tournament Director Tracy West. “However, we had to take a couple of steps back in our staging. We are planning on having full hospitality areas and expanded concessions.” Burns, a rising star on the PGA TOUR, challenged the tournament record with his winning score of 17 under par 267. He enters this season in the top 25 in the Official World Golf Rankings


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after a string of impressive finishes following his Valspar victory. Burns defeated a field that included U.S. Ryder Cup heroes Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas and Scottie Scheffler, as well as two-time Valspar winner Paul Casey, Viktor Hovland and Ian Poulter from Team Europe. Abraham Ancer, Joaquin Niemann, Corey Conners and Louis Oosthuizen — who are likely to be on the 2022 Presidents Cup International Team — also played in the last Valspar. American stars Jordan Spieth and Brooks Koepka, as well as Tyrrell Hatton from Europe, did not play due to injury and/ or illness. Bubba Watson, Phil Mickelson, Max Homa, Justin Rose, Gary Woodland and Patrick Reed were other top players in the 2021 field. “Every year is different,” says West, “but these are the kinds of players who have usually played our tournament. We expect another great field of pros, enhanced by our ample number of hospitality and entertainment options. Tickets for the 2022 Valspar Championship go on sale on November 15, 2021 at ValsparChampionship.com. The tournament is always looking for enthusiastic volunteers. If interested, contact Kathleen Foerster at (727) 942-5566 or kfoerster@ thecopperheads.org. County Golf Association Play Tampa Bay’s finest private, semi-private and public courses. Regular and senior (55+) men’s and ladies divisions. Call (727) 446-6644, visit www.countygolf. com or email Ray or Jayne Goodman at CGA@countygolf.com. Check the County Golf website for event schedule. GCM

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The President’s Report The 2021 season is quickly coming to an end and what a great year it has been. This year’s tournament season consisted of Pro-Am’s, Pro-Pro’s and individual Championship Tournaments. The West Central Chapter Assistant’s Association also had another successful year under the leadership of Zorin Ilic. We also introduced the WCC Education Series led by Committee Chairperson Rich Unger. The West Central Chapter Education Series gave our PGA Professionals another way to earn MSR credits and educate themselves in different areas of the golf business. Our Education Committee organized 3 different seminars that included presentations by Scott Johnson, PGA with Golf Genius; Jamie Wilson with Puma Cobra; and Jim Mendenhall with Squamata Reptile Services. Thanks to Rich Unger for donating his time and supporting his fellow PGA Professional by organizing all of these events. An even bigger thank you goes out to Josh Poole and PEScience for partnering with us and supporting the WCC Education Series. The West Central Chapter Assistant’s Association has had another successful year. If a PGA Associate attends a minimum of three meetings and events, they can be awarded one of the $1,000 Association Grants that can be used towards their PGA Associate education. This year there are nine PGA Associates eligible to receive one of the grants. This is possible because of Gary Koch and his foundation, which have committed $3,000 this year to our Assistant GolfCoastMagazine.com

Grants. The 2021 grant winners will be announced in November. What a great season of tournament play we’ve had this year. Congratulations to all our fellow PGA Professionals and Associates who won events. There is one series of events that stands out more than most. Those were our Chapter Championships. Our 2021 Chapter Champion is also our Women’s Chapter Champion. Emily Motta from Mountain Lake Club defeated Jonathan Mansfield on the first playoff hole to win the Chapter Championship. Emily also won the Women’s Chapter Championship, shooting a 2-day total of 136 (-6). This year’s Senior Chapter Champion was Keith Kulzer from Golf Grove Driving Range. Over two days, Keith was 5 shots better than the rest of the field. Our Chapter partners allow us to provide world-class tournaments and educational experiences that our professionals have come to enjoy. Let’s thank them and make sure we give them the support that they deserve. The 2021 WCC partners are Horus Construction, Breakthru Beverage Florida, Jan Pro, Tampa Bone and Joint, Century Buick, Full Torque Fitness, PEScience and Golf Coast Magazine. In closing, I would also like to thank our dedicated board members including Bryan Moran, Mike Glenn, Keith Kulzer and Zoran Ilic along with each of our committee members. We would not have accomplished the great feats that we have this year without their passion and willingness to serve the members of the West Central Chapter – Tim Baker, President


GREATER SARASOTA

University Park Country Club Best of Sarasota


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University Park Country Club

University Park Country Club,

long recognized as the area’s premier semiprivate country, has set an ambitious schedule for capital improvements in the coming year. A multi-million-dollar expansion of the food and beverage facilities, ongoing golf course renovations plus the addition of pickleball courts and a regulation size croquet court will be completed mid-2022. GolfCoastMagazine.com

The breathtaking golf course views at the Club’s lakeside dining venue, The Park Grille and Café will take center stage in the newly renovated indoor restaurant space to be completed January 2022. Natural earth tones, and textural materials will be used to create a casual inviting atmosphere including all new seating, fixtures and finishes plus a new indoor cocktail lounge area.

“Terrific greens! Overall great condition tee to green. You won’t find a friendlier staff anywhere” Golf Advisor


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Improvements on the outdoor Café, scheduled to begin in April 2022, will feature the addition of an expansive outdoor bar, all new furniture including soft seating, high tops and fire pit seating groups. Golfers are sure to enjoy a round of drinks to enjoy a post round beverage or bite to eat. Golf course renovations will continue next Spring and Summer on holes

#19 – #27 as the 27hole greenside bunker and tee box renovation project is completed. Similar in scope to the completed improvements on holes # 1- #18, new landscaping will also be added, and infrastructure improvements completed including cart path repair and replacement and irrigation upgrades. Four new pickleball courts are scheduled to

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be installed as early as October 2021 at which time a new regulation sized croquet pitch will be constructed at the Tennis and Fitness facility. These additional amenities are sure to enhance the outstanding recreational experience that University Park Country Club members enjoy. In addition to the facilities at University Park Country Club, the


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membership program is growing and improving to meet the changing needs of its residents and members. A new, flexible membership program allows members to build a membership that best suits their lifestyle. Options include a traditional Full or Tennis membership plus the addition of amenity passes that can be added to a base Social membership. As our amenities and programs grow and change, one thing remains constant, our unrelenting attention to detail, evident on the golf course where playing conditions rival those found at top rated courses across the state. For the 27th year in a row, the awardwinning and challenging 27 holes at GolfCoastMagazine.com

University Park have earned Golf Digest’s 4-star rating, with writers enthusiastically calling it a “must play” course. University Park Country Club has been voted “Best Place to Play Golf” by Sarasota Magazine, readers every year since 1993 as well as “Best Golf Course” by Sarasota Herald Tribune readers. Golf Advisor ratings and reviews tell the story and University Park was ranked #10 on its 2015 top 25 courses in Florida. 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


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lakeside Café. The award-winning culinary staff and management attract many of the area’s most prominent charitable and corporate golf tournaments, weddings and special events. For more information regarding membership opportunities at University Park, contact Ann Backus, Membership Director at abackus@universitypark-fl. com or call 941-355-3888 ext. 234. For the 27h 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

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

www.universitypark-fl.com STATISTICS

Number of Holes: 27 Par-72 10+1 10+19 Emerald 6446 6598 Platinum 6095 6205 Gold 5607 5720 Ruby 5338 5456 Bronze 4875 4949

19+1 6725 6161 5727 5432 4862

COURSE FACTS

Architect: Ron Garl General Manager: John Fetsick Head Golf Professional: Ashley Hayden Head Teaching Pro: Sue Ertl Superintendent: Curtis Nickerson

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


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COURSES Semi-Private Golf Club

CHARLOTTE | SARASOTA | MANATEE 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

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 • 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

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

Now in its 36th year of operation, 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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Oyster Creek Golf Club S LUB AL LCABLE T N RE AVAI

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

*Restrictions may apply

(941) 423-6955

Member for a day rates: Nov, Dec, & April $69 Jan Feb & March $99 May- October $59 Name___________________________________________________________________________ Phone___________________________________________________________________________ Address__________________________________________________________________________ Email____________________________________________________________________________

Call for reduced rates June-September Exp:12/31/2022


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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

Bradenton

Peridia Golf and Country Club ! ch run B ay nd Su

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

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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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Semi-Private Course

MAP #112

TEE INFORMATION

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

Venice

Pelican Pointe Golf and Country Club Voted Best Semi-Private Club in Venice 19 years in a row! •

Six Sets of Tees to Satisfy Every Skill Level

Beautiful Nature Preserves and Lakes

Extensive Driving Range and Practice Facility

PGA Professionals to Fine-Tune Your Game

Golf Tournaments & Corporate Outings Available

• Golf Memberships Available Conveniently located on Center Road between Jacaranda Blvd (I-75 exit 193) and Bypass 41. 4-DAY ADVANCE TEE TIMES

COURSE FACTS

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

COURSES

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

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3 Annual, Seasonal and 3 Month Memberships Available MULTI-CLUB UNLIMITED GREEN FEES 7 DAY ADVANCED TEE TIMES DRIVING RANGE BENEFITS & MUCH MORE RESTAURANT & BAR OPEN FOR BREAKFAST & LUNCH

Membership

KIM LEBLANC

For Membership Opportunities contact Kim LeBlanc kim@golfinvenice.com or call her at 941-468-3462

General Manager

ROB MCCOY

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Award-Winning Courses 12 Awards since 2016 2019 - 2021 Venice Chamber Business of the year finalist

2017-2021 Gondolier Best of Venice Awards 2016, 2017, 2019 & 2020 Herald Tribune Readers Choice awards

Waterford Golf club 941-484-6621

Capri Isles Golf club 941-485-3371

Calusa Lakes Golf club 941-484-8995

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC 5-Day Advance Tee Time Junior Golfers Welcome

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CHARLOTTE | SARASOTA | MANATEE MAP #166

TEE INFORMATION

Venice

Venice East Golf Course

Yardage: 2791 / Par 58

COURSE FACTS

Number of Holes: 18 General Manager: Lila Purcell Superintendent: Lou Corvo PGA Pro: George Rudy

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

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 Director of Operations: Joel King Superintendent: Andrew Jordan

Venice East Golf Course is an 18-hole semi-private, executive par 58 course. It is perfect for the beginner, senior, or those that want to practice their short game. The longest hole is 250 yards, so the course can easily be played in 2-1/2 to 3 hours. We have gators, sandhill cranes, and other wildlife watching you, so please watch out for them. The most important thing — Golf Should Be Fun - So Enjoy! For Specials and Coupons see our website at: veniceeastgc.com 107 Venice East Boulevard Venice, FL 34293 941-493-0005 www.veniceeastgc.com

Bradenton

Pinebrook/Ironwood Golf Club S UB CLBLE L A NT ILA RE AVA

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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WELCOMING MEMBERS SINCE 1926 Sara Bay Country Club is a private golf club located just north of downtown Sarasota. Designed by legendary architect Donald Ross, it is recognized as one of the most venerable clubs in Florida, and where the traditions of the game have been preserved. Experience a restored golf course according to the original designs of Donald Ross.

SARA BAY COUNTRY CLUB (941) 355-7658 7011 Willow Street, Sarasota, 34243 www.sarabaycc.org dbudny@sarabaycc.org

• 5 sets of tees from 4899 - 7062 Yards • Walking / Caddies • General Manager, John Spiess • Head Professional, Daren King • Director of Membership, Dennis J. Budny




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