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University Park Country Club Sarasota’s “Best of the Best”

also inside: The Concession Golf Club – Experience the Moment Map and Directories

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Statistics Par 72 Black Blue White Gold Red

Yards 6855 6536 6216 5795 5294

Rating 73.7 72.2 70.3 68.5 71.4

Slope 141 136 127 119 129

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GOLF OLFER’SGUIDE CONTENTS

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University Park Country Club The area’s premier semi-private country club features 27 holes of highly acclaimed golf that is worth the trip from anywhere in the Tampa Bay area.

11 Private Country Clubs An overview of the area’s finest golf course communities and private clubs.

20 Featured Courses Descriptions and statistics of the Gulf Coast’s finest public access golf courses - from Sun City to Lake Suzy.

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56 Directory & Maps A comprehensive listing of featured courses. Follow the maps or enter the address in your gps and get ready to play the best golf in Florida. sarasota.golfersguide.com

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LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER “America’s leading regional golf publications”

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wenty five years ago, I was managing a local real estate magazine. The owner of the publication was looking for new ideas for expansion. I suggested he start a guide to local golf. He said: “Oh Jean, nobody plays golf.” Shortly after, I was “downsized” and took that idea with me. It was a leap of faith that enough people played golf to warrant a magazine dedicated to golf in three counties on the west coast of Florida, and I need to stop and thank all of the great people and companies who took the leap with me. I am thankful to my clients - the advertisers many of whom have been with us from issue one. I count you among my many blessings and friends. I don’t want to sound like I am giving an academy award speech, but I must recognize those friends and family who supported and encouraged the idea and especially my small staff consisting of Tami Vaughan - the most wonderful assistant, adviser and friend for over 15 years; Roy Morgan (aka Santa Claus) who for the past 10 years, has made sure the magazine is delivered to over 350 locations, and most recently Mark Cardon, who has breathed new life and enthusiasm as he reports the area golf news through our website, e-zine, facebook page and on twitter. A special toast goes to the golfers who love this maddening addictive game and have loyally referred to the magazine over the years when planning a great golf experience on the Florida Gulf Coast To keep up with area golf news, tournaments, golf tips, articles about local celebrities, pros, amateurs and juniors, and some of the best deals in golf, we invite you to sign up for our bi-monthly e-newsletter, The Player’s Club at sarasota.golfersguide.com. Here’s to 25 more years!

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GOLFER’S GUIDE, INC. PO BOX 14394 BRADENTON, FL 34280-4394 PHONE/FAX (941) 792-2737

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Jean M. Couser jcouser@golfersguide.com Office Manager: Tami Vaughan E-newsletter: Mark Cardon fcardon@aol.com GOLFER’S GUIDE SARASOTA EDITION IS INDEPENDENTLY OWNED AND PRODUCED IN ASSOCIATION WITH FREY MEDIA

Chairman/CEO/Publisher: Marc A. Frey mfrey@golfersguide.com Chief Operating Office Glenn Klepchick glennklepchick@golfersguide.com Director of Sales Mike Choma mchoma@golfersguide.com Production Director: Shawn P. Grimes sgrimes@golfersguide.com CIRCULATION 175,000 per year reaching an estimated 600,000 readers EDITIONS: Spring, Summer & Fall/Winter For subscriptions or single-copy orders, go to www.golfersguide.com/order_magazines.php Copyright ©2009-10 Golfer’s Guide, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Reproduction without permission is prohibited. Golf course rates are subject to change at any time. Golfer’s Guide is not responsible or liable for any errors, omissions or changes in rates or information.

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University Park Country Club Celebrating 20 years of Excellence!

Twenty-seven holes of breathtaking golf in impeccably maintained condition complement the challenging design at University Park, earning consistent awards both statewide and nationally.

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niversity Park Country Club, the area’s premier semi-private country club, continues to be the “must play” golf destination on Florida’s Cultural Coast. The breathtaking championship golf course is designed to reward the golfer whatever their skill level and provide an exhilarating golf experience against a stunning backdrop of native Florida. The impeccable conditions and beauty of the course as well as the club’s renowned friendly service offer the daily-fee player a private club experience that is surprisingly affordable. As University Park Country Club celebrates the start of its 20th year anniversary, it’s no surprise that the course consistently earns awards and recognition from independent reader’s surveys and discerning golfers. For the 14th year in a row the beautiful and challenging 27 holes at University Park have earned Golf Digest’s 4-Star Rating with writers sarasota.golfersguide.com

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enthusiastically calling it a “must play” course. The Ron Garl-designed course has won accolades and distinction from Golf for Women, Golfweek and Florida Sportsfan placing University Park in “Florida’s Top Fifty.” Locally University Park County Club has been voted “Best Place to Play Golf” by Sarasota Magazine readers every year since 1993, and Zagat’s Survey continues to popularize this favorite course. The founding Partnership of Pat Neal and Rolf Pasold combined exceptional local expertise with an international vision. Respect for nature and a commitment to excellence is unparalleled at University Park. Careful planning and attention to detail are the hallmarks of Neal/Pasold

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management which has blended a beautiful piece of property with exceptional golf and unsurpassed lifestyle. The list of awards for this community grows every year both regionally and nationally. Among the most prestigious and revered are “Best Community Design in America” awarded by The National Association of Home Builders and Professional Builder magazine, and “Best Development in Region” by the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council Future of the Region Award. A program of continual improvement ensures the high standards and player enjoyment of the course and keeps it in top playing condition. Add to this the hard work by all the employees to create a friendly, relaxed atmosphere and you can appreciate why the club

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University Park combines the best of sophisticated country club living with the finest assortment of custom built homes for an enviable lifestyle.

the most experienced of player. Naturally the golf experience is complemented by a great food and beverage service, a good reason why so many of the area’s most prominent charitable and corporate golf tournaments and outings are hosted at the club. Our award-winning professional staff and culinary team will make your event exceptional. 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.

has a reputation for first-class service. University Park County Club is committed to an ongoing program of enhancing and upgrading its golf facilities. Each year the club introduces new means to satisfy the changing needs of our golfing members and visitors. The development of The Golf Academy at University Park under the leadership of LPGA Tour Player Sue Ertl brings golf instruction to every level of golfer, young or old. Offering a variety of clinics, golf schools, playing lessons and private instruction The Golf Academy brings the essence of University Park to the novice or sarasota.golfersguide.com

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PRIVATE GOLF CLUBS Private Membership Oers Many Advantages

A Guide to the Country Club Lifestyle in Southwest Florida sarasota.golfersguide.com

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The Concession Golf Club Embrace the Experience ...

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hile many country clubs have struggled during the economic challenges of the past few years, The Concession Golf Club, one of Sarasota’s most exclusive clubs, has found a winning formula under local resident and owner Bruce Cassidy Sr. The Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course was designed in association with Tony Jacklin and was named “Best New Private Course” (2006) by Golf Digest. The Concession offers five levels of membership – corporate, young professional, invitational, national and international. The new memberships, especially the young professional memberships (for golfers under 44 years old), have been popular according to general manager Bruce Cassidy Jr. “We’ve provided options, we’ve retained exclusivity, and we’ve maintained/increased quality. There is still a customer base that will invest where they find value. We have not lost that focus.” said Cassidy.. The Concession continues to enhance the natural aspects and overall playing experience of this championship design by investing in ongoing course improvements. In September, a beautiful new water feature was completed on the 8th hole. Course superintendent Terry Kennelly’s meticulous maintenance of the fairways and greens keeps the 520-acre layout firm, fast and in tournament condition year round. The Concession’s reputation continues to grow. Golf Digest ranked the Concession No. 4 in its 2011 rankings of Florida golf courses. The club will be hosting a number of prestigious events in 2012. These include: The Big Ten Collegiate Match Play Championship Feb. 9-11, sarasota.golfersguide.com

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2012; the Second Annual Archie Griffin Celebrity Golf Classic March 5-6, 2012; Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship March 18-20, 2012; and the AJGA Rolex Girls Junior Championship June 11-15, 2012. The Concession recently purchased an unfinished residence in the community and transformed it into a wellness facility. Certified Titleist Performance Institute instructors James Whatmore, Barry Hinckley and Chad Jones will offer golf fitness programs. The facility is offering massage along with yoga, Pilates and cooking classes. In addition, the Concession has a complimentary Culinary Membership with over 1,500 members from the Sarasota area that includes wine tasting events along with its award-winning dining nightly at The Concession Bistro. sarasota.golfersguide.com

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An inspiring art collection adorns the main hallways inside the exquisite 33,000 square foot clubhouse. The Concession Collection, a series of portraits by renowned painter and St. Andrews artist Joe Austen, depicts golf’s greatest champions and pays tribute to the history and spirit of the Ryder Cup and the vision of the club. A new portrait of Ryder Cup Captain and honorary member Paul Azinger will be unveiled during Member Appreciation Day on Nov. 19th. The picturesque setting of The Concession Club provides an unforgettable backdrop for special events such as weddings, showers, or private functions. For additional information about The Concession and upcoming events, visit www. theconcession.com or call 941-322-1922.

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Kingsway Country Club

Reader’s Choice and Best of the Best year after year!

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estled in the residential community of Lake Suzy, Kingsway is conveniently located less than a mile from I-75 (exit 170) just minutes away from Punta Gorda and Port Charlotte and was recently ranked among Money Magazine’s “25 Best Places to Retire.” Ron Garl, the original course designer and one of the foremost golf course architects in the industry, has made significant design improvements to what was already one of the finest golf courses in the area. This championship par-72 layout is a challenging yet forgiving course incorporating rolling terrain, wide fairways, ample bunkers and spacious TifEagle greens. Challenges are abundant but with multiple tees, all golfers, regardless of skill level, can enjoy the experience. Kingsway offers creative and flexible membership plans to suit any lifestyle. Come and explore why Kingsway Country Club is passionate about golf! For tee times, call 941-625-8898 to experience first hand all of the amenities the club has to offer. Wedding receptions, business meetings and parties can also be reserved JIMMY KARR by calling 941-276-5349. Head Golf Pro

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Kingsway Country Club Lake Suzy, FL www.kingswaycountryclub.com (941) 625-8898 Exit 170 off I-75, East on Kings Hwy 1/2 mile after the traffic light (Sandhill Blvd). First class practice facility • Member-owned pro shop Clubhouse featuring dining and dancing • Ability for members to either own private carts or walk STATISTICS Par: 72 No. 1 No. 2 No. 3 No. 4 No. 5 M No. 5 Wm No. 6

Yards Rating Slope 7107 75.0 137 6623 72.8 132 6429 71.6 131 6066 70.1 127 5638 68.5 124 5638 73.1 128 5038 70.5 124

PERSONNEL Dir of Golf/Club Ops Head Golf Professional Superintendent

J.B. BELKNAP JIMMY KARR SCOTTY HELMIG

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www.riverwildernesscc.com (941) 776-2602 The perfect spot for your next event or tournament. Directions: I-75 exit 224. Turn left to 301-N right on to Old Tampa Rd. Entrance 2.5 mi on right. Convenient to Sarasota, Bradenton, Tampa and St. Petersburg.

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he opportunity to enjoy this sophisticated private club is now open to non-members. Gentle, contoured fairways wind through 150 acres of Laurel and Live Oak trees. This “must-play” masterpiece includes a large practice facility and an elegant full service clubhouse open daily for lunch, seasonal dinners, special events, and weddings. Join now-no initiation feeslow monthly fees. Contact Kevin Paschall at 941-776-2602 for more information.

STATISTICS Par 72 Championship Blue White Green (Men) Green (Women) Red (Women)

Yards 7072 6505 6095 5603 5603 5243

Rating 74.0 71.0 69.5 67.3 72.2 70.1

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STAFF & PERSONNEL Architect...........................TED MCANLIS Head Golf Pro ............KEVIN PASCHALL Superintendent ................ RON MOORE Map Key Number

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Jacaranda West Country Club Jacaranda West Country Club Venice, FL www.jacwestcc.com (941) 493-2664 STATISTICS Par 72 Yards Rating Black 6574 71.7 Blue 6138 69.6 White 5746 67.8 Red 5282 70.2

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he award-winning Country Club at Jacaranda West offers an exciting golf, tennis and social experience. This member-owned, equity club features one of the best 18-hole, par-72 golf courses with TifEagle Bermuda greens. The popular Jacaranda Tennis Club features eight Har-Tru courts — two are available with lights for evening play. For membership information call 941-4975361. Limited tee times available to nonJULIE BAIERS PGA Golf Pro members - call 941-493-2664. sarasota.golfersguide.com

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PERSONNEL Architect . .. .. .. .. MARK MAHANNAH . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. . CHIP POWELL PGA Professional.. .. .. JULIE BAIERS Assistant Pro .. .. .. .. .. .. BOB DOYLE Superintendent . .. .. ED ANDERSON

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Sara Bay Country Club

“The course is one of the finest I have ever seen. It is what I call a true championship layout and Donald Ross sure extended himself in the design” - BOBBY JONES. Host of the 2012 Florida Open Championship

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ounded in 1926, Sara Bay Country Club is one of Florida’s most distinguished and prestigious country clubs. Designed by legendary architect Donald Ross, he considered Sara Bay among his personal favorites and it is widely recognized as one of Florida’s finest classic courses. .

Membership Advantages: • Sara Bay’s location is ideal, just north of Downtown Sarasota, within easy reach of Longboat, Lido, Bird and Siesta Keys. • The low membership charter ensures that members will be able to play the course when they want. • The course is very walker friendly and walking is unrestricted. Players may walk the course at any time. • Beautiful Mediterranean Clubhouse with Social events, Casual and Fine dining to complete your membership experience. • A variety of membership options are available to fit your needs.

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Located just minutes north of Downtown Sarasota. From downtown take US 41 North to Whitfield Ave., turn Right, go 1/2 mile to Willow St. and turn Left Sara Bay Country Club will be to the Right STATISTICS Par: 72 Blue White Gold Red

Yards Rating Slope 7021 73.8 136 6414 71.0 125 5739 67.7 118 5264 70.5 117

PERSONNEL Architect.................................. DONALD ROSS General Manager.................... PAUL BARONE Head Professional .....................DAREN KING Superintendent. .........................BOB GWODZ For Information on Membership Incentives, Contact Gavin Darbyshire @ gavin.sbcc@gmail.com Or call (941) 355-7658

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Weekend ✦ Jr. Executive ✦ Corporate Memberships (reduced dues & fees) 36 Championship Holes of Private Golf ✦ New State-of-the-Art Practice Facility Jr. Executive Dues 50-60% Reduction (under Age 50) 10 Tennis Courts. Team Play ✦ Fully Equipped Fitness Center with 24/7 Access Heated Jr. Olympic Pool ✦ Superb Dining & Curbside To Go ✦ Fun Social Events

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Plantation Golf & Country Club

One of the finest country clubs on Florida’s West Coast, and voted “Best Private Country Club”, “Best Banquet Facilities” and “Best Tennis Facilities” by the Herald Tribune’s Reader’s Choice Awards.

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lantation Golf & Country Club is a member-owned, private Plantation Golf & club boasting 36 holes of Championship Golf with tee times Country Club always available, 13 Har-Tru Tennis Courts, a heated Junior- Venice, FL www.plantationgcc.com Olympic size swimming pool, Jacuzzi Spa, Bocce Courts, State-of- (941) 493-2000 Golf Shop the-Art Fitness Center and a grand Clubhouse with the ambiance STATISTICS and charm of “Old Florida.” BOBCAT Par: 72 Yards Rating Slope Distinctive dining is a hallmark of Plantation. Our newly BOBCAT 6813 73.7 137 constructed Members’ Lounge has an incredible view, and offers Black Blue 6516 72.2 135 both indoor and outdoor dining, with a casual feel. Members White 6110 70.5 130 5655 68.3 129 enjoy both fine and casual dining menus with a fine dining menu Gold Red 5258 71.4 123 available at all times. We offer many special themed dinner nights PANTHER throughout the season. A private dining room is available for Par 72 Yards Rating Slope Blue 6427 71.3 131 Members to host special occasions and private parties. White 6067 69.5 125 Now, expanding golf services, the Golf Learning Center has Gold 5402 66.0 116 4925 68.7 113 been in operation for over a year. The facility offers all the latest Red golf technologies, and is run by the most tenured PGA and LPGA PERSONNEL Manager . .. .. .. JOHN LEINAWEAVER staff in our area. We have conducted numerous Golf Schools for General Director of Golf .. .. .. .. .KEITH STRUBLE Superintendent . .. .. .. .. JAMIE DETERT both Members and non-Member enthusiasts. Head Golf Pro . .. .. .. .MIKE DOMALSKE Plantation Golf & Country Club Club is very proud to have 1st Asst Golf Pro .. .. .. . DAVID HRONEK Dir of Instruction .. .. .. .. .. JULIE EDGAR been selected to host the LPGA annual Tour Qualifying School Asst Golf Pro .. .. .. THOMAS MAYER since 1987. This year, we successfully hosted 240 hopeful contes- 1st Membership Dir. .. .. .. .ELAINE DEXTER tants during the last week of September. Our Bobcat and Panther 73 Map Key Number Courses are included in the Golf Digest’s Places to Play.. sarasota.golfersguide.com

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3 Championship Clubs

Capri Isles Golf Club A Club of Strategy and Skill: Capri Isles is one of the oldest semiprivate golf courses in Venice. Located just off I-75 (Exit 193) near the heart of the City of Venice, Capri is perfectly situated for everyone staying in the Sarasota area. This par-72 “links� style golf course was rebuilt in 2003 with new greens, fairways and tees. There are 4 sets of tees allowing the novice or pro golfer a fair test of golf.

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Calusa Lakes Golf Club A Golf Club of Distinction: Calusa Lakes beautiful wooded terrain highlights the natural setting of this outstanding 18-hole presentation. The spacious course weaves its way through a variety of pine forests and live oakcovered lake banks lending a rare midAtlantic feel to the course. A playerfriendly course with rolling fairways, fair landing areas, no forced carries and large greens offers the players a unique and enjoyable golfing experience.

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One Membership Open to the Public Call for a Five-Day Advance Tee Time Go to our website

www.GolfinVenice.com Waterford Golf Club An Affordable Premier Club: This “parkland” 27-hole golf course is situated off of exit 195 on I-75 not far from the beaches, Sarasota and Port Charlotte. Three distinct “nines” meander through trees and over water features. The rolling fairways and undulating greens provide the player a variety of playing strategies while testing their shot making skills. Where some courses have one signature hole, this club has many.

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Capri Isles Golf Club: 941-485-3371 Calusa Lakes Golf Club: 941-484-8995 Waterford Golf Club: 941-484-6621 10/13/11 8:51:49 AM


Waterlefe Golf & River Club

Players must guard against being distracted by the beauty of the river.

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nspired by the backdrop of the Manatee River, the Waterlefe Golf & River Club ultimate golf experience has been created with Bradenton, FL www.waterlefegolf.com the perfect combination of beauty and challenge. (941) 744-9771 Imagine a golf course with four unforgettable holes that touch and border the scenic Manatee River. Pro Shop .................. (941) 744-9771 Clubhouse................ (941) 744-9881 Waterlefe Golf & River Club’s design uniquely blends land and water with stately oaks, vistas of the Manatee Tee Times................. (941) 744-9771 I-75 to Exit 220. East to Upper River and surrounding marshes. Manatee River Rd. Turn left, This course features gently sloped greens with the Waterlefe is on the left. newest TifEagleŽ Bermuda grass for the ultimate in STATISTICS putting. From a lazy start on the par-5 first to the big Par: 72 Yards Rating Slope 6897 73.8 141 finish on the 18th hole island green, golfers will delight Gold Blue 6462 71.6 132 White 5951 69.4 128 in this naturally beautiful course and relish in knowGreen 5213 65.7 116 ing they are playing on the home to the Red 4782 68.4 123 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2010 U.S. Open PERSONNEL General Manager ........... JOE RASSETT Qualifying Tournaments. Home of The Director of Golf ......................STEVE DIETZ, II Golf Academy at Waterlefe, offering Superintendent. ..............ERIK GOWDY Director of Instruction ....... STEVE DIETZ, Sr. one-, two- or three-day golf schools. Reserve your tee time online, 24 hours a day, at www.waterlefegolf.com! STEVE DIETZ, II Director of Golf

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The Highlands…NatureDWLWVÀQHVW Don’t miss your opportunity to play this semi-private, traditional Florida style championship course. The Highlands Golf Course is the areas only public play course with GPS equipped golf carts! Our GPS system tells you what you need to know to play your next shot...

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For a Tee Time! Call (941) 225-2232

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Bobby Jones Golf Club Bobby Jones Golf Club Sarasota, FL www.BobbyJonesGolfClub.com (941) 365-4653 (GOLF) SPECIAL FEATURES PGA Instruction 5 Day Advance Tee Times Website/Telephone League Play Available

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arasota’s only municipal golf facility with 45 holes of great golf fun & challenges. Play the American Course (18 holes, par71) and the British Course (18 holes, par-72) for the challenge or the 9-hole, par-30 Gillespie Executive for the fun! A full practice facility is available. Mulligan’s Grille is open daily for lunch, with full bar. For 15 years, Bobby Jones has been voted as the No. 1 public/semi-private golf course by readers of the Sarasota Herald Tribune and has been named Best of the Best by Sarasota Magazine. CHRISTIAN MARTIN

PGA Golf Professional

STATISTICS PAR American 71 British 72 Gillespie 30

YRDS RAT/SLP 6032 69.2/119 6647 71.7/125 1687

STAFF & PERSONNEL Architects ........................ DONALD ROSS, DAVE JOHNSTON, RON GARL General Manager ........SUSAN J. MARTIN Assistant GM ............CHRISTIAN MARTIN

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Maduro’s Cigar Bar

Maduro’s Cigar Bar • Two locations You are invited to experience Sarasota’s exclusive cigar bar with a Dominican flavor. A relaxing environment, surrounded by an extensive selection of the finest premium cigars and featuring the legendary Montecristo cigars, complemented by fine wines and imported beers. Annual memberships are also available in Club Maduro’s, which include: humidified private locker with engraved name plate, 10% discount on all non-sale purchases, one-year subscription to Cigar Aficionado, a free monthly cigar, regular cigar events with rollers & wine tasting. 7386 So. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota 5275 University Parkway, Opposite Wilde Honda on US 41 Kohls Shopping Plaza 941-925-4747 941-358-2222

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Sarasota National Golf Club r la ns u c ee ta Gr c e le Sp ag E f Ti

Natural landscaping and immaculate grooming earn Sarasota National certification as an Audubon International Silver Signature site.

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southwest Florida golf gem is poised to delight and challenge golfers. Gordon Lewis’ latest creation is an intriguing and dramatic design that is also the centerpiece of the exciting new south Venice community, Sarasota National Golf Club. The community is nestled among 2,200 acres of native Florida landscape abundant in pines, oaks and palm trees with close to 350 acres of lakes. Built to the specifications of Silver Signature by Audubon International, the golf course is both environmentally friendly and unparalleled in beauty and playability. The expansive fairways, undulating greens, multiple tee placements and strategic bunker positioning will allow the course to be flexible enough for high-handicap golfers to enjoy, but capable of challenging the very best golfers. Professionally managed by Troon GolfŽ, golfers can expect exceptional service and a world-class golf experience every time. The golf complex includes a fully-stocked pro shop, aqua range with natural turf targets, chipping and putting greens and lessons are available by PGA professionals. sarasota.golfersguide.com

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Sarasota National Golf Club Venice, FL www.sarasotanationalgolf.com (941) 496-8676 Located in South Venice. From I-75, Jacaranda Blvd (exit 193) west to US 41, turn south, Sarasota National is approximately 2 miles on the right. STATISTICS Par: 72 Black Gold Silver Jade

Yards Rating Slope 7227 74.2 129 6559 71.1 122 6034 68.8 116 5050 68.7 113

PERSONNEL Architect................................ GORDON LEWIS Director of Golf......................MARK TROTTER Head Golf Professional ...................................CHARLES DARBYSHIRE Assistant Professionals ........................RICH WHALEN, JACK COLLINS Superintendent. .................... JOSH DELBENE

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Sarasota’s Fun Place to Play & Learn

Close to the beach and downtown! A great course for Juniors and Seniors Beginning Golfers After Work Leagues Fun Family Outings Tournaments

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18 Hole • Par 58, 2810 yards • 9 & 18 Hole Rates • Walk or Ride Anytime • Club Rentals Available Complete Pro Shop • 2 Class-A PGA Professionals • Lessons Available • Club Fitting & Repair Daily Lunch Menu • Full Bar • Club House Available for Special Events • Memberships Available

VILLAGE GREEN Golf Club 3500 Pembrook Dr. Sarasota, FL www.villagegreengolfclub.com

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Pope Golf: Dedicated to Excellence The combination of extensive golf knowledge, innovative course management, and a sincere passion for the traditions of the game, elevate Pope Golf Management to a role as one of the top golf management companies in Florida and the Southeast. The Sarasota-based organization now operates six courses, four in the Sarasota/Manatee area and courses in Indiana and Tennessee with tens of thousands of rounds of golf played last year and just as many satisfied customers. Their mission of making life easier and more productive for course owners has never been more attractive in today’s challenging golf industry. The personalized attention of a team with over 100 years of golf course management experience is what sets Pope Golf apart in the golf course management field. The staff has effectively partnered with federal and state authorities and negotiated with financing and investment groups. They also work with development companies, private courses, daily fee courses, resorts, community development districts, and municipalities. sarasota.golfersguide.com

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Keith Pope, president of the company that bears his name is a PGA professional who has years of experience taking under-performing clubs to their full potential. This past summer Pope Golf was chosen over some of the largest golf management companies in the country to manage two municipal courses in Manatee County. Pope Golf was ranked #1 by the Manatee County Commissioners who said, “This top ranked firm demonstrated exceptional qualifications and revenue sharing plan via their proposal and oral presentation. Being familiar with the Manatee County area, offering an aggressive revenue sharing plan and having a history of successful performance on similar local projects gave this firm the edge.� Whether your golfing adventures lead you north or south of Sarasota, Pope Golf offers you an outstanding experience with the best value for your golfing dollar. Visit www.popegolf.net for a chance to set up a challenging golf experience. For more on each course see the following two pages. 27

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ome experience some home town hospitality by the new management team staffed by PGA Professionals. Sharpen your game at the full practice facilities. A challenging layout, with five teeing areas, makes it friendly for all abilities. The snack bar is open for breakfast and lunch. Centrally located, Manatee County Golf Course is the closest championship length golf course to the beaches and 9.5 miles West of I-75 on SR70/53rd Avenue West in Bradenton.

Join one of our leagues, or let us host your next tournament, with our great group rates. STATISTICS Par 72 Yards Rating Slope Blue 6355 70.6 123 White 5882 68.5 117 Gold - Mens 5406 66.1 112 Gold - Ladies 5406 71.5 120 Red 4833 68.2 116 Yellow 3445 59.7 90 PERSONNEL Managed by Pope Golf Head Golf Pro . .. .. .. .. KEN POWELL Sales/Marketing .. .. .JERRY MOORE

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Buffalo Creek Golf Course Buffalo Creek GC Palmetto, FL

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he goal of Buffalo Creek is simple- offer the best value of any championship course in the area. This challenging par-72 Ron Garl design is perfect for all skill levels. Enjoy our rolling, wide fairways in the Scottish links tradition that wind through lakes and waterways, and not a house in sight! Now under new management, Buffalo Creek is staffed by PGA Professionals with a commitment to great customer service. Our snack bar is open daily.

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STATISTICS Par: 72 Yards Rating Blue 7005 73.1 White 6440 70.5 Gold 5817 67.5 Red 5261 69.7 Family Tee 4339

Slope 125 118 111 114

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Bent Tree CC Sarasota, FL www.bentreecc.net (941) 371-8200 Pro Shop (941) 371-5854 Office Located in Sarasota, 1.5 miles east of I-75 off Bee Ridge Road. For details about Membership, Weddings, Tournaments and Parties call: 941-371-5854. Walker Friendly

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ent Tree Country Club has undergone major renovations with all new “champion” Bermuda greens and new bunkers. The changes have resulted in Bent Tree becoming a must see and must play. Tree-lined fairways of towering mature oaks, expansive meticulously kept greens, and miles of lakes and streams create a unique and tranquil setting for first-class championship golf. Our Private equity member club boasts one of the most flexible and creative membership plans around !

STATISTICS Par 72 Yards Gold 6880 Blue 6512 Black 6169 White 5697 Red 5350

Rating Slope 73.2 133 71.5 128 69.6 126 67.3 123 71.1 117

PERSONNEL Managed by Pope Golf Head Golf Pro . .. .. .. .DOUG MOCHRIE Superintendent . .. .. ..DENNY ALBERT Sales/Marketing .. .. .. JERRY MOORE

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Sarasota Golf Club Sarasota, FL www.sarasotagc.com (941) 371-2431

Exit 207 off I-75 . Go east, to the third stop light (Sarasota Golf Club Blvd) and turn left, then follow the directional signs to the course. Blue White Red

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asota Golf Club is a family-friendly facility. This championship course winds through mature trees in a natural Florida setting. Variety is the theme in the design of the course, with a nice balance of challenging long holes and fun short holes. Sarasota Golf Club also features a full practice facility. If you’re looking for a place to improve your game, look no further. The casual clubhouse and pro shop is a gathering place for generations of golfers. The course is available for tournaments. Come out for a round soon, and experience for yourself our commitment to customer service! sarasota.golfersguide.com

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Lake Venice Golf Club

Lake Venice Golf Club Venice, FL On the island of Venice www.lakevenicegolf.com (941) 488-3948

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ome to Lake Venice for the best golf value in the Sarasota area! New for this season are lush overseeded tees, greens and fairways that enhance the championship quality of this 27hole facility. Located on the Isle of Venice adjacent to the Gulf of Mexico, golfers can walk or ride any time to experience the gulf breezes and truly natural surroundings of this local favorite. Tee times are not required. Lake Venice is renowned for reasonable rates, quality service and knowledgeable friendly staff. DAVID KNOTT Call for seasonal pricing and afternoon specials.

STATISTICS Par 72 Yards Blue 6636 White 6274 Red 5699

Rating Slope 71.1 127 69.5 124 71.1 119

STAFF & PERSONNEL Architects .. .. .. .. MARK MAHANNAH Manager of Golf .. .. .. ..ROD PARRY Superintendent . .. .. ..DAVID KNOTT

FLORIDA RESIDENTS $5.00 off round of golf 18 hole am riding rate with ad and valid ID Exp 3/31/2012 79 Map Key Number Teaching Professional

Venice Golf Center Your Golf Equipment Headquarters FIRST PLACE Visit us at our brand new location 1999-2010 2371 East Venice Avenue READER’S Venice, FL 34292 CHOICE AWARDS

Sarasota Herald Tribune Best Place to Buy Golf Equipment

Eleven Years in a Row • • • • •

TRADE-INS WELCOME CLUB REPAIRS & RENTALS GIFT CERTIFICATES TOURNAMENT DISCOUNTS MENS AND WOMEN’S APPAREL Locally owned and operated since 1996

941-497-7910

(Exit 193 off I-75)

Corner of Jacaranda Blvd and Venice Ave Next to the new Publix

e-mail: dan@venicegolfcenter@com

$10.00 OFF Any $50.00 Purchase Excluding Ping Products and Golf Balls With Coupon Expires 2/28/2012

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NAME BRAND GOLF EQUIPMENT AT DISCOUNT PRICES... Centrally located between 13 Venice area golf courses.

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Pelican Pointe Golf and Country Club

Voted Best Semi-Private Club in Venice 9 years in a row!

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ome see why Pelican Pointe Golf & Country Club has been voted, “Best Semi-Private Club In Venice” nine years in a row!

• Five Sets of Tees to Satisfy Every Skill Level • Beautiful Nature Preserves and Lakes • Extensive Driving Range and Practice Facility • PGA Professionals to Fine-Tune Your Game • Golf Tournaments & Corporate Outings Available • Award-Winning Sunday Brunch • Top-Quality, Creatively Prepared Menu • Private Parties, Banquets, Receptions and Charity Functions • Golf Memberships Available

and Bypass 41. 4-DAY ADVANCE TEE TIMES 941-496-4653, ext. 221

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www.pelicanpointeclub.com STATISTICS Par 72 YARDS 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 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 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 PERSONNEL Architect ...................................TED MCANLIS PGA Head Pro ................................ BILL NEAL General Manager .................... TOM WEAVER Superintendent........................DAN HAUBEIN Assistant Pros ...................TRAVIS BLAUVELT, ............................................... CHASE PUFFER

Conveniently located on Center Road. between Jacaranda Blvd (I-75 exit 193)

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Heron Creek Golf and Country Club Rated 4-1/2 stars by Golf Digest, for variety, beauty and course conditions Plus!

Best Practice Facility in SW Florida!

Sharpen your game at the best practice facility in Southwest Florida. Open to the public, it includes three bunkered chipping and pitching greens, two large undulating practice putting greens, several teaching and hitting stations, and a 3-hole practice course.

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he 27-hole championship golf course at the Heron C Creek kG Golf lf & C Country t Club in North Port provides a unique and enjoyable golfing experience in Southwest Florida. Designed by famed architect Arthur Hills, Heron Creek is a superb, natural design that not only preserves, but enhances its natural surroundings. Highlighting the distinctive features of the landscape and native plants, Heron Creek offers three unparalleled 9-hole designs highlight the rolling hills, large stands of oak, pine and palmetto, spectacular water features and many native birds and wildlife. Elevated tees assist the golfer with shot placement and the sloping greens are meticulously maintained. The course design challenges golfers at every skill level, but without intimidation. The practice facilities and learning center are without question the largest and finest in the region, with multiple areas to develop every facet of your game. The Golf Academy at Heron Creek offers PGA and LPGA Professional instruction in a variety of formats, from single individual lessons, to four-day golf schools. Rated 4-1/2 stars by Golf Digest, Heron Creek has the variety, beauty and course conditioning that will make you want to play it again and again. Located on a high point at the end of Heron Creek Boulevard is the focal point of social and golfing activities at the Heron Creek Golf & Country Club. The elegant clubhouse is the finest facility of its kind in North Port and the South Sarasota County sarasota.golfersguide.com

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area A friendly place to gather for a drink area. or casual meal after a round is the Grille Room, while casual elegant dining is available at the Top of the Green dining room. The dining room is also available for wedding receptions and large gatherings of up to 150 guests. Our private dining area can accommodate small parties, meetings, and celebrations, and the board room is also available for conferences and meetings. Heron Creek offers all you need in golf. From the fully-equipped and professionally staffed golf pro shop, to unparalleled food and refreshments to the exceptional locker room facilities, and out to the meticulous maintained course, Heron Creek is all about the best in Southwest Florida golf. Make plans to visit Heron Creek Golf & Country Club. Call 941-423-6955 today. sarasota.golfersguide.com

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HERON CREEK GOLF & CC 5301 Heron Creek Blvd. North Port, FL 34287 between US41 and I-75, Exit 182.

(941) 423-6955 www.heron-creek.com 7 DAY ADVANCE TEE TIMES Par-72 Black Blue White Gold Red

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Director of Golf ............................... CHRIS TROTTIER Architect ..............................................ARTHUR HILLS Director of Instruction at Golf Academy at Heron Creek ......... JOE SALVAGGIO Superintendent. .................................... TOM RAINEY Course Records ............................GARY MARCH, 62 .......................................................NANCY SMITH, 65 Map Key Number 57

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Pinebrook/Ironwood Golf Club Pinebrook/Ironwood Bradenton, FL www.pinebrookironwood.com (941) 792-3288 STATISTICS Par 61 Yards Rating Slope Men’s White 3706 59.9 101 Ladies’ Red 3146 57.8 94 PERSONNEL Architect . .. .. .. .. .. .. . DEAN REFRAM Director of Operations .. .. JOEL KING General Manager . .. .. MIKE WILSON Superintendent . .. .. .. JOE NUZBACK

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inebrook/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 3,706yard, par-68 course offers a challenge to golfers of all ages and handicaps. The amenities include a pro shop, snacks, refreshments and putting green. Map Key Number

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his Ted McAnlis-designed links course has preserved wetlands and eleven lakes in a natural setting. Experience our best-ever course conditions due to extensive renovations. New Bermuda Tifdwarf greens make putting fantastic. Plenty of wildlife and nature at its finest! The signature hole is the 504-yard, par-5 13th, a dogleg right, over water. Amenities include a fully-stocked pro shop, courteous staff and restaurant serving breakfast and lunch, plus a phone on the ninth tee to order food at the turn. A large practice facility offers grass tees, chipping from grass and traps and an 18-hole putting green. Lessons are available with our PGA Pro by appointment. Proper golf attire required. No tank tops, tee shirts or cutoffs. Soft spikes only. Club rentals are available. Call for tee times up to seven days in advance. Online reservations can be made anytime on our website: www.tatumridgegolflinks.com. We welcome large groups for outings and tournaments. Our restaurant is also available for special events. JERRY BURTON General Manager

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Tatum Ridge Golf Links Sarasota, FL www.tatumridgegolflinks.com (941) 378-4211 Located on Tatum Road Turn left off Fruitville Road, 2 miles east of I-75, Exit 210 E-mail: tatumridgegolf@verizon.net STATISTICS Par: 72 Blue White Gold Red

Yards Rating Slope 6747 72.1 124 6111 69.1 118 5435 65.9 110 5126 64.6 104

PERSONNEL General Mngr..............JERRY BURTON Superintendent ...........TOM HILFERTY Restaurant Mngr .......... ADRIAN PLAIA Teaching Pro ...................BOB KELLER Architect ........................ TED MCANLIS

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Serenoa Golf Club Serenoa Golf Club Sarasota, FL www.serenoagc.com (941) 925-2755 Tee times are available 7 days in advance.

All Inclusive Golf Includes Breakfast, Lunch and 2 Draft Beers or Fountain Drinks

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erenoa is one of the finest 18 Hole Championship Courses on the Golf Coast and is a shotmaker’s delight. You’ll find a first-class practice facility, restaurant with a full bar, a friendly, courteous staff and a pro shop stocked with name brands. The dining room is available for banquets, meetings and weddings. There are also a host of Membership options available including “The Players Club.” Call for details - 941-925-2755.

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Yards Rating Slope 6333 70.5 125 6035 69.2 122 5232 65.5 107 6035 5024

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PERSONNEL Architect ................................................. M. DAVID ALDEN General Manager.......................................... MATT NAPOLITANO

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Oak Ford Golf Club

Course improvements earn top honors, 2006 Golf Digest rates it - 4 1/2 stars!

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f you think Florida golf is playing through condos or housing developments, you need to experience country golf. You need to play Oak Ford. Oak Ford Golf Club is unlike any of the typical Florida golf courses. Set in an 850-acre nature preserve, you will play through fairways lined with hundred-year-old oak trees, towering pines and palms, as well as wide open spaces, and you will not see a condo anywhere. What you will see is an abundance of wildlife such as deer, bobcats, alligators or even a bald eagle flying overhead. Our 27 holes are constantly groomed and our friendly staff is ready and willing to make your day memorable. Come play Oak Ford. The course is located only 20 minutes from downtown Sarasota, just east of I-75, exit 210 off Fruitville Road. Play Florida Golf the way it should be played. Oak Ford, Sarasota’s country golf club. JOHN TREXLER GM/Head Pro

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Oak Ford Golf Club Sarasota, FL www.oakfordgolfclub.com (941) 371-3680 New management, improved course conditions and customer services. STATISTICS Par: 72 Yards Rating Slope MYRTLE - PALMS Gold 6753 72.5 131 Blue 6321 70.5 126 White 5812 68.6 119 Red 5051 68.1 118 PALMS - LIVE OAKS Gold 6679 71.8 129 Blue 6230 69.7 124 White 5732 67.8 116 Red 5054 68.8 116 LIVE OAKS - MYRTLE Gold 6734 72.1 130 Blue 6284 70.0 123 White 5814 68.0 116 Red 5085 67.6 116 PERSONNEL Architect..........................................RON GARL GM/Head Pro .........................JOHN TREXLER Map Key Number

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Stoneybrook Golf Cub at Heritage Harbour Stoneybrook Golf Club Bradenton, FL www.golfstoneybrook.com (941) 746-2696 Located just 1/2 mile east of I-75 exit 220. Convenient to Sarasota, Bradenton, Tampa and St. Petersburg. Visit our Web site for current specials.

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ne of the area’s premier daily fee golf courses! This 18-hole, par-72 championship course plays through a landscape highlighted by mature wooded wetland preserves and ponds, creating strategic risk/reward holes. Designed by Aurthur Hills, one of the world’s top course designers, this “must-play” masterpiece includes a large practice facility and a full service clubhouse open daily for lunch, seasonal dinners and special events.

STATISTICS Par: 72 Yards Rating Slope Black 7141 75.0 139 Blue 6720 73.2 135 White 6219 70.4 132 Gold 5647 67.8 120 Red 5002 69.8 121 PERSONNEL Architect......................... ARTHUR HILLS Head Golf Pro ...................... TODD PYLE Superintendent .......... KEVIN BALDWIN General Manager......... CHRIS BRANDT

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Terra Ceia Bay Golf Club & Grove House Grill Terra Ceia Bay Golf Club Grove House Grill Palmetto, FL (941) 729-7663 (941) 721-9315 Restaurant (941) 721-6280 Real Estate Sales

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his most challenging par-62 executive golf course is one of the best kept secrets on the Gulf Coast! Open to the public, this semi-private club has undergone a fabulous transformation under its new ownership. The remodeled clubhouse boasts a full-service bar, grill room and formal and informal dining rooms that are available for banquets and weddings. The back nine has recently been reconstructed. Full practice facilities with driving range provide ample space to work on your game, and golfers can walk or ride anytime. Memberships and league play available. sarasota.golfersguide.com

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STATISTICS Par 62 Blue White Gold Red

Yards Rating Slope 4015 61.1 103 3646 59.7 99 3244 58.0 94 3012 57.4 92

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BOOK Online For Any Daily Discount Rates www.riverrungolflinks.com

THE CITY OF BRADENTON INVITES YOU TO PLAY ONE OF THE FINEST GOLF COURSES IN THE AREA 8-Day Advance Tee Times: 941-708-6331

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easuring more than 7,000 yards from the back tees, The River Club The River Club is considered one of the more chal- Bradenton, FL www.riverclubgc.com lenging layouts in the area. Two distinctive nines (941) 751-4211 incorporate rolling fairways with plenty of mounding on the front and dense woods with undulating, rolling greens on the back. To add to the playability, last summer the Ron Garl-designed 18-hole championship course incorporated all new state-of-the-art Jones Dwarf greens. A semi-private country club, The River Club is open STATISTICS to the public seven days a week. Memberships are Par: 72 Yards Rating Slope 7031 74.4 144 available. The restaurant offers panoramic views of the Gold Blue 6621 72.1 137 golf course and is open daily for breakfast, lunch and White 6102 69.6 128 Green 5495 71.7 130 Friday night dinners. Other amenities include a fullRed 5056 69.7 120 service pro shop, lessons, driving range, tennis courts, PERSONNEL pool, lounge and banquet facilities. Tee Architect ............................ RON GARL General Mgr ............. MIKE PASCUZZI times are available two days in advance Head Golf Pro ......... MARK HAWKINS and proper golf attire is required. ConAsst Golf Pros .............. KEITH DAVEY ..................................... JACK MUNTHE veniently located one mile east of I-75 ................JACQUES PANET-RAYMOND (exit 217), only minutes from Sarasota, Superintendent. ........ DOUG POWELL & Tampa/St. Petersburg. 3 MARK HAWKINS Head Golf Professional

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ne of the most challenging and best-maintained courses on the Suncoast, this harmonious blend of manicured PERSONNEL greens and magnificent natural surroundings will keep Head Golf Professional.....MIKE CLAYTON, PGA Master Professional your game in excellent form. With five sets of tees, the course Director of Instruction/ is comfortable for all. New for 2011-12: Home Teacher of the Year............. STEVE WHIDDEN, PGA Master Professional of The Steve Whidden Golf Academy with Assistant Professional............... KYLE O’CONNOR state-of-the-art practice facilities that boast a grass driving range, two practice putting greens, and a chipping, pitching and bunker 2 area. All of these are open to the public as well MIKE CLAYTON Map Key Number Head Golf Professional as a full-service bar and restaurant.

Freedom Fairways Golf Course Sun City Center, FL (813) 633-GOLF www.brookdaleliving.com

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his well-maintained, challenging par-63 executive course winds around an abundance of lakes and through stands of pines and oaks. It features a mix of nine par 3s and nine par 4s ranging from 89 to 238 yards. Tight, tree-lined fairways and small greens place a premium on accuracy. Playing Freedom Fairways will definitely improve your short game. Freedom Fairways is open to the public, and memberships are available. sarasota.golfersguide.com

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Please call the Pro Shop at (813) 633-GOLF (4653) for current rates and group discounts DIRECTIONS Take I-75 to 674 exit (exit 240 from south; exit 240A from north). Go east to first light. Turn left then right at Upper Creek Dr. Follow to course on left. STATISTICS Par-63 Yards Rating Slope Gold 3210 56.0 78 Blue 2699 54.0 74 White 2393 54.1 73 Red 2022 51.0 67 PERSONNEL Pro Shop Manager ..........Bree Baker Superintendent……..Chris Driggers Map Key Number

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Imperial Lakewoods Golf Club

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or the most satisfying golf experience in the Tampa Imperial Lakewoods Bay area, visit the Imperial Lakewoods Golf Club in Golf Club Palmetto, FL Palmetto. Family-owned and operated and superbly conditioned year-round, Imperial Lakewoods offers www.ILWGC.com (941) 747-4653 Pro Shop championship-caliber golf at reasonable rates. Five sets of (800) 642-2193 tees offer a challenge to golfers of all levels. The 600-yard (941) 723-3655 Restaurant par-5 18th – Imperial’s signature hole – is regarded among Tee Times online: the finest holes found anywhere in Florida and considered 24 hours a day/7 days a week. by The Herald as the best golf hole in the area. STATISTICS Par: 72 Yards Rating Slope The lakeside restaurant is open for breakfast and Champs/Gold 7019 73.9 136 lunch. Reserve the dining room with full bar for weddings Mens/Blue 6802 72.9 132 Mens/White 6225 71.0 126 and banquets. Mens/Silver 5602 69.9 118 Our friendly staff will help to ensure that all our guests Ladies/Red 5275 69.9 117 feel like members. Memberships are currently being ofPERSONNEL fered at very affordable rates with no Architect ........................TED MCANLIS GM’s .....................RIC & JOHN CUETO initiation fee. PGA Golf Pro ................ TRACY LOWRY Imperial Lakewoods is conveniently Supert. ............ GREGG RICHARDSON Teaching Pros. ............. TRACY LOWRY located within 30 minutes of St. PATRLICK WALSH, SUSAN GRAMS Petersburg, Tampa and Sarasota Food & Beverage ........ ERIC RICHARD at the intersection of I-275 and 1 TRACY LOWRY Map Key Number I-75 at Exit 229. PGA Golf Pro

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Venice East Golf Club & Driving Range

Venice East GC & DR (941) 493-0005 www.veniceastgolfclub.com

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oted Best Executive Course in Venice. The course is always impeccably maintained, and is one of the oldest area courses. Tee off today on our 18 hole, par 57 golf course or try our extensive driving range. The practice facility includes: 14 fiber mats, as well as grass tees to practice your drive or sharpen your irons, a large green for putts and chips, and a sand trap for the beach shots. Join as a Proprietary Member or a Social Member and enjoy our many scheduled golf outings which are a fun time for all. For a limited time, there are specials in both memberships.

SPECIAL FEATURES Tee times are not required but proper dress is. Equity & Associate Memberships available. Practice facilities include putting green and driving range. Course on 50+ acres. Snacks, beverages & rental equipment available in Pro Shop. STATISTICS PAR: 57 YARDS Men 2781 Women 2781

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Joe Mann PGA Instructor of the Year twice! SW Chapter NF PGA

Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Teachers in the U.S. 2007-08

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Rolling Green Golf Club Sarasota, FL www.rollinggreengc.com (941) 355-7621 I-75 to west University Parkway; left on Tuttle, just south of Desoto Road. Proper golf attire required STATISTICS Par: 72 Gold Blue White Red

Yards Rating Slope 6460 69.7 119 6116 67.0 116 5659 5010 67.9 110

PERSONNEL Architect .................. ANDY ANDERSON Head Golf Pro ..................... JOE MANN General Manager .........MARK HALTER Superintendent ...................... TIM DEY A CT Equity Golf Property

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River Strand Golf & Country Club at Heritage Harbour River Strand Golf & CC Bradenton, FL www.riverstrandgolf.com (941) 708-3617 River Strand is located 1/2 mile east of I-75 exit 220, left into entrance of Heritage Harbour, then left at 4-way stop; follow River Heritage Blvd. 1 mile to end. Visit www.riverstrand.com for real estate info. STATISTICS Par: 72

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he new 27-hole championship golf course at River Strand, designed by world-renowned architect Arthur Hills, offers a first-class golf experience that will be challenging for the low-handicap golfer yet fair and fun for the high-handicap player. The golf course fits harmoniously with the environment, featuring holes intertwined with tributaries and estuaries. Experience the outstanding conditions and superior service of River Strand for yourself and call us for information on the best membership offer in the area!

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Bobcat Trail Golf Club

One of Florida’s top public courses. Rated 4 1/2 stars by Golf Digest

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obcat Trail Golf Club features Champion Ultra Bobcat Trail Golf Club Dwarf greens that are rolling fast and true. The unNorth Port, FL dulating greens provide a challenging and rewardwww.bobcattrailgc.com (941) 429-0500 ing putting experience. The clubhouse has a superior dining and lounge atmosphere and a first-class pro shop Bobcat Trail is conveniently located in North Port, 3 miles south of I-75 for local and visiting golfers. at exit 179 (old 32), on Toledo Blade The par-71 course plays at 6,748 yards from the tips, Blvd. with four additional sets of tees to accommodate every skill STATISTICS level. Designed by 2003 Canadian Open Champion and Par: 71 Yards Rating Slope former PGA Champion Bob Tway, and golf course architect Blue (Tway) 6748 73.1 131 Gold (Bobcat) 6242 70.8 125 Lee Singletary, “The Cat” is the epitome of “risk-reward” golf. Green (Gator) 5765 68.2 121 The keys to scoring at “The Cat” are well-placed drives on the White (Hawk) Men 5271 64.4 116 wide, rolling fairways; accurate irons to the proper “shelf”; White (Hawk) Ladies 5271 70.8 125 and imagination and steady nerves on and around the large, Red (Fox) 4800 68.5 117 undulating, well-bunkered greens. Because of the superior customer service PERSONNEL and commitment to excellence by the entire PGAGeneral Manager: staff, Bobcat Trail is one of the few courses in BRUCE HARRIS Superintendent: THOMAS JONES Sarasota County rated 4-1/2 stars and considered a “must play” by Golf Digest - also designating it as one of Florida’s Top 30 public golf BRUCE HARRIS courses. For current rates and other informa96 PGA/ General Map Key Number Manager tion, visit us at www.bobcattrailgc.com. sarasota.golfersguide.com

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Deep Creek Golf Club Deep Creek Golf Club Punta Gorda, FL www.DeepCreekGC.com (941) 625-6911 STATISTICS Par 72 Yards Rating Back 6045 68.2 Middle 5375 66.9 Front 4860 67.9

Slope 126 120 112

PERSONNEL Architect . .. .. .. ..MARK MCCUMBER PGA Pro/GM .. .. .. .. .. .. TODD EVANS Superintendent . .. .. .. RICK CIRINO F&B Manager . ..JACKIE RICHARDSON

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eep Creek Golf Club has been voted “Best of Charlotte County” for seven straight years. Tee times are available five days in advance. Memberships are also available. We feature a full restaurant and bar, offering breakfast, lunch, and an occasional dinner. The restaurant and golf course are very popular for golf leagues, golf outings and non-golf functions. We also have a full range and a large putting green. Rental clubs and golf lessons are also available. We are a great value. Check us out online at www.DeepCreekGC.com.

Check us out on line at www.deepcreekgc.com and register for a free Birthday Round, our golfing specials, or get a tee time.

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Port Charlotte Golf Club Pt. Charlotte Golf Club Port Charlotte, FL www.portcharlottegolfclub.com (941) 625-4109

Stop by to see the beautiful renovated clubhouse. Take US 41 to Conway right into entrance.

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ort Charlotte Golf Club has a reputation as one of the foremost layouts in Southwest Florida. After a total renovation, the course is in the best shape ever! Featuring undulating greens with TifEagle® Bermuda grass, new bunkers and reshaped fairways, the course is challenging but player-friendly. The practice area offers nine target greens and a short game and practice bunker area. The redesigned clubhouse offers breakfast and lunch. If you haven’t played here lately, you are in for a treat. sarasota.golfersguide.com

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STATISTICS Par 72 Yards Rating Gold 6754 71.8 Blue 6344 70.0 White 6076 68.5 Green 5378 67.5 Red 4971 67.5

Slope 119 116 114 110 105

PERSONNEL Head Golf Pro . .. . MARK FAULKNER Superintendent . .. .. BRAD WRIGHT

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Riverwood Golf Club

The only course in Charlotte County to be rated 4-1/2 stars by Golf Digest magazine.

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estled among towering pine trees, sparkling lakes, natural preserves and the majestic Myakka River is Riverwood’s par-72 championship golf course. With five sets of tees, there is a challenge associated with every hole. Riverwood is home to a superb golf and practice learning center, complemented by a spacious putting green and chipping area. A staff of PGA teaching professionals can help you discover the best golfer in you. Hosting national, state and local golf championships is part of our history here at Riverwood. A Golf Digest 4-1/2 star nationally-rated golf course, superior course conditions, outstanding tournament management and excellent service are our trademarks. Proper dress is required. To reserve tee times four days in advance, arrange for lessons or groups, golf and vacation packages, special events and membership information, call (941) 764-6661. For information on a variety of scenic homes, visit the Centex Homes Sales Center, call (941) 764-6660 or visit our website at www.centexhomes.com! BOB RIDGE Head Golf Pro

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Riverwood Golf Club Port Charlotte, FL www.riverwoodgc.com (941) 764-6661 I-75 to exit 179, Toledo Blade Blvd., head west to SR776, turn right, ahead 3 miles. STATISTICS Par: 72 Black Blue White Red Gold (M) Gold (W) White (W)

Yards Rating Slope 7004 74.8 144 6472 71.9 133 6034 70.1 128 4695 68.0 114 5376 66.6 119 71.7 126 75.1 135

PERSONNEL GM/Membership .......... MIKE BURTON Head Golf Pro ................... BOB RIDGE Assist. Pro................. CHRIS SKEADOS Teaching Pro ..................JOHN MOODY Superintendent. .......... ERIC PINKHAM Architect ......................... GENE BATES

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w www.myakkapinesgolfclub.com ((941) 474-1753 C or book online Call Memberships Available M LLocated at 2550 S. River Rd in Englewood. Just m minutes from Venice and North Port. From I-75, take EExit 191 (Englewood) travel west on River Rd. for 9 m miles, or from Rt. 41, travel west on River Rd. for 4 m miles. The club is on the right just before Winchester B Blvd. From 776 travel east for 4 miles on Dearborn S St./S. River Rd. The club will be on your left just aafter Winchester Blvd.

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yakka Pines is a semi semi-private, private member member-owned owned club where the public is always welcome. Play golf on lush MiniVerde Greens while enjoying the natural beauty and wildlife. Five sets of tees for golfers of all ages and skill levels, and walkers are welcome after 2:30 pm. Tee times may be made five days in advancecall or book online. Lite fare is served at River Road Grill. A full driving range, putting green, sand trap and short game practice area round out the amenities.

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Oyster Creek Golf Club Oyster Creek Golf Club Englewood, FL www.oystercreekgolfclub.com (941) 475-0334 STATISTICS Par 60 Yards Blue 3976 White 3445 Red 2840

Rating Slope 59.3 100 57.2 93 56.0 85

PERSONNEL Architect . .. .. .. .. .. .. . TED MCANLIS Director of Operations .. .JOEL KING Gen. Mgr. .. .. .. .. DENNY BURNHAM Supt. . .. .. .. .. .. .. .ANDREW JORDAN

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ot 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 meticulously-manicured greens surrounded by environmentally-protected natural wetlands. sarasota.golfersguide.com

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Global Leader in GPS Rangefinder Technology Combines Feature-Packed Unit With Affordability

GolfBuddy, the global leader and first GPS rangefinder company to offer preloaded courses with no annual membership fees, now features the GolfBuddy World, the next generation, easy to navigate GPS rangefinder with a high resolution, color touch screen. The GolfBuddy World has the capacity to hold 40,000 courses in its memory, and comes preloaded with more than 32,000 courses worldwide. Like all GolfBuddy products, the World is fully operational right out of the box and doesn’t have any subscription fees. It’s high resolution, color touch screen is easy to navigate, with or without a golf glove, and also fea-

tures anti-glare technology that allows the image to remain completely visible even in direct sunlight. The GolfBuddy World displays a full layout view of each hole plus an overhead view from the tee box to the green. Golfers can carefully plan their shots with quick and accurate measurements to all targets and hazards on the hole. By using the innovative Touch Point Technology, one touch of the screen provides an instant yardage reading from the ball to the green. Digital Scorecard: Allows you to record scores for 1 player during each round Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery. 50 Channel Satellite Reception: Quickly and automatically recognizes the course and hole you are playing. Greatly reduces lost signals even during heavy cloud conditions GolfBuddy employs hundreds of professional course surveyors from all over the world who carefully map-out every hole on every course. That data combined with a 50 channel satellite system, makes the World extremely accurate. The GolfBuddy World is priced at $299.99 and is available for purchase at a golf retailer near you. or visit www.gpsgolfbuddy.com

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SUNCOAST Brand New Course! Completely redesigned New Tiff Dwarf Bermuda Greens New tees and bunkers

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New laser-leveled Lig hted all Grass Driving Range practice putting greens, and practice bunkers State-of-the-art teaching academy with indoor hitting bays to practice in any weather. PGA Instruction V1 video Anaysis • DVD of your Lesson ADULT CLINICS Individual Lessons Group Sessions • Junior Programs Club rentals • Cart rentals Golf carts available for golfers with disabilities Group and Corporate Outings Stop by our newly remodeled clubhouse and patio featuring social areas serving beer, snacks and refreshments Sarasota and Bradenton’s Best Custom Golf Club Fitter All repairs • Custom Fit

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SARASOTA AREA MAP 56 Bent Tree Country Club Private 6880-5350/73.2 (941) 371-8200 29 4700 Bent Tree Boulevard, Sarasota, FL; 1.5 miles east of I-75, Bee Ridge Road (Exit 207). 6 Bobby Jones Golf Course Public 45 holes/69.8 (941) 365-4653 24 1000 Circus Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34232; Off Beneva Road, between Fruitville & 17th. Turn on Circus Blvd. 96 Bobcat Trail Golf Club Semi-Private 6748-4800/73.0 941) 429-0500 49 1350 Bobcat Trail, North Port, FL, 34288; I-75 to exit 179, 2 miles west on Toledo Blade. 7 Calusa Lakes Golf Club Semi-Private 6740-5197/72.7 (941) 484-8995 20 1995 Calusa Lakes Blvd., Nokomis, FL 34275; Exit 195 off I-75 - Laurel Rd. W to Mission Valley Rd., Right, 1.3 miles. 8 Capri Isles Golf Club Semi-Private 6575-5075/72 (941) 485-3371 20 849 Capri Isles Blvd., Venice, FL 34292; I-75 off Jacaranda Blvd. (exit 193), R on Venice Ave., R on Capri Isles Blvd. 53 The Concession Golf Club Private 7470-5019/77.6 (941) 322-1922 12 7700 Lindrick Lane, Bradenton, FL 34202; Exit 213 off I-75, East on University Pkwy; left on Bourneside Blvd to end 57 Heron Creek Golf & Country Club Semi-Private 27 holes/73.1 (941) 423-6955 32 5301 Heron Creek Boulevard, North Port, FL 34287; Three miles west of I-75, Exit 182 71 Jacaranda West Country Club Private 6574-5282/72 (941) 493-2664 16 1901 Jacaranda Boulevard, Venice; Exit 193 off I-75, Jacaranda Blvd. 2 miles west 79 Lake Venice Golf Club Public 6636-5699/72 (941) 488-3948 30 1801 South Harbor Drive, Venice, FL; Business 41 to W. Venice Ave, L on S. Harbor Drive 2-1/2 miles 35 Highlands Course at The Meadows Semi-Private 6669-5090/72 (941) 225-2232 23 3400 Longmeadow Sarasota, FL; I-75 to Exit #213; W approx 1 mile, S on N. Honore Ave; S 1 mile to Longmeadow 47 Myakka Pines Golf Club Semi-Private 27 holes/72 (941) 474-1753 53 2550 South River Road, Englewood, FL 34223; Exit 191 off I-75, 9 miles west, cross US 41, 4 miles more 24 Oak Ford Golf Club Semi-Private 27 holes (941) 371-3680 37 1552 Palm View Road, Sarasota, FL; East on Fruitville Road, 8.5 miles past I-75 to Oak Ford Road, R to clubhouse 91 Palm-Aire Country Club Private 36 holes/72 (941) 556-0782 18 5601 Country Club Way, Sarasota, FL 34234; 2 miles E of 301, 2 miles W of I-75 exit 213 on University Prkwy 12 Pelican Pointe Golf & Country Club Semi-Private 27 holes/72 (941) 496-4653 31 625 Center Road, Venice, FL 34285; I-75 to South on Jacaranda Blvd. (exit 193) Right on Center Road 73 Plantation Golf & Country Club Private 36 holes/73.7 (941) 493-2000 19 500 Rockley Blvd, Venice, FL 34293; From I-75, Jacaranda Blvd (exit 193) W to US 41, S approx 3 mi on left 75 Rolling Green Golf Club Semi-Private 6460-5010/72 (941) 355-7621 45 4501 North Tuttle Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34234; I-75 to University Parkway, left on Tuttle, just S of Desoto Road 41 Sara Bay Country Club Private 7021-5264/73.8 (941) 355-7658 17 7011 Willow Street, Sarasota, FL 34243; Just N of the airport. US 41 to Montgomery Ave; turn right 77 Sarasota Golf Club Semi-Private 6585-4985/72 (941) 371-2431 29 7280 N Leewyn Drive, Sarasota, FL 34240; East off I-75, Exit 204 onto Bee Ridge, 3rd stoplight, turn left 36 Sarasota National Golf Club Semi-Private 7227-5050/72 (941) 496-8676 25 25510 National Blvd, Venice, FL 34293; From I-75 Jacaranda Blvd (exit 193) W to US 41, turn S appr 2 mi on R 13 Serenoa Golf Club Semi-Private 6333-5024/72 (941) 925-2755 36 6733 Serenoa Drive, Sarasota, FL 34241; E 1/2 mile east of I-75 exit 205 off Clark Road 16 Tatum Ridge Golf Links Semi-Private 6747-5126/72 (941) 378-4211 35 421 North Tatum Road, Sarasota, FL 34240; 2 miles eat of I-75 off Fruitville Road Exit 210 5 University Park Country Club Semi-Private 27 holes/72 (941) 359-9999 8 7671 The Park Blvd., University Park, FL; 1.8 miles west of I-75 on University Parkway, (Exit 213) 79 Venice East Golf Club & Driving Range Semi-Private Executive (941) 493-0005 44 107 Venice East Blvd, Venice, FL, 34293; I-75, Jacaranda Blvd (exit 193) W to US 41 S approx 2 mi on left 80 Village Green Golf Club Public Executive (941) 922-9500 26 3500 Pemrook Drive, Sarasota, FL, 34239; Just North of Bee Ridge Road on Beneva, turn left on Pinecrest 17 Waterford Golf Club Semi-Private 27 holes/72.3 (941) 484-6621 20 1454 Gleneagles Dr., Venice, FL 34292; Exit 195, Laurel Rd., west to light at Pinebrook, left on Edmunsdson Rd.

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46 Freedom Fairways

MANATEE COUNTY FEATURE COURSES PRIVATE COURSES DINING SHOPPING LIVING ON THE LINKS SERVICES DRIVING RANGES

1 Imperial Lakewoods

30 Buffalo Creek

69 Terra Ceia Bay

70

22

River Wilderness

29 Waterlefe

31 31 River Strand

4

26 Stoneybrook

River Run

44 94

Pinebrook Ironwood

49 Manatee County

2

39 62 IMG Academies

62

Rosedale

3 River Club

41

53

Sara Bay

53 Concession

34 34

91

34 Suncoast Golf

Palm Aire CC

5 University Park

65

5 99

75

99 100

Rolling Green

75

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FEATURED COURSE

TYPE

YDS/PAR

PHONE

PG.

MANATEE AREA MAP 30 Buffalo Creek Golf Course Public 7005-5261/72 (941) 776-2611 8100 Erie Road, Palmetto, FL 34221; i-75 to exit 224, 301 North to Erie Road, 2 mi to 69th St. E turn left 53 The Concession Golf Club Private 7470-5019/77.6 (941) 322-1922 7700 Lindrick Lane, Bradenton, FL 34202; Exit 217 off I-75 62 IMG Academies Golf & Country Club Semi-Private 6855-5294/72 (941) 758-1464 4350 El Conquitador Parkway, Bradenton, FL 34210; US 41 to Bayshore Gardens Pkwy, west to entrance 1 Imperial Lakewoods Golf Course Semi-Private 7019-5275/72 (941) 747-4653 9680 Buffalo Road, Palmetto, FL 34221; Exit 229 off I-75, 1/4 mile east 49 Manatee County Golf Course Public 6703-5587/72 (941) 792-6773 6415 53rd Ave W. Bradneton, FL 34210; Cortez road to 66th St W. Turn south then east on 53rd Ave. 91 Palm-Aire Country Club Private 36 holes/72 (941) 556-0782 5601 Country Club Way, Sarasota, FL 34234; 2 miles E of 301, 2 miles W of I-75 exit 213 on University Prkwy 44 Pinebrook/Ironwood Golf Club Executive 3706-3146/59.9 (941) 792-3288 4260 Ironwood Circle, Bradenton, FL 34209; Just off Cortez Road between 51st St. W. & 43rd. St. West 3 The River Club Semi-Private 7031-5056/72 (941) 751-4211 6600 River Club Blvd., Bradenton, FL; 1 mile east of I-75 off SR70, exit 217 4 River Run Golf Links Public 18 holes/70 (941) 708-6331 1801 27th St. E. Bradenton, FL; Exit 220 (SR 64) west to 27th St. E. turn south (next to Pirate City) 31 River Strand Golf Club at Heritage Harbour Semi-Private 27 holes/72 (941) 708-3617 7155 Grand Estuary Trail, Bradenton, FL 34212; I-75to exit 220. 1/2 mile East on SR 64 70 River Wilderness Golf & Country Club Private 7072-5243/72 (941) 776-2602 1 Wilderness Blvd., Parrish, FL 34219; Exit 224 off I-75, north on 301 to Old Tampa Rd, 2.5 mi. on right 2 Rosedale Golf & Country Club Semi-Private 6714-5064/72.9 (941) 756-0004 5100 87th Street East, Bradenton, FL 34202; 1/4 mile East of I-75 off SR70, Exit 217 41 Sara Bay Country Club Private 7021-5264/73.8 (941) 355-7658 7011 Willow Street, Sarasota, FL 34243; Just N of the airport. US 41 to Montgomery Ave; turn right 26 Stoneybrook at Heritage Harbour Public 7141-5002/72 (941) 746-2696 7900 Stone Harbour Loop, Bradenton, FL 34202; I-75 to Exit 220. East on SR 64 34 Suncoast Golf Center Executive 9 holes/27 (941) 351-2666 7741 15th Street East, Sarasota, FL 34243; Old 301 and Tallevast Road, just north of the airport 69 Terra Ceia Bay Golf Club Executive 3927-3014/62 (941) 729-7663 2802 Terra Ceia Bay Blvd, Palmetto; Just north of Palmetto off US 41 5 University Park Country Club Semi-Private 27 holes/72 (941) 359-9999 7671 The Park Blvd., University Park, FL; 1.8 miles west of I-75 on University Parkway, (Exit 213) 29 Waterlefe Golf & River Club Semi-Private 6997-4782/72 (941) 744-9771 1022 Fish Hook Cove, Bradenton, FL 34202; I-75 to Exit 220, E to Upper Manatee River Rd, N to course on L

28 12 2 43 28 18 34 40 39 47 16 42 17 38 55 38 8 22

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY 46 Freedom Fairways Golf Club Semi-Private 3210-2022/56 (813) 633-GOLF 3940 Upper Creek Dr, Sun City Center, FL 33573; I-75 to Exit 240 to 1st light; L then right at Upper Creek

MAP KEY

SERVICES

TYPE

BritGeek

(941) 320-3060

54

GPS Equipment

Regional

gpsgolfbuddy.com

63

Barter Group

Regional

(941) 955-6100

62

Professional Golf Association

Regional

nfpga.com

48

Pope Golf 97

Pro Golf Discount Tee Off Sarasota.com

34

Vinnie’s Club Shop West Florida AM Tour

MAP KEY

REAL ESTATE

31

River Strand Golf & Country Club

31

Lennar Homes

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Regional

International Barter Exchange North Florida PGA

PHONE

On-site Computer Service

Golf Buddy 37

LOCATION

42

Golf Course Management

Regional

popegolf.net

27

Club Repair/Custom Clubs

Sarasota

(941) 929-9600

64

On-line tee times

Regional

TeeOffSarasota.com

52

Club Repair/Custom Clubs

Regional

(941) 351-2666

55

Golf Competitions

Regional

(941) 735-4428

48

TYPE

LOCATION

PHONE

PG.

Golf Community

Bradenton

(866) 201-5212

46

Builder

Regional

(866) 201-5212

46

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57 Heron Creek

96 Bobcat Trail

57

84 Kingsway

47 Myaka Pines

722 Deep Creek

100 98 Port Charlotte

20 Riverwood

CHARLOTTE COUNTY FEATURE COURSES PRIVATE COURSES DINING SHOPPING LIVING ON THE LINKS SERVICES DRIVING RANGES

19 Oyster Creek

Directory MAP KEY

FEATURED COURSE

TYPE

YDS/PAR

PHONE

PG.

CHARLOTTE COUNTY 96 Bobcat Trail Golf Club Semi-Private 6748-4800/73.0 941) 429-0500 49 1350 Bobcat Trail, North Port, FL, 34288; I-75 to exit 179, 2 miles west on Toledo Blade. 72 Deep Creek Golf Club Semi-Private 6045-4860/70 (941) 625-6911 50 1260 San Cristobal Ave., Port Charlotte, FL; Exit 170 off I-75, east on Kings Hwy, R on Sandhill, R on San Cristobal 57 Heron Creek Golf & Country Club Semi-Private 27 holes/73.1 (941) 423-6955 32 5301 Heron Creek Boulevard, North Port, FL 34287; Three miles west of I-75, Exit 182 84 Kingsway Country Club Private 7137-5200/75.2 (941) 625-8898 15 Kings Highway, Lake Suzy, FL; Exit 170 off I-75, 1/2 mile East 47 Myakka Pines Golf Club Semi-Private 27 holes/72 (941) 474-1753 53 2550 South River Road, Englewood, FL 34223; Exit 191 off I-75, 9 miles west, cross US 41, 4 miles more 19 Oyster Creek Golf & Country Club Executive 3976-2840/60 (941) 475-0334 53 6501 Oriole Blvd, Englewood, FL; I-75 to Exit 191 River Road to Pine, left on Pine to SR776, left on 776, south 2 miles 98 Port Charlotte Golf Club Semi-Private 6754-4971/18 (941) 625-4109 50 22400 Gleneagles Terrace, Port Charlotte, FL 33945; US 41 to Conway, right into entrance 20 River wood Golf Club Semi-Private 7004-5376/74.8 (941) 764-6661 51 4100 Riverwood Drive, Port Charlotte, FL; SR776, four miles west of Town Center Mall

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Directory MAP KEY

22 100 100 100 39 97 97 22 27

MAP KEY 53 65 65

SHOPPING

Golf Buddy Golf USA, Sarasota Edwin Watts Golf Edwin Watts Golf Edwin Watts Golf Jox Golf Shorts Manatee Golf Pro Golf Discount Pro Golf Discount USA Golf Outlet Venice Golf Center

DINING/ACCOMMODATIONS

The Bistro at The Concession Maduro’s Cigar Bar Maduro’s Cigar Bar

MAP KEY

TYPE GPS Equipment Equipment, Accessories Equipment, Accessories Equipment, Accessories Equipment, Accessories Accessories Equipment, Accessories Equipment, Accessories Equipment, Accessories Equipment, Accessories Equipment, Accessories

GOLF INSTRUCTION

TYPE

Culinary Membership Cigar Bar Cigar Bar

TYPE

LOCATION

PHONE

Regional Sarasota Sarasota Lakewood Ranch Port Charlotte Regional Bradenton Sarasota Venice Ellenton Venice

gpsgolfbuddy.com (941) 926-2220 (941) 922-1006 (941) 907-1060 (941) 613-1400 (941) 993-6812 (941) 752-6168 (941) 929-9600 (941) 497-3100 (941) 722-9000 (941) 497-7910

LOCATION

PHONE

Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Sarasota

LOCATION

PG. 63 3 5 5 5 36 7 64 64 3 30

PG.

(941) 322-1922 (941) 358-2222 (941) 925-4747

PHONE

26 24 24

PG.

94 57 5 73

Cathy Schmidt Golf Academy at Heron Creek Golf Academy at University Park Golf Learning Center At Plantation

Golf Instruction Golf School Golf School Golf Instruction

Regional North Port Bradenton Venice

(941) 720-9080 (941) 518-6646 (941) 359-9999 (941) 493-2000

34 32 8 19

99

GolfTEC - Sarasota

Golf Instruction

Lakewood Ranch

(941) 926-6025

41

99 62 75 97 97

GolfTEC - Sarasota IMG Academies Joe Mann, PGA Instructor North Florida PGA Pro Golf Discount Pro Golf Discount

Golf Instruction Golf Instruction Golf Instruction Junior Golf Golf Instruction Golf Instruction

Sarasota Bradenton Sarasota Regional Sarasota Venice

(941) 926-6025 (941) 758-1464 (941) 539-6691 nfpga.com (941) 929-9600 (941) 497-3100

41 2 44 48 64 64

34

Suncoast Golf Center

Golf Instruction

Sarasota/Bradenton

(941) 351-2666

55

Use the following codes to indicate type of course below: SP - Semi-Private, PV - Private, P - Public, M - Municipal, R - Resort

GOLF COURSES NOT FEATURED IN THIS EDITION MANATEE COUNTY

Bradenton CC Heather Hills GC Key Royale Club Lakewood Ranch G & CC Links @ Greenfield Plantation Palmetto Pines GC Palm View Hills Preserve Golf Club (The) Peridia Golf & CC Tara G&CC Timbercreek GC

SARASOTA COUNTY Bird Bay GC Boca Royale Country Club Founders Club (The) Gator Creek GC Gulf Gate GC Heritage Oaks Golf & CC Longboat Key Club Misty Creek CC Mission Valley CC The Oaks Club Sorrento Par 3

PV P PV PV P P P SP SP PV SP

Bradenton Bradenton Holmes Beach Bradenton Bradenton Palmetto Palmetto Bradenton Bradenton Bradenton Bradenton

(941) 792-4159 (941) 755-8888 (941) 778-3055 (941) 907-4710 (941) 747-9432 (941) 776-1375 (941) 722-2392 (941) 756-2944 (941) 758-2582 (941) 758-7961 (941) 794-8381

SP SP PV PV SP SP R PV PV PV P

Venice Englewood Sarasota Sarasota Sarasota Sarasota Longboat Key Sarasota Venice Osprey Nokomis

(941) 485-9333 (941) 474-7475 (941) 378-0900 (941) 924-1111 (941) 921-5515 (941) 926-7600 (941) 383-8821 (941) 921-5258 (941) 488-9683 (941) 966-2191 (941) 966-4884

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Stoneybrook G & CC TPC at Prestancia Venetian Golf & River C Venice Golf & CC

CHARLOTTE COUNTY Burnt Store Marina GC Chip Shot GC Coral Creek Club Duffy’s Golf Center Emu Lakes GC Fore Leaf Clover GC Kings Gate Golf Club Kings Island Golf Course Kingsway Country Club Live Oak GC Maple Leaf Estates Rotonda Golf & CC St. Andrews South Seminole Lakes

DESOTO COUNTY Arcadia Municipal GC Sunnybreeze Golf Course

61

SP PV SP PV

Sarasota Sarasota Venice Venice

(941) 966-1800 (941) 922-2800 (941) 441-2294 (941) 493-3400

SP SP PV P SP P SP SP PV SP SP SP PV SP

Punta Gorda Punta Gorda Placida Port Charlotte Punta Gorda Punta Gorda Pt. Charlotte Lake Suzy Lake Suzy Arcadia Pt. Charlotte Rotonda Punta Gorda Punta Gorda

(941) 637-1577 (941) 639-6010 (941) 697-9100 (941) 697-3900 (941) 637-6191 (941) 637-9444 (941) 625-0680 (941) 629-7800 (941) 625-8898 (941) 993-4014 (941) 629-1666 (941) 697-2414 (941) 639-8353 (941) 639-5440

M P

Arcadia Arcadia

(863) 494-4223 (888) 663-2420

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