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The Concession Golf Club Titleist Advanced Fitting Center offering TPI Fitness and Instruction

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Unlimited Golf, Dining, Fitness Center, and Social Activities! Call 941.739.7439 Today for More Information! Join us for casual or fine dining and enjoy breathtaking views of the Sarasota Bay! Special Pricing on Groups of 12 or More. Call for Reservations and Pricing.

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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The Concession Golf Club The Concession’s reputation continues to grow. Golf Digest ranked The Concession No. 4 in its 2011 rankings of Florida golf courses.

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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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t has been an active golf season in Southwest Florida, fueled by wonderful weather and golf courses that are reasonably priced and in tremendous condition, plus a record number of visitors. We invite you to explore our coast and the vast array of golf opportunities, from driving ranges, lessons, executive courses and championship courses designed by some of the biggest names in golf. Take advantage of the opportunities for competitive play, as well as access to private courses not necessarily available to the public, through the West Florida Golf Tour. The tour offers competitive play for golf professionals, and an amateur division offers fun and friendly competition at reasonable prices (Page 50). Our cover story features The Concession Golf Club, one of the top private clubs in Florida. It is now offering golfers a chance to improve their game at the new Titleist Fitting Center. Beginning in May, the summer golf season explodes with exceptional values on the Big Summer Golf Card (Page 18). Across the board, golf values and opportunities to play competitively or just with friends and family are the best to be found in years. Thanks for picking up our Golfer’s Guide. For 25 years we have sought to put all of the area golf information at your fingertips. 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 at sarasota.golfersguide.com. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter: Sarasotagolf

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The Concession Golf Club Embrace the Experience....

The Concession opens Titleist Advanced Fitting Center

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he Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla., is one of Suncoast’s most prestigious private clubs. Named Golf Digest’s “Best New Private Course” (2006), The Concession is set on 520 acres of ruggedly pristine land dotted with massive oaks and majestic pines. Most every service and amenity associated with the world’s premier clubs can be found at The Concession. And now non-members may enjoy some of these services as well. Golfers of all skill levels can be custom-fitted for their clubs, and have a comprehensive assessment of their golf fitness. Non-members are welcome to dine on the award-winning cuisine at The Concession Bistro, or reserve The Concession for a picturesque wedding or special event. With its state-of-the-art teaching facility and highly-trained professional staff, The Concession Golf Club leaves no stone unturned in its commitment to helping you lower your scores. “Instruction plays a very important role at The Concession,” said Barry Hinckley, Head Golf Professional at The Concession. “We have assembled a team of experts in instruction, golf fitness, club fitting, and mental coaching. Using tools such as high-speed video analysis and TrackMan™, The Concession team provides a unique environment to work on all facets of your game.” As the region’s only Advanced Fitting Center for Titleist, The Concession Golf Club team of certified fitters uses TrackMan, a Doppler radar-based launch monitor system to help players optimize driver performance, make iron play more precise, dial in their wedges, and fine-tune set compositions. TrackMan is the choice of the PGA Tour, the USGA and sarasota.golfersguide.com

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the R&A. The system precisely measures 22 different swing and ball flight parameters and provides detailed information on golf shots and impact relationships. All clubface, swing and ball flight data, from club speed to shot dispersion, are delivered in scalable, easy to understand reports. “Golf is all about confidence in your game and your equipment,” said Hinckley. “The Concession offers the most precise club fitting experience around. Our approach to fitting begins with a unique understanding of a player’s performance. We feel that you shouldn’t swing to fit your equipment - your equipment should fit your swing.” Today’s Tour players know that properly fitted equipment is only part of becoming a successful golfer. Whether you are a recreational or competitive player, proper fitness, conditioning and nutrition are essential in playing and enjoying golf for a lifetime. To reach those goals, The Concession offers the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) Golf Fitness Program. This world-renowned program combines physical analysis and conditioning, as well as golf swing analysis

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and instruction to help you maximize your performance. “With our TPI Program, players are placed through a complete array of tests usually reserved for the best golfers in the world,” said James Whatmore, The Concession’s Fitness Director. “By assessing a ‘total picture’ of your body, swing, and equipment, our team of Certified TPI Golf Instructors and Fitness professionals will design an individually specific program that will help you optimize your performance on the golf course.” Whatmore, a certified TPI and N.A.S.M. Instructor, and his team use several physical and golf screening processes to measure the golfer’s ability to generate and transfer speed and determine the most efficient energy transfer throughout the golfer’s body. “Through our screening process we will isolate any physical limitations, correlate these findings to your swing technique and prescribe a custom-conditioning program,” he said. “We can then match your swing technique with your physical attributes to help you build a more repeatable and efficient golf swing.”

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backdrop of a lush and scenic landscape. The Concessions’ indoor and outdoor private meeting and dining areas are perfect to commemorate any event. “Our clubhouse is outfitted with the latest technology and our creative banquet team is prepared to go above and beyond with any extras you may need,” said Kim McNeal, Membership and Events Director. “Whether you are planning a private golf outing, corporate luncheon or executive retreat, The Concession offers several room layouts and can cater any meeting, dinner or event to your exact requirements. Our exquisite clubhouse brings a refined elegance to any occasion, and our staff has your dedicated focus and undivided attention. No matter the size of your event, our staff’s attention to detail and commitment to service will make your special occasion memorable.” For additional information about The Concession Golf Club and Membership, visit www.theconcession.com or call 941-322-1922.

To help golfers hone their skills The Concession Golf Club offers a 23-acre practice facility, ranked by Golf Digest as one of the “75 Best Practice Areas” in the United States. It includes a dual-ended driving range, two putting greens, and a short game area that allows one to practice any shot they might need including pitch shots up to 80 yards. When members and their guests are not taking in a day on The Concession’s awardwinning golf course, they can relax and enjoy a palate-pleasing dining experience at The Concession Bistro. In December 2010, The Concession Bistro was honored with an invitation by the James Beard Foundation to host a performance dinner at the Beard House, the equivalent of the culinary Oscars. Non-members can inquire about The Concession’s Culinary Memberships. If you are looking for the perfect location for a private event, The Concession Golf Club offers the ultimate venue amidst the sarasota.golfersguide.com

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PRIVATE GOLF CLUBS Private Membership Oers Many Advantages

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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 941GAVIN DARBYSHIRE PGA Golf Pro 497-5361. Limited tee times available to non-members - call 941-493-2664.

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PERSONNEL Architects .. .. .. .. MARK MAHANNAH . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. . CHIP POWELL PGA Pro.. .. .. .. .. .. ..GAVIN DARBYSHIRE Assistant Pro .. .. .. .. .. .. BOB DOYLE Superintendent . .. .. ED ANDERSON

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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 fees - low monthly fees. Contact Bill Crusselle at 941-776-2602 for more information.

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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 General Manager..............BILL CRUSSELLE Head Golf Pro .....................ERIC STEPHENS Superintendent ........................RON MOORE Map Key Number

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Tennis - $250 Includes: Unlimited Tennis on 8 Har-Tru Courts and 2 Hard Courts. Summer Tennis Clinics and Evening Mixers under the lights. Private Tennis Lessons and Jr Tennis Clinics available.

Social - $125 Includes: Enjoy Superb Cuisine and Social Events, Curbside to-Go, Jr. Olympic Swimming Pool, Fitness Center with 24/7 access. Private Trainer available.

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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

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Sara Bay Country Club

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“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 & LPGA Symetra Tour

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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 Paul Barone, General Manager gm.sbcc@verizon.net Or call (941) 355-7658

Sara Bay Country Club 7011 Willow Street Sarasota, FL 34243

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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 74.0 140 constructed Members’ Lounge has an incredible view, and offers Black Blue 6516 72.6 135 both indoor and outdoor dining, with a casual feel. Members White 6110 70.6 130 5655 68.7 124 enjoy both fine and casual dining menus with a fine dining menu Gold Red 5258 72.1 124 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 71.4 134 Members to host special occasions and private parties. White 6067 69.9 128 Now, expanding golf services, the Golf Learning Center has Gold 5402 67.5 121 4925 70.0 118 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 .. .. .. THOMAS MAYER Dir of Instruction .. .. .. .. .. JULIE EDGAR been selected to host the LPGA annual Tour Qualifying School & Asst Golf Pro . .. . DAVID HRONEK since 1987. This year, we successfully hosted 240 hopeful contes- Fitting 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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University Park Country Club 27 Holes of Award Winning, 4-Star Rated Semi-Private Golf

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ee times at University Park Country Club, the area’s premier semi-private country club, continue to be the most sought after 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. This acclaimed course is at the heart of the award-winning University Park community, recognized by The National Association of Home Builders with their “Best Community Design in America” award. As University Park Country Club celebrates its 20th Anniversary it is no surprise that the course consistently earns awards and recognition from independent reader’s surveys and discerning golfers. Golf Digest continues to acknowledge the beautiful and challenging 27 holes at University Park with its 4-star rating for the 14th year in a row, its writer’s enthusiastically calling it a “must-play” course. The Ron Garl-designed course also earned the designation as “Most Women-Friendly Golf Course” by Golf For Women magazine, and locally, Sarasota Magazine readers have voted University Park Country Club “Best Place to Play Golf” for 18 years running! sarasota.golfersguide.com

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The Golf Academy at University Park, under the direction of LPGA Tour Player Sue Ertl, offers novice as well as experienced golfers group lessons, daily clinics, schools and individual instruction to ensure everyone gets the best out of their game. Savvy golfers know to sign up at www.universitypark-fl.com to get the benefits of special rate promotions and competitively priced merchandise.

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Bent Tree Country Club 941-371-8200 Having undergone major renovations with all new Champion Bermuda greens and bunkers, Bent Tree has become a must see and must play. Tree-lined fairways of towering mature oaks, meticulously kept greens, and acres of lakes and streams create a unique and tranquil setting for first-class championship golf. Our Private club boasts one of the most flexible and creative membership plans around! Located in Sarasota, just east of I-75 off Bee Ridge Road. For membership information, weddings, tournaments and parties call: 941-371-5854. Bent Tree is walker friendly! www.benttreecc.net

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Myakka Pines Golf Club 941-474-1753 Myakka Pines is a member-owned 27-hole club where visiting golfers are welcome while we fill our membership roster. Play golf on lush MiniVerde Greens while enjoying the natural beauty and wildlife in this beautiful setting. Five sets of tees for golfers of all ages and skill levels, and walkers are welcome after 2:30 pm. Tee times available five days in advance. A full driving range, putting green, and short game practice area round out the amenities. Located on River Road in Englewood, just west of US 41 minutes from Venice and North Port. Visit www.myakkapinesgolfclub.com or call 941-474-1753 for additional information.

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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, five in the Sarasota/ Manatee area and one in Tennessee, with thousands of rounds of golf played last year, and just as many satisfied customers! 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. Keith Pope, president of the company that bears his name, is a PGA professional who has over 20 years of experience helping under-preforming clubs reach their full potential. Whether your golfing adventures lead you north or south of Sarasota, and are seeking an exceptional public golf or a private club experience, Pope Golf offers you several outstanding options with the best value for your golfing dollar. Visit www.popegolf.net for more information today!

Public Courses

Buffalo Creek Golf Course 941-776-2611 The goal of Buffalo Creek is simple offer the best value of any championship course in the area. A challenging par-72 Ron Garl design, perfect for all skill levels. Rolling, wide fairways in the Scottish links tradition wind through lakes and waterways, and not a house in sight! Staffed by PGA Professionals with a commitment to great customer service. The grill is open daily. www.golfmanatee.com

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Manatee County Golf Course 941-792-6773 Experience home town hospitality! Sharpen your game at the full practice facilities. A challenging layout, with five teeing areas making it friendly for all abilities. The snack bar is open for breakfast and lunch. Centrally located, it is the closest championship length golf course to the beaches and 9.5 miles West of I-75 on SR70/53rd Ave. West in Bradenton. www.golfmanatee.com

Sarasota Golf Club 941-371-2431 Sarasota Golf Club is a family-friendly facility. The course winds through mature trees in a natural Florida setting. Variety is the theme, with a nice balance of challenging long holes and fun short holes. A full practice facility is available to improve your game. The casual clubhouse and pro shop is a gathering place for generations of golfers. Plan to host your next golf tournament here! www.sarasotagc.com

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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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Courses in Venice 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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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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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

Sarasota’s Fun Place to Play & Learn

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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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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 PGA Tournament Dir............... RICH WHALEN Asst Professional .................... JACK COLLINS Superintendent. .................... JOSH DELBENE

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Rolling Green Golf Club Rolling Green Golf Club 4501 N. Tuttle Ave. Sarasota, FL 34234 www.rollinggreengc.com (941) 355-7621 Tee times are available 7 days in advance.

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olling Green is conveniently located to downtown Sarasota and the beaches. Regarded by many as one of Sarasota’s favorites, the course boasts generous fairways and large manicured greens. Amenities include a driving range, golf shop, putting green and rental clubs, plus a great Players Club membership! The restaurant opens at 6 a.m. daily for breakfast and lunch, and the full-service lounge is a local favorite, especially for the Friday night Fish Fry.

Lessons available at Rolling Green Golf Club Individual private lessons for men, women & junior golfers Beginning & Accelerated Learning by appointment

STATISTICS Par: 72 Yards Rating Slope Gold 6460 69.9 120 Blue 6116 68.3 117 White 5659 66.8 113 Red 5010 68.5 114 PERSONNEL Architect .................. ANDY ANDERSON General Manager........ KEVIN PASCHALL, PGA Teaching Pro .............. JOE MANN, PGA Superintendent .......JOHN WARD, CGCS

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Want to improve your Game? Call the Golf Doctor

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

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941-539-6691

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his Ted McAnlis-designed links course has preserved wetlands and 11 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 504yard, 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 bunkers 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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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 a knowledgeable friendly staff. Call for seasonal pricing and afternoon specials. DAVID KNOTT

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

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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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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 and 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

STATISTICS PAR American 71 British 72 Gillespie 30

YRDS RAT/SLP 6032 69.2/119 6739 71.7/125 1687

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

PGA Golf Professional

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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 100-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 9 miles 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 Sarasota’s Favorite Course since 1989. 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

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THE GOLF ACADEMY AT HERON CREEK

Learn to correct your own mistakes JOSEPH SALVAGGIO, PGA DIRECTOR OF INSTRUCTION Certified Club fitting Specialist TaylorMade Select Fit Clubfitting System

Improve your Game Clinics STATE OF THE ART “PLANE PERFECT GOLF” SWING TRAINER Learn the only self correcting method of practicing and playing, as taught by Ernest Jones Group Lessons • Playing Lessons • 1-Day Boot Camps

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Heron Creek Golf & Country Club Heron Creek Golf & CC 5301 Heron Creek Blvd.

North Port, FL 34287 www.heron-creek.com (941) 423-6955 5301 Heron Creek Blvd. North Port, FL 34287 between US41 and I-75 Exit 182.

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he 27-hole championship is rated 4-1/2 stars by Golf Digest, for it’s superb, natural design that not only preserves, but enhances its natural surroundings. Elevated tees assist the golfer with shot placement and the sloping greens are meticulously maintained. 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 gameTee times available 7 days in advance.

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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

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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.

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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 PGA General Manager: ........BRUCE HARRIS staff, Bobcat Trail is one of the few courses in 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

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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 and 17th in the state of Florida by GolfWeek.

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

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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” and Loyalty Club.” Call for details - 941-925-2755.

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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

STAFF & PERSONNEL General Manager . .. . STACEY LUNDY Superintendent . .. . KEITH MITCHELL Map Key Number

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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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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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n the heart of Manatee County just minutes from I-75 at State Route 64 lies The Links at Greenfield Plantation. The Links combines the rare mix of affordability with championship golf, outstanding course conditions and natural beauty. Generous landing areas off the tee are coupled with well-bunkered, undulating greens. Enjoy, as the course weaves its way through wildlife-rich wetlands and over sparkling lakes. Regardless of which of the four sets of tees you choose, The Links provides just the right amount of challenge in a relaxed and friendly environment. From meeting you at the bag drop to serving your favorite lunch item in our full-service snack bar, our courteous and professional staff is on hand to ensure you have a fantastic golf experience. A well-conditioned golf course, exceptional service along with a great practice facility and lessons avialable by PGA professionals awaits you. Have you played the Links lately? You will be amazed at the improvements in conditioning and customer service!

The Links at Greenfield Plantation Bradenton, FL www.linksatgreenfieldplantation.com (941) 747-9432 • • • •

Challenging 18 hole layout Par 72 championship course Competitive rates Exceptional course conditions

Visit our website for Online Specials! Two miles E of I-75, Exit 220 in Bradenton STATISTICS Par: 72 Black Blue White (Men) White (Women) Red

Yards Rating Slope 6719 72.2 130 6262 70.0 126 5712 67.5 117 5712 73.0 131 4944 68.2 112

PERSONNEL Architect....................................CHIP POWELL General Manager....................MARK HALTER Golf Professional.................TIM BOHAN, PGA Superintendent ................JEFF CARTWRIGHT

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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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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, 2010, and 2012 PERSONNEL General Manager ........... JOE RASSETT U.S. Open Qualifying Tournaments. Director of Golf ......................STEVE DIETZ, II Home of The Golf Academy at WaterSuperintendent. ..............ERIK GOWDY Director of Instruction ....... STEVE DIETZ, Sr. lefe, offering one-, two- or three-day golf schools. STEVE DIETZ, II Reserve your tee time online, 24 Director of Golf 29 hours a day, at www.waterlefegolf.com! Map Key Number sarasota.golfersguide.com

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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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Club rentals • Cart rentals Golf carts available for golfers with disabilities Group and Corporate Outings Regrip; reshaft; all club repair Loft & Lie Adjustments Recognized Mitchell Golf Repair Center

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

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SARASOTA AREA MAP 56 Bent Tree Country Club Private 6880-5350/73.2 (941) 371-8200 22 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 34 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 39 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 24 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 24 849 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 8 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 37 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 12 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 32 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 43 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 22 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 35 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 13 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 33 625 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 16 500 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 30 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 15 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 23 7280 N Leewyn Drive, Sarasota, FL 34240; East off I-75, Exit 207 onto Bee Ridge, 3rd stoplight, turn left 36 Sarasota National Golf Club Semi-Private 7227-5050/72 (941) 496-8676 29 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 42 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 31 421 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 20 7671 The Park Blvd., University Park, FL; 1.8 miles west of I-75 on University Parkway, (Exit 213) 80 Village Green Golf Club Public Executive (941) 922-9500 28 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 24 1454 Gleneagles Dr., Venice, FL 34292; Exit 195, Laurel Rd., west to light at Pinebrook, left on Edmunsdson Rd.

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Palm Aire CC

5 University Park

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Rolling Green

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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 64 The Links at Greenfield Plantation Public 6719-4944/72 (941) 747-9432 10325 Greenfield Plantation Blvd, Bradenton, FL 34202; I-75 Exit 220 (SR 64) East 2 miles 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

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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

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LOCATION

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TYPE Golfer’s Play Card

REAL ESTATE

River Strand Golf & Country Club River Bend Golf & Country Club

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TYPE Golf Community Golf Community

59

PHONE

48

PG.

Regional

(941) 923-2232

18

Regional Regional Regional Regional Regional Regional Sarasota Regional Regional

(941) 321-8143 gpsgolfbuddy.com (941) 744-6244 (941) 955-6100 nfpga.com popegolf.net (941) 929-9600 TeeOffSarasota.com (941) 735-4428

34 62 42 17 50 22 64 54 50

LOCATION Bradenton Canada

PHONE

PG.

(888) 204-3489 (888) 204-3489

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57 Heron Creek

96 Bobcat Trail

57

84 Kingsway

47 Myakka 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 39 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 40 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 37 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 14 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 22 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 38 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 40 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 41 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

Galambos Flooring Golf Buddy Golf USA, Sarasota Edwin Watts Golf Edwin Watts Golf Edwin Watts Golf Ceramic Golf Chips 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

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TYPE

LOCATION

PHONE

Custom Floor Design & Installation Regional GPS Equipment Regional Equipment, Accessories Sarasota Equipment, Accessories Sarasota Equipment, Accessories Lakewood Ranch Equipment, Accessories Port Charlotte Accessories, Promotional Regional Equipment, Accessories Bradenton Equipment, Accessories Sarasota Equipment, Accessories Venice Equipment, Accessories Ellenton Equipment, Accessories Venice

GOLF INSTRUCTION

TYPE

LOCATION

Culinary Membership Cigar Bar Cigar Bar

TYPE

PG.

(941) 321-8143 gpsgolfbuddy.com (941) 926-2220 (941) 922-1006 (941) 907-1060 (941) 613-1400 (321) 303-9684 (941) 752-6168 (941) 929-9600 (941) 497-3100 (941) 722-9000 (941) 497-7910

PHONE

Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Sarasota

LOCATION

34 63 3 5 5 5 38 7 64 64 3 32

PG.

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

PHONE

36 28 28

PG.

94 57 5

Cathy Schmidt Golf Academy at Heron Creek Golf Academy at University Park

Golf Instruction Golf School Golf School

Regional North Port Bradenton

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

46 36 20

73 62

Golf Learning Center At Plantation IMG Academies

Golf Instruction Golf Instruction

Venice Bradenton

(941) 493-2000 (941) 758-1464

16 2

75 57

Joe Mann, PGA Instructor Joe Salvaggio, PGA Instructor North Florida PGA Pro Golf Discount Pro Golf Discount

Golf Instruction Golf Instruction Golf Instruction Golf Instruction Golf Instruction

Sarasota Bradenton Regional Sarasota Venice

(941) 539-6691 (941) 518-6646 nfpga.com (941) 929-9600 (941) 497-3100

30 36 50 64 64

97 97 34

Suncoast Golf Center

Golf Instruction

Sarasota/Bradenton

(941) 351-2666

53

94

The Golf Boot Camp

Golf Instruction

Regional

(941) 720-9080

46

53

Titleist Performance Institute

Golf Instruction

Regional

(941) 322-1922

8

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 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 Stoneybrook G & CC

PV P PV PV P P SP SP PV SP

Bradenton Bradenton Holmes Beach Bradenton Palmetto Palmetto Bradenton Bradenton Bradenton Bradenton

(941) 792-4159 (941) 755-8888 (941) 778-3055 (941) 907-4710 (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 SP

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

(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 (941) 966-1800

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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

PV SP PV

Sarasota Venice Venice

(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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