Destination Guide

Destination: Bradenton/Sarasota

The Bradenton-Sarasota region of Florida fits the definition of overlooked and underrated by both tourists and golfers alike.

That's a mistake on both accounts. This Gulf Coast destination, sandwiched by Tampa Bay/St. Petersburg to the north and ritzy Naples to the south, still offers the mild winter weather of the Sunshine State and attractions good enough to entice beach bums and golfers to visit year-round, but with a sleepier, small-town vibe.

Sarasota's best rounds come courtesy of the Arnold-Palmer-designed Legacy Golf Club at Lakewood Ranch and the Troon Golf-managed Sarasota National in Venice. There are a couple dozen more courses to consider, just be sure to save some energy for post-golf adventures.

Sailing and chartered catamaran and fishing trips are great day excursions on the Gulf of Mexico available in either city. Boaters can explore Beer Can Island.

The miles-long Siesta Key Public Beach ranked no. 1 in the world in 2011 by Dr. Beach for its soft, sugary-white sand, but the Venice Beach, Longboat Key Beach, Anna Maria Island, Bradenton Beach and Lido Key Beach are also revered shoreline spots for families and sunbathers.

Spoiled guests love the luxury of the Ritz-Carlton Sarasota and, across the Sarasota Bay on a thin finger of land, the Longboat Key Club & Resort, home to 45 holes of golf in Longboat Key.

Sarasota boasts a vibrant arts community. The paintings at the world-famous Ringling Museum of Art highlight the museum scene. John Ringling's Ca D'Zan Mansion, made of Venetian Gothic architecture, and the Ringling Circus Museum are intriguing, too. A nationally recognized opera house, ballet company, symphony orchestra and multiple theaters reside just a mile down the road from the Ringling complex.

Sarasota's quaint Towles Court art district comes to life with brightly painted wooden homes filled with galleries, shops and restaurants. Main Street is for strolling, whether you're on the prowl to eat, drink or shop. St. Armand's Circle across the Ringling Causeway is another hotspot.

Away from the hustle and bustle, the gigantic Myakka River State Park offers miles of hiking trails, campgrounds, cabin rentals, and airboat tours.

The Sarasota Jungle Gardens animal park showcases the Florida wildlife. For a different kind of migratory bird, check out Ed Smith Stadium, the spring training headquarters of the Baltimore Orioles. The stadium is fresh off a $31-million renovation completed in 2011. Up the coast, the McKechnie Field, home of the minor-league Bradenton Marauders, hosts the Pittsburgh Pirates spring training camp. Nick Bollettieri's Tennis Academy, where Andre Agassi honed his game, calls Bradenton home as well.

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Courses

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Course City Rates from
Waterlefe Golf & River Club
Tee Times
Bradenton $25
Estuary Course at River Strand Golf and Country Club
Tee Times
Bradenton $25
The River Club
Tee Times
Bradenton $15
Creek/Oaks Course at Heron Creek Golf and Country Club
Tee Times
North Port $25
Rosedale Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Bradenton $25
Legacy Golf Club
Tee Times
Bradenton $20
Marsh/Creek Course at Heron Creek Golf and Country Club
Tee Times
North Port $25
Highlands Course at The Meadows Country Club
Tee Times
Sarasota $14.9
Tributary Course at River Strand Golf and Country Club
Tee Times
Bradenton $25
River Run Golf Links
Tee Times
Bradenton $12.95
Sanctuary Course at River Strand Golf and Country Club
Tee Times
Bradenton $25
River Wilderness Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Parrish $25
IMG Academies Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Bradenton $20
Oaks/Marsh Course at Heron Creek Golf and Country Club
Tee Times
North Port $25
Oyster Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Englewood $13.55
Sabal Trace Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
North Port $8
Boca Royale Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Englewood $16
Jacaranda West Country Club
Tee Times
Venice $20
Peridia Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Bradenton $12 - $21
Pinebrook/Ironwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Bradenton $13
Esplanade Golf & Country Club at Lakewood Ranch
Tee Times
Lakewood Ranch $24
Riverwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Port Charlotte $15
1/2 at University Park Country Club
Tee Times
University Park $40
Suncoast Golf Center
Tee Times
Sarasota $10
Links at Greenfield Plantation
Tee Times
Bradenton $14.99
Sarasota National Golf Club
Tee Times
Venice $30
Greens of Manatee Golf Course
Tee Times
Bradenton $30
Tatum Ridge Golf Links
Tee Times
Sarasota $21
Groves Course at The Meadows Country Club
Tee Times
Sarasota $14.02
First/Second at Lake Venice Golf Club
Tee Times
Venice $19 - $30
Misty Creek Country Club
Tee Times
Sarasota $20
Third/First at Lake Venice Golf Club
Tee Times
Venice $19 - $30
Bent Tree Country Club
Tee Times
Sarasota $25
3/1 at University Park Country Club
Tee Times
University Park $40
Stoneybrook Golf Club
Tee Times
Bradenton $21.99
Preserve Golf Club at Tara
Tee Times
Bradenton $10.99
2/3 at University Park Country Club
Tee Times
University Park $45
Rolling Green Golf Club
Tee Times
Sarasota $20 - $29
Duffy's Golf Center
Tee Times
Port Charlotte $10
Second/Third at Lake Venice Golf Club
Tee Times
Venice $19 - $30
Village Green Golf Club of Sarasota
Tee Times
Sarasota $11 - $24
Imperial Lakeswoods Golf Club
Tee Times
Palmetto $15.98
Venetian Golf & River Club
Tee Times
North Venice $25
Terra Ceia Bay Golf & Tennis Club
Tee Times
Palmetto $11
Bobcat Trail Golf Club
Tee Times
North Port $18.95
Sara Bay Country Club Sarasota $60
Palms/Live Oaks at Oak Ford Golf Club Sarasota N/A
Concession Golf Club Bradenton N/A
Meadows/Preserve at Pelican Pointe Golf & Country Club Venice $31 - $72
King Dunes Course at Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club Bradenton $40 - $75
Palms Course at Rotonda Golf & Country Club Rotonda West $19.99 - $39.99
Stoneybrook Golf & Country Club Sarasota $30 - $85
Venice Golf & Country Club Venice $75
Orange Nine at Palmetto Pines Golf Course Parrish $25
Preserve/Hatchett at Pelican Pointe Golf & Country Club Venice $31 - $72
Pinemoor East Golf Club Rotonda West $20.00
Heritage Oaks Golf & Country Club Sarasota $55
Myrtle/Palms at Oak Ford Golf Club Sarasota N/A
Serenoa Golf Club Sarasota $20 - $38
Bobcat Course at Plantation Golf & Country Club Venice $66
Blue Nine at Palmetto Pines Golf Course Parrish $25
Harborside White/Blue at Longboat Key Club & Resort Longboat Key $149
British Course at Bobby Jones Golf Complex Sarasota $11 - $37
Venice East Golf Club Venice $12 - $20
Harborside Red/White at Longboat Key Club & Resort Longboat Key $149
Champions Course at Palm-Aire Country Club Sarasota $80
Palm View Hills Golf Course Palmetto $9 - $24
Timber Creek Golf Course Bradenton $10 - $23
Calusa Lakes Golf Club Nokomis $10 - $58
White Marsh Nine at Long Marsh Golf Club at Rotonda West Rotonda West $23.99 - $43.99
Hatchett/Meadows at Pelican Pointe Golf & Country Club Venice $31 - $72
Pinemoor West Golf Club Rotonda West $15.99 - $26.99
Manatee County Golf Course Bradenton $16 - $38
Tara Golf & Country Club Bradenton $60
Blue/ Red at Myakka Pines Golf Club Englewood $15 - $36
Cypress Links Course at Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club Bradenton $40 - $75
Red Course at Gulf Gate Golf Club Sarasota $30
Royal Lakes Course at Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club Bradenton $40 - $75
Red/White at Myakka Pines Golf Club Englewood $15 - $36
Long Marsh Nine at Long Marsh Golf Club at Rotonda West Rotonda West $23.99 - $43.99
Blue Course at Gulf Gate Golf Club Sarasota $20
Key Royale Club Holmes Beach $14
Live Oaks/Myrtle at Oak Ford Golf Club Sarasota N/A
Coral Creek Club Placida $125
American Course at Bobby Jones Golf Complex Sarasota $11 - $37
Eagle Course at The Oaks Osprey $105
Meadows Course at The Meadows Country Club Sarasota $35
Sawgrass/Gleneagles at Waterford Golf Club Venice $30 - $58
Stadium at TPC at Prestancia Sarasota $205
Ritz - Carlton Members Club Bradenton $125
Hills Course at Rotonda Golf & Country Club Rotonda West $18.99 - $33.99
Capri Isles Golf Club Venice $30 - $58
Founders Golf Club Sarasota $95
Gleneagles/Turnberry at Waterford Golf Club Venice $30 - $58
Red Nine at Palmetto Pines Golf Course Parrish $25
Lakes Course at Palm-Aire Country Club Sarasota $80
Sorrento Par-3 Golf Course Nokomis $7
White Nine at Palmetto Pines Golf Course Parrish $25
Lemon Bay Golf Club Englewood $70 - $80
Harbourside Blue/Red at Longboat Key Club & Resort Longboat Key $149
Club at TPC at Prestancia Sarasota $151
Pine Valley Nine at Long Marsh Golf Club at Rotonda West Rotonda $23.99 - $43.99
West Course at Laurel Oak Country Club Sarasota $100
Panther Course at Plantation Golf & Country Club Venice $66
Bradenton Country Club Bradenton $70
River Isles Golf Club Bradenton $13
Mission Valley Country Club Laurel $30 - $45
East Course at Laurel Oak Country Club Sarasota $100
Island Side at Longboat Key Club & Resort Longboat Key $149
White/Blue at Myakka Pines Golf Club Englewood $15 - $36
Buffalo Creek Golf Course Palmetto $20 - $44
Bird Bay Golf Course Venice $26
Gator Creek Golf Club Sarasota $105
Blue Heron Course at The Oaks Osprey $105
Sawgrass/Turnberry at Waterford Golf Club Venice $30 - $58
Links Course at Rotonda Golf & Country Club Rotonda West $12.99 - $22.99
Gasparilla Inn & Club Boca Grande $85
Executive Course at Bobby Jones Golf Complex Sarasota $5.50 - $12.75
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