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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Oaks/Marsh Course at Heron Creek Golf and Country Club
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North Port $27
IMG Academies Golf & Country Club
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Bradenton $22
Waterlefe Golf & River Club
Tee Times
Bradenton $14
Marsh/Creek Course at Heron Creek Golf and Country Club
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North Port $25
Rosedale Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Bradenton $15
Tatum Ridge Golf Links
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Sarasota $10
Creek/Oaks Course at Heron Creek Golf and Country Club
Tee Times
North Port $25
The Highlands Golf Course
Tee Times
Sarasota $13
The River Club
Tee Times
Bradenton $15
Peridia Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Bradenton $10
Sabal Trace Golf & Country Club
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North Port $15 - $27
Buffalo Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Palmetto $15
Jacaranda West Country Club
Tee Times
Venice $15
Manatee County Golf Course
Tee Times
Bradenton $10
Imperial Lakeswoods Golf Club
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Palmetto $25 - $60
River Run Golf Links
Tee Times
Bradenton $10
Suncoast Golf Center
Tee Times
Sarasota $10
Boca Royale Golf & Country Club
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Englewood $9.95
Venetian Golf & River Club
Tee Times
North Venice $90
3/1 at University Park Country Club
Tee Times
University Park $33
1/2 at University Park Country Club
Tee Times
University Park $33
Sanctuary Course at River Strand Golf and Country Club
Tee Times
Bradenton $29
Esplanade Golf & Country Club at Lakewood Ranch
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Lakewood Ranch $29
The Meadows Country Club
Tee Times
Sarasota $35
2/3 at University Park Country Club
Tee Times
University Park $33
Preserve Golf Club at Tara
Tee Times
Bradenton $17
Riverwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Port Charlotte $3
The Palms Golf Club At Forest Lakes
Tee Times
Sarasota $15.99
Second/Third at Lake Venice Golf Club
Tee Times
Venice $19 - $30
The Groves Golf Course
Tee Times
Sarasota $13
Village Green Golf Club of Sarasota
Tee Times
Sarasota $11 - $24
Third/First at Lake Venice Golf Club
Tee Times
Venice $19 - $30
Legacy Golf Club
Tee Times
Bradenton $22
Bobcat Trail Golf Club
Tee Times
North Port $14
Terra Ceia Bay Golf & Tennis Club
Tee Times
Palmetto $10
First/Second at Lake Venice Golf Club
Tee Times
Venice $19 - $30
Estuary Course at River Strand Golf and Country Club
Tee Times
Bradenton $29
Tributary Course at River Strand Golf and Country Club
Tee Times
Bradenton $29
Misty Creek Country Club
Tee Times
Sarasota $29 - $69
Bent Tree Country Club
Tee Times
Sarasota $29
Rolling Green Golf Club
Tee Times
Sarasota $19
Links at Greenfield Plantation
Tee Times
Bradenton $14.99
Sarasota National Golf Club
Tee Times
Venice $35 - $79
Stoneybrook Golf Club
Tee Times
Bradenton $19.99
Myrtle/Palms at Oak Ford Golf Club Sarasota N/A
River Isles Golf Club Bradenton $13
Mission Valley Golf & Country Club Nokomis $30 - $45
Bird Bay Golf Course Venice $26
Palm View Hills Golf Course Palmetto $9 - $24
White Nine at Palmetto Pines Golf Course Parrish $22
Blue Nine at Palmetto Pines Golf Course Parrish $22
Gleneagles/Turnberry at Waterford Golf Club Venice $30 - $58
Tara Golf & Country Club Bradenton $60
Red Nine at Palmetto Pines Golf Course Parrish $22
Serenoa Golf Club Sarasota $20 - $38
Oyster Creek Golf Club Englewood $19 - $25
Timber Creek Golf Course Bradenton $10 - $23
Links Course at Rotonda Golf & Country Club Rotonda West $12.99 - $22.99
Red Course at Gulf Gate Golf Club Sarasota $30
Greens of Manatee Golf Course Bradenton $30
Preserve/Hatchett at Pelican Pointe Golf & Country Club Venice $31 - $72
Ritz - Carlton Members Club Bradenton $125
Calusa Lakes Golf Club Nokomis $10 - $58
Harbourside Blue/Red at Longboat Key Club & Resort Longboat Key $50 - $106
Sara Bay Country Club Sarasota $60
Heritage Oaks Golf & Country Club Sarasota $55
Capri Isles Golf Club Venice $30 - $58
Pinemoor West Golf Club Rotonda West $28.99 - $49.99
Blue/ Red at Myakka Pines Golf Club Englewood $15 - $36
Bradenton Country Club Bradenton $70
Harborside White/Blue at Longboat Key Club & Resort Longboat Key $50 - $106
Palms Course at Rotonda Golf & Country Club Rotonda West $19.99 - $39.99
White Marsh Nine at Long Marsh Golf Club at Rotonda West Rotonda West $23.99 - $43.99
Venice Golf & Country Club Venice $75
Panther Course at Plantation Golf & Country Club Venice $66
Concession Golf Club Bradenton N/A
King's Dunes Course at Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club Bradenton $40 - $75
West Course at Laurel Oak Country Club Sarasota $100
Eagle Course at The Oaks Club Osprey $105
Sawgrass/Turnberry at Waterford Golf Club Venice $30 - $58
Gillespie Executive Course at Bobby Jones Golf Club Sarasota $7
Orange Nine at Palmetto Pines Golf Course Parrish $22
Founders Golf Club Sarasota $95
Sawgrass/Gleneagles at Waterford Golf Club Venice $30 - $58
Lakes Course at Palm-Aire Country Club Sarasota $80
Harborside Red/White at Longboat Key Club & Resort Longboat Key $50 - $106
Sorrento Par-3 Golf Course Nokomis $7
Royal Lakes Course at Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club Bradenton $40 - $75
Venice East Golf Club Venice $12 - $20
Blue Course at Gulf Gate Golf Club Sarasota $20
The Resort at Longboat Key Club - Links on Longboat Longboat Key $50 - $106
Champions Course at Palm-Aire Country Club Sarasota $80
Hatchett/Meadows at Pelican Pointe Golf & Country Club Venice $31 - $72
Heron Course at The Oaks Club Osprey $105
Lemon Bay Golf Club Englewood $70 - $80
British Course at Bobby Jones Golf Complex Sarasota $12
Hills Course at Rotonda Golf & Country Club Rotonda West $18.99 - $33.99
White/Blue at Myakka Pines Golf Club Englewood $15 - $36
Gator Creek Golf Club Sarasota $105
Gasparilla Inn & Club Boca Grande $115 - $140
East Course at Laurel Oak Country Club Sarasota $100
Stadium Course at TPC Prestancia Sarasota $205
Bobcat Course at Plantation Golf & Country Club Venice $66
Palms/Live Oaks at Oak Ford Golf Club Sarasota N/A
Duffy's Golf Center Port Charlotte $28
Pine Valley Nine at Long Marsh Golf Club at Rotonda West Rotonda $23.99 - $43.99
River Wilderness Golf & Country Club Parrish $60
Key Royale Club Holmes Beach $14
Meadows/Preserve at Pelican Pointe Golf & Country Club Venice $31 - $72
Coral Creek Club Placida $125
Red/White at Myakka Pines Golf Club Englewood $15 - $36
Cypress Links Course at Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club Bradenton $40 - $75
The Long Meadow Nine at Long Marsh Golf Club at Rotonda West Rotonda West $23.99 - $43.99
Pinebrook/Ironwood Golf Club Bradenton $13.85 - $16.00
Club Course at TPC Prestancia Sarasota $151
Live Oaks/Myrtle at Oak Ford Golf Club Sarasota N/A
Pinemoor East Golf Club Rotonda West $20
American Course at Bobby Jones Golf Club Sarasota $12
Stoneybrook Golf & Country Club Sarasota $36 - $88
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