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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Oaks/Marsh Course at Heron Creek Golf and Country Club
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North Port $27
Marsh/Creek Course at Heron Creek Golf and Country Club
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North Port $27
Creek/Oaks Course at Heron Creek Golf and Country Club
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North Port $27
Tatum Ridge Golf Links
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Sarasota $20
The Highlands Golf Course
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Sarasota $8
1/2 at University Park Country Club
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University Park $25
Waterlefe Golf & River Club
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Bradenton $21
The River Club
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Bradenton $10
Red/White at Myakka Pines Golf Club Englewood $18.69 - $45.00
3/1 at University Park Country Club
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University Park $25
Championship Course at Lakewood National Golf Club
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Lakewood Ranch $25
Blue/ Red at Myakka Pines Golf Club Englewood $18.69 - $45.00
White/Blue at Myakka Pines Golf Club Englewood $18.69 - $45.00
2/3 at University Park Country Club
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University Park $25
Buffalo Creek Golf Course
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Palmetto $13
Second/Third at Lake Venice Golf Club Venice $10 - $30
Riverwood Golf Club
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Port Charlotte $17
First/Second at Lake Venice Golf Club Venice $10 - $30
Jacaranda West Country Club
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Venice $12
Sanctuary Course at River Strand Golf and Country Club Bradenton $46 - $66
The Groves Golf Course
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Sarasota $9
Misty Creek Country Club
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Sarasota $13
Peridia Golf & Country Club
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Bradenton $10
Rolling Green Golf Club
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Sarasota $12
River Wilderness Golf & Country Club Parrish $60
Serenoa Golf Club
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Sarasota $17
Links at Greenfield Plantation Bradenton $14.95 - $34.95
Third/First at Lake Venice Golf Club Venice $10 - $30
Riverside Club
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Ruskin $12
Estuary Course at River Strand Golf and Country Club Bradenton $46 - $66
Manatee County Golf Course
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Bradenton $10
Charlotte Harbor National Golf Club
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North Port $19
Suncoast Golf Center
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Sarasota $12
Moccasin Wallow Golf Club
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Palmetto $18.69
Heritage Harbour Golf Club
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Bradenton $12
The Palms Golf Club At Forest Lakes
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Sarasota $12
Tributary Course at River Strand Golf and Country Club Bradenton $46 - $66
Rosedale Golf & Country Club
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Bradenton $14
Terra Ceia Bay Golf & Tennis Club
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Palmetto $10
Esplanade Golf & Country Club at Lakewood Ranch
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Lakewood Ranch $31
Boca Royale Golf & Country Club
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Englewood $12
River Run Golf Links
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Bradenton $12
Village Green Golf Club of Sarasota
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Sarasota $10
Venetian Golf & River Club North Venice $90
Sarasota National Golf Club
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Venice $39
The Meadows Country Club Sarasota $35
Preserve Golf Club at Tara
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Bradenton $10
Bent Tree Country Club
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Sarasota $10
Legacy Golf Club
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Bradenton $14
Gillespie Executive Course at Bobby Jones Golf Club Sarasota $9 - $20
King's Dunes Course at Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club Bradenton $40 - $75
Heritage Oaks Golf & Country Club Sarasota $32.50 - $75.00
Sawgrass/Gleneagles at Waterford Golf Club Venice $30 - $58
Venice East Golf Club Venice $12 - $20
Gasparilla Inn & Club Boca Grande $125
Orange Nine at Palmetto Pines Golf Course Parrish $22
Preserve/Hatchett at Pelican Pointe Golf & Country Club Venice $31 - $72
Tara Golf & Country Club Bradenton $60
Concession Golf Club Bradenton N/A
American Course at Bobby Jones Golf Club Sarasota $13 - $33
Duffy's Golf Center Port Charlotte $28
Gator Creek Golf Club Sarasota $100 - $124
Panther Course at Plantation Golf & Country Club Venice $66 - $76
White Marsh Nine at Long Marsh Golf Club at Rotonda West Rotonda West $18.00 - $49.99
Champions Course at Palm-Aire Country Club Sarasota $80
West Course at Laurel Oak Country Club Sarasota $100
Harborside Red/White at Longboat Key Club & Resort Longboat Key $55 - $185
Calusa Lakes Golf Club Nokomis $30 - $70
Eagle Course at The Oaks Club Osprey $105
Stoneybrook Golf & Country Club Sarasota $36 - $88
Oyster Creek Golf Club Englewood $19 - $25
Harbourside Blue/Red at Longboat Key Club & Resort Longboat Key $55 - $185
Palms Course at Rotonda Golf & Country Club Rotonda West $19.99 - $39.99
Lakes Course at Palm-Aire Country Club Sarasota $80
Lemon Bay Golf Club Englewood $70 - $80
Royal Lakes Course at Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club Bradenton $40 - $75
Pinemoor West Golf Club Rotonda West $14.02 - $49.99
Founders Golf Club Sarasota $95
Bird Bay Golf Course Venice $26
Ritz - Carlton Members Club Bradenton $125 - $155
Players Course at TPC Prestancia Sarasota $159 - $205
Cypress Links Course at Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club Bradenton $40 - $75
Bobcat Course at Plantation Golf & Country Club Venice $66 - $76
The Long Meadow Nine at Long Marsh Golf Club at Rotonda West Rotonda West $18.00 - $49.99
Timber Creek Golf Course Bradenton $10 - $23
Harborside White/Blue at Longboat Key Club & Resort Longboat Key $55 - $185
Sawgrass/Turnberry at Waterford Golf Club Venice $30 - $58
Sara Bay Country Club Sarasota $60
Venice Golf & Country Club Venice $75
Heron Course at The Oaks Club Osprey $105
Pinebrook/Ironwood Golf Club Bradenton $13.85 - $16.00
Coral Creek Club Placida $125
Greens of Manatee Golf Course Bradenton $16 - $32
Stadium Course at TPC Prestancia Sarasota $197 - $205
Mission Valley Golf & Country Club Nokomis $30 - $45
Meadows/Preserve at Pelican Pointe Golf & Country Club Venice $31 - $72
Sorrento Par-3 Golf Course Nokomis $6
Hatchett/Meadows at Pelican Pointe Golf & Country Club Venice $31 - $72
River Isles Golf Club Bradenton $13
East Course at Laurel Oak Country Club Sarasota $100
The Resort at Longboat Key Club - Links on Longboat Longboat Key $55 - $185
Capri Isles Golf Club Venice $30 - $58
Red Nine at Palmetto Pines Golf Course Parrish $22
Hills Course at Rotonda Golf & Country Club Rotonda West $18.99 - $33.99
IMG Academies Golf & Country Club Bradenton $30 - $69
British Course at Bobby Jones Golf Complex Sarasota $13 - $33
Key Royale Club Holmes Beach $14
Gleneagles/Turnberry at Waterford Golf Club Venice $30 - $58
Pine Valley Nine at Long Marsh Golf Club at Rotonda West Rotonda West $18.00 - $49.99
Links Course at Rotonda Golf & Country Club Rotonda West $12.99 - $22.99
Bradenton Country Club Bradenton $70 - $75
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