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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Special Deals

Bradenton Golf Package
Dates: May 1, 2014 - December 31, 2014
At the IMG Academy Golf Club in Bradenton, Florida, all stay-and-play packages include a three-bedroom suite or villa on the IMG Academy Campus, 18 holes of golf with cart, breakfast at the Academy Adult Dining Hall and lunch at Golf Club Grille Room.
Price range: $149

Courses

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Marsh/Creek Course at Heron Creek Golf and Country Club
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North Port $21
Tatum Ridge Golf Links
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Sarasota $26
IMG Academies Golf & Country Club
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Bradenton $18
Oaks/Marsh Course at Heron Creek Golf and Country Club
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North Port $21
Highlands Course at The Meadows Country Club
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Sarasota $16.19
The River Club
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Bradenton $15
Sanctuary Course at River Strand Golf and Country Club
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Bradenton $30
River Run Golf Links
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Bradenton $9.97
Tributary Course at River Strand Golf and Country Club
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Bradenton $30
Estuary Course at River Strand Golf and Country Club
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Bradenton $30
Waterlefe Golf & River Club
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Bradenton $39
Creek/Oaks Course at Heron Creek Golf and Country Club
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North Port $21
Legacy Golf Club
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Bradenton $20
Rosedale Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Bradenton $25
Jacaranda West Country Club
Tee Times
Venice $20
Peridia Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Bradenton $15
Suncoast Golf Center
Tee Times
Sarasota $10
Sabal Trace Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
North Port $8
Oyster Creek Golf Club
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Englewood $17
Boca Royale Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Englewood $16
Pinebrook/Ironwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Bradenton $17.25
Greens of Manatee Golf Course
Tee Times
Bradenton $30
Bent Tree Country Club
Tee Times
Sarasota $25
Third/First at Lake Venice Golf Club
Tee Times
Venice $19 - $30
Venetian Golf & River Club
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North Venice $25
River Wilderness Golf & Country Club
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Parrish $60
First/Second at Lake Venice Golf Club
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Venice $19 - $30
Duffy's Golf Center
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Port Charlotte $10
Esplanade Golf & Country Club at Lakewood Ranch
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Lakewood Ranch $24
Rolling Green Golf Club
Tee Times
Sarasota $20 - $29
Groves Course at The Meadows Country Club
Tee Times
Sarasota $12.02
1/2 at University Park Country Club
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University Park $26
Misty Creek Country Club
Tee Times
Sarasota $20
3/1 at University Park Country Club
Tee Times
University Park $26
Imperial Lakeswoods Golf Club
Tee Times
Palmetto $15.98
Bobcat Trail Golf Club
Tee Times
North Port $23
Stoneybrook Golf Club
Tee Times
Bradenton $21.99
Terra Ceia Bay Golf & Tennis Club
Tee Times
Palmetto $11
Preserve Golf Club at Tara
Tee Times
Bradenton $18
2/3 at University Park Country Club
Tee Times
University Park $26
Links at Greenfield Plantation
Tee Times
Bradenton $14.99
Sarasota National Golf Club
Tee Times
Venice $30
Riverwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Port Charlotte $25
Village Green Golf Club of Sarasota
Tee Times
Sarasota $11 - $24
Second/Third at Lake Venice Golf Club
Tee Times
Venice $19 - $30
Founders Golf Club Sarasota $95
Concession Golf Club Bradenton N/A
Blue Heron Course at The Oaks Osprey $105
Blue Course at Gulf Gate Golf Club Sarasota $20
Tara Golf & Country Club Bradenton $60
American Course at Bobby Jones Golf Complex Sarasota $11 - $37
Champions Course at Palm-Aire Country Club Sarasota $80
Bobcat Course at Plantation Golf & Country Club Venice $66
Stadium Course at TPC Prestancia Sarasota $205
Heritage Oaks Golf & Country Club Sarasota $55
Sawgrass/Turnberry at Waterford Golf Club Venice $30 - $58
Lemon Bay Golf Club Englewood $70 - $80
Club Course at TPC Prestancia Sarasota $151
Gleneagles/Turnberry at Waterford Golf Club Venice $30 - $58
East Course at Laurel Oak Country Club Sarasota $100
Red Course at Gulf Gate Golf Club Sarasota $30
Executive Course at Bobby Jones Golf Complex Sarasota $5.50 - $12.75
Lakes Course at Palm-Aire Country Club Sarasota $80
King Dunes Course at Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club Bradenton $40 - $75
White Marsh Nine at Long Marsh Golf Club at Rotonda West Rotonda West $23.99 - $43.99
Blue Nine at Palmetto Pines Golf Course Parrish $25
Bradenton Country Club Bradenton $70
Blue/ Red at Myakka Pines Golf Club Englewood $15 - $36
Sorrento Par-3 Golf Course Nokomis $7
Cypress Links Course at Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club Bradenton $40 - $75
Venice Golf & Country Club Venice $75
Hills Course at Rotonda Golf & Country Club Rotonda West $18.99 - $33.99
Serenoa Golf Club Sarasota $20 - $38
British Course at Bobby Jones Golf Complex Sarasota $11 - $37
Hatchett/Meadows at Pelican Pointe Golf & Country Club Venice $31 - $72
Venice East Golf Club Venice $12 - $20
Gasparilla Inn & Club Boca Grande $85
Pinemoor East Golf Club Rotonda West $20.00
Pine Valley Nine at Long Marsh Golf Club at Rotonda West Rotonda $23.99 - $43.99
Manatee County Golf Course Bradenton $16 - $38
Coral Creek Club Placida $125
Bird Bay Golf Course Venice $26
Palm View Hills Golf Course Palmetto $9 - $24
Live Oaks/Myrtle at Oak Ford Golf Club Sarasota N/A
Sara Bay Country Club Sarasota $60
White Nine at Palmetto Pines Golf Course Parrish $25
Harborside White/Blue at Longboat Key Club & Resort Longboat Key $149
Sawgrass/Gleneagles at Waterford Golf Club Venice $30 - $58
Gator Creek Golf Club Sarasota $105
River Isles Golf Club Bradenton $13
Ritz - Carlton Members Club Bradenton $125
Palms/Live Oaks at Oak Ford Golf Club Sarasota N/A
Myrtle/Palms at Oak Ford Golf Club Sarasota N/A
Island Side at Longboat Key Club & Resort Longboat Key $149
Timber Creek Golf Course Bradenton $10 - $23
Meadows/Preserve at Pelican Pointe Golf & Country Club Venice $31 - $72
Harbourside Blue/Red at Longboat Key Club & Resort Longboat Key $149
Panther Course at Plantation Golf & Country Club Venice $66
Eagle Course at The Oaks Osprey $105
Buffalo Creek Golf Course Palmetto $20 - $44
Preserve/Hatchett at Pelican Pointe Golf & Country Club Venice $31 - $72
White/Blue at Myakka Pines Golf Club Englewood $15 - $36
Orange Nine at Palmetto Pines Golf Course Parrish $25
West Course at Laurel Oak Country Club Sarasota $100
Meadows Course at The Meadows Country Club Sarasota $35
Stoneybrook Golf & Country Club Sarasota $30 - $85
Red/White at Myakka Pines Golf Club Englewood $15 - $36
Key Royale Club Holmes Beach $14
Royal Lakes Course at Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club Bradenton $40 - $75
Links Course at Rotonda Golf & Country Club Rotonda West $12.99 - $22.99
Long Marsh Nine at Long Marsh Golf Club at Rotonda West Rotonda West $23.99 - $43.99
Calusa Lakes Golf Club Nokomis $10 - $58
Red Nine at Palmetto Pines Golf Course Parrish $25
Pinemoor West Golf Club Rotonda West $15.99 - $26.99
Mission Valley Country Club Laurel $30 - $45
Palms Course at Rotonda Golf & Country Club Rotonda West $19.99 - $39.99
Capri Isles Golf Club Venice $30 - $58
Harborside Red/White at Longboat Key Club & Resort Longboat Key $149
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