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
Marsh/Creek Course at Heron Creek Golf and Country Club
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North Port $29
Creek/Oaks Course at Heron Creek Golf and Country Club
Tee Times
North Port $29
Tributary Course at River Strand Golf and Country Club
Tee Times
Bradenton $40
Sanctuary Course at River Strand Golf and Country Club
Tee Times
Bradenton $40
Tatum Ridge Golf Links
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Sarasota $38
Rosedale Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Bradenton $29
Estuary Course at River Strand Golf and Country Club
Tee Times
Bradenton $40
River Run Golf Links
Tee Times
Bradenton $18.26
Waterlefe Golf & River Club
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Bradenton $39
IMG Academies Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Bradenton $24
The River Club
Tee Times
Bradenton $25
Highlands Course at The Meadows Country Club
Tee Times
Sarasota $14
Oaks/Marsh Course at Heron Creek Golf and Country Club
Tee Times
North Port $29
Legacy Golf Club
Tee Times
Bradenton $25
Sabal Trace Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
North Port $13
Suncoast Golf Center
Tee Times
Sarasota $10
Boca Royale Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Englewood $13
Jacaranda West Country Club
Tee Times
Venice $30
Pinebrook/Ironwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Bradenton $20.6
Oyster Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Englewood $20
Peridia Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Bradenton $21
Groves Course at The Meadows Country Club
Tee Times
Sarasota $9
Second/Third at Lake Venice Golf Club
Tee Times
Venice $19 - $30
Preserve Golf Club at Tara
Tee Times
Bradenton $20
1/2 at University Park Country Club
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University Park $38
3/1 at University Park Country Club
Tee Times
University Park $38
Sarasota National Golf Club
Tee Times
Venice $30
Duffy's Golf Center
Tee Times
Port Charlotte $20
First/Second at Lake Venice Golf Club
Tee Times
Venice $19 - $30
Links at Greenfield Plantation
Tee Times
Bradenton $14.99
Misty Creek Country Club
Tee Times
Sarasota $25
Stoneybrook Golf Club
Tee Times
Bradenton $26.99
Village Green Golf Club of Sarasota
Tee Times
Sarasota $11 - $24
Bent Tree Country Club
Tee Times
Sarasota $25
Terra Ceia Bay Golf & Tennis Club
Tee Times
Palmetto $15
Bobcat Trail Golf Club
Tee Times
North Port $29
Imperial Lakeswoods Golf Club
Tee Times
Palmetto $20
Riverwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Port Charlotte $30
Venetian Golf & River Club
Tee Times
North Venice $80
Third/First at Lake Venice Golf Club
Tee Times
Venice $19 - $30
2/3 at University Park Country Club
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University Park $38
Esplanade Golf & Country Club at Lakewood Ranch
Tee Times
Lakewood Ranch $35
Blue Course at Gulf Gate Golf Club Sarasota $20
King Dunes Course at Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club Bradenton $40 - $75
Executive Course at Bobby Jones Golf Complex Sarasota $5.50 - $12.75
Pine Valley Nine at Long Marsh Golf Club at Rotonda West Rotonda $23.99 - $43.99
Venice East Golf Club Venice $12 - $20
River Isles Golf Club Bradenton $13
Hatchett/Meadows at Pelican Pointe Golf & Country Club Venice $31 - $72
Harbourside Blue/Red at Longboat Key Club & Resort Longboat Key $149
Royal Lakes Course at Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club Bradenton $40 - $75
Heritage Oaks Golf & Country Club Sarasota $55
American Course at Bobby Jones Golf Complex Sarasota $11 - $37
Greens of Manatee Golf Course Bradenton $30
Blue Nine at Palmetto Pines Golf Course Parrish $25
Gleneagles/Turnberry at Waterford Golf Club Venice $30 - $58
Buffalo Creek Golf Course Palmetto $20 - $44
East Course at Laurel Oak Country Club Sarasota $100
Sara Bay Country Club Sarasota $60
Long Marsh Nine at Long Marsh Golf Club at Rotonda West Rotonda West $23.99 - $43.99
Gasparilla Inn & Club Boca Grande $85
Eagle Course at The Oaks Osprey $105
Pinemoor East Golf Club Rotonda West $20.00
Blue Heron Course at The Oaks Osprey $105
Calusa Lakes Golf Club Nokomis $10 - $58
Meadows/Preserve at Pelican Pointe Golf & Country Club Venice $31 - $72
Founders Golf Club Sarasota $95
Concession Golf Club Bradenton N/A
Bradenton Country Club Bradenton $70
Rolling Green Golf Club Sarasota $20 - $29
Live Oaks/Myrtle at Oak Ford Golf Club Sarasota N/A
Meadows Course at The Meadows Country Club Sarasota $35
Preserve/Hatchett at Pelican Pointe Golf & Country Club Venice $31 - $72
Harborside Red/White at Longboat Key Club & Resort Longboat Key $149
West Course at Laurel Oak Country Club Sarasota $100
Manatee County Golf Course Bradenton $16 - $38
Lakes Course at Palm-Aire Country Club Sarasota $80
Key Royale Club Holmes Beach $14
Island Side at Longboat Key Club & Resort Longboat Key $149
Orange Nine at Palmetto Pines Golf Course Parrish $25
Palms/Live Oaks at Oak Ford Golf Club Sarasota N/A
White/Blue at Myakka Pines Golf Club Englewood $15 - $36
Lemon Bay Golf Club Englewood $70 - $80
Bobcat Course at Plantation Golf & Country Club Venice $66
Ritz - Carlton Members Club Bradenton $125
Tara Golf & Country Club Bradenton $60
Blue/ Red at Myakka Pines Golf Club Englewood $15 - $36
Hills Course at Rotonda Golf & Country Club Rotonda West $18.99 - $33.99
Sawgrass/Gleneagles at Waterford Golf Club Venice $30 - $58
Bird Bay Golf Course Venice $26
Red Course at Gulf Gate Golf Club Sarasota $30
Mission Valley Country Club Laurel $30 - $45
Stoneybrook Golf & Country Club Sarasota $30 - $85
Palm View Hills Golf Course Palmetto $9 - $24
White Marsh Nine at Long Marsh Golf Club at Rotonda West Rotonda West $23.99 - $43.99
Coral Creek Club Placida $125
Champions Course at Palm-Aire Country Club Sarasota $80
Capri Isles Golf Club Venice $30 - $58
Sorrento Par-3 Golf Course Nokomis $7
Stadium Course at TPC Prestancia Sarasota $205
Links Course at Rotonda Golf & Country Club Rotonda West $12.99 - $22.99
River Wilderness Golf & Country Club Parrish $60
Myrtle/Palms at Oak Ford Golf Club Sarasota N/A
Palms Course at Rotonda Golf & Country Club Rotonda West $19.99 - $39.99
Harborside White/Blue at Longboat Key Club & Resort Longboat Key $149
White Nine at Palmetto Pines Golf Course Parrish $25
Club Course at TPC Prestancia Sarasota $151
Serenoa Golf Club Sarasota $20 - $38
Gator Creek Golf Club Sarasota $105
British Course at Bobby Jones Golf Complex Sarasota $11 - $37
Cypress Links Course at Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club Bradenton $40 - $75
Pinemoor West Golf Club Rotonda West $15.99 - $26.99
Sawgrass/Turnberry at Waterford Golf Club Venice $30 - $58
Red Nine at Palmetto Pines Golf Course Parrish $25
Panther Course at Plantation Golf & Country Club Venice $66
Timber Creek Golf Course Bradenton $10 - $23
Venice Golf & Country Club Venice $75
Red/White at Myakka Pines Golf Club Englewood $15 - $36
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