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
Tee Times
North Port $30
The Highlands Golf Course
Tee Times
Sarasota $17
The River Club
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Bradenton $25
Waterlefe Golf & River Club
Tee Times
Bradenton $42
Preserve Golf Club at Tara
Tee Times
Bradenton $26.95
Creek/Oaks Course at Heron Creek Golf and Country Club
Tee Times
North Port $30
The Palms Golf Club At Forest Lakes
Tee Times
Sarasota $25
Rosedale Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Bradenton $25
Marsh/Creek Course at Heron Creek Golf and Country Club
Tee Times
North Port $30
Tatum Ridge Golf Links
Tee Times
Sarasota $36
Bent Tree Country Club
Tee Times
Sarasota $16
Stoneybrook Golf Club
Tee Times
Bradenton $34.99
The Meadows Country Club Sarasota $35
River Run Golf Links
Tee Times
Bradenton $28
Bobcat Trail Golf Club
Tee Times
North Port $35
Sabal Trace Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
North Port $23
Terra Ceia Bay Golf & Tennis Club
Tee Times
Palmetto $16
Suncoast Golf Center
Tee Times
Sarasota $10
The Groves Golf Course
Tee Times
Sarasota $13
Venetian Golf & River Club North Venice $90
Riverwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Port Charlotte $26
Sanctuary Course at River Strand Golf and Country Club
Tee Times
Bradenton $49
Estuary Course at River Strand Golf and Country Club
Tee Times
Bradenton $49
Legacy Golf Club
Tee Times
Bradenton $29
First/Second at Lake Venice Golf Club Venice $19 - $30
1/2 at University Park Country Club
Tee Times
University Park $69
Sarasota National Golf Club
Tee Times
Venice $40
Third/First at Lake Venice Golf Club Venice $19 - $30
Imperial Lakeswoods Golf Club
Tee Times
Palmetto $13
Village Green Golf Club of Sarasota
Tee Times
Sarasota $12
3/1 at University Park Country Club
Tee Times
University Park $69
Buffalo Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Palmetto $16
Tributary Course at River Strand Golf and Country Club
Tee Times
Bradenton $49
Links at Greenfield Plantation
Tee Times
Bradenton $29
Manatee County Golf Course
Tee Times
Bradenton $16
Boca Royale Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Englewood $28
Peridia Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Bradenton $30
Jacaranda West Country Club
Tee Times
Venice $25
Esplanade Golf & Country Club at Lakewood Ranch
Tee Times
Lakewood Ranch $44
Second/Third at Lake Venice Golf Club Venice $19 - $30
2/3 at University Park Country Club
Tee Times
University Park $69
Misty Creek Country Club
Tee Times
Sarasota $20
Rolling Green Golf Club
Tee Times
Sarasota $25
Pinemoor West Golf Club Rotonda West $28.99 - $49.99
Capri Isles Golf Club Venice $30 - $58
Timber Creek Golf Course Bradenton $10 - $23
American Course at Bobby Jones Golf Club Sarasota $13 - $33
Meadows/Preserve at Pelican Pointe Golf & Country Club Venice $31 - $72
Coral Creek Club Placida $125
Lakes Course at Palm-Aire Country Club Sarasota $80
Blue Nine at Palmetto Pines Golf Course Parrish $22
Sawgrass/Turnberry at Waterford Golf Club Venice $30 - $58
White/Blue at Myakka Pines Golf Club Englewood $15 - $36
Venice East Golf Club Venice $12 - $20
Tara Golf & Country Club Bradenton $60
Mission Valley Golf & Country Club Nokomis $30 - $45
Red Nine at Palmetto Pines Golf Course Parrish $22
Ritz - Carlton Members Club Bradenton $125
Palms Course at Rotonda Golf & Country Club Rotonda West $19.99 - $39.99
White Nine at Palmetto Pines Golf Course Parrish $22
Sorrento Par-3 Golf Course Nokomis $7
Hatchett/Meadows at Pelican Pointe Golf & Country Club Venice $31 - $72
Concession Golf Club Bradenton N/A
IMG Academies Golf & Country Club Bradenton $25 - $68
Bobcat Course at Plantation Golf & Country Club Venice $66 - $76
Oyster Creek Golf Club Englewood $19 - $25
King's Dunes Course at Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club Bradenton $40 - $75
Gillespie Executive Course at Bobby Jones Golf Club Sarasota $9 - $20
Calusa Lakes Golf Club Nokomis $10 - $58
Pinebrook/Ironwood Golf Club Bradenton $13.85 - $16.00
Sara Bay Country Club Sarasota $60
Hills Course at Rotonda Golf & Country Club Rotonda West $18.99 - $33.99
Heritage Oaks Golf & Country Club Sarasota $32.50 - $75.00
River Wilderness Golf & Country Club Parrish $60
Lemon Bay Golf Club Englewood $70 - $80
River Isles Golf Club Bradenton $13
Duffy's Golf Center Port Charlotte $28
Harbourside Blue/Red at Longboat Key Club & Resort Longboat Key $53 - $173
Cypress Links Course at Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club Bradenton $40 - $75
Gator Creek Golf Club Sarasota $100 - $124
Blue Course at Gulf Gate Golf Club Sarasota $20
Greens of Manatee Golf Course Bradenton $30
Venice Golf & Country Club Venice $75
Gleneagles/Turnberry at Waterford Golf Club Venice $30 - $58
Bird Bay Golf Course Venice $26
Panther Course at Plantation Golf & Country Club Venice $66 - $76
Sawgrass/Gleneagles at Waterford Golf Club Venice $30 - $58
Stadium Course at TPC Prestancia Sarasota $205
Blue/ Red at Myakka Pines Golf Club Englewood $15 - $36
British Course at Bobby Jones Golf Complex Sarasota $13 - $33
Links Course at Rotonda Golf & Country Club Rotonda West $12.99 - $22.99
White Marsh Nine at Long Marsh Golf Club at Rotonda West Rotonda West $23.99 - $43.99
Champions Course at Palm-Aire Country Club Sarasota $80
Harborside White/Blue at Longboat Key Club & Resort Longboat Key $53 - $173
Red/White at Myakka Pines Golf Club Englewood $15 - $36
Palm View Hills Golf Course Palmetto $9 - $24
Heron Course at The Oaks Club Osprey $105
Club Course at TPC Prestancia Sarasota $151
Stoneybrook Golf & Country Club Sarasota $36 - $88
The Long Meadow Nine at Long Marsh Golf Club at Rotonda West Rotonda West $23.99 - $43.99
Championship Course at Lakewood National Golf Club
Tee Times
Lakewood Ranch $36
Serenoa Golf Club Sarasota $20 - $38
Preserve/Hatchett at Pelican Pointe Golf & Country Club Venice $31 - $72
Bradenton Country Club Bradenton $70 - $75
Pine Valley Nine at Long Marsh Golf Club at Rotonda West Rotonda $23.99 - $43.99
The Resort at Longboat Key Club - Links on Longboat Longboat Key $53 - $173
Harborside Red/White at Longboat Key Club & Resort Longboat Key $53 - $173
Eagle Course at The Oaks Club Osprey $105
Key Royale Club Holmes Beach $14
Founders Golf Club Sarasota $95
West Course at Laurel Oak Country Club Sarasota $100
East Course at Laurel Oak Country Club Sarasota $100
Gasparilla Inn & Club Boca Grande $115 - $140
Royal Lakes Course at Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club Bradenton $40 - $75
Orange Nine at Palmetto Pines Golf Course Parrish $22
Red Course at Gulf Gate Golf Club Sarasota $30
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