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
Sanctuary Course at River Strand Golf and Country Club
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Bradenton $40
Marsh/Creek Course at Heron Creek Golf and Country Club
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North Port $22
River Run Golf Links
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Bradenton $12.95
The River Club
Tee Times
Bradenton $15
Legacy Golf Club
Tee Times
Bradenton $20
Waterlefe Golf & River Club
Tee Times
Bradenton $25
Highlands Course at The Meadows Country Club
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Sarasota $14.9
Rosedale Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Bradenton $25
IMG Academies Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Bradenton $20
Estuary Course at River Strand Golf and Country Club
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Bradenton $39
Tatum Ridge Golf Links
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Sarasota $21
Tributary Course at River Strand Golf and Country Club
Tee Times
Bradenton $25
Creek/Oaks Course at Heron Creek Golf and Country Club
Tee Times
North Port $22
Oaks/Marsh Course at Heron Creek Golf and Country Club
Tee Times
North Port $39 - $89
Sabal Trace Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
North Port $8
Jacaranda West Country Club
Tee Times
Venice $15
Oyster Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Englewood $13.55
Boca Royale Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Englewood $16
Pinebrook/Ironwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Bradenton $13
Peridia Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Bradenton $12 - $21
Village Green Golf Club of Sarasota
Tee Times
Sarasota $11 - $24
Suncoast Golf Center
Tee Times
Sarasota $5
First/Second at Lake Venice Golf Club
Tee Times
Venice $19 - $30
1/2 at University Park Country Club
Tee Times
University Park $30
Esplanade Golf & Country Club at Lakewood Ranch
Tee Times
Lakewood Ranch $24
Imperial Lakeswoods Golf Club
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Palmetto $15.98
Sarasota National Golf Club
Tee Times
Venice $30
Bent Tree Country Club
Tee Times
Sarasota $25
Links at Greenfield Plantation
Tee Times
Bradenton $14.99
Duffy's Golf Center
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Port Charlotte $10
Preserve Golf Club at Tara
Tee Times
Bradenton $17
Greens of Manatee Golf Course
Tee Times
Bradenton $30
Groves Course at The Meadows Country Club
Tee Times
Sarasota $12.53
Misty Creek Country Club
Tee Times
Sarasota $20
Rolling Green Golf Club
Tee Times
Sarasota $20 - $29
3/1 at University Park Country Club
Tee Times
University Park $30
River Wilderness Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Parrish $60
Stoneybrook Golf Club
Tee Times
Bradenton $21.99
2/3 at University Park Country Club
Tee Times
University Park $30
Riverwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Port Charlotte $20
Bobcat Trail Golf Club
Tee Times
North Port $20
Second/Third at Lake Venice Golf Club
Tee Times
Venice $19 - $30
Third/First at Lake Venice Golf Club
Tee Times
Venice $19 - $30
Venetian Golf & River Club
Tee Times
North Venice $25
Terra Ceia Bay Golf & Tennis Club
Tee Times
Palmetto $11
Executive Course at Bobby Jones Golf Complex Sarasota $5.50 - $12.75
Red/White at Myakka Pines Golf Club Englewood $15 - $36
Bobcat Course at Plantation Golf & Country Club Venice $66
Lemon Bay Golf Club Englewood $70 - $80
Myrtle/Palms at Oak Ford Golf Club Sarasota N/A
Capri Isles Golf Club Venice $30 - $58
Orange Nine at Palmetto Pines Golf Course Parrish $25
Palms Course at Rotonda Golf & Country Club Rotonda West $19.99 - $39.99
Cypress Links Course at Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club Bradenton $40 - $75
Palms/Live Oaks at Oak Ford Golf Club Sarasota N/A
Gleneagles/Turnberry at Waterford Golf Club Venice $30 - $58
Sawgrass/Gleneagles at Waterford Golf Club Venice $30 - $58
Blue/ Red at Myakka Pines Golf Club Englewood $15 - $36
White/Blue at Myakka Pines Golf Club Englewood $15 - $36
Sorrento Par-3 Golf Course Nokomis $7
Royal Lakes Course at Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club Bradenton $40 - $75
Sara Bay Country Club Sarasota $60
American Course at Bobby Jones Golf Complex Sarasota $11 - $37
British Course at Bobby Jones Golf Complex Sarasota $11 - $37
Red Course at Gulf Gate Golf Club Sarasota $30
Buffalo Creek Golf Course Palmetto $20 - $44
Calusa Lakes Golf Club Nokomis $10 - $58
Champions Course at Palm-Aire Country Club Sarasota $80
Pinemoor West Golf Club Rotonda West $15.99 - $26.99
Coral Creek Club Placida $125
Stadium Course at TPC Prestancia Sarasota $205
Blue Heron Course at The Oaks Osprey $105
King Dunes Course at Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club Bradenton $40 - $75
Club Course at TPC Prestancia Sarasota $151
Blue Nine at Palmetto Pines Golf Course Parrish $25
Mission Valley Country Club Laurel $30 - $45
Bradenton Country Club Bradenton $70
Hatchett/Meadows at Pelican Pointe Golf & Country Club Venice $31 - $72
Venice East Golf Club Venice $12 - $20
Concession Golf Club Bradenton N/A
Eagle Course at The Oaks Osprey $105
Meadows Course at The Meadows Country Club Sarasota $35
Stoneybrook Golf & Country Club Sarasota $30 - $85
Sawgrass/Turnberry at Waterford Golf Club Venice $30 - $58
Pine Valley Nine at Long Marsh Golf Club at Rotonda West Rotonda $23.99 - $43.99
Meadows/Preserve at Pelican Pointe Golf & Country Club Venice $31 - $72
River Isles Golf Club Bradenton $13
Pinemoor East Golf Club Rotonda West $20.00
Founders Golf Club Sarasota $95
Harborside Red/White at Longboat Key Club & Resort Longboat Key $149
Panther Course at Plantation Golf & Country Club Venice $66
Tara Golf & Country Club Bradenton $60
Ritz - Carlton Members Club Bradenton $125
Live Oaks/Myrtle at Oak Ford Golf Club Sarasota N/A
Manatee County Golf Course Bradenton $16 - $38
Harborside White/Blue at Longboat Key Club & Resort Longboat Key $149
West Course at Laurel Oak Country Club Sarasota $100
White Marsh Nine at Long Marsh Golf Club at Rotonda West Rotonda West $23.99 - $43.99
Palm View Hills Golf Course Palmetto $9 - $24
Red Nine at Palmetto Pines Golf Course Parrish $25
Blue Course at Gulf Gate Golf Club Sarasota $20
Island Side at Longboat Key Club & Resort Longboat Key $149
Hills Course at Rotonda Golf & Country Club Rotonda West $18.99 - $33.99
White Nine at Palmetto Pines Golf Course Parrish $25
East Course at Laurel Oak Country Club Sarasota $100
Heritage Oaks Golf & Country Club Sarasota $55
Venice Golf & Country Club Venice $75
Lakes Course at Palm-Aire Country Club Sarasota $80
Harbourside Blue/Red at Longboat Key Club & Resort Longboat Key $149
Preserve/Hatchett at Pelican Pointe Golf & Country Club Venice $31 - $72
Serenoa Golf Club Sarasota $20 - $38
Bird Bay Golf Course Venice $26
Timber Creek Golf Course Bradenton $10 - $23
Gasparilla Inn & Club Boca Grande $85
Gator Creek Golf Club Sarasota $105
Key Royale Club Holmes Beach $14
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
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