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
Tee Times
North Port $25
River Run Golf Links
Tee Times
Bradenton $15.26
Legacy Golf Club
Tee Times
Bradenton $30
IMG Academies Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Bradenton $24
Sanctuary Course at River Strand Golf and Country Club
Tee Times
Bradenton $39
Waterlefe Golf & River Club
Tee Times
Bradenton $39
Estuary Course at River Strand Golf and Country Club
Tee Times
Bradenton $39
Oaks/Marsh Course at Heron Creek Golf and Country Club
Tee Times
North Port $25
Tatum Ridge Golf Links
Tee Times
Sarasota $38
Creek/Oaks Course at Heron Creek Golf and Country Club
Tee Times
North Port $25
The River Club
Tee Times
Bradenton $25
Rosedale Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Bradenton $29
Highlands Course at The Meadows Country Club
Tee Times
Sarasota $21.03
Tributary Course at River Strand Golf and Country Club
Tee Times
Bradenton $39
Peridia Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Bradenton $21
Suncoast Golf Center
Tee Times
Sarasota $10
Boca Royale Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Englewood $25
Pinebrook/Ironwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Bradenton $19.6
Sabal Trace Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
North Port $8
Jacaranda West Country Club
Tee Times
Venice $30
Oyster Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Englewood $19
Village Green Golf Club of Sarasota
Tee Times
Sarasota $11 - $24
1/2 at University Park Country Club
Tee Times
University Park $32
First/Second at Lake Venice Golf Club
Tee Times
Venice $19 - $30
Imperial Lakeswoods Golf Club
Tee Times
Palmetto $20
Links at Greenfield Plantation
Tee Times
Bradenton $19.99
Duffy's Golf Center
Tee Times
Port Charlotte $15
Misty Creek Country Club
Tee Times
Sarasota $25
Venetian Golf & River Club
Tee Times
North Venice $80
Stoneybrook Golf Club
Tee Times
Bradenton $26.99
3/1 at University Park Country Club
Tee Times
University Park $32
Terra Ceia Bay Golf & Tennis Club
Tee Times
Palmetto $15
Riverwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Port Charlotte $30
Preserve Golf Club at Tara
Tee Times
Bradenton $20
Groves Course at The Meadows Country Club
Tee Times
Sarasota $12.62
Second/Third at Lake Venice Golf Club
Tee Times
Venice $19 - $30
Esplanade Golf & Country Club at Lakewood Ranch
Tee Times
Lakewood Ranch $35
Bobcat Trail Golf Club
Tee Times
North Port $29
Sarasota National Golf Club
Tee Times
Venice $30
Third/First at Lake Venice Golf Club
Tee Times
Venice $19 - $30
2/3 at University Park Country Club
Tee Times
University Park $32
Bent Tree Country Club
Tee Times
Sarasota $20
West Course at Laurel Oak Country Club Sarasota $100
Palms Course at Rotonda Golf & Country Club Rotonda West $19.99 - $39.99
Royal Lakes Course at Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club Bradenton $40 - $75
Bobcat Course at Plantation Golf & Country Club Venice $66
Blue/ Red at Myakka Pines Golf Club Englewood $15 - $36
Island Side at Longboat Key Club & Resort Longboat Key $149
River Isles Golf Club Bradenton $13
Serenoa Golf Club Sarasota $20 - $38
Calusa Lakes Golf Club Nokomis $10 - $58
White Nine at Palmetto Pines Golf Course Parrish $25
Red Course at Gulf Gate Golf Club Sarasota $30
Venice East Golf Club Venice $12 - $20
Bird Bay Golf Course Venice $26
Panther Course at Plantation Golf & Country Club Venice $66
Buffalo Creek Golf Course Palmetto $20 - $44
Capri Isles Golf Club Venice $30 - $58
Gleneagles/Turnberry at Waterford Golf Club Venice $30 - $58
Harborside Red/White at Longboat Key Club & Resort Longboat Key $149
Palms/Live Oaks at Oak Ford Golf Club Sarasota N/A
Rolling Green Golf Club Sarasota $20 - $29
Lakes Course at Palm-Aire Country Club Sarasota $80
Live Oaks/Myrtle at Oak Ford Golf Club Sarasota N/A
Pinemoor East Golf Club Rotonda West $20.00
Executive Course at Bobby Jones Golf Complex Sarasota $5.50 - $12.75
Gasparilla Inn & Club Boca Grande $85
White/Blue at Myakka Pines Golf Club Englewood $15 - $36
Blue Course at Gulf Gate Golf Club Sarasota $20
Hatchett/Meadows at Pelican Pointe Golf & Country Club Venice $31 - $72
Red/White at Myakka Pines Golf Club Englewood $15 - $36
Sara Bay Country Club Sarasota $60
American Course at Bobby Jones Golf Complex Sarasota $11 - $37
Champions Course at Palm-Aire Country Club Sarasota $80
Venice Golf & Country Club Venice $75
Stoneybrook Golf & Country Club Sarasota $30 - $85
Orange Nine at Palmetto Pines Golf Course Parrish $25
River Wilderness Golf & Country Club Parrish $60
Tara Golf & Country Club Bradenton $60
Harbourside Blue/Red at Longboat Key Club & Resort Longboat Key $149
Gator Creek Golf Club Sarasota $105
Harborside White/Blue at Longboat Key Club & Resort Longboat Key $149
Links Course at Rotonda Golf & Country Club Rotonda West $12.99 - $22.99
East Course at Laurel Oak Country Club Sarasota $100
Lemon Bay Golf Club Englewood $70 - $80
Meadows/Preserve at Pelican Pointe Golf & Country Club Venice $31 - $72
Myrtle/Palms at Oak Ford Golf Club Sarasota N/A
Coral Creek Club Placida $125
Blue Nine at Palmetto Pines Golf Course Parrish $25
Sorrento Par-3 Golf Course Nokomis $7
Red Nine at Palmetto Pines Golf Course Parrish $25
King Dunes Course at Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club Bradenton $40 - $75
Ritz - Carlton Members Club Bradenton $125
Manatee County Golf Course Bradenton $16 - $38
British Course at Bobby Jones Golf Complex Sarasota $11 - $37
Stadium Course at TPC Prestancia Sarasota $205
Eagle Course at The Oaks Osprey $105
Sawgrass/Turnberry at Waterford Golf Club Venice $30 - $58
Preserve/Hatchett at Pelican Pointe Golf & Country Club Venice $31 - $72
Pine Valley Nine at Long Marsh Golf Club at Rotonda West Rotonda $23.99 - $43.99
Sawgrass/Gleneagles at Waterford Golf Club Venice $30 - $58
Founders Golf Club Sarasota $95
Long Marsh Nine at Long Marsh Golf Club at Rotonda West Rotonda West $23.99 - $43.99
Bradenton Country Club Bradenton $70
Timber Creek Golf Course Bradenton $10 - $23
Greens of Manatee Golf Course Bradenton $30
Club Course at TPC Prestancia Sarasota $151
Pinemoor West Golf Club Rotonda West $15.99 - $26.99
Blue Heron Course at The Oaks Osprey $105
Meadows Course at The Meadows Country Club Sarasota $35
Concession Golf Club Bradenton N/A
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
Key Royale Club Holmes Beach $14
Hills Course at Rotonda Golf & Country Club Rotonda West $18.99 - $33.99
Heritage Oaks Golf & Country Club Sarasota $55
Cypress Links Course at Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club Bradenton $40 - $75
Mission Valley Country Club Laurel $30 - $45
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