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
The River Club
Tee Times
Bradenton $15
IMG Academies Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Bradenton $25 - $68
Marsh/Creek Course at Heron Creek Golf and Country Club
Tee Times
North Port $23
Waterlefe Golf & River Club
Tee Times
Bradenton $90
Rosedale Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Bradenton $18
Tatum Ridge Golf Links
Tee Times
Sarasota $23
Creek/Oaks Course at Heron Creek Golf and Country Club
Tee Times
North Port $23
Oaks/Marsh Course at Heron Creek Golf and Country Club
Tee Times
North Port $27
The Highlands Golf Course
Tee Times
Sarasota $18.69
Peridia Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Bradenton $12 - $21
Suncoast Golf Center
Tee Times
Sarasota $10
Buffalo Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Palmetto $16.99
Manatee County Golf Course
Tee Times
Bradenton $13
Imperial Lakeswoods Golf Club
Tee Times
Palmetto $25 - $60
Jacaranda West Country Club
Tee Times
Venice $35 - $60
River Run Golf Links
Tee Times
Bradenton $9.99
Sabal Trace Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
North Port $15 - $27
Misty Creek Country Club
Tee Times
Sarasota $29 - $69
2/3 at University Park Country Club
Tee Times
University Park $50 - $70
3/1 at University Park Country Club
Tee Times
University Park $50 - $70
Third/First at Lake Venice Golf Club
Tee Times
Venice $19 - $30
Tributary Course at River Strand Golf and Country Club
Tee Times
Bradenton $40
Village Green Golf Club of Sarasota
Tee Times
Sarasota $11 - $24
The Groves Golf Course
Tee Times
Sarasota $14.02
Riverwood Golf Club
Tee Times
Port Charlotte $20
Venetian Golf & River Club
Tee Times
North Venice $90
1/2 at University Park Country Club
Tee Times
University Park $50 - $70
Stoneybrook Golf Club
Tee Times
Bradenton $19.99
Sanctuary Course at River Strand Golf and Country Club
Tee Times
Bradenton $40
Esplanade Golf & Country Club at Lakewood Ranch
Tee Times
Lakewood Ranch $29
First/Second at Lake Venice Golf Club
Tee Times
Venice $19 - $30
Rolling Green Golf Club
Tee Times
Sarasota $19
Bent Tree Country Club
Tee Times
Sarasota $39 - $75
The Palms Golf Club At Forest Lakes
Tee Times
Sarasota $15.99
Sarasota National Golf Club
Tee Times
Venice $35 - $79
Bobcat Trail Golf Club
Tee Times
North Port $24
Terra Ceia Bay Golf & Tennis Club
Tee Times
Palmetto $17
The Meadows Country Club
Tee Times
Sarasota $35
Estuary Course at River Strand Golf and Country Club
Tee Times
Bradenton $40
Links at Greenfield Plantation
Tee Times
Bradenton $14.99
Boca Royale Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Englewood $20 - $25
Preserve Golf Club at Tara
Tee Times
Bradenton $20
Legacy Golf Club
Tee Times
Bradenton $22
Second/Third at Lake Venice Golf Club
Tee Times
Venice $19 - $30
Pinemoor West Golf Club Rotonda West $28.99 - $49.99
Coral Creek Club Placida $125
Palms/Live Oaks at Oak Ford Golf Club Sarasota N/A
Sawgrass/Turnberry at Waterford Golf Club Venice $30 - $58
Eagle Course at The Oaks Club Osprey $105
Gleneagles/Turnberry at Waterford Golf Club Venice $30 - $58
Lakes Course at Palm-Aire Country Club Sarasota $80
White/Blue at Myakka Pines Golf Club Englewood $15 - $36
Gasparilla Inn & Club Boca Grande $115 - $140
Gillespie Executive Course at Bobby Jones Golf Club Sarasota $7
Sara Bay Country Club Sarasota $60
Key Royale Club Holmes Beach $14
Club Course at TPC Prestancia Sarasota $151
Venice East Golf Club Venice $12 - $20
Venice Golf & Country Club Venice $75
Concession Golf Club Bradenton N/A
Red/White at Myakka Pines Golf Club Englewood $15 - $36
Calusa Lakes Golf Club Nokomis $10 - $58
King's Dunes Course at Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club Bradenton $40 - $75
River Wilderness Golf & Country Club Parrish $60
Blue/ Red at Myakka Pines Golf Club Englewood $15 - $36
White Marsh Nine at Long Marsh Golf Club at Rotonda West Rotonda West $23.99 - $43.99
Myrtle/Palms at Oak Ford Golf Club Sarasota N/A
Hills Course at Rotonda Golf & Country Club Rotonda West $18.99 - $33.99
Stadium Course at TPC Prestancia Sarasota $205
White Nine at Palmetto Pines Golf Course Parrish $22
Pinebrook/Ironwood Golf Club Bradenton $13.85 - $16.00
Oyster Creek Golf Club Englewood $19 - $25
East Course at Laurel Oak Country Club Sarasota $100
Bradenton Country Club Bradenton $70
American Course at Bobby Jones Golf Club Sarasota $12
Greens of Manatee Golf Course Bradenton $30
Palm View Hills Golf Course Palmetto $9 - $24
Royal Lakes Course at Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club Bradenton $40 - $75
Panther Course at Plantation Golf & Country Club Venice $66
Links Course at Rotonda Golf & Country Club Rotonda West $12.99 - $22.99
Pine Valley Nine at Long Marsh Golf Club at Rotonda West Rotonda $23.99 - $43.99
West Course at Laurel Oak Country Club Sarasota $100
Ritz - Carlton Members Club Bradenton $125
Bird Bay Golf Course Venice $26
Heron Course at The Oaks Club Osprey $105
Sawgrass/Gleneagles at Waterford Golf Club Venice $30 - $58
British Course at Bobby Jones Golf Complex Sarasota $12
The Long Meadow Nine at Long Marsh Golf Club at Rotonda West Rotonda West $23.99 - $43.99
Harborside White/Blue at Longboat Key Club & Resort Longboat Key $50 - $106
Blue Course at Gulf Gate Golf Club Sarasota $20
Cypress Links Course at Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club Bradenton $40 - $75
Meadows/Preserve at Pelican Pointe Golf & Country Club Venice $31 - $72
Preserve/Hatchett at Pelican Pointe Golf & Country Club Venice $31 - $72
The Resort at Longboat Key Club - Links on Longboat Longboat Key $50 - $106
Lemon Bay Golf Club Englewood $70 - $80
Heritage Oaks Golf & Country Club Sarasota $55
Bobcat Course at Plantation Golf & Country Club Venice $66
Harbourside Blue/Red at Longboat Key Club & Resort Longboat Key $50 - $106
Blue Nine at Palmetto Pines Golf Course Parrish $22
Tara Golf & Country Club Bradenton $60
Orange Nine at Palmetto Pines Golf Course Parrish $22
Harborside Red/White at Longboat Key Club & Resort Longboat Key $50 - $106
Gator Creek Golf Club Sarasota $105
Palms Course at Rotonda Golf & Country Club Rotonda West $19.99 - $39.99
Stoneybrook Golf & Country Club Sarasota $36 - $88
Red Nine at Palmetto Pines Golf Course Parrish $22
Hatchett/Meadows at Pelican Pointe Golf & Country Club Venice $31 - $72
Champions Course at Palm-Aire Country Club Sarasota $80
Red Course at Gulf Gate Golf Club Sarasota $30
Duffy's Golf Center Port Charlotte $28
Serenoa Golf Club Sarasota $20 - $38
Pinemoor East Golf Club Rotonda West $20
River Isles Golf Club Bradenton $13
Sorrento Par-3 Golf Course Nokomis $7
Timber Creek Golf Course Bradenton $10 - $23
Live Oaks/Myrtle at Oak Ford Golf Club Sarasota N/A
Capri Isles Golf Club Venice $30 - $58
Founders Golf Club Sarasota $95
Mission Valley Golf & Country Club Nokomis $30 - $45
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