Florida’s sunny weather makes it a great place for outdoor activities. As referenced on many TV shows and pop culture, golfing in Florida is exceptionally popular. There are many golf courses in Sarasota that allow players to get a few weekly rounds in and brush up on their putting game. If you’re a veteran golfer, try out different courses in order to quickly adapt to any possible situation. Keep reading to learn more where the best golf courses in Sarasota and which ones are ideal for you.

Sara Bay Country Club

The Sara Bay Country Club is a private establishment founded in 1926 and designed by legendary golfer Donald Ross. The course is known for its fantastic greens and is considered one of Florida’s classic golf courses. Their clubhouse also provides great service, and many instructors are always there if you need any tips or assistance. Since it’s a private club, Sara Bay enjoys a relaxing atmosphere and is never overcrowded.

University Park Country Club

Located near the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport, the University Park Country Club has been offering top-quality golf since its opening in 1991. Designed by Ron Garl, the 27-hole course has been voted “Best of the Best Places to Play Golf and Tennis” for 18 straight years by Sarasota Magazine. University Park Country Club’s golf course is available to members and the public. Other features include 11 tennis courts, a fitness center, and incredible food for its members and visitors.

The Meadows Country Club

The Meadows Country Club is another popular destination for great golfing in Sarasota. It has two 18-hole championship courses, The Meadows and The Highland, as well as a shorter Par 63 course called The Grove. Famous architect and golfer Ron Garl redesigned these courses in 2004 for the country club’s members, and it's considered to be one of the best circuits in the city. The Meadows is a private club with access to tennis courts, fitness, dining, and other special events and gatherings.

The Founders Golf Club

One of the most exclusive clubs in Sarasota, the Founders Golf Club is located on the outskirts of the city and offers an 18-hole course designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. The intimate organization encourages members to relax, commune with nature, and socialize with other like-minded affiliates. There are only 275 exclusive memberships to the Founders Golf Club, so getting your hands on one might be tricky. Some of the establishment’s other features include fine dining, fitness programs, a learning center, and a reciprocal partnership with the Sarasota Yacht Club

Tatum Ridge Golf Links

Named one of the best places to play by Golf Digest, the Tatum Ridge Golf Links offers a fun 18-hole course located at 421 Tatum Road. The public facility features Scottish-style links that attract great golfers and seniors alike; other amenities include a pro shop and a restaurant. You can also practice your shots by checking out their grass tee box, chipping area, or their 18-hole putting green. Visitors can book their tee times online up to ten days in advance or up to seven days in advance by calling.

Whether you’re a pro or a casual golfer, the best golf courses in Sarasota have something great in store for you, so grab your bag and clear your mind with a few rounds! Let us know which one is your favorite course in the comments below, and register on 941area to find more things to do in Sarasota.


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