Pay as you Play at River Widerness Golf & Country Club

06 Sep 2011, Posted by Play Golf Sarasota in News

River Wilderness Golf & Country Club, located in Parrish, Florida, is promoting their new “Pay as you Play” rates. River Wilderness Golf & Country Club is a private, member-owned Club that borders the north shore of the historic Manatee River just off Interstate 75.  Their facilities include a

  • 7100 yard golf course
  • An athletic center that includes fitness, tennis and swimming programs
  • A clubhouse with enough activities to suit anyone’s needs.

Non-members are able to enjoy golf and use their club house facilities with the “Pay as you Play” program.

Pay as you Play Rates:

  • Dues – $227 per month ($1200 annual food minimum)
  • Golf Rates
    • 7-11am – – – – – – – – – $50 (October) & $55 (November – April)
    • 11:07am – 2pm – – – $40(October) & $45 (November – April)
    • 2:08pm – Close – – – $30 (October) & $35 (November – April)
  • Includes:
    • Fitness Center Facilities
    • Clubhouse Activities
    • Clubhouse Dining

Monthly Unlimited Golf

  • $345 per month ($1200 annual food minimum)
  • Trail Fees Available*
  • Cart Lease Available*
  • Includes
    • Fitness Center Facilities
    • Clubhouse Activities
    • Clubhouse Dining

Learn more about River Wilderness & Country Club

Contact Kevin Paschall at 941-776-2691 or rwccmgr@tampabay.rr.com for more details.

Stacy Brown Named President of West Central Florida Chapter of PCMA

03 Sep 2011, Posted by Play Golf Sarasota in News

The Professional Club Marketing Association (PCMA) named Stacy Brown, Director of Marketing & Sales for Mission Valley Country Club, as president of the West Central Florida Chapter of PCMA.

As president, Stacy will lead and orchestrate quarterly meetings of private club membership and marketing professionals in the West Central Florida region. Meetings will serve as a professional networking and educational forum to discuss issues relevant to the position, region, and private club industry as a whole.

PCMA is the association for membership and marketing professionals at private clubs and has attained success by establishing a clear mission: to inform, educate, and represent its members by providing relevant information on trends affecting the private club industry; an encompassing educational and networking venue from which to grow professionally, and to advance representation with other associations within the industry.

PCMA was established in 1995 and is an allied association of the Club Managers Association of America (CMAA).

Please contact Stacy Brown for information on upcoming chapter events!

Stacy Brown
Director of Marketing and Sales
Mission Valley Country Club
1851 Mission Valley Boulevard
Nokomis, FL 34275
Tel: (941) 488-9683
Fax: (941) 484-7242

The Sixth Annual Callaghan Tire Charity ProAm Golf Tournament will be held at River Wilderness November 3-5, 2011.  100% of the profits from thsi tourament will go to “GOLFERS AGAINST CANCER”. Golfers Against Cancer dedicates its fundraising activities solely to cancer research.

Pros draw their 4-person team for day one and a second team for day two from a pool of A-B-C-D players. Amateurs keep the same teammates both days. Pros and amateur teams carry their team scores both days.

Golf Pros Scheduled to Play:

*Jim Albus * Bobby Cole * Jim Dent * Allen Doyle
* Dow Finsterwald * Gibby Gilbert * Lou Graham
* Jerry Heard * Doug Johnson * Jim Holtgrieve
* Tommy Horton * Tony Jacklin * Warren Jacklin
* Larry Laoretti * Jim McClean * Bobby Nichols
* Lonnie Nielsen * Jay Overton * Jim Owen
* Phil Parkin * Dana Quigley * Joe Rassett
* Tom Shaw * Hollis Stacy
* Jimmy Wright * Larry Ziegler

Download the registration form. or click here for more information.

Marketing Country Club Lifestyle to Homebuyers

Play Golf Sarasota Media Group, publisher of Play Golf Sarasota magazine and Keller Williams Luxury Homes of Sarasota, have joined forces. Together they will develop a system of marketing country club lifestyles and golf course homes for sellers and buyers in the local real estate marketplace.

Brandy Coffey, Broker with Keller Williams Luxury Homes of Sarasota and Mark Bruce, owner of Play Golf Sarasota Magazine and newly licensed real estate agent will partner on several strategic initiatives to be launched later this summer.

Coffey recently joined forces with Joanne Owens of Keller Williams On The Water to launch the Keller Williams Luxury Homes Division in Sarasota Florida. Coffey’s immediate goal quickly became to expand her team of agents to service the luxury market.

“Finding quality agents with experience in servicing clients who desire luxury lifestyles is always a challenge. Mark, with his background as a PGA Golf Professional and vast knowledge of the local country club market, is no stranger to clients who enjoy the finer things in life; therefore, it was easy for him to make the cut”, says Coffey.

Sarasota Luxury Properties in Golf Communities

Dedicated to serving the high-end, luxury market, the Luxury Homes Division of Keller Williams Realty International provides a perfect system for marketing and selling golf course properties. Combined with the media and personal services platform of Play Golf Sarasota sellers and buyers will benefit from a unique combination of Mark’s golf knowledge and expertise gained from over 15 years as a PGA Professional in the area and Brandy’s broad knowledge of the real estate market.

Play Golf Sarasota profiles golf courses and country clubs in Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte counties via high quality print and web related materials. Starting in October, abbreviated course profiles will appear in a special section within SARASOTA Magazine, a monthly city/lifestyle magazine with distribution to all 50 states and 10 countries.

In addition to its publication, Play Golf Sarasota has developed a client base of more than 500 customers who have enjoyed a golf vacation using the firm’s personal travel & concierge service.

“Golfers know and trust the PGA brand and we run our business on the fundamental principles of the game of golf, honesty and integrity,” says Bruce, “that same philosophy will be implemented when representing clients seeking to have us sell their home or with buyers looking for their perfect lifestyle fit here in a Sarasota golf course community”.

This partnership is a perfect match, and truly in line with the Keller Williams philosophy that creating “Win-Win” situations for clients is the best form of business. It looks like Brandy and Mark both have scored a hole-in-one, with many more on the horizon.

“It is easy for clients to get committed to a Sarasota market home purchase, the tricky part, especially when it comes to clients that desire golf course communities has always been finding the perfect balance of golf course, club social-life, and housing desires”, says Coffey, “Mark makes it look easy. After spending only a few minutes with clients discussing their prior club affiliations and experiences, he can narrow a search down to the appropriate local properties that makes their transition seamless”.

This partnership is a perfect match, and truly in line with the Keller Williams philosophy that creating “Win-Win” situations for clients is the best form of business. It looks like Brandy and Mark both have scored a hole-in-one, with many more on the horizon.

For more information call Brandy Coffey (941) 284- 4474 or Mark Bruce (941) 400-7566

Birdies for the Brave Golf Tournament

09 Aug 2011, Posted by Play Golf Sarasota in Feature, Golf Tournaments, Private Clubs


TPC Prestancia is rolling out their 7th Annual Birdies for the Brave Golf Tournament scheduled for Friday, November 11, 2011.  Birdies for the Brave is a nationwide program launched by the U.S. Department of Defense that recognizes citizen’s support for military men and women and communicates that support to members of our Armed Forces at home and abroad. Despite the uncertainty that many of us have experienced over the past 24-36 months, many of our trials pale in comparison to those experienced by the men and women who serve our country honorably, and to the situations their families experience on a day-in, day-out basis.

Supporting U.S. Troops and Their Families

This fundraising event underscores Heritage Golf Group’s long-standing commitment to giving back and benefits eight outstanding non-profit organizations dedicated to supporting U.S. troops and their families.

  • Homes For Our Troops
  • Special Operations Warrior Foundation
  • The Navy SEAL Foundation
  • Wounded Warrior Project
  • Operation Homefront
  • Military Warriors Support Foundation
  • United Through Reading
  • Green Beret Foundation

Birdies for the Brave Golf Tournament

Join TPC Prestancia as a player and/or as a sponsor for the 7th Annual Birdies for the Brave tournament scheduled for Friday, November 11, 2011 (Sponsorship Opportunity and Tournament Registration forms).   Donations and net proceeds of sponsorships will benefit all charities listed above through PGA TOUR Charities, Inc. (a public charity organized under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue code).

  • 10:30 a.m. Registration & Practice Tee Opens
  • 12:00 p.m. Opening Ceremonies
  • Box Lunch Provided on Cart
  • 12:30 p.m. Shotgun Start
  • 5:00 p.m. Dinner, Awards Ceremony & Raffle Prizes
  • Special Guest Speakers

Together, we can help make a difference in the lives of U.S. troops who selflessly put their lives on the line every day so that all Americans may enjoy the privileges of freedom.

Gator Creek Renovating Golf Course

28 Jul 2011, Posted by Play Golf Sarasota in Golf Courses

Gator Creek Golf Club in Sarasota, FL is undergoing a renovation this summer. Yesterday we got an exclusive sneak peak at the construction with golf course changes with architect Ron Garl. Gator Creek is redoing all the teeing grounds and fairways with Celebration turfgrass and all the Greens will have Mini Verde Ultradwarf (most notably used at TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course). In a unique approach to rounding out the collars of each Green, a new turfgarss, Tiff Grande, is planted as the Fringe around every green. In my 25 years in Florida I have not seen a turfgrass that has this much richness and definition to the collar. It is growing in lush and green, the theory is that it will keep the standard 419 Bermuda, common to most Florida courses, from creeping into the Mini Verde green complex.

Garl redesigned a half dozen of the green complexes for Gator Creek to create the original look and architectural feel originally laid out by Joe Lee, Gator’s original architect. The most dramatic feature being added is a new Rock Wall fronting the 10th green, a great Par Five that now offers players a dramatic risk reward challenge for their second or third approach shot. Gator Creek’s Golf Course Superintendent, Michael O’Bryant, is very pleased with the progress of the project. Ron Garl and Garl’s Project Manager Ricky Nix spent some time Wednesday with O’Bryant evaluating the finishing touches of the newly constructed 6th Green complex. Paying close attention to the way a players sees the complex and the options he may have during play is paramount for Garl’s team.

Garl commented Wednesday that his firms goal is create playable golf courses that allow for players to achieve success each time they play. Reminding us that “The game is supposed to be fun for players, right”? During the golf boom of the past twenty years several architects built extra challenging and tricky golf courses that looked dramatic but frequently over-challenged the average player. The PGA of America recently launched a new program called TEE IT FORWARD which encourages players to move up a tee box and enjoy the game a bit more. The early results are people are having more fun, playing a faster round, and excited about their level of achievement. From what I saw at Gator Creek, Garl and his team of experts are going to provide the Gator Creek membership with years of enjoyment.