Play Golf Sarasota is proud to annouce the addition of a new private club to its marketing program. Mission Valley Country Club, a wonderful private club in Osprey, FL boasts a wonderfully renovated classic style golf course. Mission Valley feels more like a Northern style club than most in the area. Unlike developement golf course communities, the course at Mission Valley winds through approximately 150 acres of pristine ground. You rarely see a home, never cross a street, and feel like you are playing a true golf course. The membership at Mission Valley is very freindly and diverse in what part of the country people have come from in their permanent or seasonal relocation to Florida. New this year part-time residents can join a “seasonal” members. This new program is perfect for the newcomer to the area that only stays for three to six months. For Membership Information Contact Stacy Brown at 580-3378 ext. 7013 

Par 5 Club Play Day at The Concession

11 Aug 2010, Posted by Play Golf Sarasota in Private Clubs

The Par 5 Club invites all members to join us for a fabulous day of golf at The Concession Club on September 14, 2010.  Come out and challenge yourself on one of the finest and most challenging golf clubs in Florida. Take advantage of this opportunity to play her as they are rare for most of us. Come test your skills on this masterpiece that is one of the most exclusive and private clubs in Florida. This beauty was named after one of the most famous moments in the history of the game. The course was named after the famous moment when Jack Nicklaus conceded a 2-foot putt to Tony Jacklin in the 1969 Ryder Cup.

Golf at The Concession Club

Visit us on the web at  Par 5 Club  or contact PGA Professional Tony Panico @ 993-7844 to schedule your spot in the event. The Concession Club is a special place. Come see for yourself why some say that this club has everything you need to host a major PGA Tour event or Ryder Cup event someday. It’s world-class all the way!

Waterlefe Golf and River Club

02 Aug 2010, Posted by Play Golf Sarasota in Golf Courses

Introducing our fine, quality golf course community and 18-hole luxury golf course at Waterlefe Golf & River Club. Waterlefe’s unrivaled natural setting along the Manatee River is composed of a collection of signature golf holes designed by course architect Ted McAnlis. The competitive layout presents a challenge for golfers of all skill levels. There are five sets of tees ranging in length from 4700 to 6908 yards. Features include five unforgettable holes that touch and border the scenic Manatee River. Additional amenities include an aqua range, practice putting green, full-service pro shop, grille room and beverage cart service.

Call 941-744-0393 to reserve a tee time
Take I-75 to Exit 220. East to Upper Manatee River Rd. Turn left, Waterlefe
is on the left. 1022 Fish Hook Cove, Bradenton, Florida 34212

For private country clubs, tee time reservations, golf vacation packages and golf concierge services contact Play Golf Sarasota.

Par 5 Club Membership

02 Aug 2010, Posted by Play Golf Sarasota in Feature, Golf Deals

Save Money on Golf, Food & More!

The Par 5 Club provides members with exclusive coupon offers and savings from Sarasota, Bradenton, Venice and other area golf courses, restaurants and local businesses; as well as take advantage of Play Days on the area’s
finest Private Golf Clubs.

Discounts are offered in 5 different categories:

  • Golf Courses – Discount card members receive year-round golf specials and savings at 20 area courses including Rosedale, Waterlefe, The Links at Greenfield, Riverstrand, IMG Academies and more.
  • Food Dining – Discount card members receive savings for many area restaurants including Mattison’s, Hemingway’s Retreat, Evie’s Pizzeria and more.
  • Entertainment – Discount card members receive savings for Caddyshanks, LaBarge, Good Times Bounce and Slide, and more.
  • Trusted Professionals – Discount card members receive discounts at University Autospa, 1234 Parking, Back in Motion, and more.
  • Personal Services – Discount card members receive discounts at Esthetics by Allison, The Inner Circle Spa, Salon Alternatives, and more.

Par 5 Club Play Days at Private Country Clubs :

Par 5 Club welcomes all members to participate in our Par 5 Club “Play Days” schedule at the area’s FINEST PRIVATE COUNTRY CLUBS. These “Play Days” are designed for player’s to gather their regular foursome and come tee it up at the area’s finest… We will tee off in a shotgun start and times will vary depending on course. We will except the first 72-100 players that sign up. Skins games, team competitions, and special events such as, (long drive and closest to the pin contests) are welcome and is highly supported by our PGA Professionals who will be happy to help facilitate and organize any such requests… Fees include range balls, cart fees & greens fees. (Food specials pro shop “special offers” may be offered and will vary at each facility).

Become a Par 5 Club Member today!

Oak Ford Golf Club announced the winners of the 2010 Red, White & Blue Golf Tournament.  This event is a four-man scramble where golfers tee off from the red tees, white tees, and then the blue tees.  The tournament was part of Oak Ford’s Tournament of Champions Series.  A unique series where the winners of Oak Ford Golf Club’s 2010 Summer Tournament Series (Memorial Day, July 4th, and Labor Day) square off against each other to find out who will be crowned the OakFord Tournament Series Champion of 2010

2010 Red, White, and Blue Golf Tournament Winners:

Kenny Dotson, Brian Molnar, Vance Moore, & Mike Spellman. 60

Palms/Live Oaks
Bill Conklin, Jim Conklin, Dave Miller, & Dana Dewitt. 59

Live Oaks/Myrtle
Jeff Brooks, Don Couche, Eric Miller, & Justin Schmidt. 60 (Team Pictured Above)

These teams are now qualified for the 2010 Summer Series Championship on September 25, 2010.  Congratulations to those teams who won this unique golf tournament.

Sun Protection Tips for Golfers

02 Jul 2010, Posted by Play Golf Sarasota in Health

Use an effective sunscreen

The best protection is not to be in the sun. We all know this isn’t possible while golfing. You can protect yourself by using an effective sunscreen. An effective sunscreen blocks both UVA and UVB rays. I know. Most golfers don’t think they need it. But, most golfers forget a round of golf can take four hours to play and we usually play while the sun is at its hottest. There’s just no avoiding the sun. Therefore, an effective sunscreen is very important.

Re-apply sunscreen at the turn.

The next big tip is reapplying sunscreen. The effectiveness of sunscreen decreases the longer you are out in the sun, especially if you’re sweating. I was told a good rule is to re-apply sunscreen every two hours. But, who watches the time on a golf course? Instead of trying to time it, just reapply your sunscreen at the turn (after 9 holes).

Replace your sunscreen regularly

Typically, sunscreen loses its effectiveness over time. Heat also decreases the effectiveness of sunscreen. That sunscreen you’ve been keeping in your golf bag might be just skin lotion. Have you ever wondered why you got sunburned after applying that old sunscreen you had in your bag? Try and replace your sunscreen at the start of the new golf season. A tube of sunscreen shouldn’t last a whole golf season if you use it regularly!

Wear sun protective clothing.

Another thing golfers can do to protecting themselves from the sun is to wear protective clothing, especially a wide-brimmed hat. Wide brimmed hats aren’t as cool looking as the Nike Visor or Calloway Hat, but they protect your face, nose, ears, and neck a lot better.

There are clothing lines that use fabric to help protect your skin. Fabric is rated using an Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UCF). UCF is very similar to the SPF rating for sunscreens. Sun Precautions® and Solumbra® are both brands of sun protective clothing.

Play “shade” golf.

During hot Florida summers, the most important thing a golf can learn is “shade golf”. Basically, try and position yourself in shade whenever possible. It’ll get you out of the sun and keep you cooler. In Florida, keeping cool is necessary when playing a round of golf in the summer.

Sara Bay Country Club is hosting multiple tournaments this summer. These tournaments include:

  • July 19, 2010 – Greater Sarasota Junior Golf Association
  • September 5, 2010 – USGA Mid Ameteur, Sectional Qualifier
  • September 11 & 12, 2010 – FSGA Mid Senior Fourball Championship
  • October 12, 2010 – FSGA One Day Event

Contact Gavin Darbyshire, PGA & Director of Membership & Marketing at 941-355-7658

Watch Your Ball

02 Apr 2010, Posted by Play Golf Sarasota in Golf Tips

It is important to watch your ball after you hit it.  In fact, watch your ball until it stops, and then make note of the landmarks nearby.   This will help you find your ball.  Most new golfers lose way too many balls.  Not because it was a really bad shot, but due to the fact they look away in frustration when the ball doesn’t take the path they had imagined.  Pace of play slows down when you can’t find your ball.  Lose your ball and you get a penalty unless you cheat.  Plus, it can be expensive to keep buying balls.

The Oaks Golf and Country Club

02 Mar 2010, Posted by Play Golf Sarasota in Private Clubs

The Oaks Club is an exceptional 36-hole private country club community.

Members of The Oaks Club enjoy two championship courses with scenic views and spectacular elevation changes for a superior playing experience. Abundant tee times and numerous events have helped create a club that is simply one of the finest in the southeast.

In 2007, the Club completed a full renovation of the Eagle course by world-renowned course architect Arthur Hills. The course features Sea Isle Supreme Paspalum turfgrass from tee to green. The combination of the Heron and Eagle championship courses put The Oaks Club in a class by itself.

Championship grounds, excellent programming, extensive practice and teaching facilities and a highly dedicated staff create a golf experience that surpasses mere recreation.

For a Private Membership tour call 941-966-5415
301 Mac Ewen Drive, Osprey, FL 34229

The Founders Club

02 Feb 2010, Posted by Play Golf Sarasota in Private Clubs

The Founders Club in Sarasota, Florida is a private Club and Community nestled in 700 acres of verdant landscape in Sarasota, Florida. With only 275 Golf Memberships available, no tee times are necessary. This is a stunning Robert Trent Jones, Jr. golf course. The Club provides an uncompromised, pure golf experience through its professional caddie program and state-of-the-art indoor golf training facility, which features a launch monitor and video swing analysis.

At the center of the community is the clubhouse, Golf Hall, which is home to the area’s finest dining, fitness facility, massage room, outdoor fireplace, golf shop and private meeting space. Beyond the stunning facilities are the Club’s active social, sport and wellness calendar. Members, their families and guests regularly gather at a variety of Club activities to share friendship and camaraderie.

Only 262 home sites are available in this intimate, gated enclave. The Founders Club has been named a LINKS and Travel + Leisure Golf “Top 100” three years running, placing it among the nation’s most distinguished.

Want to play at the Founders Club, contact Play Golf Sarasota.

3001 Founders Club Dr.
Sarasota, Florida 34240
(941) 378-0900 | (866) 508-0900