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The Perfect Gift for the Burger & Beer Enthusiast… Get ‘Em Stuffed!

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In 2010, a really talented guy (Chef Shane) came up with a really good idea (make the BEST burger EVER)! He started taking everything people love on top of a burger and including it IN the burger. His brother (Matty Matt) loved them and wanted to help out. Their Mom (Pink) jumped in on the action too. After a few years of farmers markets and food truck events, they decided to open a restaurant.

Since then, they have been making a name for themselves in the Bradenton / Sarasota area. Just last month, Charley from Fox 13 stopped by and talked with the family behind Full Belly. He gets a good lesson in stuffing and grilling, and of course, does a little taste-testing too. Click here to see the feature on Fox 13.

Their menu consists of 12 unique burgers including the famous Matty Matt which is stuffed with sweet maple bacon and peanut butter PLUS a Featured Burger of the Month, which happens to be the TurDucKen in December, a fabulous blend of Turkey, Duck and Chicken! They even have a Veggie Burger on the menu for us non-carnivorous eaters. To many’s surprise, they also offer Wings, super delicious Mac-N-Cheese options and Sweet Potato Tots!

Did I mention the beer? Not only does Full Belly Stuffed Burgers do it up right with their food, they offer a great selection of BEER (including selections Fat Point Brewing and Darwin Brewing Company in Bradenton). Be sure to follow them on Facebook for up-to-date information on beer selections and events.

So now that you’re hungry and thirsty… get to Full Belly Stuffed Burgers (8742 State Rd 70 E, Bradenton, FL 34202) for lunch and a cold one — and while you’re at it, pick up some gift cards to share this holiday season! Buy $50 of gift cards and get a free Founder’s Club beer glass and Koozie OR buy $100 in gift cards and get the Original, one and only Full Belly t-shirt. They also have some yummy hot sauces that would make great stocking stuffers or co-worker gifts~ only $5 a bottle~ and three great flavors to choose from.

Original Full Belly T-Shirt  T-Shirts  Full Belly Stuffed Burgers Hot Sauce

To see the full menu, visit their website at fullbellystuffedburgers.com — you won’t be disappointed!

 

Enjoy World-Renowned Trick Shot Artist and Paraplegic Golfer Dennis Walters Along with His Co-Star, Super Dog Bucky!

The Dennis Walters Golf Show is a one hour combination of “Golf Lessons and Life Lessons”. It is great golf, great fun, along with an inspiring message. The show is also about reaching for dreams and Dennis is not talking about a dream you have at night. To him a real dream is having a positive thought in your head and in your heart and doing whatever it takes to make that come true. Every person should have a dream. You’re never too young to have one and there certainly are no expiration dates on dreams. Also, “if you have a dream and it doesn’t work out, never stop dreaming … get a new dream!” Dennis’ dream was always to play successfully on the PGA Tour. He had an accident in 1974 that left him paralyzed from the waist down. After his accident it was looking pretty bleak for that dream. Dennis found there were a lot of things he couldn’t do, but there was no way he was giving up playing golf and thus with this never say die attitude a new career was born.

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Play Golf Sarasota is Offering Discounted Rounds of Golf at some of the Area’s Finest Courses! 

Discounted Golf Certificate

Let’s face it, shopping for the perfect gift for that special someone around the holidays can be tough. But, if you’re buying for a golfer this Christmas season, you won’t go wrong with golf certificates for play at some of the area’s finest golf courses. Purchasing your certificates is easy and can be online at our Rounds Store. These certificates are good for any time of the day and any day during the week — no restrictions! Pick from the great courses listed below and give the gift of golf this Holiday Season!

 

Palm Aire Country Club

Palm Aire Country Club

Palm-Aire Country Club is a truly Private Member-Owned Club. From the beauty and challenge of our two championship 18-hole golf courses to the vigorous activities at our tennis, pool, and fitness center to superb dining in the 25,000-square-foot Clubhouse. Palm-Aire Country Club members enjoy some of the finest service and amenities available in the Sarasota-Bradenton area.

Jacaranda West Country Club

Jacaranda West Country Club

Jacaranda West Country Club is a member-owned Club in beautiful Venice, Florida, nestled in the Jacaranda West community where people and nature coexist. Their golf course provides a game that is both enjoyable, yet challenging. Jacaranda West is one of the rare Florida courses that allow golfers to walk or ride our beautifully maintained course.

Waterlefe Golf & River Club

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 4,700 to 6,908 yards. Features include five unforgettable holes that touch and border the scenic Manatee River.

Stoneybrook Golf Club at Heritage Harbour

Stoneybrook Golf Club at Heritage Harbour

Created by America’s leading golf course designer, Stoneybrook Golf Club at Heritage Harbour is a truly memorable test of championship caliber golf. The 18-hole, par-72 layout plays through a landscape highlighted by mature woods, wetland preserves and lakes creating strategic risk/reward holes and encouraging a wide variety of shots.

The Highlands Golf Course at The Meadows Country Club

The Highlands Golf Course at The Meadows Country Club

Part of the Meadows Country Club, The Highlands provides a very different, old-Florida golfing experience for members and guests. The course features small greens, narrow fairways lined with old oaks and pines, and several elevation changes. The course offers five sets of tee boxes and measures from 5,000 to 6,600 yards.

Sarasota National

Sarasota National

Sarasota National is a beautiful Venice golf club that features an 18-hole, Gordon Lewis designed championship Florida golf course. It challenges not only the low handicap golfer and Tour professional but allow the beginner an enjoyable and memorable round of golf.

Rosedale Golf & Country Club

Rosedale Golf & Country Club

Rosedale Golf & Country Club is located in Bradenton, Florida and offers eighteen holes of championship golf. Whether you are new to the game of golf or have been playing your entire life, Rosedale has something for you. The course was designed by Ted McAnlis in 1993 and has all the unique characteristics of a Florida golf course.

 

Club Life Experts — Bridging the Gap Between Golf & Real Estate

As a professional, David Brillinger recognizes that today’s clients are sophisticated buyers and/or sellers with specific goals and objectives; he also understands the unique needs of home buyers, sellers, and investors. He believes communication skills go hand-in-hand with his personalized approach to service and he is committed to providing the best buying and selling experience possible. David’s attention to detail, extensive local knowledge and integrity are the critical factors enabling his clients to realize the results they are looking for, whether buying, selling or investing. It is David’s passion for the Sarasota area real estate industry that provides him with the verve and competitive drive to deliver the results that exceed his client’s expectations.

To contact David, you can email David@PlayGolfSarasota or give him a call at (941) 356-8518.

David Brillinger

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Being an award-winning Arnold Palmer signature golf course, Legacy Golf Club has earned its reputation as one of the premier courses in Southwest Florida.

Legacy Golf Club is an upscale, 18-hole championship public golf course. We strive to be unique from anything found in the region. Offering a level of service and conditions found at world-class private facilities, making it a local favorite for all.

The course features elevated multiple tees, and virtually every hole is framed with sand and water. Our unique course has 360-foot wide fairways on all corridors, making the look very dramatic and visually challenging, while still approachable to all players.

Hole 3 at Legacy Golf Club

ANNUAL GOLF PROGRAMS

The Legacy Golf Club offers multiple programs to suit every golfer. From unlimited all inclusive annual memberships to inexpensive cart fee programs. We have a plan to exceed your expectations.

All programs include:

  • Unlimited Use of Golf Course and Practice Facilities
  • Starting Time Reservations: 15 Days in Advance
  • Complimentary USGA Handicap Services
  • Guests of Annual Play Participants Receive Discounted Rates
  • 10% Off Food and Beverage at the Legacy Grille
  • 5% Off Non-Sale Merchandise Purchases in the Golf Shop

Hole 11 at Legacy Golf Club

TOURNAMENTS

Legacy Golf Club is available for Tournaments and Outings 7 days a week. We specialize in Corporate Events, Charity Tournaments, and Golf Outings. The beautiful setting and amenities make Legacy a great venue for everything from 16 player outings to full field tournaments. Tee Time and shotgun starts are available for any size group. As an added service, we offer something unique to our customers, our Event Coordinator and PGA Staff work with all groups prior and during the event to ensure its success!

Pre and post event banquets are offered at our Ranch Grille, Patio and event lawn featuring spectacular golf course views accommodating up to 200 people. We also offer Continental breakfasts, boxed breakfasts and buffet or boxed lunches.

TOURNAMENT PACKAGES

Several Tournament Packages are available to accommodate any tournament needs. These packages are customized to include Catering, Beverage, Tee Prizes, Awards, Clinics, and on course events. All tournaments include use of our practice facility, range balls, scoring, handling, and contests on the course.

THE RANCH GRILLE

The Ranch Grille, a full service restaurant at Legacy Golf Club, serves lunch daily. Featuring deluxe salads, generous deli sandwiches, char-grilled chicken breast and burgers. Enjoy the relaxing atmosphere and fantastic view of the 18th hole when dining inside or outside on our elevated veranda.

While playing on our award-winning course a full array of sandwiches, snacks, and beverages are available from our snack bar and on-course beverage carts. The Snack Bar is open seasonally.

The Ranch Grille at Legacy Golf Club

The Ranch Grille is also available to rent or to host Special Events, such as Christmas Parties, Private Dinners or Mixers. Perfect is ideal for hosting 28 to 80 Guests.

TO RESERVE YOUR TEE TIME CALL (941) 580.3378 EXT 7026

 

Our friendly and diverse members and staff believe The Meadows Country Club offers so much more than you would expect for such a reasonable investment. 

The Meadows Golf and Country Club

The Meadows Country Club is a member-owned oasis that incorporates the finest golf, tennis, fitness and dining facilities in a lush Sarasota, Florida, setting. Yet, we are only a couple of miles from many exciting venues including Nathan Benderson Park, (Home of the 2017 World Rowing Championships), and close to Downtown Sarasota, it’s beautiful bayfront, as well as the many area white sand beaches.

Golf is truly the centerpiece of The Meadows Country Club. While it is one of the largest country clubs in Southwest Florida, the enjoyable small club atmosphere is our signature feature. The club offers 54 holes of golf which include two championship courses (The Meadows and Highlands) that are very challenging, yet fair, for golfers of all levels to enjoy. The third course (the Groves), is a short course designed by famed architect Arthur Hill, and it will test every aspect of your game.

We pride ourselves in providing exceptional conditions on all 3 golf courses which are set in spectacular, mature Sarasota landscapes. Lakes, ponds, trees, flowers, and the ever-present wildlife are an integral part of the Meadows golf experience.

The club enables our members to enjoy many benefits and there’s something for everyone. We have a very active tournament schedule for all players, a staff of PGA Professionals that provide great service and can help you with your golf game, a fully stocked golf shop, and excellent practice facilities.

The Meadows is more than just a country club, it is a complete membership experience, and you don’t have to live at The Meadows to enjoy its beautiful facilities and great amenities.

The Dickens Fitness Center

The Dickens and Fitness
The Dickens plays a vital role for the members at The Meadows Country Club. In addition to being the host building of activities and programs, The Dickens is home to our 5000 sq. ft. Fitness Center. The Fitness Center features myriad equipment to keep you in shape, as well as a staff to direct your program. Prefer aerobic or fitness classes? We have those too, along with specialized dancing, stretching, and even couples classes.

Golfers will find a new popular fitness program. Crystal Romeo, Director of the Fitness Center, is the area’s first Titleist Performance Institute Certified Golf Fitness Instructor. Crystal is also a Certified LPGA Teaching Professional and a Certified Personal Trainer, which allows her to provide a fitness program to specifically target individual golfer needs and in conformance with this new TPI system.

Tennis Courts at The Meadows

Tennis
Whether social or competitive, beginner or advanced, you will find an extensive tennis program at The Meadows Country Club to fit your individual needs.

Meadows members enjoy play on 17 Har-Tru tennis courts, 15 of which are lighted for night play. There is also a stadium court with viewing area to highlight special matches and events. These facilities are set in natural landscaped surroundings that enhance the complete tennis experience.

Tennis magazine has recognized The Meadows Country Club as one of the nation’s top 20 tennis facilities because of its commitment to excellence in its facilities, staff and professionals. 

For information on all membership opportunities, please call Glenda Bachner at (941) 378-5957.

River Strand Golf & Country Club is the Perfect Golf & Luxury-living Community in the Greater Sarasota / Bradenton Area

Just imagine the life you’ll lead at River Strand …

The home you’ve worked for all those years, built to your specs, and nestled into a setting of aquatics, trees and lush landscaping …

Golf … 27 holes of championship-caliber golf, not too far away but not so close as to impinge on your home …

Clubhouse and dining facilities that make all other Bradenton-area country club offerings pale in comparison …

Imagine no more. It’s here. It’s River Strand Golf and Country Club. For more membership information, or to begin the next phase of your life, give us a call at (941) 580-3378, Ext 7025

Hole #9 Tributary

Welcoming guests is River Strand’s cascading rock waterfall entry and Tuscan-inspired gatehouse. Once inside the gated golf community, you will be struck by the awesome sight of our clubhouse and pool situated between the 18th and 27th greens, of the Arthur Hills designed course. River Strand Features a 27 hole Championship Golf Course, 8 Har-Tru Clay Tennis Courts, Resort Style Pool, 24 Hour Fitness Center, and much more!

27-Hole Championship Golf Course Designed by Arthur Hills 

Play nine … play 18 … play 27! We’ll rotate the nines for those choosing to play 18 so that you always have a fresh, manicured, challenging round to look forward to.

The golf course fits harmoniously with the environment, with holes intertwined by tributaries and estuaries. The Manatee River and its tidal water areas are incorporated into several of the holes, making the course a remarkable and memorable experience. The course is meticulously maintained and features TifEagle greens that are mowed with a walk mower to insure pristine conditions.

You will also enjoy the use of a snack bar located between the 9th and 10th holes, in addition to our complete clubhouse dining facilities.

River Strand Tennis

If you like tennis, we’ve got tennis!

With 8 lighted, Har-Tru tennis courts, on-site tennis pro and tennis pro shop, even the most serious of tennis players will love living in River Strand.

Nate Griffin, Director of Tennis, is excited to bring several programs and events to River Strand. We have 3 on-site tennis professionals to meet all your tennis needs. We currently offer private lessons, junior and adult clinics, game-matching services, round robins, pro exhibitions, leagues, a ball machine, and cardio tennis. River Strand also has on-site racquet restringing as well as merchandising of tennis racquets, bags, balls, grips, and accessories for your convenience.

Playing tennis on a Har-Tru clay court will leave you feeling more physically and emotionally satisfied. These rewards come from less stress on your joints and the responsive tactics that go into each and every point and match.

Call our Tennis Pro Shop at (941) 932-8680 for more information about programs and lessons and to keep up-to-date on our tennis news. You can also visit our website to make online reservations, request more information and get tennis tips from Nate!

Along with golf, our members-only recreational facilities include any and all of the activities you can imagine. River Strand offers you the active lifestyle you prefer. And if this is the lifestyle you’ve been putting off and/or hoping for, welcome to River Strand!

Along with golf, our members-only recreational facilities include any and all of the activities you can imagine. River Strand offers you the active lifestyle you prefer. And if this is the lifestyle you’ve been putting off and/or hoping for, welcome to River Strand!

Two words describe your event at River Strand Golf and Country Club: letter perfect! As with every facet of River Strand Golf and Country Club, our banquet facilities are second to none. You’ll see our banquet facilities evolve into the kind of place you’ll be proud to bring family, friends and business associates.

Two words describe your event at River Strand Golf and Country Club: letter perfect! As with every facet of River Strand Golf and Country Club, our banquet facilities are second to none. You’ll see our banquet facilities evolve into the kind of place you’ll be proud to bring family, friends and business associates.

 

Club Life Experts — Bridging the Gap Between Golf & Real Estate

In order to stand out in this real estate market, you need a knowledgeable Realtor® with a strong sense of commitment to help you achieve your goals. Whether buying or selling, Kristie always follows through and keeps her clients top-of mind while taking extra care to focus on the details of every transaction. Kristie brings an unusual enduring skill-set to finding or selling a home for her customers; creating a rewarding experience for all parties involved. A New York native and a graduate from New York State University at Fredonia; Kristie made the decision in 2003 to follow her dream to live in paradise and moved to Sarasota, FL. Kristie has 10 years specializing in residential real estate and seven of the years involved in property management within the luxury vacation rental industry. During her ten years, Kristie refined her skills in property investment maximization, market analysis, problem solving, customer service, time management, and contract negotiations. Kristie is an active member with the Sarasota board of REALTORS, as well as, the National Board of REALTORS.

In her free time, Kristie enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter and two dogs.

To contact Kristie DeSantis, you can email Kristie@PlayGolfSarasota or give her a call at (941) 400-1018.

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Voted “Best Place to Play Golf” by SARASOTA Magazine since 1993

University Park Golf Club Signature Hole

University Park Country Club, the area’s premier semi-private country club, is the “must play” golf destination in Southwest Florida. The location is unparalleled, just a few short miles from I-75 and the Sarasota International Airport on University Parkway. Close enough to enjoy world-class accommodations, shopping and leisure activities yet far enough removed that you will feel as though you have been transported to a private enclave.

The breathtaking 27 hole championship golf course is designed to reward the golfer whatever their skill level and provide an exhilarating golf experience against a stunning backdrop of native Florida. The impeccable conditions and beauty of the course as well as the club’s renowned friendly service offer the daily-fee player a private club experience that is surprisingly affordable.

University Park Country Club consistently earns awards and recognition from independent reader’s surveys and discerning golfers. The Ron Garl designed course has won accolades and distinction from Golf for Women, Golfweek and Florida Sportsfan placing University Park in “Florida’s Top Fifty.” Locally University Park County Club has been voted “Best Place to Play Golf” by SARASOTA Magazine readers every year since 1993.

The Golf Academy at University Park is open to non-members and offers golf instruction for every level of golfer. There are a variety of clinics, a 3 Day Golf School, 1 Day Short Game School, playing lessons and private instruction.

University Park Golf Club Wedding

Weddings

University Park Country Club is one of the area’s premier locations for weddings and private celebrations. The majestic natural beauty of the club grounds and breathtaking views create a not to be forgotten backdrop for your wedding ceremony and reception. The lakeside ceremony venue overlooks the shimmering lake and the 9th and 18th greens on the award-winning golf course. Photo opportunities are unmatched and wedding memories made here are magical.

University Park Country Club is one of the only clubs in Sarasota to offer wedding planning by one of the area’s top professionals, complimentary golf for the groom and groomsmen and a private lounge and dressing area for the bride and bridal party for pre-wedding photos and touch-ups.

The Park Grille and Lakeside Room with its expansive views of the golf course and lake, features tasteful traditional décor and a built-in 18 x 30 walnut dance floor. The club can accommodate up to 200 guests for a seated dinner and up to 150 for a buffet style reception. Select linens, silver or gold chargers, votive lights, table numbers, china, glass and silver, are all included at no additional charge.

University Park Golf Club Membership

Memberships

University Park Country Club is the premier semi-private club in the area. Members enjoy 27 holes of championship golf and a newly remodeled golf practice facility, 11 resurfaced and lighted Har-Tru tennis courts, a lakeside Fitness Centre with personal trainers and daily classes, the award-winning Park Grille and Café with al fresco, lakeside dining and The Varsity Club and Lounge. Robust Golf Associations and USTA tennis teams keep members active and engaged.

A full schedule of member events are offered including Trivia Challenge, Dinner and Bingo, Friday Night Happy Hours, Lunch & Learn, Seafood Nights, bridge and table games and the annual member art show, Art in the Park to name a few. Holiday celebrations including a black tie New Year’s Eve Gala, Christmas Brunch with Santa, Thanksgiving, Easter and the Mothers’ Day Grande Buffets are memorable for members and their families.

Memberships are currently available in a variety of categories, one of which is sure to match your lifestyle. To schedule your private tour of University Park Country Club, call Ann Backus, Membership Director at 941-355-3888 ext. 234 or email abackus@universitypark-fl.com

Recognized by SARASOTA Magazine as one of the “Best of the Best”, the club’s award-winning style, culinary creations and impeccable service will make your wedding simply unforgettable. For more information call Bobbi Richman, Director of Banquets and Catering at 941-355-3888 ext. 225 or email brichman@universitypark-fl.com

 

Club Life Experts Bridging the Gap Between Golf & Real Estate

Todd is a licensed Realtor with an extensive background in construction, remodel, and repair of commercial and residential properties. He has designed and managed hundreds of projects from service and repair contracts to massive $1 Million remodel projects. Todd attended The University of Central Missouri, earning a degree in Science Education while playing NCAA baseball, even playing in the Division II College World Series twice. He began painting houses during the summers to earn extra cash and discovered that he loved the process of improving properties. After teaching high school for one year, he spent the next 12 years expanding his knowledge of remodeling high-end homes, excelling at faux finishing and premium cabinet and paint finishes. In 2007, he began working with a real estate investment company as a project manager, designing and overseeing the full remodel of 14 homes in 2 years. In 2012, he moved from Kansas City, Missouri to Lakewood Ranch with his wife Allison and their two children, Ava and Corbin. He jumped right into real estate, closing almost $2 Million in his first 12 months while managing over $300,000 in remodel and painting projects. He has earned the trust of many great clients over the years and looks forward to working with many more!

To contact Todd Merriott, you can email Todd@PlayGolfSarasota or give him a call at (816) 214-3044.

Todd Merriott

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