Junior Golf Camp for Players Age 6-16 at Rosedale

30 Jun 2014, Posted by Play Golf Sarasota in Area Golf

Looking for a great summer golf camp for your young golfer? Rosedale Golf & Country Club will be offering sessions Tuesday – Friday and will be covering all facets of the game, including: Putting, pitching, chipping, iron play, hybrids and woods! Call the Golf Shop at 941-756-0004 to enroll!Microsoft Word - 2014+RGCC_JuniorCampFlyer_ORIG (16).docx

Can Yoga Improve My Golf Game?

13 May 2014, Posted by Play Golf Sarasota in Uncategorized

Workout: Yoga for Golfers

By: Amanda Junker – Men’s Health

Kitteh Yoga

Hit longer drives, stay focused on the course, and lower your score with this yoga warm-up.

In golf, the power of your swing starts from the ground up. This means that all the curls in the world won’t help you hit longer drives or swing fewer strokes. So if you want to be stronger on the links, drop the weights and get on the yoga mat. “Swing power is generated from the lower body to the hips, the trunk, the shoulders, the arms, and out to the club,” says Katherine Roberts, founder of Yoga for Golfers and fitness expert for the Golf channel. “A lot of yoga postures are very good at getting deep into the connective tissue and musculature of the hips. The hips initiate the downswing, so having mobility in the hips and strong glutes is really critical for generating power.”

The following yoga sequence is designed by Roberts to maximize your key power sources by opening the hips and strengthening the glutes. It will also build strength and stability in the lumbar spine to prevent injury. As you practice these poses, don’t forget to breathe. Paying attention to your breath will pay dividends on the course: “The number one reason for swing faults is tension in the body, and that’s a byproduct of lack of blood flow and lack of breath,” says Roberts. “The fastest way for you to relax the body and calm the mind is to through the breath because it’s the easiest, most efficient way to the calm heart.” The next time you’re about to hit the links, practice the following sequence:

1. Alligator
Lay down on back, breathing deeply in and out through the nose. Grasping both your hands around right knee, pull knee to chest. Keeping right leg bent, rotate it out to the right, with your right hand holding knee and left hip on the floor. Move into alligator pose by putting right foot on top of left knee, spread your arms out perpendicular to your body and twist your body toward the left, keeping right shoulder on the floor. Exhale and return to center, then repeat on left side.

2. Knees to Chest
Inhale and bring your legs back up to center bringing knees in to chest. Holding your legs, roll back around in a circular motion clockwise a few times, working the muscles of the low back, preparing the body for the swing. Repeat counter-clockwise.

3. Cat – Cow
Come onto all fours with hands directly below shoulders and fingers spread. Inhale, lowering spine toward floor and rolling the shoulders back for cow pose. Inhale chin into chest, chest into spine, and spine into the ceiling for cat pose. Walk your knees back, exhale, and press back into modified child’s pose.

4. Cobra
Inhale forward into cobra pose, placing palms next to body on sides of the chest, elbows bent, fingers pointing straight ahead. Press into palms, curling shoulders and chest off the floor. Lift hips and torso off the floor into a mini backbend. Exhale, lower hips, belly, and shoulders to the floor.

5. Downward Facing Dog
Curl your toes under and pushing evenly into your palms, lift your knees off the floor. Lift your sit bones toward the ceiling and push the top of your thighs back so that your body looks like an inverted “V.” At first keep knees bent and heels lifted off the floor. Slowly start to straighten your knees—but don’t lock them. Gently begin to move your chest back toward your thighs until your ears are even with your upper arms; don’t let your head dangle. Keep your hips lifting and push strongly into your hands.

6. Forward Bend
Walk the body forward into a standing position. Folding your torso forward, bend your knees as needed and grab your opposite elbows, letting the body hang down. Bend your knees so feel stretch all the way through lower back. Hold 3 breaths. Inhale, exhale and straighten legs. Hold for 3 breaths, inhale then exhale to make the legs straight. Bend and straighten the knees a few times for a dynamic stretch. Bend the knees, release your hands, and roll all the way up.

7. Crescent pose
Step the right foot back into a lunge position, keeping your left leg just slightly bent. Raise your arms straight above your head.  Bend deeper into your left knee until the left thigh is parallel to the ground and the right knee is almost touching the ground, then lift your body back up. Repeat at least 5 times, performing as many as 15 reps if you can.

8. Warrior 1
From crescent, rotate your right foot so it’s completely planted on the ground, pointing out to the right, but keeping your hips and torso facing forward. Squeeze the right glutes and keep the right leg very straight, lowering down and bending the left knee so you feel the stretch all the way through the right hip. Clasp hands behind head, then inhale and bring elbows together so they meet in front of your face. Exhale to open, and repeat 2 more times.

9. Reverse Warrior
From warrior position, raise the left arm up to the ceiling, keeping the right hand down beside the right thigh. Arch backward so you feel the stretch through the whole body.

10. Extended Side Angle
Lean forward with left arm resting on left knee, and bring right arm up and over the head. Revolve the ribcage toward the ceiling for a twisting stretch in the torso.

11. Plank to Cobra to Downward Facing Dog
Release hands down and step back to plank position. Lower the body down toward the floor, inhale, squeeze the glutes, press hands into the floor and lift the chest for modified cobra. Exhale back down then curl your toes under and push back for downward facing dog. Step the right leg forward and repeat steps 7 to 11 on the right side

12. Hip Abductor
Stand with feet shoulder-width apart and loop a resistance band around ankles. Shift weight onto left leg, extend right leg and pulse outward 10 to 15 times. Shift weight to the right leg and repeat on the other side.

13. Hip Adductor
Remove resistance band and stand with feet shoulder-width apart and knees slightly bent. Extend the right leg forward and cross over to the left, pulsing upward. Repeat with left leg.

14. Reclined Twist
Lay on back with a strap or band looped around right foot. Holding onto the strap with your hands, extend right leg in the air, bending the knee slightly. Exhale and straighten right leg, pressing heel upward, flexing quad, and pulling toes back toward you, about 5 times. Hold strap in right hand and lay left arm perpendicular to body. Slowly ease right leg over to the right, keeping your left hip on the floor. Bring the leg back up and take the strap in your left hand, laying your right arm perpendicular to the body and bring your leg over to the left side of your body. Switch sides and repeat.

15. Bound Angle pose
In a seated position, pull the soles of your feet together with your heels as close to your groin as possible. Sit up as tall as possible, inhale, and bring the knees up then press down to the ground. Repeat for a few breaths.

16. Pigeon pose
Start in plank position with the hands underneath the shoulders and bring the right knee so it’s touching the right wrist and bring your right foot up so your shin is parallel to your torso. Slide the left leg back straight out behind you. If your right hip is of the floor, place a block or rolled towel beneath the buttox. Sit the torso up, bring the navel to the spine, and hold for 5 breaths. Repeat on left side.

17. Eagle Twist
Lay flat on your back and take your arms perpendicular to the body, and cross your right leg over your left. Bring left heel as close as you can to your body, roll over so the legs come to the left and hold. Keep right shoulder on the floor and hold for 10 breaths. Switch to the other side and hold for 10 breaths.

Read more: http://www.menshealth.com/yoga/yoga-for/Workout_Yoga_for_Golfers.php#ixzz31cxfuuDp

 Download the Workout PDF

Heritage Oaks Golf & Country Club is hosting the 1st Annual Classic Tournament on Saturday, June 20, 2013.

Heritage Oaks Golf & Country Club is hosting the 1st Annual Classic Tournament on Saturday, June 20, 2013.


Heritage Oaks Golf & Country Club

4800 Chase Oaks Drive | Sarasota, FL 34241

Saturday, June 20, 2013

Registration Fee: $75 per player
(includes Breakfast & Lunch, all beverages, Tournament Round of Golf, 1 certificate for a round of golf for 4 – per foursome at Heritage Oaks Golf & Country Club)

Registration – 7:00 a.m.  |  Shotgun Start – 8:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast, Award Lunch, Raffle and Silent Auction to Follow Tournament


Closest to the Hole – Men’s & Women’s |  Longest Drive – Men’s & Women’s  |  Putting Contest – Men’s & Women’s  |  Hole-in-One Prizes  |  Limited Mulligans (2/person, $5 each)

Sponsorship Levels & Benefits

Lunch Sponsor (4 Available): $3,000  Prominent signage on the golf course & at the tournament luncheon  |  Sponsorship credit on 2 holes or greens  | One corporate foursome

Breakfast Sponsor (4 Available): $2,000  Prominent signage at lunch area  |  Sponsorship credit on 1 hole or green  | One corporate foursome

Goody Bay Sponsor (4 Available): $1,000  Sponsor credited in golfer goody bags  |  Sponsorship credit on 1 hole or green  | One corporate foursome

Cart (2 Available): $1,000  Sponsor name & logo displayed on the golf carts  |  One corporate foursome

Putting Green Sponsor: $500  One corporate foursome

Tee or Hole Signs: $100  Sponsor name displayed on tees and holes


Riverview Boy’s Golf Team

The Riverview Golf Tournament will become one of the best golf outings in Sarasota. Proceeds from this event will help support the golf program. This fundraiser is vital to a successful season for the Riverview “Rams”  Boy’s Golf Team. Your support of our first annual tournament will help us with tournament entry fees, equipment, shirts, balls, bags and shoes.

This will be a great time spent with the Sarasota community and the Riverview family. After a day of golf, we will have our luncheon and silent auction which will offering great items, including signed NFL memorabilia. There will be many raffle items and a wonderful gift bag. Bonefish Grill will be present during the round, providing players with great treats. Coast Cadillac will be giving a car away for a “hole-in-one”. There will also be prizes for long drives and closest at the pins. Each foursome will receive a free round for a foursome just by participating in this event.

Thank you in advance for your support… we look forward to having a most remarkable and memorable day!

Register Today!

2013 Riverview Boy’s Golf Fund Raising Golf Tournament Brochure

Special Thanks


2013 Big Ten Match Play Championship at The Concession

06 Feb 2013, Posted by Play Golf Sarasota in News

2013 Big Ten Golf ChampionshipsThe Concession Golf Club in Sarasota, Florida is hosting the 2013 Big Ten Match Play Championship on February 8th and 9th. Men’s teams from all Big Ten schools will compete.

“We are very honored once again to host the Big Ten Match Play Championships here at The Concession Golf Club and we are looking forward to welcoming the nation’s top collegiate teams and golfers,” said Bruce Cassidy, Jr. the club’s General Manager.

Some of the nation’s most talented collegiate golfers will be showing off their golf skills during this tournament.  This year’s field includes 11 golfers ranked in the top-150  of the Golfweek/Sagarin individual rankings.   This includes defending NCAA champion Thomas Pieters from  Illinois.

Defending Champions – Northwestern

Northwestern is hoping to defend its title. Northwestern  Seeding for the 12-team field is based on each team’s national rankings:

  • Illinois (17)
  • Northwester (27)
  • Iowa (47)
  • Indiana (48)
  • Ohio State (68)
  • Purdue (78)
  • Michigan State (81)
  • Minnesota (114)
  • Michigan (128)
  • Nebraska (154)
  • Wisconsin (160)
  • Penn State (169)

Download the bracket for the 2013 Big Ten Match Play Championship at the Concession.


New Title Sponsor for Sara Bay

17 Oct 2012, Posted by Play Golf Sarasota in Golf Courses, Golf Tournaments


Sara Bay Country Club and The LPGA Symetra Tour announced Tuesday their new Title Sponsor at a media luncheon. The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America has signed on as Title Sponsor of the LPGA Symetra Tour tournament held at Sara Bay Country Club.  They will be the title sponsor for a two-year period. The first event will be held at Sara Bay Country Club April 22-28, 2013. Along supporting the event, the sponsorship also raises significant monies for their local charity of choice, The All Faiths Food Bank.

For more information about the event contact Paul Barone, General Manager, at Sara Bay Country Club.

The Ryan Wells Memorial Junior Golf Classic will be held August 25-26, 2012 at Innisbrook Resort & Golf Club, in Palm Harbor, Florida.  This is a 36 hole tournament with an 8am shotgun start on the Copperhead Course (Saturday) and the North Course (Sunday).

This tournament features some of the finest junior golfers in Southwest Florida.   It is the perfect supplement to the high school golf season!  A National Junior Golf Scoreboard ranked tournament.   Players will be grouped into four different age divisions:

  • High School Girls
  • High School Boys
  • Middle School Girls
  • Middle School Boys

Entry fee is $150 for all age divisions.  It includes: Golf fees for tournament rounds, practice range balls, gift, lunch, and prizes for the top 3 finishers in all age divisions.   Entry is limited to the first 81 players that register.

Download the The Ryan Wells Memorial Golf Tournament Entry Form or contact Doug Laseter, Tournament Director at 727-942-5557 or email: DLaseter@thecopperheads.org.

The Ryan Wells Foundation

Ryan Wells was an Innisbrook member and Tarpon Springs High School student (Class of 2006) who participated in junior golf programs at Innisbrook before passing away in an automobile accident in 2005. This tournament has been named in his honor.

The Ryan Wells Foundation was started in 2005 to serve and honor a young man that was a leader among his peers. Ryan’s strong character and principles were an example to all. The Ryan Wells Foundation is proud to have awarded over 70 scholarships from the proceeds collected during it’s annual events. Between student scholarships and donations made to the programs, the total amount over $600,000 to the Pinellas County high school culinary programs since 2005.

Learn more about the Ryan Wells Foundation

Adaptive Golf Association’s Golf-Bowl Challenge

10 Jul 2012, Posted by Play Golf Sarasota in Golf Tournaments

The Adaptive Golf Association is holding a  Golf-Bowl Challenge fundraiser on July 27th & 28th, 2012 at Sarasota Lanes and Tatum Ridge Golf Club.

This fun and unique  4-person team event is open to everyone.  Teams will bowl on Friday, July 27th and then golf on Saturday, July 28th.   Winners of this event will be determined by using the team’s bowling average minus the lowest golf scramble score.  The team with the largest “Hi-Lo” difference wins!

Fees are $360 per foursome or $90 per player and includes bowling, shoe rental, green fees, cart, range, lunch, and awards.   Proceeds will be used to purchase special needs equipment, accessible golf cars, and training aids.  Sponsorship opportunities are available for businesses who want to support this event.

The Adaptive Golf Association serves thousands of individuals with physical challenges by utilizing “golf rehabilitation therapy” programs to enhance lives towards independence.

Golf-Bowl Challenge Schedule

Friday, July 27,  2012
Time: 7pm
Where: Sarasota Lanes
Teams will bowl two games

Saturday, July 28, 2012
Time: 8am
Where: Tatum Ridge Golf Club
Shot Gun Start followed by Lunch and Awards

Download the Golf-Bowl Welcome Letter

Download the Golf-Bowl Flier and Entry Form

Download Sponsor Participation Levels.

On July 14, 2012, TPC Prestancia, a Heritage Golf Group property in Sarasota, Florida, will host the “ESPN National Golf Challenge” Local Qualifier. The ESPN National Golf Challenge is the longest running amateur golf event of its kind.

The two-player, best ball format consists of three divisions: Gross, Net and Senior Net. The event is an amateur handicapped tournament where up to five teams have the ability to advance to the next qualifying stage. Any team who plays well enough during the Local and Sectional Qualifying will be eligible to compete for a National Championship in Las Vegas, at no charge.

“TPC Prestancia is honored and very excited to be a part of the ESPN brand,” remarks Sage Johnson, Head Golf Professional at TPC Prestancia. “Players participating in the qualifier will be very impressed with the spectacular course conditions of the Stadium Course.”

For information on the event, please contact the TPC Prestancia Golf Shop at 941-924-1331 or visit ESPN Golf online at www.espngolf.com.

Sara Bay Country Club – a Don Ross Masterpiece

21 Jun 2012, Posted by Play Golf Sarasota in News

Sarabay Country ClubIt’s reputation precedes it. 1926 Donald Ross masterpiece. Bobby Jones selling real estate for Whitfield Estates and battling Walter Hagen in the “match of the century”. Tommy Armour was the first head golf professional. But what makes Sara Bay so compelling for me is the classic design and it’s authentic appeal.

This is the way golf was meant to be played. It’s not going to beat you up with 500 yard par fours or killer rough or water-water-everywhere like so many modern Florida golf courses. This is a traditional parkland style golf course that is pleasing to the eye and just plain fun to play. In fact you can walk and pack your own bag if you like. For those who need distance to feel challenged, it can play to more than 7000 yards. The course is in wonderful condition and the greens are as good as any in Florida.

Ross used the land as it lies and the routing features a creek that meanders through the property. There are strategically placed fairway bunkers that are still playable. If you find one you will have a fighting chance to save par. Ross’ true genius lies in the green complexes. His trademark crowned greens are just a treacherous as those of Pinehurst #2. The greens play much smaller than they are and will surely test your short game. While the driving range is limited to about 160 yards, there is a great short game practice area.

Daren King is the head pro. He and his staff are friendly and helpful. The club house is original and the view from the grill looks out over the golf course. This is the first year that Sara Bay has offered a summer membership and you owe it to yourself to see if they are still available. This is as authentic as it gets.

Mike Davis
Sarasota Golf
PGS Guest Writer

Advancement in Cataract Surgery for Golfers

18 Jun 2012, Posted by Play Golf Sarasota in Health

You have probably played with a golfer who, no matter how hard they try, they can’t track the ball they just hit.   This can make for a miserable round of golf, especially if you’re constantly having to help someone find their ball.  It is even more miserable if you also have a  vision problem such as cataracts.

Advancement in Cataract Surgery
for Golfers

There are many issues that affect how we track a golf ball including cataracts.  A cataract is a clouding that develops in the lens of the eye.   The Eye Associates want to ensure golfers know there are options to cataract issues.  In fact, Dr Cathleen McCabe and the other surgeons at The Eye Associates are on the cutting edge of technology and can provide golfers with the most advanced procedures for improving eyesight.

A Breakthrough in Cataract Surgery

In the past, patients having cataract surgery automatically received a single focus intraocular lens implant (IOL).  These single focus IOLs provided good distance vision, but often times reading glasses or bifocals were needed for near vision.   The Eye Associates is now able to offer golfers the possibility of improving their vision to a level perhaps not experienced even before the development of cataracts.

Dr. McCabe specializes in high-tech lens implants such as  The Crystalens®, ReZoom™, the ReSTOR®, and the TECNIS® Multifocal.  These lenses are four of the most technologically advanced IOLs on the market today.  These lenses may not only help you track your golf ball, but may also allow you to read your score card without reading glasses.

Contact the Eye Associates Today!

Contact The Eye Associates at 941-792-2020 to learn more about high tech lenses to see if they are right for you.