Sarasota Ranked #1 Small City for Arts

23 May 2012, Posted by Play Golf Sarasota in News

Besides great golf, Sarasota is also known for the various museums, arts festivals, and more.  So well known, that American Style Magazine ranked Sarasota the #1 arts destination for cities with populations smaller than 100,000.

Each year, their readers are asked to vote for their favorite arts cities from across the country.   Cities are separated into three different categories; Large Cities, Mid-Sized Cities, and Small Cities.  Local arts mentioned for Sarasota included The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art’s Art after 5 series and the St Armand’s Circles first Wednesday art events.

“We are thrilled that Sarasota has received the designation as the #1 Small City in the Nation for the arts,” says Jim Shirley, executive director of The Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County.

Read more, “Sarasota Voted Best Small City For Arts

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FREE Admission to Sara Bay Classic with Non-Perishable Food Donation

20 Apr 2012, Posted by Play Golf Sarasota in News

As part of the Symetra Tour’s “Outside the Ropes” program, Saturday, April 21st has been designated “All Faiths Food Bank”  at the Sara Bay Classic.   Fans who donate “at least a bag” of non-perishable food items will receive free admission to the tournament on that day.

“Bringing new events to communities gives us a great opportunity to develop strong partnerships with local charities and foundations to give back to the region that graciously hosts our tour,” said Symetra Tour CEO Zayra Calderon. “We are extremely fortunate to donate to such an established and respected charity as the All Faiths Food Bank, who we know has such a positive impact on the Sarasota/Bradenton community.”

The Symetra Tour has a long history of donating to various charities across the country.  During the Sara Bay Classic tournament week, tour players will volunteer their time to help “All Faiths Food Bank” by performing tasks such as stocking, packaging, and organizing food items.

Find more information about the Sara Bay Classic at www.SaraBayClassic.com.

Find more information about All Faiths Food Bank at www.allfaithsfoodbank.org.

“I’ll spread the good word about our experience”

19 Apr 2012, Posted by Play Golf Sarasota in Testimonials

This group was vacationing in Sarasota, Florida and had Play Golf Sarasota recommend a local hotel and arrange golf tee times for the group.

We had a great time. The weather was perfect, the courses were very nice, the hotel with breakfast worked good for us. If there is a complaint, it went by too fast and my golf game is never what I’d like to be, but that’s the way it is. I’ll spread the good word about our experience, share the booklet and the brochures and try to plan the same thing for next year.

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2012 Sarasota Men’s City Championship

18 Apr 2012, Posted by Play Golf Sarasota in Golf Tournaments

The 41st Annual City of Sarasota – Men’s City Championship golf tournament is scheduled for April 28-29 & May 5-6, 2012 at Bobby Jones Golf Complex in Sarasota, Florida.

The tournament is open to any male amateur golfer of at least 16 years old or older.  The format uses a 72 hole stroke play with gross scores determining flights on the first weekend play.  Then, the final weekend also uses a 72 hole stroke play with gross scores will be used to determine overall winners.   The Entry fee is $185 and entry is limited to the first 144 paid entries.

Download the 2012 Men’s City Championship Entry Application.

Hi Tony,

I just wanted to thank you again for all the work you did and time spent arranging my tee times. Everything was great and you were able to save me green fees at the same time. Play golf Sarasota is great and I will definitely call you and will let anyone else know when taking a golf trip to the Sarasota area. Also tell Mark thanks too.

Mike Taranto

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The LPGA’s Symetra Tour’s Sara Bay Classic is scheduled this week, April 16-22, 2012 at Sara Bay Country Club.  Included in the week’s events is a junior golf clinic with First Tee of Sarasota/Manatee Junior Golf.

Junior golfers ages 18 and younger are invited to receive personal golf instruction from various Symetra Tour players at the Suncoast Golf Center.  The junior golf clinic starts at 4:30pm and is scheduled to end at 6:30pm.  Junior golfers will receive instruction on various aspects of the game including driving, irons, chipping, putting, and even bunker shots.

Suncoast Golf Center

7741 15th St East/Old 301
Sarasota, FL 34243

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The 2012 Men’s Senior Sarasota City Championship will be held at Bobby Jones Golf Complex this coming weekend, April 14 – 15, 2012.

The Senior City Championship is open to any male amateur golfer who will be 50 years old (or older) by April 14th.   This 36 hole stroke play tournament is held on the British Course at Bobby Jones Golf Complex.   Gross scores are used to determine flight winners and the overall Senior Champion.  Entry is limited to the first 200 paid entries.

2012 Annual Sarasota City Senior Championship Leaders

Championship Flight
1st – Doug Savage
2nd – Ray Wenck
T3rd – Bill Colgate
T3rd – Cary Spicuzza

First Flight
1st – Lee Bennett
2nd – Joe Branconi
3rd – John Vaccaro

Second Flight
1st – Craig Ethridge
2nd – Jeremy Gale
3rd – Tony Farrell

Third Flight
1st -Chas Walters
2nd – Scott Kalm
3rd – Peter Gillis

Fourth Flight
1st Doug Snell
2nd Michael Bigelow
3rd Jack Rice

Super Seniors
1st Larry Kassout
2nd Jerry Godin
3rd Don Patterson

Par 5 Club Private Play Days for April 2012

30 Mar 2012, Posted by Play Golf Sarasota in Uncategorized

The Par 5 Club is offering its members an opportunity to play golf at three different golf courses during the month of April 2012.  Aprils’s private play days includes a date for River Wilderness Golf & Country Club and Laurel Oak Country Club.   Plus, there are two dates for TPC Prestancia- Stadium Course.  These play dates have limited tee times and are open to Par 5 Club members only.  Tee times are booked on a first come first served basis.

TPC Prestancia

Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Tee Times Starting at 12:30
Stadium Course
$85 + Tax per player*

Laurel Oak Country Club

Friday, April 14, 2012
Tee Times Starting at 10:30am
$75 + Tax per player*

TPC Prestancia

Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Tee Times Starting at 12:30
Stadium Course
$85 + Tax per player*

River Wilderness Country Club

Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Tee Times Starting at 12:00 Noon
$50.00 + Tax per player*

Book your tee times by calling 941-361-1170


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Sara Bay Country Club announced they will host the Symetra Tour at the first-annual Sara Bay Classic being held April 16-22, 2012.  The event will feature 144 professionals competing for a $100,000 purse.  Plus, there will be two pro-am events held during the tournament week.

Sara Bay Country Club previously played host to the LPGA Sarasota Open from 1952-1954. In addition, the LPGA Sarasota Classic was played at Bent Tree Golf & Racquet Club in Sarasota, Fla. from 1976-1988 where winners of the event included all-time greats Nancy Lopez and Judy Rankin.

“We are delighted to have professional golf return to Sara Bay Country Club with the Symetra Tour,” said Paul Barone, GM & COO of Sara Bay Country Club. “It is a great opportunity for the Sarasota-Bradenton golfing public to witness some of the world’s greatest women golfers compete right in their own backyard.”

Sarasota native and fourth-year Symetra Tour player Lindsey Burgeon will be among those competing in the tournament.  Plus, the Symetra Tour has offered a once-in-a-lifetime playing opportunity for the top female golfer from the 15-18 division of the IMG Junior Golf Tour.  Boliva native, Natalia Perez earned this spot when she finished at the top of the rankings after winning her first IMG Junior Golf Event.

For more information go to SaraBayClassic.com

“Thanks again for arranging the tee times”

27 Mar 2012, Posted by Play Golf Sarasota in News, Testimonials

Randy and his family spent spring break in Sarasota and wanted to take advantage of the local golf courses available. They contacted Play Golf Sarasota to plan their golf outings. We scheduled tee times on three different courses. Plus, we ensured Randy and his family took advantage of discounts that are available through the Par 5 Club’s membership. Randy wrote us to tell us they had a great time.

Tony, I just wanted to drop you a note to say thanks again for arranging the tee times this year for Spring Break. All three courses were great venues and I appreciate your patience in getting them set-up for me. All the players enjoyed themselves.

I hope to call on you again next year.



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