Golf has Never Been Better on the Courses at the Longboat Key Club29 Oct 2014, Posted by Area Golf, Feature, Golf Courses, Golf Instruction, Golf Vacations, Private Clubs, Private Clubs, Travel, Where to Stay in
The Grass IS Greener on the Golf Courses at the Longboat Key Club!
A lot has been happening behind the gates of the Longboat Key Club. In fact, a trip along Gulf of Mexico Drive will leave you thinking you have been transported to the Emerald Isles on a sunny day! The courses at Longboat Key Club have undergone a complete transformation over the past 12 months thanks to new ownership, Ocean Properties Hotels and Resorts & Affiliates who purchased the resort in November of 2012.
Just months after the acquisition a series of upgrades and improvements quickly began that have transformed the Longboat Key Club from a pretty ocean-front Club to being the premier private Membership Club on the West Coast of Florida. The investment has been significant, and we are proud to debut the newly re-designed courses to the readers of Play Golf Sarasota Magazine.
Maintaining ocean front courses can be challenging and Ocean Properties has spared no expense to find the right solutions. The installation of almost 500 truckloads of Platinum Paspalum sod over the two courses has produced a luxurious emerald-green carpet, offering players the pinnacle of appearance and playability. Over 400 tons of high-grade bunker sand has replaced lesser grade bunker sand creating a stellar contrast aesthetically, and offering players who find themselves “trapped” a most professional experience playing out of the bunker. To keep the courses fresh and challenging a complete re-design of Links on Longboat, (formerly the Islandside Course) by original golf course architect, Ron Garl, saw all 18 greens re-designed, taking out almost 60,000 square feet of sand creating longer fairways. Five sets of tees assure every player a shot at a great game. Grass bunkers, collection areas, newly designed smaller green side bunkers all make up the new look at Links on Longboat. Add a state of the art irrigation system and one leaves the course having truly experienced playing a round in paradise!
The Harbourside course received a complete face-lift on the Blue Heron and Red Hawk nines, both being entirely re-carpeted with the Platinum Paspalum sod. Also offering the five tees and new irrigation, this very popular course saw significant enhancements to the landscaping, removing old tree lines and planting native flora to replace high maintenance, non-native plantings. Bordered on the west by the Gulf of Mexico and on the east by Sarasota Bay, Longboat Key Club boasts the only waterfront courses in Sarasota County, the breathtaking views leaving you with only one choice of where to play your next round.
Perfecting your game is as much fun as playing and two distinctive practice areas now allow you to work on your full swing or tone your skills in our short game areas. Retaining a PGA of America trained staff and a Director of Golf, Terry O’Hara, who has earned the status of Master Staff Professional by Callaway Golf, (one of only 50 in the USA), and named a “Top 10 Golf Instructor” by Golf Digest, you are in winning hands when you step foot on any of our courses. A visit to one of our award-winning pro shops is just as exhilarating as you find the latest trends in golf-wear for ladies and men and the hottest equipment in the market-place that guarantees you will play your best game ever.
Complementing our course improvements are complete renovations to both the men’s and women’s Clubhouse locker rooms. On all of the courses our carts are now outfitted with the latest GPS technology. These upgrades offer access to a golfing experience unlike any other private or public course in Florida.
As always, the 5-star service that the Longboat Key Club is renowned for offers you a staff that is attentive and well-versed in catering to your every need. No other private membership club offers so many exclusive options all at one beautiful location, behind the gates. Your dedicated Membership Team is available to assist you with any and all details that will make your Membership the value of a lifetime. Whether a quick tip on game-day, trials of the newest equipment that will keep you playing at the top of your game or concierge services that will book your tee times and lunch reservations, Membership at the Longboat Key Club is your key to the true luxury lifestyle you have always wanted.
The grass really IS greener on the other side – on the other side of the gates that is!