The Founders Golf Club: Nature Meets Luxury Living


The Founders Golf Club: Nature Meets Luxury Living

07 Nov 2014, Posted by Play Golf Sarasota in Area Golf, Community Functions, Dining & 19th Hole, Events, Feature, Food & Drink, Golf Courses

Residents of The Founders Golf Club in Sarasota enjoy a special combination of luxurious living, intimate neighborhoods and an expansive natural setting.

The 700-acre community blends enclaves of single-family Estates, Reserve Collection homes and Golf Cottages within a tapestry of native Florida flora, sparkling lakes and 18 holes of championship golf by Robert Trent Jones Jr.

Golf Hall

Here, life is more leisurely, removed from the hustle and bustle. A traditional golf and social club community, The Founders Golf Club is a quiet sanctuary with curving streets wrapped around tree-lined vistas. Homesites range from two-thirds to more than one acre, offering residents scenic views of lakes, nature preserves, wetlands and emerald golf fairways. Yet with all this serenity, The Founders cClub is conveniently located within minutes of Florida’s Cultural Coast, including Sarasota’s world-famous Gulf of Mexico beaches, acclaimed local restaurants and shops, and the vibrant arts and cultural venues of downtown Sarasota.

“Time and again, our homeowners tell us how much they enjoy having this natural, secluded enclave, with such ready access to everything the region has to offer,” said Mark Wilson, President and CEO of London Bay Homes, which is designing and building the majority of homes in The Founders Club.

Founders Golf Club Hole 12

Cherished Traditions of Community and Camaraderie

Amenities and activities within the community connect residents with one another – as well as with nature. Miles of meandering boardwalks and walkways dart through untamed nature preserves, brush against lakes and showcase an environment punctuated by palm trees, pines and centuries-old moss-covered oaks.

The Founders Golf Club’s authentic year-round golf experience pays homage to the game’s origins and great Scottish customs. Offering Sarasota’s only traditional caddie program and the opportunity to abandon the golf cart and walk the course, the community honors John Hamilton Gillespie, who traveled from Scotland to Sarasota with a set of golf clubs and the ambition of introducing golf to his adopted homeland.

At the heart of The Founders Club’s active golf and social lifestyle is its 24,000-square-foot Golf Hall. Residents and players often recap their game or meet friends at the club’s popular bar and grille or under the large southern-inspired verandah overlooking the 18th hole and a picturesque hammock of live oaks. The welcoming member-owned club also offers casual and fine dining, a golf pro shop, men’s and women’s locker rooms and lounges, and a state-of-the-art fitness center.

With membership limited to only 275, reserved tee times are not required. Training facilities are dedicated to perfecting one’s game and include state-of-the-art TrackMan radar technology offered through Florida Golf.

Performance Center, plus putting greens and a short game area for practice sessions. Members also enjoy the newly expanded driving range, enhanced chipping areas, Pro V1 golf balls in all of the practice areas, and access to four PGA professionals available for lessons and clinics.

The club offers a fun-filled calendar of fitness and wellness classes, educational and instructional programs, and social gatherings coordinated by a professional staff.

Additional community amenities include two Har-Tru tennis courts, basketball and sand volleyball courts, and a picnic pavilion perfect for gatherings. Resident-initiated clubs cater to a range of interests and hobbies, from cards and cooking to dance and fitness.

“Our goal is to ensure our members can stay as active and busy as they’d like,” said Hugh O’Donnell, General Manager of The Founders Golf Club. “The clubhouse is the epicenter of the social fabric of the community. This is where neighbors gather as friends.”

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Timeless home designs set within an intimate community centuries in the making

Planned for just 262 homes, The Founders Club’s genuine reverence for nature is displayed throughout distinct neighborhoods, where London Bay Homes has created inspiring floor plans showcasing the natural surroundings and embracing Florida’s beloved indoor-outdoor lifestyle.

Reserve Collection homes, available on fairway homesites, range from 2,800 to more than 5,000 square feet of interior space and offer dedicated dining rooms, studies and spacious great rooms designed for indoor and outdoor living and entertainment. Home and homesite packages are priced from the $800,000s.

Golf Cottage home and homesite packages are priced from the $750,000s and offer 2,000 to more than 4,000 square feet of living space and are located within walking distance to the golf and social club. Floor plans offer a range of possibilities, including dens, formal living and dining rooms and bonus spaces, ideal as game rooms or personalized retreats.

Estate home and homesite packages are priced from $1 million to more than $5 million and offer a wide range of customization and designer options. Floor plans feature dining and living rooms, studies, expansive alfresco living spaces, and large master suites with walk-in closets and spa-like bathrooms.

Several fully furnished model homes, featuring the award-winning work of Romanza Interior Design, are open for viewing daily and provide a peek inside The Founders Golf Club’s unique lifestyle. London Bay Homes also offers several homes available for immediate occupancy.

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Private Label Living: A commitment to creating the perfect reflection of your individual style

With more than 15 floor plans to choose from, London Bay’s homes are designed for luxury living with options for complete customization. The award-winning company builds custom and semi-custom homes and intimate village neighborhoods from Marco Island to Sarasota and offers full-service interior design through Romanza.

London Bay’s team of in-house architects and designers can modify and enlarge spaces, move and reconfigure walls, meld architectural and interior design elements, and create additions and second stories, all tailored to your lifestyle. The team can also help you select finishing touches to walls, floors, ceilings, cabinetry and countertops.

For more information about The Founders Golf Club – offering home and homesite packages from the $750,000s to more than $5 million – call (941) 404-3233 or visit TheFoundersClub.com.


Contact Hugh O’Donnell to see why 50 new members agree that The Founders Golf Club is THE Place to Play! (941) 404-3005 or send an email to hodonnell@thefoundersgolfclub.com 


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