Sara Bay Country Club 90th Anniversary Gala

07 Jan 2016, Posted by Play Golf Sarasota in Events, Feature, News, Private Clubs

90th Gala

Sara Bay Country Club 90th Anniversary Gala
Sarasota, FL – January 6, 2016

On January 22nd Sara Bay Country Club will celebrate its 90th Anniversary as a private golf club founded in 1926.

Festivities for the day will include a Hickory Shaft Golf Tournament for Club members featuring hickory shaft golf clubs & gutta percha golf balls that were used in that era.  1920’s golf attire is encouraged.

The celebration will continue with a 90th Anniversary Gala gourmet dinner and live music by Oceans Eleven Big Band.  The event will be black tie or 1920’s attire optional.

Sara Bay Country Club is a private, member-owned golf club located minutes north of downtown Sarasota.  The course was designed by the legendary architect Donald Ross.

On January 22, 1926 the Club opened with an exhibition match between Tommy Armour (the Club’s first professional) and Bobby Jones (Sales Manager) vs. Long Jim Barns and Johnny Farrell.

Dennis J. Budny, Sr.
Director of Membership & Marketing
7011 Willow Street
Sarasota, FL  34243


14 Sep 2015, Posted by Play Golf Sarasota in Events, Feature, Golf Tournaments, News, Uncategorized


Handa Cup

September 12, 2015

Palm Aire Country Club proudly announces that State Senator Nancy Detert has agreed
to serve as Honorary Chair of the
ISPS Handa CupTournament

The LPGA Legends Event takes place at the club November 12-14. The Handa Cup is the tour’s premier tourney, featuring a Ryder Cup style format in which the twelve best players born in the USA compete against the twelve best players from the rest of the world.

“As a lifelong golfer, I am delighted to be a part of the Handa/Legends event in Sarasota, “ Detert commented.

Players accumulate points earned in regular tour tournaments over the course of the season. LPGA Hall of Famer Nancy Lopez will captain this year’s Team USA. Sally Little of South Africa, a fifteen–time winner on the LPGA Circuit, will lead Team World.

“Every golfer should be thrilled to see Nancy Lopez and all the other legends of golf,” Detert pro-claimed. “I remember when Nancy played at Bent Tree on the women’s tour,” she noted. “ I walked the course and watched in awe as she played. To meet her in person is very exciting. I look forward to seeing these legends of golf back in Sarasota, and hope everyone will show up to give them a warm welcome.”

Events kick off with a practice round open to the public on Thursday, November 12, followed by team competitions on Friday and Saturday. Friday will feature 4-ball matches in the morning and afternoon and Saturday’s play will highlight head-to-head matches.

Palm Aire Club President Ed Kornberger said the club was “absolutely thrilled to have Nancy Detert, a former Club Champion herself, take such an active role in bringing The Legends Tour and The ISPS Handa Cup to our area.”

Tickets available through Evie’s Tavern locations, Gateway Bank locations, Golfsmith, and over 70 area private and public golf clubs in the tri-county area.

Also available online at: ISPSHandaCup@completeticketsolutions.com

Or Call 1-877-776-8162


September 9, 2015

Palm Aire Country Club

Contact: Nancy Berman (941) 556-0785

Palm Aire Country Club is proud to announce the appointment of Joe Rassett as its new General Manager. Rassett joined Palm Aire on September 1.

He brings more than 15 years of experience to the new position, having served the last 41/2 years at The Waterlefe® Golf and River Club, where he served as General Manager.

Prior to that he served as Director of Golf at IMG Academies for two years, and three years as Director of Golf at Longboat Key Club.

He also served as Head Golf Professional or Director of Golf at other Florida and New Jersey private and semi-private clubs.

“All of my past experiences have prepared me for this great opportunity….I look forward to serving the membership at Palm Aire Country Club and managing its operations on behalf of the Board of Directors and its committees.”

A former four-time Collegiate All-American, Rassett served as a US Team Member for the 1981 Walker Cup. He also won Low Amateur at The US Open that year.

Subsequently he spent the next 13 years on the Professional Tour—playing on The PGA, European, Ben Hogan and Nike Tours. He won The Florida Open in 1991.

Married to wife Sue, Rassett has two grown children, a daughter Lauren and son JD. He succeeds Joseph Sumner, who passed away earlier this year from complications related to his long bout with cancer.

Club President Ed Kornberger said, “We are delighted to have a person of Joe’s stature whose track record in club management is so enviable. There is no doubt we have the right person at the right time for our club.”

Search Committee Chairman John Devoldre noted that more than 70 qualified applicants from all over Florida and the United States applied for the position.

“We held an exhaustive review process and interviewed all the top candidates, “ DeVoldre said. “And we are absolutely delighted that Joe is our man.”


17 Aug 2015, Posted by Play Golf Sarasota in Uncategorized

Sarasota Orthopedic Associates
to support Circus Arts Conservatory


Sarasota, FL, August 13, 2015– Sarasota Orthopedic Associates is pleased to announce their support of the Circus Arts Conservatory for the annual 24 Hour Giving Challenge on September 1st, 2015. The CAC will be raising funds for its Education curriculum: The Marvelous, Miraculous Circus Machine. This creative and engaging educational program is designed to provide interactive hands-on experiences in the classroom that reinforce science. Based on Rube Goldberg’s eccentric contraptions, 5th grade students learn physics and engineering using arts integrated methods that emphasize Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math.

CEO Doug Badertscher said, “At Sarasota Orthopedic Associates, we applaud the wonderful gift of education shared by the Circus Arts Conservatory in their Education Outreach program. When children are actively engaged, they more easily understand”.

On Friday, August 21st, Sarasota Orthopedic Associates will host a day of awareness for the CAC Education program by encouraging staff and patients at all three locations to participate in the Giving Challenge.  SOA will provide popcorn and red noses at all three locations to emphasize support.  The CAC will “send in the clowns” from their Education Department, to highlight the Giving Challenge. SOA will also participate in a Facebook and Twitter campaign encouraging donors to visit www.CircusArts.org/GivingChallenge on September 1st and support the Circus Arts Conservatory in their educational mission.

The commitment of Sarasota Orthopedic Associates is to get our patients back on their feet, back to work, back in the game, and back to life.

Waterlefe Sees Increase in Quality Leads

17 Apr 2015, Posted by Play Golf Sarasota in Uncategorized


A great testimonial from our partnering club, Waterlefe Golf & River Club​. We love to hear that we are helping area courses generate leads and recognition within our community!

“The game of golf and the golf industry has faced many challenges over the past fifteen years, and it is our main goal to spend our advertising budget where we will receive the highest return. We have tested and tried many vehicles and kept a close watch on those that bring us the highest conversion rates.

We are happy to report that since we have partnered with Play Golf Sarasota, we have seen an increase in quality leads and qualified prospective members at Waterlefe Golf and River Club. Not only do we get leads through print, their online presence helps drive traffic to our website, where we can capture more leads and in turn, gain more successful conversions.

In 2015, we stepped up to include Waterlefe on the front cover that included expanded coverage as a Showcase Property.  This allowed us to include the River Club amenities and the boating aspect of our community.  The verbal response from people recognizing the cover has been over the top and with Play Golf Sarasota’s annual distribution model, we hear it month after month.

If you’re thinking of partnering with Play Golf Sarasota, it truly is advertising dollars well spent and we look forward to partnering with Play Golf Sarasota in the years to come.”

To learn more about Waterlefe Golf & River Club or our advertising opportunities,
call our PGA Professionals, Mark Bruce or Tony Panico at (941) 580-3378.

Waterlefe Golf

Julie’s Journey Foundation

“Providing support and advocacy for families and victims of Traumatic Brain Injury” Fundraising Event


Drawing is May 29, 2015

The offer is LIMITED TO a Maximum of 150 TICKETS
@ $100 per ticket



DATE:  JANUARY 23, 2016




  • Exclusive” private dining in “Blu” dining room for Aqua guests only
  • Exclusive” access to the “Persian Garden”, in The Canyon Ranch Spa
  • 123GO package below including:
    • Unlimited” beverage package for two (2) including beer, wine, and spirits
    • $300 on board credit
    • Free” gratuities
    • Priority boarding and disembarkation
    • Round-trip Motor Coach from Sarasota directly to the Ship ($180 value)

Published fare on February 1st, 2015 is $1900.00 per person, double occupancy, tax included.
Total value of the 123Go promotion is $1275.00 per stateroom (package value is $5255.00)

For information regarding the raffle or to purchase a ticket,
please contact:

Julie’s Journey Foundation directly – (612) 875-1956
Email:  juliesjourney@live.com


This cruise is booked exclusively through Cruise Planners/American Express franchise owner, Edward Lydecker. (941) 786-CRUZ  – He is your contact for specific details of the cruise only. Call him or visit his website: www.worldclasscruisesandtravel.com

Julie’s Journey exists to provide support to families and victims of traumatic brain injury who experience a sudden event crisis in their lives.  Funds received are used to provide financial support for any family(s) needing financial assistance with medical care and practical support while in rehabilitation and recovery. 

100% of the funds raised through the raffle, minus the cost of the cruise, will gifted to needy individuals, without deductions for administrative salaries. 


 Become a resident in
Prestancia on Palmer Ranch
and enjoy all the amenities of the
TPC Golf Community!


Listed at $635,000

Located in the TPC Golf Community, Prestancia on Palmer Ranch. This stunning home has a circular paver driveway, rich landscaping, best of all you can be assured of many years of confident living knowing the tile roof is only two months old! This lakefront pool home boasts of 3,307 sq/ft under air plus an interior/exterior lanai area which adds 252 sq/ft to the open entertaining area! The home has a split floor plan with 4 bedrooms plus an office and 3.5 baths. The formal dining room has glass encased, mirrored backdrop with plenty of display area for your special family treasures. The formal living room opens to the 28’ long lanai which adds a covered entertaining space overlooking the caged pool, Jacuzzi, and summer kitchen for outdoor grilling. Perfect for entertaining, the open kitchen has an island with bar seating that flows into spacious family room with contemporary wood built in cabinets and wood burning fireplace. Professionally decorated, designer draperies, valances and plantation shutters add to the home’s distinction. Three guest rooms with two large guest baths with granite counter tops are more than ample to accommodate your family and friends. The home is compete with whole house water filtration system and hurricane shutters. Well water for lawn irrigation. Enjoy all the amenities this prestigious community, with an optional membership at TPC Golf Club featuring two 18-hole courses and Serendipity Racquet Club. A short distance to Siesta Key Beach, shopping, fine dining and A rated schools.

Prestancia   4135-107

For your private tour, contact our #ClubLife professionals,
Mark Bruce (941-400-7566) or Tony Panico (941-993-7844)

2015 ISPS HANDA Cup Tournament Announcement

09 Apr 2015, Posted by Play Golf Sarasota in Area Golf, Events, Golf Tournaments, News

Palm Aire Country Clubisps handa cup


April 9, 2015


Meet Key LPGA Champions Nancy Lopez & Jane Blalock Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 9:00-11:30AM

Sarasota, FL April 10, 2015– Palm Aire Country Club will host a briefing and introduction to provide local media an opportunity to learn more about this unique and exciting sports event scheduled for November 11 thru 14, 2015. In addition to announcing the Honorary Chair and Co-Captains you’ll have an opportunity to meet and interview two of the LPGA’s best known Champions, Nancy Lopez and Jane Blalock.  Palm Aire Country Club President, Ed Kornberger sees the Handa Cup as another of the many sporting events that are bringing important prestige to the Suncoast:

“…we are all excited about what looms as one of the best Events ever held at OUR Club. This is a unique opportunity to get very close to the players and all the action…REMEMBER, we are talking about some of the greatest woman golfers to ever play the game…Nancy Lopez, Jan Stephenson, Jane Blalock, Juli Inkster, Laura Davies, Amy Alcott, Pat Bradley, Dottie Pepper, Meg Mallon and many more Legends.

Nancy Lopez will be available from 9 am until 11:30 am or so for media interviews. Nancy and Jane Blalock will address the assemblage of local women golfers invited to learn more about this tournament at about 11:15. They will talk about the Legends Tour and the Handa Cup Tournament, and about their connections to the Sun Coast.

If you would like more information about this event, please contact Kathy Worthington at 941-556-0799 or email at handacup@palmaire.net

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Play With the Best at the Guardian Retirement Championship Pro-Am

Thursday, April 23rd at 8:30AM at Sara Bay Country Club.
A great way to entertain clients and play beside the pros!

The Pro-Am provides the opportunity to play golf with an LPGA Symetra Tour professional in an 18-hole scramble tournament. Don’t miss the unique opportunity to play with a Symetra Tour professional in the Official Tournament Pro-Am.

They are also looking for a Volunteer and Hospitality tent sponsor and and are willing to work with you on an investment level!

ST14 2015 Guardian Retirement Championship Pro-Am form

Mix and Mingle with Friends and USF Alumni

19 Mar 2015, Posted by Play Golf Sarasota in Community Functions, Events, News

University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee Night at the Races, April 10th Hosted by the Sarasota Kennel Club. All proceeds to benefit USFSM Student Scholarships.

Enjoy a night of Live Championship Racing in the Players Club. Mix and mingle with friends and USF Alumni

Tickets $50: includes admission, general parking, a racing program, TV monitors, pari-mutuel windows, guest seating, a buffet/carving station, and dessert. Two drink tickets included

Cocktails: 6:30pm-7:00pm

Buffett Dinner: 7:00pm-8:30pm

Races Start:7:30pm

Special USF Sarasota Manatee Presentation Race 7

Attire: casual

There will be a silent auction and 50/50 raffle hosted by the USF Sarasota Manatee Alumni Chapter

Buffet Dinner:
Carving Station – Prime Rib
• Caesar Salad
• Tomato & Mozzarella with Balsamic Reduction
• Grilled Chicken Mediterranean
• Parmesan Encrusted Tilapia
• Penne Pasta Primavera
• Roasted Garlic & Rosemary Potatoes
• Mixed Seasonal Vegetables
• Assorted Dinner Rolls with Butter
• Dessert Station with Mini Pastries
It will also include 2 drink tickets good for well cocktail, draft beer, house wine, soft drink or bottled water.

For tickets and information call:941-359-4694 or email jayriley@sar.usf.edu

Night at the Races