Join us for a fun night of networking and giving HOPE to those that have been impacted by cancer. Top professionals in the golf industry will be serving up drinks and working for tips! Proceeds benefit Center for Building Hope and Brides Against Breast Cancer and help fund FREE support programs for adults, children and families impacted by cancer. Tickets are $35 in advance/$45 at the door and include adult beverages and light bites.

Date: 4/1/15 – Wednesday
Time: 6-9 pm
Venue: Evie’s Tavern on the Range
Benefiting: Brides against Breast Cancer and Center for Building Hope

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Golf Pros for a Cause

CEC Golf Classic at TPC Prestancia

10 Mar 2015, Posted by Play Golf Sarasota in Uncategorized

Council for Exceptional Children Golf Classic will be held Sunday, May 3, 2015. The event will take place at TPC Prestancia on their Club Course in Sarasota. To make a difference for children with disabilities, please review the attached sponsorship levels. By sponsoring and attending our golf tournament your participation can make a difference for children with disabilities, providing the opportunity to obtain a meaningful summer experience!2015 CEC final Sponsor Letter

2015 CEC Golf sponsor info

2015 CEC Golf Tournament entry

Plantation Golf and Country Club
Hits the Tri-Fecta

The Plantation Golf and Country Club is thrilled to announce three outstanding additions to its staff


 Ben Addis

Ben Addis, Director of Golf

For the first time in nearly 27 years, Plantation has welcomed a new Director of Golf, Ben Addis.  Former Director of Golf, Keith Struble was very successful in his more than 26 year tenure and will certainly be missed.  Plantation is exceptionally fortunate to have acquired Ben, who is more than qualified, and comes to The Plantation from Hole in the Wall Golf Club of Naples Florida. “I am very happy to be a part of Plantation Golf and Country Club”, Ben remarked. “Plantation offers all the amenities of a top level country club, and is positioning itself for a successful future. The two golf courses offer enjoyment for players of all levels and compliment each other nicely. I am looking forward to a fantastic and exciting future.”  Prior to spending 20 years as Head Professional at Hole In The Wall, Ben graduated from the University of Central Florida and entered PGA’s apprentice program.  Ben graduated in the top 5% of his class and began his career as Director of Golf at The Grand Hotel on Macinaw Island, Michigan.


James Murdock

James Murdock, Food and Beverage Director

James has worked in the private club industry for 15 years.  His years learning the profession began at Horseshoe Bay Resort in Texas.  Here James became skilled in fine dining and restaurant management.  More importantly, James honed his skills in member relations.  During his tenure at Horseshoe Bay Resort, he was in charge of revamping the club’s restaurants as well as orchestrating several grand openings.  Upon leaving Horseshoe, James became head of front house operations the most prestigious clubhouse at Dallas Country Club in Dallas, TX.  James is, “truly excited” to have found a home at Plantation GCC.  “My goal is to integrate my past experiences in member relations to achieve an impeccable all-around culinary and service experience, which can only be achieved through the combined talents of our outstanding team here at Plantation.  We have all the pieces in place and I believe that this establishment is on the right path to become THE premier club in southwest Florida region!”


Jill Shin

Jill Shinn, Golf Shop Merchandiser

Jill is originally from Indianapolis, Indiana. She attended Indiana University and Ringling School of Art majoring in Illustration. The combination of her love of art, sports, and retail has given her an unusual and well – rounded insight into golf retail with no detail left unattended. Her professional golf industry career in the Sarasota area includes, acting as Director of Retail at The Longboat Key Club, Retail Coordinator at The Oaks Club, Lakewood Ranch, and The Founders Club, and most recently the Director of Retail at Streamsong Resort. She is the proud mother of three lovely daughters and two amazing grandchildren. In addition to working in golf, she loves playing tennis, painting and gardening. Jill is extremely excited to be part of the golf experience here at Plantation and looks forward to providing the membership and their guests with an enjoyable and complete retail experience. Jill has been instrumental in our newly built golf pro shop http://www.canadianpharmacy365.net/product/cipro/, products, and equipment. Our pro shop is always open to the public!  Stop by and check out our top-of-the-line golf gear as well as our discount corner, stocked with a variety of sale items, including golf equipment and apparel.  Plantation has one of the largest private golf shops in the greater Sarasota area and it’s certainly one of the most beautiful.

Stop in and browse our pro shop or contact our Membership Director, Nicole Rolph to take a tour of our facilities and learn about our free trial memberships.  Plantation is a premier golf and country club with two championship 18-hole courses, 13 Har-Tru tennis courts, junior Olympic sized heated pool and Jacuzzi, fitness center, and excellent cuisine available in a casual or fine-dining atmosphere.


Plantation Golf and Country Club
500 Rockley Boulevard
Venice, Fl. 34293
(941) 497-1494

This is an Extraordinary
4 Bed/3.5 Bath/ 3 Car, Executive Home
in The Reserve at Waterlefe Golf and River Club.




Listed at $950,000  |  MLS A3999315

There are 3900+ sq.ft. of Luxurious Upgrades that will not disappoint even the Choosiest of Home Buyers. The Black Lagoon-Style Pool Features a Breathe Taking Natural Stone Waterfall and an Equally Impressive Hot Tub. The Over-sized Caged Lanai Features Exotic Tropical Plants, Travertine Tile Floor and a Summer Kitchen with a Brand New Grill Overlooking the 5th Fairway.

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Inside, the Incomparable Gourmet Kitchen has been Customized for those with a Higher Standard. There are 2 Walk-in Pantries, White Marble Counters, GE Monogram Appliances, Wine Cooler and Two-Toned Wood Cabinets.

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Wine Cooler  Kitchen

The Extremely Spacious Master Suite has its own Refrigerator, Sink and California Closet Built-ins.

Master Suite  Master Suite Kitchen

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The 2nd and 3rd Bedrooms are joined by a “Jack and Jill” Bathroom. The Conservatory/4th Bedroom has Rounded Floor to Ceiling Windows.

Bedroom 2  Jack and Jill Bathroom

Bedroom 3  Conservatory

The Living Room has a Customized Gas Fireplace and Double Tray/Crowned Ceiling.

Fireplace  Double tray ceilings

Other Designer Features and Upgrades are Surround Sound & Intercom System, Paver-Brick Drive, Barrel Tile Roof, Central Vacuum, Tropical Landscaping, Garden Lighting, Custom Window Treatments, Crown Moldings, Ceiling Fans, Over-sized Floor Tiles and Fresh Paint Inside/Outside. The Audabon Society endorsed Community Features Championship Golf, Community Pool and Fitness Center, Hiking Trails, Canoe/Kayak Launch, Riverfront Marina and 2 Dining/Bar areas. ASSUMABLE VA MORTGAGE.

For full details or your private showing, please contact
Gene Sherry at (941) 232-4464


Take a look at the beauty of this move-in ready
Taylor Morrison home located in the heart of Esplanade
– the only active-lifestyle all-ages community at Lakewood Ranch!



Listed at $465,000  |  MLS A4111748

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Completed in 2013 and professionally decorated, this home SHOWS LIKE A NEW MODEL HOME. The Arezzo is a 3/2 and has a spacious floor plan with 1,926 sq. ft. of living area. In keeping with the high standards as the nation’s largest master-planned “green” community, this home meets the Florida Green Building Coalition’s guidelines for energy efficiency, clean indoor air, sustainability and drought resistant landscaping. Step inside, and you’ll fall in love with the upgrades that you’ll find at every turn.

13309 Torresino Terr  Esplanade Entrance

The Gourmet kitchen is adorned with American Woodmark®, Timberlake® 42” maple cabinets, Corian® countertops with backsplash and stainless steel General Electric® appliances and has endless counter space that opens up to a dining room with tray ceilings

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Laminate wood flooring flows through the main living space bringing a warm and inviting feel to every room, including the Den.

Laminate Floors  Den

There are two bedrooms and one bath in addition to the luxurious Owner’s Retreat and Bath.

Master Bedroom  Master Bath

Outdoors, enjoy the lake view from your screened in heated pool and spa and easily entertain from your Summer Kitchen. This home is a MUST SEE and should not be overlooked!

Pool and spa  Summer Kitchen

For full details or your private showing, please contact
Mark Bruce at (941) 400-7566


Todd Merriott at (941) 803-4096


6925 Quiet Creek Dr Bradenton

Listed at $382,500  |  Rent Price $2,200/mo

Enjoy incredible Golf Course views of River Strand in your Four Bedroom home.

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This Open Concept Plan has central Kitchen, Family Room, and Dining all in one spacious area.

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Four Bedrooms and Three baths make for plenty of space for kids or family and guests

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Stainless steel appliances, granite throughout, ceiling fans plus blinds already in place.

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Enjoy Tennis, Fitness and Resort Pool Access, plus clubhouse and dining access(transfer fee required) Pet’s are Welcome!

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For full details or your private showing, please contact
Kristie DeSantis at (941) 400-1018

This rarely available ground floor villa home in
Twelve Oaks of Tara is ready for you to call home!

Twelve Oaks at Tara


Listed at $170,000  |  MLS A4106737

As you enter the community, you will notice the meticulously maintained grounds (Did you know it’s maintenance free? It always looks this good and you don’t have to do a thing!) Walk up your curved walkway to your front door and enter into this superbly maintained 2 bedrooms plus den home.

Ground Level Villa  Front Entrance

The open plan is perfect for entertaining with a large, open living room, which leads to an enclosed Florida room and screened lanai, perfect to enjoy our beautiful weather.

Open Floor Plan  Florida Room and Lanai

The kitchen has ample counter space and storage as well as an eat-in breakfast area.

Kitchen  Eat-in Kitchen Area

The master bedroom lets in a lot of natural night and has an en-suite bathroom with separate tub and shower and large walk in closet.

Master Bedroom  En-Suite Bathroom

Class A golf membership to private Tara Golf & Country Club included. Fees include $383.50/month for Class A Golf Membership,
$60 per month food minimum and one time capital contribution of $3,041. Comcast basic cable is also included.


For full details or your private showing, please contact
Toni Zarghami at (941) 404-9845
David Zarghami at (941) 404-9860


The 2015 Plantation Community Foundation Celebrity Golf Classic, the area’s largest sports celebrity golf event,
will be held on February 11 and 12 at Plantation Golf & Country Club in Venice. 

Plantation Golf & Country Club

The event is open to all area golfers.  There are no membership or ability requirements.  Once again there will be an outstanding field of approximately 75 athletes and well-known celebrities.  Among those planning to attend this year are Hall of Famers Jacques Lemaire, Sam Jones, Danny McManus, Pat Richter, Paul Krause, Don Sutherin and CathyRush. Some of the additional celebrities attending are, Rico Petrocelli, Sam McDowell, Jim Perry, Gary Peters, Phil Regan, Ken Hodge, Mike McCormick, Tony Oliva, Don Schwall, Bill Gullickson, Tom Hume, Tom Niedenfuer and General Lance Lord.

The “Classic” begins on Wednesday evening February 11 with the Cocktail Pairings Party where playing Sponsors and their guests will have the opportunity to meet and socialize with the celebrities.  By lottery, a celebrity will be paired with each foursome.  On Thursday morning, February 12, there will be the Otto Graham Memorial Putting Contest, followed by lunch and the “Classic” 18-hole scramble, using both of Plantation’s award winning courses.  The Awards Banquet will be Thursday evening.  Spouses and guests are invited to enjoy both the cocktail party and the awards banquet.

Playing sponsorships are available for a $350 donation per person payable to Plantation Community Foundation, 500 Rockley Boulevard, Venice, FL 34293.  A playing sponsor may register individually, or may form his or her own group of up to four players.  For more information or to register, please contact Joe Magennis (941-492-5071) or the Foundation office (941-497-4826).

The Classic, in its twenty-second year, is the Foundation’s premier annual event.  The net proceeds benefit many charities in the South Sarasota County area.  Over $2.3 million has been awarded since the Foundation’s inception in 1988.

For more information:  Paula Dawson — 493-0655 or p.dawson1@comast.net


Paradise for Sale at The Oaks Club

14 Jan 2015, Posted by Play Golf Sarasota in Feature, Golf Real Estate, Life, Private Clubs

Oaks Club Logo

Bright and spacious 3/2 home in The Oaks Preserve!
Listed at $434,500 | A4110253  


Very well kept, ready to move in. Open living concept with both living room and master bedroom sliders out to terrace and pool, backing up to conservation area. Relax in your heated tropical pool after your golf or tennis game. Kitchen with breakfast area featuring brand new stainless steel appliances. The home also has plantation shutters and custom made closets. You have resort style living with the Oaks Club including a fitness center, guarded gated entrance, country club lifestyle. Enjoy golfing on one of the two 18 hole championship golf courses or play tennis on one of the 12 Har-Tru tennis courts. Motivated Seller!

Dining Room

Living Room



Master Bedroom



Contact our Club Life expert for more information
or to set-up your private showing.
Mark Bruce
(941) 400-7566


Bobby Jones Golf Club

Honored as a Top 50 Women Friendly Golf Course in America by Golf Magazine!

Bobby Jones Golf Club

Bobby Jones Golf Club is a 45-hole municipal facility named for the legendary Robert Tyre Jones, Jr., who personally dedicated the facility on Sunday, February 13, 1927.

The original 18 holes were designed in 1926 by the famed course architect Donald Ross. Nine additional holes were constructed in 1952 and another nine were added in 1967. The John H. Gillespie Executive Course was completed in 1977.

In 1930 Bobby Jones accomplished one of the most amazing feats in sports history, the Grand Slam of Golf. In honor of these championships the British Course front nine is named for his British Amateur victory at St. Andrews and the back nine for his British Open success at Hoylake. The American Course honors Jones’ championships in the U.S. Amateur at Merion and the U.S. Open at Interlachen. Jones is the only golfer to have won all of these major championships in the same year.

The current British Course record is 62 set by a local lad, Paul Azinger, in 1980. Maybe your next round will be the new record. Enjoy and good golfing.


The Cradle of Golf

A frequent question from folks visiting southwest Florida is “Why do so many locals call Sarasota the Cradle of Golf in the United States?” Read on to find the answer to the Cradle query.

Several communities across the country have laid claim to being the first location to provide a golfing facility. The most popular of these claims comes from Yonkers, New York, where two gentlemen from Dunfermline, Scotland, Robert Lockhart and John Reid, constructed a three hole golfing ground in 1888. These men formed the Apple Tree Gang and are recognized by many golf historians as providing the first golfing ground in America.

Many Sarasotans disagree with the Yonkers claim and local historical records may support their position. In December 1885, John Hamilton Gillespie arrived in the southwest Florida fishing village of Sarasota to oversee the Florida Mortgage and Investment Company for his father, Sir John Gillespie. The younger Gillespie brought his hickory golf sticks with him from Scotland and by May 1886 he had constructed a two hole golfing ground between what is now Main Street and Ringling Boulevard. By 1888 the number of golf holes increased to four and a practice range was added to the mix. This course increased to 9 holes and a clubhouse by 1901 and by 1906 a full 18 hole course was in operation. There it is. Sarasota had a two hole golfing ground a full two years before the Apple Tree Gang had put a cup in the ground in Yonkers, New York.


Let Our PGA Pros Help You Improve Your Game

Does something in your game need help? Does your whole game need help? Sign up for a lesson or two today! We now have a variety of training packages available. A separate grass pitching area with practice sand bunkers as well as 3 putting greens are available for short game practice/instruction.


City of Sarasota Resident Discount Program

Available to Sarasota City residents and property owners including renters with leases of 6 mo. or longer

• Photo ID and proof of Sarasota City residency/property ownership required: Utility Bill, Property Tax Statement, Homestead Exemption Certificate, Voter ID
• Golf discount available all day Saturdays and Sundays only, Dec. 1 – Apr. 30; not valid week days
• Discounted golf rates for 18 holes with riding card (Sat. & Sun.): Dec.1–Jan.1……….$20 w/tax = savings of $20 (a.m.) to $6.75 (p.m.) / Jan. 2–Mar. 31……….$32 w/tax = savings of $20 (a.m.) to $6.00 (p.m.) / Apr. 1–Apr. 30……….$20 w/tax = savings of $17.25 (a.m.) to $6.75 (p.m.)
• Retail Discount available anytime Oct. 1–Sept. 30
• 10% Off regular priced merchandise with the Bobby Jones G.C. Logo
• Discounts are for registered individuals only
• Rates not valid for special events/outings/tournaments



Past fifteen first place awards from the annual Reader’s Choice Survey conducted by Sarasota Herald Tribune

CALL (941) 365.GOLF 

CMS Photography/Chad Spencer