5 Reasons to Hire a Real Estate Professional

12 Nov 2014, Posted by Play Golf Sarasota in Golf Real Estate

5 Reasons to Hire a Real Estate Professional | Keeping Current Matters

Whether you are buying or selling a home, it can be quite an adventurous journey. You need an experienced Real Estate Professional to lead you to your ultimate goal. In this world of instant gratification and internet searches, many sellers think that they can For Sale by Owner or FSBO.

The 5 Reasons You NEED a Real Estate Professional in your corner haven’t changed, but have rather been strengthened due to the projections of higher mortgage interest rates & home prices as the market continues to recover. 

1. What do you do with all this paperwork?

Each state has different regulations regarding the contracts required for a successful sale, and these regulations are constantly changing. A true Real Estate Professional is an expert in their market and can guide you through the stacks of paperwork necessary to make your dream a reality.

2. Ok, so you found your dream house, now what?

According to the Orlando Regional REALTOR Association, there are over 230 possible actions that need to take place during every successful real estate transaction. Don’t you want someone who has been there before, who knows what these actions are to make sure that you acquire your dream?

3. Are you a good negotiator?

So maybe you’re not convinced that you need an agent to sell your home. However, after looking at the list of parties that you need to be prepared to negotiate with, you’ll realize the value in selecting a Real Estate Professional. From the buyer (who wants the best deal possible), to the home inspection companies, to the appraiser, there are at least 11 different people that you will have to be knowledgeable with and answer to, during the process.

4. What is the home you’re buying/selling really worth?

It is important for your home to be priced correctly from the start to attract the right buyers and shorten the time that it’s on the market. You need someone who is not emotionally connected to your home to give you the truth as to your home’s value. According to the National Association of REALTORS“the typical FSBO home sold for $184,000 compared to $230,000 among agent-assisted home sales.” Get the most out of your transaction by hiring a professional. 

5. Do you know what’s really going on in the market?

There is so much information out there on the news and the internet about home sales, prices, mortgage rates; how do you know what’s going on specifically in your area? Who do you turn to in order to competitively price your home correctly at the beginning of the selling process? How do you know what to offer on your dream home without paying too much, or offending the seller with a low-ball offer?

Dave Ramsey, the financial guru advises:

“When getting help with money, whether it’s insurance, real estate or investments, you should always look for someone with the heart of a teacher, not the heart of a salesman.”

Hiring an agent who has their finger on the pulse of the market will make your buying/selling experience an educated one. You need someone who is going to tell you the truth, not just what they think you want to hear.

Bottom Line:

You wouldn’t replace the engine in your car without a trusted mechanic. Why would you make one of your most important financial decisions of your life without hiring a Real Estate Professional?

To learn more about how our team can help you with your real estate needs, call Mark Bruce at (941) 400-7566 or email him at mark@playgolfsarasota.com

Voted “Best Golf Course Community” in Manatee County, we proudly introduce the luxurious golf course community, Waterlefe® Golf & River Club.


Just east of I-75, Waterlefe® Golf & River Club is located minutes north of Sarasota in nearby Bradenton. Embraced by the breathtaking beauty of natural preserves and nature trails, this residential community was developed for those who have a passion for fine living, golf and the water. Waterlefe® is one of the few communities to have a private marina located on the Manatee River.

Waterlefe® Golf Club’s unrivaled natural setting of 172 acres is comprised of five unforgettable signature golf holes that touch and border the Manatee River, boasting a championship layout that is semi-private and enjoyed by all skill levels. Waterlefe® has five different tees that range in yardage from 6,900 yards to 4,800 yards. As an eco-friendly golf course, Waterlefe® is known as a “must play” destination course ranked by Golf Digest. Visitors and golfers return year-after-year for a “memorable, even unforgettable, golfing experience.” Waterlefe® was voted Manatee county’s “Best Golf Course Community” for 2013, and has been the site of the US Open qualifying tournament in 2002, 2004, 2006, 2010, 2012 and again will host in 2014.

Located directly on the Manatee River, the River Club at Waterlefe® is the hub of social activity. The clubhouse features a beautiful dining room featuring an array of casual and fine dining menu items to satisfy every palate. The Waterlefe® River Club is open to the public for lunch and dinner Thursdays-Saturdays.

Opportunities of Golf at Waterlefe® include Full Executive and Jr. Executive Memberships

Waterlefe Golf

The Golf Academy at Waterlefe®

Known as one of the “Must Play” courses in the State of Florida, Waterlefe Golf Club® provides the unique opportunity to improve your golf game with our experienced staff of PGA Professionals at our championship golf course. From individual lessons to multi-day golf schools, our golf academy will meet your instructional needs.

Whether a beginner, a casual, or an avid golfer our PGA Professionals will show you the areas for improvement in your swing.  Our professionals will use their extensive PGA instruction training with video analysis to develop an individual and specific lesson training program to meet your golf game goals.

“Our Academy not only teaches people how to hit the shots, but will also teach them how to think around the course.” – Director of Instruction – Steve Dietz, Sr. – PGA

Before joining our staff, Steve’s professional career included positions as Head Golf Professional, Golf School Director, and Teaching Professional.  His 25 years of experience have been influential is establishing the golf academy’s instruction philosophy and the implementation of all training programs.

Video Analysis
The Golf Academy at Waterlefe® uses the latest technology from V1 Digital Coaching. V1 allows our PGA Professionals to analyze your golf swing and to utilize the large library of swings from PGA Touring Professionals. The Golf Academy at Waterlefe® will provide you with access to view your lesson online from your home computer, iPhone, or on Facebook. With this feature your can review your lessons, listen to your instructor’s commentary, and view your drills conveniently between lessons and practice.

Club fitting and your set makeup are key components to improving your game. We will evaluate your current equipment to determine if you have the proper specifications to fit you. Our fitting process will cover everything from grip size, shaft length and flex, lie angle, club head design and loft to make sure you have the right tools to succeed. Upon completion, our professionals will then provide you with direction for getting the right clubs for your swing and skill level.

Golf Academy Programs 
The Golf Academy at Waterlefe® offers various programs to fit the need of any golfer. Each program includes video analysis with V1 Software, online lesson review, round performance reviews, and practice plans.

Waterlefe Pool

Stay & Play at Waterlefe®

Stay at one of our partner hotels, Courtyard Marriott (Sarasota University Park) or Hampton Inn & Suites (University Park or Ellenton) and Play like a member at Waterlefe! Call Janice Reed with Waterlefe Sales & Marketing for details (941) 718-4848 or jreed@WaterlefeFL.com.

Waterlefe Clubhouse

Banquets & Weddings

Imagine a place that offers panoramic views of the Manatee River, set amidst breathtaking natural preserves, and you have just envisioned the extraordinary beauty of Waterlefe® Golf & River Club. The elegant architecture of The River Club and pristine locale provide the perfect atmosphere for your special day.

The River Club at Waterlefe® has a spectacular screened-in terrace overlooking the tiki bar, crystal clear pool and the Manatee River. There are three different gazebos, and a look-out tower that rests beside the river where wedding ceremonies may be performed with a perfect view of our gorgeous sunsets.

Waterlefe® can offer you a full range of pricing options and delectable menu selections. We specialize in weddings ranging from small and intimate wedding to those ranging in size up to 100 guests. Our convenient location is just minutes from I-75 and major lodging facilities. Our award-winning golf course is just steps away from our legendary River Club.

In addition to weddings and receptions, Waterlefe® hosts rehearsal dinners, gourmet dinners, golf banquets, retirement parties, reunion parties, business meetings, seminars and more. The River Club at Waterlefe® has a private dining room that is suited for more intimate affairs.

For more information or a personal tour of The River Club at Waterlefe®, please call Shane Pringle, Director of Food & Beverage at (941) 744-9881.

Waterlefe Sunset

Veterans Day

Special Events For Our Special Veterans

Today, we honor those men and women who make the daily sacrifices and put their own lives on hold so that we may live as free. Without these heroes, our lives as we know them, I’m certain would be quite different. Please take a moment to thank them, remember them and pray for those that will never return, those that have lost and for those that are actively serving for us.

Veterans Day flag ceremony takes place this morning at 9 a.m.

Sarasota will be hosting the annual Veterans Day parade, which will make its way through downtown starting at 10 a.m. beginning at Main Street and Osprey Avenue honoring military personnel. At the conclusion of the parade, a ceremony will be held at Chaplain J.D. Hamel Park at Main Street and Gulfstream Avenue at approximately 11 a.m.

Manatee County is hosting its own Veterans Day observance, which includes a parade, guest speakers and more …

Free entrance to Florida state parks on Veterans Day

Writing workshop helps Vets get their experiences down on paper

Check out the full list of events on Tuesday, Nov. 11 here



Local Deals and Discounts* For Veterans And Active Military Member

As a small token of thanks, many local business are offering our Veterans and Active Military Members discounts and freebies in recognition of their service. We hope each and every one of you enjoys something extra special today, and at least receives a “thank you” every single day! Please call the location you’re planning to visit to make sure they are participating in the free offer — we don’t want you to be disappointed! Our apologies iff we’ve missed anyone in the list.

Great Clips: Veterans who visit the shops get a free haircut, or a redemption card for a free cut to be used by Dec. 31.

Applebee’s: The restaurant chain offers a special free menu for vets and active military members.

Chili’s: The restaurant chain offers a special free menu for vets and active military members.

Boston Market: Free dessert, with the purchase of an individual meal, at Boston Market on Nov. 11 with this coupon.

California Pizza Kitchen: The restaurant chain offers a special free menu for vets and active military members.

Hooters: With any drink purchase, vets can get a free meal worth $10.99 on Veterans Day.

Starbucks: Tall brewed coffees are free to veterans and active-duty service members and their spouses on Veterans Day.

IHOP: Red, White and Blue pancakes are free to vets and active military members from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Einstein Bros Bagels: FREE coffee to all military personnel on Veterans Day.

Bob Evans: The restaurant chain offers all-you-can-eat hotcakes for veterans and active military on Veterans Day.

TGI Fridays: Offering veterans and active duty military a free lunch on Veterans Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dine-in only. Valid military ID required. The offer is for select items at select restaurants.

Golden Corral: The restaurant chain observes Veterans Day on Monday, Nov. 17, with free dinner buffets from 5-9 p.m.

Bonanza Steakhouse: The steakhouse chain also moves its Veterans Day observance to Monday, Nov. 17, with free buffets for veterans and active military members.

Red Lobster: The appetizers are free to veterans and active-duty military members Monday, Nov. 10, through Wednesday, Nov. 13.

Krispy Kreme: Those who are able to identify themselves as veterans or active duty military get a free doughnut and small coffee on Veterans Day.

Chuck E. Cheese: U.S. military vets and active-duty military get 20 free tokens through Saturday, Nov. 15.

Outback Steakhouse: Free Bloomin’ Onion and a beverage to all active and retired military personnel on Veterans Day.

Baskin Robbins: First Class Camouflage Ice Cream – a concoction of chocolate, salty caramel and cake-flavored ice creams – is the flavor of the month in honor of Veterans Day. In addition, the chain will donate 10 cents from ice cream scoops sold at all U.S. locations on Veterans Day to the United Service Organizations (USO).

Friendly’s: Free breakfast, lunch or dinner to veterans and active military on Veterans Day.

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store: On Tuesday, veterans get a free Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake dessert. The restaurant will offer 10 percent of proceeds on the sales of the dessert to non-veterans.

Denny’s: Active, inactive and retired military personnel can build their own free Grand Slam breakfast from 5 a.m. until noon Tuesday at participating restaurants.

Carrabba’s: All active and retired veterans receive a free appetizer at participating locations now through Nov. 11.

Ikea: Many Ikea locations are offering a free meal to veterans Nov. 9 – 11, 2014. Search for your local Ikea store, go to the store home page and select the “special offers” tab for details.

Krystal: Active and retired armed forces members get a sausage biscuit to any active or retired service member with military ID on Tuesday.

Lone Star Steakhouse: A free entrée on Veterans Day to active duty and reserves.

Longhorn Steakhouse: Service members receive a complimentary Texas Tonion appetizer and non-alcohol beverage on Tuesday, Nov. 11. Includes veterans and current service members.

Menchie’s: On Veterans Day, all vets and military personnel with a military ID or dressed in uniform will receive a free six ounce frozen yogurt any time of day.

Olive Garden: All veterans and military active duty will receive a free meal from a special menu on Veterans Day.

PDQ: Free tenders or sandwich for all veterans or active duty military with identification or in uniform.

Ruby Tuesday: Offering veterans, active duty and reserve service members with a proof of service a free appetizer on Nov. 11.

Club Life Experts Bridging the Gap Between Golf & Real Estate

Elsa was born and raised in Hanover, PA and is the youngest of five children. She obtained her AA in Graphic Design at Bradley Academy for the Visual Arts (now Antonelli Institute) in York, PA in 1994. In 1999, Elsa journeyed to Sarasota, FL. She was employed by Coastal Printing, Inc. until 2007 when she made the decision to focus on her design skills and building her freelance client base. In the interim, she ventured into the world of Real Estate. Joining a family-owned, independent real estate company as their Relocation Coordinator and developing a referral program for inactive agents in Florida, Elsa was introduced to yet another life passion.

In 2009, she was introduced to Mark Bruce and Tony Panico, owners of Play Golf Sarasota, a media group based in Bradenton, FL. Together, they have published five seasons of their golf publication which features the areas finest Private Clubs and Area Courses. She works beside Mark and Tony to bring their thoughts into reality and their vision to life… to give every resident, visitor and future golfer visually appealing resources for their perfect club life experience.

In June of 2014, Elsa received her real estate license and is excited about the bright possibilities that lie ahead in 2015. Elsa is driven, competitive, detail oriented and creative; balanced with caring and nurturing tendencies … she has what it takes to market your property and negotiate the deal.

“Just like design, real estate is a creative process and I love working with others to see their vision and reach their dreams. I listen to every individual goal, think outside the box and put an original twist on each individual marketing strategy”.

Elsa loves spending time with her long-term boyfriend, his teenage son, and her Maltese, Sebastian. Elsa focuses on health & fitness during her down time and enjoys experimenting with raw, vegan and organic foods. Whether she’s at the beach, a baseball game or at a local farmer’s market, she simply loves living in paradise!

If you’re looking for someone creative and caring, Elsa would welcome the opportunity to connect and learn how she can help you with your marketing and real estate needs.

To contact Elsa Kauffman, you can email her at Elsa@PlayGolfSarasota or give her a call at (941) 348-3448.

Elsa for web

Golf Injuries? Get Back To Your Golf Game Fast!

10 Nov 2014, Posted by Play Golf Sarasota in Uncategorized

Sarasota Sports Medicine

Sarasota Sports Medicine is owned and directed by Dr. Ken Kaufman, Sarasota’s team chiropractor for the 2014 American League East Division winning Baltimore Orioles. Dr. Kaufman achieves outstanding results with complex cases with his unique treatment approach that utilizes the effective combination of Class IV deep tissue laser therapyrock-tape kineso tapingsoft tissue and joint mobilizationdynamic functional rehabilitation exercises and stabilizing functional orthotics. He has successfully treated professional athletes from the NFL, soccer, golf and tennis. He helped future Hall of Fame baseball player, Jim Thome, so he can help you too! Call him today to schedule your evaluation and get off the DL and back in the game FAST!

Dr. Kaufman with Sarasota Sports Medicine has been an advertising partner with Play Golf Sarasota for years, and as a recent patient with an injury unrelated to golf, I have seen his practice, care and effective treatments make a drastic difference in my own personal health. I am a young, active and healthy 40-year-old female who has been consistently training in the gym for 8 months. I have seen my body transform before my very eyes, and have never felt more fit or strong — and in a blind second, I was taken to my knees, unable to walk and in excruciating pain. An ordinary Sunday morning, doing an ordinary task and a surge of electricity from my lower back took me to the ER. I followed the directions of those that treated me… take my meds, stay flat in bed for 3 days, apply heat and take it easy for at least 7 days. Now for someone like me, sitting still is one of the most cruel things to ask me to do; but for once in my life I listened because getting back to my new routine was that important to me. After day 3 of no real change in how I was feeling, it was suggested that I reach out to Dr. Ken and have him treat me. It was after hours, so I sent a direct message through Facebook and within minutes he was asking if I could talk over the phone… I had an appointment the next day! After a recap of what happened, and an assessment of my movement and alignment, Dr. Ken performed laser therapy, followed with an adjustment and some soft tissue and joint mobilization. His instructions were to forget everything they told me in the ER as it is 20-year-old advice! Ice was recommended and a series of exercises done with a tennis ball were demonstrated and I was to see him the next day. The next morning, another laser therapy treatment, adjustment and soft tissue and joint mobilization, with the addition of Kineso tape added for the weekend and we agreed I would check-in and let him know how I was feeling today. I found over the weekend that the more I did the exercises with the tennis ball and the iced my back, the more relief and mobility I gained. I’m happy to sit here this morning, after my first full upper body workout, yoga stretches, tennis ball exercises and ice and report that I feel back to my normal self and am able to do my normal routine without strain or struggle! I would highly recommend Dr. Ken to anyone suffering from any type of sports injury and sincerely feel that without his expertise and unique treatment approach, I would’t be back to normal. Thank you Dr. Ken!!

Improve Your Golf Game


If you are like most golfers, you would like more distance, better control and more endurance in your game. In addition, if you want to keep playing for a long time, you want to prevent the common repetitive motion injuries from swinging the club. How many times have you completed your round only to feel like you’ve been beaten up? The good news is that research has shown that you can improve your game and prevent fatigue and golf injuries by balancing the foundation of your body.

Most acute and chronic golf injuries are traced to a breakdown in the kinetic chain. All your body parts are interconnected, with one part affecting another. Your body’s kinetic chain is never more important than in the golf swing where repeatability and consistency dictate your success or failure.  During the golf swing, your entire body goes through a sequential movement cycle that consists of five distinct phases that are essential for consistent impact with the golf ball.

Phase one is your set-up where it is essential to be balanced and stable. Phase two is the back swing where your body weight slightly shifts to your back leg. Phase two is the transition when your feet “grab the ground”, then the downswing and finally to a balanced follow-though. The most essential component in consistently impacting the golf ball is to be able to have repeatability in the swing.

If you have foot issues such as plantar fasciitis, weak arches, over pronation or any other previous injury to your ankles or knees, chances are that foot imbalances are negatively affecting the repeatability in your swing. Stabilizing Orthotics can be the key to give you an advantage over your playing partners.

Research published in the Journal of Manipulative Therapeutics has shown that customized Stabilizing Orthotics provides many benefits including:

  • 100% of players felt they had good support in their shoes
  • 79% said their feet felt “less tired”
  • 71% felt their balance was improved
  • 38% reported shooting a lower golf score

Proven to Improve Your Golf Game

  • Increases club head velocity 3-5 mph
  • Helps wearer hit golf ball 9-15 yards farther
  • Improves your body’s alignment
  • Reduces your fatigue

The golf swing is an unnatural movement for our back. The repetitive rotation and twisting can stress the delecate stuctures of the spine including the discs, tendons and muscles. If you are a dedicated golfer, you’re not going to give it up.  So, you have to deal with the problems that often arise from playing a sport that you either love or hate (sometimes both at the same time)!


Dr. Ken Kaufman has been a practicing chiropractic physician for the past 20 years in Sarasota, FL. He is a graduate of Life University School of Chiropractic in Marietta, GA and has been the Director and Owner of Kaufman Family Chiropractic Center since 1994. Throughout his career, Dr. Kaufman has had the privilege in helping individuals of all ages regain and maintain optimum health and wellness. An avid sports fanatic, he takes great pride in understanding and appreciating common sports injuries and the associated pain active individuals experience. As a teenager, Dr. Kaufman was a competitive water skier in both regional and national levels. He played baseball in high school and has completed marathons, multiple triathlons up to Half Iron Man distance and continues to enjoy running, biking and playing golf  with his family.

Now the Director of Sarasota Sports Medicine at Extra Innings, Dr. Kaufman achieves outstanding results with complex cases with his unique treatment approach that utilizes the effective combination of Class IV Deep Tissue Laser Therapy, soft tissue and joint mobilization, theraputic kinesio taping and corrective exercise rehabilitation. He has successfully treated professional athletes from the NFL, soccer, golf and tennis and is the team chiropractor for the 2014

For more information on injuries associated with golf, please visit http://www.sarasotasportsmed.com/sports-medicine/golf/.

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.”

London Bay Delfina

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.

Social Membership

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 


Come See a SWEET House on SWEET Street!

07 Nov 2014, Posted by Play Golf Sarasota in Uncategorized

123 SWEET TREE, BRADENTON 34212 — $374,900

123 Sweet Tree

Join Us for an Open House on Sweet Street, Sunday, November 9 from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

MOVE-IN READY – Brand New Four Bedroom Home in the Sanctuary at River Strand. Enjoy Lake View while swimming in the pool. This Open Concept plan has Kitchen, Dining, and Family Room all in the main area of the home. Master Suite also enjoys views of the Pool and Lake. Upgraded Ceramic Tile throughout the Main areas, carpet in the bedrooms. Window Blinds, Ceiling Fans already in place, just bring clothes and furniture and start enjoying the River Strand Life. HOA Fees include Tennis, Fitness, Resort Pool Access plus Social and Dining Activities at the Club. NO Mandatory Golf Membership with this unit.

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Clubhouse  Golf Community Pool Tennis

A premier master-planned community located in East Manatee County. A prime riverfront location, Heritage Harbour is more than 2,500 acres of natural beauty, including 200 acres of island in the Manatee River. The residents enjoy a family resort-style life, where amenities such as championship golf, excellent shopping and a Central Park take full advantage of the pristine location. The Heritage Harbour community is made up of three distinct neighborhoods, Stoneybrook, River Strand and Lighthouse Cove. Each with its own personality and amenities, the varied lifestyle choices will match any taste.

River Strand, an exclusive gated Golf and Country Club, is the northernmost neighborhood. Bordering the Manatee River, there are 27 holes of championship golf and a magnificent, Tuscan-inspired clubhouse will full amenities. Featuring a collection of gracious homes, residences range from single-family and coach homes to maintenance-free golf course condominiums. Enjoy golf, lake, preserve and river views.

For more information of your private tour, contact Mark Bruce at (941) 400-7566 or mark@playgolfsarasota.com

Please visit Playgolfsarasotahomes.com for all available properties in our area.



Open House: Heritage Harbour, Nov. 8th, 10am-4pm

07 Nov 2014, Posted by Play Golf Sarasota in Uncategorized

6925 QUIET CREEK DR, BRADENTON 34212 — $399,900

6925 Quiet Creek Dr Bradenton

Join Us for an Open House, Saturday, November 8 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Enjoy incredible Golf Course views in your Four Bedroom home. This Open Concept Plan has central Kitchen, Family Room, and Dining all in one spacious area. Four Bedrooms and Three baths make for plenty of space for kids or family and guests. Stainless steel appliances, granite throughout, ceiling fans plus blinds already in place. Enjoy Tennis, Fitness and Resort Pool Access, plus clubhouse and dining access. Golf Membership not included in this unit.

Pool and Lanai Open Concept Kitchen Entranceway

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A premier master-planned community located in East Manatee County. A prime riverfront location, Heritage Harbour is more than 2,500 acres of natural beauty, including 200 acres of island in the Manatee River. The residents enjoy a family resort-style life, where amenities such as championship golf, excellent shopping and a Central Park take full advantage of the pristine location. The Heritage Harbour community is made up of three distinct neighborhoods, Stoneybrook, River Strand and Lighthouse Cove. Each with its own personality and amenities, the varied lifestyle choices will match any taste.

River Strand, an exclusive gated Golf and Country Club, is the northernmost neighborhood. Bordering the Manatee River, there are 27 holes of championship golf and a magnificent, Tuscan-inspired clubhouse will full amenities. Featuring a collection of gracious homes, residences range from single-family and coach homes to maintenance-free golf course condominiums. Enjoy golf, lake, preserve and river views.

For more information of your private tour, contact Mark Bruce at (941) 400-7566 or mark@playgolfsarasota.com

Please visit Playgolfsarasotahomes.com for all available properties in our area.




Find Your Part in the American Dream By Owning a Home


A home is more than just a structure where people take up residency. Owning a home means freedom, financial independence and security. For many, owning a home brings a feeling of success and the knowledge that they’ve obtained their own bit in the American dream. And of course, a home—according to Dorothy as well as millions of home owners—well, there’s no place quite like it. In addition to all the benefits of being a home owner, new homes offer safety, amenities, energy efficiency and a lifestyle like never before.

“The advantages of today’s new homes are unparalleled. Breakthrough technology has brought safety and energy efficiency in homes to a new level, and for conveniences and amenities, it’s hard to beat a new home.”

Technology Brings Safety to the Forefront in New Homes

Technological advances mean that today’s homes are safer, because new homes take advantage of breakthroughs in building science. For example, hard-wired and interconnected smoke alarms bring a new level of fire safety to new homes. If one alarm goes off in the garage, they will all go off, giving your family ample time to get to safety. New fire-resistant construction materials, such as better electrical wiring, mean less chance of a dangerous electrical fire. Tempered glass, now found in many patio doors and windows, means less chance of an injury should one break.

New Homes: Greener and More Energy Efficient

Thanks to the National Green Building Program, any home buyer anywhere can have a green home. Your home builder can choose from an ever-expanding array of products and materials to make a house more energy-, water- and resource-efficient. Check out the resources at nahbgreen.org.

Many builders also participate in programs like ENERGY STAR¨, promoting energy-efficient appliances, and WaterSense¨, promoting water efficiency. As more and more consumers ask for green homes, builders also respond by returning to age-old practices, like placing a home on a lot to take the best advantage of sunlight and shade. Recent innovations like solar shingles (not just solar roof panels), tankless water heaters, light-conserving windows, and insulation made from recycled materials are also changing the market.

Source: cjonline.com


Lakewood Ranch Golf & CC

Country Club East to See Expanded Facilities in 2015

2015 will bring the opening of a brand new full-size practice facility to the Royal Lakes course located in Country Club East at Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club. As Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club continues to grow, a second Clubhouse in Country Club East will begin construction in 2015 for the enjoyment of all Country Club Members.

Cypress Links

The Original 18 Holes: Cypress Links

  • Wide golf corridors offering a fun experience with over 100 acres of maintained turf for the first 18 holes and a more forgiving experience for the average golfer
  • Large lacy-shaped bunkers complimenting expansive undulating fairways in a very traditional course layout
  • Twenty lakes within and around the golf course to enhance and beautify the view with less than half in direct play as hazards

Kings Dunes

The Second 18 Holes: King’s Dunes

The 11th hole is a downhill par 3 that features a 20-foot drop from tee to green over a beautiful wetland. The entire 18 holes feature dramatic elevation changes, rolling fairways, beautiful lakes, rock walls and an overall look that is unlike most Florida courses. The bunkers are a different style than those on Cypress Links. Other differences include:

  • The front nine holes are routed in a parcel heavily treed with mature oaks and pines and forested wetlands. Clearing was based on hole design with only target areas being totally void of trees
  • The back nine’s topography has some strong elevation changes to create some terrific views and shot potentials
  • Overall concept is a challenging golf course that takes the caliber of play up a few notches with the difficulty increasing at each skill level, requiring good club selection and recovery techniques to be played

Royal Lakes

The Third 18 Holes: Royal Lakes

  • Royal Lakes was designed with all skill levels in mind to be forgiving, yet, it is quite challenging for the most skilled players measuring 7,320 yards from the Championship tees
  • The course can also be very enjoyable for beginner golfers from the Par 3 tees measuring 1,800 yards. Every hole can be played as a par 3 and it’s a great way to introduce golf to any member of the family, young or old

Athletics Pool

Athletics: Pool, Tennis & Fitness

With such a wonderful way of life, it only makes sense to want to get the most out of it. To help, the club features an Athletic Center with countless ways to stay fit. The 13,000 square foot fitness center includes the latest machines by Cybex, rooms for aerobics, pilates, yoga and other classes, two heated outdoor pools (one resort and one Jr. Olympic with eight lap lanes), and massage therapy facilities. There are also 18 lighted clay tennis courts.

Courts are designed for minimal sun interference and feature the HydroGrid watering system for optimal playing conditions. There are locker and shower facilities, shaded seating, and a pro shop.

The Athletic Center is open seven days a week with 24 hour access and offers a variety of membership plans. Choose from selected programs such as Tennis or Aquatic and Fitness only. Our staff can help you determine the perfect program to meet your tennis and fitness needs.


Premier Wedding & Event Location

Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club has developed a reputation of being the areas premier wedding and event location. Set in the beautiful community of Lakewood Ranch, The Country Club has been exquisitely designed to accommodate everything from outdoor ceremonies, receptions, bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, baby showers, corporate meetings, holiday events, charity golf outings and much, much, more. We are a member of the National Association of Catering Executives (NACE) west coast Florida Chapter.

An exquisitely designed clubhouse set within the Tuscan-inspired private community, The Lake Club is a beautifully appointed venue where luxury is the backdrop no matter the scope of your event. We are happy to accommodate everything from weddings, charity events, holiday events and private parties in an exclusive clubhouse surrounded by decorative bridges and scenic lakes.


Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club (the “Club”) is a private membership club where you and your family can relax, meet new people, enjoy recreational facilities and participate in a variety of programs and activities. The Club is owned and operated by Lakewood Ranch Golf Company, LLC, an entity of Schroeder-Manatee Ranch, Inc. (“SMR”). The goal of the Club is to provide lifestyle amenities for residents of Lakewood Ranch and others. The Club consists of the Private Courses featuring 54 holes of golf; 36 designed by the Palmer Course Design Co.; and 18 holes designed by Rick Robbins; a practice range, practice chipping area and practice putting greens; clubhouse of approximately 44,000 square feet featuring a formal dining room, grille and lounge, banquet facilities, private dining rooms, men’s and ladies’ lounges and card rooms, golf pro shop, locker rooms, cart storage and administrative offices; 18 lighted tennis courts; heated Junior Olympic and resort pools; and fitness and tennis center of approximately 14,000 square feet with fitness equipment, aerobic room, pro shop, and locker rooms. The fitness center offers childcare services.

Take a look at the great Member events and social calendar available at Lakewood Ranch Golf & CC… If you’re interested in learning more about Memberships at Lakewood Ranch Golf & CC, contact Maureen LaTessa at (941) 907-4700, Ext. 1846 or email her at maureen.latessa@lakewoodranchgolf.com

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