PGA Pros and Club Life Experts Bridging the Gap Between Golf & Real Estate

Get to know your Club Life team of experts!! We’re excited to share a little bit about ourselves and hope you’ll think of us when buying or selling your Florida home!

Born and raised in the Northeast, Tony made his transition to the Sunshine State in 1991. Tony spent the first 7 years of his golf career at The Renaissance Vinoy Resort in St. Petersburg, Florida where he honed his skills as a fine player competing in many PGA Chapter and Section tournaments. He also began the process of becoming an established PGA Professional.

I have always treated our club members and guests like family for the last 18 years, and now I take that same passion and knowledge to help visitors and new residents find everything they need to feel at home when making that transition from the North to the Sarasota market. Making sure my clients feel like they are in the best possible hands is always my top priority.”

In 1996, Tony was one of the first PGA apprentices to attend the new Golf Professional Training Program and received his Class A membership in 2000. He spent the next ten years serving as Head Professional at two wonderful private clubs in Sarasota before starting his own golf-related marketing company, Play Golf Sarasota.

Play Golf Sarasota is a full service marketing extension of over thirty area courses and private clubs that provides a complimentary service to golfers looking for the perfect fit for their new Florida lifestyle.

Whether it is helping clients find the right club to join or finding that Florida home of their dreams, Tony has the knowledge, passion, and dedication to make your dream a reality.

To contact Tony Panico, you can email him at Tony@PlayGolfSarasota or give him a call at (941) 993-7844.

Tony Panico PGA Pro


Plantation Golf & Country Club Offers Two Outstanding Golf Courses As You’ve Always Imagined

Serene natural views and sparkling fountain-sprayed lakes set the tone for an inspired day of golf at the beautiful Plantation Golf & Country Club. Two uniquely designed, 18-hole championship golf courses feature distinctively different layouts, providing challenging play and a rewarding golf experience at every level. Impeccably maintained year-round, Plantation’s courses continuously attract those who demand the finest playing conditions. We are proud to be the home for the annual LPGA Tour Qualifier.

To literally build on the reputation of being the finest golf and country club in Venice. The entire front areas of the main club have just been dramatically rebuilt. From the main parking lot, across the new walking bridge to the clubhouse itself, everything is new. This includes landscaping, high end locker rooms for both men and ladies, multiple card and gathering lounges, locker attendant and shoe-shining facilities and what many are describing as the most impressive golf pro shop anywhere. These grand facilities alone are worth a visit to experience.

Thanks to our enthusiastic Membership, Plantation enjoys one of the most active group of golf associations in the area. In addition to regularly scheduled men’s and ladies’ play, Members may participate on a variety of fun-filled special events. Our award winning PGA and LPGA staff professionals complete our reputation for the highest standards of excellence.

The Plantation Golf & Country Club Experience

Comfortable, gracious hospitality best describes the atmosphere in our 25,000 square-foot newly updated Clubhouse. Warm tropical tones and rich cherry wood accents offer Members an exclusive invitation to a warm and inviting dining atmosphere. Members are treated to a weekly prix fixe menu, Chef’s specials, assortment of buffets, trivia nights, outdoor BBQs, interactive dinners and casual dining. Festive parties and social events are held throughout the year. Members can host year round celebrations in the private dining room. The Sunset lounge is a casual dining area that over looks the Golf course and is the perfect place to start the evening with friends, or wind down later with a cozy nightcap. Members also have a private activities room and a full library. No matter where you are around campus, the infectious pride that exudes Plantation will be hard to miss.

Plantation Pool   Plantation Tennis

More Amenities: Tennis, Fitness & Swimming

The tennis center at the Plantation is in a league by itself. 13 Har-Tru tennis courts host daily Drop-In play, inter-club leagues, clinics, lessons, member reservations, 2 ball machines, and five of the courts are available for night play. There is a fully stocked Pro Shop with the latest equipment and apparel as well as one day racket stringing and gripping service. The Plantation has USPTA instructors on site to take care of your every need. They also organize Pro Exhibitions, themed round robins, club championships, and socials for the Members. The Plantation also have 4 bocce courts for open play or scheduled Intra-Club leagues.It also features 2 pickle ball courts for available for your enjoyment. Members can take advantage of the Fitness Center where state-of-the-art equipment offers some of today’s most advanced work-out systems including TRX and fitness classes. For those who prefer outdoor fitness activities, there is Plantation’s pristine Jr. Olympic-sized heated pool and large hot tub with food service.

Plantation Wedding  Plantation Event

Your Gulf Coast Wedding Venue

It’s the most important day of your life, and hosting an outdoor wedding in our Florida venue is a great way to begin a life together. You want it to be as special and memorable as possible and few locations offer the natural beauty and elegance of Florida’s Gulf Coast.

Weddings at Plantation Country Club are carried out by our superb catering and event staff, who treat the day with the same attention to detail as if it were their own. Our Catering Director, Jessica Madsen and Staff will do “everything but walk the bride down the aisle” to make your wedding an event to remember.

Membership at Plantation Golf & Country Club

At Plantation Golf & Country Club, you’re part of a Membership that values superb Facilities, Beautiful natural Surroundings, and lasting Friendships. Our Professional Staff takes great pride and responsibility in ensuring the finest service with a genuine commitment to Member Satisfaction. These are the Standards by which we have earned our Excellent reputation as the Venice area’s Premier private Club.

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It Gives You Something You Can Borrow Against if Needed…


4 Smart Moves for Using Home Equity

By: Amy Fontinelle, August 01st 2014

toy house on fanned moneyAs housing markets continue to improve, home equity loans and lines of credit are becoming potential sources of extra cash for more homeowners.

  • In the first quarter of 2014, homeowners took out $23.4 billion in new home equity lines of credit, or HELOCs, according to credit data expert Equifax, a six-year high and an increase of 15.5% from the same time a year ago. Delinquency rates are decreasing, and the average consumer is getting a larger credit line.

    HELOC lending is still below what we saw during the housing bubble, but it has increased since the recession.

    This return to using equity should be done with extreme caution — and for a very narrow set of reasons.

    Remember, borrowing against your home puts it at risk of foreclosure if you can’t pay the bill. For most purchases, that risk isn’t worth it.

    “HELOCs can be an excellent money management tool when used properly,” says California-based mortgage consultant Greg Cook. “Unfortunately, many consumers used them as ATMs during the housing bubble and as a result found themselves in worse financial shape than when they started.”

    If you’re thinking about borrowing from your home’s equity, take a conservative approach.

    Our 4 smart moves will help get you started.

    heloc originationsSmart move 1. Choose your loan wisely.

    Home equity rates are very attractive right now.

    An average $30,000 HELOC costs 4.86%, while home equity loans charge 6.10% interest on average, according to our most recent survey of major lenders.

    Both offer lower interest rates than most other forms of consumer credit, and the interest is typically tax-deductible.

    But they aren’t as easy to get as they once were.

    Credit score and loan-to-value requirements are considerably more stringent than they were prior to the housing crash, Cook says.

    Lenders often require borrowers to have a combined loan-to-value of no more than 90%, he says.

    That means if your home appraises for $300,000 and your mortgage principal balance is $200,000, you might be able to borrow as much as $70,000 with a home equity loan or line of credit. You’d retain 10% equity, or $30,000.

    Some lenders require 80% loan-to-value.

    To get the best interest rates with most lenders, you’ll need a credit score of at least 740, says Gregory B. Meyer, community relations manager for Meriwest Credit Union in San Jose, Calif.

    negative equityIf you can tap your home equity, it’s a much cheaper way to borrow than, say, using a credit card. But you won’t lose your house if you default on a credit card.

    There are two ways you can borrow from your home’s equity:

    • A home equity loan lets you borrow a lump sum and pay it back over a fixed term at a fixed interest rate (like a mortgage or car loan).
    • A HELOC works more like a credit card. It makes a certain amount of credit available on an as-needed basis for a limited term, such as five or 10 years, followed by a repayment period of up to 20 years. Its interest rate changes with the market.

    A home equity loan makes sense if you need a large amount all at once for a specific project.

    A HELOC might make more sense if you need to borrow smaller amounts over a longer period.

    You might be tempted to choose a HELOC because of its lower interest rate.

    But since today’s interest rates have almost nowhere to go but up, a HELOC’s variable interest rate could end up costing you much more over the loan term than a home equity loan’s fixed rate, even though the fixed rate is higher initially.

    HELOCs have another significant drawback.

    “Most HELOCs will have a feature where the lender can freeze the line of credit at any time —  for instance, if the lender believes the value of the home has dropped significantly since the line of credit was opened,” says loan officer Hillary Legrain of First Savings in Bethesda, Md. “So that line of credit you open may not always be available to you in the future.”

    For either option, you’ll need to provide full documentation of income and assets and an appraisal, she says.

    Smart move 2. Calculate your own repayment schedule.

    If you choose a HELOC, take steps to reduce your risk.

    HELOCs typically offer some initial flexibility in how you repay them.

    During the draw period, usually the first 10 years, you can make interest-only payments.

    However, if you only pay the minimum now, you’ll experience payment shock later when the full monthly payments, including principal, kick in.

    It’s not safe to assume you’ll be able to afford the higher payments in a few years, especially because the interest rate could increase in the meantime.

    We’re seeing the effects of consumers’ faulty assumptions right now.

    About 40% of all outstanding U.S. home equity loans are at or near their 10-year mark, and borrowers are increasingly missing their payments, which have already doubled or tripled and will jump even higher when interest rates increase, Reuters reports.

    You also may not want to choose the longest loan term possible.

    A better option is to pay the loan back quickly to minimize the amount you pay in interest, get rid of the monthly payment and eliminate the risk of having your home as collateral for a secondary purchase.

    Our line of credit calculator can help you do the math and determine how long it might take to pay off your credit line.

    Most valuable home improvements for 2014Making your home bigger, or nicer, always makes it worth more. But some projects offer a better return than others. Let our 10 most valuable home improvements for 2014 help you decide what to tackle first. You’ll be surprised at how much of what you spend on these projects can be recouped through a higher resale value.

    Smart move 3. Limit your use of equity.

    Borrowers traditionally have used their home’s equity to pay for everything from cars to planned renovations.

    Today, auto loans are both less risky and cheaper. And the prudent approach to home renovations is to use cash if you can. It doesn’t make sense to pay interest on a project with a negative return.

    There are few appropriate uses of home equity loans, because it doesn’t make sense to put your shelter at risk for nonessential purchases, says Cecily Welch, a certified financial planner and certified public accountant with Welch Financial Advisors in Atlanta.

    Welch says one appropriate use is to make essential home repairs of things that wouldn’t pass a home inspection in order to sell your home.

    With rising college tuition and borrowing costs, you might be tempted to use home equity to pay for your child’s tuition. The interest rates can be lower than those on student loans, especially private student loans.

    But a cash-out refinancing on your first mortgage could be even less expensive, since first mortgage rates are below home equity loan rates. You’ll need to compare the interest rates and closing costs to see which option is cheaper.

    Financial experts say you shouldn’t sacrifice your own future to help your child pay for college, though.

    While we don’t recommend leveraging all of your equity to pay for school, using a HELOC for short-term cash flow is a much better option than putting part of a semester’s tuition on a credit card.

    Smart move 4. Use equity to cut your interest payments.

    You could use the loan proceeds to pay off all your high-interest credit card debt and diminish the damage from your past mistakes by repaying your debts at the home equity loan’s lower interest rate.

    “Paying off consumer debt with tax-deductible funds can improve a homeowner’s overall financial situation if they use the savings to reduce the balance of the equity line,” Cook says.

    In other words, if you just make the minimum interest-only payments and stretch out your debt for another 20 to 30 years, you won’t come out ahead.

    “If the debt consolidation will save $500 a month, apply at least 50% of the savings to pay down the principal balance of the home equity line,” Cook says.

    Keep applying the interest savings to the new loan’s principal balance until you’ve repaid the total amount in full.

    Borrowers also have to change their spending habits, or they will get back into the same or a worse situation with their bills, Meyer says.




Make Thanksgiving Plans with IMG Academy Golf Club whether you’re dining or taking your Thanksgiving TO-GO!

IMG Academy Golf Club gives you two great choices for entertaining this Thanksgiving season… dine in or order to-go! A win-win for anything that you’re planning.  Be sure to make reservations for dining in by calling (941) 758-1467 and click on the convenient link to make your orders to go by November 24th. Pick up will be Thanksgiving morning at 10:00am.

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Click here to place your TO-GO Order! 

To learn more about the Membership available at IMG Academy Golf Club, click here.

Inaugural Veteran’s Day Golf Tournament:
November 11, 2014 at Bobby Jones Golf Club


There are so many ways to say thank you to our most dedicated veterans, and by supporting the fund raising activities of the completely volunteer team at Heroes Welcome Home, you can do just that! We raise money to give back to our veterans by hosting awesome events that everyone enjoys!

There will be opening ceremonies with a parachutist to land with the flag and present the colors to the Honor Guard. The former Bobby’s Clubhouse is now Mattisons Grille on the Green which will be providing breakfast and lunch.

Register before November 1, 2014 and receive a T shirt

Raffle Items include a stay at the Don CeSar and a two day play and stay at Emerald Green in Tampa along with a 50/50.

For more information visit the web site at http://Heroeswelcomehomefl.com

You have given service to us, now let us give back to you.

We believe in honoring those who give service to our society by assisting in their pursuit of the American Dream, home ownership.

Heroes Welcome Home is a charity that raises money to assist Veterans with down payment/closing cost assistance.

We also work closely with local vendors to have goods and services donated to our returning veterans related to their home purchase.

  • Sponsorship
    Hole Sponsorship
    Silver Sponsor- $100.00 includes:
    Name/Logo on shared sign at designated hole
    Name/Logo on website
  • Gold Sponsor- $350.00 includes:
    Name/Logo on event tee shirt Tee Shirt
    Name/Logo on website
    Name/Logo on an individual sign at designated hole
  • Platinum Sponsor- $1000.00 includes:
    Name/Logo sign at designated hole
    Name/Logo on event tee shirt Tee Shirt
    Name/Logo on website
    Individual Hole Sponsor, complete access to designated hole for promotional games/activities of your choice

Raffle Items
We need to get goods and or services that will be used to raffle off after the event. We will make sure all vendors who donate will be recognized.

We especially are looking for little one or two night get-aways at beach resorts/hotels and golf outings.

Sponsor a Vet to Play
Anyone can sponsor a vet to play by simply paying the $80.00 entrance fee. We will take the pre-paid entrance fee and use it to fund a veteran’s play (those who may not ordinarily be able to afford to play in the event).

Any one who donates may use the cash value to their donation as a tax write-off as we are a complete non-profit charity with 501c(3) status.

We need as many volunteers for the day of the event as possible, needless to say!
This is a great opportunity for local high school students to gain volunteer hours and have fun!

To support Heroes Welcome Home Golf Tournament, email Kelly Barrett at kmbarrett1@outlook.com. To register, click here.

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Spooktacular Halloween Night Tricks & Treats in Sarasota…

October 31, 2014: Bring your little ghosts and goblins for a Safe Treats Halloween in Siesta Key Village. Look for participating members displaying orange and black balloons and pumpkin flyers in their windows. Free. 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

October 31, 2014: It’s the Kids Halloween Costume Parade and Trick or Treat in downtown Venice in Centennial Park. Meet at the Gazebo at 4 p.m. Parade is 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Fun for all! More info at: 941-484-6722.

October 31, 2014: It’s Fright Night on St Armand’s Circle for Halloween fun from 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. There will be haunted store fronts, frightening characters around every corner and statues dressed in the Halloween spirit. Kids can trick-or-treat around The Circle with numerous shops and restaurants contributing to the Halloween spirit with customized promotions.

October 31, 2014: It’s a Halloween Masquerade Affair for the Modern-Day Abolitionist: “Free The Children 2014” is a Charity Gala to Combat Human Trafficking and the Exploitation of Children. Taking place in the Van Wezel Grand Foyer, the evening’s events will include live entertainment by Kara Nally, dancing, waterfront dining by Mattison’s Catering at Van Wezel, an upscale silent auction and more. Proceeds benefit Ark of Freedom. 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Click here for tickets and more info.

October 31, 2014: Do you believe in Ghosts? Then discover the truth with spirit stalkers and psychics at Grave Encounters on Halloween at the Crosley Estate. Entertainment with para normal experiences, psychics, ghosts and freaky Halloween bites to ward off the spirits. Explore the scary legend of the Crosley ghosts; and discover what really happened to Gwendolyn, who died upstairs. Discover your fate with the spiritual guides, wander the Crosley graveyard with spirit stalkers; just don’t go alone..and find the dancing spirits. A delicious dinner service includes grilled New York Strip, Chicken Drummies and Pork Shoulder with traditional sides. There will be music throughout the evening and Halloween sweets later in the night. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. for dinner service; The after party starts at 9:00 p.m., ending at midnight. 21+. Cash bar. Costumes welcome! Dinner Service and After party: $75 per person. After Party: $35 per person. Powel Crosley Estate, 1 Seagate Drive, 8374 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota (Opposite SRQ airport).941-312-0000 – More information and tickets here.  Sarasota Halloween Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

October 31, 2014: Experience a Victorian Themed Funeral with grieving widow and fellow mourners where you can also take part as a mourner. It takes place in Mary’s Chapel and there are two tours. The 7 p.m. tour is recommended for families. There’s also one at 9 p.m. $8 per member adult, $4 per member child, $15 non-member adult, $10 per non-member child. Reservations are required. For tickets, call (941) 966-5214, ext. 2600. Historic Spanish Point Mary’s Chapel. 337 N. Tamiami Trail, Osprey. Click here for more info and tickets.

October 31-November 2: Big Cat Habitat presents “Wild-O-Ween”
Big Cat Habitat, 7101 Palmer Blvd., Sarasota, FL, Noon-5 p.m.

This event is kid-friendly with food, games, prizes, and a pumpkin toss for the bears and big cats. Children 12 and under will be admitted free with a donation of nonperishable food items for All Faiths Food Bank. The fun includes visiting with the Habitat’s exotic and other animals, petting zoo, music, children’s costume contest, games, prizes, and photos with a white tiger. Attendees may bring small pumpkins to toss to the bears (they’ll eat them) and the big cats (they’ll play with them). Admission for adults is $15, and regular admission for children 12 and under is $7. Parking free.  For more information visit www.bigcathabitat.org or call (941) 371-6377.

Full Belly Stuffed Burgers Costume Party: Swing in for a Halloweenie Burger and Pumpkin Beer; Best costume eats for free!

Let Our Club Life Experts Bridge the Gap Between Golf & Real Estate

Get to know your Club Life team of experts!! We’re excited to share a little bit about ourselves and hope you’ll think of us when buying or selling your Florida home!

Originally from Indiana, and Ohio, Mark Bruce moved to Sarasota in 1986. He graduated from the University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, in 1991 and started in the golf business shortly thereafter. An accomplished player, Mark Bruce competed at the collegiate level and launched his professional career in 1993 as an assistant PGA professional at University Park Country Club, Sarasota, FL. In 1998 Mark Bruce earned full membership into the PGA of America and served as Director of Golf at Bent Tree Country Club from 2000-2008.

During that fifteen year span the growth of golf course communities in the area expanded rapidly and MarkBru watched carefully as the various country clubs created their own message or niche in the market. This knowledge, coupled with a marketing mind, led Mark Bruce to start the area’s most prominent golf-related marketing company, Play Golf Sarasota, in 2009.

Play Golf Sarasota works with over thirty area courses and private clubs providing expert advice to new-comers looking for the perfect fit for their new Florida lifestyle.  As a licensed Realtor with deep knowledge of the local Country Club communities, Mark has the unique ability to find the perfect match for those looking to bridge the gap from their home up North into the right community here on Florida’s Suncoast.

Transitioning from the Northeast or Mid-West to the weather in Sarasota is easy, finding the right social environment and country club lifestyle is a critical decision for long-term happiness.

With over 20 years experience and hundreds of industry relationships in the market, no one is more qualified to help new-comers find the perfect Home and “Club Life” match.

To contact Mark Bruce, you can email him at Mark@PlayGolfSarasota or give him a call at (941) 400-7566.

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Sara Bay Country Club Offers An Exclusive Lifestyle Distinguished by Long-Standing Traditions… Golf if Their Passion!

Founded in 1926, Sara Bay Country Club is a private, member-owned golf club designed by legendary architect Donald Ross. Located just north of downtown Sarasota and only minutes from the adjacent islands of Longboat Key, Bird Key, Lido Key, as well as Lakewood Ranch, Sara Bay is recognized as one of the most venerable and historic clubs in Florida. When the Club first opened it was known as Whitfield Estates Country Club, and the head golf professional was the flamboyant Tommy “Silver Scot” Armour. On February 28, 1926, Bobby Jones and Walter Hagen went head to head in their celebrated 72-hole match, which Hagen handily won 11-up. Jones later wrote in his memoirs that this defeat was the “worst drubbing of my career”. Throughout the storied history of the Club many USGA and FSGA events have been contested on our classic layout, including the 1940 & 1941 Senior PGA Championship. In 2015-2017 the Club will host the LPGA Symetra Tour Guardian Retirement Championship.

The traditional course features the challenge of the Donald Ross signature green complexes, tee markers from 4,748 to 7,021 yards, a walker-friendly atmosphere and always superb playing conditions. In 2006, the course underwent an extensive and meticulous restoration by Brian Silva, an acknowledged expert on Ross design philosophy. The understated elegance of the Old Florida inspired clubhouse is an inviting retreat to relax with your favorite beverage after golf, or to savor an expertly prepared evening dinner. The staff is dedicated to the highest level of service, assuring that each member receives the personal attention they deserve. Members of Sara Bay enjoy the enviable combination of heritage, camaraderie, and an exceptional golfing experience. Membership at Sara Bay is more than just belonging to a club… it is an exclusive lifestyle distinguished by long-standing traditions. Golf is our passion!


For more information about membership opportunities, contact Dennis Budny at (941) 580-3378, Ext. 7058.


The Grass IS Greener on the Golf Courses at the Longboat Key Club!

Longboat Key Club Marina

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!

To find out about becoming a Member of the Longboat Key Club, please contact Juliette Valin at (941) 580-3378, Ext. 7040 to arrange a personal tour.