Sara Bay Country Club – A legendary Donald Ross Golf Course

30 Oct 2014, Posted by Play Golf Sarasota in Area Golf, Feature, Golf Courses, Private Clubs, Private Clubs, Travel

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.


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