The Best Country Clubs Near Sarasota, Florida

At Gilbert Design Build, we love helping to design and build our clients’ dream spaces in the Sarasota region—and we love living here just as much! From stunning beaches to quaint local communities to the year-round sunshine, there are so many reasons we love calling Florida home. Read about the top 8 country clubs in the Sarasota and Bradenton FL area right here. 

Of course, whether you’re a longtime resident, a newcomer, a “snowbird” or tourist, odds are you’re well aware of our region’s reputation as a golf mecca. But with so many great options, it can often be tough to know where to start. To help you out, we’ve cultivated a list of our top eight picks for the best country clubs in and around the Sarasota and Bradenton area:

The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota Golf Course


The Ritz-Carlton Members Golf Club, Sarasota, FL

Located on 315 acres of lush, tropical landscape, this immensely playable Tom Fazio designed 18-hole championship course is magnificently sculpted to reflect the natural beauty of its environment. It features abundant elevation changes and picturesque lakes throughout, which are so unusual for a Sarasota golf course. Members also enjoy an all-encompassing beachside experience and all-access to the luxurious Spa & Salon at The Ritz-Carlton.


Bobby Jones Golf Club


Bobby Jones Golf Club, Sarasota

Bobby Jones Golf Club is located within the city limits of beautiful Sarasota, FL. The facility sits on 325 contiguous acres of virgin meadowland adjacent to Fruitville Road (State Road 780), the gateway to downtown Sarasota and its world-famous beaches. This historic gem, initially designed by Donald Ross in 1926, has grown to include two 18-hole championship courses and a 9-hole executive course. A particularly unique feature of this complex is the absence of any building development on all but one golf hole.


Tatum Ridge Golf Course


Tatum Ridge Golf Links, Sarasota

This Ted McAnlis-designed course attracts not only better golfers but has a loyal following of senior players. A Scottish-style links course with preserved wetlands and 11 lakes in a natural setting. Plenty of wildlife and nature at its finest! The signature hole is 504-yard, par-5 13th, a dogleg right, over water. Amenities include a fully stocked pro shop, courteous staff, and restaurant serving breakfast and lunch, plus a phone on the ninth tee to order food at the turn.


The Resort at Longboat Key Club


The Resort at Longboat Key Club, Longboat Key, Sarasota County

Secluded on a barrier island on the Gulf of Mexico, The Resort at Longboat Key Club is a AAA Four-Diamond destination that spans 410 acres of lush lawns and pristine beachfront with authentic Old Florida boardwalks. Stay a short drive from the upscale shopping, museums and theaters in downtown Sarasota as you unwind in one of 226 luxury guest rooms and suites. Enjoy access to the Sarasota beach resort’s five distinctive restaurants and lounges, along with 45 holes of championship golf, award-winning Tennis Gardens, a full-service spa and an array of water sport equipment.


Sarasota National Golf Club, Venice


Sarasota National Golf Club, Venice

Experience the Florida lifestyle at Sarasota National Golf Club in Venice. Nearby sugar-sand beaches, shopping, dining and culture enhance the community's way of life. Enjoy the day at The Golf Club's 18-hole championship course. Surrounded by wetlands and preserves, the course is as beautiful as it is challenging. The new Palm Club features an array of amenities for Sarasota National including a 32,000-square-foot resort-style, three-building clubhouse campus with exceptional dining, fitness center, tennis, swimming and more.


University park Country Club Golf Course


University Park Country Club, University Park, FL

Discover the quintessential country club lifestyle at University Park Country Club. Voted the #1 Golf Course in Southwest Florida, and rated four stars by Golf Digest since 1996, University Park is the premier semi-private club in Sarasota, Florida. Club members enjoy 27 scenic holes of championship golf, 11 lighted Har-Tru tennis courts, a fully equipped Fitness Centre, exclusive member events and creative contemporary cuisine at The Park Grille & Café. The award-winning golf course in Manatee County welcomes daily fee players with three-day advance tee times.


Waterlefe Golf Club

Waterlefe Golf & River Club, Bradenton

Waterlefe Golf & River Club is built along a particularly beautiful section of the Manatee River, complete with wide expanses of pristine marshes and pleasant coves. Don't be surprised if on the 15th tee you spot a family of manatees poking noses up for a breath of air. The golf course was designed with a great deal of time, effort and expense going toward protecting and resorting the natural environment that gives the course it unique character.


Legacy Golf Club


Legacy Golf Club at Lakewood Ranch, Lakewood Ranch, FL

Legacy Golf Club is an Upscale, 18 Hole Championship Public Golf Course, widely considered "unparalleled" in comparison to most other courses in the Southwest Florida Area. Offering impeccable levels of service and golf course conditioning, Legacy appeals to traveling golfers and locals alike. As an award-winning Arnold Palmer Signature Design, Legacy has earned its reputation as one of the premier golf course layouts in the Southeastern U.S. The course features multiple elevated teeing areas, and virtually every hole is framed with sand and water. The unique layout has generous landing areas, making the look very dramatic and visually challenging, while still playable for all golfers. Lakewood Ranch is also recognized as the largest, fastest growing community in the USA!


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We’re confident that after learning more about us and meeting our team, you’ll agree that Gilbert Design Build is the “cream of the crop” when it comes to options for hiring a Bradenton/Sarasota contractor. But don’t just take our word for it—check out our design portfolio featuring real remodeling projects we’ve completed from the Bradenton and Sarasota areas and see for yourself just what caliber of work we can do for you!


If you’re considering a design-build or home renovation project in the Bradenton/Sarasota, FL area, we encourage you to visit one of our showrooms or contact us today for more information. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you create your dream home design!


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