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Fall Has Arrived — Here Are Some of The Best Golf Courses in Sarasota

Auteur residents who are avid golfers will find that there are plenty of excellent golf courses in Sarasota. Thanks to Sarasota’s tropical climate, you can golf year-round on lush green courses surrounded by vibrant foliage.

As autumn approaches and we get a little break from summer temperatures, it’s a great time to enjoy golf without worrying about the hot summer sun. Here’s a lineup of a few of our favorite courses:

The Founders Club

The Founders Club

Our exploration of Sarasota’s premier golf courses begins with the Auteur’s development team long-time favorite, The Founders Golf and Social Club. Also known as simply “The Founders Club,” this 700-acre golf club community is a coveted product within the Ascentia Development Group portfolio and offers residents exclusive access to an 18-hole championship golf course masterfully designed by the legendary Robert Trent Jones, Jr. The course’s landscape features old oaks, pines and palms all along a beautiful rolling terrain of lush foliage. Water features include tranquil lakes and wetlands positioned on meticulously maintained fairways.

Complementing the state-of-the-art course is a knowledgeable teaching facility and fully equipped golf shop that can help improve your game. In addition to ADG’s development partnership with the renowned club, Auteur Sarasota has collaborated with them to present a customized limited-time membership opportunity, which offers those who purchase a luxury condominium residence at Auteur their choice of two membership options. Call or visit the Auteur sales gallery for details.

Bobby Jones Golf Club

Bobby Jones Golf Club

Named for the legendary golfer who dominated competition in the 1920s and 1930s, and helped design the Augusta National Golf Club, this incredible golf course in Sarasota is features close proximity to Auteur and Sarasota’s world-famous beaches. Situated on 325 acres of meadowland, the club features two 18-hole championship courses as well as a 9-hole executive course. Enjoy a wealth of amenities including a practice range featuring 14 artificial turf hitting stations, a golf shop and tennis courts, to name a few.

The Resort at Longboat Key Club

The Resort at Longboat Key Club

Located right across Sarasota Bay on Longboat Key you will find one of the country’s consistently top-rated golf courses. The AAA Four-Diamond course has been featured in many national publications, most recently as one of the “Best Places to Play” by Golf Digest. The course consists of 45-holes allocated between the tree lined Harborside Golf Course facing Sarasota Bay, and the Links of Longboat Course with views of the Gulf of Mexico.

The club also boasts an excellent restaurant and bar, two driving ranges, a fully stocked Pro-Shop, and a professional staff that can assist with equipment customizations and repairs.

Tatum Ridge Golf Links

Tatum Ridge Golf Links

Designed by Ted McAnlis, Tatum Ridge Golf Links — named one of Golf Digest’s Best Places to Play —attracts seasoned golfers with its Scottish-style links course. Situated on preserved wetlands with 11 lakes, this 18-hole course features a large practice facility with grass tee box, and chipping from grass and traps. The course also boasts a fully stocked pro shop, restaurant and a phone at the ninth tee so you can order food at the turn. Enjoy a full day on this course surrounded by shimmering lakes and plenty of wildlife.

Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club

Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club

Experience a modern club setting without sacrificing the golf traditions you love. Whether you’re in the mood for a casual day on the green or an elegant night of socializing, Lakewood Ranch is one of the best golf courses in Sarasota for those who favor variety. Every game presents a new set of challenges with varied length, bunker and water placement, forced carries and overall design. This state-of-the-art, Arnold Palmer designed course is underscored by a robust program of events — from live music on the weekends to holiday affairs.

Misty Creek Country Club

Misty Creek Country Club

Challenge yourself on the only golf course in Sarasota — and all of Southwest Florida — set in a wildlife preserve with resident bald eagles. The par 72 championship course designed by Ted McAnlis for serious golfers is set on 350 acres of preserve with lakes and hammock forests.  Every hole on this picture-perfect course is memorable especially with its abundance of wildlife including deer, bobcat, wild boar, alligators and more than seventy species of birds.

Laurel Oak Country Club

Laurel Oak Country Club

Golf is just one of the many things to play at Laurel Oak Country Club. Members of the premier private club enjoy access to not one, but two challenging and beautiful 18-hole championship courses, each designed by golf legends Gary Player and Rees Jones. Off the meticulously landscaped courses, test your other athletic skills on one of the 12 Har-Tru tennis courts and in the swim center, or simply unwind and enjoy this “relaxed, refined and welcoming” atmosphere just a short drive from Auteur.

Gator Creek Golf Club

Gator Creek Golf Club

Gator Creek is a private men’s-only country club with a highly exclusive membership, limited to just 250 members. The club offers members access to an 18-hole, par-72 course designed by legendary golf architect Joe Lee. This stunning course is surrounded by large old oak trees draped in Spanish moss, and players will spy plenty of Florida wildlife such as wild turkeys, eagles, deer and quail.

Auteur offers luxurious condominium residences featuring close proximity to both all downtown Sarasota has to offer and the plush golf courses in the surrounding area. Experience a renaissance of refined living with a carefully curated menu of exclusive services and amenities that activate a vibrant Boulevard of the Arts lifestyle. Homes overlooking Sarasota Bay are available from the $2 millions. Additional information is available at the tower’s sales gallery at 1297 N. Palm Ave. or by phone: 941-218-2855.