Thanks to the wonderful climate, the greater Sarasota area is a golfing/tennis players’ dream come true!

Over 60 Golf Courses and numerous tennis courts are available for play and some “members only” clubs are allowing at least some form of public participation. Below is a sampling near Sarasota’s Downtown.

Golf Courses

Stoneybrook Golf & Country Club – 18 holes over 6,820 yards with a par of 72 (Public), 8801 Stoneybrook Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238-5803, (941) 966-1800, 2 miles from the center of Sarasota.

Serenoa Golf Club – Serenoa Course – 18 holes over 6,270 yards with a par of 72 (Public), 6773 Serenoa Dr., Sarasota, FL 34241-9276, (941) 925-2755, 3 miles from the center of Sarasota.

Village Green Golf Club – 18 holes over 2,810 yards with a par of 58 (Public), 3500 Pembrook Dr., Sarasota, FL 34239-6705, (941) 922-9500, 4 miles from the center of Sarasota.

Bent Tree Country Club – 18 holes over 6,863 yards with a par of 72 (Private Equity), 4700 Bent Tree Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34241-6039, (941) 371-8200, 5 miles from the center of Sarasota.

Sarasota Golf Club – 18 holes over 7,066 yards with a par of 72 (Public), 7280 N Leewynn Dr., Sarasota, FL 34240-9643, (941) 371-2431, 6 miles from the center of Sarasota.

Bobby Jones Golf Club – 18 holes over 6,039 yards with a par of 71 (Municipal), 1000 Circus Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34232-1228, (941) 955-8041, 7 miles from the center of Sarasota.

The Meadows Country Club – 18 holes over 6,707 yards with a par of 72 (Public), 3101 Longmeadow, Sarasota, FL 34235-6999, (941) 378-5153, 8 miles from the center of Sarasota.

Tatum Ridge Golf Links – 18 holes over 6,757 yards with a par of 72 (Public), 421 Tatum Rd. N., Sarasota, FL 34240-8945, (941) 378-4211, 8 miles from the center of Sarasota.

Rolling Green Golf Club – 18 holes over 6,343 yards with a par of 72 (Public), 4501 N Tuttle Ave., Sarasota, FL 34234-5021, (941) 355-6620, 9 miles from the center of Sarasota.

Legacy Golf Club – 18 holes over 7,067 yards with a par of 72 (Public), 8255 Legacy Blvd., Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202-2514, (941) 907-7920 , 11 miles from the center of Sarasota.

University Park – 18 holes over 3,548 yards with a par of 36 (Public), 7671 The Park Blvd., University Park, FL 34201-2201, (941) 359-9999, 11 miles from the center of Sarasota.

Oakford Golf Club – (three nine hole courses), 18 holes over 3,404 yards with a par of 35 (Public) , 1552 Palm View Rd., Sarasota, FL 34240-8814, (888) 881-3673, 12 miles from the center of Sarasota.

Pinebrook Ironwood – 18 holes over 3,964 yards with a par of 61 (Public), 4260 Ironwood Cirle, Bradenton, FL 34209-6820, (941) 792-3288, 17 miles from the center of Sarasota.

Tennis

Below are public tennis facilities where a few require a nominal fee for play.

ARLINGTON PARK – 2650 Waldemere St., Sarasota, FL 34237, (941) 316-1346, Four hard courts with lights.

BEE RIDGE PARK – 4430 S. Lockwood Ridge Rd., Sarasota, FL 34237, (941) 316-1267, Two hard courts with lights.

COLONIAL OAKS PARK – 5300 Colonial Oaks Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34237, (941) 316-1330, Two courts with lights.

FRUITVILLE PARK – 5151 Richardson Rd., Sarasota, FL 34238, (941) 316-1172, Two courts with lights.

GILLESPIE PARK – 710 North Osprey Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236, (941) 316-1172, Three courts.

LONGWOOD PARK – 6050 Longwood Run Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34243, (941) 316-1383, Two courts

PAYNE PARK TENNIS CENTER – 2050 Adams Lane, Sarasota, FL 34236, (941) 954-4884, Nine green clay courts with lights.

POTTER PARK – 8587 Potter Park Dr., Sarasota, FL 34237, (941) 316-1172, Four courts with lights.

RIVERVIEW TENNIS COURTS – Riverview High School, One Ram Way, Sarasota, FL 34231, (941) 316-1772, Eight courts with lights, available for public use in the evenings and weekends.

SIESTA BEACH – 948 Beach Rd., Sarasota, FL 34242, (941) 346-3207, Four courts with lights.

TWIN LAKES PARK – 6700 Clark Rd., Sarasota, FL 34237, (941) 316-1194, Two courts.