Course Features What are Said to be the Three Hardest Finishing Holes in Florida

By Dave Daubert

Sarasota may be known for its sugar white sand beaches, but this vibrant city on the Gulf of Mexico is also a premier destination for championship golf with over 50 courses in the area. At the top of the list is the award-winning Ritz-Carlton Sarasota Members Club in Lakewood Ranch designed by the irrepressible Tom Fazio, one of the most awarded golf course architects.

Available to guests of the 266-room luxury Ritz-Carlton Sarasota Resort and members, players are provided with one of the Golf Coast’s top golf experiences, an 18-hole masterpiece in an all natural setting.

Located 16 miles from the both the resort and the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport, the Ritz-Carlton Members Club provides a fair and memorable test of golf. The par 72, 7,414-yard course has a lovely clubhouse complete with private locker rooms, the Golf Club Grille, Caddie Concierge and an outstanding practice facility complete with driving range, and multiple short game areas.

With a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary designation, the scenic layout has been strategically sculpted to contour and frame each hole that gracefully runs among 12 picturesque lakes.

Known as the Lion’s Den, the last three holes of the golf club are recognized as three of the hardest consecutive holes in Florida, joining the ranks of other famous threesomes such as The Snake Pit at Innisbrook Resort’s Copperhead course in Palm Harbour and The Bear Trap at PGA National Resort & Spa’s Champion Golf Course in Palm Beach Gardens. Complete each hole in par or better and the player receives a shirt from the golf shop to celebrate the achievement. More