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BRADENTONCOUNTRYCLUB

@BR Boxtext bold lede colon:LOCATION: 4646 9th Ave. W., Bradenton

PHONE: 792-4159.

WEB SITE: www.bradentoncc.org.

WHO PLAYS HERE?: Private.

RATES: $43-$68, depending on season; guests must play with members.

YEAR BUILT/ARCHITECT: 1924/Donald Ross; 1999/Ron Garl.

HOLES: 18.

PRACTICE FACILITIES: A limited-distance, 30-station driving range, along with a putting green, chipping area and sand bunker.

PAR/YARDAGE: Gold, 71/6,712; White, 71/6,260; Green, 71/5,490; Blue, 71/4,796.

COURSE RATING/SLOPE: Gold, 72.3/125; White, 70.3/123; Green-men, 66.9/115; Green-women, 72.2/127; Blue-men, 63.2/105; Blue-women, 67.8/117.

HEAD PRO: Joe Stencik.

DIRECTIONS: Travel west on Manatee Avenue and turn left on 43rd Street W. Turn right on Ninth Avenue W. and proceed to the course.

HOLE TO REMEMBER: No. 16, a 160-yard par 3. The tee shot is over a lake, and the green is framed by a front bunker, making the hole beautiful and dangerous.

UNFORGETTABLE: No. 5 — the No. 1 handicap hole — is a 438-yard par 4 that used to play as a par 5. Too far left, and you’re in the water. Too far right, you’re in a bunker.

INSIDE INFO: Ron Garl redesigned the course in 1999 while preserving the integrity of the original Ross design.

DID YOU KNOW?: The country club is the site of the annual Foundation for Dreams “Gatsby on the Greens” fundraiser, which features legends from the PGA Champions Tour.

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