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Bobby jones golf complex

@BR Boxtext bold lede colon:LOCATION: 1000 Circus Blvd., Sarasota.

PHONE: 955-8097 (automated tee times, 365-4653).

WEB SITE: www.bobbyjonesgolfclub.com.

WHO PLAYS HERE?: Municipal; an eclectic mix of seniors, beginners and tourists (complex handles 140,000 rounds annually).

RATES: $11.60-$54.75, depending on the season.

YEAR BUILT/ARCHITECT: 1927/Donald Ross; Redesigned by Ron Garl.

HOLES: 45 (British Course, American Course and nine-hole John H. Gillespie Executive Course).

PRACTICE FACILITIES: A 10-station driving range, three putting greens, a chipping area and a bunker.

PAR/YARDAGE: British-Blue, 72/6,537; British-White, 72/6,184; British-Gold, 72/5,637; British-Red, 72/5,268; American-Blue, 71/6,039; American-White, 71/5,496; American-Gold, 71/4,799; American-Red, 71/4,326; Executive-Men’s, 30/1,716; Executive-Women’s, 30/1,483.

COURSE RATING/SLOPE: British-Blue, 71.3/120; British-White, 70.0/118; British-Gold (men), 67.1/115; British-Gold (women), 72.5/121; British-Red, 70.4/117; American-Blue, 69.8/120; American-White, 67.6/109; American-Gold (men), 64.2/105; American-Gold (women), 67.5/106; American-Red, 64.5/101; Executive, not rated.

HEAD PRO: Paul Michaud.

DIRECTIONS: Take I-75 south to Fruitville Road and head west three miles to Beneva Road. Turn right and drive one block to Circus Boulevard. Take a right, and the entrance is on the right.

HOLE TO REMEMBER: No. 6 on the American Course is a 459-yard par 5 reachable in two — if you’re brave enough to traverse the hazard guarding the green.

UNFORGETTABLE: The fairway of the first hole on the British is bisected by a diagonal creek, creating a dilemma for short hitters. Those who lay up must be accurate with a long iron or hybrid into a small green.

INSIDE INFO: The Bobby Jones 10-Play Card costs $16 and entitles bearers to 10 free green fees.

DID YOU KNOW?: Legendary designer Donald Ross laid out what are now the back nines of the British and American courses. Bobby Jones, the legendary 1930 Grand Slam winner, personally dedicated the course Feb. 13, 1927.

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