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the concession golf club

@BR Boxtext bold lede colon:LOCATION: Between State Road 70 and University Parkway, Sarasota.

PHONE: 951-6484.

WEB SITE: www.theconcession.com.

WHO PLAYS HERE?: Private.

RATES: Members and guests only.

YEAR BUILT/ARCHITECT: Jan. 23, 2006/Jack Nicklaus, Tony Jacklin.

HOLES: 18.

PRACTICE FACILITIES: A 23-acre learning area that includes two practice putting greens, a short range area with chipping green and three bunkers, seven target greens, and a practice area at each end of the facility.

PAR/YARDAGE: Black tees, 72/7,470; Blue tees, 72/6,600; White tees, 72/6,050; Red tees, 72/5,030.

COURSE RATING/SLOPE: Black, 77.6/155; Blue, 72.7/146; White, 70.0/139; Red, 69.7/122.

HEAD PRO: The Director of Golf is Jimmy Wright; Head Professional is Gary Geiger.

DIRECTIONS: From I-75, take University Parkway exit east for 7 miles to the entrance on the south side.

UNFORGETTABLE: The ambience of the area. Such an abundance of wildlife — from deer to wild turkeys — rarely is seen in this part of south Florida.

INSIDE INFO: The course has received national and international notice. Membership to the private club will be capped at 300.

DID YOU KNOW?: The Concession is named after the sportsmanship displayed by Jack Nicklaus at the 1969 Ryder Cup at Royal Birkdale in Southport, England, when he conceded a 2-foot putt to Tony Jacklin that resulted in a tied match between the European and American teams. The Americans retained the Ryder Cup trophy.

Paul Azinger, who captained the American’s to a U.S. Ryder Cup victory in 2008, holds the course record with a 7-under par 65.

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