Golf

OAK FORD GOLF CLUB

@BR Boxtext bold lede colon:LOCATION: 1552 Palm View Road, Sarasota.

PHONE: 371-3680.

WEB SITE: www.oakfordgolfclub.com.

WHO PLAYS HERE?: Semi-private; golfers of all abilities who enjoy nature and challenging golf.

RATES: Vary by season, currently $23-$57; twilight rates available.

YEAR BUILT/ARCHITECT: 1989/Ron Garl.

HOLES: 27.

PRACTICE FACILITIES: Driving range, chipping green, putting green.

PAR/YARDAGE: Myrtle—Gold, 36/3,404; Blue, 36/3,189; White, 36/2,947; Red, 36/2,541 or 35/2,346. Palms—Gold, 36/3,349; Blue, 36/3,132; White, 36/2,862; Red, 36/2,510. Oaks—Gold, 36/3,330; Blue, 36/3,098; White, 36/2,867; Red, 36/2,544.

COURSE RATING/SLOPE: Palms-Myrtle — Gold, 72.5/131; Blue, 70.5/126; White, 68.6/119; Red, 68.1/118. Oaks-Palms —Gold, 71.8/129; Blue, 69.7/124; White, 67.8/116; Red, 68.8/116. Myrtle-Oaks — Gold, 72.1/130; Blue, 70.0/123; White, 68.0/116; Red, 67.6/116.

GENERAL MANAGER: John Trexler.

DIRECTIONS: Take I-75 south to Fruitville Road exit and drive 9 miles east. The entrance is on the south side of Fruitville.

UNFORGETTABLE: How difficult is the par-4 sixth on the Myrtle Course? Women have the option of playing the hole as a 135-yard par 3.

INSIDE INFO: The course has been rated 4.5 stars by Golf Digest magazine, making it one of the state’s most-respected layouts.

DID YOU KNOW?: Oak Ford abuts an 800-acre wildlife preserve, which is home to wild boar, deer, bobcats, alligators and wild birds.

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