Golf

PALMETTO PINES GOLF COURSE

@BR Boxtext bold lede colon:LOCATION: 14355 Golf Course Rd., Parrish.

PHONE: 776-1375.

WHO PLAYS HERE?: Open to the public; many beginning-level players and retirees.

RATES: Nov. 1-Dec. 31: $16.50 to walk, $25.50; Jan. 1-April 30: $21 to walk, $30 to ride; May 1-Oct. 31: call for rates.

YEAR BUILT/ARCHITECT: 1956, first nine; 1968, back nine/Floyd Myers.

HOLES: 36 (four 9-hole courses).

PAR/YARDAGE: Blue, 36/2,503; White, 37/2,855; Orange, 36/2,498; Red, 35/2,122.

COURSE RATING/SLOPE: Blue-White—men 65.8/107, women 70.6/115. Orange-Red—men 62.0/92, women 65.9/106.

GENERAL MANAGER-SUPERINTENDENT: Randy Bates.

DIRECTIONS: Take U.S. 301 north to 60th Street and turn right. Go one block to Fort Hamer Road and turn right. Take Fort Hamer to Golf Course Road. Left to the golf course.

HOLE TO REMEMBER: The white course’s ninth hole is a straightaway, 401-yard par 4 with a tree-lined fairway.

UNFORGETTABLE: Ever get eagle on a par 5? The 390-yard ninth on the Orange offers average golfers that chance, but beware of the water in front of the green.

INSIDE INFO: The purchase of the course by Neal Communities included a provision to donate one-fourth of 1 percent of home sales to Manatee County’s Boys and Girls Clubs.

DID YOU KNOW?: The ninth hole on the Orange Course was once used as a landing strip by the founder of the courses, Floyd Myers. He used to fly his plane in from Akron, Ohio, in the late 1950s and early ’60s.

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