Golf

timber creek golf course

@BR Boxtext bold lede colon:LOCATION: 4550 Timber Lane, Bradenton.

PHONE: 794-8381.

WHO PLAYS HERE?: Public par-3 course geared mostly toward locals: seniors, juniors and high-handicappers looking for a quick, inexpensive round of golf.

RATES: $10-$14 depending on season; electric carts $6, pull carts $2, club rental $5.

YEAR BUILT/ARCHITECT: 1968/Roy Albert Anderson.

HOLES: 9.

PRACTICE FACILITIES: Putting green.

PAR/YARDAGE: 27/1,043.

MANAGER: Bob Wilkins.

DIRECTIONS: Located on 6200 block of Cortez Road.

HOLE TO REMEMBER: The fifth hole is a 100-yard test with a large pond in front of the green.

UNFORGETTABLE: Obstacles abound on No. 3, a par-3 that plays just 117 yards but has towering oak trees on either side of the green and a pond that swallows shots hit too far.

INSIDE INFO: Out of bounds lurks on both sides of No. 6, a 150-yard hole that demands a smooth, unhurried swing. Hit it short and you’re in a sand trap in front of the green.

DID YOU KNOW?: The course, part of which lies against the Manatee County Golf Course, was once an 18-hole layout called Santa Rosa. Over the years, Santa Rosa slowly shrunk in size, from 18 holes to 14 to 11 to the current nine-hole layout, which was renamed Timber Creek in the late 1970s. The course is owned and operated by owners of its condominium association.

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