sara bay country club

@BR Boxtext bold lede colon:LOCATION: 7011 Willow St., Sarasota.

PHONE: 355-6544.


WHO PLAYS HERE?: Private; members.

RATES: Guest must play with a member.

YEAR BUILT/ARCHITECT: 1926/Donald Ross, 1989-90/Joe Lee.

HOLES: 18.

PRACTICE FACILITIES: A 75-yard hitting area with bunkers and a target green, a putting green and 15-station driving range.

PAR/YARDAGE: Blue, 72/7,021; White, 72/6,414; Gold, 72/5,739; Red, 72/5,264.

COURSE RATING/SLOPE: Blue, 73.8/136; White, 71.0/125; Gold, 67.0/118; Red, 70.5/117.

HEAD PRO: Daren King.

DIRECTIONS: Take U.S. 41 south to Whitfield Avenue and turn left. The course will be ahead to the left.

HOLE TO REMEMBER: The No. 1 handicap hole is No. 5, a 378-yard, dogleg left with water bisecting the fairway and extending down the left side. The green is elevated, and sand traps lurk to the right.

UNFORGETTABLE: The 429-yard first hole is one of the most picturesque in the area. The tee is elevated, and players hit down to a wide fairway.

INSIDE INFO: Each year, the club hosts two big area events. The Joe Turnesa Memorial Scholarship awards area students funds for college. The Donald Ross Invitational in the fall is the biggest high school tournament in the area.

DID YOU KNOW?: Bobby Jones and Walter Hagen played one of their barnstorming matches at the club. And to add to the history of Sara Bay, Tommy Armour was the first head pro.