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IMG ACADEMIES GOLF & CC

@BR Boxtext bold lede colon:LOCATION: 4350 El Conquistador Parkway, Bradenton.

PHONE: 758-1464.

WEB SITE: www.imgacademies.com.

WHO PLAYS HERE?: Semi-private.

RATES: $79.

YEAR BUILT/ARCHITECT: 1972/Mark Mahannah; 2003/Gene Bates.

HOLES: 18.

PRACTICE FACILITIES: Driving range, putting green, pitching area and sand trap.

PAR/YARDAGE: No. 1, 72/6,855; No. 2, 72/6,536; No. 3, 72/6,182; No. 4, 72/5,756; No. 5, 72/5,270.

COURSE RATING/SLOPE: No. 1, 73.5/139; No. 2, 72.0/135; No. 3, 70.0/126; No. 4-men, 68.4/116; No. 4-women, 73.4/131; No. 5, 70.8/127.

HEAD PRO: David Columbell.

DIRECTIONS: Travel south on U.S. 41 to westbound Bayshore Gardens Parkway. Parkway turns into El Conquistador Parkway; the clubhouse is on the left.

HOLE TO REMEMBER: No. 3 is a 195-yard hole that requires a strong, accurate tee shot, lest the player hits into the water on the left or out of bounds and into traffic on the right.

UNFORGETTABLE: The toughest hole on the redesigned layout remains the 455-yard, par-4 fourth. With a huge oak tree on the right and sand on left, par is hard-earned and a birdie is like stealing.

INSIDE INFO: Who knows what future stars you might get to play with thanks to the IMG connection.

DID YOU KNOW?: IMG Academies purchased the course, facilities and the surrounding waterfront property back in 2005.

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