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PALM AIRE COUNTRY CLUB

@BR Boxtext bold lede colon:LOCATION: 5601 Country Club Way, Sarasota.

PHONE: 355-9733.

WEB SITE: www.palmaire.net.

WHO PLAYS HERE?: Private.

RATES: Guests must play with a member.

YEAR BUILT/ARCHITECT: 1957/Dick Wilson (Champions); 1982/Joe Lee (The Lakes).

HOLES: 36.

PRACTICE FACILITIES: Driving range, two putting greens, pitching and sand-shot areas.

PAR/YARDAGE: Champions—Gold, 72/7,005; Blue, 72/6,453; White, 72/5,981; Red, 72/5,476; Green, 72/4,698. The Lakes—Gold, 72/6,698; Blue 72/6,440; White, 72/6,027; Red, 72/5,563; Green, 72/4,508.

COURSE RATING/SLOPE: Champions—Gold, 74.1/131; Blue, 70.8/129; White-men, 68.6/123; White-women, 74.6/128; Red, 71.9/122; Green, 68.1/119. The Lakes—Gold, 72.2/131; Blue, 70.8/124; White-men, 68.9/121; White-women, 75.0/130; Red, 72.3/123; Green, 67.0/115.

HEAD PRO: Steve Yates.

DIRECTIONS: From I-75, take University Parkway exit west to Whitfield Avenue. Turn right and drive one mile to flashing, four-way intersection and into Country Club Way. Follow the signs.

HOLE TO REMEMBER: Champs-No. 3, a 467-yarder, is a straightaway par 4, but there’s water to the left and a well-bunkered green. On the Lakes course, No. 3 is also the toughest — a 422-yard dogleg left that requires accuracy to a two-tiered green.

UNFORGETTABLE: No. 18 on the Champs course is a 400-yard par-4 to an island green. There is a fountain behind the green.

INSIDE INFO: Membership opportunities are available. Call the main number and ask for Kathleen Burck.

DID YOU KNOW?: Palm Aire was the home course for Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf. Many episodes were filmed there in the 1950s and ’60s, featuring such immortals as Sam Snead, Ken Venturi and Arnold Palmer.

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