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TATUM RIDGE GOLF LINKS

@BR Boxtext bold lede colon:LOCATION: 421 North Tatum Road, Sarasota.

PHONE: 378-4211.

WEB SITE: www.tatumridgegolflinks.com.

WHOPLAYSHERE?: Semi-private; seniors and locals abound.

RATES: Vary by season, currently $38-$53; honors Big Summer Golf Card.

YEAR BUILT/ARCHITECT: 1989/Ted McAnlis.

HOLES: 18.

PRACTICE FACILITIES: A large driving area, sand traps and a large putting green in front of the pro shop.

PAR/YARDAGE: Blue, 72/6,745; White, 72/6,143; Gold, 72/5,494; Red, 72/5,132.

COURSE RATING/SLOPE: Blue, 71.9/124; White, 69.2/117; Gold, 69.0/115; Red, 68.9/114.

GENERAL MANAGER: Reg Ware.

DIRECTIONS: Take I-75 south to Fruitville Road exit and head east 2 miles to entrance on north side of Fruitville.

HOLE TO REMEMBER: No. 18 is a marvelous finishing hole; 427 yards, well-bunkered with a sloping, elevated green and (often) a prevailing southwest wind.

UNFORGETTABLE: Long drivers will try to cut the corner on the 544-yard, par-5 13th to have a shot at the green with their second, but water along the right side makes such risk-taking dicey. The hole is a severe dogleg right.

INSIDE INFO: The course underwent a renovation a couple years ago to plant the putting surfaces with TifDwarf grass, redo the wooden bridges and fill in low spots.

DID YOU KNOW?: A 13-foot alligator has resided in the 13th-hole pond for years. Pro shop employee Ray Overstreet calls it “the biggest dude I’ve ever seen.”

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