Bent Tree Country Club: Rediscover A Piece of Sarasota's Rich Golfing History

Bent Tree Country Club - Sarasota, FLFor almost 30 years the name Bent Tree Country Club in Sarasota has been associated with the finest traditions of the game in a classic style country club setting. Spacious tree lined fairways of towering oaks draped in spanish moss, exude the charm of the old south and miles of lakes and streams are home to many species of native birds and wildlife.

The unspoiled terrain and natural beauty create the mature sense of an established golf course, set in a natural habitat - not a massive new real estate community. Bent Tree is a low key place where golfers can play a quiet round, uninterrupted by power saws and earth moving equipment that is found at so many courses continually under development in Florida today. The innate beauty is one of the reasons walking is encouraged any time at this first class championship course. Walking is not only considered a respected tradition at Bent Tree, but it also allows the golfer to behold the fundamental pleasures of the course.

History was made here. As host to the LPGA Classic from 1976-1988, Bent Tree earned a niche in LPGA history and a special place in the heart of golf legend Nancy Lopez. It was here where she claimed her very first LPGA tournament win. Bent Tree was also the site of her 35th career victory that gained her entry into the LPGA Hall of Fame.

Bent Tree Country Club - Sarasota, FLWhile the entire golf community anticipates the return of the LPGA to Sarasota in 2005, pending scheduling and sponsorships, the LPGA has already approved the course as a host site. Selection into the elite circle of host sites is determined by excellent conditioning and playability, in combination with championship caliber. Course superintendent Tom Biggy’s reputation has also reached legendary status around Sarasota, not only for maintaining exacting standards and impeccable conditioning of the greens and fairways, but also for the fact that he he has been doing this consistently for 29 years at Bent Tree.

Director of Golf Mark Bruce points to the tireless efforts of Tom Biggy for making Bent Tree not only an LPGA sanctioned course, but also maintaining its integrity as a great member course. The par 72 championship layout provides a thorough test for the exacting golfer, as well as forgives those with higher handicaps. For members it’s a user friendly course, with open but challenging fairways, where golfers are rewarded for taking a risk, but not penalized without reason.

Another on-going tradition at Bent Tree Country Club is personal service. The staff and golf professionals are always available to offer personal advice, take tee times and arrange rounds with other members or assist with individual purchases of clothing or equipment. You won’t find automated tee time systems here, just a friendly voice at the end of the phone. This reputation for personal service combined with one of the finest tests of golf in Sarasota has brought a new and diverse membership to the club.

Bent Tree Country Club - Sarasota, FL The private equity member club boasts one of the most flexible and creative membership plans in the area that includes equity, corporate, junior, associate, and trial memberships. The newest members of the club are comprised of young families and early retirees. Sarasota’s growing population of under-40 young professionals have found the relaxing atmosphere a great place to conduct business, entertain or just play. When compared to fees at other area private clubs, it is a very good value.

Bent Tree is also the first club in the area to offer a unique seasonal membership that provides non-Florida residents a club they can call home away from home. Northern golfers visiting for the winter season appreciate the services, amenities and true golf experience they are accustomed to at prestigious clubs in the northeast and midwest.

In addition to great golf, members can also enjoy three all weather tennis courts and pool area that includes a 4-lane full size swimming pool and kids wading pool. The updated clubhouse hosts many social events for members and can be reserved for private gatherings. Popular golf venues include weekly men and women’s events, couples mixers, junior golf programs and inter club tournaments with other area private clubs.


The dining and grill room is open for lunch daily, and dinner is served Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights. The spectacular Sunday brunch can enjoyed by members and is also open to the public.

Whether it’s an early morning cup of coffee, lunch after a great round, or dinner and dancing in the evening, Bent Tree Country Club has something to offer for everyone.

Bent Tree Country Club in Sarasota invites you to call 941-371-5854 for details or to arrange a tour of the clubhouse and grounds. Or visit their website at benttreecc.net. Located 3 miles east of I-75 on Bee Ridge Road Sarasota, just minutes away from downtown Sarasota.

 

 

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