Ritz-Carlton, Sara Bay Set To Host Florida Open

MembersSARASOTA, Fla. – Two of Florida’s most distinguished and prestigious private clubs are hosting the 66th Florida Open Championship, July 20-22.

Representatives from The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club in Bradenton and Sara Bay Country Club in Sarasota invite the public to attend the tournament.

Spectators are welcome to attend all three days of tournament play as a field of 150 Florida golf professionals and amateurs compete for an estimated purse of $75,000.

Over the first two days - Friday, July 20 and Saturday, July 21 - participants will play 18-holes each on The Ritz-Carlton course and Sara Bay golf course.

After the two rounds, the field will be cut to the low 60 players and ties, with Sunday’s final round being conducted at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club.

Play starts each day at 8 a.m. with the clubs opening for spectators at 7 a.m. Parking and entrance is complimentary. Food and beverage services will be available for a fee. Some restrictions will apply.

Glen Murray, director of golf at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, expects their Tom Fazio-designed course to be an excellent platform for the state’s best competitive players.

“While golf course conditions are near perfection, the players will have to endure the challenge of 54 holes in the heat of July, fast greens and two golf courses that will surely separate the better players, providing a most exciting tournament," Murray said. 

Started in 1942, the Florida Open Championship has produced past champions that include Willie Turnesa, Bob Murphy, Gary Koch, Bruce Fleischer, John Huston, Dudley Hart and Bart Bryant.

For more information, contact The Ritz-Carlton Golf Clubat (941) 309-2900 or Sara Bay Country Club at (941) 355-6544.


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