Golf in Bradenton: A Player’s Guide

Life in Bradenton, Florida features the sun, gorgeous beaches, blue waters, and of course…golf. Golf in Bradenton offers something for every skill level. Whether you work here or you’re planning to retire in the community, you will find plenty of beautiful courses to test your mettle.

The hardest part may be determining where to play golf. That’s why we’ve put together this guide for the best golf courses in the area. Read on for the courses.

Golf in Bradenton By the Numbers

Did we mention options? There are 25 golf courses in Bradenton, including two municipal courses. If that’s not enough to tempt you, you’ll find another 55 courses within twenty miles, including 29 public, 4 PL, and 18 private courses.

Quick facts:

  • Oldest course – Bobby Jones Golf Club (opened in 1927)
  • Longest course – The Concession Golf Club (7,470 yards)

Now, it’s time to break things down to our top picks for Bradenton golf courses as well as a few in nearby Sarasota.

1. University Park Country Club

Voted the #1 golf course in Southwest Florida, University Park has had a 4-star rating from Golf Digest since 1996. It’s a semi-private club featuring 27 holes, as well as tennis courts, a fully-equipped fitness center, and The Park Grille & Café.

2. Legacy Golf Club at Lakewood Ranch

This 18-hole Championship Public Golf Course in Bradenton features an award-winning Arnold Palmer Signature Design. It has some of the premier layouts in the entire Southeastern United States. There are multiple elevated tee areas and holes surrounded by plenty of challenges in the form of sand and water traps.

3. Waterlefe Golf & River Club

This course on the Manatee River in Bradenton offers signature golf holes with tees ranging from 4,800 to 6,900 yards. It has hosted the US Open qualifiers several times so you know the challenges are intense. It’s among the Top 25 Golf Courses according to Golf Advisor and received Trip Advisor’s Certificate of Excellence Award.

4. Sarasota National Golf Club

If you’re looking for a more luxurious golfing experience, this course in Sarasota is a perfect choice. It features 18 holes that will challenge even the most experienced players. Aside from rolling greens, beautiful wetlands and nature preserved surround you.

5. Misty Creek

Misty Creek in Sarasota sits on a 350-acre wildlife preserve. It’s framed by lush hammock forests and beautiful lakes. You might even catch sight of some bald eagles. Designed by Ted McAnlis, this course offers excellent challenges for every shot.

6. Pelican Pointe Golf and Country Club

Pelican Pointe in nearby Venice, Florida is where you go to find plenty of action. Aside from golf, you will find tennis courts, a swimming pool, a fitness center, and a pickleball course. The 27-hole course winds its way among towering oak trees, wetlands, and protected wildlife.

Live and Play in Bradenton

Get ready to live the best life in Bradenton, Florida. You will love to golf in Bradenton,  as well as plenty of other activities on the water, sand, and shore.

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