Golf Courses in the Lakewood Ranch Area

Unknown Author|August 4, 2022
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With such tropical weather and attractive water features, Florida is a great place to play golf with a view. Any avid golfer or Lakewood Ranch local looking to get into the sport should have a great time in this city. After all, there are a dozen or so fantastic nearby courses. To get to know the best of the best near Lakewood Ranch, let’s go through seven of the top golf clubs in your area.

The best golf courses near Lakewood Ranch real estate

Esplanade Golf & Country Club

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When it comes to enjoying golf as a holistic experience, Esplanade is the full package. Not only does it have a fabulous 18-hole golf course surrounded by lush foliage, but it also has a spa, a restaurant, fitness classes, and community events. Speaking of community, if you’re still looking for Lakewood Ranch condos, this could be the perfect course, and country club for you as Esplanade includes 1,250 home units on its grounds.

This golfing experience can be a beautiful sporting day with friends, or you can buy top-of-the-line gear from their Sports Shoppe, take part in lessons, and practice on several chipping and practice greens. Whatever you’re interested in as a golfer, Esplanade has a little bit of it all right on your doorstep.
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Lakewood National Golf Club

If you’re looking for a distinctly high-end golf course, look no further than Lakewood National Golf Club. Here, they boast a championship 36-hole golf course designed by Arnold Palmer himself. Filled with old-school strategy and dynamic landscaping, it will challenge you as a golfer and lead to a fantastic game every time.

For residents of Lakewood Ranch homes and condos on-site, there are also fitness centers, tennis courts, a lagoon pool, dining, spas, and more. So, if you want to live at the country club, you can expect a luxury resort experience. With over 900 acres of land, Lakewood National Golf Club is a sprawling adventure you’ll love whether you’re visiting or staying.

Lakewood Ranch Country Club

Winning several awards for its courses and clubhouse, Lakewood Ranch Country Club prides itself on elevating the golf experience. Whether you’re a champion or a novice player, you’re welcome here. Don’t be intimidated by the club's national tournaments—they want to bring comfort and camaraderie to golf for any player. Even when you don’t feel like golfing, they have a jam-packed social calendar that can keep you and your friends busy.

For those looking for homes for sale in Lakewood Ranch, this is a perfect course to make your golfing and country club home base. Enjoy their facilities, try out their pickleball courts, and send your children to their kid’s camp whenever you’re not golfing.

Legacy Golf Club

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Luxury homes for sale in Lakewood Ranch would be incomplete without a solid nearby golf course, so head to Legacy Golf Club for one of the best upscale and sophisticated golf courses. Despite being a public golf course, they appeal to locals and tourists alike. After all, between their Arnold Palmer signature design, elevated tee areas, and challenging sand and water framing, they keep golfers on their toes throughout the experience. The open green helps make the course playable for newbies yet competitive for pros. Take a break from Lakewood Ranch condos and have a great day in the sun at this 18-hole championship golf course.

The Ritz-Carlton Members Golf Club

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Unlike some other popular courses in Lakewood Ranch, the Ritz-Carlton Members Golf Club doesn’t focus on making sprawling live-in communities with homes for sale in Lakewood Ranch. Instead, they encourage guests to find their own Lakewood Ranch condos and come to them for an undistracted golfing and club experience. With no houses on the grounds, the Ritz-Carlton has more space for features like valet parking, beachside fun, spas, food, fitness, and their Healing Waters relaxation area to rest your muscles after a great game. This 18-hole course designed by Tom Fazio is an experience all local members should take advantage of.

Waterlefe Golf & River Club

As their slogan proudly states, when “You Deserve the Best…You Deserve Waterlefe,” Waterlefe Golf & River Club is the epitome of fine residential golf living in Lakewood Ranch. The course is composed of five signature golf holes that border the Manatee River, while the Ted McAnlis-designed championship par 72 course features eight different tees for golfers of all skill levels and ages. It’s no wonder, then, that Waterlefe has hosted the US Open Qualifier seven times and was named a “Top 25 Golf Courses in Florida” by Golf Advisor.

With a gorgeous River Club with a community library, a pool, and a fitness center, the privately-owned Waterlefe Marina Club and The Cove Marina, community canals and boat lifts off of Manatee River, and a gated residential community of 617 gorgeously-designed homes, come see for yourself why Waterlefe was recently voted “Best Residential Golf Community!”
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Rosedale Golf and Country Club

After being consistently voted the best golf course in the Greater Sarasota area by locals, it’s no surprise Rosedale Golf and Country Club is a favorite. Their course celebrates the fun of golf and lets you enjoy the beautiful local views along the way. Even if you don’t feel confident in your golfing skills, Rosedale has you covered. Sign up for their Joe Robert Golf Academy, where you can learn from professionals how to fine-tune your swing. Whether you prefer private or group lessons, both are available.

Meanwhile, activities and events are common here. After all, they have a handful of gorgeous venues great for in-club parties, private weddings, celebrations, and more. Never fear that Lakewood Ranch condos like yours won’t be large enough to host your events anymore; just host them at Rosedale. If you like the sound of prestige, parties, and professional learning, head to Rosedale Golf and Country Club.

River Strand Golf & Country Club

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For golfers and non-golfers alike, there is no better luxury residential community than River Strand Golf & Country Club. Featuring 1,299 golf-deeded properties with membership to the golf course, there are also 571 homes available that still grant social membership to River Strand’s stunning 39,000-square-foot clubhouse, which houses a pool table, a fitness center, aerobics rooms, a resort-style and resistance pool, a heated spa, and a Pro Shop carrying the latest in gold technology and apparel.

For golfers, the Arthur Hills-designed, 27-hole championship golf facility offers a world-class golf experience regardless of your skill level. Tee up at The Sanctuary 9 holes of interesting play, challenge yourself on The Estuary, which wraps around wetlands and other irregular landscapes, or find out just how long your par really is on The Tributary’s two strong par 5s.

For non-golfers, or those who need a break from the greens, River Strand has an exceptional racquet sports program that offers members the opportunity to compete in tennis and pickleball matches and interclub competitions on one of their 9 Har-Tru tennis courts and 8 pickleball courts. When it comes to the absolute best in Lakewood Ranch real estate and luxury amenities, River Strand is a hard act to follow.

Excited enough to move to Lakewood Ranch?

If you want to learn more about golf courses in the Lakewood Ranch area or about Lakewood Ranch Homes or condos, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Steve Slocum for expert guidance. Steve and the 941Team would love to show you homes and condos for sale in Lakewood Ranch.

*Header photo courtesy: 8th hole at Waterlefe Golf Club - Photo courtesy of Karen Tone

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