This months edition of Golf Magazine ( February, 2012 /  page 99) responds to a readers question about where the best golf course values are under $75 in the Sarasota/Bradenton area. The answer, as written in full below, is actually quite accurate.

     “The course that’s King of the Sarasota area for value-oriented public ( semi-private, actually ) golf is the Arnold Palmer-designed Legacy at Lakewood Ranch ($45-$99) where you will face wide fairways, massive splashes of sand, and water everywhere, notably at the par-3 17th known as “Arnie’s Island”. You’ll pay $69 after 1pm in February. Even more of the wet stuff awaits you at the 27-hole University Park($49-$99) with its flattish, oak and pine framed terrain. The most unforgettable one-shotter here is the 193 yard, par 3 5th, which runs along the main drag (University Parkway) so you’ll likely have a gallery as you attempt the forced carry over a lake, wood planks and a bunker. A final bargain is the River Club ($35-$68) which boasts an unusual, though memorable island green par 4, the 416 yard 16th.”

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