Played the Cypress Links course on Friday. One of two Arnold Palmer designs ( King’s Dunes being the other ) included in membership to the private Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club. Membership also includes access to the third on site course designed by Rick Robbins…in the Country Club East portion. Cypress was in fabulous condition for this time of year. Super fast greens led to many a three putt, but still managed an 81.

     And if you are curious about membership, LWR has a fabulous trial offer.  For $1000 ( fully refundable) you can join for 60 days. Without payment of monthly dues, you can simply pay the applicable daily guest fees for two months. You are provided a membership card and number for charging purposes and gate access. You are also welcome to invite guests. If you are intrigued, membership could follow…or simply enjoy two months of fabulous private golf on three excellent, challenging courses….and move on.

   As for housing options, LWR is easily my favorite neighborhood to show. Since the vast majority of construction was built in the 2000’s, most homes have granite, tile on the diagonal, and interesting architectural features simply not found in homes of an earlier vintage. Tell someone you live in Lakewood Ranch, and it could be in a $200,000 golf view villa or a $2 million 5 bedroom masterpiece. Truly diverse, with amenities not found elsewhere in Sarasota, Bradenton. Dog parks, water parks, polo grounds, village with shops, restaurants and theatres. Well worth a look.