Played this semi-private club in Palmer Ranch on Wednesday. ( Not to be confused with Stoneybrook in Heritage Harbour, Bradenton.) This gated golf course community boasts only one 18, designed by Arthur Hills. The course winds around the neighbourhood past two story condo’s, villas and single family homes. This is a bundled community, meaning home ownership includes golf membership. In fact, that’s the only way to join. Dues are currently $3,270 per year but will rise to $3,532 in 2012. The golf course and restaurant are open to the general public….a fact of life these days for most formerly fully private clubs.

     There are currently some 62 active listings in the community, 42 of which are considered condominiums. They are all 2 bedrooms with 2 baths ranging anywhere from $150,000 to as high as $313,900 depending on condition and view. Only 11 single family homes are available from $249,000 to $499,000. And finally, 9 villas are for sale between $295,000 and $439,000. Because of its Palmer Ranch location, this golf course community boasts the closest proximity to Siesta Key Beach of any course in Sarasota. Call or e-mail for more details.