Sarasota Golf Course - Harbourside Golf Course - Longboat Key Club
The Harbourside at Longboat Key Club is an award-winning Sarasota golf course that boasts a challenging 27-hole layout with a refreshing Gulf of Mexico breeze.
The Harbourside course presents a challenging 27-hole layout with three nine-hole courses designed by notable architect Willard Byrd. Bordering Sarasota Bay, this award-winning Sarasota golf course plays through stands of oak, sabal palm, fiddle-leaf palm, Washingtonian palm, fig, palmetto and southern pine. The tree-lined fairways and swirling winds put a premium on shot-making and course strategy, while prevailing breezes from the Gulf of Mexico keep Harbourside a refreshing challenge year round.
Now officially known as the "Blue Heron," Harbourside's Blue Course underwent a $2 million renovation in 2005 by golf course architect Ron Garl. During this extensive transformation, the putting surfaces were upgraded to USGA specs, and the course saw the addition of new bunkers and chipping areas along with the revamped 580-yard par-5 fifth to create a beautiful peninsula green.
Harbourside's Signature Holes
Par 4 - 437 yards
This challenging hole requires players be long off the tee while avoiding two lengthy fairway bunkers along the left side. However, keep in mind that the tee shot must favor the left side to keep from being partially blocked by a group of trees on the right. The second shot of 175 to 190 yards must cross a small lake in front of a two-tiered green. Par is always an admirable score on the White #9.
Par 5 - 580 yards
Number 5 on the new Blue Heron could easily be called the signature hole of the entire Harbourside Golf Course. The horseshoe-shaped hole with its peninsula green features water the entire length, which must be crossed twice. This distinctive hole has it all - length, water, sand and beauty. The player must hit three good golf shots in a row to avoid all of the trouble that awaits.
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