A perfect escape to recharge your batteries while you're receiving world-class golf coaching.
The Resort at Longboat Key has a wonderful, natural beachfront with 14 miles of perfect, sandy beaches, the ideal balance to a focused golf instruction session with Roberto Borgatti at the Resort's Golf Academy.
With unending choices of restaurants connected within and out with the Resort, offering everything from fresh seafood and homemade pastas to prime-cut steaks and beachfront snacks, life is easy at the Resort at Longboat Key. Dine alfresco at Barefoot’s Bar & Grille, Portofino and Spike ’n Tees or enjoy fine indoor dining at Sands Pointe and the Pointe Lounge as well as The Tavern & Whiskey Bar, or take a short trip to explore the rest of Longboat Key island and you'll find gatro-gems such as Moore's, Mar Vista, The Lazy Lobster, The Dry Dock, Patti George's Restaurant, Chart House, the Longboat Key Club Restaurant, Euphemia Haye, Maison Blanche, Bayou Tavern, and Harry's.
Nearby, the City of Sarasota is renowned for its vibrant arts activities, excellent restaurants and unique shopping opportunities. It is considered the cultural centre of West Central Florida and has a distinct metropolitan flavour. Theatre, symphony and opera combine with frequent art shows to make this a hotbed of haute culture. It is also home to the Ringling Museum of Art and Ringling School of Art & Design. Closer to Longboat Key is Saint Armand’s Circle, an upscale outdoor shopping area with many cafes, restaurants and bars reminiscent of Europe.
The beaches throughout this area are a major draw. Siesta Key Beach is consistently ranked among the most beautiful beaches on Earth. Crescent Beach, Turtle Beach, Lido Beach, and the beach running the 15-mile span of Longboat Key are equally beautiful and accessible.
As for golf, Longboat Key boasts 45 holes made up of 27 at the Harborside and 18 at Islandside so there's variety within the Resort that will keep you challenged. Harborside’s three distinctive 9’s are firm favourites for visitors. The Blue Heron is perhaps the most intricate and certainly the most picturesque with 9-holes that curve deliciously towards Sarasota Bay with lots of water in evidence. Holes such as the 2nd and 5th stand out with canals and long lakes hugging their edges calling for precise play to safe landing areas. There are lots of houses nearby but the natural setting somehow preclude them; with so much wildlife in evidence, you feel like you’re well away from urban life. Play at the White nine is probably as tough, if not more so, as playing the Blue. That is due to the tight driving propositions on many of its nine holes. Native Florida trees come in close off the tee and you need solid, straight drives to avoid trouble. Beyond that, the greens are raised and not easy to hit and hold. The Red is the easiest of the three Harborside loops but possibly the most enjoyable. Islandside is seemingly easier, but water plays a significant role throughout in the form of lakes and canals. 5,000 palm trees and pink or white oleander line the fairways making Islandside delightful to the eye. What is also noticeable is the great variety of birdlife that thrives on the many lakes and waterways.
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