1 & 10 at University Park Country Club

4.4914647059 4.5 stars from 5 (288)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7001 yards
  • Slope: 134
  • Rating: 74.2
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: No

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Men: collared shirts & slacks/shorts for men. Women: dresses, skirts, slacks & shorts with a sleeved shirt without a collar/a sleeveless shirt with a collar. No denim, tank tops & athletic wear and cut offs.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Discover Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Diamond 72 7001 yards 74.2 134
Emerald 72 6446 yards 71.9 130
Platinum 72 6095 yards 70.0 128
Gold 72 5607 yards 68.0 120
Gold (W) 72 5607 yards 73.4 133
Ruby (W) 72 5338 yards 71.9 129
Bronze (W) 72 4875 yards 69.1 125

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.5 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.4 stars from 5
Value: 4.4 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.3 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.5 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 288 Reviews
5 stars:
173
4 stars:
95
3 stars:
13
2 stars:
5
1 stars:
2

recommend this course

274 out of 286 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city near the airport worth the drive   Great for advanced golfers a weekend splurge playing multiple courses   Challenges include bunkers water hazards undulating greens   Great for drinks patio dining brunch  

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andysnyny's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/18/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Some of the Best Golf in Sarasota"


TheGolfinGuy's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/12/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Within the gates of University Park Country Club in Sarasota FL sits 27 holes of championship golf that will test even the best of players. Each layout was designed by Ron Garl and can be played in 3 different combinations, offering members a wide variety of golf holes.

University Park opened in 1996 and has been rated 4-stars by Golf Digest in their Places to Play. This semi-private facility offers both memberships and daily fee rates, so it is accessible to anyone who wants to accept the challenge.

A community that was once referred to by the Association of Home Builders as the "Best Community Design in America" deserves a great golf course and Garl certainly delivers. Garl used whatever the topography of the land gave him and carved a beautiful golf course from the woodlands and natural habitat. Many of the holes feature fairways lined with trees and natural Florida vegetation and only a couple do not offer wide, ample landing areas off the tee. Although water is visible on a number of holes, it really only comes into play on 12 or so. Some holes require an easy forced carry over water or wetlands that shouldn’t pose a problem to any golfer – provided you’re playing the right set of tees.

Rather than having catchy or symbolic names, the holes are simply numbered 1–9, 10-18 and 19-27. Each nine presents its own unique set of challenges.

Holes 1-9

From the back (Diamond) tees, Holes 1-9 play 3,548 yards. Most golfers will be amply challenged from the Platinum tees (3,023 yards), while the ladies’ yardage is 2,394 yards. Number 2 is a par 5 that will be reachable in two for many players and can help get a good round off to a quick start. It requires a precise approach shot to a narrow green protected on the left by water, and with the green set on an angle, you may need one extra club to reach a back pin placement.

It’s not often that bogey can be considered a good score, but it is on Number 3, the layout’s #1 handicapped hole. It’s a dogleg right that slopes to the right, so unless you know you have the length, cutting the dogleg is not a good idea; that is unless you enjoy hunting for golf balls. A good line off the tee is the fairway bunker on the left with a little bit of a fade. Almost 93% of the players out here do not hit number 2 green on their second shot, so be prepared to go for an up and down to save par.

The par 3, number 5 is University Park’s signature hole and at only 140 yards from the Platinum tees, it provides many with a fitting challenge. You may want to consider hitting one extra club off the tee in an effort to clear the front bunker that sees a lot of play. Long is better than short!

Holes 10-18

Holes 10-18 are roughly the same length as 1-9 (3,456 from the Diamond, 3,072 from the Platinum and 2,481 for then ladies), with water factoring into the equation on all but two holes (13 and 14). This side starts out with a somewhat short par 4 - 342 yards from the Platinum tees – but don’t let that fool you. Although the fairway opens up to the right just past the trees, there’s a pond lurking over there. If you can favor the left side off the tee, you’ll be left with a medium to short iron into a wide green. With the green sloping form back to front, try to keep your approach shot below the pin to have the best shot at birdie.

The two finishing holes on this side really set this nine apart. Number 17 is the #1 handicapped hole and, at only 359 yards from the Platinum tees, requires an extremely accurate tee shot to a very narrow landing area with water on the right. An extra club might be the right call on your approach shot; it plays slightly uphill and is fronted by a beautiful – yet treacherous – bunker.

Number 18 (379 yards, Platinum Tees) has always been one of my favorites out here and I have yet to master it. There’s water on the right side off the tee and trust me, it is reachable. Shorter right off the tee and you’re in the fairway bunker. From here you’ll need to carry not only the water but also navigate around or over a couple of trees, all from the sand. Good luck! The left side is no bargain either as a cluster of bunkers await errantly hit shots. Find the fairway off the tee and your chances to score well here increase dramatically. There’s a large trap that guards the right side of the green, which is open in the front left. A word of warning on your approach shot: long and left Is death!

Holes 19-27

Holes 19-27 play slightly longer than the other two nines (3,151 yards from the Platinum Tees, 2,468 for the ladies). Number 21 (384 yards from the Platinum Tees) is yet another hole at University Park that requires accuracy off the tee. Even a good drive is going to leave a long second shot that needs to be struck crisply. When in doubt, aim for the left side of the green; if you come up short, you’ll still have a good chance at up and down to salvage par.

Hole Number 26 is a challenging par 5. Although water doesn’t - or at least shouldn’t -come into play, what it lacks in water, it makes up for in sand. You’ll need to avoid the fairway bunkers on the right off the tee; longball hitters may have an opportunity to go for the green in two. If you find yourself having to layup, there’s a series of three bunkers about 100 yards short of the green in the middle of the fairway. The green is best approached from the left side. For those trying to reach in two, take dead aim straight over the fairway bunkers.

The final hole is the shortest par 4 on the course. Playing a mere 330 yards from the Platinum Tees, a well struck tee shot over the first fairway bunker on the left will leave a short iron or wedge into one of the course’s smallest greens. It’s a great opportunity to end your round on a positive note.

Last Word: University Park Country Club offer six sets of tees, so that anyone - regardless of their skill level - can enjoy the course. There’s a large, full-length driving range where players can hit every club in their bag, a great short game area and a large practice green where you can groove your putting stroke before heading out on the course. Inside the clubhouse, University Park’s pro shop is stocked with all of your favorite logoed golf apparel from designers such as Fairway & Green, Tehama, Cutter and Buck and Jamie Sadock, as well as equipment from some of the biggest brands in the game. You’ll find them competitively priced with the big box retailers.

Another thing that sets University Park apart is their culinary staff. Executive Chef Roger Turtch has plenty of experience at high end private country clubs and his highly trained team uses only the freshest ingredients, prime meats, fish and poultry to create dining experiences unlike anything you’ve had before. Club members and visitors to the facility are invited to enjoy lunch at The Park Grille & Café, Monday - Saturday between 11:30 am and 2:30 pm. Their vast menu includes mouthwatering burgers and sandwiches, homemade soups and gourmet salads that are anything but typical. Dinner is reserved for members and their guests.

It’s often been said that membership has its privileges and University Park Country Club is no exception. They offer 30, 60 and 90 Day Trial memberships for those who are interested in giving the country club lifestyle at University Park Country Club a try. These memberships are available for full memberships, Tennis & Fitness and dining. You are limited to one time, kind of a try before you buy.

Another popular membership is the Summer Golf Membership which starts at just $500 for the entire summer. Just pay cart fee and you’re on your way. It’s another great way to introduce yourself to the club and at the same time meet some new friends.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



uOHNO5867OH's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/05/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

played 19-27 , 1-9. Course was in good shape....a little wet but overall good course..I would definitely play it again


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



rkg12optonline's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/24/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"The course landscaping was 5 star"


lashersamir's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/21/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We played 10 and 19 .I can not wait to

play course no.1

However,the fairways although wide, were

soft and well bunkered.

The par 3s from the whites were tough.

Bring your sand game if you shoot

for the pins.

The greens are in excellent condition.

Of all the courses i have played in the

Sarasota area, this is the best!!!

I will be BACK. !!!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Best in the area!"



5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/19/2017

Reviewed on

Recently played University Park Country Club! The golf course conditions were excellent, the best in the area! Outstanding service and staff! I would recommend this course to anyone.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Non Members Not Welcome"


wielkens's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/18/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

I played this course for the first time on Friday August 18th along with 3 clients. The course was wet from rain the previous night but in great condition. The course staff was awful. It started with the starter berating us for us showing up at the tee right on time instead of early. He made a seen in front of another group standing at shack to the point that they made mention of his attitude. Once we got on the course, it was very nice. The grounds crew does a wonderful job and should be recognized. The marshal on the course was another piece of work to be kind. He was rude and made it very clear that he was only interested in the well being of the members. Our foursome played the front nine in 2 hours and 10 minutes all the while being cart path only. There was a twosome (members) behind us that we let play through and had no issues at all but we continued to have the marshal harass us. I really wish the experience was better because the course if very nice, just know that non-members are not welcome here. Bill was the marshal in case the course cares.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course




5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/14/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Beautiful course in upscale area."


u025241379's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/11/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

Wife and I were down on vacation, I played by myself, they paired me with 3 very nice gentlemen. Course is in a better part of town in a neighborhood with mansions in every direction. Beautiful entrance and country club feel. Club house was immaculate, practice facility was one of the best I have seen in FL. Staff was excellent. Course was in perfect condition, especially with the amount of rain that FL gets in August. Rates are a bit higher than most and from what I hear, they get close to $100 in January, but I would still recommend it because it is worth every penny. Fairways and tee boxes were in excellent condition, greens rolled perfect. This course has a high quality country club feel.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Excellent Course"


MstaKing10's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/04/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

Played here at 7AM (first tee time of the day) in muggy August. Starting early means less heat and faster play. They partnered me with a member (this is a semi-private club) and we were on our way. (bad news is driving range doesn't open until 730AM so didn't get to hit any balls first).

This course is set up as 3 nine hole courses, each it seems with its own character. We started on holes 19-27. A long but very open stretch of holes with fairly large greens protected by bunkers. Very little water and almost no homes. A very fair and picturesque opening stretch. Then move on to holes 1-9. This is a much more narrow stretch of more difficult holes with more water and houses and smaller tricker greens. Still manage to shoot very well (thanks to the tips from my playing partner!).

The course was in fantastic shape from tee boxes, fairways, bunkers to greens. I would say that the opening nine greens were playing much slower than the closing nine (apparently the latter had been punched many month ago). They closed the middle nine (10-18) for maintenance so I did not get to play those. Also I did not go into the clubhouse after the round but seemed very beautiful.

All in all a great experience, played in well under 3 hours so clearly pace of play was not an issue. Will certainly be back when I'm in the area.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Great day"


whartley's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/02/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Got in 18 before the storms hit. Course is challenging but fun. Greens were recovering from aerification, but not bad. Staff was great. A twosome jumped in front of us, but not an issue. Was a great day of golf for the price.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course




4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/02/2017
First time playing Used cart Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



mjcotman's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/16/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Excellent, Challenging Course"


gvs802's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/09/2017
Previously played Used cart Wet weather

Reviewed on

One of the top courses in the area. Fairways are like carpet, greens true and moderately fast, the layout is superb. A truly great course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"not a warm welcome"


u935917024's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/13/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Except mister crumpy cashier - he let us pay an extra $ 20 for a non golfer - bert friendly staff.

The greens on the 1st 9 holes were unanle to play.

A lot of dollars for offered Quality


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 08/17/2017

Must've been Dennis.


"Just a great course"


Alex1961's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/01/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

It was just awesome, Great course, Great conditions - perfect!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Course was very nice, but some of the staff..."


u477019055's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once every three months
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/31/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We had a great round at University Park. Course was in good condition, and the layout was very nice. We were paired with another twosome, which was enjoyable.

I would say that some members of the staff were a little too concerned our pace of play. We ended up playing in about 3 hours 50 minutes; however, we never saw a group in front of us, and only saw the group behind us for the first two, maybe three holes. As we made the turn, the starter mentioned that we were "6 minutes behind the pace, and needed to pick it up." Again, we hadn't seen the group behind us in 5 or 6 holes.

That said, the staff member that met us after the round was quite pleasant.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Would return"


mau5tin's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/30/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We played earlier in our vacation with someone who recommended University. We managed to schedule a round there and were not disappointed. Played 10/19 so would look forward to going back sometime to play from 1st. Great condition given the drought and the condition of other area courses that we played.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great day at University Park"


Stephen1821376's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/30/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

University Park is always in great shape. The greens rolled very true. Nice it was summer so the rates are affordable . Since we played in the afternoon pace of play was excellent, several open holes in front of us when we teed off so we never had to wait. The club house facilities are terrific. Nice staff.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Good"


u422209229's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/28/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

It was a great place to play and we had a great time


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



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