Sarasota National Golf Club

4.4085000000 4.4 stars from 5 (426)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7344 yards
  • Slope: 129
  • Rating: 74.2
  • Layout

  • 25510 National Blvd, Venice, FL 34293-8858, United States
  • (941) 496-8676
  • (941) 497-7983
  • www.sarasotanationalgolf.com
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Year built: 2008
Architect(s): Gordon G. Lewis (2008)
Type: Public
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

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

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Proper golf attire required.

Tees | Layout

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 7344 yards 74.2 129
Gold 72 6559 yards 71.1 122
Silver 72 6034 yards 68.8 116
Jade 72 5069 yards 68.7 113

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 4.4 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.2 stars from 5
Value: 4.2 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.9 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.3 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 426 Reviews
5 stars:
228
4 stars:
157
3 stars:
32
2 stars:
5
1 stars:
4

recommend this course

397 out of 424 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive convenient to the city in the 'burbs   Great for advanced golfers locals wildlife/ scenic views   Challenges include bunkers undulating greens water hazards   Great for drinks  

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Frankbaggs55's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/26/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great course in South Venice, FL"


jnwoodman's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/25/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Love this track. Wide open but the courses' defenses are the tough undulated greens, the bunkering, and the wind which can really blow across this links style layout.

Really like playing here. I play it occasionally. Bit expensive compared to other courses in the area but given the quality quite fair. Playing in the afternoon is more cost effective and the mid afternoon breezes usually kick in and tame the Florida heat.


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



U000005088651's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/19/2017
First time playing Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

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


"Excellent course and facilities."


u000001227480's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/10/2017
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Reviewed on

Tough putting but excellent overall condition. Great staff.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



peter7444626's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/26/2017
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Fair


I recommend this course


"Enjoyable Golf Experience"


u938595487's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/24/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Our group had a very good experience playing Sarasota National. The course offers generous fairways off the tee with challenging approaches into fast, undulating greens. It is a fun layout with options as to how to challenge certain holes . . . great for match play. We had some concerns from other reviewers about pace of play but finished in about 4 hours and 15 minutes. Greens were fast but fair. We will play it again.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



Reamerr1's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/23/2017
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course


"Great Course but Always Windy"


mpeirce's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/22/2017
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

SN is a great layout and in great condition. Certainly one of the best public courses in the area. No fault of theirs' but the course is constantly windy. It is by far the most consistently windy course I've played in SW Florida and I play a lot. Check out the flag in the GN picture. It is being blown stiff. For this reason alone I would never be a member. Once or twice a year is fine. Not sure if there is a cure - maybe once more homes are built or trees mature there will be more protection from the wind.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



u0000023730's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/22/2017
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Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Great course"


uTTKX7685TT's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/21/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Only downside for me is it is a bit out of my price range.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Lost most of the day."


u000001003096's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/16/2017
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I though this course was way to big, reminded me of Arizona golf except with wind and a great amount of water with forced carries. It is links style golf and wide open. There was no direction from hole to hole. I was lost most of the day. It isn't very "golfer" friendly especially for out of towners who don't know the course. Could not wait to leave this course. The only thing missing here was the clowns mouth!

Greens and fairways were good.

They had a really good driving range, with no fee's for your driving range balls.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 04/25/2017

Maybe you should go play Venice airport. Might be more your speed.


"Challenging"


rtugel's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/16/2017
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Reviewed on

Great course design, forgiving fairways, approach to greens even things up , greens are undulating and tiered and roll very nice, We played from the silver tees because I'm a 13 handicap, usually windy which makes even more of a challenge, one of my favorite courses, several holes are signature holes#7 and #18 greens are on a peninsula surrounded by water I will return


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course


"Florida golf"


cnapiera's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/10/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

On vacation from western NY. Golf in Florida is different. The grass is different, the greens are very fast and straight, and there are very few trees to watch out for. There also are plenty of sand traps. This course was in nice condition. I have no complaints.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Beautiful"


u000005613308's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/09/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Everything about this course is wonderful. Have played it 4 years now while on golf vacation. It is the first course we book! You will not be disappointed!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



Robert4928520's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/07/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was great to play, excellent condition. The only issue was pace of play which was quite slow. Needed ranger out to speed things up.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/04/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Nice course"


u000002867076's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/03/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I really enjoy this course because of the great greens. The course is in good condition even with the heavy seasonal play. Course has a nice driving range and practice that is included in your round. One of my favorite places to play in Venice.


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


"Almost Perfect, staff needs attention to detail"


DonZinn's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/01/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Horribly atrocious pace of play, haven't seen a Ranger in 9 holes, five hole space four groups ahead of us. Please be advised unless you like ridiculously slow play don't play here, not even worth the afternoon discount, we got 9 holes in just over 3 hours. I thought the Troon courses were better than this.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Very Nice Course"


jonboy333's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/27/2017
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I really enjoy this course. I have played it 3 times and try to go back every time I'm in the area. There is some really nice variation in the layout of the holes, a lot of different looks, challenging approach shots and it is very well maintained. The greens are big and can be tough to read, but they roll consistently. It may be slightly over priced for the area (I paid $95), something closer to $80 feels more reasonable, but its not really a complaint.

This time I played on a windy day and you really feel it across the course. Maybe the last 3 holes on the back 9 seem to be protected a bit more from the wind, but it is tough everywhere else. The wind I played in was playing about 2 clubs different on every shot; I could imagine a very windy day not being very enjoyable.

I would recommend the course. It is one of the best in the area. The pro shop is nothing to write home about, but for me its about the course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Excellent facility"


Garykauffman's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/27/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Beautiful course, friendly staff and pretty good pace of play. Greens are very well kept, as are the fairways. Good variety of tee choices to allow people to pick on that fits their game. Will return for more!!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



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