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3.4
799 Reviews (799)
5 Stars
112
4 Stars
333
3 Stars
174
2 Stars
96
1 Stars
84
Conditions
3.2
Value
3.7
Layout
4.1
Friendliness
4.2
Pace
3.9
Amenities
3.4
73.4%
Recommend this course
570 out of 799 reviews
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3.1
112 Reviews (112)
5 Stars
19
4 Stars
36
3 Stars
17
2 Stars
17
1 Stars
23
Conditions
2.8
Value
3.5
Layout
3.9
Pace
4.0
Amenities
3.3
StaffFriendliness
4.1
63.4%
Recommend this course
71 out of 112 reviews
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3.4
165 Reviews (165)
5 Stars
32
4 Stars
62
3 Stars
29
2 Stars
17
1 Stars
25
Conditions
3.1
Value
3.7
Layout
4.0
Pace
4.0
Amenities
3.4
StaffFriendliness
4.2
70.9%
Recommend this course
117 out of 165 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Semi-Private
Par 72
Length 7000 yards
Slope 139
Rating 73.0

The Preserve Golf Club at Tara features Ted McAnlis' par 72, championship golf course. Exceptional care was taken to protect and enhance wetlands and other natural features of the course. At just over 7,000 yards, the course offers four sets of tees, allowing players of all skill levels to enjoy a challenging round of golf. Eleven bridges span the many small streams running through the golf course, protecting natural waterfalls and wetland habitats. A unique feature is the 60 foot Mount Matthew, which sits between the driving zones of hole five and six and forms an impressive backdrop for the tee shot. A beautiful clubhouse is open for lunch daily and is perfect for seminars, banquets or receptions.

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Course Details

Year Built 2001
Greens Bermuda Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Ted McAnlis

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes
Pull-carts No

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker No
Caddies No
Golf School Academy Yes
Golf Simulator No
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes
Practice Hole No

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted Visa, Mastercard, American Express
Metal Spikes Allowed No

Food & Beverage

Grill

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Banquet Facilities, Locker Rooms

Reviews

3.4
799 Reviews (799)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 22
19th Hole Specials 9
Brunch 6
Course Challenges Include:
Water Hazards 87
Forced Carries 60
Bunkers 53
This course/club is great for:
Locals 49
Advanced Golfers 42
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 40
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 62
Worth the Drive 24
Near the Airport 18

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Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
2.0
Previously Played

Needs a lot of work

Tara Preserve is one of my favorite courses in the Sarasota/Bradenton area due to challenging and tight layout but preserve-like feel...when it’s good condition. This course has deteriorated rapidly over the summer due to change in ownership and it needs major work to return to its former glory. Most tee boxes are just sandboxs and some fairways were literally just dirt and mud, greens in rough shape around edges. I knew the course was in rough shape but was shocked to see how bad it’s gotten, I only played because the hot deal was $10. New ownership will need to put a lot of money into renovating this course. Will happily return when they do, but don’t plan on playing here again until then

Conditions Poor
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
1.0
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Conditions Poor
Value Average
Layout Fair
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 14
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

not suitable for play

No grass in fairways,or around the greens. No grass means mud on ball after every shot that does not land in a bunker or on a green. Course should undergo a complete renovation to improve conditions. This will take some time and considerable dollars. Until that happens they will continue to lose play and have a bad reputation that they may never recover from. Good Luck!!

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Lots of water

I’m new to golf..so the water was tough to deal with. The fairways were in pretty bad shape but for the price it was worth it. $14 with cart..

Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Fair
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Wet weather
Used cart

Intimidating

The course had lots of water. Many tees required a good drive just to clear the water. Very hard to reach greens in regulation from the white tee....Fairways were in poor condition, but greens were well maintained;

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Condition is terrible!

Pro shop attendant keenly waits until my credit card transaction goes through to proceed to tell me about the course condition. From tee box to green this course has been forgotten about. Overgrown, burned out and sloppy. Won’t be back.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Fair
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Previously Played

Won’t go back to this course

The course was in terrible condition. Little to no grass in the fairways . The greens where ok at best.
I will not play there again.
It was so bad I quit after 9 holes.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Fair
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
1.0

Cow pasture

This course is in terrible condition. Has just been sold and needs a ton of maintenance. Lots of bare dirt on tee boxes and in fairways and fringe areas. Not worth even $10 to play..

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Friendliness Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

This Course Should Not Be Open For Play!

Clearly this course is under repair! The layout is not the issue. The staff were friendly, although not staffed enough as there was no beverage cart and food at the turn was extremely slow even though we ordered ahead. Hoping they can bring the course back to what we played months ago.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 1
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 16
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

golf Tara

greens were terrible,fairway were like a cow pasture,pins would not stay in the .the cups they are full of dirt,the guy spiking the tee had to go right in front of us all 18 holes, tee boxes were not cut,Cart paths are the worst i have ever seen The only thing good about that course is the golf carts

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Fairways a mess

This should've been revealed when booking a round. Fairways were almost unplayable. Wouldn't be a big deal if you let us know prior to paying $32 to play a course that should've charged $15. Very disappointed.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 7
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Stay Away

The Preserve used to be a fairly decent track. They are under new ownership. They have sprayed the fairways and tee boxes for weeks and the whole course is dirt. Sand tee boxes. Very little grass in the fairways. They should close this course until conditions are better. We paid $25 with the Big Summer Card, but we were so disappointed. We could have played elsewhere for more and been much happier. I know they are trying to improve the course, but closing it until it comes around would be a better choice. Play at your own risk!

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 12
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Previously Played

Run Away!!!

Absolutely deplorable conditions. They shouldn't even be open. It's the worst I've ever seen.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Fair
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Fair
Pace Fair
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 7
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Good layout in mediocre condition at this time. Lots of bald spots on fairways. Greens are okay but slowish.

Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Poor
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Played On
Reviews 31
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Nice layout, conditions could be better.

The course has an excellent layout and the greens were in excellent condition. The tee boxes, fairways, and fringes around the greens were in extremely poor condition. I have played this course before and this is the worse I have seen it. The staff has always been pleasant to interact with and are customer focused. The clubhouse is well stocked and generally run attractive sales. I would like to see this course survive, but something will need to change for it to do so.

Conditions Poor
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
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