The Preserve Golf Club

3.7602823529 3.8 stars from 5 (528)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7000 yards
  • Slope: 139
  • Rating: 73.0
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

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

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: No
Practice hole: No
Simulator: No
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: Visa, Mastercard, American Express

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Eagle 72 7000 yards 73.0 139
Hawk 72 6500 yards 71.4 125
Heron 72 6005 yards 69.0 115
Hummingbird II (W) 72 5095 yards 70.0 115
Hummingbird I (W) 72 4870 yards 69.0 112

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.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.8 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.5 stars from 5
Value: 4.1 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.0 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.2 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.1 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.6 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 528 Reviews
5 stars:
63
4 stars:
216
3 stars:
128
2 stars:
72
1 stars:
49

recommend this course

369 out of 523 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city worth the drive near the airport   Great for locals advanced golfers wildlife/ scenic views   Challenges include water hazards forced carries bunkers   Great for drinks 19th hole specials brunch  

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"Poor conditions and cramped layout"


Brian2960654's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/14/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played here on a Saturday morning, should have known something was up when the parking lot was mostly empty for our 9:30 tee time. Bag drop attendant was somewhat rude when we arrived as a twosome. Checked in with the pro shop and headed over to the first tee. From the first tee we could tell it was going to be a rough round. The first fairway was patchy and full of standing water...not just puddles but deep pools of water. Greens were slow (which isnt a deal breaker) and full of pock marks. The layout was cramped, a lot of holes were sharp dog legs that seemed squeezed in. We had a foursome in front of us that seemed to notice us waiting on every hole but would not let us play through. The shining spot on the round was the bartender at the turn, she was extremely upbeat and pleasant. I dont plan on playing here again and wouldn't suggest it to anyone.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"Challenging course, water on every hole."


bobbybox1949's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/04/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I have played this course a few times and it is one that I always look forward to, lots of water and trees everywhere and challenging is an understatement. The staff are always pleased to see you and are always friendly. I will be back. Thank you.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Very poor conditions"


u000002224520's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/03/2018
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The staff is very friendly, particularly the starter. Unfortunately that was the only pleasant part of the day. Tee boxes were terrible, fairways even worse. Seriously, each fairway should have had about 50% or more roped off for GIR. It was either a bald lie on mud or weeds (in middle of the fairway), Just my luck I was hitting my driver well and kept winding up in middle of the fairway.. Greens were decent for the most part, though there were 5 or 6 of them that were very splotchy. Not sure what the explanation is because on the same property there is another course and it looked to be in pristine shape. Very disappointed. We have played 3 other courses in Sarasota for around $30 and they were all in way better shape. I hope for the sake of the nice staff that the course gets back up soon-it's a shame.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Awful course conditions"


u000002224520's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/03/2018
First time playing Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

I'm hesitant to rip a course but have no choice here. The starter and pro shop staff were very friendly. The course was just miserable. Tee boxes were trash, Fairways were in very bad shape as well. By bad, I mean every fairway had huge sections that could be considered GIR's....bald spots, tons of weeds everywhere, seemed very neglected. Drove the ball very well today and unfortunately found myself in middle of the fairway on most holes. Would have been better off in the rough most of the time. Some of the greens were in decent shape, but there were plenty of others that were not. I'm no golf superintendent but its hard to imagine this course being in good shape any time in the near future.

$30.00 seemed cheap enough to play and I usually weight course conditions with how much the round costs, but there are several courses we've played on in the past couple days for $30.00 and they were in far better shape.

I hope the course comes back, it was really a shame to see it like that especially when they have nice people working there. There is a Country Club in the Tara neighborhood (right down the road from this course) and it appears to be in great shape, so I don't think the weather is any sort of excuse.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course



u4807852's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/05/2018
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Great round"


u4778059's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/02/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This was the first time playing the course or playing any course in Florida. We are from Monterey Ca and are used to playing the courses there so this was a pleasant surprise. My wife and I were surprised by the friendly professional treatment we received from of all the staff. It was my first time experiencing hitting range balls into water, floating golf balls very cool. The course was in very good condition, and every hole the different wildlife seen on the course was astounding to my wife and I. loved the course and we will absolutely return for another round.


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



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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/21/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Tara"


u000007761640's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/15/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Decent layout, greens were in good shape. Played18 holes in 3 hours and 15 minutes


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Classic older course"


algraz's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/08/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Typical older Florida course. Greens were is fair condition. May be because of season change. Was first one out so pace of play was good. Some tight landing areas. Overall a nice course. Would play again. Hope remember the small landing areas.

Next to I-75 but noise not an issue. Signage to the course in not well positioned. You may miss the entrance. Greens rolled good. 8 to 9 on stimp.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



u984272048's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/04/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Tough course"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/02/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Very good condition but very tough

Positioning golf narrow & plenty of water


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



PSAUER67's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/29/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was in good shape, green speeds were inconsistent from hole to hole. Could not see the green on some of the par fours guessed where to drive the ball. We were the slow group on the course The ranger told us we were three holes behind with out any warning skipped a hole and caught the group ahead. Yes we were slow but that was the only time we saw the ranger. Concession stand was not open on the turn had to rely on the cart person, saw her 3 times.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



Irishrover3's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/25/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course


"Great value"


u608393501's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/23/2018
Previously played

Reviewed on

Course is in great shape!! Best value in the area!! It is obvious they are committed to maintaining course conditions. Keep up the good work!!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Tara Preserve"


Irishrover3's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/23/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Maybe sundrstanding with tee time as they didn’t have our group listed. After showing them the confirmation email they honored the tee time. Makes me question what would have happen if I didn’t keep my confirmation.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"TEE time"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/18/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

i had made an error and came to play one day after my booking tee time. Happiness, the staff fixed that and we could play.

Thanks.

That was my second time at this course this winter, and I found the course is in good shape!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"The Preserves"


kimcasey69's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/16/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The Preserves course is in great shape and is a super value for your money.

The fairways are good and the greens are very good.

You can pay more for fancy smancy stuff but you won’t get much better golf.

Highly recommended. You won’t get better golf for the money anywhere.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



u571690968's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/13/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Beautiful"


Athens729's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/09/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I really like the way this course looks as you’re playing very nice grass and Scenery


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Best course player thaïs year"


u000004690570's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/06/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Up to now this year this is the most challenging one.We play different courses and not one impress us the way this one did.The pace of play was very good.The staff very courtous.Tee boxes and greens well maintain.I Will recommend this course to my freinds for sure.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



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