(October 2009)Year in and year out, Waterford Golf Club receives numerous awards as one of the top courses in the Venice/Sarasota area. Waterford offers 27 tantalizing holes, each with its own qualities. All have an abundance of natural wildlife and picturesque landscapes. Golfers can play any combination of the Turnberry, Gleneagles, or Sawgrass courses; offering up the experience of three, 18-hole courses. This gives visitors the opportunity to come back throughout the week and try a totally new game at the same beautiful course.
Accuracy is the key to shooting a low score at Waterford. The combination of rolling fairways, undulating greens, cavernous bunkers and water hazards will hone the skills of all golfers.
Not only were the golf courses recognized as a “Best in Venice” for 2004, the pro shop also received an award for the “Best Place to Buy Golf Equipment and Supplies.” The clubhouse restaurant Waterford is open from 7:30 am -3 pm and offers a nice selection of food and beverages to keep you going during a raucous round of golf.
Money conscious golfers are attracted to Waterford because of the option to play only 9-holes of golf for a reduced rate. This option is available after 3pm (January to April), and available most times throughout the rest of the year.
Although Waterford is semi-private, they do allow visitors and guests with reservations made ahead of time. Tee times are taken no more than four days in advance for guests and can be made by calling 941-484-6621. They are also starting to show up on some of the online tee sheets in the Tampa/Sarasota area.
Memorable Holes – Turnberry Course
Number 5: Par 5, 531 yards. Number five is a somewhat narrow driving hole. There is a wall that runs the entire length of the fairway on the right side. Halfway down the fairway, water awaits errant shots left. A large sand trap on the left side of the fairway could come into play for long ball hitters. Your layup is to a fairly narrow landing area. Two well executed shots to this point will leave a short approach shot to the green.
Number 7: Par 4, 395 yards. This dogleg left has a fairway bunker about 240 yards down on the left side. Emphasis is on keeping the ball on the right side of the fairway off the tee. This hole offers something rarely seen in Florida: mounding in the fairway. Your approach shot is to a slightly elevated green that features slight undulations.
Number 2: Par 5, 530 yards. Trees line the left side of the fairway on this par 5; long ball hitters beware of the water on the water right. The fairway gets rather narrow on your layup shot. Your approach shot is to a large green that slopes back to front. Par is a good score on here.
Number 5: Par 3, 160 yards. I don’t think the current layout is how this hole was meant to be. At the posting of this article, it is a TOTALLY blind par 3. The foliage in the marsh between the tee and green is so high the green is not visible. The green is slightly elevated so take your 163 yard club and give it your best shot. Note to greenskeeper – cut those bushes.
Number 9: Par 5, 521 yards. Nice finishing hole. Tee off out of a “chute” with houses on the right. On your layup shot, you will have houses on the left and water on the right. Water cuts into the fairway up near the green which is large and slopes back to front.
Last Word: Waterford Golf Club offers a challenge for golfers of all levels. It offers a good combination of risk reward holes as well as some challenging par fours. The price is right and tee times can be made several days in advance. I highly recommend it if you are looking to play in the Venice area. For more information, visit them at www.GolfinVenice.com or give them a call at 941-484-6621.