Posted on 7/8/2022

A Golfers Guide to Anna Maria Island Golf Courses

If you are planning a trip to the Gulf Coast of Florida, you might be thinking about visiting Anna Maria Island. This is a place that has a country club-like atmosphere, and there are plenty of amazing Anna Maria Island vacation rentals available.

When you aren't busy trying to spot tropical fish, you might want to check out a local golf course in the area. There are plenty of golf club options for people of all skill levels, but what are some of the top courses that golfers should explore?

Take a look at a few of the top options available below, and start planning your golf trip to AMI.

1. Bradenton Country Club

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If you are looking for a golf course that is as close to Anna Maria Island as possible, then you should swing by Bradenton Country Club. It is only 10 minutes away from the island, situated just to the east. The course was designed by Donald Ross, and it has a variety of beautiful features. 

There are lots of trees around the golf course, there are some beautiful lagoons, and the fountains will catch your attention. In addition to golfing opportunities, you can play some tennis, try out some pickleball, and take advantage of special events that happen throughout the year.

2. Manatee County Golf Course

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If you are looking for the most modern golf course in the area, then you may want to check out Manatee County Golf Course. It is only about 15 minutes away from Anna Maria Island. You can find it in West Bradenton, Florida.

Recently, the golf course underwent a major renovation, so you should expect to find everything in optimal condition. You should expect to pay approximately $25 for nine holes or $50 for 18 holes, but the rates can vary depending on the time of year and the time of day.

It is a relatively challenging golf course, but it is also a public golf course. Therefore, you don't necessarily need to be a member anywhere if you want to give this golf course a try.

3. Key Royale Club

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One of the top golf courses you absolutely have to check out is called Key Royale Golf Club. You can find this course situated in Holmes Beach, which is on the North End of Anna Maria Island. It is not the longest course in the world, but it is perfect if you are looking for a place where you can work on your short game.

If you want to play on this course, you need to be a member, but if you plan on visiting often, it might be worth it. This is a great place where you can get to know other golfers, and it is home to a delicious restaurant. Of course, the golf course itself is always kept in meticulous condition, and it has been designed with every detail in mind.

4. Pinebrook Ironwood Golf Course

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Another golf course that is relatively close to Anna Maria Island is called Pinebrook Ironwood Golf Club. The greens are absolutely exquisite, and it is only about 15 minutes away from Anna Maria Island.

This is a public golf course that is relatively challenging, but beginners will still have a good time. You might find that the fairways are a bit narrow, so you should try to bring a few extra golf balls; however, if you spend time looking for your golf ball, there is a good chance that you will find plenty of others in the trees that you can use! Consider swinging by this golf course if you are looking for a fun time.

5. Timber Creek Golf Course

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If you are looking for a shorter course on a budget, then you may want to check out Timber Creek Golf Course. You can find this golf course approximately 15 minutes southeast of Anna Maria Island, and just perfect for beginners. Or, if you have young children who are traveling with you, this could be the perfect place to go.

Even though the prices can vary depending on the time of year, you shouldn't have to pay any more than $15 for a round. This is also a course where a lot of celebrities used to play. Examples include Johnny Carson, Tony Bennett, and Bob Hope. If you are looking for something that will not take up the entire day, then you might want to consider visiting this golf course.

6. IMG Academy Golf Club

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You can find the IMG Academy Golf Club located on the southern edge of Bradenton. It is situated in Sarasota Bay, approximately 20 minutes away from Anna Maria Island. This is a course that gives you a lot of bang for your buck. There are lots of trees that provide you with shade, so you shouldn't have to worry about overheating.

There is also a delicious restaurant you can check out after you are finished with your round. You may want to keep your eyes to the sky, as you may see a few Ospreys or eagles flying overhead. It is a challenging golf course, but you will certainly have a good time if you give it a chance.

7. The Legacy Golf Club

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If you head up to Lakewood Ranch, you can find the beautiful Legacy Golf Club. It is approximately 40 minutes away from Anna Maria Island, but it has a beautiful Arnold Palmer signature 18-hole golf course.

It is one of the top golf courses in Southwest Florida, and it will give you a beautiful view of the Gulf Coast. If you are ready to take a break from your beach vacation, you may want to visit this golf course to see why people love it so much.

Get Ready for a Fun Golf Outing on Anna Maria Island

If you are looking for a tee time near Bradenton Beach or Longboat Key, these are a few of the top golf clubs available. The Anna Maria Island area has courses for beginners and advanced players, and the beachfront courses are perfect for your Anna Maria vacation. You can enjoy both the club atmosphere and the accessibility of a public course.

When you are done with your golf outing, you might want to check out a few water sports as well! If you need some new clubs, swing by the pro shop before your round!

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