Golf, Tennis and the OUTDOORS.
Sarasota's idyllic tropical climate opens a world of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors on a daily basis.
Top amateur and professional athletes from around the world travel to the renowned IMG Academy to hone their skills. The area is a mecca for tennis and home to more than 69 area courses, including the prestigious Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, a Tom Fazio-designed course named "Best in State" by Golf Digest. The club's status as certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary also helped earn the hotel its ranking as one of the "Top Golf Resorts in the World" by Condé Nast Traveler.
Other prestigious private clubs in Sarasota include the legendary Donald Ross-designed Sara Bay Country Club and The Concession, a Jack Nicklaus-designed, Tony Jacklin-associated golf club which hosted the 2015 NCAA Men's and Women's Championship.
The Baltimore Orioles' spring training facility is located in Sarasota. You can also catch a Pittsburg Pirates game in nearby Bradenton. A few blocks from The Ritz-Carlton, Residences, Sarasota Steps, Bayfront Park and Marina Jack line the scenic downtown waterfront. Downtown's Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is a tropical urban oasis featuring unparalleled horticultural displays in a beautiful bay-front setting.
Nature lovers will also enjoy the miles of trails, recreational facilities and preserves at Myakka River State Park and Oscar Sherer State Park, each just a short drive from home.