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Longboat Key Club is a 410-acre resort and private membership golf and tennis club located on the island of Longboat Key, just off the mainland of Sarasota, Florida. The Resort and Islandside Golf Course property is bordered on the west by the Gulf of Mexico and the Harbourside Golf Course property by Sarasota Bay on the east. Longboat Key Club is owned and operated by Shannon Resort & Club Group, Inc. - President W. Shane Eagan and Executive Vice President Tom Rasmussen.

Longboat Key is approximately 8 miles from the Sarasota-Bradenton Airport and 60 miles from the Tampa Airport, which are both served by most major airlines. Air charter service is also available, as well as limousine service to and from the airport.

ACCOMMODATIONS

longboat_key_club_room.jpg (15551 bytes)The Resort at Longboat Key Club consists of 232 graciously-appointed condominium suites with dramatic views of the Gulf of Mexico, a serene lagoon or golf course fairways. Guest Rooms come complete with one king-size or two twin beds, a dressing area, refrigerator with ice maker and balcony ( 415 square feet). Club Suites have one king-size bed in a spacious living/sleeping area, a queen-size sleeper sofa, plus a fully equipped kitchen with washer/dryer, dressing room and balcony (650 square feet). One-Bedroom Suites feature a private master bedroom with one king-size bed and dressing area. The suite includes a large living room with queen-size sleeper sofa, complete kitchen, washer/dryer, dining area and balcony (815 square feet). Two-Bedroom Suites have a king-size bed in the master bedroom and two twin beds in the guest bedroom. The bedrooms include dressing areas and are separated by a large living room, with queen-size sleeper sofa, complete kitchen, washer/dryer, dining area and balcony (1260 square feet). Deluxe Two-Bedroom Suites are the most luxurious and expansive of The Resort's accommodations. They offer an oversized living room, with queen-size sleeper sofa, balcony and kitchen, plus all the features of the two-bedroom suite (1750 square feet).

GOLF

longboat_key_club_golf.jpg (16586 bytes)Islandside Course, on the south end of Longboat Key at The Resort, The Islandside Golf Course offers 18-hole championship golf in a lush tropical setting. Designed by Bill Mitchell and opened for play in 1960, this 6,792 yard, par 72 "watery challenge" is bordered by the Gulf of Mexico on the west. During construction of this barrier island golf course, canals were dredged bringing water hazards into play on all 18 holes. All of the greens, sand traps, and cart paths were renovated in 1994. Greens were planted with Tifdwarf grass. 5,000 palm trees and pink and white blooming Oleanders line the fairways and canals making it one of Florida's most beautiful and challenging golf courses.

Harbourside Course opened for play in 1982. Harbourside consists of three nine-hole courses designed by Willard Byrd of Atlanta. The Red Course is 3,323 yards; the White Course, 3,426 yards; and the Blue Course, 3,386 yards. The championship layout provides a completely different golf experience from the Islandside Course. Bordered by Sarasota Bay to the east, the course plays through virgin stands of live oak, sabal palm, strangler fig, palmetto, fiddleleaf palm, Washingtonian palm and southern pine.

Both Islandside and Harbourside courses are PGA approved. Each course has its own driving range and large fully-stocked pro shops featuring expansive selections of golf fashions and equipment. "Golf Magazine" has awarded The Resort at Longboat Key Club its Silver Medal once again for 1995/1996.

Private lessons and group clinics are available, and PGA-certified pros are available to organize tournament play at either of the two courses.

Each course offers a clubhouse facility with indoor/outdoor dining and beverage service. Locker rooms are equipped with lounge areas, showers, sauna, television, and an attendant on duty for towels and shoe cleaning. Bag/club storage is complimentary. Golf club rental is available at both courses.

THE GOLF SCHOOL

The Golf School is designed for players who are serious about lowering their scores. Computerized swing analysis, group and individual lessons, club fitting and repair are available. The Director of Golf is W. David Matthews, Jr.

TENNIS

longboat_key_club_tennis.jpg (19905 bytes)Islandside Tennis Center is located along the aquamarine waters of The Resort's quiet lagoon. The center has 18 Har-Tru courts, six of which are lighted for night play, and a fully-equipped pro shop offering a large selection of designer tennis clothing and tennis equipment. Tennis is offered on a complimentary basis to guests of The Resort.

Harbourside Tennis Center has 20 Har-Tru courts and a fully stocked Tennis Pro Shop.

U.S.T.P.A. resident professionals offer private and semi-private lessons, as well as daily strokes and strategies clinics.

Director of Tennis: John Wood

FITNESS CENTER

Offered on a complimentary basis to guests, The Resort's 4,000 square foot Fitness Centre is a state of the art workout facility comprised of three areas. The first is equipped with a full circuit Body Masters weight training equipment, Stairmaster PT 4000 stairclimbers, stationary bikes, Quinton treadmills, and Concept Two rowers.

The second area is the free weight room that features Smith machines, benches, and dumbbells. In the third area, aerobic, fitness and yoga classes are taught on a shock absorbing Aerobafloor. Personal trainers are on staff to motivate and guide guests during their workout.

Massage therapy treatment rooms, steam rooms and locker rooms are adjacent to the Fitness Centre. A professional staff of licensed massage therapists provide a variety of massage techniques both in the massage rooms and in the privacy of The Resort's guest suites.

BEACH

longboat_key_club_beach.jpg (14489 bytes)The Resort at Longboat Key Club boasts 500 feet of beautiful white-sand beach on the Gulf of Mexico, which offers an opportunity for sunbathing, swimming or discovering some of the many unusual shells for which the Gulf is known. The beach services staff offers double lounges with umbrellas, Hobie Cats, rafts, umbrellas, bicycles, aqua cycles, boogie boards, sea kayaks and snorkeling gear.

 

SWIMMING POOL/JACUZZI

A large swimming pool overlooks the Gulf of Mexico. A ten-person Jacuzzi is adjacent to the main pool.

BICYCLE & JOGGING

A bicycle, jogging, and beading path runs the 9-1/2 mile length of Longboat Key and begins at the entrance to Longboat Key Club. Rental bicycles are available at The Resort. Rollerblade rentals are available at nearby St. Armands Circle.

FISHING

Fishing on Longboat Key provides variety for all kinds of fishermen. The Gulf of Mexico offers the deep-sea or sport fisherman the prospect of Spanish mackerel, bonito, cobia, tarpon and kingfish. Sarasota Bay is filled with sea bass, grouper and snook. Excellent shrimping is possible when the shrimp are running between the Bay and the Gulf. There is surf fishing off the sandbars for trout and pompano at high and low tide, and snook, redfish and mangrove snapper can be found in canals and the Gulf passes. A state fishing license is necessary and is available at local bait and tackle shops.

SAILING & BOATING

Captained sailing and boating charters are available adjacent to the south entrance of The Resort. A marina at the north end of the Key offers barefoot boat charters. Daily party boats for bottom fishing and private charter boats are also available at the City Island Marina in Sarasota.

KID'S KLUB

The Resort at Longboat Key Club offers a Kids Klub program for children ages 5 through 12 from President's Day through Labor Day and during holidays (excluding Sunday). Options include full-day, morning or afternoon programs featuring educational and fun field trips to local attractions, arts and crafts, outdoor games, water sports and lunch. Longboat Key Club's fully-trained counselors are certified in first aid and swimming instruction and are skilled in supervision, child development, arts and crafts, health and recreation.

MEETING FACILITIES

The Resort has meeting facilities to accommodate groups of 15 to 200, with 7,000 square feet of flexible function space. An experienced and efficient Conference Services staff enjoys a long history of staging successful meetings, incentives and banquets. The effectiveness of the staff is evidenced by the large number of the associations and corporations that repeat their programs at The Resort every year ( 40%).

SECURITY

Twenty-four hour security is provided by roving patrol. In addition, four security gates; two at Islandside and two at Harbourside are staffed twenty-four hours per day.

CLIMATE

Longboat Key is endowed with a sub-tropical climate creating mild, pleasant winters and warm summers cooled by breezes coming from the Gulf of Mexico. The annual temperature averages 71 degrees. Rainfall averages just under 51 inches and is heaviest in summer and early fall.

DINING & ENTERTAINMENT

longboat_key_club_dining.jpg (11743 bytes) Sands Pointe Restaurant, set amidst the sweeping vista of the Gulf of Mexico, is open seven days' a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Reservations are suggested for lunch and dinner. Choose from a selection of the freshest seafood and creative cuisine complemented by an expansive imported and domestic wine selection. Baked goods are prepared daily by The Resort's pastry team.

The Pointe Lounge, adjacent to the restaurant, is open from 11:00 a.m. to midnight with live entertainment featured Wednesday through Saturday evenings.

Barefoots Bar & Grille - Beyond the windows of Sands Pointe, overlooking The Gulf of Mexico, Barefoots offers casual poolside dining with a menu featuring Florida seafood, sandwich pleasers and tropical beverage teasers. The perfect spot for sun worshippers to dine in relaxed resort-style comfort. Open seven days a week from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Live entertainment on weekends.

Spike'n Tees - Overlooking the Islandside golf course fairways, Spike'n Tees serves breakfast and lunch in a casual setting. Ideal for a quick meal before or after a round of golf or tennis, or a fitness workout, Spike'n Tees offers seating on a large outdoor patio deck. Open seven days a week with window service available until 5:00 p.m. (Subject to seasonal hours.) 

The Grille at Harboursjde - Overlooking the Harbourslde Fairways, seating is available both indoors and on an expansive outdoor deck. Breakfast and lunch menus at The Grille feature club favorites with a wide selection of salads, sandwiches and omelettes. The Grille's dinner offerings include prime cuts of beef and lamb as well as fresh catches of fish and shellfish.

The Dining Room at Harbourside - In season, The Dining Room offers lavish Sunday brunch and, buffet dinners on Tuesday and Friday evenings. Overlooking The Harbourside Moorings Marina, The Dining Room is open in season, Tuesday and Friday for buffet dinners, from 6:00 pm and Sundays for brunch.

Room Service - For a memorable dining experience, The Resort's room service menu offerings can be enjoyed in the privacy of a guest suite or on the balcony overlooking the shimmering waters of the Gulf, lagoon or golf course. In-suite dining is available from 7:00 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week.

AWARDS

  • AAA Four-Diamond Award

  • Conde Nast Traveler Top 25 North American Resorts

  • Top Fifty Tennis Resorts, Tennis Magazine

  • Top 400 Performer, #Six, Lodging Hospitality Magazine

  • F.H.M.A. - Gold Key Award for Community Relations

  • Leadership Award - Hotel & Motel Management

  • Gold Tee Resort - Meetings & Conventions Magazine

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