University Park Country Club
For the 18th year in a row University Park earned Golf Digest's 4-Star Rating
University Park Country Club, the area’s premier semi-private country club, continues to be the “must play” golf destination on Florida’s Cultural Coast. The breathtaking championship golf course is designed to reward the golfer whatever their skill level and provide an exhilarating golf experience against a stunning backdrop of native Florida.
The impeccable conditions and beauty of the course as well as the club’s renowned friendly service offer the daily-fee player a private club experience that is surprisingly affordable.
As University Park Country Club celebrates its 25th year, it is no surprise that the course consistently earns awards and recognition from independent reader’s surveys and discerning golfers.
The Ron Garl-designed course has won accolades and distinction from Golf Digest, Golf for Women, Golfweek and Florida Sportsfan placing University Park in “Florida’s Top Fifty.” Locally University Park County Club has been voted “Best Place to Play Golf” by Sarasota Magazine readers every year since 1993, and Zagat’s Survey continues to popularize this favorite course.
The founding Partnership of Pat Neal and Rolf Pasold combined exceptional local expertise with an international vision. Respect for nature and a commitment to excellence is unparalleled at University Park. Careful planning and attention to detail are the hallmarks of Neal/Pasold management which has blended a beautiful piece of property with exceptional golf and an unsurpassed lifestyle. The list of awards for this community grows every year both regionally and nationally. Among the most prestigious and revered are “Best Community Design in America” awarded by The National Association of Home Builders and Professional Builder Magazine, and “Best Development in Region” by the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council Future of the Region Award.
An insistence on continual improvement ensures the high standards and player enjoyment of the course and keeps it in top playing condition. Add to this the hard work by all the employees to create a friendly, relaxed atmosphere and you can appreciate why the club has a reputation for first-class service.
University Park County Club is committed to an ongoing program of enhancing and upgrading its golf facilities. Each year the club introduces improvements to satisfy the changing needs of its golfing members and visitors; practice facilities were extensively renovated in 2013 and a new cart fleet introduced in 2014. In 2015 the irrigation system was upgraded as part of a 3 year program and key bunkers were rebuilt with the innovative “Better Billy Bunker” system.
The development of The Golf Academy at University Park under the leadership of LPGA Tour Player Sue Ertl brings golf instruction to every level of golfer, young and old alike. Offering a variety of clinics, golf schools, playing lessons and private instruction The Golf Academy fits the needs of the novice or the most experienced of player.
Naturally the golf experience is complemented by great food and beverage service, a good reason why so many of the area’s most prominent charitable and corporate golf tournaments and outings are hosted at the club. The award-winning professional staff and culinary team will make your event exceptional.