You may never want to leave Longboat Key

Premier Facilities for Golf, Tennis, Boating and Dining

Juliette Valin, director of membership, Longboat Key Club, with Roger Pettingell, REALTALK #36
REALTALK™ #36 - I discuss Longboat Key Club dining and recreation offerings in this REALTALK™ interview with Juliette Valin, director of membership.

The luxury lifestyle on Longboat Key can be impressive if you add a Longboat Key Club membership to your property purchase. The amenities are great enough that you may never want to leave the island for recreation or dining. We made this conclusion last week when I spoke with Juliette Valin, director of membership, for a REALTALK™ #36 video. In her standard elevator speech she will tell you of the 45 holes of golf, 24 Har-Tru clay tennis courts, 6,500 square feet of fitness center with 65 fitness classes a week, mostly within three minutes of each other.

Longboat Key Club also has over 250 member events annually, with special occasions for holidays. There are weekly fitness and wellness classes in the Mind & Motion Studio. Members also have access to the beach and pool facilities that overlook the Gulf of Mexico. Add to that private catering and concierge services, and special room rates at their AAA four-diamond hotel and resort for guests, and it is no wonder why members would never want to leave the island.


The 18 holes at the Links of Longboat and 27 holes at Harbourside Golf Course combine for Golf Digest's "Best Places to Play" award. A priority of Ocean Properties after their purchase of Longboat Key Club a couple years ago was to improve golfing in all 45 holes. One improvement was a resurfacing of the greens with a new grass called Paspalum, which is salt tolerant. Trees line the Harbourside Golf Course along Sarasota Bay for a challenging round. Comprised of three courses of red, white and blue, the par-5, 580-yard, number five hole of the “Blue Herron” course could be the signature hole for the entire Harbourside experience. Over 5,000 palm trees and oleander line the course fairways of the renamed Links of Longboat (formerly Islandside Golf Course) with signature holes at two and 15.

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Longboat Key Club Moorings on Harbourside

The deep water Longboat Key Club Moorings has 291 weather protected boat slips for sail or motor yachts with telephone, cable TV, electric and water services. Although the marina privilege is a membership amenity available for lease or purchase. A full service marina designated as a clean marina by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for its environmentally friendly practices and management systems, the moorings is close to many of the recreation and dining offerings of the club. Complimentary daily dockage is available at Longboat Key Club Moorings with full membership.

Home to the Sarasota Open, the Tennis Gardens at Longboat Key Club feature 20 Har-Tru tennis courts. The premier men’s professional tennis tournament in Florida, the Sarasota Open will be held this year the second week of April on the U.S.T.A. certified stadium court in the gardens. The resort conducts a summer class for budding tennis players under the age of 18 as well as personalized lessons, daily strokes and strategy clinics by U.S.T.P.A. professional instructors. The pro shop has a full line of accessories.

Dining and Lounging:

The Court 21 Café and Lounge that overlooks center court at the Tennis Gardens is one of eight restaurants and lounges spread out over the 500 acres of Longboat Key Club. The lounge is open during the prime hours of tennis with brunch, lunch or a late afternoon snack.

Window service in the Tavern & Whiskey Bar opens at 7 a.m. each day and dinner is served until 9 p.m. with simple dishes created with local seasonal ingredients. The Tavern & Whiskey Bar is located on Harbourside by the golf course.

Also on Harbourside by the moorings is Portofino Ristorante & Bar where we were on location for our REALTALK™ video last week. Portofino features Italian cuisine and is open late Tuesday through Saturday. L'Ancora Bar, inside Portofino’s, is open until 10 p.m. weekends and 9 p.m. weekdays, including Sundays.

Over to Islandside, if you are looking for sophisticated cuisine daily in an elegant atmosphere, Sands Pointe in the resort center is the place for your next encounter. Featuring an award winning wine cellar, fresh seafood is brought in daily at Sands Pointe. Reservations are recommended for dinner, but the restaurant is also open for breakfast or lunch.

Socializing is one of the main pastimes at Longboat Key Club. One place is after dinner in the bar at the Point Lounge in the resort center by the Sands Pointe Restaurant. It is open until midnight daily. Spike'n Tees overlooks the Links of Longboat golf course. Relax at the bar after a round of golf or grab a quick breakfast or lunch seven days a week. If you prefer the beach atmosphere, Barefoot's Bar & Grille is also open seven days a week with casual dining and live music on Saturdays while relaxing on the sands of the Gulf of Mexico.


Longboat Key Club Links on Longboat Golf Course
Overlooking Links on Longboat - I have four residences for sale at Grand Bay that overlook the Longboat Key Club golf course on Harbourside.

This social club has been one of the premier private memberships in Florida for the past 30 years with four levels of memberships that begins with a full membership. This level offers the highest level of member recreation and dining amenities. With the golf membership you would have full access to the course, full access to all the private dining and lounges, with limited use of the other facilities during peak usage. Likewise, a tennis membership offers unlimited use of the courts, dining, lounge and beach locations, with limited use of other facilities. A social membership limits the use of marina, golf and tennis courts but includes access to restaurants, bars and lounges. Throw in a Childrens' Camp and special programs for youngsters and the entire family can enjoy a Longboat Key Club membership. To send an inquiry to join visit the Longboat Key Club membership page.

Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 if you have a property to sell or buy. We are marketing a home in Country Club Shores as a new listing at 609 Halyard Lane, Longboat Key.

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