Golf in Anna Maria Island

Time for a golf vacation! And you know what that means? It’s your opportunity to pick out the best-golfing locations, pack up all the necessary gear, and plot out a trip to one of the best vacation escapes for golfing in all of Florida. And of course, secure your place to stay. We have amazing Anna Maria Island rentals available for the upcoming vacation season.

Anna Maria Island may only be seven miles long and just over 500 total acres, but it features some truly exceptional golfing. Many of the best courses are just a short drive off the island. We look at our favorite spots to play some Anna Maria Island golf.

Manatee County Golf Course

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There are about five main golf courses near Anna Maria Island, and on the island, for you to explore. While we certainly encourage exploration, most would consider Manatee County Golf Course the definitive place to golf in the area.

After the 2013 installation of quality TifEagle greens, the course has really risen above the pack. Manatee Golf Course is located east of Bradenton, off Anna Maria Island, and can be easily found within a 20-minute drive from just about any part of the island. 

It’s known for its elevated challenge, this Pope Golf-managed course really tests the best regional players. This year-round open course offers 6,747 yards of golf for about $39. 

The address is 6415 53rd Ave W.

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Legacy Golf Club at Lakewood Ranch

The Lakewood Ranch course has some really interesting features ideal for anyone looking for some authentically different play. It features wide fairways, a Par 3 island green, about 100 head-scratching bunkers, and large expanses of uneven greens.

Legacy Golf Club at Lakewood Ranch is about 20 minutes from Anna maria Island. Take some extra time in the afternoon to enjoy some nearby Anna Maria Island attractions.

The address is located at 8255 Legacy Blvd in Bradenton.

River Strand Golf and Country Club

River Strand has 27 holes, with an accessible 39,000 square foot clubhouse, a tiki bar, tennis, pickleball, two large pools, and other convenient amenities.

But for most, it’s all about the golf. Play golf on a sprawling and bright championship golf facility designed by acclaimed architect Arthur Hills. We recommend playing on the Tributary. It features 2 strong par 5’s and three-hole shots to close out the course, known for its extremely long hitting range.

While here, don’t miss out on some exciting Anna Maria Island things to do right in the neighborhood. 

Stoneybrook Golf and Country Club

Stoneybrook is located at the Palmer Ranch in Sarasota, but it’s worth the extra few miles. The 18-hole championship golf course offers 165 acres of ponds, large natural areas, a varied skill level with each successive hole, and wildlife. It’s a highly-revered course for anyone looking for something with great value in Sarasota.

Stay connected to local news for what’s happening here, and at other golf locations, regarding upcoming events.

Plan Your Anna Maria Island Vacation

Contact our local team for more on available rentals, booking, and how to get the most of any golf-focused Anna Maria Island trip.

Playing golf is one of the most engaging and relaxing Anna Maria Island outdoor activities. In this current day, where mental health is ever-important and the outdoors is the place to be, we look at golf as a chance to offer some real solace and escape. What better way to have a vacation?  

You will also find very open and accommodating Anna Maria Island condo rentals, equipped with all of the amenities you’d expect, and more!