Welcome to the Sunshine State! Experience the casual lifestyle and warm weather year-round. Sarasota is the jewel of the west coast of Florida with its cultural and arts community and home to Siesta Key, named the “Best Beach in America” in 2011. Not only is Sarasota one of the cultural centers of Florida, its rich arts scene rivals some of the biggest urban centers in the country. With performing arts venues, renowned opera, theatre and ballet companies, numerous art museums, a thriving visual arts community and art festivals that draw visitors from across the globe, it's easy to understand why people choose to live in Sarasota.
As soon as you drive in the entrance of Laurel Oak Country Club, you realize that you are in a special place. From the gatehouse to the Clubhouse, the landscaping is impeccable. Passing between golf holes of one of our championship courses, you note the lakes and ponds, often teeming with wildlife. You enter the 45,000 square foot Clubhouse through one of three entryways. The circular drive leads to the private entry to the banquet facility. The main entry takes you past reception to either the Members’ Lounge or the Garden Room, the superb main dining facility overlooking the putting green, golf course and lake. Golfers are met by clubhouse staff at the entry to the golf shop and locker rooms, complete with locker room attendant. The separate tennis and pool center has its own entry and locker facilities. An experienced and welcoming staff completes the environment you have come to expect at this award winning private golf course community.
Throughout the year, our members help sponsor events that benefit local charities, such as SPARCC, Toys for Tots and Rally for the Cure. The Club is home to the Laurel Oak Cup, an annual major event benefiting Special Athletes of Sarasota County participating in Special Olympics. Many of our members and staff serve on numerous outside charitable, educational, arts and hospital boards.
The Club is an Audubon certified facility. The golf courses are home to herds of deer, and it is not unusual to see a fox or bobcat cross our fairways. A family of otters plays in our lakes. Our bird population of cormorants, hawks, ospreys, storks, egrets, herons, cranes, ibis and the occasional flock of white pelicans bask in the Club’s commitment to nature. Sighting of bald eagles are a common occurrence. For years, more trees have been planted than are lost. Fish abound in our lakes.