Thanks to a wonderful climate, there’s no shortage of golf in Venice from old Florida style to a newly constructed Troon course.

Oyster Creek is situated within a gated community in nearby Englewood. This is a challenging 18 Hole Par 60 Executive Course designed by Ted McAnlis. If you like a short three-hour romp of enjoyable golf, this is the place to be! The course is well kept with large sloping greens that play like those on bigger courses.

Typical of old Florida golf courses, Lake Venice Golf Club’s 27 holes are flat, bordered by stands of palms, pines and oaks, and have some water features.

Pelican Pointe Golf and Country Club is a collection of three nine-hole courses dotted with natural hazards and mature landscape. The club, which is semi-private, has been voted Best of Venice eight times in a local poll.

The newest option for public-play is Sarasota National, a Troon Golf property. Lengthier than most in the area, this 7,334 yard challenging course features expansive fairways and although the landing areas may seem generous, the Approaches are quite tricky.

Waterford Golf Club, designed by Ted McAnlis, is a 27-hole facility featuring a combination of rolling fairways, undulating greens, hazards and water in play that will sharpen the skills of any golfer.

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Downtown Hecksher Park has six tennis courts, two basketball courts with six nets, two racquetball/handball courts and 18 shuffle board courts. All have lighting for night play with nearby picnic tables, playground, shelter and restrooms.

Pinebrook Park, at 1251 Pinebrook Road, has two lighted tennis courts, a basketball court and fitness/nature trails.