Bobby Jones Golf Club Nature Trails closes today for renovation

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) – The City of Sarasota will close The Bobby City Golf Club Nature Trails to the public on Tuesday, February. 1. This closure will be to enable redevelopment of the city’s historic municipal golf course.

The 18-hole Donald Ross golf course will be restored, and a new 9-hole adjustable course will be constructed. In addition, a player development center, large driving range, short-game practice area and clubhouse with a restaurant will be built.

Under the current construction timeline, the Donald Ross course restoration is expected to be completed and open to the public for play as early as this November and the 9-hole adjustable course is expected to be completed by January 2023. It is expected the Nature Trails will reopen when the construction of the golf course is complete.

The City Commissionly approved the renovation plans earlier this month after extensive discussion and public input over the past five years. The reconstructed golf course will be reduced from 45 holes to 27 and will include the framework for a 150-acre nature park designed to greatly improve regional water quality.

The Southwest Florida Water Management District approved a $ 1.5 million grant for a wetland and water quality improvement project on the site. The City Commission approved up to $ 20 million for the renovation of the golf course.

The City Commission has also unanimously approved a conservation easement for the 261-acre Bobby Jones property in partnership with the Gulf Coast Conservation Foundation. The agreement means that the property of the city will forever remain a protected, preserved green space.

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