Misty Creek Country Club -- Private

Address: 8954 Misty Creek Dr., Sarasota, FL 34241

Phone: (941) 921-5258

Fax: (941) 921-5430

Hours: Nov.-April 7 a.m. - 5 p.m., May-Oct. 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Website: http://www.mistycreek.net

Head Golf Professional: Darren Dimick

Course Description: Designed by Ted McAnlis, this member-owned club is nestled in a nature preserve with more than 400 acres of open terrain, forest and lakes. One of Sarasota's most challenging courses from the tips, it is one of the area’s best-kept secrets. A limited number of memberships are available.

Course Slope/Ratings: White 70.1/119, Red 70.4/121, Gold 73.9/139, Blue 71.5/129

Yardage: Gold 6,895, Blue 6,384, White 6,007, Red 5,208

Community Description: A gated golf community of 302 single-family homes, Misty Creek features homesites ranging from one-half acre to one-third acre, almost all with private backyard views. New homes start at around $300,000.

Amenities: Driving range, full practice facility, clubhouse, pro shop, club fitting, lessons, snack bar, restaurant, lounge.  Members can take advantage of the launch monitor to test their ball speed, launch angle and carry distance. Reservations required.