Lakewood Ranch, FL

Lakewood Ranch is an unincorporated community master planned community in southeastern Manatee County, Florida, United States, built on part of what was once a timber ranch owned by members of Milwaukee’s Uihlein family. It is part of the North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area.  Lakewood Ranch has dedicated half of its land for parks, trails, and recreational fun. The trails alone stretch over 150 miles of the land.

Along with parks and trails that make up most of the land, Lakewood Ranch has also put great importance on golf and tennis. Four notable country clubs are Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club, Legacy Golf Club, the Ritz Carlton’s Members Club, and The Concession Golf Club. Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club provides three levels of courses to cater the right amount of difficulty to every player. The names of the three are King’s Dunes, Cypress Links, and Country Club East. These courses are private, along with the Ritz Carlton’s Members Club course. The Ritz Carlton is 315 acres (127 ha) of land. A non-membership course in Lakewood Ranch is the Legacy Golf Club, which is Arnold Palmer’s signature course. Lastly, the finest course with a very private community is the Concession Golf Club and Residences. It is a 1,200-acre (490 ha) reserve with 236 homes. Jack Nicklaus contributed it in association with Tony Jacklin.

The Athletic Center at Lakewood Ranch offers Tennis facilities along with 18 courts.

Other recreational activities include polo and cricket. Lakewood Ranch has nine fields and a regulation size arena that can be played on throughout the winter season. The polo fields are located on 35 private ranches with over 600 horses stabled around the Club during the season.