Affordable Golf Lifestyle, Anyone?


Recent initiatives to upgrade golf facilities in Sarasota underscore the truism that enjoying the lifestyle of golf communities could be reasonably affordable. For instance, a four-point plan set in motion in September of 2014 to rehabilitate the Bobby Jones Golf Club sparks some attention to home buying opportunities around this historic 45-hole municipal links.

Established in 1927, Bobby Jones was named after Robert Tyre Jones Jr., the Tiger Woods of the royal and ancient game during the 1920s. Jones, national U.S. champion for eight consecutive years who also compiled four U.S. Open Championship and three British Open titles, personally dedicated the facility in its inauguration.

Michelangelo of golf

Affordable Golf Lifestyle, Anyone?

The Sarasota municipal links was a popular destination for major U.S. golf tournaments during the 1940s and the 1950s. Its popularity owes much to the superb design of its original course which was rendered by Donald James Ross, revered in the golf community as the “Michelangelo of golf.”

Meticulous restoration and renovation of the historic layout constitute the planned rehab for Bobby Jones. The proposed initiatives for the links’ revitalization also call for further stimulating growth of golf locally and promoting the course to a higher and wider marketplace.

According to Sarasota golfing standout Paul William Azinger, who was the PGA Champion in 1993 and 1987 Player of the Year, Bobby Jones has the potential to again become a serious contender for hosting major U.S. tournaments. He noted that the Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina also has a Donald Ross-designed course, and it bagged the hosting of the 2014 U.S. Open tournament after its renovation in 2011.

Home choices at Glen Oaks

The exciting developments brewing at Bobby Jones help bring market attention to Sarasota homes for sale in nearby subdivisions like Glen Oaks. The available properties here can be few but with the assistance of a local realtor quite familiar with the area, prospective home buyers can find some sales-listed properties at affordable price ranges.

The options which can be typically found in this community just across west of Bobby Jones are the Glen Oaks Ridge Villas. The MLS listings of Sarasota homes for sale here can include two-bedroom residences of about 1,400 square feet and asking prices in the mid-$100s. The facilities in this 55+ community include a large heated pool with an impressive pond view, a clubhouse with a spacious activity room and pool room. Outside, the residents can also fish in the pond and play shuffle board.

Condos and single family homes

Condos priced slightly under the $100s are likewise occasionally available at the Glen Oaks Garden Apartments. Built in 1975, the units in this condo complex typically have floor plans of slightly over 900 square feet designed with two bedrooms and two baths.

The condominium’s amenities include an exercise room, an attractive swimming pool and barbecue area. Glen Oaks Garden Apartments is a pet-friendly neighborhood. Condo owners here can rent out their units after 18 months of ownership, making an available residence attractive as a rental property investment.

Similar investment opportunities also occasionally crop up at the Eastwood neighborhood just south of Bob Jones Golf Club. Listings of Sarasota homes for sale in this community are typically single family homes built in the 1960s and priced in the low $100s.