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You can bike, boat, golf, swim, jog, play tennis, paddleboard and enjoy just about any other recreational pastime on Longboat Key.
Longboat Key Public Tennis Center 590 Bay Isles Road
Opened in 1998, the Longboat Key Public Ten- nis Center has 10 soft clay courts, daily organized events and teaching professionals on staff. Getting in a few matches was never easier!
The Tennis Center’s 1,750-square-foot pro shop and players’ observation deck were completed in December 2009. The Center holds two USTA-sanc- tioned tournaments each year, along with a number of additional tennis events. Join one of their tennis leagues, utilize their “match making” service or take part in one of their afternoon round-robins.
The Center is open daily but requires advance notice to reserve a court. For reservations, call (941) 316-TENS (8367)
The Resort at Longboat Key Club
200 Sands Point Road
The Resort at Longboat Key boasts impeccable choices for both golf and tennis enthusiasts. Com- pleted in 2009, the Key Club’s Tennis Gardens’ 20 HarTru courts have garnered rave reviews from the USTA and Longboaters alike. That year, the USTA honored the resort with its Outstanding Facility Award. The distinctive Tennis Gardens’ also has a clubhouse, pro shop, locker room, players’ patio and a HydroGrid irrigation system. Court 21 Café & Lounge has great food and cocktails, as well as terrace seating. Also available are clinics, private les- sons and group events. For membership informa- tion, call 941-383-8821.
The Key Club also has 45 holes of champion- ship golf courtesy of two well-manicured options - Islandside and Harbourside. The Islandside is an 18-hole, links-style course that borders the Gulf of Mexico while Harbourside has three 9-hole courses surrounded by towering trees, bordering Sarasota Bay. To set up a tee time, call the Pro Shop two days in advance at (941) 387-1632. d
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