New, private golf course now open in Florida

Esplanade at Azario Lakewood Ranch features an 18-hole course and several other member only amenities

Less than a year after construction started on its new, 18-hole golf course, Esplanade at Azario in Lakewood Ranch, Florida is ready for residents to enjoy.  

This private golf course is near Sarasota and sits within the Azario community. There are six sets of tees for golfers to play that range from approximately 3,500-7,000 yards.  On golfadvisor.com the course already has a 4.6/5 rating within a month of opening. 

The architect is Chris Wilczynski, principal at C.W. Golf Architecture. He specializes in the planning and renovation of private and public golf courses and the design and development of golf course residential communities. 

“Esplanade at Azario Lakewood Ranch is an exciting new addition to Lakewood Ranch, a highly desired location for new housing in Manatee County,” said Joseph Fontana, Division President of Taylor Morrison in Sarasota, in a statement. “We were excited to work with Chris again to build a golf course that residents will enjoy for many years to come.”

Esplanade at Azario Lakewood Ranch was developed by Taylor Morrison, a nationally known home builder and developer. Along with this golf course, residents in Lakewood Ranch will also have access to a wellness center, culinary center, resort-style pool, sports courts, fitness center and a full-time lifestyle manager. The only catch – you have to be a member of the country club for these perks.  

Pope Properties and Pope Golf manage the Esplanade at Azario Lakewood Ranch community and golf course, one of ten facilities in its portfolio. 

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