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4.2
420 Reviews (420)
5 Stars
230
4 Stars
129
3 Stars
37
2 Stars
17
1 Stars
7
Conditions
3.9
Value
4.1
Layout
4.6
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.1
83.3%
Recommend this course
369 out of 420 reviews
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Average Rating
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3.6
7 Reviews (7)
5 Stars
2
4 Stars
3
3 Stars
0
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
1
Conditions
3.1
Value
3.3
Layout
4.2
Pace
4.1
Amenities
2.2
StaffFriendliness
4.0
71.4%
Recommend this course
5 out of 7 reviews
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3.8
135 Reviews (135)
5 Stars
39
4 Stars
55
3 Stars
23
2 Stars
12
1 Stars
6
Conditions
3.4
Value
3.7
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.2
Amenities
3.8
StaffFriendliness
4.4
73.3%
Recommend this course
99 out of 135 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Private
Par 72
Length 6931 yards
Slope 139
Rating 74.1
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Venetian Golf and River Club
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Course Details

Year Built 2003
Greens TifEagle® greens
Golf Season Year round
Architect Chip Powell

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted Yes
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code Shirts with collars and sleeves, slacks, golf shorts or walking shorts are permitted; Tank tops, tee shirts, fishnet tops, cut-offs, jams, sweat pants, blue jeans, bathing suits or other athletic shorts are not permitted

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Conference Facilities, Banquet Facilities

Available Activities

Swimming, Billiards

Available Sports

Fitness, Tennis

Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in Florida (2020 #14) (2014 #4)
  • Golf Advisor: Top 25 Off-course amenities in the U.S. (2015 #25)
  • Golf Advisor: Golfers' Choice (2014 #47)

Reviews

4.2
420 Reviews (420)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 11
Patio Dining 7
19th Hole Scenic Views 6
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 34
Undulating Greens 34
Water Hazards 28
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 21
Entertaining Clients 19
Locals 16
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 19
Convenient to the City 18
In the 'Burbs 11

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Reviews 237
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Walked

Great Job Heritage Golf Group

Heritage Golf Group has come a long way since new owners took over the company a couple of years ago. Mark Burnett, Jim Oliver, and Andy Miller have more than 90 years of combined experience in the golf industry, primarily in club acquisition, operations, membership, and redevelopment. Since purchasing Heritage Golf in 2020, they have grown the number of clubs in their portfolio from 6 to 23 with plans to add several more in 2022. Burnett and Miller came over from ClubCorp, Oliver from Arcis Golf, and along the way, they have cherry-picked top personnel from their previous companies to form a “supergroup” of club management and staff. Many of the people I met and spoke with in my tour of their three southwest Florida clubs were from one of the two companies.

Head south along the I-75 corridor in Florida and you’ll encounter three of Heritage’s top-notch private golf clubs: TPC Prestancia in Sarasota, home to an 18-hole Ron Garl championship golf course and an 18-hole Robert Von Hagge layout, the Chip Powell-designed Venetian Golf Club in Venice with its generous fairways framed with natural-looking mounds and strategically placed bunkers and another 27-hole Chip Powell layout in Fort Myers at the Club at Pelican Preserve.

A few exits south of Sarasota you’ll find the Venetian Golf Club. Venetian offers one of the area’s most dynamic golf experiences and has by far one of the most interesting greens I have ever played on. The Club opened in 2003 and was designed by native Floridian Chip Powell. According to a few members I spoke with including “The Mayor,” the course was in pretty rough shape when the new Heritage Golf Group stepped in and immediately spent more than $1 million on course improvements. The Mayor remarked that “General Manager Jay Pittman and his staff have done a remarkable job of restoring the club to its former glory.”

The course offers generous fairways that are framed with mounds, grassy hollows, and strategically placed bunkers. The TifEagle greens roll firm and true and are a joy to putt on. It’s a course that will test all aspects of your game: mental, physical, shot-making, and, of course, putting!

Speaking of putting, I have never encountered a green that rivals the 11th. It’s a “Biarritz” green, which I believe is a foreign word for “golf roller coaster!” The hole is a par 3 which plays 178 yards into a long narrow green that looks like someone dug a channel through the middle of it. Don’t get me wrong, it’s meticulously maintained, but if the pin is in the back and you don’t bother to check your yardage before your tee shot, you can end up on the front of the green. From up here, the putt requires almost a full hip turn to make it down the hill and back up the hill to the proper level. It’s one of the most enjoyable par 3s I’ve ever played.

Of course, membership does have its privileges. Heritage Golf Group’s portfolio of courses and private clubs extends well beyond Florida and into North and South Carolina, Virginia, Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri, New York, and New Jersey. Heritage takes the club experience to the highest level by offering golf members, experiences at all of their private, resort, and daily fee facilities by upgrading to the Heritage Plus membership, which is currently in pilot at three clubs with plans to roll out to all participating Heritage clubs later this fall. There is an upper-tier category available at the TPC facility in Sarasota or Tampa, where you can also be part of the TPC Passport program with benefits that reach far beyond your home club to such places as TPC Sawgrass and TPC Scottsdale.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 10
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

locker rooms locked

we did play late in the day, 2:00, so when we got in the locker rooms were locked??

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 15
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Under Renovation

All bunkers are closed and 5 tee boxes were. being sodded so tees were on the fairways. I wish we knew this before booking. This is one of my favorite courses in the area because of the layout. Overall condition is poor because of change of ownership

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 11
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Really….

Why do you still have this course listed on GolfNow??) It’s currently under total renovation and they are charging full price. Sure 2023 will benefit but now it’s a total rebuild with new unplayable bunkers and sod everywhere not to mention some holes have no tee boxes….
Do not play this course, I did yesterday for a smooth 105.00….

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 8
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

New Owners Sending $$$

The greens are new and improved grass and like a carpet. Lots of work in progress throughout the course on and around the bunkers.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser

Course is under construction!!!

Had we known beforehand we would not have played! We. We’re told bunkers were unplayable we we checked but there was a lot of newly sodded areas, unusable tee boxes, heavy equipment on the course. All that should have been stated before we paid!!! Very disappointing because we had played the course before and really liked it.

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Beginner
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

This is a fun and challenging course.

First time playing and thoroughly enjoyed the course !

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Well worth the experience

Great lay out. Tough greens. Sand traps under construction. Fairways generous fairway grass pretty tight
I shot 100, which is my usual game. I would play again.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
First Time Playing

Terrible conditions

Course under repair should have closed it. Stay away

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 11
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Repairs

The sand traps were undergoing extensive repairs with workmen and equipment in areas that changed how you could play the course. I understand that repairs need to be done, but this should have been clear at the start and I would expect a reduced fee. I would not recommend playing there until the repairs are finished.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 9
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Terrible conditions

Two year ago I played this course and it was great. Now is condition is terrible. Greens in horrible shape. All traps were under repair yet they charged full price. Too bad. It can be a very nice course.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Course under repair

All the sand traps are being completely redone and the grass around them. I liked the course layout and it is close to my home in Nokomis. I can see that they are spending a lot of money on the traps and will only make the course better. I will play it again once the traps are finished, I only wish that I would have been told that all the traps and surrounding areas around them were under repair. I would have then played somewhere else until the course was finished.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 15
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Fairways in tough shape

I have played this course several times and ownership has changed. The layout is tremendous and greens are tiered . However tees boxes and fairways are in disrepair

Conditions Poor
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser

Under construction

The course is a nice layout but all the bunkers are being redone and we could not play out of them. I’d go back in a few years once rebuilt.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Course under construction

I played this course and was not told that it was being renovated. I was charged full price for this course, and all the sandbunkers on the front nine were unplayable. The starter is the one that actually told us that if your ball lands in a bunker to lift it out and because there's no sand in the bunkers. At one point, I had to hit my ball around a backhoe that was parked. The course is under new management but clearly has not been taken care of. The fairways are horrible and haven't seen water or grass for a long time. If I were management, I would be embarrassed to charge people that amount of money when the course is in horrible condition.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
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