LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL – The Arnold Palmer Design Company unveiled another masterful design, for preview play, called Lakewood National Golf Club located just outside Sarasota/Bradenton, Florida within the Lakewood Ranch community.
The Lakewood National Golf Club is nestled next to the Little Brayden River within Lennar Homes’ latest housing development and will offer residents a fun and unique facility to call home. South Florida golf course contractor Ryan Golf teamed with Lennar and the Arnold Palmer Design Company to execute the work.
When Lennar, a nationally acclaimed home builder, approached the Arnold Palmer Design team to collaborate with them, both companies relished at the opportunity to break the mold of traditional development golf. “We saw an opportunity to adjust initial masterplan efforts and take advantage of existing northern and southern wetland buffers to create golf corridors that used the natural features as borders on one side while incorporating ponds necessary for site drainage and lot development on the opposite side as a buffer and aesthetic element between golf and homes.” stated the Arnold Palmer Design team.
The result created wonderful pond and wetland preserve views with select water to golf frontage for residents while providing spacious playing corridors for a core golf feeling. The contemporary twist on traditional development golf will make Lakewood National a standout in the community.
One of the defining characteristics of this newly minted gem will be the broad rolling terrain and sweeping elevation changes one typically does not experience in this region of Florida. Contour may be your friend or foe depending on what lies ahead of you. As stated by Brandon Johnson, Vice President and Senior Golf Course Architect with the Arnold Palmer Design Company, “Our intent was to create a fun and beautiful golf course that utilizes meaningful width and contour, rarely found in this region of Florida, as the main aesthetic and strategic elements”.
Generous fairways will allow players to choose a variety of lines and attack angles around the golf course that best fits the individual’s game and ability. Should one find themselves out of position, ridge lines running across fairways may help save the errant shot while the greens and green surrounds incorporate useful side boards, backstops, on grade approaches and other subtle nuances to encourage shot creativity and a variety of recovery options.
The Par 72 course has a broad variety of green sizes, shapes, pin locations and six sets of tees with multiple tee angles that range from 5,194 yards from the forward set to a challenging 7,184 yards from all the way back. The wide ranging setup options will present players with different looks, yardages and hazard engagement that change daily to highlight undiscovered nuances or strategic elements over multiple plays keeping the experience fresh and dynamic. Brandon Johnson states, “Golf is a game that is meant to be fun blended with a playful challenge. It also possesses a wonderful strategic element that should engage the mind and players intellect. It was important for us to design a course that was enjoyable and playable for the mid to high handicap golfer while captivating and thought provoking for the more advanced player.”
The Lakewood National Golf Club is a welcome addition to the robust portfolio of courses the Arnold Palmer Design Company has created since its inception.
For more information visit: http://www.lakewoodnationalgc.com/