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The Concession Golf Club was created by an act of sportsmanship.

To sports enthusiast around the globe, the moment where Jack Nicklaus conceded the final putt in the 1969 Ryder Cup has endured as one of the greatest acts of sportsmanship ever. Simply referred to as “the concession”, Jack Nicklaus’ gracious act towards fellow competitor Tony Jacklin resulted in the first tie in Ryder Cup history.

In 2004, Nicklaus and Jacklin set out to find the perfect piece of land for a championship golf course. What they found was a 1200-acre setting full of wildlife minutes from downtown Sarasota. The inspiration was the moment, the result was just as grand. The Concession Golf Club debuted as Golf Digest’s Best New Private Course in 2006. In 2009, Golfweek named The Concession Golf Club as the ninth Best Residential Course in the United States.

The course sits on 520 acres and is a nature-rich design full of thought-provoking strategic challenges winding around wetlands, 150-foot pines, and 200-year-old oaks. With barely a home in view, the expansive layout often provides the golfer the feeling of having the place to themselves. The Concession Golf Club has no parallel fairways, and each hole is routed in a different direction to promote varying wind conditions throughout your round – a characteristic unique to only the world’s most elite courses.

Designer(s)

Jack Nicklaus/Tony Jacklin

Year Opened

2006

Type

Private

The celebrated practice facility at The Concession Golf Club has been ranked by Golf Digest among the nation’s 75 Best Practice Areas. The dual-ended driving range has 10 practice targets and numerous bunkers for players to hone their game. The short-game facilities, including three fast, firm practice greens, replicate conditions on the course and are among the best in the world.

Notable Facts About The Concession Golf Club

No. 1 in Tampa Bay Business Journal’s Toughest Courses in the Tampa Bay area every year since 2013.
No. 3 in Florida in Golfweek.com list of top 100 U.S. Residential Courses and No. 29 in the nation.
No. 7 in Golf Digest’s Best Courses in Florida (2018).
One of Golf Digest’s Top 200 golf courses in America (2018).

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Alan Hunter

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