Community Feature: The Oaks
For an exclusive Suncoast community close to downtown Sarasota, look to The Oaks. This community nestled off Tamiami Trail just south of Palmer Ranch is ideal for residents seeking a luxurious lifestyle in a world-class community. Residents live in three neighborhoods on both sides of Tamiami Trail. Select from “Bayside” on Little Sarasota Bay, “Clubside” for spacious homes near the renowned golf courses, or “Preserve” homes for opulent living in a natural Florida setting.
The Oaks Community
The community pivots around the gorgeously designed The Oaks Club, Sarasota’s premier private country club. The member-owned golf course community has two championship golf courses, top-notch tennis, and excellent dining. Socialize with other members of the Women’s and Men’s club during themed parties, book clubs, and more. Both organizations have a long history of community service.
The Oaks Activities
Join The Oaks Club croquet team for a sunny afternoon on the manicured courts. The game is open to beginners and croquet experts. Tennis players take advantage of the top-notch tennis center and its twelve Har-Tru courts. The community has hosted several professional tennis tournaments and has an elite High Performance tennis coach certified by the USTA.
Golf at The Oaks Club
Of course, we can’t mention The Oaks Club without its two championship golf courses and pro shop. The Oaks is the only west central Florida residential club to earn Boardroom magazine’s Distinguished Emerald Club of the World, joining the 4% of elite clubs worldwide to achieve the designation. The award was based on the elite golf staff, the award-winning pro shop and its roster of programs. Play on the Club’s two golf courses, the Eagle and the Heron. The redesigned Heron golf course was honored by the American Society of Golf Course Architects Design Excellence Recognition Program.
The Oaks Amenities
Dine year-round at the Oaks’ three restaurants, offering casual and fine dining experiences. The Glen Room is for formal dining with a seasonally driven menu of fresh seafood and signature dishes. Overlooking the championship golf venues, the Grille Room is the perfect venue to relax after a refreshing game of tennis or golf. The Ballroom can accommodate up to 250 guests and overlooks the vibrant fairways and croquet court.
Stay trim at the new $2.5 million WellFit Center in The Oaks Club, open as of spring 2017. Spin away on a fitness bike, or head to the weights floor to use state-of-art equipment. Cardio equipment overlooks the stunning golf courses. The facility includes a group fitness room, treatment spaces for massage and physical therapy, and changing facilities.
Surrounding The Oaks Club
Residents of The Oaks Club are close to the amenities found in north and south Sarasota. Enjoy the nation’s top-ranked beach, Siesta Beach, on Siesta Key, just seven miles north. Other world-class beaches are sprinkled from Longboat Key to Manasota Key, all within reach of The Oaks.
The Westgate Sarasota Square at the corner of Tamiami Trail and Beneva Road houses prime retail outlets. Westgate Siesta Key is a short drive into downtown Sarasota and the Mall at University Town Center is approximately 30 minutes depending on local traffic. Spend the afternoon touring the shops at St. Armand’s Circle, a collection of cafes and boutiques on Longboat Key.
Enjoy the arts with the Venice Theater and Venice Symphony. World class artists come every year to play with the Sarasota Orchestra or to perform at the Van Wezel performing arts center.
The paved Legacy Trail provides a safe bicycle-friendly and running path. The nearest access is south of The Oaks along Bay Street. The 14-mile paved trail skims along McIntosh Road before crossing through Oscar Scherer State Park on the way to Venice. Eventually, the plans call for the trail to connect with downtown Sarasota.
Pine View School for the Gifted was ranked #1 high school in Florida by US News & World Report and 13th in the nation in 2017. The elite school is situated a short drive south in Osprey. Pine View educates students in grades 2-12.
Store recreational watercraft or yachts at any of the area’s nearby marinas and storage facilities. At Blackburn Point Park, boating enthusiasts can launch kayaks, paddleboards, or motorized craft. From here, explore the Jim Neville Marine Preserve and Midnight Pass, both only accessible by water.
Enjoy waterfront dining at the nearby Casey Key Fish House. The only restaurant right on Casey Key is just over the Blackburn Point Swing Bridge. The tiki bar is popular nighttime place during season. Other nearby eateries include the renovated Spanish Pointe Restaurant & Tiki Bar, and Downunder Bar. The fine restaurants of downtown Sarasota and the surrounding area are a short drive away.
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