Myakka Pines Golf Club, located some 15 miles west of Port Charlotte in Sarasota County, is a fun course that regularly draws raves from players who tend to return again and again. On busy days in season, this popular 27-hole facility will see 400 players come through for their rounds. The primary attraction is a playing field that is a rarity in Florida golf at Myakka Pines Golf Club there s no housing or street noise anywhere around. Golfers enjoy a tranquil realm in a picturesque inland setting about five miles from the Gulf of Mexico. Birdlife and wildlife abound. The club s most famous "inhabitant" is Goliath, a monstrous 16-foot alligator that has long been a fixture here. Each day the club designates which two of the three nines are used for tee times. The daily routing changes regularly so all three nines Red, White, and Blue get the same amount of play. No matter which nines you play, you ll find generous, flat fairways at Myakka Pines Golf Club. Some of the holes are flanked by trees, others by water. Water presents the primary threat to par at the very playable Myakka Pines Golf Club. Most of the hazards are on the sides of the fairways and greens. The White nine has the most water in play, while the Blue has the least. Provided you utilize the proper set of tees, all levels of players should find a manageable distance that isn t intimidating. The well-conditioned greens are also rather flat and undramatic and not too fast, so you should be able to put a confident stroke on your putts. Because of the heavy volume of play here, only members are permitted to walk until late in the afternoon. Practice facilities at Myakka Pines Golf Club include a driving range and putting green. The club s snack bar/restaurant features comfort food for lunch. Service generally stops in the mid-afternoon. In the southern part of Sarasota County near Englewood, Myakka Pines Golf Club stands out as a fun and peaceful layout and very friendly facility. Tee times are coveted commodities here, so don't delay.