The Founders Club is a private golf and social club community situated on over 700 acres of natural landscape with spacious home sites and some of the most breathtaking views in Florida. Some of those views are courtesy of the signature Robert Trent Jones, Jr. golf course, where membership is limited to 275 and members can take advantage of year-round golf that is challenging yet rewarding with no tee times required and Sarasota’s only traditional caddie program. Such a course is bound to attract the attention of golfers, but The Founders Club isn’t all golf clubs and greens.
This country club community is highlighted by the beauty of lakes, nature preserves, and wetlands, as well as the appeal of outstanding social camaraderie, a plethora of activities, and gorgeous custom homes. Let’s delve into what makes The Founders Club such a unique, boutique-style community.
Just minutes from I-75, a vibrant downtown area, and world-class beaches, The Founders Club gives its residents the best of both worlds by being close enough to enjoy the benefits of city living, but far enough away to be free of the hustle and bustle associated with them. In this prime location, Founders Club residents can escape to the sun and fun on the award-winning beaches found along the Sarasota Keys before enjoying some post-beach shopping pleasure in St. Armands Circle and finishing the night enthralled with the entertainment in the Theater and Arts District. Residents can also revel in shopping bliss at the new Mall at University Town Center, where shopping is made easy with 880,000 square feet of retail space featuring Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy’s, Dillard’s and more than 100 stores and restaurants.
When members are not off for a day of fun on Sarasota’s white sandy beaches, shopping at the legendary St. Armand’s Circle, or enjoying the beautiful sounds of the Sarasota Orchestra, they can always take part in the many amenities The Founders Club offers.
Upon returning home, residents of The Founders Club are never short of leisure or amusement as the golf and country club community’s professional staff maintains a full calendar of social, sport and wellness activities in its 24,000-square-foot Golf Hall. Club events include wine tastings, gourmet kitchen and cooking classes, luxury auto and boating showcases, monthly mixers, and many more fine living programs to invigorate your soul. Your fitness regime can also get refreshed with one of the many fitness classes offered or a turn at the Club’s fitness facility. Yoga, dance classes, or Pilates may be on the muscle-building menu or you can work up a sweat at the Har-Tru courts or with an invigorating match-up on the club’s basketball or sand volleyball courts.
Anyone interested in a more active form of socialization can take part in the fitness classes held throughout the week or the men’s, women’s, and couples’ events held on the Robert Trent Jones, Jr.-designed 18-hole golf course. During the golf events, camaraderie is encouraged by having everyone sign up individually and allowing The Founders Golf andSocial Club to pick the pairings! This allows members to get to know each other while doing something they love. In the past, the Golf and Social Club held glow-in-the dark golf tournaments where glow-in-the-dark golf balls and markers were used to light up the course. Players were also given glow-in-the-dark bracelets and necklaces to light their way through the five holes assigned to the event.
With amenities abound, The Founders Club creates an ideal setting for fostering resident camaraderie. The professional staff at the grand, 24,000-square-foot Golf Hall manages a full calendar of social activities in addition to their fitness options. Here members can gather like family to enjoy mutual interests, engage in stimulating conversations, or kick back and just have some good ‘ol fashioned fun. The Club’s fine dining room offers an elegant setting for a luxurious dining experience, while the bar and grille and outdoor verandah overlooking an oak hammock provide a casual atmosphere for a delectable lunch. However you choose to dine, our chef always brings the freshest and finest food to the table with a goal of creating great, memorable dishes for his residents. Reservations in our dining rooms can be made for two, but after arriving, you may find yourself seated in a table of eight enjoying food, drinks, and fun, especially if you join the Club during one of its themed dinner nights, Bingo and Trivia Nights, or a Food and Wine Pairing! Other substantial events held at The Founders Golf and Social Club include a Halloween hayride through the community in October, a holiday shopping event and tree-lighting ceremony in December, and a Santa Brunch right around the holidays.
If the allure of the neighborhood has yet to settle in, the Founders Club homes are the final piece to this luxurious living puzzle. Only 262 home sites can be found among the 700 beautifully landscaped acres and each is generously sized to adequately furnish your dream home. Estate home sites range from a half acre to one acre and every single home is surrounded by lake views, nature preserves, wetlands, a golf course, or often all four, making an oversized home site ideal to truly appreciate all The Founders Club has to offer. Prospective homeowners looking to uncover the luxury living treasure of The Founders Club can schedule a tour of one of the luxury model homes available. Ranging from quaint villas to exquisite estate homes, the models available for viewing will allow you to walk into a new world of architectural elegance and distinguishable design.
The Founders Club engages all who pass through its gates with more than 700 acres of natural, lush landscape punctuated by curved streets wrapped around tree lined vistas. Step into the Sarasota luxury community and you are instantly captivated by the serene, boutique style setting and a comforting sense that you have arrived home. But more than just a tranquil setting, the Founders Club is conveniently located, rich with a growing list of amenities, enlivened by camaraderie among its members and residents, and decorated with luxury Sarasota real estate.