Send your frisbees flying at the disc golf course in Lakeview Park, a 16-acre Sarasota County park located between Bee Ridge and Proctor Roads. Once a tourist attraction in the late 1950s called Sunshine Springs and Gardens, complete with a swan boat tour through a system of canals and a water ski show, this park now has several amenities for visitors to enjoy, including walking trails, a playground, a dog park and an 18-hole disc golf course. Like traditional golf courses, disc courses have tees, various hole layouts and targets (baskets instead of holes) to aim for. Discs also come in various sizes and weights, similar to golf clubs. Lakeview's course is full of twists and turns, woodsy foliage and hills, the perfect challenge for players from beginner to advanced levels.
7150 Lago St., Sarasota
The park is open from 6 a.m. to sunset, seven days a week. As a specialty park, Lakeview offers several other amenities that can be enjoyed during park hours. Go kayaking or canoeing at the boat launch, picnic after your disc golf adventure at the pavilions and tables or even bring your dog along for a stroll at the dog park. Try arriving early morning or evening for some hints of cooler September air, and for a beautiful sky.
What to Bring
Disc golf requires gear, so be sure to bring along some discs. Discs can be bought at Walmart, at a sporting store like Dick's Sporting Goods or even online. Discs come in various sizes and weights, like drivers, chippers and putters, and can be put to use at various points in the course. Bring along a backpack to store and carry discs in between holes. And be sure to pack a hat or some sunglasses to see the course when it's bright.
What to Expect
The remains of Sunshine Springs and Gardens can be seen as the swan boat's canal system runs through the park and the disc golf course. When you arrive, drive past the dog park and alongside the baseball field, where the course begins. The first tee is on a hill next to the course's kiosk sign, which explains the course layout and level of difficulty at each hole. Tees are made of concrete slabs, indicating where you begin, and small wooden arrows under each basket show where the next tee pad is. This course is also described as intermediate, complete with several large oak trees, so practice your aim. Perfect for beginner to intermediate levels, have fun tracking your score with friends, and like golf, whoever has the lowest number of swings per hole, wins.
For more information about Lakeview Park, click here, or call the Sarasota County parks and recreation department at (941) 861-5000.