Best Of The Best 2006: Farmer Tom

<< Back to Robb Report, June 2006

From the tee of the par-5 sixth hole at the Ritz-Carlton Members Golf Club, you might find it difficult to believe that the surrounding terrain recently was a flat and featureless tomato farm. Designer Tom Fazio transformed the Bradenton, Fla., site by excavating 1.9 million cubic yards of sand and soil to construct hills, valleys, and graceful swales. At the 571-yard sixth hole, three of the course’s 16 man-made lakes—Fazio’s solution for the holes he dug—come into play. Flower beds line the hole’s elevated green, and mature oaks and flowering shrubs frame the rolling fairway.

With six sets of tees, the Members Golf Club provides a full complement of distance options, and most of the 16 water hazards can be avoided. The course is open to club members and to guests of the nearby Ritz-Carlton resort in Sarasota.

Ritz-Carlton Members Golf Club
941.309.2900
www.ritzcarlton.com

From Around the Web...
Photo by Mirko Zanni/Getty images
For one L.A. neonatologist, a dive off the coast of Corsica was the epitome of a lifelong hobby…
Photo by Roberto Pastrovicchio
Each pair of the high-performance, hand-made Foil skis takes at least three weeks to finish…
These 25 teams from around the world are priced out of the park in their respective sports…
Photo by Melissa Mahoney
MIT graduate and author of the book that inspired the film 21 discusses counting cards in Vegas…
Palmer, Nicklaus, Player, and Trevino partner for the 8,000-yard course scheduled to open in 2017…
More than your average ski accessories, these are must-haves for every mountain enthusiast…
This tony tackle found on Robb Gear will make you the envy of any angler…
During Jimmy Kimmel's Bucket List Adventure in Montana, celebrity photographer Jeff Lipsky...
Photo by Melanie Dunea
Batali’s leisure time is spent at the Bayonne Golf Club—a private course in New Jersey…
RobbReport.com sat down with Lang to discover his best grilling tips and biggest bucket-list dreams…