This grand old lady of the Sarasota golf scene celebrated her 30th birthday on October 10, 2005.

The present 18-hole course opened for play on October 1, 1975.  The course was intially designed by Bill Lewis and Ward Northrup handled the redesign of the greens in 1994.

The club has an idyllic setting. Every effort has been made to retain the natural beauty of wooded areas, sparkling lakes and streams found on the property where birds and wildlife abound. This relatively unspoiled terrain serves as the back drop for golf in a northern setting.

Designed to challenge golfers at all levels, the course caters to the most exacting golfer as well as forgives those with higher handicaps.

Bent Tree has something to offer everyone. Tree lined fairways, expansive greens and miles of lakes and stream combine to create a unique environment with an appealing blend of natural beauty and championship golf opportunities at Bent Tree country club. Bent Tree is a very walkable course and provides five sets of tees ranging from 5,465 to the tips at 6,863 yards.

The par 72 layout has two signature holes: the par three 12th hole which requires players to hit a tee shot to carry 185 yards over water to a steep front sloped green protected by a mammoth bunker in the front of the putting surface. Then there is the ever dangerous 511 yard par five 18th which features a double dogleg with water left, right and in the middle to a three tiered green. The back nine is considered by all to be the toughest part of the course.

US Open Qualifiers have been hosted at Bent Tree in the past and the Florida State High School Championship was played at Bent Tree in 1998 and 1999.

Gold: 6880 yards, course rating 73.2, slope 133
Blue: 6512 yards, course rating 71.5, slope 128
Black: 6169 yards, course rating 69.6, slope 126
White: 5697 yards, course rating 67.3, slope 123
Red: 5350 yards, course rating 71.1, slope 117