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Business Observer Wednesday, May 20, 2020 1 month ago

New 18-hole championship golf course opens

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The course at Esplanade at Azario Lakewood Ranch is open to the public with introductory prices.

LAKEWOOD RANCH — Taylor Morrison has unveiled its new 18-hole championship golf course within the Esplanade at Azario Lakewood Ranch community.

Golf Course Architect Chris Wilczynski designed the course. It's now open to the public with special introductory prices, according to a press release. 

The golf course sits within the approximately 1,000-acre Azario community. With six sets of tees that play from 3,500 to over 7,000 yards, the layout includes wide fairways, randomly placed strategic bunkering and 18 greens, the release adds.  

“Esplanade at Azario Lakewood Ranch is an exciting new addition to Lakewood Ranch, a highly desired location for new housing in Manatee County,” says Joseph Fontana, division president of Taylor Morrison in Sarasota, in the statement. “We were excited to work with Chris again to build a golf course that residents will enjoy for many years to come.”

The golf course will ultimately be a resident-only private golf venue. New homes are now selling within the community. Residents will have access to the golf course and other planned resort amenities, including a wellness center, culinary center, resort-style pool, sports courts, fitness center and a full-time lifestyle manager. 

Pope Properties and Pope Golf manage the Esplanade at Azario Lakewood Ranch community and golf course. As the course opens, USGA best practices and CDC guidelines will be followed, under the current pandemic. 

Taylor Morrison Home Corp. is a national homebuilder and developer based in Scottsdale, Ariz. It operates under the brands Taylor Morrison, Darling Homes and William Lyon Signature Series.

C.W. Golf Architecture is based in Saline, Mich. It was formed in 2010 by Chris Wilczynski, a member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects, after a 20-year partnership with golf course architect Arthur Hills. The firm specializes in the planning and renovation of private and public golf courses and the design and development of golf course residential communities. 

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