Author: Angela Naff

Best Golf Courses

Best Golf Courses near Anna Maria Island

Picture this: Perfect warm weather. You’re sunkissed from spending a couple of days on the crystal clear water. You spend the day teeing off at the golf course before heading back to watch the sunset from your beautiful vacation rental on Anna Maria Island. Does it sound like a dream? Well, we can help make your dream a reality with your next AMI vacation!

We’ve rounded up some of the best local golf courses to the Anna Maria Island area so you can plan your next trip. Check out our list below then give us a call to book your next vacation. We’ve got an incredible selection of beach rentals so we can find your perfect fit!

Key Royale Club
700 Key Royale Drive, Bradenton Beach, FL

Best Golf Courses

This is the only golfing course on Anna Maria Island. The 9-hole walking course is designed to be an enjoyable and relaxed experience. It’s open dawn to dusk and does not require you to schedule a tee-time, but it is private so give them a call to get set up. The club also offers a dining room and banquet facilities.

Bradenton Country Club
4646 9th Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34209

As one of the closest mainland golf courses to Anna Maria Island, the Bradenton Country Club is located just 10 minutes from AMI. Its Donald Ross-designed 18-hole course with a beautiful layout features fountains, lagoons, and trees.

The club also offers a variety of other social sports, such as tennis and pickleball, as well as events and activities for the whole family!

Timber Creek Golf Course
4550 Timber Ln, Bradenton, FL 34210

Timber Creek is a 9-hole course located 15 minutes from Anna Maria Island is perfect for beginners and families looking to get out and play. It’s also one of the more budget-friendly places to golf near AMI. Depending on the season, a round of golf will cost you anywhere from $10-$20.

Manatee County Golf Course
6415 53rd Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34210

The Manatee County Golf Course is located in West Bradenton, about 15 minutes from Anna Maria Island. It offers a challenging public course that underwent a facelift not long ago! Rates range from $15 to $26 for 9-holes, and $35 to $54 for 18-holes, which are time of day and season dependent.

IMG Academy Golf Club
4350 El Conquistador Pkwy, Bradenton, FL 34210

Play where the pros train! The IMG Academy is located in Bradenton– about a 20-minute drive from Anna Maria Island. The club has a challenging layout and offers excellent value. It has plenty of trees for shade, and it’s a great place to spot wildlife while teeing off. It has a nice restaurant to enjoy a meal after your round of golf with attentive staff, and a professional, well-stocked pro shop.

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Pinebrook Ironwood Golf Club
4260 Ironwood Circle, Bradenton, FL

This course provides a surface superior compared to your typical course with a lush ultra dwarf Bermuda Greenway. The green is designed to give you a great experience from exceptionally maintained grounds. It is a well-maintained and scenic course that will be a fun challenge for all ages.

Legacy Golf Club – Lakewood Ranch
8255 Legacy Boulevard, Bradenton, FL 34202

This is an upscale 18-hole public course that is definitely one of the best golf courses in about an hour’s drive from most of our Anna Maria Island vacation rentals but it’s worth the trip! This is said to be one of the best courses in Southwest Florida—it’s an Arnold Palmer Signature Design. There’s also a bar and grill for you to enjoy after your game.

Ready to tee off and take off for your next Anna Maria Island vacation? Give us a call and we’ll get you all set up! (800) 237-2252

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Ice Cream

Anna Maria Island’s Best Ice Cream Shops

There is nothing better this time of year – okay, any time of year – than a nice walk on the beach with a delicious ice cream cone. You can never go wrong with a couple of scoops of ice cream to end or start your day! With our year-round tropical temperatures, it’s always a good idea to grab a sweet treat. Luckily for us on Anna Maria Island, we have a variety of excellent local ice cream shops in the area to satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth! We’ve rounded up some of our favorite places to grab some ice cream or dessert of your choice.

Small Town Creamery 5404 Marina Dr, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

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With ever-changing 50 ice cream flavors, homemade fudge, candy, and lots more. Their ice cream even won the Grand Master Award for exceptional flavor, consistency, and taste. So when you’re searching for wholesome, tasty goodness, step out of the Anna Maria sun and into Small Town Creamery. They also include vegan options. It is especially fun for kids as they have a fun selection of popular trinkets and toys for sale.

Tyler’s Ice Cream1904 Cortez Rd W, Cortez, FL 34215

Located just over the bridge in Historical Cortez Village, Tyler’s Homemade Ice Cream has been one of the best ice cream shops for the last 3 decades.  In fact, over three hundred flavors have been created since Tyler’s opened in 1984. Each batch is hand made in small five-gallon quantities to ensure distinct taste and freshness with each and every flavor. Stop in and try some of Tyler’s old fashioned gourmet ice cream. You won’t be disappointed!

Dips Ice Cream503 Pine Ave, Anna Maria, FL 34216

Dips Ice Cream on Gulf Drive in the City of Anna Maria is an AMI classic and the perfect spot for ice cream and candy.  Dips serves 32 flavors of ice cream, as well as 2 flavors of soft serve, Italian ice, and an amazing selection of candy.  This family ice cream shop has been voted #1 ice cream by the Anna Maria Island Sun 8 times already!

Holy Cow Ice Cream3234 E Bay Dr, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

This shop serves up a variety of ice cream flavors & frozen desserts in an offbeat interior. Holy Cow Ice Cream features 36 delicious flavors to choose from, including Sugar Free, Dairy Free and Frozen Yogurt offerings.  Enjoy your favorite flavor in your choice of cone, cup or as a hand-spun milkshake! The tiki lounge and kids area is a great place to enjoy a cool treat with the family. Holy cow!

Two Scoops Ice Cream –  101 N Bay Blvd, Anna Maria, FL 34216

Ice Cream

Two Scoops has much more to offer than ice cream. Located just across the street from the Anna Maria City Pier, Two Scoops Ice Cream is a convenient place to grab an ice cream cone or snack.  Grab a cool treat and take a stroll along the boardwalk by the bay. This shop is known for its 32 flavors of homemade ice cream but their menu includes a variety of casual dining choices at value prices.

Island Scoops103B Gulf Dr N, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217

Along with Ice Cream, Island Scoops offers an evolving, extraordinary selection of luscious gourmet cupcakes, desserts, gourmet pies, cakes, cookies, cheesecakes and more. Their ice creams and sorbets are made from quality all-natural ingredients, locally sourcing products whenever possible, and many of our ice cream inclusions are made from scratch in our facility.

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Holmes Beach Office

On Anna Maria Island
5201 Gulf Drive
Holmes Beach, Florida 34217
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Ellenton Office

Located in Ellenton Plaza
945 25th Drive East
Ellenton, Florida 34222

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