Residents of The Founders Club in Sarasota enjoy a special combination of luxurious living, intimate neighborhoods and an expansive natural setting. The 700-acre community blends enclaves of single-family estates, Reserve Collection homes and golf cottages within a tapestry of native Florida flora, sparkling lakes and 18 holes of championship golf by Robert Trent Jones Jr.
Here, life is more leisurely, removed from the hustle and bustle. A traditional golf and social club community, The Founders Club is a quiet sanctuary with curving streets wrapped around treelined vistas. Homesites range from two-thirds to more than one acre, offering residents scenic views of lakes, nature preserves, wetlands and emerald golf fairways. Yet with all this serenity, The Founders Club is conveniently located within minutes of Florida’s Cultural Coast, including Sarasota’s world-famous Gulf of Mexico beaches, shops, acclaimed local restaurants and arts and cultural venues of downtown Sarasota.
“Time and again, our homeowners tell us how much they enjoy having this natural, secluded enclave, with such ready access to everything the region has to offer,” said Mark Wilson, President and CEO of London Bay Homes, which owns the majority of homes in The Founders Club and manages the on-site sales efforts at The Founders Club Sales Gallery. Their commitment to the boutique-style luxury community extends far beyond sales with the production of the community marketing and public relations programs. London Bay officers also serve on the boards of both the club and the community association.
Amenities and activities within the community connect residents with one another – as well as with nature. Miles of meandering boardwalks and walkways dart through untamed nature preserves, brush against lakes and showcase an environment punctuated by palm trees, pines and moss-covered oaks.
The Founders Club’s authentic year-round golf experience pays homage to the game’s origins and great Scottish customs. Offering Sarasota’s only traditional caddie program and the opportunity to abandon the golf cart and walk the course, the community honors John Hamilton Gillespie, who traveled from Scotland to Sarasota with a set of golf clubs and the ambition of introducing golf to his adopted homeland. The Founders Club presents golf the way Gillespie presented the game to Florida – and to the United States, as some golf historians contend.
At the heart of The Founders Club’s active golf and social lifestyle is its 24,000-square-foot Golf Hall. Residents and players often recap their game or meet friends at the club’s popular bar and grille or under the large southern-inspired verandah overlooking the 18th hole and a picturesque hammock of live oaks. The welcoming member-owned club also offers casual and fine dining, a golf pro shop, men’s and women’s locker rooms and lounges, and a state-of-the-art fitness center.
With membership limited to just 275, reserved tee times are not required. Training facilities are dedicated to perfecting one’s game and include state-of-the-art TrackMan radar technology offered through Florida Golf Performance Center plus two putting greens and a short game area for practice sessions.
The club offers a fun-filled calendar of fitness and wellness classes, educational and instructional programs and social gatherings coordinated by a professional staff. The Founders Club has also developed an in-season reciprocal partnership with Sarasota Yacht Club for waterfront dining and other amenities.
Additional community amenities include two Har-Tru tennis courts, basketball and sand volleyball courts, and a picnic pavilion perfect for gatherings. Resident-initiated clubs cater to a range of interests and hobbies, from cards and cooking to dance and fitness.
“Our goal is to ensure our members can stay as active and busy as they’d like,” said Hugh O’Donnell, General Manager of The Founders Club. “The clubhouse is the epicenter of the social fabric of the community. This is where neighbors gather as friends.”
Planned for just 262 homes, The Founders Club’s genuine reverence for nature is displayed throughout distinct neighborhoods, where London Bay Homes has created inspiring floor plans showcasing the natural surroundings and embracing Florida’s beloved indoor-outdoor lifestyle.
Reserve Collection homes, available on fairway homesites, range from 2,800 to more than 5,000 square feet of interior space and offer dedicated dining rooms, studies and spacious great rooms designed for indoor and outdoor living and entertainment. Home and homesite packages are priced from the $900,000s.
Cottage home and homesite packages are priced from the $600,000s and offer 2,000 to more than 4,000 square feet of living space, including landscape maintenance for a lock-andleave lifestyle. Floor plans offer a range of possibilities, including dens, formal living and dining rooms and bonus spaces, ideal as game rooms or personalized retreats.
Estate home and homesite packages are priced from $1 million to more than $3 million and offer a wide range of customization and designer options. Floor plans feature dining and living rooms, studies, plenty of al fresco living spaces and large master suites with walk-in closets and spa-like bathrooms.
Several fully furnished model homes, featuring the award-winning work of Romanza Interior Design, are open for daily viewing and provide a peek inside The Founders Club’s unique lifestyle.
London Bay Homes also offers several homes available for immediate occupancy. With more than 20 floor plans to choose from, London Bay’s homes are designed for luxury living with options for complete customization. The award-winning company builds custom and semi-custom homes and intimate village neighborhoods from Marco Island to Sarasota and offers full-service interior design through Romanza.
London Bay’s team of in-house architects and designers will take clients through a streamlined design and construction process, called Private Label Living, to ensure that their new home is reflective of their wants and needs. This process helped earn London Bay Homes the 2013 Silver Award for Best Architectural Design of a One-of-a-Kind Home during The Nationals, sponsored by the National Association of Home Builders and helped Romanza earn a Gold Award for Best Interior Design of a Custom Home in the same competition.
For more information about The Founders Club, offering home and homesite packages from the $600,000s to more than $3 million, call 866-711-3132 or visit www.ExperienceFounders.com.