Stoneybrook Golf Club At Heritage Harbour

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Stoneybrook Golf Club At Heritage Harbour

Stoneybrook

7515 Grand Harbour Pkwy
Bradenton, FL 34212-6351

(941) 746-2696

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Daily Fee Facility

Real Estate Development

18

2002

Todd A. Pyle

Arthur Hills, ASGCA

$59 weekend
$59 weekday
$49 twilight

74.8

7134

72

Bermuda

Bermuda

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Overall Rating 4 out of 5 based on 101 user reviews
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04/19/22
The Heritage Harbour golf course in Bradenton Florida has been a favorite of both locals and snowbirds for many years. The course opened in 2001 as Stoneybrook Golf Club at Heritage Harbour and changed to its current name in 2018. Since its inception, it has been operated as a public course and a semi-private club.

In the years after the 2008 financial crisis, the condition of the course continued to deteriorate. Different golf course management companies were brought in to make improvements and turn things around, but conditions didn’t improve, and the golf course was put up for sale, something that worried residents who had once upon a time purchased golf course homes.

Local PGA golf professional turned publisher turned real estate broker Mark Bruce put together an investment group and purchased the distressed property, thus adding the title of Golf Course Owner/General Manager to an already crowded business card. His knowledge and expertise in each area have melded together nicely as everything he foresaw for Heritage Harbour is coming to fruition.

By his admission, Bruce says the course was desperately in need of repairs. Bruce and a group of investors purchased the club about 4 years ago. Florida weather, especially summer heat and torrential afternoon rains is hard on golf courses. “The lifespan of core elements like greens, bunkers, and turfgrass is only about 12 to 15 years, so now, after 21 years, it was time for us to do some heavy lifting”, says Bruce. As one of his partners told me, “I came down to visit the property shortly after agreeing to become an investor. As Mark was touring me around the property, I stopped him and asked, “what have you gotten me into?”

Mark Bruce knew exactly what he was doing. After doing his due diligence, he put together a business model that will ultimately pay for the course renovation, clubhouse improvements, and ongoing maintenance of the golf course. Bruce has partnered with ResClub, whose business model brings quality traffic to vacation rental property resorts. Visitors that are in golf vacation mode will provide additional revenue streams for the resort developer. With this new business model, the shift to frame the property as a micro destination golf resort makes perfect sense and will generate sufficient revenue for years to come to properly care for the course and make it a “must play” in Southwest Florida.

The uniqueness of what Bruce and ResClub’s CEO Craig Williamson have created is unparalleled. You can be a visiting vacationer for a short or extended stay, a member that comes every year for two to four weeks, or a seasonal owner that lives in a Villa for up to six months a year. Here’s how membership works. A $99,000 membership will get you four weeks of use for a 30-year term on a vacation home at Heritage Harbour in Bradenton, FL or you can choose from more than 4,500 resort locations and 600,000 hotels in more than 100 countries within an extensive travel exchange network. The biggest difference between this type of ownership and timeshare is that with a timeshare, you still pay maintenance and resort fees. The ResClub membership model has no closing costs, HOA, property management fees, or ongoing utility expenses either. With this type of membership, there is a fixed annual return - they pay you back between 5 – 8% each year. Use your new vacation home for 4 weeks during the year and you’ll get 5% of your investment back; don’t use it at all and you’ll get 8%. So instead of forking out $3 – 5,000 in fees, you are getting a check for $5,000 – $8,000 each year. Looking for a seasonal place to call home? Whole ownership of a villa is available and owners can use it for up to 179 days a year as a “seasonal home” or keep their use limited to four weeks and deploy the villa into the resort rental platform to create income. The whole goal is to create an experience for Members and Owners that creates a net-zero cost of ownership and gives them amazing lifestyle and personal use benefits.

Ultimately, the new Heritage Harbour Golf Resort will include 74 villas and a 100-suite golf lodge and will be the only full-service golf resort in Manatee County. It will include a resort-style pool, fishing excursions in the nearby Manatee River or Gulf of Mexico, corporate meeting and event spaces, and various other amenities.

The Heritage Harbour Golf Club was designed by Arthur Hills, one of America’s foremost golf course designers who was best known for building courses that are fun to play, beautiful, challenging, and require a strategy. He has designed many of the country’s finest courses - over 200 throughout the nation - and renovated just as many. I’ve often commented on how mundane Florida golf can be; after all, there’s only so much you can do with water, sand, and palm trees. Arthur Hills has taken those three aspects of Florida golf and created a Sunshine State masterpiece. As far as the layout goes. It’s incredible, winding its way through ponds, lakes, wooded areas, and wetland preserves. By successfully playing the angles Hills gives you, you are rewarded with manageable approach shots and opportunities for birdie.

Unfortunately, Arthur Hills passed away in May 2021, so we will never know what changes he would have made to his original design. Instead, Bruce and his partners have turned the redesign efforts over to someone they feel is an up-and-coming course architect, Nick Campanelli. Campanelli is just 38 and is a graduate of Penn State University. He is a Partner in the highly successful boutique landscape architecture firm M-D-L-A, whose presence is mostly in the Northeast US. In 2010, he submitted the winning entry into Golf Digest’s "Dream Hole" Armchair Architect Contest. His risk/reward par 4 hole was judged by fellow course architects Gil Hanse, Jeff Mingay, Tripp Davis, and Todd Eckenrode. As the contest winner, Campanelli was awarded probably the most inspiring life experience he will ever have; a four-week micro-internship with Pete Dye in French Lick, Indiana.

The full renovation will take place in the summer of 2022 and will include new turfgrass for the tees, fairways, and greens complexes, rebuilt bunkers, and upgrades and technological improvements to the irrigation system. Although the majority of the course will remain unchanged, The first and second holes will be replaced with the Lodge and two groups of villas that border a fifty-eight-acre wetland and beautiful bodies of water. Two new holes will be added to the existing course. Several other holes will be rerouted and redesigned. I’ve seen the renderings and they are quite impressive.

Several aspects of the current club will not change; at least it’s not in the current plans. The Heritage Harbour practice facilities will still include an aqua practice range, two putting greens, a short game area, and a fully stocked pro shop.

The clubhouse currently has a very active Bar & Grill. They’re open for lunch every day with happy hour from 4 – 6 pm. Wednesday is Cornhole Night with a special sports menu and Thursday is Burger Night with special prices on half-pound burgers served with your choice of fixings. There are all kinds of ice-cold beverages and adult libations. Be sure to check out their online calendar for other special events.

These days it’s hard to find a vacation destination with something for everyone, but Heritage Harbour and the Bradenton area will soon be changing that. The area offers great golf, both fresh water and deep-sea fishing, world-class beaches, exquisite culinary offerings, and luxury shopping. The Resort is just minutes away from I-75 and is destined to become one of Florida’s premier all-purpose resorts.
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02/19/22
It’s a fun time.
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01/25/22
fun course- enjoyed our
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12/06/21
Fairway is dried out in several spots. Tee boxes also need some repair. Greens are very fast and in great shape. Layout is great too
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11/28/21
X
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11/04/21
Not great for price
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08/22/21
Greens in horrible condition. Traps need edging as they are about to lose most due to erosion. Greenskeeper not doing his job!
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07/02/21
Fun time. Good price.
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06/20/21
Good course
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04/25/21
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02/28/21
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01/12/21
Decent value
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01/09/21
Good value.
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12/31/20
Nice
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12/22/20
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10/28/20
Manicure issues. Greens ok.
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10/26/20
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08/04/20
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07/16/20
Ok
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06/20/20
Great
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06/12/20
Great course in great condition. Friendly staff. Nice separate tee boxes on most holes. Will definitely play again!
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06/02/20
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05/28/20
Terrible...will not be going back anytime soon!!!
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03/12/20
Fairways need work.
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02/24/20
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02/18/20
Hang
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02/11/20
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02/11/20
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12/31/19
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12/17/19
Nice open course
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12/07/19
Great course
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12/03/19
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08/18/19
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08/09/19
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08/03/19
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07/05/19
Nice course
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07/05/19
X
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06/12/19
Great course challenging back nine
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04/12/19
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04/11/19
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03/12/19
Fun
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02/17/19
It’s a little dry out these days
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02/03/19
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01/28/19
Rain/wind
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11/18/18
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11/10/18
Good course
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11/09/18
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09/29/18
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09/26/18
Needs better greens, rough is weedy, trimming around club house is needed. tee box markers were not replaced on the box after morning cut.
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09/10/18
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07/03/18
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06/27/18
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03/12/18
Ok
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01/15/18
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11/17/17
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07/24/17
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06/12/17
Great course in Bradenton, FL
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04/09/17
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04/05/17
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03/05/17
Sucks
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03/05/17
Fairly ordinary.
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02/21/17
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02/10/17
Course is rough shape, greens very grainy , bunkers either muddy or lots of fluffy sand. Tricky lay out with weird 90 degree angle tee shots with pot bunkers in fairway. If you aren't a good golfer you may loose a dozen balls.
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01/14/17
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10/29/16
greens qere not as fast as usual
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10/17/16
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10/04/16
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07/19/16
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07/08/16
greens are slow but nice layout
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06/05/16
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06/05/16
nice track, looking forward to playing it again soon.
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06/04/16
Very nice experience! Will be back soon.
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05/28/16
My favorite Florida course!
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05/24/16
Mmm
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04/23/16
$20 for 18 through golfnow.com, cart with gps, greens in good shape, just enough alligators (2) to keep us tourists honests. pace was slow because of us. 4.5 hours. wide course but strategically placed bunkers. enjoyable round good value.
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03/26/16
Great value
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01/29/16
Very well kept course
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10/23/15
Fun
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07/27/15
K
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06/26/15
Greens still bumpy from last punch.
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03/13/15
Very nice course. the greens were slow


and not in good shape
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04/04/14
Nice layout .. Very challenging when playing into the wind
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02/04/14
Nice course.
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07/17/13
A nice course layout with lots of water and sand traps to contend with.
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07/14/13
Good course for the money
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04/29/13
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04/27/13
Decent shape
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04/17/13
Love it . Will be back in January !
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01/17/13
Nice layout. In good condition. Will play here again.
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11/02/12
Nice course
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09/23/12
Difficult but fair
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08/05/12
Great course
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07/17/12
Good course
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05/17/12
No cart girl
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05/06/12
Awesome course.
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04/02/12
Excellent lay out.
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01/13/12
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01/01/12
Enjoyable to play.
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09/15/11
Recent Scores
MEMBER SCORE RT/SL PLAYED
DonArmstrong 97 70.9/121 04/21/22
johnl11905 96 73.4/126 04/19/22
mjdad47 94 68.9/126 04/19/22
DPass 103 74.8/142 04/18/22
tmac380 80 68.9/124 04/17/22
tmac380 82 68.9/124 04/10/22
bross710 97 74.8/142 04/06/22
tmac380 86 68.9/124 03/20/22
bassey 101 68.9/124 02/14/22
bross710 85 68.9/124 02/11/22
biggerdog 93 70.7/131 01/28/22
biggerdog 90 70.7/131 01/28/22
JCONTE 94 68.9/124 01/25/22
rjchepke 106 74.8/142 01/22/22
tmac380 85 68.9/124 01/09/22
tmac380 85 68.9/124 01/02/22
APT 94 68.9/124 12/31/21
Barnguy 101 68.8/120 12/24/21
bross710 85 72.2/135 12/16/21
trcray 90 68.1/126 12/13/21
Barnguy 110 68.9/124 12/06/21
bross710 91 74.8/142 12/02/21
DanThr33 84 74.8/142 11/23/21
BigDaddy22 89 70.4/133 11/22/21
tmac380 85 68.9/124 11/07/21
Scorecard
Tee Gender Rating Slope
Black M 74.8 142
Blue M 72.2 135
White M 68.9 124
Red M 70.9 121
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