Venice, FL (June 12, 2014) – Sarasota National’s planned 25,000-square-foot clubhouse will offer a coffee room and library, a large poolside tiki bar, separate “19th hole” golf grill and club, and extensive al fresco patios and dining areas. WCI Communities has selected Fawley Bryant Architects of Sarasota to design the clubhouse, which will serve as the Venice community’s activity and social hub for golfers, exercise enthusiasts and residents.

Conceived by WCI as a series of three buildings connected by breezeways, patios and pergolas and areas dedicated to various interests, the facility is one of the most distinctive designed by the firm, said Arif Abdulla, Fawley Bryant’s project architect.

“We have designed clubhouses throughout Southwest Florida and see Sarasota National as one of our most unique projects,” he said. “It presents each member with a total club experience in an atmosphere of relaxed sophistication. This club will encompass all the trending amenities such as multiple fitness opportunities, relaxed dining and casual meeting spaces to enjoy friends and the Florida climate. The design will flow from area to area under flowering trellises and colonnades.”
Preliminary plans reveal Italianate-styled buildings with a fitness center separated from the main clubhouse by a breezeway and an open-columned pergola connecting those buildings to the separate 19th hole golf club. Designing the clubhouse with individual buildings provides “dedicated entrances to each facility,” said Abdulla, noting a large elliptical motorcourt will provide access to different areas of the buildings.
“The Mediterranean design captures old Florida and provides a comfortable and intimate club experience,” he said. “The clubhouse is designed to flow, whether you’re visiting the dining room, fitness center or golf building. WCI is dedicated to assuring this project stands out from all other clubhouses in the area.”
Both the 19th hole golf club and main clubhouse will create a sense of welcome with rotunda parlor entries featuring vaulted ceilings.

The main clubhouse building will offer a primary dining/banquet room with adjoining bar and lounge area, card room and multipurpose room. Retractable partitions will expand the main dining room to accommodate seating for 150, Abdulla said. Covered patio and dining areas will wrap around most of the building and connect with the large, covered tiki bar and pool.

The building also will have a commercial kitchen, a smaller card room, two sets of restrooms, and a coffee room with tables and counter-style seating. The adjoining library is being designed as a reading room with natural afternoon sunlight, according to Abdulla.
The nearby health club will offer a large fitness room, two group activity rooms, men’s and ladies’ restrooms with lockers, and two spa treatment rooms.
The 19th hole golf club will feature men’s and women’s locker and card rooms, a grill and dining room with bar, wraparound outdoor dining areas, and a 19th hole patio.
Abdulla said Sarasota National’s clubhouse will provide about 30,000 total square feet, including the covered outdoor areas, which also promote energy efficiency by sheltering interiors from direct sunlight.

“The idea was to design a building with something for everyone,” he said. “You can relax in the coffee room and meet people or go to the 19th hole.”

Sarasota National also offers an 18-hole golf course designed by Gordon Lewis and certified as an Audubon International Signature Sanctuary. Golf facilities at Sarasota National include a pro shop, driving range, and chipping and putting greens.

WCI offers Carriage homes, single-family Villa and Grand Villa homes and newly introduced Golf Estates and Coach homes at Sarasota National. The community’s 23 floor plans feature two- to three-bedroom home designs offering 1,375 to 3,184 square feet of living space.

Homes at Sarasota National start from the low $200,000s.
Several quick-delivery homes are available for immediate or near-immediate occupancy.

The 2,400-acre Sarasota National was created with 1,300 acres designated for preservation, conservation and open space. It is approved for 1,584 homes, including 800 homes surrounding the golf course and country club area.
For more information, visit the sales center at 23114 Copperleaf Dr., call 941-234-4470.

About Sarasota National:
An established 18-hole golf course and more than 1,300 acres of preserved open space anchor this expansive gated community in the Florida Gulf Coast city of Venice, about 30 miles south of downtown Sarasota and ten miles from the beach. New two- and three-bedroom homes are priced from the $210,000s to the $270,000s.

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