Sporting Life

Southwest Florida’s coastal climate is conducive to a variety of outdoor sports and recreational activities year-round. While our friends to the north are battling freezing temperatures and blizzards, Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach is abuzz with activity from hiking and biking the trails and scenic byways to playing a round of golf or two.

For those wishing to challenge the links, there are over 20 quality courses from which to choose, giving the golfer many options to construct a memorable golf vacation. Baseball is also big in Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach, and the peanuts and cracker jacks begin flowing in the middle of February when Tampa Bay Rays players report for Spring Training. Satisfy your need for speed each November with Englewood Beach Waterfest, as the Offshore Powerboat Association (OPA) holds their World Championship boat races.

For hands-on experiences, try one of our off-road adventure parks offering motocross tracks and ATV trails, or watch short track car races. You can even find several mudding events throughout the year. It's easy around here to have your adventure, your way.

Find your next adventure:

  • 8655 Piper Road
  • (941) 205-8925

Race track and event venue located near the airport. Run by Joseph and Janet Gentry. Best summarized from website: We are often asked: "What in the world were you thinking? Why would you take on such a large project?"....It is simple. Racing provides a sport for all ages, races…

  • 4100 Riverwood Dr.
  • (941) 764-6661

Four-and-a-half star Golf Digest-rated, par 72 championship golf course with a full-length practice range, multi-faceted short game practice area and putting green. The front nine of this course flows through heavily wooded terrain, rich in stands of natural pine. The back nine…

  • 29201 S. Jones Loop Rd.
  • (941) 637-6191

Blue Heron Pines....140 wooded acres on the west coast of Florida nestled between expansive nature preserves and the metropolitan pleasures of Punta Gorda. Towering pine trees, five private lakes and this challenging 18-hole course with its rolling fairways pleases golfers at…

  • 20 White Marsh Rd.
  • (941) 698-0918

Long Marsh's gently rolling fairways meander through 300 acres of natural Florida scrub. Its fairways and greens invitingly framed by native pines, oaks and palms and is Rotonda's newest golf course. This Ted McAnlis-designed course opened in February of 1999 and is enjoyable for…

  • 301 Madrid Blvd.
  • (941) 637-1232

Twin Isles has a championship golf course, full bar and restaurant, swimming pool, both clay and hard tennis courts, practice facility, and a members lounge. Walking is permitted on the Ron Garl-designed 6,722 yard par 72 course. Five sets of tees allows players of all skill…