Long before there was Sarasota, there was Terra Ceia. The Timucuan Indians lived here for hundreds of years; it was their prime hunting and fishing area, as evidenced by the mounds of ancient artifacts. When white settlers arrived in the 1840s, the island was the first place they headed for. It had everything—fishing, hunting, great soil for agriculture, natural beauty and a perfect location, right at the mouth of Tampa Bay.
The settlers built homesteads and substantial businesses, and many became quite prosperous. The local produce, particularly the flowers, became world famous; asters from Terra Ceia were a hit at the inauguration of William Howard Taft in 1908.
It’s a happy irony that the area’s first community is among its most unchanged. There is still a feeling of working agriculture, with small farms, nurseries, herds of goats, and a few produce stands. No town really exists, but there is an old post office (formerly a bank) and there are several picturesque churches.
Yes, new residents are moving in, although there has been no ruinous development yet. People from St. Pete and Tampa have discovered the place and take advantage of the easy commute—just 18 miles to downtown St. Pete, 39 to downtown Tampa.
The newcomers tend to buy—or build—large Key West-style houses, three stories high, with porches on all sides and occasionally sporting Victorian embellishments. Many have views of not only the water but the nearby Sunshine Skyway bridge as well. These homes usually start at around half a million and can easily go up to three or four times that. You’ll also find smaller Florida homes of all styles and ages sprinkled about.
Terra Ceia still values its history. It boasts the state’s first Women’s Club, dating back to 1901 and still in existence as the Terra Ceia Village Improvement Association. Their biggest activity is the annual Mullet Smoke-Off, held each year in November. If mullet is to your taste, this is the place to be. You can sample smoked mullet, mullet cakes, mullet spread—the list goes on and on. Many participants show up for the famous mullet toss, in which a mullet (recently deceased) is tossed 50 or so feet into a toilet, with prizes for the winner.
The major residential development here is Terra Ceia Bay Country Club, with condominiums and villas sandwiched between the bay and an 18-hole public golf course. www.terraceiabaycc.com
Terra Ceia Bay Country Club is an exclusive venue available to the public that offers you everything you want for a true Floridian experience? From our impressive golf course and golf instruction to our tennis club, pool, bar, and grill, Terra Ceia Bay Country Club has everything you want and need to truly enjoy the Sunshine State.
While we are known for our challenging, picturesque, and well-maintained 18 hole course, there is much more to our country club than just golf. As a matter of fact, our club has increasingly become one of the most sought after venues for special events and weddings. Come on over to our clubhouse today to start socializing with friendly people and taking advantage of all the amenities we have to offer our members.
Falling in love with the atmosphere created by our country club is easy to do. From the meticulously kept golf greens to our stunningly-decorated buildings, each part of our facility is designed to make you feel cool, comfortable, and content. Not only is the atmosphere perfect for you and your family, but we also provide a wide variety of options that allow you to make the most of your membership with us.
Looking to get some exercise? Then you should take advantage of our golf course, racquet courts, or swimming pool. We even have golf lessons available from PGA Master Professional Jacques Panet-Raymond. Whether you are a seasoned athlete or someone looking to dip their toes in tennis or golf, we have options that allow you to sail your own course and enjoy every minute of your time with us.
Maybe you aren’t interested in sports, but you are interested in meeting new people and socializing? Our country club offers you plenty of opportunities to do that as well. From our clubhouse to our grill, pub, and Tiki Bar, you are going to find it easy to fraternize and build friendships with the other guests and members at weekly BINGO, Trivia, or Karaoke nights, or perhaps enter a Billiard, Ping Pong or Dart Tournament or try your hand at Poker, Bridge or Cribbage. We have a multitude of options for participation events or just come out and be part of the crowd and enjoy the entertainment.
Our Holiday events range from our popular New Years Bash to St. Patrick’s Day Dinner or Easter Brunch. We host College Football Parties, Kentucky Derby Parties and Pools for almost any sporting event on the planet! Our wrap around porch offers a great seat for viewing the Tiki and Pool Deck crowd as well as catch a light lunch with a soft breeze while overlooking the golf course.