CHARLOTTE HARBOR & THE GULF ISLANDS, Fla. (April 07, 2015) – Featuring more than 20 courses in the area, the Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau has produced a free, hand-held guide featuring golfing in Charlotte County. The colorful guide includes a map, descriptions of 22 area golf courses, and lists Charlotte County accommodations. In conjunction with the Charlotte Harbor VCB, the guide is sponsored by Myakka Pines Golf Club, Rotonda Golf & Country Club, and Weston’s wannaB inn Resort.

“We are proud to make this user-friendly guide available to prospective visitors to our destination,” said Mr. Sean Doherty, Sports Marketing Manager with the Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau, “This publication will serve as an important educational piece and will help illustrate why the Charlotte County area was ranked the Third Best Place in the Country to Live and Play Golf by Golf Digest several years ago.”

Through the Charlotte Harbor VCB’s partnership with the Florida Golf Marketing Alliance, more than 3,100 guides were distributed this spring at Midwest and Northeast U.S. consumer golf shows. Pick up a guide at the Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau office located at 18500 Murdock Circle, Suite B104, Port Charlotte, FL 33948. 

According to a 2013 study released by Golf 20/20, the direct golf economic impact on Florida’s economy is $8.2 billion a year, up from $7.5 billion in 2007. 

Each year, the Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau conducts marketing, sales and promotional campaigns to increase awareness of and visitation to Charlotte County. In addition to generating economic contributions, the Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau is also focused on developing soft adventure or eco-tourism, a low-impact industry enabling the county to preserve the invaluable natural resources that contribute to its ecological health, distinguish the area and draw visitors.

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Download an image of the guide along with images of some of the area’s golf courses: 

About Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands 
Located halfway between Tampa and Naples on the Southwest Florida Gulf Coast, Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands is a charming collection of nine coastal communities surrounding the state’s second largest harbor. Florida’s premier year-round eco-tourism destination, the area offers a pristine unspoiled beauty.  In 2014 Port Charlotte has been named the top U.S. Best Value Destination by trivago, the world’s largest online hotel search site, and the Charlotte Sports Park, spring training home of the Tampa Bay Rays, was voted “Best Spring Training Facility” by readers of USA TODAY. A haven for outdoor enthusiasts, Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands has been named one of SAIL magazine’s “10 Greatest Places to Sail in the United States,” ranked by Golf Digest as “Third Best Place to Live and Play Golf in America,” and rated by MONEY magazine as one of the “Best Places to Live in the South.” Englewood was named second of the Top Ten emerging travel destinations in the U.S. by  The area is served by five airports: The Punta Gorda Airport (PDG) with private and charter air service, Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ), Southwest Florida International Airport, Ft. Myers, (RSW), St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) and Tampa International Airport (TPA).

For more information on visiting Charlotte Harbor visit or call1-800-652-6090.

Jennifer Huber                                
Tourism Public Relations Manager                                  
Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau            
(941) 743-1900                                                

Mary Jane Kolassa / Cindy Dobyns
Above Water Public Relations & Marketing
(407) 463-0040 / (239) 596-9149  /

Charlotte Harbor Visitor 
& Convention Bureau

18500 Murdock Circle, Suite B104
Port Charlotte, FL 33948
941-743-1900, FAX: 941-764-4932