Bobby Jones Golf Club nature trails remain open to the public for exercise and bird watching

Public welcome between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.

This is a scene at Bobby Jones Golf Club in October 2019. Image courtesy City of Sarasota

Given the popularity of the Bobby Jones Golf Club’s nature trails over the Memorial Day weekend, the City of Sarasota’s Parks and Recreation Department has announced that the trails will remain open for walking, running, bicycling, photography, and wildlife observation.

Over the holiday weekend, visitors practiced social distancing, as recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and stayed on the trails, a Parks and Recreation Department news release says.

“The City of Sarasota Parks & Recreation District welcomes everyone to enjoy the views of gently rolling hills, sparkling lakes, meandering streams, and majestic live oaks daily” from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., the news release adds. “Please note the parking lot closes promptly [at 6 p.m.],” the release emphasizes.

Among prohibited activities are fishing, golfing, use of motorized vehicles, picnicking, approaching wildlife, pick-up sports, the flying of drones, and kite flying, the release points out. “Course rangers will continue monitoring the trails and golf course,” the release says.

Members of the public are advised to use the nature trails at their own risk, the release adds.