Bobby Jones Golf Club to be site of June 11 blood drive

Free COVID-19 antibody tests offered, too

The nature trails continue to be open to the public for free use at Bobby Jones Golf Club. Image courtesy City of Sarasota

City of Sarasota staff will host a blood drive at the Bobby Jones Golf Club on Thursday, June 11, the city has announced.

Representatives of OneBlood will on location from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. that day, a news release says.

Additionally, any person interested in doing so will be able to get a COVID-19 antibody test for free, the release emphasizes. Appointments, which are required, may be made through this link.

When visiting the club, the release adds, persons are asked to follow U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines in response to the public health emergency brought on by spread of the novel coronavirus. Those guidelines call for social distancing, limiting large gatherings “(no more than 10 people) and staying at home if you are sick,” the release points out For more details about the CDC guidelines, the release adds, visit

Members of the public also are invited to continue visiting the golf club, which is open on a daily basis for a variety of activities. “We welcome walkers, runners, bicyclists, photographers, and wildlife observers,” the release says. The Bobby Jones Golf Club nature trails are open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., the release notes. Gates will be locked promptly at 6 p.m., it adds.

“All paths and restrooms on the American & British Courses will be available,” the release continues, though guests are advised that they will be using the facilities at their own risk. “Please bring your own water or purchase drinks from the on-site restaurant,” the release adds. “Course Rangers will be monitoring the paths and golf course,” the release points out.

Among prohibited activities are fishing, golfing, use of motorized vehicles, picnicking, pick-up sports, the flying of drones, and kite flying, the release says.