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Ritz-Carlton - 1996-2002: Through Core Development, Inc. Kevin Daves originated, developed and managed construction of the Ritz- Carlton Hotel and Condominiums in Sarasota, Florida. He found the property and brought the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company to Sarasota to manage the hotel. He also conceived of the idea of building 48 condos on top of the 266-room hotel and of pairing the hotel and condominium project with a separate beach, spa and golf club project. The project's total development cost exceeded $105,000,000.


Condé Nast Traveler's Gold List: The World's Best Places to Stay, January 2007

T+L500 Greatest Hotels and Resorts in the World, Travel & Leisure, January 2007

The Ritz-Carlton Members Club is named one of Golf Magazine's 10 Best New Courses of the year, January 2007

AAA Five Diamond Lodging Award for 2007
AAA Four Diamond Dining Award for 2007, Vernona restaurant

Top Resorts in US, Zagat Survey, 2007 - The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota is one of 50 resorts recognized as a Top US Resort

Mobil Travel Guide Four-Star Award for 2007, The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota
Mobil Travel Guide Four-Star Award for 2007, Vernona restaurant

Florida Trend magazine’s Golden Spoon Award for 2007
Vernona restaurant named one of Florida’s Top 25 Restaurants – and is designated as one of this state’s top 5 Luxury Resort Restaurants

Conde Nast Traveler Readers Choice Awards “The Best in the World” November 2006
The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota is named one of the Top 100 U.S. Hotels

The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota is selected as one of the international luxury world’s most exceptional urban escapes in the premiere issue of Robb Report Luxury Hotels, Sept 2006

Vernona named “Best Overall” restaurant in Florida by Florida International Magazine, July 2006

The Ritz-Carlton Cobalt Best Practices Award - The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota was distinguished in the “Culinary and F&B” category recognizing their unique and innovative Executive Service Lunch

Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence for 2006, Vernona restaurant & The Beach Club Grill

A luxury gated golf club community with single-family home sites featuring lake and preserve views. A true world-class golf community with a Jack Nicklaus signature golf course co-designed in association with Tony Jacklin - the only one of its kind on Florida’s Gulf Coast!



Golf Digest 2006 Best New Private Golf Course (#1)
LINKS Magazine 2006/2007 America's 100 Premier Properties
Golf Digest 2007/2008 Best Golf Venues in Florida (#5)
Golfweek 2008 Best Modern Courses (#45)
Golfweek 2009 Best Residential Courses (#9)
GOLF Magazine 2009 Top 100 Courses in the US (#88)
Golf Digest 2009 75 Best Practice Areas (#69)


There are two distinct neighborhoods at The Concession, Birkdale and Lindrick are situated adjacent to The Nicklaus signature course. Property located East of I-75 between State Road 70 and University Parkway.