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Southwest Florida Edition




Fall/Winter 2020-21



Golf in Our New World




Golf Coast Magazine


Cover Story

An updated look at the current conditions of the golf industry, and it’s response to the pandemic.


Where to contact us, plus a letter from our publishers


Visit GolfCoastMagazine.com to keep up with local news and events



Collier County’s Premier club-fitter can help you improve your game.


Golf has evolved since the beginning of the pandemic, and now has an opportunity to bring new players in.


40-41 NEW ESSAY COLUMN: Out of Bounds


Some of the best local golf courses in SWFL.




Featuring The Club at Gateway and updates within the local private communities.

Looking at the game of golf from an alternative angle


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This has been a year far different than we all expected it to be. The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically changed our everyday lives and will continue to do so well into 2021. Nevertheless, the game of golf saw a huge increase in participation, as well as an all-time high of golf equipment sales. Golf has proven to be a safe sport where social distancing comes quite easy. We are not out of the woods yet. Golf professionals have dedicated their time and hard work to make sure all golf courses have taken the steps necessary to keep all golfers safe and we thank them for providing a safe environment for all players. For more information on safety, along with your responsibilities as a player, please visit GolfSafeFlorida.com There is a lot happening in our community. The Club at Gateway has finished their $5+ million-dollar renovation project, including the dining venues which showcase the talents of Chef Dan Lavallee. We also spotlighted two industry pros - Shane’s Swing-Line Golf, is Naples’ only Master Club Builder and Trey Sones in Fort Myers, who is a former Professional Tour player offers lessons for both adults and children. We are also thrilled to see the return of televised golf! We are looking forward to the Pelican Women’s Championship Presented by DEX Imaging, which will be broadcasted without fans in attendance at the Pelican Golf Club in Belleair, Fl. This is the time of year when Florida welcomes the season with cooler weather and the return of old friends and busy schedules. We are once again excited to be your guide to all that Southwest Florida has to offer and where you can read up on local golf news, tips, local courses, and events. You can also visit us at GolfCoastMagazine.com to stay up to date on all the latest news and be sure to join our free weekly newsletter and do not forget to follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter! We hope that everyone will stay safe and healthy during this season! Fairways and greens,

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Golf in Our New World

March 2020 feels a lot farther in the

past than the calendar tells us.

On March 1st, we published an article in this space prognosticating about the future of golf. The story, which was written in mid-February, missed the biggest event of 2020 – the COVID-19 Pandemic. Less than two weeks after readers first saw our story on Golf in the 2020s, President Trump declared that COVID-19 was a National Emergency, marking the moment when lockdowns started across the nation and our lives saw massive changes. There have been countless stories on the human impact of COVID-19 and the tragedies that our community has experienced. We are taking a different angle – looking to the stories of how our industry has reacted to the pandemic and taking a second look at what the future has in store. GolfCoastMagazine.com

An Opportunity to Expand the Game Clearly, there is a short-term opportunity for golf. The benefits of golf beyond playing the game itself are needed today more than ever. Golf is able to provide a safe harbor for both people’s physical and mental well-being. It remains a place families and friends can remain connected while also supporting a healthy lifestyle. With so many other recreational outlets either closed or limited by the pandemic and so many that will likely to be impacted long term by technology alternatives (for example, going to the movies vs. direct home distribution; in the fitness industry, home fitness equipment and added technology will likely impact gym memberships). Golf remains a healthy and inimitable experience. I can exercise and go to the movies from my living room, but I can’t play golf in my living room. Not responsibly beyond putting anyway. In my view, (we need to) continue to extol


the benefits of the game that go beyond the scorecard. The much-needed time spent making memories and providing rays of hope during this Covid journey to create new lifelong habits is essential. Teaching the game so that people use this Covid time effectively to produce more enjoyable rounds after the other attractions come back is essential. Now is the time to take advantage of this period to alter habits going forward.


where golf courses host weddings and other special events, has seen cancellations and events postponed to 2021. Restaurant revenue is down due to capacity limits and people dining out less. While dining restrictions are being lifted in Phase 3 of Florida’s reopening plan, restaurants have continued to take precautions well beyond the state minimums.

In short, while golf courses are thrilled - Rob DeMore, President, Troon PrivÊ to be hosting more rounds, the additional rounds do not offset the loss of other Golf Rounds are Up – But Golf business. That said, the long-term outCourses Still Require Your Support look for the industry has improved based on the new players entering the game. Florida golfers are golfing more than ever. Based on a study by Golf DatatNew Expectations for Fall/Winter Golf ech, Florida golfers played 36.7% more rounds in August 2020 than they did in Golf rounds per day are limited by the August 2019. This increase, while exnumber of golf carts available. At the cellent, overstates the financial impact beginning of the pandemic, golf courses because August is one of the slowest offered single rider carts to provide months of the year for Florida golf. extra social distance. This was possible because we were entering the slow seaYear to date, Florida golfers have played son, when courses run below full capac6% more rounds than they did at this ity. However, single rider carts will not time last year. be available at most courses in the high season because there are not enough While rounds are up, other services have carts to accommodate it. fallen significantly. The event business,



Golf is a Safe Outdoor Activity

to offer a safe way for people to stay The risk of a COVID-19 infection outside, active, while maintaining social distancing. It was among the first to implement while not zero, is substantially lower. In strict safety measures to protect playa study looking at the outbreak in China, ers, and the PGA’s Back2Golf Playbook where 7,000 COVID-19 cases were traced, just two people were identified as has guided the industry in protecting players. catching COVID-19 while outdoors. If you are in a lower risk group and able to Player Retention is Critical able to visit the grocery store, the risk of golf with shared carts is extremely low.

Additionally, golf courses in our communities have taken extraordinary steps to keep golfers safe – through social distancing, reduced touchpoints, and consistent sanitization, golf is among the best ways to stay active and healthy while minimizing the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

Strong equipment sales through the summer suggest that the game is growing. In July, year over year growth in equipment sales was 53.4%, and in August it was 31.9%. Both months represent growth records for the industry and suggest that new players are entering the game.

This is a moment when the golf industry needs to embrace shifting consumer How will the industry move forward? preferences – implementing new technology to make golf more entertaining The golf industry is in a unique position to younger players, making the game GolfCoastMagazine.com


more fun with golf boards and scooters, and focusing on hospitality.

Community is more important than ever.

We have a tremendous opportunity to create new lifelong golfers.

Golf is a communal game – we play with our friends and neighbors, often in our backyards. Our homes are built around golf courses. In Florida, where so many of us are from somewhere else, the events at our golf courses are often how we make friends and meet our neighbors.

Golf is experiencing an unprecedented surge in interest and activity. As long as COVID-related lifestyle and business restrictions are in place, golf will remain one of the primary activities people pursue. Existing golfers are playing more golf, former golfers are returning to the sport, and droves of people are taking up golf for the first time. This surge is leading to more demand on all aspects of the industry from club memberships, to tee times, to golf equipment, to lessons. The opportunity for golf is to retain as much of this accelerated activity as possible for years to come. This is the moment golf has been waiting for. We need to make sure this surge of people have FUN. Fun comes in many forms including great hospitality at the course, time with family, shiny new clubs and apparel, and lower scores via lessons. The golf industry has a collective opportunity to retain a new wave of people and boost rounds played for years into the future. As Covid restrictions eventually relax and other activities and business travel again compete for people’s time, a new-found passion for golf must be embedded in people’s lives to overcome other options for their time. - Joe Assell, CEO, GOLFTEC


At a time when we cannot spend as much time with our friends and families as we want, maintaining connections could not be more important. Golfers should take this as an opportunity to reconnect with their local clubs and participate in the social programming available to them. It’s a New World for Golf Golf has constantly evolved since its inception. We have done better than many other industries in this difficult period, and we can continue that momentum by taking a forward-thinking approach. By embracing technology and serving our communities, golf can grow sustainably for years to come. GCM




Introducing Shane Collison and Swing-Line Golf, Inc. Shane Collison, formerly of Springfield Missouri, got his start in Myrtle Beach working at numerous high end clubs and Custom Club Shops in the early nineties. Since then he has independently owned and operated his Golf Shop, in Naples. Shane has been recognized as one of America’s Top 100 Club Fitters. Up to 97% of the golfers routinely play with clubs that don’t properly fit. Getting fitted for your golf clubs is an important step for those seeking to maximize their potential on the golf course. Shane’s club fitting process begins with a review of your body


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type, ability, and current set of golf clubs. After comparing the baseline data from your current set with the data from different shaft/head combinations, they can make accurate recommendations on what the perfect set of clubs for you should be, and build them for you. Shane and staff have been a mainstay in the Naples golf business for specialized Clubrepair, Tour Performance Fitting, and now Class A instruction with Mike Dero. One stop shop for Golf Clubs, Golf Lessons and Clinics.They can and will do everything to help you play better golf.

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The LPGA Tour Returns to Tampa Bay November 16-22 The stars of the LPGA Tour are headed to Tampa Bay November 16-22 to take on the newly opened Pelican Golf Club in Belleair. The course, which has already become a jewel among Florida golf tracks, promises to serve as a worthy test to the best golfers in the world. Pelican is a Donald Ross design that has been completely overhauled to create a truly unique experience. The tournament announced previously that tickets are unavailable for purchase due to the COVID crisis, but all four rounds will be televised on Golf Channel to more than 155 countries. The inaugural Pelican Women’s Championship marks the first LPGA event in the region since 1989 when the final St. Petersburg Open was played at the Pasadena Yacht & Country Club. The Tampa Women’s Open was held at Palma Ceia Golf & Country Club from 1947-1960.

The field for the Pelican Women’s Championship will be one of the strongest in all of professional golf and is expected to include stars like Lexi Thompson, Morgan Pressel and Brooke Henderson. It’s also expected to include top-ranked players with ties to the Tampa area including Brittany Lincicome and Nelly Korda. The event includes the opportunity to play alongside the pros in the Pelican Pro-Am. Golfers of all abilities are invited to contact the tournament office to learn more about this unforgettable experience. Every professional golf tournament needs an army of volunteers to assist in operations. While volunteer needs will be limited this year due to the lack of general attendance, volunteer support has been especially strong leading into the first year. Visit www.PelicanLPGA.com for more information about the 2020 PelicanWomen’s Championship.






Public Golf Course


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King/Queen Yards / Rating / Slope Black: 6515 / 70.9 / 133; Blue: 6023 / 68.7 / 125; White: 5602 / 67.9 / 110; Yellow: 4960 / 65.0 / 104 Red: 4548 / 67.1 / 107 Queen/Prince Yards / Rating / Slope Black: 6562 / 71.1 / 134; Blue: 6155 / 69.3 / 127; White: 5717 / 68.0 / 113; Yellow: 5199 / 65.6 / 109 Red: 4610 / 67.1 / 108 Prince/King Yards / Rating / Slope Black: 6611 / 71.0 / 129; Blue: 6246 / 69.4 / 123; White: 5877 / 68.7 / 111; Yellow: 5215 / 65.8 / 104 Red: 4698 / 67.2 / 106


Number of Holes: 27 Director of Golf: Sean Biggs, PGA Superintendent: Greg Coyne, GCSAA

Cape Coral

Cape Royal Golf Club Magnificent Golf, Outstanding Food, Championship Service Come watch the Wood Storks, Ibis, Egrets and Herons on the fairways and preserves of the community. Considered one of the best kept secrets in the greater Fort Myers area, Cape Royal offers the feel of a protected enclave, yet is minutes away from all that Southwest Florida has to offer. Just a short drive from the beaches, Cape Royal features 27 holes of championship golf in Southwest Florida spread across a course design that is too good to miss! Their unique, Gordon Lewis-designed layout features 5 sets of tees in order to challenge players of all skill levels. Prepare yourself for an unparalleled golfing experience. Our course is a pleasure for golfers of any skill level to play. Test your accuracy with our fairways, water hazards and sand traps; we have everything you need to challenge you and improve your game. 11460 Royal Tee Circle Cape Coral, FL 33991 239-283-5522 www.caperoyalgolfclub.com

COLLIER | LEE Public Course

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Eagle Lakes Golf Club

Yardage/Rating/Slope: Teal: 7177 / 74.5 / 134; Black: 6436 / 71.1 / 127; White: 5952 / 68.2 / 122; Grey: 5288 / 66.2 / 116; Red: 4466 / 65.3 / 108


Number of Holes: 18 Architect: Gordon Lewis General Manager: Josh Brunet, PGA Superintendent: Chris Allen


• Casually elegant dining and banquet space for up to 100 guests • Fully equipped pro shop • Men’s and women’s private locker rooms • Covered hitting mats on full driving range plus short game area

Located minutes from Olde Naples and Marco Island Florida, Eagle Lakes Golf Club is a new 7,150-yard, par 72 championship course that will match-up well against the lowest handicappers while providing casual players with a one-of-a-kind Everglades golf experience. Abundant wildlife, including a pair of American Bald Eagles, will accompany you as you make your way around the track. We offer the best value for public golf in Naples with 18 holes, 6 sets of tees and 7100 yards of beautiful golf. 18100 Royal Tree Parkway Naples, FL 34114 239-732-0034 www.eaglelakesgofclub.net




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Hibiscus Golf Club Ne wB a No r & R w O es pen taur ant

Yardage/Rating/Slope: Blue: 6476 / 71.1 / 131; White: 6103 / 69.0 / 125; Gold Mens: 5300 / 65.5 / 114; Gold Ladies: 5300 / 70.1 / 114; Red: 4925 / 68.2 / 113


Number of Holes: 18 Architect: Dave Wallace Director of Golf: Mike Smuniewski, PGA General Manager: Brian Diver, PGA Superintendent: Robert Trebilcock, GCSAA


• Home Course of the Dennis Meyer’s Golf School • Exceptional Practice Facility including Driving Range, Short Game Area, and Putting Green • Mulligan’s Bar and Grill

Hibiscus Golf Club is an 18-hole public golf course located in beautiful Naples, Florida. Built in 1969, with renovations to the course and clubhouse completed in 2007, this splendidly conditioned layout is one of the few courses in the Naples area open to the public. Hibiscus is a golfer’s dream with 18 totally different experiences for both the high and low handicap golfer. Wide fairways, bunkered greens and numerous lakes and streams make each hole a new challenge and a pleasure to play. In addition, we offer one of the few public practice facilities in Southwest Florida. 5375 Hibiscus Drive Naples, FL 34113 239-774-0088 www.hibiscusgolf.com


Public Course

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Yardage/Rating/Slope: Blue 6423 / 71.6 / 120 White 6055 / 69.5 / 116 Gold 5648 / 67.5 / 113 Red 5109 / 70.1 / 113

Green 3847 / 59.8 / 99 COURSE FACTS

General Manager/ Head Pro: Gary Keating, PGA Golf Course Superintendent: Jason Craft, GCSAA


Private Lessons $50 for 30 mins or $90 for 1 hour Group Lessons & Clinics Also Available. Call for Pricing.


• Fully stocked pro Shop • Multiple practice facilities including all grass aqua driving range. • Chipping and sand practice area • Snack bar with full liquor bar • Club Repair



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San Carlos Golf Club

San Carlos Golf Club strives to have the most affordable rates in Southwest Florida throughout the year while providing excellent course conditions. Nestled in the community of San Carlos Park, San Carlos Golf Club is one of the oldest established clubs in Southwest Florida. It was developed in 1971 by the San Carlos Park Community and in 1981 was purchased by local area golfers. This traditional layout has received rave reviews for its playability from professionals and amateurs alike. Practice facilities include an aqua driving range, pitching and chipping area, practice bunker and a large putting green. The teaching professionals at San Carlos Golf Club specialize in personalized instruction tailored to your skill level. From the golfer just taking up the game to the experienced player trying to take the game to the next level, golfers will receive plenty of individual instruction. San Carlos Golf Club was voted ‘Best Public Golf Course’ by the readers of the Fort Myers News Press in 2015. 7420 Constitution Circle Fort Myers, FL 33967 239-267-3131 www.sancarlosgolfclub.com proshop@sancarlosgolfclub.com




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Public Golf Course

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Yardage/Rating/Slope: Mens/Green: 7007 / 74.1 / 128 Mens/Blue: 6658 / 72.3 / 125 Mens/White: 6167 / 69.0 / 122 Mens/Gold: 5468 / 65.7 / 110 Ladies/Gold: 5468 / 70.7 / 114 Ladies/Red: 4786 / 66.4 / 113


Number of Holes: 18 Architect: J. Drew Rogers PGA Golf Pro: Nick Stokke Superintendent: Dominic Wachena

COURSE AMENITIES • All Grass Driving Range • Golf Lessons • Clubhouse and Pro Shop • Large Practice Greens • Full-Service Bar & Restaurant • Golf Club Rental


Valencia Golf & Country Club Four Star Rated by Golf Digest The readers of the Naples Daily News have rated Valencia Golf and Country Club the Best Public Golf course 3 years in a row! This 18-Hole golf course, driving range and practice facility is open to the public and includes a full-service Pro Shop and PGA Golf Professional available daily and 30 station public driving range and practice facility. A variety of monthly memberships are available. Noted golf course architect J. Drew Rogers recreated this masterpiece, taking advantage of the pristine natural beauty and carving out a spectacular course, which has quickly become one of Naples’ premier public golf courses. Highlighting the unique features of the landscape and native plants, the course features undulating fairways, sparkling lakes and lush stands of palms, pines and cypress preserves. Work on your game at the best public practice facility and driving range in Naples, FL. Located just 9 miles east on Immokalee Rd, within minutes of Bonita Springs, Fort Myers and Immokalee. 1725 Double Eagle Trail Naples, FL 34120 239-352-0777 www.ValenciaGolfNaples.com

Private Golf Clubs Private Membership Offers Many Advantages

Welcome to our Private Country Club section — A Guide to the Country Club Lifestyle in Southwest Florida

West Bay Club, Estero FL

It’s Not Just About the Golf Back in the day, any country club worth its crest would build a reputation around its golf operation. Golfers, mostly men, ran the clubs, and their thinking was that every dollar a club spent on food and beverage, swimming, tennis and general hospitality wasn’t being spent on grooming the fairways, culinary classes, cabanas by the pool and value -adds such as preferred rolling the greens, stocking the pro pricing on wine, theme park passes shop, maintaining caddie programs and other offsite events and services. and cart fleets, and ensuring the Golf Coast Magazine has researched quality of the gin in the men’s locker some of the best Private Clubs the and grill rooms. Southwest Florida area has to offer. Times have changes. More than In this issue of Golf Coast ever, clubs across the country Magazine, we recognize that the food, beverage, More than ever, clubs feature recently renamed amenities and recognize that food, The Club at programming are the primary beverage, amenities Gateway in Fort Myers, when drivers for and programming are new ownership member satisfaction. While the primary drivers for came on board in of 2018. course quality member satisfaction March This private remains a factor, club features a Tom Fazio Signature a resort-style approach has replaced Course and completed a $5-plus the golf-dominated ones. million renovation to the clubhouse That can mean fitness facilities focusing on dining areas and adding so members don’t need a separate a new fitness center, resort style gym membership. Healthy casual pool, wine cellar and children’s dining options also are important playground. so members can bring the family. Stay tuned in future issues for In addition, members want on-site childcare and junior enrichment and more information about the colossal renovations which are under way at sports programs, massage and spa many other area private clubs. services, events like concerts and


The over $5 Million renovation at The Club at Gateway included a new Display

Kitchen with Expo Counter for an up close dining experience with the line chefs, as well as offering cooking demonstrations and classes. Specialty pizzas have gone to a new level with a variety of flat breads made in the new Stone Wood Pizza Oven. Fresh toppings are roasted and fresh bread baked while Chef Dan prepares homemade sausage, pizza sauce, and cheeses are shred for that insanely tasty pizza. Let’s not forget his very own special recipes for gluten free crusts and flat breads. Indoor casual, formal or private, outdoor patio or pool side bar are your dining options for breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack or dinner. Wine Club Members can also store their favorite wines in the Wine Cellar which can accommodate over 1600 bottles. Chef ’s Tables, Wine Tastings, Microbrewery Dinners, Theme Nights and Paired Culinary offerings are Member favorites and take place in the new Dining Room which accommodates 300 Members and their guests, and offers beautiful Club views and a great dining experience. Just another reason to join The Club at Gateway and meet the “friendliest members in the area.”

For more information, please contact MJ Chappy, Membership Director at 239.561.1012 or Membership@GatewayGCC.com.



Golf Clubs are Investing in Health Florida Golf Clubs have been at the center of our communities since people started migrating to Southwest Florida, but they haven’t been standing still. In recent years, Golf and Country Clubs have been placing a heavier focus on offering their members with a well-rounded lifestyle. Numerous local clubs have recently started or approved multi-million dollar renovations of their facilities, including: The Club at Gateway, The Club at Grandezza, Heritage Bay Golf & Country Club, Olde Hickory Golf & Country Club, The Quarry Golf Club, Royal Palm Golf Club, the West Bay Club, and Worthington Country Club, just to name a few. While the golf course is often improved during these renovations, the clubs are investing millions in improving their clubhouses and facilities. The focus is on healthy lifestyles – which means that health GolfCoastMagazine.com

clubs are being built or expanded, space is being set aside for fitness classes, new equipment is being added to attract a younger group of members, and club restaurants are seeing major improvements. These renovations reinforce what we have always known – golf, except on those days when you catch the ‘shanks’, can have enormously positive mental health impacts. But it is just one part of a healthy lifestyle. That is why club restaurants are introducing healthy fare and members are being encouraged to use the fitness facilities. These improvements are helping us bring new people into our communities and improving the lifestyles of those who are already there. Staying healthy has never been more important than it is today. The improvements that clubs make today will keep them at the center of our communities for decades to come.



The GOLF HOME GURU®’s “Top 25 SWFL Golf Communities” By Joe Morgan-GOLF HOME GURU As I start my 16th year of specializing

in Southwest Florida golf community residential real estate sales, the question that I get asked most frequently continues to be… “What is the best private golf community in Southwest Florida?” But with over 100 different golf communities and over 150 golf courses in the area, it’s not feasible to select just one community. In addition, the golfers/golf home buyers that gravitate to SWFL have a very diverse list of needs, wants, and preferences that can’t be satisfied by just one golf community. So, 7-8 years ago I decided to develop a “Top 25 Southwest Florida Golf Communities” list that would enable my tens of thousands of annual website (GolfHomeGuru. com) visitors—most of whom use Download the new

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this website as their primary source of information regarding SWFL golf community and housing alternatives— to narrow down our broad assortment of private golf communities, and focus on the handful-or-so that come the closest to satisfying their personal budgets, golfing habits and ability, and family lifestyle. The goal was to make their final selection of an ideal private golf community a lot easier and quicker. The exclusive “GURU Top 25” list has been fine-tuned over time, and it’s now the #1 most frequently visited individual page on my website, which so far this year has experienced over a half million total page visits. The list is based on 15-years of experience of showing and comparing properties in almost 90 different golf communities…and ultimately selling in almost 60 of these communities. It’s updated annually, and it primarily consists of the communities that are most often chosen by my buyers, reflecting their appreciation of the housing offerings and pricing, and the amenities offerings and improvements that are available in these individual communities.



The following is the 2020 “GURU Top 25” list, with the individual communities listed in alphabetical order within each category. Go to GolfHomeGuru.com for a plethora of additional details and specifics regarding each community. The website also includes a list of “Honorable Mention” golf communities for each category. TOP 5 “BUNDLED” PRIVATE GOLF COMMUNITIES (A Golf and/or Social Membership is included in the price of the home you buy in these private communities, and you pay no membership initiation fee) Bonita National (Bonita Springs)—18-holes; Golf course designer, Gordon Lewis Esplanade (Naples)—18-holes; Chris Wilczyski Heritage Bay (Naples)—27-holes; Gordon Lewis Naples Lakes (Naples)—18-holes; Arnold Palmer “Signature” course Pelican Sound (Estero)—27-holes; Chip Powell TOP 5 “AFFORDABLE PRICED” PRIVATE GOLF COMMUNITIES (Golf Membership initiation fees between $5,000-$39,999) Gateway (Ft. Myers)—$8,000 initiation fee; 18-holes; Tom Fazio Greyhawk at Golf Club of the Everglades (Naples)—$39,000 (couple); 18-holes; Rees Jones Pelican Preserve (Ft. Myers)—$6,500; 27-holes; Chip Powell Quail Creek (Naples)—$25,000; 36-holes; Arthur Hills

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Verandah (Ft. Myers)—$22,500; 36-holes; Jack Nicklaus & Robert Cupp TOP 5 “MEDIUM PRICED” PRIVATE GOLF COMMUNITIES (Golf Membership initiation fees between $40,000-$49,999) Kensington (Naples)—$45,000; 18-holes; Robert Trent Jones Pelican Landing/Pelican Nest (Bonita Springs)—$42,000; 36-holes; Arthur Hills Vineyards (Naples)—$40,000; 36-holes; Mark McCumber The Quarry (Naples)—$45,000; 18-holes; Michael Hurdzan & Dana Fry TwinEagles (Naples)—$40,000; 36-holes; Jack Nicklaus & Steve Smyers TOP 5 “PREMIUM PRICED” PRIVATE GOLF COMMUNITIES (Golf Membership initiation fees between $50,000-$79,999) Fiddler’s Creek (Naples)—$50,000; 18-holes; Arthur Hills GolfCoastMagazine.com

Fiddlesticks (Ft. Myers)—$50,000; 36-holes; Ron Garl Gulf Harbour (Ft. Myers)—$60,000; 18-holes; Chip Powell Miromar Lakes (Ft. Myers/Miromar Lakes)—$64,000; 18-holes; Arthur Hills Palmira (Bonita Springs)—$50,000; 27-holes; Gordon Lewis TOP 5 “ELITE PRICED” PRIVATE GOLF COMMUNITIES (Golf Membership initiation fees between $80,000-$200,000) Bonita Bay (Bonita Springs)— $95,000; 90-holes; Arthur Hills & Tom Fazio Grey Oaks (Naples)—$160,000; 54-holes; Robert Cupp Mediterra (Naples)—$150,000; 36-holes; Tom Fazio Pelican Bay (Naples)—$130,000; 27-holes; Arthur Hills Quail West (Naples)—$120,000; 36-holes; Arthur Hills Every year I get 2-3 phone calls



from local golf community General Managers, BOD members, or Membership Directors asking why they aren’t on the “GURU Top 25” list…and what they need to do to get on it? If their community has some obvious deficits that are impeding their attractiveness to my clients—such as overly-high mandatory membership fees; missing key amenities, such as outdoor dining, pickle ball, bocce’ ball; outdated facilities; a high population of homes that need updating inside; etc.—I graciously provide them with this feedback. However, the reality is that most of these communities don’t have glaring defects…and some even have unrecognized or under-appreciated advantages over communities on my list. That’s one of the reasons why I continue to show my clients homes in ALL communities that appear to best fit their parameters, regardless of whether they’re on my list or not. It’s also why I update/revise my list each year. SWFL is blessed with some of the best overall golf/social communities and best golf courses in the nation, and what doesn’t appeal to one of my clients may be another client’s favorite feature. The 2020 list, for instance, contains seven golf communities that weren’t on it a year ago and another 4-5 were added this year to the “Honorable Mention” lists, predominantly due to my clients’ recognition and appreciation of their key advantages…and my clients’ subsequent desire to buy a home in these communities. My advice is to use my list as a tool to narrow down your search due diligence, but don’t definitively rule out the other applicable


golf communities until we have a chance to personally discuss whether they might work for you. Joe Morgan—aka the GOLF HOME GURU®— specializes in real estate sales in Naples/SWFL golf communities. He’s an 11-year winner of Gulfshore Life magazine’s “FIVE STAR Client Satisfaction Award”, and an annual “Platinum Producer” for Downing-Frye Realty Inc., in Naples, Florida. Please visit his comprehensive, user-friendly website, GolfHomeGuru. com, and check out his EXCLUSIVE “GURU Top 25 SWFL Golf Communities” website page. To further simplify your searches, please download his new GOLF HOME GURU® App for iPhones/iPads. Just go to the Apple App Store and search for “GOLF HOME GURU”. You can contact the GURU at 239/438-6426 (Cell/Text), and Guru@GolfHomeGuru.com, to assist you with buying/selling a SWFL golf community home.



Unfinished By Jeff Thoreson, Golf and Travel Writer j.thoreson@comcast.net

If Schubert couldn’t finish his symphony,

how can we be expected to finish golf? The game is music to our ears, a rainbow to our eyes. We chase the pot of golf gold. But we can’t find it. It’s not there. Or is it there, somewhere? We run through the spectrum looking for an end, for a completeness to the natural circle of start to finish. But the game doesn’t provide that. Golf is forever unfinished.

sion on Monday after work and then think you have it all figured out for the next Wednesday afternoon. But you don’t, so it goes on and on. We can’t just write the last note and call it finished.

A single round may end with a definitive number in the far right-hand box on the scorecard, but that number is never good enough. We celebrate the Other things begin and end – careers, first time we break 100, and then we eye 90. We check off 90 and put 80 marriages, lives. In golf, there is in our sights. Few get there, but those always another shot to be hit. There is always another round to be played. who do, dare they even dream about 70? They must. It’s almost a requireThere is always another pile of striped ment of this game that won’t end, this balls to be practiced.You work your game that constantly demands more. way through an entire pyramid on the And we are happy to give more, to practice tee only to have the range seek more, to pursue the gold. But, boy show up and build another one like the rainbow, there is no end. There for you.You play your Wednesday af- is only more, and more and more. ternoon game and then look forward The first time I broke 70 came just a to your Saturday morning game. month after the first time I shot level You hit balls on Sunday afternoon; squeeze in a chipping and putting ses- par. Both came as a surprise. I didn’t GolfCoastMagazine.com


think my game had yet gotten to that level. These are the rounds that move you on. It’s not so much that the game demands more from you, it’s that you demand more from the game.You can’t shoot 99, 89, 79 or even 69 and think you’re finished.Your career best round had room for improvement. There was a putt that lipped out; an iron shot that wasn’t pure. There was a loose drive or a careless blast from a greenside bunker. There was the chip-in for birdie on a green you missed, and you know that to maintain this level that really needs to be a GIR and one-putt.


attaches itself to our souls and becomes part of us so that by the time you realize you’re no longer as good as you once were, you accept it as another way nature nudges you along her timeline. You say you will recommit; recapture past glory and reason that if a professional can still be good after 50, so can you at your own, lesser level.You feel it still, the game inside you hasn’t changed, but maybe you’re just not yet far enough down the glacial spiral to recognize your new station in golf.

Maybe we accept decline the same way we accept success, in incremental I love golf, but I hate the game because steps sometimes so small you hardly it can’t end on my terms. There will be know you’re going up – or down. no final victory; no last tip of the cap Maybe that’s another attraction of the and no Bobby Jones-like walk off into game.You don’t wake up one mornthe sunset. The game takes you to the ing and realize that the competition peak of your career, however indisis too young, too quick, too strong, tinguishable that may be from the rest but you’re happy to play on; to seek a of your career, then spirals you down new level, and then a few years later at such a painfully glacial pace that another, then another. you’re not sure if you are in permanent There is always more; never an end, decline or just a temporary lull. so we will all leave the game as At any time you can quit; just give up Schubert left Symphony No. 8 in B and walk away, but that is the game minor – unfinished. forcing you out. That is you leaving knowing there was more to be done. That is less an end and more a dismissal. We are not quitters, so we hang in there, clinging to our belief that we can still be better, digging it out of the dirt until we are finally dug into the dirt. Golf is the game – the frustration – of a lifetime. It

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72 – is a traditional course with rolling hills and beauty rarely seen in Florida. Fairways lined with live oaks, dogwoods and magnolias complement large greens, which feature multiple tiers and cavernous bunkers. The presence of azaleas and closely manicured fairways and greens has helped Rolling Oaks draw comparisons to Augusta National. Prior to challenging World Woods’ championship tracks, players are invited to experience its nationally-ranked practice facility. The circular practice park, occupying over 22 acres, features eight separate teeing areas, target greens, bunkers and trees. Fazio created a rare opportunity for golfers to practice in a variety of wind and sun conditions. The practice facilities also include three challenging practice holes, a 9-hole short course featuring seven par-3s and two par-4s, and a two-acre putting course that has tremendous undulations guaranteed to challenge even the game’s best putters. If you have never experienced golf at World Woods, you have missed a little bit of golf paradise. For most golfers, it’s as close as they’ll ever get to Pine Valley and Augusta National. For more information – including rates and views of all 36 holes – visit www.worldwoods.com.

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(239) 283-2179 P

14261 Clubhouse Dr, Bokeelia

Alico Family Golf

(239) 334-4653 P

16300 Lee Road, Fort Myers

Arrowhead Golf Course

(239) 596-1000 P

2205 Heritage Greens Dr, Naples

Audubon Country Club

(239) 566-9800 PR 625 Audubon Blvd, Naples

Bay Colony Golf Club

(239) 592-9515 PR

Bear’s Paw Country Club

(239) 263-3007 PR 2500 Golden Gate Pkwy, Naples

Bentley Village Golf Club

(239) 513-1125 PR 2550 Golfside Drive, Naples

9740 Bent Grass Bend, Naples

Bonita Bay Club

(239) 495-0200 PR

26660 Country Club Drive, Bonita Springs

Bonita Bay Club East

(239) 455-7535 PR

2700 Wildwood Blvd, Naples

Bonita National Golf & Country Club

(239) 908-0704 PR 17481 Bonita National Blvd, Bonita Springs

Calusa Pines Golf Club

(239) 348-2220 P

Cape Royal Golf Club

(239) 283-5522 PR 11460 Royal Tee Cir, Cape Coral

Cedar Hammock Golf & Country Club

(239) 793-1134 PR

8660 Cedar Hammock Blvd., Naples

The Club at Gateway

(239) 734-4474 PR

12091 Gateway Greens Dr., Ft. Myers

The Club at Grendézza

(239) 948-3569 PR

11481 Grande Oak Blvd., Estero

The Club at Mediterra

(239) 254-3000 PR

15755 Corso Mediterra Cir, Naples

The Club at Olde Cypress

(239) 596-4797 PR

7165 Treeline Dr., Naples

Club Pelican Bay

(239) 597-1183 PR

707 Gulf Park Drive Naples

The Club at Renaissance

(239) 561-4170 PR

12801 Renaissance Way, Ft. Myers

The Club at the Strand

(239) 592-7710 PR

5840 Strand Boulevard Naples

Colliers Reserve Country Club

(239) 597-7200 PR 11711 Colliers Reserve Dr, Naples

Colonial Country Club

(239) 768-9421 SP

9181 Independence Way, Ft. Myers

2000 Calusa Pines Drive, Naples

The Colony Golf and Country Club

(239) 390-4720 PR

4101 Pelican Colony Blvd., Bonita Springs

Copperleaf Golf Club

(239) 390-2027 PR

23101 Copperleaf Blvd, Estero

Coral Oaks Golf Course

(239) 573-3100 P

1800 Northwest 28th Ave, Cape Coral

Country Club of Naples

(239) 261-1032 PR

185 Burning Tree Drive, Naples

Countryside Golf Club

(239) 353-1780 PR

600 Countryside Drive, Naples

Cross Creek Country Club

(239) 768-1922 P

13050 Cross Creek Blvd, Ft. Myers

Crown Colony Golf & Country Club

(239) 590-9044 PR

8851 Crown Colony Blvd, Ft. Myers

Cypress Lake Country Club

(239) 481-3222 PR

6767 Winkler Road, Ft. Myers

Cypress Woods Golf & Country Club

(239) 592-7860 P

3525 Northbrooke Dr. Naples

Del Tura Golf Club

(239) 731-7814 P

18621 North Tamiami Trl, North Ft. Myers

The Dunes Golf & Tennis Club

(239) 472-3355 P

949 Sand Castle Road, Sanibel Island

Eagle Creek Golf & Country Club

(239) 793-0500 PR 11 Cypress View Drive, Naples

Eagle Lakes Golf Club

(239) 732-0034 P


18100 Royal Tree Parkway, Naples





(239) 768-1888 P

14589 Eagle Ridge Drive, Ft. Myers

Eastwood Golf Course

(239) 321-7487 P

4600 Bruce Herd Lane, Ft. Myers

El Rio Golf Club

(239) 995-2204 P

1801 Skyline Drive North, Ft. Myers

Estero Country Club at the Vines

(239) 267-7000 PR

19501 Vintage Trace Circle, Ft. Myers

Esplanade Golf & Country Club

(239) 494-8020 SP

8912 Torre Vista Lane, Naples

The Golf Club at Fiddlers Creek

(239) 732-5222 PR

8152 Fiddlers Creek Pkwy, Naples

Fiddlesticks Country Club

(239) 768-1111 PR

15391 Cannongate Drive, Ft. Myers

Forest Glen Golf & Country Club

(239) 348-1332 PR 3855 Forest Glen Blvd, Naples

The Forest Country Club

(239) 482-1310 PR

6100 Club Blvd, Fort Myers

Fort Myers Country Club

(239) 321-7488 P

3591 McGregor Boulevard, Ft. Myers

Fountain Lakes Golf Course

(239) 495-3555 PR

22201 Fountain Lakes Blvd. #1, Estero

Foxfire Country Club

(239) 643-3139 PR

1030 Kings Way, Naples

Glades Country Club

(239) 774-6899 PR

174 Teryl Road, Naples

Glen Eagle Golf & Country Club

(239) 354-3289 PR

1403 Glen Eagle Boulevard, Naples

Golden Gate Country Club

(239) 455-1010 SP

4100 Golden Gate Pkwy, Naples

Golf Club of the Everglades

(239) 354-4727 PR

8835 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples

Golfview Golf & Racquet Club

(239) 489-3808 PR

14849 Hole in 1 Circle, Ft. Myers

Grey Oaks Golf & Country Club

(239) 262-5550 PR

2400 Grey Oaks Drive North, Naples

Gulf Harbour Yacht & Country Club

(239) 433-5111 PR

14500 Vista River Drive, Ft. Myers

Hammock Bay Golf & Country Club

(239) 394-2511 PR

1370 Borghese Ln, Naples

Heritage Bay Golf and Country Club

(239) 353-7056 PR

10154 Heritage Bay Blvd, Naples

Heritage Palms Golf & CC

(239) 278-9090 SP

10420 Washingtonia Palm Way, Ft. Myers

Herons Glen Golf & Country Club

(239) 731-0322 SP

2250 Herons Glen Blvd., N. Ft. Myers

Hibiscus Golf Club

(239) 774-3559 P

5375 Hibiscus Drive, Naple

Hideaway Beach Club

(239) 394-5555 PR

250 South Beach, Marco Island

The Hideaway Country Club

(239) 275-6232 PR

5670 Trailwinds Drive Ft. Myers

Hideout Golf Club, LTD

(239) 352-4141 PR

3025 Brantley Blvd., Naples

Highland Woods Golf & Country Club

(239) 495-9332 PR 9100 Highland Woods Blvd, Bonita Springs

High Point Country Club

(239) 263-8735 PR

1100 High Point Drive, Naples

Hole In The Wall Golf Club

(239) 261-6481 PR

3600 Goodlette Road, Naples

Hunters Ridge Golf & Country Club

(239) 992-4900 PR

28400 Hunters Ridge Blvd, Bonita Springs

Hunters Run Executive Golf Course

(239) 574-4454 P

1006 SE 4th PI, Cape Coral

Imperial Golf Club

(239) 597-8165 PR

1808 Imperial Golf Course Blvd, Naples

Island Country Club

(239) 394-6661 PR

500 Nassau Rd, Marco Island

Kelly Greens Golf & Country Club

(239) 466-9570 PR

12300 Kelly Greens Blvd, Ft. Myers

Kensington Golf & Country Club

(239) 213-1983 PR

2700 Pine Ridge Road, Naples



Lake Fairways Country Club

(855) 209-3684 PR

19371 N Tamiami Trl North Ft. Myers

Lakewood Country Club

(239) 775-0765 PR

4235 Lakewood Blvd, Naples

Landings Yacht, Golf & Tennis Club

(239) 482-3211 PR

4425 S. Landings Dr, Suite 100, Ft. Myers

LaPlaya Golf Club

(239) 254-5001 PR 9891 Gulf Shore Drive Naples, FL

Legends Golf & Country Club

(239) 561-8740 PR

8600 Legends Blvd Ft. Myers

Lehigh Resort Club

(239) 368-2022 P

231 Joel Boulevard, Lehigh Acres

Lely Resorts

(239) 732-1200 SP

8004 Lely Resort Blvd, Naples

Lexington Country Club

(239) 437-0404 PR

16257 Willowcrest Way Ft. Myers

The Links of Naples

(239) 417-1313 P

16161 Tamiami Trail E, Naples

Magnolia Landings Golf & Country Club (239) 543-4146 P

3501 Avenida del Vera N. Ft Myers

Majestic Golf Club

(239) 369-8216 P

350 Homestead Rd S. Lehigh Acres

Marco Shores Country Club

(239) 394-2581 PR

1450 Mainsail Dr Naples

Miromar Lakes Golf Club

(239) 390-5128 PR

18520 Miromar Lake Blvd, Miromar Lakes

Moorings Country Club

(239) 261-0909 PR 2500 Crayton Road Naples

Myerlee Country Club

(239) 481-1440 PR

1380 Myerlee CC Blvd, Ft. Myers

Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club

(239) 435-2475 SP

851 Gulf Shore Blvd North, Naples

Naples Grande Golf Club

(239) 659-3711 SP 7335 Premier Drive, Naples

Naples Heritage Golf & CC

(239) 417-2555 PR

8150 Heritage Club Way, Naples

Naples Lakes Country Club

(239) 919-1150 PR

4784 Naples Lakes Blvd., Naples

Naples National Golf Club

(239) 775-3468 PR

9325 Collier Blvd, Naples

Old Corkscrew Golf Club

(239) 949-4700 P

17320 Corkscrew Road, Estero

Olde Florida Golf Club

(239) 353-7667 PR

9393 Vanderbilt Beach Rd, Naples

Old Collier Golf Club

(239) 597-9898 PR

790 Main House Drive, Naples

Olde Hickory Golf & Country Club

(239) 768-2400 PR

14760 Olde Hickory Blvd, Ft. Myers

Palmetto-Pine Country Club

(239) 574-2141 SP

1940 Southwest 9th Court, Cape Coral

Palmira Golf Club

(239) 949-4466 PR

28501 Matteotti View, Bonita Springs

Panther Run Golf Club

(239) 304-2835 P

6005 Anthem Pkwy, Ave Maria

Pelican Marsh Golf Club

(239) 597-3000 PR

1810 Persimmon Drive, Naples

Pelican Preserve Golf Club

(239) 985-1707 PR

9802 Pelican Preserve Blvd, Fort Myers

Pelican Sound Golf & River Club

(239) 948-4331 PR

4561 Pelican Sound Blvd, Estero

Pelican’s Nest Golf Club

(239) 947-2282 PR

4450 Pelicans Nest Drive, Bonita Springs

The Plantation Golf & Country Club

(239) 561-8650 PR

10500 Dartington Drive, Fort Myers

Quail Creek Country Club

(239) 597-2831 PR

13300 Valewood Dr, Naples

Quail Run Golf Club

(239) 261-3930 PR

1 Forest Lakes Blvd, Naples

Quail Village Golf Club

(239) 598-2815 PR

11719 Quail Village Way, Naples

Quail West Golf & Country Club

(239) 593-4100 PR

5950 Burnham Road, Naples

The Quarry Golf Club

(239) 260-3748 PR

8950 Weathered Stone Drive, Naples

Raptor Bay Golf Course

(239) 390-4600 P

23001 Coconut Point Resort Dr, Bonita Springs





(239) 313-4653 SP

3500 River Hall Pkwy, Alva

Riviera Golf Club

(239) 774-2011 P

48 Marseilles Drive, Naples

Riverbend Golf Course

(239) 240-8125 P

6270 River Club Court North, Ft. Myers

The Rookery at Marco

(239) 642-2796 PR

3433 Club Center Blvd, Naples

Royal Palm Country Club

(239) 775-1315 PR

405 Forest Hills Boulevard, Naples

Royal Poinciana Golf Club

(239) 261-3968 PR

1600 Solana Road, Naples

Royal Wood Golf & Country Club

(239) 774-2213 PR

4300 Royal Wood Blvd, Naples

Sabal Springs Golf & Racquet Club

(239) 731-0101 P

3410 Clubview Drive North Ft. Myers

San Carlos Golf Club

(239) 267-3131 P

7420 Constitution Circle, Ft. Myers

The Sanctuary Golf Club

(239) 472-6445 PR

2801 Wulfert Road Sanibel Island

Sanibel Island Golf Club

(239) 472-2626 P

1100 Par View Drive, Sanibel Island

Seven Lakes Golf & Tennis

(239) 481-6560 PR

1965 Seven Lakes Blvd, Ft. Myers

Shadow Wood Preserve

(239) 947-4552 PR

7101 Shadow Creek Blvd Fort Myers

Shell Point Golf Club

(239) 433-9790 SP

17401 On Par Boulevard, Ft. Myers

Six Lakes Country Club

(239) 995-0595 PR

9151 Littleton Road, North Ft. Myers

Spanish Wells

(239) 992-5100 SP

9801 Treasury Cay Lane Bonita Springs

Spring Run Golf Club

(239) 992-3811 PR

9501 Spring Run Blvd, Estero

Stonebridge Country Club

(239) 594-5200 PR

2100 Winding Oaks Way, Naples

Stoneybrook Golf Course

(239) 948-3933 P

21251 Stoneybrook Golf Blvd., Estero

Talis Park Golf Club

(239) 514-1051 PR

16475 Talis Park Drive, Naples

Terraverde Country Club

(239) 433-7733 P

17000 Terraverde Ct., Ft. Myers

Tiburรณn Golf Club

(239) 593-2200 P

2620 Tiburรณn Drive, Naples

TPC Treviso Bay

(239) 302-5738 PR

9800 Treviso Bay Blvd, Naples

TwinEagles Golf & Country Club

(239) 354-1700 PR

11330 Twin Eagles Boulevard Naples

Valenicia Golf & Country Club

(239) 352-0777 P

1725 Double Eagle Trail, Naples

Vanderbilt Country Club

(239) 348-2662 PR

8250 Danbury Blvd Naples

Vasari Country Club

(239) 596-0645 PR

11250 Via Del Vasari Drive, Bonita Springs

Verandah Country Club

(239) 694-7229 PR

12201 River Village Way Fort Myers

Villages at Country Creek

(239) 561-1444 PR 21180 Country Creek Drive, Estero

Vineyards Country Club

(239) 353-1500 PR 400 Vineyards Blvd, Naples

West Bay Club

(239) 444-2310 PR 4606 W Bay Blvd Estero

The New Westminster Golf Club

(239) 368-1110 SP

2199 Berkley Way, Lehigh Acres

Whiskey Creek Country Club

(239) 481-3021 SP

1449 Whiskey Creek Drive, Ft. Myers

Wildcat Run Golf & Country Club

(239) 947-6066 PR

20300 Country Club Drive, Estero

Wilderness Country Club

(239) 261-5505 PR

101 Clubhouse Drive, Naples

Windstar on Naples Bay

(239) 775-3400 PR

1700 Windstar Blvd, Naples

Worthington Country Club

(239) 495-2278 PR

13550 Worthington Way, Bonita Springs

Wyndemere Country Club

(239) 263-1700 PR

700 Wyndemere Way, Naples

Spectacular Golf is Just Deep Creek Golf Club 941-625-6911 www.deepcreekgolf.com

Now in its 32nd year of operation, Deep Creek has become one of the top-rated golf clubs in the Charlotte County area. 18 holes of enjoyable golf and a welcoming and friendly staff will make your experience topnotch. Warm up on our putting green and driving range before your round.

Heron Creek

941-423-6955 www.heroncreekgcc.com

The 27-hole championship course is rated 4-1/2 stars by Golf Digest, for it’s superb, natural design that not only preserves, but enhances its natural surroundings. Now featuring all new TifEagle ultradwarf Bermuda greens. The practice facilities and learning center are without question the largest and finest in the region.

Kings Gate Golf Club

941-625-0680 www.kingsgategolfclub.com

Golfers of all abilities will enjoy this 18-hole executive course. Enjoy the natural beauty of picturesque lakes, natural preserves, and a beautifully landscaped community. Walking is allowed anytime. Play in leagues, tournaments or just for fun! Whether you play for the challenge,the fun, the friends, the exercise, or to get away from it all, you’ll love living and playing here.


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a Short Drive Away!! Rotonda Golf & Country Club 941-697-2414 www.rotondagolf.com

Five Golf Courses & 99 Holes of Great Golf! You will find great golf that challenges all skill levels, whether you are a beginner or seasoned veteran. Rotonda Golf & Country Club has been awarded a “Beginner Friendly Certification” from the National Golf Course Owners Association as well as numerous Charlotte Sun Herald’s Reader’s choice awards.

Oyster Creek Golf & Country Club

941-475-0334 www.oystercreekgolfclub.com

Not your typical executive golf course, Oyster Creek, designed by Ted McAnlis, is both challenging and scenic. Accuracy off the tee is important as water comes into play on 13 of the 18 holes. Distance is critical on only a few of the par 4s, but even low-handicap golfers find they play to their handicap. Oyster Creek offers meticulously-manicured greens surrounded by environmentally-protected natural wetlands.

Twin Isles Country Club 941-637-1232 www.twinislescc.com

Twin Isles Country Club is a Private Club, located 5 minutes south of the historical district of Punta Gorda, Florida. Since 1985, Members enjoy private amenities enhanced by superior service provided by a dedicated and professional staff. Twin Isles’ golf course, tennis complex and spacious Clubhouse create a comfortable atmosphere that makes new members feel welcome - we invite you to our special place in Punta Gorda.


The Ultimate Golf Experience for Girl and Boy Junior Golfers! The Ultimate Golf Experience (UGE) was created in 2020 to provide junior golfers along the Suncoast / SW Florida and greater Tampa Bay area with Fun, Competitive, High-Quality, and Best Value golf tournament experiences. Monthly events in each region provide a variety of tournament experiences from 9 /18-hole single day to multiday 36- and 54-hole individual stroke and match play formats on top resort, private, and semi-private golf courses. Golfers can earn points in their region’s events based on finish which will determine the top qualifiers (all-stars) for post season individual and team match play events. Players may play in other region events and earn awards/national junior GolfCoastMagazine.com

rankings such as Junior Golf Scoreboard and Global Junior Golf Rankings. The UGE regular season runs from August 2020 to January 2021. The post season lasts until April 2021. There are 5 age divisions (girls and boys 15 to 18, 12 to 14, and coed 9 to 12) competing for awards/prizes in each event. Events feature live scoring/leaderboards and player season points are tracked at http://uge.leaderboardking.com. Event winners in the older age division earn Florida Junior Tour (FJT) STEP exemptions. To become a tour member and learn more visit UGE at www.UltimateGolfExp.net or www.facebook.com/Ultimate GolfExperience.

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CHARLOTTE COUNTY Deep Creek Golf Club (941) 625-6911 SP 18 172 1260 San Cristobal Ave., Punta Gorda, FL ; Exit 170 off I-75, east on Kings Hwy, R on Sandhill, R on SanCristobal

Kings Gate Golf Club

152 24000 Rampart Blvd, Port Charlotte, FL 33980 1 mile west of I-75, Exit 170 Kings Hwy

to Pine, left on Pine to SR776, left on 776, south 2 miles

Rotonda Golf & Country Club - Long Marsh (941) 698-0918 SP 18 121 100 Rotonda Circle, Rotonda West, FL 33947; Exit 191 off I-75, Country Road 775 just north of Boca Grande Island

Rotonda Golf & Country Club - Palms Rotonda Golf & Country Club - Hills Rotonda Golf & Country Club - Links Rotonda Golf & Country Club - Pinemoor Twin Isles Country Club

(941) 697-8118 SP 18 (941) 697-2414 SP 18 (941) 697-8877 SP 18 (941) 697-7006 SP 18 (941) 637-1232 PR 18

143 301 Madrid Blvd., Punta Gorda, FL 33950; Exit 161 off I-75,

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Type: PR=Private, P=Public, SP= Semi-Private.

101 Mocassin Wallow Golf Club

(941) 723-0500


9680 Buffalo Road, Palmetto

151 Peridia Golf & Country Club

(941) 758-2582


4950 Peridia Blvd East, Bradenton

144 Pinebrook/Ironwood Golf Club

(941) 792-3288


4260 Ironwood Circle, Bradenton

141 Sara Bay Country Club

(941) 355-7658


7011 Willow Street, Sarasota

105 University Park Country Club

(941) 359-9999


7671 The Park Blvd, University Park

SARASOTA COUNTY COURSES 160 Boca Royale Country Club

(941) 474-7475


1601 Englewood Road, Englewood

107 Calusa Lakes Golf Club

(941) 484-8995


1995 Calusa Lakes Boulevard, Nokomis

108 Capri Isles Golf Club

(941) 485-3371


849 Capri Isles Boulevard, Venice

135 The Meadows

(941) 371-0982


3400 Longmeadow, Sarasota

112 Pelican Pointe Golf & CC

(941) 496-4653


625 Center Road, Venice

116 Tatum Ridge Golf Links

(941) 378-4211


421 North Tatum Road, Sarasota

166 Venice East Golf Club

(941) 493-0005


117 Waterford Golf Club

(941) 484-6621


107 Venice East Blvd, Venice 1454 Gleneagles Drive, Venice


(941) 955-0151


105 Big Summer Golf Card

(941) 923-2232


137 International Barter Exchange

(941) 955-6100

1161 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

Ultimate Golf Experience

(941) 374-3422




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