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Southwest Florida Edition




Spring 2021




How New Players are Changing the Game


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2020 was a year that the golf industry has never seen before, with amateurs and professionals alike playing more rounds and spending more on golf equipment than years before. While the COVID-19 pandemic is still in our everyday lives, golf has become an escape to us and we hope the momentum will continue in 2021. We would like to once again thank all of the golf professionals who have tirelessly worked to give golfers a safe place to play a round and keeping up with health and safety protocols and adapting to this new “normal.” There is quite a bit to look forward to this year in the Southwest Florida region, particularly in Naples. The Chubb Classic, presented by ServPro, will take place from April 12th-18th at Tiburón Golf Club in Naples and, as of present time, a decision has not been made regarding the presence of spectators. At Quail Village Golf Club, the Board of Directors have voted to approve a $1.2 million golf course renovation project that will begin in the summer of 2021. The Golf and Casual Shop, located in Fort Myers, will be celebrating their 50th Anniversary in March. It is the only locally owned and operated golf and apparel store in the area. Their sale begins on March 20th, so be sure to check them out. Now that the season is upon us in Florida, it won’t be like the old days where friends reunite in person and when calendars are filled up with social events and get togethers. It will be different this year, but golf has been our constant for a year like no other. It has been our way of being safely outside with friends and family, playing the game we all love. You can visit us at GolfCoastMagazine.com to stay up to date on all of the latest and local news in the Southwest Florida region and subscribe to our free e-newsletter that is published every week. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and join us as we continue to support our local courses and businesses! Fairways and greens,

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Golf Is Back How New Players are Changing The Game

2020 started with a lot of optimism.

It didn’t take long to see that story end. The last twelve months have been an endless stream of bad news. Lockdowns, closed businesses, and lives cut short. But by the end of 2020, a different story had emerged for the golf industry – as outlined by Golf Datatech:

The good news was that 6.2 million new golfers entered the game. This caused the largest increase in rounds since 1997, which was Tiger’s breakout year. Were it not for shutdowns in March, April, and in a more limited sense through the summer, it’s likely that the number of rounds played would have eclipsed the record set in 1997.

As a result of an unusually high number of players leaving the game due to the pandemic, there is also Equipment sales were up by 10.1% in 2020. a tremendous amount of ‘latent demand’ in the system – that is to Those numbers make good headlines, say, players who would like to return but they mask a great deal of the story. but have not done so due to external In 2020, 5.7 million golfers stepped away factors. from the game according to the National Golf Foundation. They cited concerns This sets the groundwork for 2021 over COVID-19, financial problems, to be another good year for the golf parenting issues, and other issues that industry, but continued growth will many of us have faced in 2020. depend on more than safety.

Golf Rounds were up by 13.9% in 2020.



Who is golfing – and how do we keep them in the sport? “We have an embarrassment of riches in the form of new golfers, but can only grow the game if we keep more of them. Over just the past five years, we estimate 13 million people have tried playing golf on a golf course for the very first time. Yet we have not realized very meaningful net growth in on-course golfers. We can do better!” - Joe Beditz, National Golf Foundation, President and CEO Over 570,000 of the people who entered the golf market in 2020 had never held a golf club in their lives. Golf courses have been responding by reactivating clinics that were cancelled due to COVID-19 – with necessary safety precautions – as well as adding new programs for players.


Golf can be a frustrating game for new players. But when a golfer is helped by a PGA professional, their journey becomes easier and they are far more likely to become a lifelong golfer. This new group of golfers is also younger, making it critical that golf facilities to think about their junior programs. Clubs partnering with the First Tee are helping to drive this growth, and the industry needs to focus on bringing more young people to the game to remain sustainable. However, the discussion about young golfers can’t end when they go to college. Facilities that succeed in bringing in younger members have an edge at anticipating future trends in the game. This means tailoring playing options and memberships for young professionals, who often have limited time due to the demands of entry-level jobs and young families. Focusing on those ‘under forty’ golfers should mean fun outdoor activities for young people who don’t



have four hours. Offering nighttime options with lit ranges and beverages is an excellent way to draw golfers who aren’t looking for a full round. Despite our best wishes – COVID-19 will be with us for some time. That means that golf facilities have a tremendous advantage to provide options for people to gather in safe ways. If we can create habits for young professionals, they’ll keep those habits for their lives and, over time, start playing full rounds as well. Focusing on the Communities

are well positioned to be at the center of players’ social lives. If 2020 taught us anything, it’s the importance of human connection. The key for golf courses will be to stay involved in player’s lives – both on and off the course. Providing a wide variety of activities that keep players and members coming back will help build friendships among the community. The best way to develop a ‘sticky’ membership is to be the glue that holds your community together.

However, player programming needs to be molded to fit with who are In Florida, the golf course is often at new players are. Golf has been doing the center of our communities. We’ve proven that golf is a safe activity and need an excellent job of attracting more female players – the way to continue to keep the momentum for all of the ancillary services that our clubs can offer. that success is to ensure that there is plenty of community programming Whether it’s meeting at the targeting women. restaurant for a meal, or taking part in the gym, tennis, pool, or one of This is another area where courses the many other amenities that our can focus on the key ‘under forty’ golf communities offer – our clubs demographic. Tailored programs for GolfCoastMagazine.com


younger members will help grow the game and give clubs an advantage in a competitive market. Golf Rebounded Because it’s a Safe Outdoor Activity – Let’s Keep it Safe There’s no question that when the pandemic hit, people were looking for anything to get them out of the house, while not risking COVID-19 infection. Golf filled that need because our courses and communities stepped up with social distancing protocols, dividers in carts, low contact check ins, and new rules to reduce touchpoints. The result has been clear – the golf industry has fared better than the wider economy, and 2020 saw a steep drop in the number of golf courses that closed permanently due to poor performance. However, we are not out of the weeds with COVID-19, and we need to continue to offer golfers a safe experience. This means maintaining safety protocols at the clubhouse, while giving players more freedom to make their own decisions while they play. Providing the space to have a good time, while ensuring that golf remains a safe outdoor activity, will be critical to the success of the industry in 2021.


Passion means Embracing Change The golf industry has seen seismic change since it was first invented. In recent history, we saw the game rise in popularity, only to drop when the country was hit by the 2008 recession. We have an opportunity to build on the momentum that we gained over the last year. For players who are watching the game change – embrace it! Welcome new golfers to your groups and participate in the new programming that they encourage. For industry pros, it’ll mean evolving to meet changing needs. Offering new products for a new audience. With a little bit of work from both players and pros, golf will continue to grow.



Trey Sones, PGA Learn from a Professional Tour Golfer Here in SWFL Golf is a game of discipline. Advancing

in the game requires instruction from a professional who understands swing mechanics. Developing into a strong player – whether as an adult looking to play well or a junior looking to develop the skills to play at college and beyond, takes mental fortitude. Only the best at both the physical and mental aspects of the game advance to become championship players. Trey Sones has been there. Trey is a Tour player who was ranked 9th in the world by Golf Digest Magazine as an amateur. He was personally taught and received a sponsorship from David Ledbetter and Nick Price. He holds the course record at Lake Nona, beating Fred Couples’ record of 66 with a score of 65. After a series of injuries, Trey shifted his focus to teaching and has been helping players of all ages become competitive golfers. He takes his commitment to his student’s above and beyond what is expected – often traveling to tournaments to follow his students and take notes – GolfCoastMagazine.com

all in the spirit of paying forward everything the game has given to him. Both good and bad habits can be memorized via muscle memory. Having become one of the top golfers in the country, Trey Sones is one of very few professionals who can help players develop the swing mechanics necessary to become a strong golfer, as well as eliminating the bad habits that develop over the years. If you are looking to improve and want to work with the best, we highly recommend reaching out to Trey Sones. He has decades of teaching experience as well as a record as one of the top players in the world – there is no better teacher for golfers at any skill level.

Call (407) 687-9614 to book a lesson with Trey Sones, PGA. You can also email him at tsones@pga.com or find him at www.treysonespga.com.





Public Golf Course


MAP #201

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

MAP #229





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

COLLIER | LEE Public Course

MAP #203





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




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Private Golf Club

MAP #206


Yardage/Rating/Slope: Blue 4873 / 63.6 / 116 Blue/White 4714 / 63.2 / 112 White 4410 / 62.4 / 111 White/Gold 4177 / 61.7 / 107 Gold 3973 / 60.9 / 105 Red 3707 / 60.1 / 102


Quail Village Golf Club Quail Village Golf Club has recently hired Glase Golf Construction and approved a $1.2 million Golf Course Renovation Project slated for the Summer of 2021. The Project includes removal of all cart paths with replacement of 40% with new concrete and the rest to be sodded with grass.


In addition, the Club will undergo a wall to wall installation of new Bimini grass on the tees, fairways, and roughs and the installation of new TifEagle grass on all 18 Greens. All bunkers will have the sand removed, new liners installed and new Par Angle Sand installed. All tees will be reshaped, expanded, laser leveled and regressed.


Finally, drainage work will be done on areas of the course and to Greens that traditionally retain water to ensure optimum playing conditions year round. The Project is expected to start in May and be completed for a Grand Re-Opening in early November.

Designer: Gordon Lewis General Manager: John Lane PGA Professional: Chuck Lange, PGA Golf Course Superintendent: Craig Nelson • Inviting 18-hole golf course • Clubhouse Dining • Wine Tastings • Bogeys Poolside Bar & Patio • Pro Shop • Walk the Course after 11:00 am • Private, Group, Youth PGA Lessons • 60+ Reciprocal Golf Clubs

11719 Quail Village Way Naples, FL 34119 239-598-2815 www.quailvillagegolfclub.org


Public Course

MAP #207


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

MAP #209


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

The Club at Gateway, Fort Myers

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 River Hills Country Club,Valrico Fl on food and beverage, swimming, tennis and general hospitality wasn’t being spent on grooming the fairways, services, events like concerts and culinary classes, cabanas by the pool rolling the greens, stocking the pro and value -adds such as preferred shop, maintaining caddie programs pricing on wine, theme park passes and cart fleets, and ensuring the and other offsite events and services. quality of the gin in the men’s locker Golf Coast Magazine has researched and grill rooms. some of the best Private Clubs the Times have changes. More than Southwest Florida area has to offer. ever, clubs across the country In this issue recognize that of Golf Coast food, beverage, More than ever, clubs we amenities and recognize that food, Magazine feature The Club programming beverage, amenities at Gateway in Fort are the primary Myers. This club drivers for and programming are features a Tom member the primary drivers for Fazio Signature satisfaction. While course member satisfaction Course and recently completed quality remains a a $5-plus million factor, a resortrenovation to the clubhouse and style approach has replaced the golfmany of its facilities. We also feature dominated ones. River Hills Country Club, located in That can mean fitness facilities Valrico, Fl. This family friendly club so members don’t need a separate offers a Joe Lee Signature course and gym membership. Healthy casual various amenities. dining options also are important Stay tuned in future issues for so members can bring the family. more information about the colossal In addition, members want on-site renovations which are under way at childcare and junior enrichment and many other area private clubs. sports programs, massage and spa


Tee the ball up so half the ball is above the top of the head of your driver. Get in a good posture and place your ball position forward in your stance in line with the inside of your left foot. Tilt your upper body from the hips to the right so your weight is 60% on your right side, when you do this tilt, make sure your shoulders are aiming five yards right of the target. To create power on the downswing, push off your right foot, transferring your weight to your left side. Turn your hips and chest to the target and finish in a tour pose. For more information, please contact Meghan Sampson, Membership Director at 239.561.1012 or Membership@GatewayGCC.com.



River Hills Country Club The Revival of a Classic Private Country Club described as being Inviting, Distinctive and Dynamic in the Pursuit of “Best in Class” Amenities, Golf Course and Service.

River Hills Country Club opened in 1989 with a plan to have over 1,100

single family homes upon 1,000 acres with wonderful amenities, nature trail preserve, superb course conditions and a friendly, customer oriented staff. By all accounts, River Hills has become one of the most sought after guard gated residential communities in all of Tampa Bay. PGA Tour, LPGA Tour, PGA Champions Tour and professional athletes with the Bucs, Lightning and Rays have all called River Hills home. Since the original developer Arvida sold the facility in 2000, the club has been owned by several different management companies. Over the years – and hastened by the 2008 recession – the club and its facilities suffered as did most clubs throughout the country. After years of deferred maintenance, the River Hills Master Community Association (HOA) purchased the club in September 2019, sheltering the property from potential residential development and what would have resulted in declining home values. The property owners of River Hills voted overwhelmingly to purchase the club and agreed to a monthly assessment that enabled 100% of the residents to become Social Members with aquatic, dining and fitness facility privileges. Following the purchase, the HOA invested over $2M in improvements. These have contributed to the added value of a community that is truly involved and delighted once again with “their club”. The improvements have resulted in River Hills home values escalating at one of the fastest rates in western Florida over the past year due to the visionary actions of a very active community. Over 100 residents volunteer on various committees of property management and the club. River Hills offers golf and tennis memberships as upgrades for residents and offers those extended privileges to non-residents who may also gain desirable Social



RIVER HILLS COUNTRY CLUB Private • 18 Holes • Par 72 Architect: Joe Lee Yardage/Rating/Slope Blue 6932/73/9/140 White 6644/72.4/136 Gold (M) 5957/69.0/130 Gold (L) 5957/75.1/139 Red 5182/67.0/126 • Casual Dining • 24 Hour Fitness • Heated Jr. Olympic Pool • 8 Har Tru Tennis Courts • Nature Preserve Trail • Playgrounds

memberships. The River Hills membership roster now tops 1,500 and is the fastest growing club in Tampa. River Hills is also the best and perfect setting for special events like weddings, golf outings and special corporate functions within the 15,000 square foot clubhouse that accommodates up to 200 guests enveloped by timeless décor. Management is overseen by a team with backgrounds, experience and international accolades. Over a century of experience guides this team to be the “best in class” among many fine clubs in Tampa. Simply, they focus upon being inviting, distinctive and dynamic to provide a differentiated uniqueness from others. One of the basic premises of growth is founded in the belief that Members build the culture, and management nurtures the frameworks of excellence on their behalf. Guided by visions to offer a family-oriented experience and atmosphere, River Hills has extensive programming for families, kids and adults. River Hills is also a club that believes in giving of its time and resources to the general community. “River Hills Cares” raised over $15,000 through Member donations in 2020 offering funding to thank over 1,000 essential healthcare and educational professionals with meals and gifts of thanks for their efforts during these challenging times. River Hills is more than just a club. The membership and management work as a team to welcome new neighbors and friends to a family experience that is indeed distinctive and dynamic. For more information, call (813) 653-1554 or visit the website. RiverHillsCountryClub.com 3943 New River Hills Parkway Valrico, FL 33596



Comparing Southwest Florida Golf Communities When Southwest Florida runs

tourism ads in cold weather markets, the primary emphasis of the advertising always seems to be on our natural attractions…ie unlimited sunshine, the sparkling Gulf of Mexico, and pristine beaches. However, a very strong argument can be made that the allure of our 150+ golf communities brings in just as many seasonal visitors as those other attractions. Naples and Southwest Florida is a destination for avid golfers, both renters and owners. And, if you add up the year-around total revenue contribution of these amenitydriven golf communities, it’s Download the new

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obvious that they play an extremely vital role in the economic success of Southwest Florida.

For the past 13-years, I’ve had the good fortune to specialize in real estate sales in these incredible golf communities. My Buyers have predominantly been from the midwest and northeast United States, Florida, and Canada. After doing a lot of online due diligence, these folks all came to town with many questions, and often much confusion, regarding how to satisfy their individual needs, wants, and preferences. It has been truly gratifying for me to be able to help each of my customers find the golf home/golf community that best fit their personal budget, golfing habits and ability, and family lifestyle. Whether I’m doing the search with you, or you’re doing it on your own, it should always start with the premise that all golf communities



are not created equal. The key features of each community need to be evaluated in order to find the community with which you’re most compatible and comfortable. Here are the key points that I’d suggest focusing on… • Community History—who is/was the developer; what’s its age; what is its financial condition; how progressive is it? • Community Size—how many homes does it have? • Location—is it close to beaches; close to 5th Ave. (for Naples’ homes); close to shopping and dining? • Golf Course—who designed it; how “player friendly” is it…for both men and women; how hard is it to get on in peak season (ie January-April)? • Membership Programs—what memberships are available; what do they include; are they optional or mandatory; how much do they cost…upfront initiation fee, and annual fee; are there any new member “incentives” available? • Clubhouse—is it big enough to accommodate the size of the community; does it need updating; sizes of key areas… casual and formal dining; pro shop; etc.?

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• Amenities & Activities—do they have a full array of amenities; what ones don’t they have; are they big enough for the size of the community; what is their plan to add the missing amenities? • Housing Sales History—how many homes have sold in the past year; how many are currently for sale…and how long have they been on the market? Quite often, the most important consideration in evaluating golf communities is whether they have the type of home that works best for you? In order to determine which type of Southwest Florida golf home best fits your needs and budget, please review the following list (from most economical to highest price)… • Condominiums—most of these consist of 12-30 units on 2-4 floors, and have carports. These GolfCoastMagazine.com

are the most economical home type within a golf community…in terms of both purchase price and annual costs. Elevators are standard with 3-or-more-floors. Building insurance and maintenance of the exterior of the building are covered by condo association fees. • Verandas—two story buildings with 4-6 units on each floor. They feature front and back lanais, detached 1-car garages, and no elevators. Building insurance and maintenance of the exterior of the building are covered by condo association fees. • Carriage Homes—two story buildings with 4-6 units on each floor. They feature attached 1-car garages, and no elevators. Building insurance and maintenance of the exterior of the building are covered by condo association fees.



• Coach Homes—two story buildings with 2-units up and 2-units down. Every unit is an end unit, and upstairs units often feature an extra bedroom and/or bathroom over the garage. They have attached 2-car garages, and some have personal elevators. Building insurance and maintenance of the exterior of the building are covered by condo association fees. • Attached Villas—two-or-more single family homes attached to each other. A desirable feature is that no one lives above you. They feature attached 1-2 car garages, and some have their own pools. The owner is responsible for homeowner’s insurance and exterior building maintenance. • Detached Villas—smaller single family homes, typically between 1,500-2,700sf. Most have attached 2-car garages and personal pools. The owner is responsible for homeowner’s insurance and exterior building maintenance. • Estate Homes—the largest single family homes in a community. Square footage varies greatly by community, but typically is over3,000sf. The owner is responsible for homeowner’s insurance and exterior building maintenance. Obviously, getting answers to all of the above questions and


considerations is a time-consuming process. However, in the long-run, it will save you time and money…and will ensure that you find the right golf home/golf community for you and your family! 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 DowningFrye 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.




Rake Caddy Since rakes have been removed from bunkers during the pandemic, a rake in every golfer’s bag makes sense, and the retractable, portable, lightweight Rake Caddy is the perfect solution to maintaining bunkers quickly and efficiently. The Rake Caddy fits nicely in loops or comfortably in the pocket of golf bags, and includes a patented “op-up” release mechanism and “tight tooth” design for easy use and quality results. Golfers will never have to walk to the other side of a bunker to fetch a rake and walk all the way around to use it. www.rakecaddy.com

You Can Call Me Wonder Woman Confidence is important when addressing the golf ball. Biion Footwear has made it possible to ratch it up to warrior status and channel your inner Wonder Woman when you look down at their new golf shoes. Winner of multiple “Best Golf Shoes” titles from Golf Digest, dating back to 2014, the shoes are made of ultralight, ultraflexible Ethylene-Vinyl Acetate (EVA) material that hugs the foot yet remains flexible before and during the golf swing. The HEXTRA-GRIP tread provides outstanding traction. The Wonder Woman 1984 limited collection is available in both adult unisex and kid sizes. For more information, please visit www.biionfootwear.com


Want Better Ball Contact? The new Bridgestone e12 golf ball takes contact science to a new level of performance. The game-changer is a new CONTACT Force dimple, which features a unique structure with a raised area in the center and an outer portion that slows horizontal rotation during flight. The raised area allows for 38 percent more contact with the clubface at impact than traditional dimples, yielding a much more efficient transfer of energy and improved core activation. The result is faster ball speed and straight distance with every club in the bag. The e12 Contact is available in white, matte green, matte red and matte yellow colors. CONTACT ($29.99/dozen) bridgestonegolf.com


IBKareFUL Convertible Mock

Forgot your face mask? Not a problem, the IBKareful Convertible top features a drape collar that extends upwards as an internal neck gaiter to deflect unwanted sun exposure and keep germs at bay. The built-in ear loops keep the mask in place for hassle-free wear. A versatile street to tee shirt features IceFil technology, for naturally cooling in hot, humid weather. ibkul.com

Speed Training Tool The Rypstick is the premier speed training tool in golf because of its convenience (1 stick vs. 3), modularity (8 weight combinations) and custom training protocols. The science behind this training is rock solid and the results are guaranteed. Most golfers will gain 15-25 yards within 3 months of training. Rypstick.com

Freezable Cooling Jewelry A round of golf doesn’t have to be hot and sweaty. Look great and stay cool with Hot Girls Pearls freezable cooling jewelry. Each light-weight patented pearl is filled with non-toxic cooling gel like you’d find in an ice pack. Simply freeze the pearls in the FREE insulated travel pouch for at least four hours and throw them in the golf bag. The pouch will keep the pearls cool for hours. Once frozen, enjoy up to 30 minutes of cooling relief. Great for hot flashes and hot days. HotGirlsPearls.com


Rangefinder With 3” LCD Screen The Altaz Golf rangefinder adds an external 3 inch LCD screen which makes it much easier to search the target. No more twitching eyes, sunglasses in the way, or shaky hands. The Altaz Golf rangefinder eliminates all the problems that many golfers experience. It is as simple as using a digital camcorder, just point and press. Estimated availability July 2021. Altaz.Golf

Personal Golf Ball Cleaner In this time of COVID-19 concerns, here’s a safer, more hygienic way to clean your golf ball. This easy to use, single-handed design attaches to a golfer’s belt or waistband. Instead of licking your tongue or using a wet towel to clean your golf ball, simply place it in your personal golf ball cleaner and roll it spotless. RollReady.com

“The Best Golf Shoe on the Planet”

Golf starts from the ground up and the body’s connection to the ground is through the shoes. This makes your golf shoes a key piece of equipment. Athalonz EnVe Technology is built into the midsole of every shoe to manipulate how forces traverse through the shoes to direct more force towards your body. With more force being directed towards your body, you’ll be more stable, have more control, more consistency, and more power. This will help you play better so you’ll have a better day. Athalonz.com

Golf Skate Caddy GSC is the most fun way to practice social distancing while you cruise the course as a single rider. It’s quiet, fun to ride- just like a skateboard - and comes decked out with a cooler, ball holder, an umbrella to hide the golfer from the sun, and can be run by remote control. It can carry a pro-golf bag and holds a charge for up to two rounds of 18 holes on a grassy surface before it needs charging. Then, it simply plugs in and charges like a mobile phone. GolfSkateCaddy.com


Attention Boy & Girl Junior Golfers – Fun, Competitive, TOP Courses, Filmed Events, Live Scoring, & All-Star Events The Ultimate Golf Experience (UGE) Jr & College Prep Tour was created in 2020 to provide junior golfers along the west coast of Florida from SW Florida to greater Tampa area with Exciting, Competitive, High-Quality, and Unique golf tournament experiences.

Semi-Monthly regional events provide a variety of tournament experiences from 18-holes to multi-day 36- and 54-hole individual stroke or match play formats and team events on TOP resort, private, and semi-private golf courses. Golfers can earn UGE points for each event based on their finish which will determine the top qualifiers (All-stars) for team play events against other state junior golf tours. Players also earn awards/national juGolfCoastMagazine.com

nior rankings such as Junior Golf Scoreboard and Global Junior Golf Rankings. The UGE regular season runs from January 31, 2021 to July 2021. The post season (All-stars) lasts until the end of August.

There are 5 age divisions (girls and boys 15 to 18, 12 to 14, and coed 10 to 12) competing for awards/prizes in each event. Events feature live scoring / leaderboards and high profile events are filmed (https://youtu.be/ jtV4E-lFwb8). Event winners in the older age divisions earn Florida Junior Tour (FJT) STEP exemptions. To become a tour member and learn more about UGE visit us at www.UltimateGolfExp.net or on social media (Facebook and Instagram).


The Chore of Putting

By Jeff Thoreson, Golf and Travel Writer j.thoreson@comcast.net My friend Ice Pick says putting is fun.

I suppose it is, if you broaden your definition of fun. So now I consider it fun to stub my pinky toe on the coffee table leg. The next time I have to cross an asphalt parking lot in bare feet on a hot August day, I’ll savor the pleasure. When the check for the house payment bounces, I’ll just have to laugh. And when my wife says she’s really had it and is moving to the Caribbean with a guy she’s been seeing on the side for years, well, that will be my new definition of merriment and gaiety. Putting is fun? What’s wrong with this guy? He must love to clean his toilets, burn his dinner and scratch the paint on his car. If this guy thinks putting is fun, he must be the guy out there cutting his grass at 7:30 every Saturday morning. Putting is fun; give me a break. Actually, don’t give me a break. The straight putts are the only ones I feel I have chance to make. Putting is not fun. It’s a chore, no different from taking out the garbage, painting the trim in the living room or cleaning out the gutters. The only difference is you can make your kids take out the garbage, you can hire a painter to do the trim or you can go to Home Depot and buy gutter guards. Putting you have to do yourself. I can see how putting could be fun. If I had a chance to make every 30-footer like the guys on television, I’m sure putting would be a blast. If three-putts were less common than Big Bang Theory reruns, I’d rank rolling the ball on the short grass right up there with sex, Guinness and scratching off an instant lottery winner. But the fact is most of my 30-footers


then require a six-footer, which I miss, resulting in another three-putt. So rather than extolling the art of putting, I curse the sheepherder who first knocked a rock into a rabbit hole with a stick and decided to make a game of it. I love striking the ball, and I am somewhat competent at it. I love the purity of the feeling. I love the accomplishment of executing an athletic endeavor far more difficult than it looks. I love the result: the ball taking off violently then flying softly, gracefully, and in the end, landing near the intended target with a gentle thump and a nice little roll out. So why is putting is such a problem? If the full golf swing is such a complicated process and I can do it with reasonable success, putting should be a breeze. If the full swing is Chopin’s Fourth Symphony in E minor, the putting stroke is “Chopsticks.” If the full swing is rocket science, the putting stroke is a bottle rocket. You’d think that because the putting stroke requires so little athletic ability – really so little ability of any kind beyond standing up and gently swinging your arms – that everyone would be able to do it reasonably competently. Ice Pick (his stab at the ball is more likely to scar the green than threaten the hole) says putting is fun, but he can’t putt. It’s just that he’s such a terrible ball striker that when he finally reaches the green, he realizes he won’t have to chase it into the woods or the sand or the backyard near the tee box any longer so he enjoys putting. Three or four stabs at it from 50 feet is pure enjoyment compared to seven or eight strokes from 425 yards. Switch back-


ing around the hole a couple of times is fun compared to crossing the fairway three times on a cart-path-only day.You can’t step in any mud on the green, the snakes have no place to hide and as bad as Pick is, he has yet to lose a ball on the green. So yeah, I get it. I see where he’s coming from. Despite IP’s incompetence on the green, he is a fountain of knowledge on the psychology of putting. He actually gets all that Bob Rotella stuff, and he uses it. Not well, but he uses it. And he imparts it on me. Like the thing about tossing a beanbag to the hole. Let’s say you’re looking at a reasonably straight 20-footer. If you tossed a beanbag underhanded to the hole, you’d probably get it close every time. So why can’t you roll your 20-foot putt close every time? Sounds reasonable. I’ve tried the beanbag toss. I can do it. But put a shaft and a flat-faced club head between my hand and the object I’m trying to get to the hole, and I wield it with the clumsiness of a drunken jouster. The problem is, adding that third element – the putter – takes the natural athletic ability out of the equation. Other sports are based on one’s natural motions, instincts and actions refined and perfected over the millennia since human survival was directly correlated to man’s ability to swing a club (the non-golf variety), or throw a spear or a rock. Tell me what Paleolithic caveman ever teed up a rock and tried to launch it with a stick to bring down dinner? When you’re throwing, you rely on instinct. It doesn’t matter how far you’re trying to throw something, you just throw it instinctively.You don’t have a million things running through your mind.You’re not concerned about form or follow-through or alignment.You just throw the ball like man has done since the beginning of time.Your natural instinct and athletic ability take over, and the ball arrives somewhere near the intended destination. It never winds up getting only halfway there, going a ridiculous distance past or missing the target by an embarrassing margin.Yet all those things happen when you putt, or at least when I putt. Other sports are read and react. Actions are


made in an instant. Decisions can’t be thought and re-thought and analyzed to the point of paralysis. I have way too much time waiting for my turn on the green, so I overanalyze because I have nothing to do waiting for the others in my group to lag up to two feet and mark. By the time I finally stand over my putt, I’ve decided it will break left, changed my mind and decided it will break right, then reasoned my way to hitting it straight at the hole and letting whatever happens happen because in all honesty I can’t read greens any better than I can read Braille. So I’ve taken the first step to solving my problem. I admit I have one: I can’t putt. There, I said it. Of the three important elements of putting – line, pace and quality of the strike – I usually get two of them wrong. When I do make a long putt, and sometimes even short ones, I don’t feel responsible. It’s a lie. Somehow I beat back the demons without knowing quite how I did it. I suspect many of my made putts are a case of two wrongs making a right – a miss-read and a miss-hit and the ball ends up in the hole. Yeah, Ice Pick, putting is a freakin’ blast, you moron. I spent years searching for the pendulum of my stroke, seeking the perfect metronomic back and forth that would give me the right combination of line and speed. I looked for the “fall line” of my putts, tried to pick out the pinnacle of the break and somehow incorporate that into my line (as if I could actually hit the line I finally decide upon). I searched for the grain and tried to figure out what it meant. It all simmers to a conclusion of worthlessness. Forget all that crap. The secret to being a great putter, my fellow loss on the moss, is to believe you are a great putter. Embrace the mystery. Surrender to the perplexity and bemusement of this oh so simple task. Admit to yourself that putting is just guesswork and that sometimes it’s going to take you three guesses to get it right.

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Alden Pines Country Club

(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

Tiburón Golf Club

(239) 593-2200 P

2620 Tiburón 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

ur Y IP O ut TAR RSHply o Ab IMEN MBEs May Ap l l Ca PL MEestriction M F R CO GO9L/30/21 -L xpires A I TR E

27 holes of Championship Golf Rated 4 1/2 stars by Golf Digest Annual Practice Facility Memberships are available. A 25-acre practice facility and learning center with 4 USGA spec TifEagle practice putting and 3 short game holes, that is without question the largest and finest in the region with multiple areas to develop your game. Range membership comes with 4 complimentary twilight rounds of golf.

Try our Complimentary Trial Golf Membership www.heroncreekgc.com by calling Richelle at 941-423-6955 or email Call for Tee Times Membership@heron-creek.com Restrictions may apply

(941) 423-6955

Member for a day rates: Nov, Dec, & April $69 Jan Feb & March $99 May- October $49 Name___________________________________________________________________________ Phone___________________________________________________________________________ Address__________________________________________________________________________ Email____________________________________________________________________________

Call for reduced rates June-September Exp: 12/31/2021

Spectacular Golf is Just a Short Drive Away!! 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 top-notch.

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. The practice facilities and learning center are without question the largest and finest in the region.

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. Oyster Creek offers meticulously-manicured greens surrounded by environmentally-protected natural wetlands.

Rotonda Golf & Country Club 941-697-2414 www.rotondagolf.com

Five Golf Courses & 99 Holes of Great Golf! 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.


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



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Heron Creek Golf & Country Club (941) 423-6955 SP 27 157 5301 Heron Creek Blvd., North Port, FL 34287; Take I-75 to Exit 182 Sumter Blvd continue on to Heron Creek Blvd



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Oyster Creek Golf & Country Club (941) 475-0334 E 18 119 66511 Oriole Blvd, Englewood, FL; I-75 to Exit 191 River Road to Pine, left on Pine to SR776, left on 776, south 2 miles



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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


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6511-4669/72 6304-5072/72 4197-3190/60 6000

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

(941) 697-8118 (941) 697-2414 (941) 697-8877 (941) 697-7006


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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

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

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(941) 374-3422



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