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Summer Golf in Southwest Florida
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Summer is a time when locals and savvy travelers get the best opportunity to explore SWFL. Many area courses have summer amenities and reciprocal deals.
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While many people leave behind the Florida summer experience to head up north, there are a select number of golfers who don’t seem to mind it. As the snowbirds are starting to leave and head back up north, golf courses will look a little emptier and finding a tee time will become a little more accessible. Our cover story for this issue features private clubs who will be offering reciprocals to other private clubs, where you’ll have a chance to play at other area gems not traditionally open to the public. Be sure to check out the multitude of Summer and Trial Memberships that many of the area’s public and private clubs are offering this summer, such as The Hideaway Country Club, Quail Run Golf Club, and Quail Village Golf Club, just to name a few. If you are looking to play in summer tournaments but not a member of a club, look no further than The Club at Westminster, which was recently purchased by Lifestyle Management Group of Florida. Their year-round events are open to both membership and the public. There is still time to take advantage of the Big Summer Golf Card, where you can enjoy their special offerings all year long. This is the #1 golf privilege card in Florida! And speaking of special offerings, Cigars International is running their special on an eight-piece sampler, ideal for a perfect day by the pool this summer. We hope that Golf Coast Magazine can be your guide on all that Southwest Florida has to offer in the golf community. You can visit us at GolfCoastMagazine.com to keep up to date on all the latest golf stories, local golf news, and tips. You can also subscribe to our free e-newsletter that goes out every week. You can also follow us on Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter as well! We hope that you will enjoy your time on Florida’s beautiful West Coast! Fairways and greens,
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Summer Golf in Southwest Florida Summer is a time when locals
and savvy travelers get the best opportunity to explore SWFL. Gone are the crowds, long lines, and sold-out tee sheets. Despite that summer heat, it’s a great time to broaden your horizons and explore courses that you have never played before. There’s no shortage of incredible golf options in SWFL – we truly have the world’s greatest golf market! While most courses will close for a couple weeks every summer, there’s always a phenomenal option nearby. It’s also a great time to participate in local events and try out your local club’s dining options. Our clubs feature incredible chefs who highlight their talents all year – it’s great, both as a patron and for the restaurants, to support them in the summer season. Public Courses There’s no question that we’ve seen GolfCoastMagazine.com
higher prices on everything from gas, groceries, to golf over the past year. Summer in SWFL offers a little relief and opportunity to play incredible courses at discounted rates. Rates for summer golf can be 50% (or more) lower than in-season rates. There are often far fewer players on the course, allowing for players to play at their own pace – you won’t find yourself waiting to tee off very often or pressured by players from behind. It’s also much easier to walk onto a SWFL course in the summer. While we always try to make tee times in advance, you can often walk on or call a few minutes ahead and get a great round of golf! If you play in the early morning, you’ll beat the heat, though the course will be at it’s busiest. In the afternoon, you may have to dodge a few showers, but if you thread that needle it can be the best time to play.
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Bonita Fairways Golf Club: If you are looking for a quick round, an executive course may be your best option. Bonita Fairways is one of the best executive courses in SWFL. As a par 61, 3388yard course, Bonita Fairways is a great spot to enjoy a fast round and beat the summer heat! Read more on page 14. Cape Royal Golf Club: Located in Cape Coral, Cape Royal offers an unparalleled golfing experience. With 27 holes of championship golf set among natural preserves, wetlands, and surrounded by all kinds of Florida wildlife, golfers enjoy a truly scenic round every time they visit. It’s also a walkable course with new Tempo Walk carts available for players. Read more on page 15. Eagle Lakes Golf Club: Eagle Lakes is a truly beautiful facility with options available for golfers of all skill levels. It’s a par 72 course set around 21 lakes.
There are five sets of tees, ranging from 7,144 yards to 4,466 yards. You’ll find more on page 16. Hibiscus Golf Club: A golfer’s dream! Set up with 18 completely unique holes, you’ll travel through numerous lakes and streams as you experience this Naples gem that has been serving golfers since 1969. You can read more on page 17. Valencia Golf & Country Club: If you are looking for a special experience, you should venture out East on Immokalee Road to Valencia. It’s a beautiful course set with wide wooded fairways, sparkling lakes, and actively contoured greens. The course is expertly designed to be challenging yet playable, and is truly one of the most picturesque properties in the city. Read more on page 23. San Carlos Golf Club: One of SWFL’s best kept secrets, San Carlos is known both for affordability and exceptional design. Voted Best Public Golf Course
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by readers of the Fort Myers News Press, San Carlos gets rave reviews from pros and amateurs alike. You can read more on page 22.
superb option for membership in North Fort Myers. Read more on page 16.
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Quail Run Golf Club: This beautiful course is centrally located in Naples. Semi-Private Courses Known for it’s playability and natural Semi-Private courses are an exceptional beauty, Quail Run is a great course for way to experience SWFL golf. They are players of all skill levels. Limited to typically open to the public year-round just 100 memberships, members enjoy and have membership options that privileges such as easily available tee carry privileges for members. Those times, walk the course anytime, men’s privileges often entitle members to and ladies’ leagues, and more. Read exclusive tee times, leagues, and waived more on page 18. trail fees. Quail Village Golf Club: Recently Summer is a great time to try out a renovated in 2021, Quail Village Semi-Private course so that you can is known for being in outstanding find a community that you’ll enjoy condition year-round. The scenic joining. We’ve highlighted four of the course features three par 5’s, nine par best in this issue: 4’s, and six par 3’s with water comping into play on 14 holes. There are several Heron’s Glen Golf and Country Club: categories of membership opportunities Featuring a recently renovated, 18available, with members receiving hole Ron Garl designed golf course, full access to the golf course, social Heron Glen is an extraordinary golf activities, and the pool area. Read more community. With an enormous on page 20. clubhouse, fitness center, and other GolfCoastMagazine.com
best golf course in Lehigh Acres, the Club at Westminster promises to offer an extraordinary experience. Ranging from 6795 yards to 4097 yards, this course offers fun and challenge to all players – with especially challenging par 3’s. Read more on page 24. Private Golf Courses SWFL is home to numerous private golf communities. Known for exceptional service and luxury amenities, private golf clubs are a true lifestyle investment. Some of those clubs offer tee times and summer memberships to the public, offering an exceptional opportunity to experience a course that is unavailable during the season. The Hideaway: Nestled among rolling hills and towering slash pine trees, the Hideaway is a beautiful par 67 course that is a challenge to every player regardless of their ability. The perfectly manicured course has won multiple awards and is a top golf destination in Fort Myers. Hideaway offers a summer membership program for as little as $599. Read more on page 17. Reciprocal Courses One of the greatest benefits of membership to a golf club is its reciprocal list. During season, you’ll get to know every inch of your golf course – but during the summer, you’ll have the opportunity to test your skills on other private courses. Reciprocal lists are available through
your pro shop – which is truly one of the greatest benefits of private golf membership! The Golf Home Guru, Joe Morgan, wrote an entire article highlighting reciprocal golf in SWFL – you can read it starting on page 37. Stay & Play During the summer, most of our friends from the North are gone – and that leaves plenty of availability at Florida’s golf resorts. Summer deals at golf resorts tend to have it all. You’ll receive the best rates, great golf packages, and often get packages that include dining options. Mission Inn: Located North of SWFL in Howey-In-The Hills, Mission Inn is a great option for summer golf. It features two championship courses, including El Campeón, which was named one of the Top 25 U.S. courses by Golf Advisor. It’s a truly remarkable experience – hills that roll and pitch, mature pine and magnolia trees, and up to 85 feet in elevation. It’s the type of golf that is impossible to find on the coasts. The resort is truly special – with several fine restaurants, luxury resort amenities, and beautiful hotel rooms, this is a world class vacation just a short drive from home. Read more on page 26. There is truly something special about summer golf in Southwest Florida. We are thrilled to be your local guide as you explore all the best that our community has to offer!
The Stars of the LPGA Tour Return to Tampa Bay for The Pelican Women’s Championship, Nov. 7-13
The LPGA Tour’s return to the Tampa Bay region for the first time in over 30 years for fans did not disappoint in finalround theatrics and drama at the 2021 Pelican Women’s Championship at Pelican Golf Club. Nelly Korda bounced back from a triple-bogey on the par-4 17th at Pelican Golf Club to birdie the 18th and final hole in regulation from 21 feet to force a four-way playoff alongside Lydia Ko, Sei Young Kim and Lexi Thompson. The group returned to play the 18th hole in the playoff, and similar to her final hole of regulation, Korda went on to record her second-consecutive birdie, this time from 23 feet, to capture her fourth LPGA Tour win in 2021. “I honestly lost hope,” said Korda, referring to her triple bogey on 17. “I was like, okay, just try to make a solid par because 18 is a really tough hole. If you have a chance for birdie, then try and go after it. My caddie [Jason McDede] really kept me in the moment and I didn’t give up.” In 2022, The Pelican Women’s Championship is excited to welcome 108 of the world’s top female professional golfers back to Tampa Bay for the tournament’s
third edition, taking place Nov. 10-13, competing for a share of a $2 million purse. Tickets are on sale for the 2022 Pelican Women’s Championship exclusively online at www.PelicanLPGA.com. A variety of ticket packages are available, including access to the “Lightning Lounge” a luxury skybox overlooking the tournament’s signature par-3 12th, and general admissions tickets that offer a wide degree of entertainment and access. In honor of Veterans Day on Friday, Nov. 11, military members (active, reserve, retired and veterans) will receive complimentary access to the tournament grounds all week. Children ages 17 and under gain free admittance with a paid adult. The final full-field regular season event on the LPGA Tour, The Pelican Women’s Championship will offer festivities and activities throughout tournament week for adults and kids of all ages. And if 2021 was any indication, the 2022 Pelican Women’s Championship will be the LPGA Tour’s must-attend event of the fall. Complete information is available at www.PelicanLPGA.com. Visit www.PelicanLPGA.com for more information about the 2021 PelicanWomen’s Championship.
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Bonita Fairways Golf Club
Bonita Fairways is an 18-hole executive golf course and is one of the few public golf courses in our area that has been part of the community for many years. It is the only public course in Bonita Springs.
Yardage/Rating/Slope: Blue: 3388 / 60.1 / 101 White: 2785 / Red: 2338 / Number of Holes: 18 Architect: Gordon Lewis PGA Golf Pro: Travis Snyder
• Tee Times up to 7 days in advance • Men’s and Ladies Leagues • PGA Professional Travis Snyder on site for lessons • Available for Tournament and Corporate Outings • Full size putting green • Fully stocked pro shop • New Bobcat Cafe now open
In the last year, the residents of Bonita Fairways have played a major part in restoring the beauty of the course by hiring Lifestyle Management Group of Florida to oversee the operation and give the facility a full makeover. This includes a complete re-grass of the golf course, expansion of our café, beautification of the property, and a new fleet of golf carts. Designed by Gordan Lewis, the natural beauty of the nature preserve and abundance of lakes challenge your short game as well as your long game.
26740 Sammoset Way Bonita Springs, FL 34135 (239) 947-9100 www.bonitafairways.net
Cape Royal Golf Club Prepare yourself for a unique golfing experience!
Cape Royal features 27 holes of championship golf and was designed by golf course architect Gordon Lewis, who has designed more than 80 courses in the Sunshine State. This unique facility features five sets of tees, so there’s sure to be one that can be enjoyed by players of all skill levels. As you make your way around this layout you’ll find 180 acres of sparkling lakes, natural wetlands, and all kinds of Florida wildlife including wood storks, ibis, egrets, and herons, both on the fairways and in the community’s preserves. The course is an easy one to walk and to make it even easier, now offers several of the new Tempo Walk carts from Club Car. Tempo Walk is an autonomous caddie that offers carries bags, coolers, and other accessories. When it comes to memberships, Cape Royal Golf Club offers something for everyone, whether you live locally or are only in the area for a short time. Choose from 3, 6, or 12-month memberships. As a member, you’ll receive unlimited greens fees as well as full use of all club facilities, advance tee time bookings,
discounts on merchandise, food and beverage, and special rates on cart and range pass. And, as a member of a Troon facility, you’ll be a part of Troon Advantage, which allows you and up to 3 guests to take advantage of preferred rates at Troon resorts and daily fee facilities worldwide. As clubhouse restaurants go, Cape Royal’s Caloosa Club sets a new standard. They offer casual dining in a laid-back atmosphere that includes a wide variety of food not typically found at a golf course. Chef Andrew and his culinary staff have created a menu of unique and tasty appetizers and dishes including Duck Fat Popcorn, Buffalo Cauliflower, and their signature dish, Taste of Florida Grouper, a large piece of fresh Grouper served over sauteed greens and charred corn puree and topped with a citrus corn salsa. Trust us, this is not your typical golf clubhouse menu! 11460 Royal Tee Circle Cape Coral, FL 33991 239-283-5522 www.caperoyalgolfclub.com
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Eagle Lakes Golf Club
Yardage/Rating/Slope: Teal: 7144 / 74.5 / 134; Black: 6436 / 71.1 / 127; White: 5952 / 68.2 / 122; White/Grey: 5448 / 66.2 / 116; Grey: 5221 / 64.9 / 110; Red: 4466 / 65.3 / 108
Number of Holes: 18 Architect: Gordon Lewis General Manager: Josh Brunet, PGA Head Golf Professional: Justin Rountree, PGA
• Casually elegant dining and banquet space for up to 100 guests • Fully equipped pro shop • Men’s and women’s private locker rooms • Golf Lessons - Justin Rountree, Total Game Management, $100/hr • 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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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
• Join Now and enjoy Summer (now through September) FREE with next year’s Membership! • Trial Membership available for three consecutive months of your choice • Individual, Family, Corporate, and Intermediate Membership options
QUAIL VILLAGE OFFERS THE BEST VALUE FOR A PRIVATE GOLF CLUB IN NAPLES
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Yardage/Rating/Slope: Blue 6465 / 71.0 / 121 White 6074 / 69.3 / 117 Gold 5692 / 67.5 / 112 Red 5196 / 65.1 / 107 Silver 4512 / 61.6 / 103
Green 4049 / 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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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
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Number of Holes: 18 Architect: Ted McAnlis PGA Golf Pro: Jake Whitehouse
• Tee Times up to 7 days in advance • Range Memberships • Tournaments open to the public • Men’s and Ladies Leagues • Full size putting green • Fully Stocked Pro Shop and Restaurant • Private and Group Golf Instruction
The Club at Westminster The Club at Westminster golf course travels around eight lakes with generous landing areas making it both beautiful and player friendly as well as exciting to play. These strategically placed water hazards, as well as the “few” sand bunkers, make for a challenging round of golf. Amenities include a practice range, with driving, chipping, and putting practice areas. Westminster is enjoyed by all levels of golfers and is a player friendly course from the forward tees to the back tees that really challenges the lower handicapper. In addition, you can book your tee time on their website under the Tee Times link, six days in advance. The Club at Westminster is a semi-private golf course, restaurant, and practice facility open to the public, and accepts resident & non-resident memberships. Seasonal affordable prices, great course conditions, experienced friendly staff, and great practice range facilities is what brings golfers back year after year. 2199 Berkley Way Lehigh Acres, FL 33973 (239) 368-1110 www.westminster-golf.com
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Mission Inn Resort & Club Located in the heart of Central Florida, in Howey-In-The-Hills, Mission Inn Resort is a one-of-a-kind 1,100 acre full-service resort located 35 minutes north of Orlando and 90 minutes from Tampa Bay. It is easily accessible by Interstate 75 or the Florida Turnpike. It is a resort destination with an abundant amount of activities for everyone. Mission Inn features 176 freshly-decorated guest rooms and club suites with golf front patios. All rooms feature Stearns & Foster bedding, modern décor, safes, a new lock system and doors, plus much more. Club suites are larger and now include refrigerators for snacks and beverages, a separate sofa and second TV for relaxing over dinner. The resort setting features quaint courtyards, low profile buildings, red roof tiled accents and an intimate Spanish hacienda feeling. With four restaurants, two championship 18-hole golf courses, a luxury spa, fitness center and a wide range of outdoor recreation, the resort offers a perfect guest experience for couples, buddy groups, and family outings. The golf is truly remarkable. The terrain provides hills that roll and pitch, mature pine and magnolia trees that tower, where eagles GolfCoastMagazine.com
Las Colinas, #5
and ospreys fly overhead. The terrain of this part of Central Florida, originally orange groves, provides up to 85-foot elevation changes and a peaceful ambiance removed from busy city life. Golfers looking to hone their skills can practice on the 130 person golf range, several putting greens and chipping areas before their rounds. After golf, relax over lunch at Nicker’s clubhouse pub or relax at Spa Marbella over a refreshing massage. Special Summer/Fall Golf Package offers are now available. For example, book any two-night golf package with room, golf and daily breakfast for as low as $178 per person, per night, based on double occupancy. For all stay and play packages, go online to MissionInnResort.com to review the many options for golf, spa, fishing, wine tours and more.
Howey-In-The Hills, Florida (888) Defending 283-6363 Kevin Streelman, Champion MissionInnResort.com/summergolf
These Four Fun To Play Golf Cours Southport Springs Golf & Country Club Southport Springs offers a challenging par-69 golf course measuring 5,000 yards from the tips. But don’t be fooled. While short enough for senior players, it is also narrow and challenging for players with lower handicaps. You will be challenged! Located in beautiful Zephyrihills, Florida, the Southport Springs golf course is open to the public. Tee times can be booked up to two weeks in advance. Book online 24/7. 3737 Southport Springs Pkwy Zephyrhills, FL 33541 www.southportspringsfl.com Pro Shop: (813) 780-7637
Riverside Club Golf & Marina The Riverside Club Golf and Marina Community is nestled along the southeastern shore of Tampa Bay in beautiful Ruskin, Florida, The 18-hole Riverside championship course features 6,117 yards of golf from the longest tees with a par of 70. Designed by Ward Northrup, the Riverside golf course opened in 1954. Join their eClub and receive golf specials and promotions. Book tee times online 24/7. 2550 Pier Drive Ruskin, FL 33570 www.riversideclub.golf Pro Shop: (813) 645-2000
Courses Are All Open To The Public
Blue Heron Pines Golf Course Blue Heron Pines offers an 18hole, par-60 executive golf course located in Punta Gorda, Florida. With a length of 3,180 yards from the back tees and 2,362 yards from the forward tees, the course allows players to get out and play in less time and aggravation. The course is semi-private, offering both memberships at very reasonable rates and daily fee play. Tee times can be booked a week in advance. Book tee times online 24/7. 29201 Jones Loop Road Punta Gorda, FL 33950 www.bhpgolfmembers.com Pro Shop: (941) 637-6191
The Hamptons Golf & Country Club Located in Central Florida just off I-4 between Orlando & Tampa in Auburndale, The Hamptons Golf and Country Club features a challenging, 18-hole executive golf course which is open to the public. With par at 61, and the course measuring out to 3,488 yards at its longest, the course is friendly to all skill levels. Book tee times online 24/7. 900 Southhampton Boulevard Auburndale, FL 33823 www.hamptonsgolfcc.com Pro Shop: (863) 666-8442
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FEATURED COURSES Bonita Fairways Golf Club (239) 947-9100 230 26740 Sammoset Way, Bonita Springs, FL, 34135; 41S, L on W. Terry St., L on Bonita Fairways Blvd, R on Bonita Fairways Cr, Left on Sammoset Way Cape Royal Golf Club (239) 283-5522 201 11460 Royal Tee Circle, Cape Coral, FL, 33991; I-75 to Exit 161 Jones Loop Road, Burnt Store Rd to Royal Tee Eagle Lakes Golf Club (239) 732-0034 229 18100 Royal Tree Parkway, Naples, FL 34114; 41 South, right on Royal Hammock Blvd; Left on Royal Tree Pkwy Herons Glen Golf and Country Club (239) 731-4520 232 2250 Herons Glen Blvd, North Fort Myers, FL 33917; US 41 North, right on Herons Glen Blvd Hibiscus Golf Club (239) 774-0088 203 5375 Hibiscus Dr, Naples, FL 34113; 41 South to Rattlesnake Hammock Rd. Hideaway Country Club (239) 275-5581 228 5670 Trailwinds Dr., Fort Myers, FL 34907; S Cleveland, N from Daniels Pkwy, or S from Colonial Blvd, to Trailwinds Drive Quail Run Golf Club (239) 261-3930 205 1 Forest Lakes Blvd, Naples, FL 34105 ; I-75 Exit 107, Follow Pine Ridge Rd to Forest Lake Blvd. Quail Village Golf Club (239) 598-2815 206 11719 Quail Village Way, Naples, FL 34119 ; I-75 Exit 111, East on Immokalee Road, Left on Valewood to Quail Village Way San Carlos Golf Club (239) 267-3131 207 7420 Constitution Circle, Ft. Myers, FL 33967 ; Off US41, 1 mile south of Alico Road to Constitution Blvd. Valencia Golf & Country Club (239) 352-0777 209 1725 Double Eagle Trail, Naples, FL 34120 ; I-75 to Exit 111 off I-75 - West to Randall Blvd., N on Approach Blvd. The Club at Westminster (239) 368-1110 233 2199 Berkley Way, Lehigh Acres, FL 33793; I-75 to CR-884 (Colonial Blvd) R on Westgate Blvd; L on Berkley Way DESTINATION GOLF Mission Inn (800) 874-9053 10400 CR 48., Howey-In-The Hills, FL 33825
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Having Fun with SWFL Golf Community “Reciprocals!” By Joe Morgan-GOLF HOME GURU ® One of the KEY “perks” of owning and
living in a Southwest Florida golf community is having access to a large number of other golf courses during the off-season. Virtually every SWFL private golf community offers its members a “Reciprocal List” of 40-60 area golf courses that they can play during the period of May 1 through October 31. In most cases, the total cost of the golf round is just slightly more than the typical cost of a cart fee; and, the hosting club will also quite often throw in a discounted lunch/beverage in an effort to lure golfers into their dining facilities. Regardless of whether your home Download the new
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golf community is a bundled or non-bundled private club, the “Reciprocal List” of your community will typically include an outstanding mix of golf communities/golf courses. During summer months, each golf community shuts down one day per week for minor on-going maintenance, and shuts down at least two times for one-to-two weeks for major maintenance (aeration, etc). The reciprocal system allows individual golf members and golf groups to play other high-quality, challenging golf courses during these shutdown periods. The process for setting up reciprocal tee times is quick and easy...just call your local club pro and he/she will contact the reciprocal club and set up your preferred tee time. After playing 40-60 (or more) rounds of golf on your home course during January though April—and getting to know every square yard of fairway landing area and every inch of break on the greens—the
reciprocal program offers you an affordable opportunity to test your finely-honed golf skills on other beautiful and challenging courses. As all golfers appreciate, playing a golf course for the first time can be an interesting—and often humbling— experience...but it also enables you to discover other courses, and golf communities, that you really like. You may like some of them so much that you play them multiple times during the reciprocal period, and some you’ll play year-after-year. And, your love of a particular course that you played in reciprocals may even guide your decision-making process for a future golf real estate purchase. If you haven’t bought in Southwest Florida yet and you’re in the process of scouting out housing and golf communities, please be sure to ask each club’s Membership Director and/or Golf Pro to give you a copy of their most recent “Reciprocal List”. In some cases, you can access this list on the community’s website. If you already own in one of our wonderful area golf communities, you’ll automatically receive a “Reciprocal List” each year, either online or via handouts or mailings. As you review a golf community’s “Reciprocal List”, I’d suggest that you look for the following outstanding golf venues. You’ll thoroughly enjoy playing each one of them. If you compare this list to my exclusive “GURU Top 25 SWFL Golf Communities” list on my website (GolfHomeGuru. com), you’ll see that all of these communities are also on that list. This is no coincidence, as a major consideration in formulating my “Top 25” list was the quality and playability of the golf course...as determined by my past/ current customers, and by me. • Bundled Golf Communities Naples: Esplanade; Heritage Bay; Naples Lakes; Treviso Bay; Vanderbilt. Bonita Springs: Bonita National. Estero: Pelican Sound. Ft. Myers: Colonial; Legends. GolfCoastMagazine.com
• Non-Bundled Golf Communities Naples: Fiddler’s Creek; Greyhawk at Golf Club of the Everglades; Grey Oaks; Kensington; Mediterra; Olde Cypress; Quail Creek; Quail West; Talis Park; The Quarry; TwinEagles; Wyndemere. Bonita Springs: Bonita Bay; Palmira; Pelican Landing. Estero: Shadow Wood at the Brooks; West Bay Club. Ft. Myers: Fiddlesticks; Gateway; Gulf Harbour; Miromar Lakes; Renaissance; The Plantation; Verandah. The above list features some of the premier golf courses in SWFL and you’ll undoubtedly enjoy every round on them. I offer my sincere apology to the other incredible area courses that didn’t make this list, as many of them are equallyworthy of your time and money.
In my experience, though, the ones listed above are extraordinary opportunities for “Reciprocal” fun! Joe Morgan—better known as the GOLF HOME GURU®—specializes in real estate sales in Naples/Southwest Florida golf communities. He’s an 11-year winner of Gulfshore Life magazine’s “FIVE STAR Client Satisfaction Award”, and an annual “Top Producer” for Downing-Frye Realty Inc., in Naples, Florida. Please visit his ultracomprehensive website, GolfHomeGuru.com; and download his GOLF HOME GURU® App for iPhones, iPads, and Android devices. For help buying or selling in a SWFL Golf community, the “GURU” can be contacted at 239/438-6426 (Cell/Text), and Guru@ GolfHomeGuru.com. ®
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CHARLOTTE | SARASOTA | MANATEE Semi-Private Golf Club
Par 70: Yardage/Rating/Slope: Blue: 5836 / 68.9 / 124 White: 5424 / 66.9 / 115 Gold: 4942/ 64.8 / 113 Ladies Gold: 4942 / 69.0 / 121 Red: 4746 / 68.3 / 119
Deep Creek Golf Club
Number of Holes: 18 Architect: Mark McCumber General Manager/PGA: Todd Evans Superintendent: Josh Czarnecki
• Clubhouse - Restaurant • Practice Facilities • Short Game Area • Walking Allowed • Golf Club Rental • PGA Instruction • 7 Day Advanced T-Times
Yardage/Rating/Slope: Blue: 3976 / 59.3 / 100; White: 3445 / 57.2 / 93; Red: 2840 / 56.0 / 85
Established in 1985, Deep Creek GC has been voted one of the best golf courses in the Charlotte County area year after year. A Par 70, 18 hole layout designed by PGA Tour player Mark McCumber is truly an enjoyable experience with a friendly welcoming staff. From tee to green, whether high or low handicap your experience will be top notch. Public play is welcome, and a variety of memberships options are offered at an exceptional value. Our restaurant and lounge serves only the best quality food and drinks under a casual setting to enhance your experience. 1260 San Cristobal Avenue Punta Gorda, FL 33983 941-625-6911 www.deepcreekgolf.com
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Number of Holes: 18 Architect: Ted McAnlis General Manager: Denny Burnham
COURSE AMENITIES • Clubhouse • Practice Greens • Pro Shop • Snack Bar - Lunch • Golf Club Rental
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 meticulouslymanicured greens surrounded by environmentally-protected natural wetlands. 6651 Oriole Blvd. Englewood, FL 34224 941-475-0334 www.oystercreekgolfclub.com
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The Meadows Country Club
If you are in search of a lifestyle rooted in health and wellness for the entire family set in a casual country club atmosphere, look no further than The Meadows Country Club, located in Venice, Fl. The Club revolves around an array of extraordinary amenities including golf, tennis, pickleball, a junior Olympic size pool, several dining and entertainment options, and a busy social calendar. The newest amenity to the club’s impressive list is a 5,000 square foot Lifestyle and Wellness Center that will guide members along the path to optimal health. It is home to individualized exercise and fitness programs, group yoga, dance, stretch & tone classes, and a large variety of equipment. The 18-hole historic Members Course underwent a major renovation and reopened to rave reviews in January 2021. This Ron Garl-designed course was rebuilt from top to bottom. All 18 greens were reshaped and rebuilt using TifEagle bermudagrass, which offers improved speed, consistency and playability.
3101 Longmeadow Sarasota, FL 34235 (941) 371.6000 www.meadowscc.org
Venetian Golf Club is Now an Exclusively Private Club! This jewel golf course is now back to its original glory after completing a million dollar course renovation, and under new ownership with Heritage Golf Group. There are a limited number of memberships available for both residents and non-residents. Membership includes unlimited golf, weekly golf games and year round social events.
105 Pesaro Drive, North Venice • 941.441.2290 • Venetiangolfclub.com