Southwest Florida is a golfer’s paradise with state-of-the-art putting greens surrounded by stunning scenery. People travel from all over the world to play on the striking fairways of this subtropical oasis. Below are just some of the SWFL golf clubs where you can grip it and rip it on expertly crafted Southwest Florida green. No matter your skill level, these are the courses you won’t want to miss:
Popular SWFL Golf Clubs
Calusa Pines Golf Club | Naples
Named this year’s 88th best golf course in America by Golf Digest, this private Naples course appeals to any golf aficionado. The popular golf magazine also ranked Calusa Pines Golf Club as one of the top ten private clubs in the nation. Designed by Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry, the 7,203-yard course boasts stunning vistas amid Florida flora. The goal was to create a natural-feeling course that inspires tranquility. And above all that, Calusa Pines differentiates itself by eliminating tee times. At Calusa Pines, you’ll always have time to get a few practice swings in before you hit the course.
Tiburon Golf Club at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort | Naples
This Naples course hosts the PGA Tour’s Franklin Templeton Shootout and LPGA Tournament, making it a popular course for golfers of all skill levels. Tiburon Golf Club spotlights two 18-hole courses, each over 7,000 yards. Every hole features five tee boxes in order to accommodate novices and experts. A Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary by Audubon International, Tiburon brings both a peaceful and challenging experience. The scenic course is open to the public, so grab your clubs and enjoy.
Old Corkscrew Golf Club | Estero
Designed by renowned golf course architect Jack Nicklaus, this Audubon International Silver Signature Sanctuary appeals to nature and golf lovers alike. The par-72 championship course at Old Corkscrew Golf Club presents 7,400 yards of carefully crafted holes immersed in native foliage like pine, cypress and oak trees. Members also benefit from the club’s pro shop, fully equipped with a practice facility. After a long day on the green, retire to the clubhouse restaurant’s patio, which overlooks the course.
Raptor Bay Golf Club | Fort Myers
This 18-hole championship course caters to golfers of all skill levels. Each hole has five sets of tees to accommodate certain needs. Raptor Bay was designed by Raymond Floyd with biological preservation in mind, which is why Audubon International deemed it a Certified Gold Signature Sanctuary. The fun, challenging course will inspire members to appreciate Florida’s natural habitats while enjoying a peaceful game of golf. Upon completing the course, members can relax and dine at the tastefully designed clubhouse.
Live on a Golf Course
Southwest Florida has no shortage of golf course communities, full of beautiful rolling greens and plenty of avid golfers. Below are just two of the many lovely golf-centered communities in SWFL:
Colonial Country Club | Fort Myers
Colonial Country Club, a gated community located in Fort Myers, features an 18-hole championship golf course that suits all skill levels. Golf Advisor rated the 7,385-yard course top ten in Florida in part because designer Gordon Lewis crafted each hole to challenge every golfer. The course’s various tee boxes cater to novices while the narrow fairways appeal to masters of the sport. And when your game’s done, simply walk back to your comfortable home within the community.
Gulf Harbour Yacht & Country Club | Fort Myers
The private golf course at Gulf Harbour Yacht & Country Club spreads across 6,700 yards of green, situated right next to the Caloosahatchee River. Within this 18-hole championship course is an executive golf course, suitable for golfers seeking a shorter, less challenging game. Whether you’re new to the sport or you’ve been swinging all your life, the green at Gulf Harbour will not disappoint. Reside in one of the community’s golf course homes to ensure you never miss a tee time.
Advice from the Experts
Do you want to live near the best golf courses in the nation? Dave and Brenda of Sage Realtor Group know all about Southwest Florida, which is why they want to help make your move a smooth one. Contact them at 239-896-8549 to learn more about moving to SWFL.
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