Naples, a perfect city for golfers
As the legend goes, Naples, a city for golfers, is among the top in the nation when you count the number of golf holes per capita.
With an estimated 23.8 million people who played golf on a course and 8.3 million who played off-course during 2017 in the USA, for a total of around 32 million players, Naples is on the mind and in the plans of golf players from all over the nation and the world.
Golf courses designed by golf legends such as the Tiburón Golf Club designed by Greg Norman, the Raptor Bay Golf Club in Bonita Springs (a first in the world to be honored with the Audubon International Gold Signature Sanctuary Certificate) designed by Raymond Floyd, and the Arrowhead Golf Course beautifully designed by architect Gordon G. Lewis, recipient of the Readers Choice Award “Best Public Course in Southwest Florida” from 2004-2010 and 2012-2015 by the Naples Daily News, are just three of the dozens of magnificent golf courses available for public and private play.
Among the sought-after private courses in Naples, the Estuary Course at Grey Oaks shines. Presented as being “within the private sanctuary of a breathtaking Southwest Florida nature preserve setting,” this course designed by Bob Cupp with all levels of golfers in mind.
Jack Minutella, a long time resident of Grey Oaks, is a frequent player at the Estuary course. “The Estuary course is a beautiful course, it’s challenging but fun to play and enjoyed by all the Grey Oaks members.”
Here’s just a handful of popular golf courses among the many you will find in Naples, Florida.
8004 Lely Resort Blvd. Naples, FL 34113 – (239) 793 2600
It’s described as “Each course at Lely Resort Golf & Country Club uniquely accentuates Naples, Florida’s natural beauty while encouraging a player’s strategy and skill in the game.” Two of the three courses that compound this extensive development are open to public play including the Flamingo Island, designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr., which is highlighted as one of the top public golf courses in the USA by the MustcDo visitor guides →
2205 Heritage Greens Drive Naples, FL 34119 – (239) 596 1000
This 18-hole championship, par 72 golf course has been notably awarded by the Naples Daily News as the Readers Choice Award recipient “Best Public Course in Southwest Florida” from 2004-2010 and 2012-2015. Located among 16 lakes with rolling fairways and gorgeous greens, opens daily (except Christmas Day) and tee time can be booked online.
851 Gulf Shore Blvd. N. Naples, FL 34102 – (239) 435 2475
Featuring 5 sets of tees ranging from 4,800 to 6,900 yards, this course offers practice facilities including PGA professional group and individual instruction, a 300-yard driving range, a 14,500-foot putting green, GPS-equipped golf carts, and a pro shop offering men’s and women’s golf equipment and apparel. It’s famous per its fantastic beach bar and stunning place to admire sunsets. This 18-hole golf course right on the Gulf is open to the public year-round.
17320 Old Corkscrew Road Estero, FL 33928 – (239) 949 4700
This Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course, located a short drive north to Naples in Estero, offers “challenging golf in a secluded area surrounded by natural beauty.” Inserted on a 275-acre location, this organization is a certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, following carefully the strict Audubon International Environmental Standards. This is a non-residential course amid this paradise known as Southwest Florida.
18100 Royal Tree Parkway Naples, FL 34114 – (239) 732 0034
Open to the public, this 7,150 yard, par-71 championship course features 5 sets of tees to suit players of all abilities. The golf course layout, “with water coming into play on every hole” it’s known by locals as an accuracy challenge. You can book online at their website →
View of Estuary golf course and water © 2018 César Alsina
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