Where did Naples Land on Golf Advisors 10 Best warm-weather golf destinations in the continental United States?
From January to March, very few winter golf destination rocks and rolls harder than the southwest Florida enclave of Naples, Florida. Golf Advisor has taken notice and recently named Naples the 4th best warm-weather golf destination in the country. With incredible waterfront communities, like Naples Reserve, ideally located in the heart of this world-class golf destination, calling Naples home is an obvious birdie opportunity!
Beautifully nestled on the Gulf of Mexico, the “Golf Capital of the World” boasts more golf holes per capita than anywhere in the country. Many of the 70-plus golf courses in Collier County are private, but there are still some excellent public offerings.
Here are a few of our favorite public courses that transcended the golf scene in Naples to one-of-the best in the country.
- TPC Treviso Bay, Naples
This former private club bordering the 110,000-acre Rookery Bay National Estuarine Reserve opened to the public in 2011. The 7,367-yard layout, an Arthur Hills and Hal Sutton collaboration, first impressions set the tone for the day. Fountains, bridges and Mediterranean architecture of the surrounding real estate development line the two-mile drive to the course. Water steals the show throughout the round, especially on the cape hole at no. 11 and the long par 5s at no. 12 and no. 18. Finishing the round with the same ball is quite an accomplishment.
- Tiburon Golf Club’s Gold & Black Course, Naples
Both layouts feature similar characteristics, playing firm-and-fast with wall-to-wall short grass and no rough. Those conditions add distance off the tee, although shots offline tend to find trouble. More waste bunkers, filled with crushed coquina shells, line the 7,271-yard Gold Course. Slightly elevated greens surrounded by tricky collection areas defend the aerial assaults of the pros. The more open Gold Course wins popularity contests. The 6,949-yard Black Course at Tiburon is revered as the tougher and more strategic layout.
- Old Corkscrew Golf Club, Estero
The Jack Nicklaus design hidden in the middle of nowhere halfway between Fort Myers and Naples might be the most scenic track in southwest Florida. Old Corkscrew Golf Club is 275 acres of pure Florida outback where scrub trees, wetlands and waste bunkers, not houses, accompany players throughout their round. Old Corkscrew resists scoring with, quite possibly, the highest slope rating from the white tees in the country (144). Heroic shots to greens hanging precariously into ponds and lakes define the day.
- Naples Grande Golf Club, Naples
This private Rees Jones design, accessible only with a stay at the Waldorf Astoria Naples, roams uninterrupted through natural pines and cypress trees without a condo or home in sight. Naples Grande G.C., which hosted the EMC Golf Skills Challenge from 2001 to 2003, is so popular during the high season from January to April that players tee off on both nines to keep up with demand.
After battling the elements and carding a new low-score, Naples Reserve is the perfect retreat to relax and enjoy the South Florida lifestyle you have always dreamed about. Unwind poolside at your beautifully designed custom estate home in one of the 11 distinct neighborhoods at Naples Reserve or head in the Island Club for a bite to eat at Latitudes Café or an afternoon Duffy Boat ride on Eagle Lake.
On February 17-19 and 24-26, Naples Reserve is offering a sneak peek at their causally awesome lifestyle as the Collier Building Industry Association Parade of Homes.
Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to experience innovative and award-winning architectural designs and interiors of more than a dozen designer-decorated model homes by eight of the area’s top homebuilders during the 2017 Single-Site Parade of Homes.
Explore a variety of custom and single-family home options during your trolley tour through the breathtaking Naples Reserve community.
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