While there are a multitude of other things to do in the Sunshine State (both indoors and outdoors), we have to admit that hitting the links is a pretty big deal. And when it comes to golf, Naples celebrates the sport with as much exuberance as any place in the state. But which course should you choose?
We turned to the experts at Golf Digest and took a look at their list of top courses. There are way too many to list, so let’s just take a look at the top four near Naples.
Fidddlesticks Country Club
15391 Canongate Drive
Fort Myers, Florida 33912
Designed for the total golf experience, Fiddlesticks Country Club is unsurpassed in its amenities with two championship courses and ample practice and instructional areas. Among the top-ranked courses in Florida, Fiddlesticks' original course, the Long Mean, is a Ron Garl design. It was named early on as one of Golf Digest Magazines’ Top 100 Golf Courses in the USA. The second championship golf course, the Wee Friendly, represents very different challenges, with sparkling lakes in play on two-thirds of its holes. With two 18-hole courses and only 600 members, Fiddlesticks members have the opportunity to play every day, year-round.
Bonita Bay Club-Creekside
26660 Country Club Dr
Bonita Springs, Florida 34134-4398
Bonita Bay Club West has three impeccable golf courses in Bonita Springs, located within our Bonita Bay gated community. Arthur Hills designed these three courses to preserve and enhance the natural features of the land. Marsh weaves its way through wetland terrain with beautiful oaks and palmettos forming a backdrop for challenging golf. Natural wetlands and native vegetation provide both landscaping and water hazards. Creekside features broad fairways and limited carries, while changes in land elevations create a subtle feeling of rolling hills. Bunkering and moguls add challenge to the greens. Bay Island draws from the natural lay of the land to create the longest and most challenging of Bonita Bay Club West's three courses. Water hazards, sand traps and thick stands of oak and cypress await errant shots on a course that plays to all four points of the compass.
Hunter’s Run Executive Course
1006 SE 4th Pl
Cape Coral, Florida 33990-1520
The golf course was built in 1961 by golf course architect Dick Wilson and named Cape Coral Executive. The course is only three years younger than the city of Cape Coral. In 2008 the golf course had a major renovation and was renamed Hunters Run after the current owners son Hunter Hayes. It is a challenging nine-hole layout that will test the ability of all levels of players. The course is the only Executive Course in Cape Coral and no tee times are required.
Cross Creek Country Club
13050 Cross Creek Blvd
Fort Myers, Florida 33912-4629
Cross Creek golf course was built in 1987, renovated in 2002, and features recently re-sodded greens and tees. The course’s signature holes have often been featured in magazines and books. The course is an executive style course and can be challenging from the back tees but for those beginning their golf career a little later in life the course can be made easier by moving up in the tee box. The panoramic views offered by the course are often breathtaking and integrate the surrounding native landscape and wildlife.
There are also plenty of public golf courses in Naples (93 the last time we looked)! If you’d rather check out the public courses in town, here’s an alphabetical listing of the nearby courses.