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The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel offers year-round golf in a tropical paradise

LEE COUNTY, FL –The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel is known for its award-winning beaches, world famous shelling, spectacular sunsets and all the best that Mother Nature has to offer. The area also provides a golf mecca with championship courses and an endless selection of choices available year-round in this tropical paradise. All courses work to protect the area’s wildlife and several have won awards for their commitment to the preservation of the environment. From golf resorts to public municipal courses to exclusive clubs that allow public play, area courses provide opportunities for golfers of all levels.

The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel has an endless list of choices and quality layouts that make golf easily accessible to visitors. Most accommodations in the area will recommend courses and arrange golfing for their guests. Many courses offer club rentals to assist travelers with airline baggage restrictions. Visitors may also select from this extensive list of public courses.

Raptor Bay Golf Club at The Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa, Bonita Springs
The first resort course to receive the Audubon International Gold Certification. Designed by golf great Raymond Floyd, the 18-hole course is in harmony with its lush, natural setting. The course is available to resort guests, as well as the public. Information: 239-390- 4600 or www.raptorbaygolfclub.com

Number of holes: 18
Par: 71
Yardage: Black tee- 6,478, Blue tee- 6,153, Combo Tee- 5,904, White Tee- 5,680, Gold Tee- 5,267, Orange Tee-4,924, Red Tee- 4,564
Rental clubs and shoes are available.

Unique feature: Raptor Bay Golf Club is the first resort golf course in the world to be certified by

Audubon International as a Gold Signature Sanctuary. In the spirit of golf and respect for the land, Raptor Bay captures the essence of nature at its best. Nestled within the resort’s 500-acre property with 22 acres of lakes and more than 200 acres of native vegetation and nature preserves. Each golf hole was carefully crafted to blend with the environment, leaving a beautiful course that accentuates its natural surroundings. With seven sets of tees, this tournament-quality course challenges golfers of all levels.

The Old Corkscrew Golf Club - Jack Nicklaus Signature Course
17320 Corkscrew Rd, Estero, FL 33928
www.oldcorkscrew.com
239-949-4700

Number of holes: 18
Course type: Semi-private
Par: 72
Yardage: 5,200 women’s tees – 7,400 men’s championship tees
Golf course designer: Jack Nicklaus
Open to the public: Yes
Rentals/Loaners: Yes

Unique Feature(s): The course rests on 275 acres of natural preserve and pine trees. It is highly regarded as one of the best in the area, and was listed as a “must play” by Golf Magazine in 2011. The area’s only stand-alone Jack Nicklaus Signature Course. Certified with the Audubon seal of approval, Old Corkscrew Golf Club’s location still reflects its original natural setting, complete with stands of cypress, magnificently tall pines, mature oaks and nesting colonies of  wood storks, egrets and herons, just to name a few. Fewer than two percent of courses around the world have been named a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. 

Captiva Island Golf Club (South Seas Island Resort)
5400 Plantation Rd., Captiva Island 33924
www.southseas.com
239-472-2535

Number of holes: 9
Par: 27
Yardage: 1,394.
Re-designed by Chip Powell
Open to the public: Resort guests only
Rentals: Yes

Unique Feature(s): Allows views of either the Gulf of Mexico or Pine Island Sound from any hole. Situated in the Northern part of Captiva Island, it is ranked one of the Top-Five Short Courses in the world by the Professional Golfers Association. It is the only golf course on Captiva.

The Gasparilla Inn & Club
500 Palm Ave., Boca Grande, FL 33921
www.gasparillainn.com
941-964-4565
Number of holes: 18
Course type: Private
Par: 72
Yardage: 6,837
Golf course designer: Pete Dye
Open to the public: Guests and members only
Rentals/Loaners: Yes

Unique Feature(s): The golf course is located on its own private island within an island, overlooking the Charlotte Harbor. Amenities include Golf Pro Shop, full driving range and chipping and putting greens. Private lessons are also available with the resort’s PGA professionals. Offers views of Charlotte Harbor from every hole. There are no tee times at The Gasparilla Inn Golf Course, you play when you are ready.

Copperhead Golf Club
20910 Copperhead Dr, Lehigh Acres, FL 33936
http://www.copperheadgc.com/
239-369-8200
Number of holes: 18
Par: 72
Yardage: 6,680
Golf course designer: Gordon Lewis
Open to public: Yes
Rentals/ Loaners: Yes

Coral Oaks Golf Course
1800 NW 28th Ave, Cape Coral, FL 33993
http://www.capecoral.net/coraloak/
239-573-3100
Number of holes: 18
Course type: Public
Par: 72
Yardage: 6,680
Golf course designer: Arthur Hills
Open to the public: Yes
Rentals/Loaners: Yes

Unique Feature(s): Owned and operated by the City of Cape Coral, the course is sculpted around century-old oak trees and eight shimmering lakes. The contoured fairways, Tif-Eagle greens and the strategic placement of bunkers were designed to offer an exciting challenge for every golfer. 

Country Creek Golf Course
21131 Country Creek Dr, Estero, FL 33928
http://www.villagesatcountrycreek.org/home.asp
239-947-3840

Number of holes: 18
Course type: Semi-private
Par: 61
Yardage: 3,871
Open to the public: Yes
Rentals/Loaners: Yes

Unique Feature: Island green on #18

Del Tura Country Club
18621 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers 33903
http://www.delturagolfclub.com/
239-731-7814

Number of holes: 27
Course type: Semi-private
Par: 61
Yardage: 5,100
Golf course designer: Ron Garl
Open to the public: Yes
Rentals/Loaners: Yes

Unique Feature(s): The golf course is one of the top executive golf courses in Southwest Florida. Golfers will use most of the clubs in their bag. Water hazards and well-contoured greens create an excellent challenge.

The Dunes Golf & Tennis Club
949 Sand Castle Rd, Sanibel Island, FL 33957
www.dunesgolfsanibel.com
239-472-2535

Number of Holes: 18
Course type: Semi-Private
Par: 70
Yardage: 5,578
Golf course designer: Mark McCumber
Open to the public: Yes
Rentals/Loaners: Yes
18 holes in June-Sept. – 7 Day Unlimited Jan. - April

Unique Feature(s): Abundance of wildlife. They are affiliated with several hotels in the area

Eagle Ridge Golf & Tennis Club
14589 Eagle Ridge Dr, Fort Myers, FL 33912
www.playeagleridge.com
239-768-1888

Number of holes: 18
Course type: Semi-Public
Par: 72
Yardage: 6,532
Golf course designer: Gordon Lewis
Open to public: Yes
Rentals/Loaners: Yes

Unique Feature(s):  Lots of lakes, but most are down the sides of the holes.

Fort Myers Country Club
3591 McGregor Boulevard  Fort Myers, FL 33901
http://www.cityftmyers.com/227/Fort-Myers-Country-Club
239-936-3126 / 239-321-7488

Classic 1917 Donald Ross walking course enjoyed by Thomas Edison, Henry Ford

Number of holes: 18
Course type: Public
Par: men: 70/women: 71
Yardage: 6,414
Golf course designer: Donald Ross, esteemed Scottish-born architect who most golf course architecture historians still consider the father of American golf course design.
Open to the public: Yes
Course opened in 1917
Rentals/Loaners: Yes

Unique Feature(s): Fort Myers Country Club is the oldest facility on the west coast of Florida. Built in the heart of Fort Myers, the club is one mile from the famed Edison & Ford Winter Estates. Both gentlemen enjoyed playing the course in the 1920s.

Golf architect Steve Smyers transformed the course during the $5.8 million project with elevated bunkers and greens. The course received extensive modernization to drainage, turf quality, pro shop and bathroom renovations and operational efficiency.

Heritage Palms Golf & Country Club
10420 Washingtonia Palm Way, Fort Myers 33966
www.hpgcc.com
239-278-9090

Number of holes: 36
Course type: Semi-Private
Par: 72
Yardage: 6,837
Open to the public: Yes during April 15th – December 31st
Rentals/Loaners: Yes

Herons Glen Golf & Country Club
2250 Avenida del Vera, North Fort Myers, FL 33917
http://hggcc.com/hgrd/hgrd_index.htm
239-731-4520

Number of holes:18
Course type: Semi-private
Par: 72
Yardage: 6,375
Golf course designer: Gordon Lewis
Open to the public: Yes
Rentals/Loaners: Yes

Unique Feature(s): It was recognized by National Audubon Society.

Legends Golf & Country Club
8600 Legends Blvd., Fort Myers 33912
www.legendscc.com
239-561-8740

Number of holes: 18
Course type: Private
Par: 72
Yardage: 6,652
Golf course designer: Joe Lee
Open to the public: No
Rentals/Loaners: Yes

 

Myerlee Country Club
1380 Myerlee Country Club Blvd, Fort Myers, FL 33919
www.myerleecc.com
239-481-1440

Number of holes: 18
Course type: Semi-Private
Par: 60
Yardage: 3,271
Golf course designer: Arthur Hills
Open to the public: Yes
Loaners/Rentals: Yes

Unique Feature(s): Although the yardage is not long it is quite challenging with the ponds and streams that wind through it. It also offers some scenic old Florida beauty. You can walk or ride this course.

Pelican Preserve Golf Club
9802 Pelican Preserve Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33913
www.pelicanpreservelifestyles.com
239-985-1707

Number of holes: 27
Course type: Semi-private
Par: 72
Yardage: 6,850
Golf course designer: Chip Powell
Open to the public: Yes
Rentals/ Loaners: Yes

Unique Feature(s): Very generous landing area and good conditions.

Shell Point Golf Club
17401 On Par Blvd., Fort Myers 33908
www.shellpointgolf.com
239-433-9790

Number of Holes: 18
Course type: Semi-Private
Par: 71
Yardage: 6,503
Golf course designer: Gordon Lewis
Loaners/ Rentals - Yes

San Carlos Golf Club
7420 Constitution Circle SE, Fort Myers, FL 33967
www.sancarlosgolfclub.com
239-267-3131

Number of holes: 18
Course type: Semi-private
Par: 71
Yardage: 5,191 yards - 6,465 yards
Golf course designer: John O’Connor
Open to the public: Yes
Rentals: Yes

Unique Feature(s): San Carlos Golf Club is a traditional golf course in a natural setting. The course offers a variety of shots and a minimal amount of water hazards (water does not come into play on the front nine). San Carlos has hosted numerous Professional and Amateur tournaments.

Sanibel Island Golf Club
1100 Par View Drive, Sanibel Island, Fl. 33957
www.sanibelislandgc.com
239-472-2626

Number of holes: 18
Course type: Public
Yardage: 6,300
Open to the public: Yes

Located just off of the shores of Southwest Florida, Sanibel Island is home to some of the area’s best resorts, real estate, and recreation. Known for its gorgeous views of the Gulf of Mexico, Sanibel Island’s incredible natural setting makes it the perfect atmosphere to enjoy the game of golf. Sanibel Island Golf Club plays like a championship course should: challenging each aspect of your game throughout an 18-hole layout lush with indigenous wildlife and customer service second to none.

Playing just over 6,300 yards from the back tees, Sanibel Island Golf Club’s semi-private layout is perfect for the player of any skill or ability level. Each hole brings with it picturesque views, natural challenge and ideal conditions to play your best golf.

Terraverde Country Club
17000 Terraverde Cir, Fort Myers, FL 33908
www.terraverdecountryclub.net
239-433-7733

Number of holes: 9
Course Type: Public
Par: 27
Yardage: 1,260
Golf course designer: Gordon Lewis
Open to the public: Yes
Rentals/Loaners: Yes
Unique Feature(s): This course has a walking course that is good for exercise. Challenging nine-hole course

WestMinister Golf Club
2199 Berkley Way, Lehigh Acres, FL 33973
http://www.westminster-golf.com/
239-472-2535

Number of holes: 18
Course type: Semi-private
Par: 72
Yardage: 4097 to 6833  
Golf course designer: Ted McAlis
Open to the public: Yes
Rentals/Loaners: Yes

Unique Feature(s): Open year-round, player friendly with little water and sand bunkers. You can only see one golf hole at a time. No side-by-side fairways. Several monthly tournaments, such as Westminster Open Monthly Tournament, Nine & Dine Couples Tournament every Tuesday, and a Night Golf at Night Tournament Nine & Dine every month.

For additional information on planning a golf vacation to The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel, visit www.fortmyers-sanibel.com  

Alden Pines Country Club
14261 Clubhouse Dr, Bokeelia, FL 33922
239-283-2179
http://www.aldenpinesgolf.com/

Bonita Fairways Country Club
26740 Sammoset Way, Bonita Springs, FL. 34135
www.bonitafairways.com
239-947-9100

Colonial Country Club
9181 Independence Way, Fort Myers 33913
www.colonialgolfclub.com
239-768-9421

Cross Creek Country Club
13050 Cross Creek Blvd., Fort Myers 33912
www.crosscreekfl.com
239-768-1922

Eastwood Golf Course
4600 Bruce Herd Lane Fort Myers, Fl. 33905
https://www.cityftmyers.com/225/Eastwood-Golf-Course
239-321-7487

El Rio Golf Club
1801 Skyline Dr, North Fort Myers, FL 33903
239-995-2204
http://www.elriogc.com/
Walk or ride course

Pine Course At Grand Club
400 Pine Lakes Pkwy N., Palm Coast, FL 32164
386-445-0852
www.hamptongolfclubs.com

Sabal Springs Golf & Racquet Club
3347 Sabal Springs Blvd, North Fort Myers, 33917
239-731-0101
http://www.sabalspringsgolf.com/

Whiskey Creek Country Club
1449 Whiskey Creek Dr. Fort Myers, Fl. 33919
www.whiskeycreekcc.com
239-481-3021

 

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Editor's note: The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel in Southwest Florida includes: Sanibel Island, Captiva Island, Fort Myers Beach, Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, Estero, Cape Coral, Pine Island, Boca Grande & Outer Islands, North Fort Myers, Lehigh Acres. For media assistance, visit www.fortmyers-sanibel.com/media-central/