The Country Club of Naples has been around since 1966 when it was first founded. The only other courses around at the time were Hole-in-the-wall, The Beach Club and Palm River. The Country Club of Naples was the first full service club in the area and boasted a championship course over a distance of 6,500 yards.
Regarded as prime Naples commercial real estate, the Country Club of Naples has an enviable location a little way off the I-75 in beautifully sculpted landscapes, lakes, clubhouse, and other amenities.
The original course was designed by the famous architect William Diddel. He had designed over 300 courses in Canada and the United States and was the founder of the American Society of Golf Course Architects.
The Country Club of Naples members decided it was time to restore the club to its former glory and closed its doors on April 5th 2009 so they could begin work. The scope was impressive, a complete remodel of the course from the bunkers up. The length was increased from 6,500 yards to 6,800, all bunkers, tees and greens were rebuilt. The landscape modified to match the “Old Florida” style with cypress trees, native plants and grasses.
Local business carried out the work in designer Gordon Lewis as the architect and Jim Glase Golf Construction as the builder. Oversight by the club’s superintendent Bill Davidson made sure everything went smoothly. The finished article is testament to the hard work and skill of these local people.
The revamped course was re-opened on October 31st 2009 where members were presented with a completely restored and improved course. It now has six tees for all skill levels, beautiful, natural landscapes and 700 new trees to line the fairways and greens. They were unanimously pleased with the results, and have since welcomed a further 29 new members since the opening.
As a full service club there are other amenities as well as the course. There is a driving range, putting green, pool, tennis courts and a well stocked golf shop. They have also installed wireless internet!
Once you have worked up an appetite on the course or other activities you can dine in the fine dining restaurant in the clubhouse. Here they offer a full dinner, buffets and special events. You can choose from a fine dining menu, a casual “Suppertime” menu and a “Tableside” menu or just enjoy a coffee and a snack in the Foundation Café or Tavern by the Green.
While it isn’t what springs to mind when you think of Naples commercial real estate, that is exactly what it is. A profit making commercial enterprise wrapped up in a beautiful, scenic, relaxing wrapper. A great place to spend the day.
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