Naples 5 Best Public Golf Courses
I’m asked this question a lot by my customers….
“I’m coming down to Naples. Where can I play golf?”
Naples is home to many of the best golf courses in Florida, but as you might expect, the majority of the best are private. If you didn’t get that invite to your friend’s private club, and just want to play, here are 5 public courses that I have played and happily recommend. Greens fees vary during season so check with their pro shops to get the most current info.
Raptor Bay Golf Club
23001 Coconut Point Resort Drive
Bonita Springs, FL 34134
Located just a few minutes from North Naples, the Raptor Bay Golf Club is a 6,702-yard course set in a stunning wildlife preserve. It is a recipient of the Audubon International Gold Signature Sanctuary Certificate, the first in the world to be bestowed with such an honor. Raptor Bay’s Raymond Floyd-designed course blends perfectly with the gorgeous natural environment. Not too difficult if you keep the ball in play, but be prepared with extra balls if you tend to find the water. Hint: the pace on the greens is on the slower side compared to some of the area’s private clubs. For a very nice and scenic round with the opportunity to see bald eagles and wildlife, consider Raptor Bay.
Tiburon Golf Club at the Ritz Carlton Golf Resort
Black or Gold Course
2620 Tiburon Drive, Naples, FL 34109
Tiburon’s two 18-hole championship courses are home to the PGA Tour’s Franklin Templeton Shootout and the LPGA CME Group Tour Championship, which brings many of the top names in golf to this prestigious golf destination. With all of its exquisite amenities, Tiburon’s main attraction remains the two superb golf courses. The Gold and The Black, designed by golf legend Greg Norman. Tiburon golfers enjoy unique stacked sod wall bunkers, coquina shell waste bunkers and the absence of conventional rough. Following Greg Norman’s philosophy of maximizing the natural allure of the land, each element has been carefully integrated to produce a pleasing atmosphere in which to appreciate the finer aspects of the game. Greens fees are on the high end during season (Jan – Apr) but then are a bargain in the summer to play a course of this caliber.
TPC Treviso Bay
9800 Treviso Bay Boulevard, Naples, Florida 34113
Heading east on route 41 from downtown Naples toward Marco Island you will shortly come upon Treviso Bay. TPC Treviso Bay boasts 18 holes of picturesque and beautifully maintained golf and the personalized service and outstanding privileges that have become synonymous with the PGA TOUR’s acclaimed TPC Network of clubs. The course challenges your skills and rewards well struck shots. Bring your A game and plenty of balls because about 15 of the 18 holes have water coming into play. Their clubhouse is not completed yet and they are currently working out of a construction trailer.
Mustang Course at Lely Resort
8004 Lely Resort Blvd. Naples, FL 34113
Lely Resort Golf & Country Club’s par 72, 7,217-yard Mustang layout was crafted by World Golf Hall of Famer Lee Trevino using his experience playing many of the world’s greatest courses during his illustrious professional golf career. Balancing play with the natural beauty of South Florida’s marshlands, the Mustang course features gently rolling fairways, large (I thought fast) greens, and 12 sparkling lakes. With multiple tees on each hole, the Mustang presents an enjoyable challenge to golfers of all abilities. The Mustang course is more challenging than the Flamingo course in the same proximity. Both courses get lots of play during season (Dec.- Apr.)
Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club
851 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., Naples, FL 34102
Built in the late 1920’s, the course was redesigned by Mark Mahanna in 1948 and then subsequently redesigned three times between 1980-1998 by Ron Garl. To continue to provide a fresh experience, the resort refurbished the greens and tees in 2010 and completed a refurbishment of the fairways during the summer of 2011. This is a great choice for a public course that is just minutes from downtown 5th Ave. and steps from the beach. Though not as challenging as the others on this list, the location is key. It makes for an easy fun day where you can make the 19th hole the tiki bar behind the hotel on the Gulf for sunset!
Better yet call me and I’ll meet you there!