The best golf courses in Naples are prime for play year-round, yet there is nothing quite like hitting the links during the time of year when you’re able to sidestep the snowbirds.
The high time for golf in the greater Naples area may typically be winter, thanks to dry and warm temps in the 70s and 80s accented by a tropical breeze that naturally draws out flocks of Northern snowbirds looking to test their mettle on the region’s 90-plus courses. However, the fact of the matter is: You can play these courses 365 days a year. In fact, they are just as good in the late summer/fall months because of lesser crowds (no tees sheets packed until mid-afternoon!), lowered prices, and more relaxed rules allowing non-members to get tee times at a handful of the area’s private clubs. Interested? We profile some of the best courses to play within easy driving distance of Edgewater Beach Hotel.
Panther Run Golf Club [Ava Maria]
Nestled in the Corkscrew Swamp, a National Audubon Society sanctuary, this 18-hole Gordon G. Lewis–design gem is known first and foremost for its beautiful backdrop for an excellent round of golf. We’re talking 29 lakes home to rare aquatic birds, wild pigs, and bobcats. As for the course, it’s known for generous player-friendly fairways and large rolling greens that average an astounding 8,000 square feet in size.
Mustang Golf Course at the Lely Resort Golf & Country Club [Naples]
The Mustang Course is only one of the club’s two courses open for public use and regarded for balancing playability with stunning natural beauty of South Florida’s marshlands. Designed by Lee Trevino, the par 72, 7,230-yard layout features holes that are demanding, yet offer multiple tees, gently rolling fairways, and large greens, creating a fair challenge for the common golfer.
Arrowhead Golf Club [Naples]
Voted Best Public Golf Course by Naples Daily News’s Best of Naples in 2018, Arrowhead offers a challenging, high-quality game for all. Large greens and landing areas lend themselves to a pleasant play for average golfers, while bunkers and water hazards keep expert players engaged the whole way. The par-72, 6,832-yard course is also known for a quicker pace of play than other courses, so it is a good option for golfers who would like to spend the rest of the day on the beach or exploring. Not to mention, peak rates in the mornings are only $35 in the offseason.
The Black Course at Tiburón Golf Club [Naples]
Akin to its fellow Greg Norman–designed courses, the 6,800-yard Black Course works in continuity with its natural surroundings, featuring pine straw-lined fairways, crushed coquina waste areas, and undulating greens nestled amidst acres of pine trees and native Florida foliage. Tee shots must be played more strategically because water often surrounds both sides of the fairway, making for difficult navigation.
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