Gasparilla Inn Golf Course, Boca Grande, Florida

Another Pete Dye Masterwork

Photograph of the Gasparilla Inn Golf Course
••• Gasparilla Inn Golf Course. Photo Courtesy of Gasparilla Inn & Club

The Gasparilla Inn Golf Course,  Boca Grande is, perhaps, one of Florida's best-kept golfing secrets. Florida, as we all know, has more than its fair share of amazing golf courses, many of them designed by legends in their field. It wasn't until recently, however, I learned of a masterpiece designed by the king of golf course design, Pete Dye. located on Gasparilla Island in Boca Grande, surrounded by glistening waters of the Gulf of Mexico and Charlotte Harbor, the recently renovated, Pete Dye Signature Course at The Gasparilla Inn is now high on my list of "must-play Florida courses.

The layout features a par 72, 18-hole championship course spread out over 6,811 yards. This 'island within an island' course, in the natural setting of the barrier islands of southwest Florida, is as beautiful as it is unique. The course features five sets of tees designed to challenge all levels of players. Play within your game and a good score is well within the bonds of possibility..

Holes 12 through 17 play directly along scenic Charlotte Harbor. In fact, Pete Dye, himself, favors the 15th, a par 4 dogleg to the left. There are no course tee times at The Gasparilla Golf Club. The course is only available to play by members and guests of The Inn, a National Historic Landmark resort built in 1913.

The 18-hole Gasparilla Inn course in Boca Grande, Florida plays 6,811 yards from the back tees for a par of 72 . The course rating is 73.5 and the slope rating is 129. Designed by Pete Dye, ASGCA, the recently renovated Gasparilla Inn golf course reopened for play in 2004.

Amenities at the Gasparilla Inn Golf Course

  • Extensive practice facilities, including full driving range, chipping and putting greens
  • Golf Pro Shop
  • Men's/Ladies Locker rooms
  • Private lessons available by appointment with the resort's PGA professionals
  • Electric golf carts or walking carts available
  • Rental clubs
  • Walking friendly layout
  • Uses free effluent water produced at an island treatment plant for irrigation
  • Built in extensive water recovery system, the sole source for the course's irrigation
  • Uses eco-friendly native Seashore Paspalum turf grass throughout the entire layout
  • Florida best management practices followed for fertilization and pesticide applications
  • Uses an integrated pest management program

Accolades:

  • "The Global Ten" - Gary Galyean's Golf Letter, 2008
  • "Best Resort Golf Experiences Under $1000" - Gary Galyean's Golf Letter, 2008
  • "Elegant Simplicity" - Florida Golf Central, 2008
  • "The Watch List" - Gary Galyean's Golf Letter, 2009
  • "The 7 Top Courses You've Never Heard Of " - Florida Travel + Life, 2009

Golf Club Fees and Special Packages: For current golf club fees and special packages, please contact The Gasparilla Inn & Club at 800.996.1913 or visit their website. Getaway packages for golfers are offered throughout the season at The Inn. Where to Stay:

Where to Stay

If you want to play the course, you'll have to stay at the Gasparilla Inn resort. The course is open for play only by guests at the Inn.

How to Get There

The historic Gasparilla Inn resort is located on the Florida Gulf coast, a short drive from the Fort Myers, Sarasota or Tampa airports. Boca Grande is served by the Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) located about 26 miles north of Naples in Fort Myers which, in turn, is served by almost all major US airlines, including United, Delta, Continental, US Air, AirTran, American, and 

Contact

Casparilla Inn & Club, 500 Palm Ave.,Boca Grande, FL 33921. Phone: (941)964-4565; Fax: (941)964-2733