The Top Golf Courses and Resorts in Naples, Florida

The Top Golf Courses and Resorts in Naples, Florida

Raptor Bay Golf Club
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It was very difficult to decide what to include in my list of the Top Golf Courses in Naples, Florida - there are a great many of them in this section of Southwest Florida. That being so, the choices are all mine. I have visited almost all of the golf courses in the greater Naples area, and these are the ones that impressed me the most.

Most of the golf courses in and around Naples are open the year-round. From May through October they are never crowded. You can pick your tee time and enjoy a leisurely round. Better yet, many of the private golf courses in Naples are open to the public during these months. Winter in Southwest Florida brings perfect golfing weather: brisk, Gulf breezes in the early morning; warm, balmy days; grass green and lush; affordable green fees; and there's also plenty to see and do when you're not on the course. All of this makes Naples a top-notch golf destination.

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    Arrowhead Golf Courses - Naples

    The 17th green is set for play in the Pro-Am at the PGA Champions Tour ACE Classic, February 17, 2005 in Naples, Florida.
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    The 18-hole Arrowhead course plays an enjoyable 6,927 yards from the back tees for a par of 72. The course rating is 73.4 and the slope is 130 on Bermuda grass. Designed by Gordon G. Lewis, the Arrowhead golf course opened for play in 1998.
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    Bellasera Resort, Naples

    Bellasera Resort in Naples
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    The Bellasera Hotel is situated on 9th street in downtown Naples. A Four Diamond resort, Bellasera has been a favorite with golfers since it first opened in late 2003. Its location also makes it easy to play the great golf courses in the Naples area.
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    Eagle Lakes Golf Course - Naples

    Eagle Lake Golf Course
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    The 18-hole Eagles course at the Eagle Lakes Golf Club in Naples, Florida plays a whopping 7,150 yards from the tips for a par of 71; that’s right, the par is 71. The course rating is 75.3 and it has a slope rating of 141. Designed by Bruce Devlin and Gordon Lewis, the Eagles golf course opened for play in 2006.
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    Forest Glen Golf & Country Club, Naples

    Forest Glen Country Club
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    The 18-hole Forest Glen golf course plays 7,081 yards of golf from the championship tees for a par of 72, a course rating of 75.1 and a slope rating of 135. Designed by Arthur Hills, the Forest Glen golf course reopened in 2009.
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    Gasparilla Inn Golf Course
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    The 18-hole Gasparilla Inn course in Boca Grande, Florida plays 6,811 yards fom 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 recentlty renovated Gasparilla Inn golf course reopened for play in 2004.
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    Hammock Bay Golf Course - Naples

    Hammock Bay Golf club
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    The 18-hole Hammock Bay course plays just under 7,000 yards from the tips for a par of 72, a course rating of 73.4 and a slope of 134. Designed by Bruce Devlinand Robert von Hagge, and redesigned by Peter Jacobson, the Hammock Bay golf course re-opened for play in 2004. The facility is managed by WCI Communities, Inc.
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    Heritage Bay Golf Course - Naples

    Heritage Bay Golf Club
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    The 27-hole layout at the Heritage Bay Golf Course facility in Naples, Florida features all the hallmarks of Florida golf. Designed by Gordon G. Lewis, the Pine golf course opened in 2006.
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    Hibiscus Golf Club, Naples

    Hibiscus Golf Club
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    The 18-hole Hibiscus golf course in Naples, Florida plays 6,540 yards from the tips for a par of 73, a course rating of 71.5 and a slope rating of 125.
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    LaPlaya Beach and Golf Resort, Naples

    La Playa Beach & Golf Resort
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    Situated right on the beach in Naples, Florida, LaPlaya Beach and Golf Resort is one of the state's most popular golf and beach resorts. Aside from its excellent golf course - a Robert Cupp design - the resort offers a variety of high-end amenities, including its magnificent stretch of Gulf Coast beach, beautifully landscaped grounds, spa, and BALEENnaples is one of the best dining experiences in the Southeast. As to the hotel grounds: spectacular is not a word I use often, but the rock gardens and pools around the resort buildings definitely are.
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    Lely Golf Resort - Naples

    The Lely Resort Naples
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    Lely Resort, Naples: they say that “no community in Southwest Florida can match Lely Resort's 54 holes of championship golf.” Quite a claim, I think, but somewhat justified as the Lely Resort’s courses were designed by some of the best in the game, including Robert Trent Jones Sr., the world's most prolific golf architect, who designed the Flamingo Island Golf Course.
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    Marco Island Marriott Golf Club and Spa

    Marco Island Marriott Golf Club and Spa
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    Marco Island Golf Club, “an island within an island” is where you can kick off your shoes and explore paradise - at least Marco Island Marriott's version of it, because once your bare feet touch the sand, all the worries, trials and tribulations of big city life will be washed away with the gentle coming and going of the tides. It’s also the ideal spot for a golf vacation. Marco Island Golf opportunities include The Rookery Golf Club, which owned and operated by the Marco Island Golf Club and is, without doubt, one of the finest Golf Clubs in the Naples area.
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    Naples Beach & Golf Club, Naples

    Naples Beach and Golf Course
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    The 18-hole golf course at the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club plays a testing 6,488 yards of golf from the tips for a par of 72, a course rating of 71.7 and a slope rating of 134. Designed by Ron Garl, the Naples Beach golf course first opened for play in 1930.
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    Raptor Bay Golf Club, Bonita Springs

    Raptor Bay Golf Club
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    The 18-hole Raptor Bay plays an enjoyable 6,750 yards from the back tees. The par is 71, the course rating 71.9 and the slope is 129. Designed by Raymond Floyd, the Raptor Bay 1 golf course opened for play in 2001.
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    Ritz Carlton Naples
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    The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples, overlooks the 36-hole Tiburón golf course complex, two Greg Norman-designed championship courses set in lee of one of Florida’s most luxurious golf hotels. The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples, is a Mobil Four-Star Mediterranean-style/country club sanctuary that offers: 295 well-appointed guest rooms, including 35 Club rooms, 37 suites and a Presidential Suite, along with five restaurants, 12 meeting rooms, the Tiburón Golf Club, and a large pool area with poolside service.

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    Ritz Carlton Beach Resort, Naples

    Ritz Carlton Beach Resort, Naples
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    The Ritz Carlton Beach Resort, Naples, is a breathtaking facility and the only 5-star, 5-diamond resort in Florida. Golf is available at the Ritz Carlton Beach Resort, Naples at its sister hotel, Ritz Carlton Golf Resort, Naples, on two Greg Norman-designed courses at Tiburón Golf Club.

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    Valencia Golf & Country Club, Naples

    Valencia Golf & Country Club, Naples
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    Valencia Golf and Country Club is rated Four Stars by Golf Digest for three of the past four years. The course has been laid out with five sets of tees to accommodate players of all skill levels.