Southwest Florida is a popular destination for golf, since you can hit the greens any time of the year. If you’re looking for a relaxing way to spend the weekend, there are several options just a short drive from Springs at Estero and Springs at Six Mile Cypress. Check out these five:
Eastwood Golf Course spans more than 150 acres of what was once the city well field. This 18-hole par-72 layout is packed with challenges including 87 bunkers and 10 holes featuring water. If you need to brush up on your game, you’ll find a driving range and practice green are both available here. You can also sign up for golf lessons from PGA-certified professionals.
Nestled amid cypress and pine trees, the Eagle Ridge Golf Club offers a soothing atmosphere that feels miles from the city. Ample lakes and waterways meander through the course, and water comes into play on all but one of the course’s 18 holes. This par-72 course spans 6,500 yards with a driving range on hand as well, so you can get some practice in before your upcoming round.
The San Carlos Golf Club is a semi-private club featuring an 18-hole golf course, aqua driving range, putting green, practice bunker, and a pitching and chipping area. Though you can play without joining, there are many members-only events here that may entice you to join the club. After your game, you can meet other members at the Bar & Grill, featuring a full bar and casual food.
The Shell Point Golf Club is an ideal pick when you have players of differing experience levels with you, as it has eight tees to a hole. This 18-hole par-71 course features several water hazards to add both a picturesque touch to the fairway and a thrilling challenge to your game. For unlimited play, you can purchase a 12-month membership with perks such as advance tee times, reduced cart fees, and a 20 percent discount on soft goods.
Designed by golf legend Jack Nicklaus, Old Corkscrew is Southwest Florida’s #1-rated Golf Course by Golf Magazine and is also a Certified Audubon International Silver Signature Sanctuary. The course features 18 holes woven into a landscape of mature oaks, pines, cypress trees, lakes, prairie grass and wetlands — a natural habitat for a range of indigenous species including alligators, tortoises, raccoons and water birds. The course offers memberships, a summer player program, private instruction and a range of workshops to help you improve your game.
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