Golfing the Gulf Coast
With nearly 150 golf courses, Southwest Florida is a golfer’s dream. Our region of Florida contains the most golf holes per capita, with the Naples-Marco Island metropolitan area ranking #1 nationally in 2013.
The warm tropical climate allows for golfers to enjoy a round all-year-round! The palm trees and bright greens attract visitors from the northern states and those traveling internationally, especially during the winter months.
We have private, semi-private, and public courses with a variety of layouts. Below, we’ve listed a few courses for each area, however, this is not an all-inclusive list of courses.
Olde Hickory Golf & Country Club - A private, 18-hole course located near Daniels Parkway and Interstate 75. The facility spans 6,600 yards and has a course rating of 71.9. Olde Hickory has been referred to as “the best-kept secret in Southwest Florida.” Visit their website for more information.
Fort Myers Country Club - Owned by the city of Ft. Myers, this 18-hole course is located between McGregor Blvd and Highway 41, near the Edison and Ford Winter Estates. The facility spans nearly 6,500 yards and has a course rating of 70.5. “The Fort” as locals refer to it, is one of the oldest golf courses on the west coast of Florida. Visit their website for more information.
Gulf Harbour Yacht & Country Club - A private, 18-hole course located along McGregor Blvd and the Caloosahatchee River. The course spans 6,700 yards and has a rating of 72.7. Gulf Harbour is also home to a 186-slip deep water marina, just 4.5 nautical miles from the Gulf of Mexico. Visit their website for more information.
Heritage Palms Golf & Country Club - Two, semi-private 18-hole courses located on Six Mile Cypress Parkway near the Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve. The Royal course features more than 6,700 yards while the Sabal spans 6,800 yards total. Heritage Palms offers PGA professional staff, a full service Pro Shop and an aqua driving range. Visit their website for more information.
Sanibel & Captiva Islands
Sanibel Island Golf Club - A public, 18-hole course located on the east end of the island on Par View Dr. The facility spans 6,000 yards and has a course rating of 69.9. The Sanibel Island Golf Club features the best of Sanibel’s picturesque views, natural vegetation and exotic wildlife. Visit their website for more information.
The Dunes Golf & Tennis Club - A public, 18-hole course located in The Dunes neighborhood on the east end of the island. The course spans 5,500 yards with a rating of 68.0. The Dunes features a full-service Pro shop and the only aqua driving range on island that is open to the public. Visit their website for more information.
The Sanctuary Golf Club - A private, 18-hole course located at the west end of Sanibel, just before you cross onto Captiva Island. The facility features more than 6,600 yards and has a course rating of 72.8. The Sanctuary community overlooks the Pine Island Sound and is a free-range natural habitat for the island’s wildlife. For more information visit their website.
Captiva Island Golf Club - A private, 9-hole course located at the South Seas Resort on the western tip of Captiva Island. The course features nearly 3,000 yards with a course rating of 34.4. Located right on the Gulf shore, the course has unbeatable views and has been ranked as one of the “Top 5 Short Courses” in the world. Visit the South Seas website for more information.