Naples Florida is the unofficial golf capital of the United States. Besides our fabulous beach sunsets, there are few places where the natural beauty of Southwest Florida is more prominent than on our fine golf courses. Major golf designers and many professional player designers’ courses dot our landscape, including such standouts as: Pete & P.B. Dye, Robert Trent Jones Sr. & Jr., Robert Van Hagge, Arthur Hills, Tom Fazio, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Greg Norman, Gary Player, and many more. The majority of our courses are private country clubs and annual dues and initiation fees do vary.
Most golf communities Naples has to offer include social membership, which entitles members to full use of the facilities during off-season and limited use of the golf course during the winter months. Full golf memberships typically include all social membership privileges plus use of the golf course on a year-round basis with no greens fees.
There are lots of Naples golf communities offering year-round golf, from bundled golf memberships to private clubs. Naples fabulous year-round weather allows golfers to play any time of the year. Also, during the off-season, most major clubs offer reciprocal memberships with other courses and discounted greens fees.
For golfers looking to move to Southwest Florida, there are over 50 golf communities Naples offers as well as over a hundred golf courses, from public courses to ultra private masterpieces. There are a variety of ways to pay for golf in Naples, including what’s known as bundled golf communities, which has become very popular here.
The term bundled golf describes the purchase of a home that includes a membership to the golf club at no additional initiation fee. The advantages of bundled golf are many, including: savings on the initiation fee when you buy a residence, lower yearly dues paid to the club, no waiting list to sell your membership separately and transferability to tenants should you want to rent your property. The disadvantages of a bundled golf membership is that there are more golf members and more members means that playing time may be less than in a private equity club. The following Naples area golf communities are bundled: Cedar Hammock, Countryside, Cypress Woods, Forest Glen, Foxfire, Glen Eagle, Heritage Bay, High Point Country Club, Highland Woods, Naples Heritage, Naples Lakes, Quail Creek Village, Royal Wood, Stonebridge, Vanderbilt Country Club, Vasari and Worthington.
There are many Golf Communities Naples offers that are equity golf communities, including: Audubon, Bonita Bay, The Classics at Lely Resort, Collier’s Reserve, Grey Oaks, Mediterra, Pelican Bay, Quail West and Wyndemere. Equity buy-in at some of these communities can top $150,000, plus annual dues. These courses are spectacular and featuring fabulous home sites and views. Before you consider buying into a golf community or golf course in Naples, think about what your goals are and what you might be willing to pay to accomplish these objectives. From a golf perspective, Naples offers something for everyone, so do your homework before you visit and know what your best options are before you make any commitments you’ll be glad you did.