Golf on Florida's Paradise Coast

Tee-time tips in Naples and the Paradise Coast
The Rookery at Marco.

An abundance of clubs and courses make Naples a golf lover’s paradise. But you don’t have to be a professional player to enjoy some quality fairway time on the Paradise Coast. With more than 90 golf courses in the area, some private, there are several tricks to the tee box.

Resort Golf Courses

Simplify your golf game by scheduling a tee time through your resort. Hotel concierges are familiar with course schedules and specials. Booking through your hotel will give you a direct link to nearby courses, some which may typically be limited to private play. Resorts offering tee times to guests include Marco Island Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa at The Rookery and Hammock Bay Golf & Country Club; The Ritz Carlton, Naples and The Ritz Carlton Golf Resort, Naples at Tiburon Golf Club; Naples Grande Beach Resort at the Naples Grande Golf Club; and Marco Beach Ocean Resort at The Creek Course at Fiddler’s Creek.

Semi-Private Golf Courses & Summer Specials

During the summer months (May-October), private “members only” courses normally welcome the general public. To take advantage of the elite fairways, head to The Rookery at Marco Island Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa or to Vanderbilt Country Club. Green fees are also greatly reduced in the summer months to encourage more guests.

Tournament Time

Each November, Greg Norman hosts his annual "shootout," a PGA-sanctioned specialty tournament at his Tiburon Golf Club in Naples. Spectators can catch all of the action centered around The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples, or watch the tournament live on CVB television.

The Paradise Coast’s Terrain

For golfing visitors, courses reflect the native Floridian terrain and can pose unfamiliar obstacles to players. Before you take that first swing, keep in mind that the lush, green and relatively flat terrain of most courses in Naples and Marco Island can pose a challenging surprise with creative layouts, bunkers and water hindrances. Play target golf to avoid craftily placed hazards. While on the fairway, you’ll also notice the unique, soft green turf. Florida’s Bermuda grass grows differently than northern grasses and therefore you should not replace divots as the grass will die. Instead, fill the divots with sand from your cart.

Wildlife is abundant on courses in the area. Expect close encounters with birds and other wildlife during your game. If your ball ends up in the water, be aware of alligators and turtles. For any balls too difficult to salvage, consult the rules of the game and take a ball drop penalty.

Top-Quality Golf Instruction

If you’re looking for some quality golf training and lessons, The Rookery at Marco is also home to the Faldo Golf School by Marriott and its 14-acre practice facility. Professional-level golf instruction is also available at the Rick Smith Academy at Tiburon Golf Club alongside The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples; the David Leadbetter Academy at LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort; and at the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club.

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