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Audubon Membership Information
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Your equity golf membership is a family membership. You, your spouse and any unmarried children under the age of 26 will have unlimited access to our 18-hole championship golf course, the 35,000-sq. ft. clubhouse and all of our activities and functions.
The benefits of our full golf, Equity Golf Membership include:
- Unlimited year-round golf on our 18-hole championship golf course with only 290 golf members
- 4 day advanced tee times with payment of cart fee only ($24 +) as well as participation in all organized play and tournaments
- Unlimited use of practice facilities with no additional fees
- Fully stocked pro shop, as well as lessons and clinics
- Complimentary bag storage
- 8 Har-Tru tennis courts with the ability to reserve court times and participate in all organized play
- Water activities and excursions located just 1.5 miles away on Hickory Bay
- Full fitness and wellness privileges
- Enjoy indoor and outdoor dining experiences at our 4 restaurants, as well as all social events
- Reciprocal privileges from May 1st – October 31st
- Guests and family welcome at any time, as well as on the golf course and tennis courts when paying applicable fees
Associated Fees With Membership:
- Initiation Fee Option A: $35,000 (Non-refundable
- Initiation Fee Option B: $50,000 (50% Refundable)
- Annual Dues: $9,893
Other Annual Charges:
- Food and Beverage: $700 (In lieu of gratuity)
- Anual Capital Charge: $1,500
- Food and Beverage Minimum: $0
- Bag Storage & Range Fee: $0
Additional Monthly Charge:
- Facility Master Plan: $170/Month until June 2023 or lump sum
- Member: $24+ Sales Tax
- Guest: $26+ Sales Tax
Green Fee During The High Season:
- Related Guest: $45+ Sales Tax
- Non-Related Guest: $90+ Sales Tax
Annual Locker Charges:
- Large: $100+ Sales Tax
- Small: $50+ Sales Tax
Tee Times- Same for All Golfers:
- Tee times can be made 4 days in advance during season, and 7 days in advaance during the summer.
Owning Your Own Cart:
- Equity Members may own their own cart and use it within the Community as well as on the golf course. A trail fee of $1,800 will apply.
Marketing Director Welcome Letter:
Audubon Florida Lifestyle:
An active outdoor lifestyle at your fingertips.
- Boating and Beach
With amenities, beauty and a location that makes us like no other private club.
- Indoor and Outdoor Dining
- Certified Audubon Sanctuary
- Game Rooms
- 4 Beaches
Audubon Membership Opportunities:
Frequently Asked Questions:
Audubon is a private and well-established gated community of only 336 homes and 36 condominiums that is entirely controlled and managed by its members. It is the only gated Country Club and
Community that is located on the West Side of US 41 in all of Naples. Residency requires membership in the Country Club and in the Homeowners Association (Foundation).
Q : Where is Audubon located?
A : Audubon is known for its highly desired location in Naples. It is the only Country Club Community that is positioned between 4 of SW Florida's most premier beaches. Beaches are within 2-4 miles from the gates of Audubon, as well as water activities such kayaking and sunset cruises, dining and shopping options and entertainment. Audubon makes living the Florida lifestyle very easy and convenient.
Q : How are operations of the Club conducted?
A : The day-to-day operations of the Club are conducted by the General Manager who reports to the Board of Directors. The Board is responsible for the Club Bylaws and general oversight of the Club, functioning through a number of committees. Any amendments to the Bylaws approved by the Board must be ratified by the members.
Q : What is the composition of the Board of Directors and how is it selected?
A : The Board consists of nine directors, each serving a three-year term. Yearly, three new directors are elected by the members at the Annual Meeting.
Q : What is the maximumnumber of golf members allowed?
A : The number of golf members is limited to 350. However, at this time we have just 290 golf members which allows our members to have accessible tee times at their fingertips.
Q : What are the privileges of each membership classification?
A : Full Golf members (equity resident & associate non-resident) are entitled to use all of the facilities of the Club. Social members are entitled to use all of the tennis programs and courts, pool, dining and social facilities of the Club year round and may use the golf facilities in the off-season (May 1 – Nov. 1). You also receive private beach club access from May 1st – November 1st which is included in your golf or social membership. If you would like to join the beach club for the high season, additional fees and membership will apply through The Club at Barefoot Beach which is 2.5 miles from Audubon.
Q : Will members of my family be entitled to use my membership privileges?
A : Yes. The member's immediate family is entitled to use the Club facilities in accordance with the particular membership classification of the member. The immediate family of the member includes the spouse and their unmarried children under the age of twenty-six living at home or attending school on a full-time basis, or in the military. Children above the age of twenty-six may play unlimited times with you paying a related greens fee ($45.00). Tee times can be made up to 4 days in advance during season.
Q : How are my annual charges billed?
A : Members have the option of paying their annual charges on a monthly basis (5% interest does apply) or in advance for the year. If you choose to pay monthly, we begin billing in November for the following calendar year (The monthly program requires you to pay 2 months in advance). If you pay the full year in advance, you will also be billed in November for the following calendar year. Monthly statements are sent to the address we have on file with charges you incur at the Club around the 10th of every month.
Q : Will my guests be able to use the facilities of the Club?
A : Yes. Members are entitled to have guests use the Club facilities in accordance with the Club rules pertaining to guests. Guests may attend social events, tennis play, pool lounging, fitness facility or dinner / lunch service with you at any time.We are very guest friendly. A member is only required to pay applicable daily fees and charges when their guest is playing golf or tennis. Please see guests and family rates for more details.
Q : How will I get acquainted?
A : The Members at Audubon are known for their friendliness and are eager to welcome new members. We are a small community and club, so making friends is one of Audubon's biggest strengths.
Q : Can members be assessed for capital improvements?
A : Members contribute an amount annually for capital improvements. Therefore, we are able to avoid assessments in regards to infrastructure. However, if an assessment is needed it must be done by an affirmative vote of the membership. Equity members receive 2 votes. The members of the club voted and approved a renovation assessment in April of 2013. The assessment is for a $6 million dollar renovation / upgrade to the Club. During this same time members also voted and approved to use $1.5 million from our capital improvements account for infrastructure needs. The $1.5 million was not an assessment to the members.
Q : Other than the Club, am I required to join any other organizations when I become a resident?
A : Residents of Audubon will be required to join theMaster Homeowners Association (Foundation), as well as in some cases a neighborhood association (Devon Green and Montclair).
Q : What are the fees for the Master Associations, and what services do I receive?
A : For current information, please visit or call the Homeowners Office, it is located next to the security gate at Audubon's entrance. As of 2013, Audubon'sMaster Assoc. fees were $3,850 annually along with a 1-time transfer fee of $3,000 which goes into the Foundation's reserve account.
Q : Will my spouse be entitled to my membership upon my death?
A : Yes. Upon your death, your spouse may continue as a member without payment of any additional membership initiation contribution.
Q : What is the difference between a "bundled" golf community and the more traditional "equity" golf community like Audubon Country Club?
A : The bundled golf community is typically more affordable because golf privileges, as well as tennis and all other club amenities, are included ("bundled") in the price of the residence. Such communities typically have no initiation fee and relatively low annual dues. The downside is that some bundled communities may have as many as 1,000 home built around an 18‐hole course (55 homes per hole). All residents have equal access to the course, whether or not they have ever played golf, or have ever had a lesson. Because of the typically high ratio of homes (players) to golf holes, golfers may experience difficulty in securing tee times, especially at peak hours in season, and may frequently encounter overcrowded conditions on the course. Those who are more serious about their golf game, and who prefer a true country club atmosphere, are likely to migrate toward more traditional golf communities, simply because they cater to more demanding golfers. These clubs typically offer finer and better‐maintained courses and facilities, a much higher level of personal service, and a more relaxing, less crowded playing environment. How does Audubon Country Club Compare? With Audubon offering just 375 residences in our unique Community, it allows our members to experience Naples golf at its finest. Tee times are made easy with such a lower number of "doors" and golf members within our Community and Club. Audubon Country Club offers exceptional golf facilities. The club has 18 holes designed by one of the country's leading golf course architects, Joe Lee, as well as a practice range, putting green, two practice
greens, and four professionals on staff during season. In additional to its reputation for golf, Audubon has one of the most active tennis facilities in southwest Florida, with 8 Har‐Tru courts and teaching professionals. Organized play for members is 6 days a week, along with clinics and lessons available. Audubon also has a 35,000 square foot Clubhouse, which offers an extensive array of amenities, as well as water activities such as kayaking and paddling are available. In addition to our fees, you may also join The Club at Barefoot Beach. Please contact Brittany for Beach Club rates.
Q : Is there an advantage to investing in a community that is "member‐owned", rather than "developer‐owned"?
A : The appeal of purchasing a brand new home in an up‐and‐coming golf community is tempting to many prospective buyers. You have your pick of some of the newest homes and condos on the market, and you may even be able to design and build your own customized residence. In addition, you have bragging rights to playing one of the newest courses in town and dining in one of the trendiest new clubhouses. But experts suggest that you carefully weigh the pros and cons of investing in a "developerowned" community. By opting to invest in a community still under development you take risks on
Consider the following questions:
• Does the developer have the financial strength to survive an economic downturn and a weakening of the real estate market?
• Will the developer's original plans and promises be kept?Will the proposed second golf course, for example, actually be built, or will the developer decide instead to construct more condos on the site?
• Will the developer follow the master plan to construct high‐end single family homes or will high density units be substituted instead so he can make more profit?
• In fact, will the community ever be completed? Or might it encounter financial hardship, be sold to another developer, or possibly fall into bankruptcy?
• What is the developer's time frame for completing the community? Some communities are developed in stages with construction carried out over many years with existing residents having to put up with construction traffic, noise, dirt and disruption for those years.
• If you are one of the early investors in a community that continues to grow and develop, and you decide to resell your home, will you be competing in the marketplace against your own developer, who may be offering a brand new version of your "older home"? In addition, developers may employ enticing sale promotions that include incentives on club memberships as well as upgrades and design packages.
Q : What happens when a developer completes a project and sells its stake in the club/community to the club members? In other words, what happens when the "developer owned" community makes the transition to "member owned" community?
A : When the developer is ready to turn over control of a community, the residents typically must purchase the club's infrastructure, including the golf facility, clubhouse, fitness center, tennis courts, swimming pools and other recreational facilities. This may result in a substantial expense to all members in the form of capital assessments, bonds, increased annual club dues, as well as higher homeowners' association fees, and sometimes, a retroactive increase in initiation fees.
Another factor to consider:
When developers are actively marketing the community and selling new homes and building sites, they oftentimes subsidize the landscaping and maintenance costs to ensure that the community is as attractive as possible to prospective buyers. Some developers will even subsidize membership dues to make the club seem more affordable and palatable to investors. However, when the developer withdraws from the community, it follows that the subsidies will be withdrawn as well, and residents will be required to make up the difference through higher club dues and homeowners association fees.
One other possible troublesome issue to consider:
When ownership of a golf community changes hands, the original developer will typically issue a refund to all members equal to the equity they invested upon joining the club. An individual who paid $25,000 for a 100% equity stake in the club 10 years ago, for example, would receive a $25,000 refund from the developer. Does the resident simply continue his club membership by turning over the $25,000 equity to the new "member‐owned" management?
The answer, unfortunately, is:
Maybe! Maybe not! The club members have to purchase the club at its current market value. A $25,000 member equity investment might not be adequate to cover the purchase of the club, especially given inflationary pressures of the past 10 years. In some such situations long‐time members have been required to increase their equity investment when the club changed hands. This problem has surfaced in scattered communities in recent years and bears consideration.