Naples, Florida may get its name from the crystal-clear water and crisp, white sand that looks like a vision of Italy, but when you ask about the city’s main draw besides the luxurious homes and waterfront destinations, there is only one answer – golf.
As any resident will tell you, Naples is home to an extravagant links experience that is one of the best in the nation. Countless courses are spread throughout the city, each with its own unique design and build, but all offering lush grass, twisting fairways, and immaculate greens. Some are private, or require a community residence for access, but Naples’ extensive collection of public courses is still something to behold. Whether you’re thinking of moving, just visiting, or are just looking for a new course to call home, this list of the city’s finest public golf courses will get you well on your way to taking your game to the next level.
Tiburon Golf Club
If you’re looking to play a course designed by a 2-time major champion and PGA Hall of Famer, look no further. Greg Norman’s vision for Tiburon is clear, and both of his 18-hole courses were built to reflect that. Etched into the land out of forested wetlands, the Gold Course and the Black Course both feature strategic bunkering, winding fairways, and flawless greens bordered by the natural landscape. You’ll also enjoy the magnificent clubhouse complete with luxurious guest services.
Naples Grande Golf Club
This gorgeous club is widely regarded as being one of the best venues in the entire city, and is located right next to the fabulous Waldorf resort. A flawless Rees Jones design, the course is routed through towering pine trees, wetlands, and pure nature without a building in sight. It also plays well for golfers of any age or skill level, featuring multiple tee boxes at varying distances to accommodate anyone.
The Rookery at Marco
Designed by Joe Lee in 1991, and later re-designed by Robert Cupp, Jr. in 2003, this beautiful property is homes to some the greatest natural surroundings in Southwest Florida. The entirety of the land is an official Audubon Sanctuary, boasting beautiful water features, sprawling marshes, towering trees, and more. The course plays at many different lengths as well, from the shortest tees all the way to the tips that stretch 7,180 yards.