Top 10 Public and Private Southwest Florida Golf Courses

Posted by on Friday, March 20th, 2020 at 12:44pm


Southwest Florida isn’t just known for its pristine white sand beaches and ideal year-round temperatures. It is also home to some of the best golf courses in the country and many people love to spend their entire afternoons playing golf. Some even say Florida has the most golf holes per capita. Designed by the likes of Greg Norman, Arthur Hills and Jack Nicklaus, some are public golf courses, while many of them are private and require country club memberships or golf passes. From Naples to Fort Myers to Sanibel Island, here are the top 10 public and private Southwest Florida golf courses:

  1. Bonita Bay Club

  2. Cape Royal Golf Club

  3. Gulf Harbor Golf Club

  4. Kelly Greens Golf Course

  5. Lely Resort Golf & Country Club

  6. Old Corkscrew Golf Club

  7. The Club at Renaissance

  8. Raptor Bay Golf Club

  9. The Sanctuary Golf Club

  10. Tiburon Golf Club

Enjoy some of the most upscale Southwest Florida golf courses and golf communities on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Feel the sun on your face and enjoy the weather. Look around you and take in the region’s majestic beauty. There are so many golf communities to choose from in Southwest Florida and they all offer something different. This blog post will help you narrow them down, so you can choose the best place to purchase your next Southwest Florida.

Golf passes are available for private golf courses. This is helpful if you’re specifically looking for a golfing community to live in and you want to try a few different courses to see what you like. Keep in mind that passes are valid from May 1 to October 31. Courses are usually less crowded around then, too. New to golf? It's practically a right of passage here in Southwest Florida. Golf is a great way to meet people and socialize, exercise and pass time. 

Bonita Bay Club


Homes for sale in Bonita Bay have access to five-star amenities, a beach and a marina. There are also five private golf courses. Bonita Bay West is home to the Marsh Course, Creekside Course and the Bay Island Course. The Marsh Course takes you through beautiful scenic vistas. The Creekside Course boasts wide-ranging fairways and the changes in height simulate rolling hills. The Bay Island course is the longest. It will give players a nice challenge and they’ll be surrounded by towering cypress and oak trees.

Bonita Bay East is home to the Cypress and Sabal courses. The Cypress Course is a challenge as well. It features strategically-placed bunkers, water features, wide fairways and beautiful Florida wetlands. The Sabal Course borders a wildlife preserve, so you never know what you might see. This course is ideal for players of all levels.

This Bonita Springs community is also within easy walking distance to The Promenade at Bonita Bay, which is home to fabulous shops and restaurants. The open-air shopping center resembles a charming plaza you might see in Italy.

Cape Royal Golf Club

This semi-private Cape Coral golf course features 27 holes and five sets of tees to help challenge players of all skill levels. Be surrounded by Florida’s natural beauty and watch the beautiful birds that call the Sunshine State home.

Gulf Harbor Golf Club

Gulf Harbour is one of the most desired communities in Fort Myers and its golf course is situated along the Caloosahatchee River. The private course features 18 holes and 6,706 yards of fun and challenging golf.

Kelly Greens Golf Course

The centerpiece of this Fort Myers community is its golf course. The private, par-72 championship was designed by Gordon Lewis.  In 2016, it got new USGA green complexes, a state-of-the-art irrigation system, enlarged teeing areas, and all-new grassing. It offers eight sets of tees and the course is suitable for players of all skill levels. There is also a 9,000-square-foot putting green, full practice range with more than 20 grass hitting stations and a short game practice area.

Lely Resort Golf & Country Club


This luxury Naples community is home to three golf courses. The Mustang and Flamingo Island courses are public, while The Classics course is private. The 7,230-yard, par-72 Mustang Course suits golfers of all levels, and it has several tees at each hole. The Flamingo Island course is par-72 and 7,095 yards. You’ll love the signature par-3, 200-yard Hole 5. The Classics is private and it hosted the ACE Group Classic and Senior PGA tour event. The par-72, 6,714-yard course is ideal for players of all levels.  All three of these stunning courses are immersed in Florida’s natural beauty.

Old Corkscrew Golf Club

This par-72, 7,400-yard, Jack Nicklaus Signature course is located in Estero. The semiprivate course is also a certified Audubon International Silver Signature Sanctuary. This course is not part of an individual community and it was designed to blend seamlessly into the surrounding natural environment. You’ll find it that much easier to relax here. It’s also perfect for players of all skill levels.

Raptor Bay Golf Club

One thing that sets this public Southwest Florida golf course apart is that there are no residential sites on the property, so it’s easy to immerse yourself in your natural surroundings. The course is challenging enough to test golfers at all levels and there is also an Old Florida-style clubhouse and restaurant to look forward to when you’re done.

The Club at Renaissance

This meticulously designed 18-hole course is in Fort Myers and the private Southwest Florida golf course features lake views, long fairways and pristine vistas that only Southwest Florida can offer. You’ll also love the pro shop, on-site PGA golf professionals, practice areas and monthly club fittings.

The Sanctuary Golf Club


This is one of only a few golf course communities on Sanibel Island. The private, par-72, 240-acre course is home to a practice bunker, generous landing areas and a chipping green. It was designed by Arthur Hills, who said it was his “island masterpiece.” The course backs up to the world-renowned J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge and offers players panoramic vistas of the mangrove forests and Pine Island Sound. Many consider it one of the best Southwest Florida golf courses for that reason.

Tiburón Golf Club

The Tiburón Golf Club in Naples features two 18-hole, Greg Norman-designed courses. Tiburón is also home to the LPGA Tour's CME Group Tour Championship and the PGA TOUR's QBE Shootout. Players will love that they can sharpen their skills with Impact Zone Golf. Designated as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary by Audubon International, Tiburón’s goal is to safeguard and enrich its natural surroundings. The Gold Course and Black Course are challenging enough for all types of players.

Southwest Florida Golf Course Real Estate

Now that you have some more insight into these top public and private Southwest Florida golf courses, we hope you have a better idea of where you’d like to call home. If you’ve just found a new favorite place for a tee time, that’s ok, too! We have real estate agents who specialize in all parts of Southwest Florida. They are very knowledgeable about the area’s golf courses and can answer any questions you might have. Some honorable mentioned include these golf course communities: The Dunes Golf & Tennis Club on Sanibel Island and Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club and Gateway Golf and Country Club, both of which are in Fort Myers. We’ll make the process easy so you can focus on settling into your home. Contact us to get started!

One of the best ways to relax after golfing all day is to take the boat out and enjoy some Florida scenery and sunsets. If island hopping, cruising the Gulf of Mexico or pulling up to a restaurant on your boat to enjoy lunch or dinner is more your speed, here are our top 12 boating communities in Southwest Florida.

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