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Head Golf Professional Jake Myers, PGA, “This was a complete golf course
renovation resulting in a basically brand-new golf course. A year in the
planning and closed for eight months, major phases included enlarging and
leveling all tee complexes, building new greens, improving and expanding
the practice facilities, replacing all of the cart paths, and reshaping
the fairways. The final result is a pristine golf course, with improved
drainage and more character. The course has a similar slope and course
rating to the original design while remaining more playable for golfers
of all skill levels and a challenge for elite players.”
The entire ‘wall-to-wall’ remodel was completed at once, instead of in phases, which was preferred by the membership, resulting in only one season of interruption. The membership initially met with the Arnold Palmer firm to develop a conceptual plan that would make the new course a more contemporary, ageless course that is fun for golfers of all skill levels.
“To build this course, we overcame many obstacles,” said Bryan Roe, NLCC General Manager. “Two tropical storms, Hurricane Irma, 85 inches of rain (at one time storm surge projected), and the loss of 162 trees. When we expanded a lake on the 11th hole, we discovered solid rock that had to be excavated. During the hurricane, our population dropped to about 25% as some residents took shelter elsewhere and others were already in their summer residences. In spite all these challenges, a great renovation was completed and came in on budget. These improvements have not only added to the home values, but have also enhanced the golfing lifestyle for our very active residents.”
Added Thad Layton, ASGCA, ASLA, VP and Senior Golf Course Architect of the Arnold Palmer Design Company, “Our work at Naples Lakes is some of the finest in our company’s long history. It was a labor of love for our team and we couldn’t be more pleased with the results. The substantial improvements to both infrastructure and playability were nothing short of miraculous given the challenging weather conditions and compressed schedule. In the end, we delivered a new golf course that is beautiful, strategically interesting, and fun to play, something Mr. Palmer would have been very proud of.”
maintain our unique identity and designation, the club worked closely with
The Arnold Palmer Design Company during the renovation process. Wadsworth
Construction Company guided the construction. Since 1958, they have built
over 750 golf courses in 44 states, including Augusta National.
Located on Collier Blvd. (SR 951) at 4784 Naples Lakes Boulevard, Naples Lakes Country Club is a private 490-acre gated golf course and active country club community where “bundled” golf membership is included with every residence. Home options include a mix of condos with garages, coach/carriage homes, single-family villas and estate homes. All 731 homes – ranging from $200,000 to $900,000 – feature enclosed garages. Each multi-family community has its own pool/spa area.
Naples Lakes contains more than 200 acres of lakes and protected nature preserves and has been designated as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, one of only 114 in Florida. For more information, visit NaplesLakesFL.com. Twitter | Facebook