The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club has been one of the premier vacation and meeting destinations for years. Soon however, after completion of a dramatic renovation and redesign of its championship golf course, the resort will be even better than ever.
As many golfers would agree, there is golf, and then there is golf at a higher level, and with the course at the AAA Four-Diamond resort being redesigned by golf icon and acclaimed course designer Jack Nicklaus, we are all looking forward to the higher level. Are you ready for a new golf challenge in Southwest Florida? We can’t begin to tell you how excited we are for golfers of all types to enjoy the new course, when to us; everything in the world will feel right.
What’s fun about this entire project is that Jack Nicklaus is actually helping to celebrate his past while redesigning The Naples Beach Hotel golf course with noted course architect John Sanford. It was in 1951, on a family vacation to Naples, Florida, and a friendly round of golf alongside his father, that the Ohio-native accomplished the very impressive feat of first breaking 40 over nine holes on the resort’s course, shooting a 37. At just 11 years old, he came within a shot of shooting par, and just one year after he picked up golf clubs for the first time. This round, in particular, is what drew Nicklaus to the project – the scorecard is even archived in the Jack Nicklaus Museum, the 24,000-square-foot facility on the campus of The Ohio State University.
“Being back to The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club is like a walk down memory lane for me,” Nicklaus said. “Returning to the same course where I broke 40, with my father by my side, brings back a lot of very special and very fond memories for me. At the same time, I am enjoying the opportunity to work with John (Sanford) on this rebirth, if you will, of a wonderful layout.”
The totally new, par-71 routing plan will consist of five tees, ranging from 4,800 yards to over 6,900 yards. In addition, we have incorporated a 300-yard practice and teaching range, and will have new golf carts with GPS. Our guests, groups, and golfers will absolutely love the truly beautiful new look of the course. The new course is slated to open in December 2016.
So perhaps you might want to think about booking a vacation or meeting in December, and make golf part of your travel plans?
Rich in hospitality and tradition, The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club has been part of the Naples community since 1946. Owned and operated by the Watkins family for three generations, the resort also features 1,000 feet of soft white-sand beach; a world-class spa; a fitness center; the Mary C. Watkins Tennis Center with six Har-Tru courts; Beach Kids Club, a complimentary daily recreational program for children ages 5 to 12; retail shops; and beach rentals. In addition, the resort features multiple restaurants and lounges.
See you in December, if not before.