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SWFL Golf Courses Open

SWFL Golf Courses Open

Golf Courses OpenMany of you may be wondering what is the status of all the SWFL golf courses and when will the various golf courses open.  As you can image, several of them have water and tree damage due to Hurricane Irma.  Thanks to the SWFL Chapter of the PGA, the following is a list of anticipated open dates for SWFL Golf Courses.

Golf Facilities and Golf Courses Open:

  • Alico Family Golf Center – Open for Business 
  • Arrowhead Golf Club – Open for Business 
  • Audubon Country Club – Tentatively October 3-13, 2017 
  • Bay Colony Golf Club – Middle to Late October 
  • Bears Paw Country Club – Open for Business 
  • Blue Heron Pines Golf & Country Club – Open for Business 
  • Bonita National Golf & Country Club – Open for Business 
  • Copperleaf Golf Club – Open for Business 
  • Countryside Golf & Country Club – Tentatively Late October 
  • Cypress Lake Country Club – Tentatively November 1, 2017 or Later 
  • Del Tura Country Club – Open for Business 
  • Deep Creek Golf Club – Open for Business 
  • Eagle Creek Golf & Country Club – November 1, 2017 
  • Easy Picker Golf Products – Open for Business 
  • Esplanade Golf & Country Club – Open for Business 
  • Glades Country Club – Open for Business 
  • Golf Club of the Everglades – Open for Business 
  • Grey Oaks Country Club – Open for Business 
  • Gulf Harbour Yacht & Country Club – Open for Business 
  • Hammock Bay Golf & Country Club – Open for Business 
  • Heritage Bay Golf & Country Club – Open for Business 
  • Heritage Palms Golf & Country Club – Open for Business 
  • Hibiscus Golf Club – Open for Business 
  • Highland Woods Golf & Country Club – October 9, 2017 
  • Imperial Golf Club – Open for Business (West Course Only) 
  • Kelly Greens Golf & Country Club – Open for Business 
  • Kingsway Country Club – Open for Business 
  • LaPlaya Golf Club – Tentatively Middle of October 
  • Legends Golf & Country Club – Open for Business 
  • Mirror Lakes Golf Club – Tentatively October 7, 2017
  • Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club – Open for Business
  • Naples Heritage Golf & Country Club – Open for Business 
  • Old Corkscrew Golf Club – Open for Business 
  • Olde Florida Golf Club – Open for Business
  • Palmetto-Pine Country Club – Open for Business 
  • PGA Tour Superstore Naples – Open for Business 
  • Pelican Nest Golf Club – Open for Business 
  • Pelican Sound Golf & River Club – Open for Business 
  • Pelican Preserve Golf Club – Open for Business 
  • Port Charlotte Country Club – Open for Business 
  • River Hall Country Club – Open for Business 
  • Riverwood Golf Club – Open for Business 
  • Royal Palm Country Club of Naples – Open for Business 
  • Royal Wood Golf & Country Club – Open for Business 
  • San Carlos Golf Club – Open for Business
  • Shadow Wood Country Club – Open for Business 
  • Spring Run Golf Club – Open for Business 
  • Stonebridge Country Club – Open for Business 
  • Stoneybrook Golf Club of Estero – Open for Business
  • Tiburon Golf Club – Open for Business 
  • The Bonita Bay Club – Marsh Course Open/Naples Course Closed until further notice 
  • The Classics at Lely Resort – October 15, 2017 
  • The Club at Mediterra – Open for Business 
  • The Club at Renaissance – Closed until further notice 
  • The Club at Shell Point – Open for Business 
  • The Club Pelican Bay – Open for Business 
  • The Country Club of Naples – Open for Business 
  • The Forest Country Club – Open for Business 
  • The Old Collier Golf Club – Open for Business 
  • The Quarry Golf Club – Open for Business 
  • The TwinEagles Club – Open for Business 
  • TPC Treviso Bay – Open for Business 
  • Vanderbilt Country Club – Tentatively October 3, 2017 
  • Vasari Country Club – October 16, 2017 
  • Villages at Country Creek – Open for Business 
  • Vineyards Country Club – Open for Business
  • Verandah Golf Club – Open for Business 
  • Wildcat Run Golf & Country Club – October 23, 2017 
  • Windstar of Naples Bay – Closed until further notice 
  • West Bay Club – Open for Business 
  • Worthington Country Club – March 1, 2018

Print Full List of SWFL Golf Courses Open

Check back for updates on when SWFL golf courses open.

Golf Community Real Estate:

If golf is your game, I specialize in golf community real estate and would be happy to help you navigate the more than 100 different golf communities in our area.  If you prefer a more direct approach, I will provide a list of properties that meet your criteria and/or communities that meet your needs. So, if you’re ready to begin your property search, I encourage you to explore my website to find information about communities in Southwest Florida.

Bottom Line:

golf course communityIf you are buying a home in a golf community, you will find it’s more complex than a typical home purchase.  As you can probably imagine, there are significant differences between golf communities.  There are many different fee structures, membership options, pet restrictions, demographics and many other details that apply to the SWFL golf communities.

Also, if you are considering new construction, remember the contractor’s real estate agent represents the builder’s best interest, not yours.  There is no cost to you to have an agent represent you. In fact, I may be able to help you save money and negotiate for extras which the builder may not let you know about.

If you’re looking for information about a specific community in Bonita Springs, Estero or Naples, please contact me and I will prepare a custom market report for you.  I will provide the market information and insights to help make sure you select your dream home!

Lastly, I will handle all contract negotiations for your property from offer to close!

About Matt Klinowski


Naples Golf GuyThe above information was provided by Matt Klinowski, an expert in Southwest Florida real estate.  When you are ready to buy or sell a single family home or condo in Naples, Bonita Springs or Estero, contact me. With 15 years of experience I can help provide the market information and insights into individual communities to help you find the perfect home.  Most importantly, I will handle all the negotiations to make your real estate transaction as smooth as possible.

Contact Matt:  Matt@NaplesGolfGuy.com

or at 239-370-0892

October 3rd, 2017 Posted by Matt

Golf a Lifelong Sport

Golf a Lifelong Sport

RelationshipsGolf is a lifelong sport you can play into your 90’s. So, why should you consider taking up the sport? First, it is a great way to stay active and strengthen your core.  Whether you are looking to remain active, build relationships or just have a good time, there are many health and mental benefits to playing the game of golf.  And, did I mention you don’t have play like a pro to benefit from the sport?  Here’s just a few of the reasons to make golf your lifelong sport of choice.

 

Benefits of Golf as a Lifelong Sport

Exercise – Although you might be tempted to take a golf cart, if you do decide to walk the course and carry your bag or use a pull cart, you could cover 4 to 8 miles during the round.  That translates to 9,200 to 18,400 steps!

Build New and Existing Friendships – Golf is more than a sport.  It is a great way to networking on the golf courseget together with friends.  Enjoy a round of golf and then head to the 19th hole for a refreshing beverage and food.

Family Connections – If your whole family plays the game, it’s a great way to get 2-4 hours of together time with your significant other and children.  What a better way to spend the day then on a golf course with those that are closest to you.

Networking – Golf is a great opportunity to network and strengthen relationships with clients.

Improve your Health – Walking has been shown to have a positive effect on cholesterol, body composition and metabolism, according to a review in the British Journal of Medicine.

Enhance your Mental Health – If you are able to hit a very small ball, then you are forced to concentrate which may help improve your problem-solving abilities.

Lifelong SportRelated Articles:

The Surprising Health Benefits of Golf for Older Adults

The Many Benefits of Learning to Play Golf

Golf Fitness

Golf Spectating Could Benefit Health

Paradise Coast:

Naples is known as the golf capital of the world.  You may be surprised to learn there are more than 150 golf courses throughout southwest Florida. What better place to buy a second home, relocate or retire if you are a golfer?

Begin Your Own Naples Property Search:

So, if you’re ready to begin your property search, I encourage you to explore my website to find information about communities in Naples, Bonita Springs, Estero or Ft. Myers.  If golf is your game, I specialize in golf community real estate and would be happy to help you navigate the more than 100 different golf communities in our area.  If you prefer a more direct approach, I will provide a list of properties that meet your criteria and/or communities that meet your needs.

Bottom Line:

If you are buying a home in a golf community, you will find it is more complex than a normal home purchase.  As you can probably imagine, there are significant differences between golf courses.  Also, there are hidden fees, different membership fees, pet restrictions and very different demographics in each community.

Or, if you are considering new construction, remember the contractor’s real estate agent represents the builder’s best interest, not yours.  There is no cost to you to have an agent represent you. In fact, I can help you save money and negotiate for extras which the builder may not let you know about.

So, if you are looking for information about a specific community in Bonita Springs, Estero or Naples, contact me and I will prepare a custom market report for you.  Most importantly, I can provide the market information and insights to help make sure you select your dream home.

Lastly, I will handle all of the contract negotiations for your property from the first offer to close.

About Matt Klinowski


Naples Golf GuyThe above information was provided by Matt Klinowski, an expert in Southwest Florida real estate.  When you are ready to buy or sell a single family home or condo in Naples, Bonita Springs or Estero, contact me. With 15 years of experience I can help provide the market information and insights into individual communities to help you find the perfect home.  Most importantly, I will handle all the negotiations to make your real estate transaction as smooth as possible.

Contact Matt:  Matt@NaplesGolfGuy.com

or at 239-370-0892

October 1, 2017 Posted by Matt

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USGA Announces Proposed Changes to the Rules of Golf

USGA Announces Proposed Changes to the Rules of Golf for 2019

Rules of GolfUSGA Executive Director and CEO, Mike Davis, announced pretty significant and progressive changes to the Rules of Golf.  Most noteworthy, there are 5 key changes the rules committee is exploring for 2019.  In my opinion, and the opinion of many PGA Professional, these changes are long over due.

Proposed Key Rules of Golf Changes

  • How to Drop a Ball – You will be able to drop a ball from any distance above the ground. However, it must not touch anything and must fall through the air.
  • Time for Ball Search – The maximum allotted time to search for a ball would be 3 minutes instead of the current 5 minutes.
  • Repairing Spike Marks – It will be OK to repair spike marks and any other damage. Therefore, damage done by shoes, from a club, and almost all other damage on the putting green may be fixed.
  • Leaving The Flagstick in the Hole – There will be no penalty if you make a stroke from the putting green and your ball hits the flagstick in the hole.
  • Relaxed Rules in Penalty Areas – You will be allowed to ground your club and move loose impediments in a penalty area.

View Pictures of Proposed Changes

Bottom Line:

As a result, these new changes will help speed up the game of golf and make it more enjoyable.

More Golf Information:

Speaking of golf, did you know Naples Florida is known as the Golf Capital of  the World?  There are more golf holes per capita than any other area. And, with almost 150 golf courses in southwest Florida, it is a great place to retire or relocate.  In addition,  there are a wide variety of additional outdoor activities to match everyone’s lifestyle.

Finally, for those of you interested in buying a condo or home in Naples, Bonita Springs or Estero in a golf community, you will find it is more complex than a typical home purchase.  Condos have various fees and assessments which are not always obvious when you begin your search.  Also, if you have pets, there often restrictions on what type of pets and how big your pet can be. Lastly, demographics vary significantly in each community.

So when you are looking for information about a specific golf community in Southwest Florida, contact me and I will prepare a custom market report for you.  With 15 years of experience, I can help provide the market information and more importantly, provide insights to help ensure you select the best community to match your needs.

About Matt Klinowski


Naples Golf GuyMatt Klinowski has lived in Naples for more than 15 years.  He is an expert on the local Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero real estate market and specializes in real estate within golf communities.  Matt enjoys the laid back lifestyle in Naples with his wife (More about Matt…).
Contact Matt:  Matt@NaplesGolfGuy.com
or at 239-370-0892
March 5, 2017 Posted by Matt

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Avoid Freezing – Golf Tip

Avoid Freezing On The Tee

Avoid FreezingEvery once in a while you will see a golfer standing like a statue over the ball for a very long time.  Then before you know it they make a quick take away and swing really fast.  Basically you are watching someone freeze over the ball which happens quite a bit on the first tee.  To avoid freezing over the ball, try waggling the club back and forth a few times, or wiggle your toes.  You just need to make some sort of little movement to break the tension and relax the muscles. Head to the driving range and practice making some small movements before you begin your swing and you should see your scores improve.

October 18, 2016 Posted by Matt

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Ball in a Bunker – Golf Tip

ball in a bunkerWhat do you do when you find your ball in a bunker but you have to stand outside of it?  To make matters worse, your feet are well above the ball.  When this happens, you need to widen your stance and then bend your knees.  Most importantly, make sure you are bending your knees, not your waist.  Also, keep your legs and feet still and swing using just your arms and shoulders. Next, keep yourself centered over the ball and let the club slide under the ball.  Before you hit this shot, take a step away from the ball and make some practice swings.  As a reminder, do not ground your club in the bunker or it will cost you a penalty stroke!

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Power – Golf Tip

powerIs power the most important part of your golf swing? You may see most golfers swinging hard at the ball trying to generate a lot of power and swing speed.  The lower handicappers end up in the fairway and so do the higher handicappers. The problem is the higher handicappers ends up in a fairway on another hole!  Sometimes, power will get you in trouble even if you are a good golfer.  Your best shot isn’t always the one where you can hit the ball the farthest.  Consider hitting a hybrid on narrow holes or where a driver might result in you landing in a bunker.  Just because you can hit your driver a long way doesn’t mean you should.

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Practice Your Weaknesses

Practice Your WeaknessesI know it is probably the last thing you want to do, but if you want to improve your golf game you need to Practice Your Weaknesses.  Certainly it’s much more fun to go to the range and hit your favorite shots. You know, the ones you are really good at?  However, if you really want to lower your golf scores than you need to strengthen the areas of your game where you lose most of your strokes.

So which shots cause you the most problems? Is it your chipping, pitching, putting or your drives?  When you head to the practice area, focus most of your practice time on the areas you want to improve.

Most importantly, consider taking a lesson from a PGA Pro. They will help you maximize your practice time.

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Firm Wrists – Golf Tip

Firm WristsWhen you hit your chip or pitch shots you want to maintain firm wrists throughout the shot.  Often times, amateurs will take this concept to the extreme and they hold their writs too firm.  You want to be sure your wrists do not break down so you avoid flipping your hands at the ball.  Instead of keeping your hands rigid, you should use a light grip.  Make an easy swing and let the club pass your hands after contact as you normally do.  Your swing should feel natural instead of forced.

Head to the practice area and practice this shot if you want to lower your scores.

September 29, 2016 Posted by Matt

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Golfing Great Arnold Palmer Dies at 87

Arnold Palmer

Golfing Great Arnold Palmer

Passes Away at Age 87

Arnold Palmer was a true legend of the game of golf.  He was an inspiration to many golfers throughout the world and he will be missed by all of us who love the game.

A true ambassador of the sport, Arnie left a lasting impression on everyone from PGA professionals to the average golfer throughout the world. From young to old, he has touched us all, for which we are grateful.

Throughout his career, he had 4 Green Jackets, 1 U.S. Open title, 2 Open Championships, 6 Ryder Cup teams and 62 PGA Tour wins.

As we say goodbye to a true competitor of the sport, here are some of my favorite Arnold Palmer quotes:

“Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated.”
 “What other people may find in poetry or art museums, I find in the flight of a good drive.”
“I have a tip that can take five strokes off anyone’s golf game: it’s called an eraser.”
 “Concentration comes out of a combination of confidence and hunger.”
“Success in golf depends less on strength of body than upon strength of mind and character.”
“Putting is like wisdom – partly a natural gift and partly the accumulation of experience.”
“I’ve always made a total effort, even when the odds seemed entirely against me. I never quit trying; I never felt that I didn’t have a chance to win.”
“The most rewarding things you do in life are often the ones that look like they cannot be done.”
“What do I mean by concentration? I mean focusing totally on the business at hand and commanding your body to do exactly what you want it to do.”
“You must play boldly to win.”

Thank you for all the memories.

September 25, 2016 Posted by Matt

See the Shot – Golf Tip

see the shotMost golfers who have a lower handicaps visualize or “See the Shot” in their minds before they hit the ball.  Visualization allows you to mentally prepare to hit the shot you want to hit.  Once you’ve mentally prepared yourself for the shot, commit to it and just hit it!  If you are picturing a shot that’s going in the water guess where it’s likely to go? Right in the water.  So during practice, stand behind the ball, visualize the shot, hold the image in your mind, then step up to the ball and hit it.  There’s a great chance if you practice this way you will improve your scores.

September 17, 2016 Posted by Matt