Today is October 31, 2014
 

 

The Golf Course



 

Traditions are honored, and every expectation is exceeded

- Naples National Golf Club

 

When the image of Naples National Golf Club comes to mind, one immediately has visions of excellence, prestige and the glory of the game. When Dr. Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry first designed the course in 1992, their vision was to achieve perfection. This distinguished, member-owned golf club in Naples, Florida has maintained and cherished golf's proudest traditions ~ purity in design, quality of membership and love of the game.

 

     

 

No expense has been spared in design - or maintenance.  Every round will be played at tournament level condition.

 

When planning the Naples National golf course layout, the club's founders selected Hurdzan/Fry golf course architects because they had the talent and skill to turn it's 175-acre flat piece of Florida into a masterpiece. Their philosophy when designing the Naples National golf course was to design a course with a more relaxed spirit in keeping with the tradition of golf's golden age, to create beautiful settings with unforgettable images.

 

During the design of the golf course, Hurdzan/Fry believed in the tradition of making the most of the native terrain; in this case, 320 acres of centuries-old stands of cypress and pine, marshland and sand. The end result is that golfers will find a golf course that appears unbelievably mature, yet natural at the same time. One hundred and twenty acres of land have been dedicated as a nature preserve and will remain undisturbed. 

Those privileged enough to have played Augusta National and Pine Valley will immediately pick up on striking and often remarkable similarities such as rugged sand scrub waste areas that border meticulously manicured fairways. The overall design is a throwback to the historic courses of 60, 70, even 80 years ago. No island greens. No railroad ties. No gimmicks. Nevertheless, this par 72-course plays at well over 7,000 yards giving even low handicappers a high degree of difficulty and reward.
 
The golf course is of the highest quality, with state-of-the-art engineering and irrigation.

The golf course layout is traditional, with the following features: 
 
 
  •       The holes are presented in such a way that signals how to play them from the tee.
  •       Elevations of tees and greens are varied, yet never severe.
  •       Fairways contain strategic mounds with changes of elevation and slope.
  •       Fairways vary in width, with the longer holes having wider landing areas.
  •       Greens approach design allow for a "bump and run" shot in many cases.
  •       Trees guard the entrance to several greens.
  •       Sand bunkering is strategic, with relatively few bunkers.
  •       Lakes are positioned for both playing and aesthetic purposes.
  •       An Old Settler's property boundary stone wall winds through the golf course, adding a sense of maturity and distinction to the routing.
  •       Native sand scrub areas, reminiscent of those found at Pine Valley, are featured throughout the course.
  •       Long approach shots are to comparatively large greens with somewhat less contour.
  •       Short approach shots are to comparatively small greens with relatively greater contour.
  •       Five sets of tees provide fair challenges for high handicappers and professionals alike.
  •       Tees approach the quality and consistency of the greens.
  •       Greens use contour, and to a lesser degree grain, to create extra speed. Flat cross-grain speeds average between 10 and 11 on the stimpmeter.
  •       The entire course, from tee to green, and from tree-line to tree-line, is immaculately maintained at all times to a level found only at the finest clubs in the world.

   

PRACTICE FACILITIES

 

The practice facilities reflect the true essence of the golf experience. There are five target greens and sand scrub areas to provide a glimpse of what the golf course has to offer.  The three practice greens cover 12,000 square feet and will provide a variety of opportunities to hone one's skill.  With two practice tees and daily yardage measurements posted, this practice area will give the golfer an exceptional session to prepare for the challenges that the course offers.