Golf courses in Naples, FL, offer golfers a wide range of options, including world-class courses designed by some of the best golf course architects. At Bonita Bay Club East, golfers enjoy two unique courses that take advantage of the beautiful natural surroundings.
The two courses were designed by Tom Fazio, who has designed more than 200 golf courses over the last 40 plus years. Although most are in North America, he designed some in Central and South America and one in Ireland.
Each Fazio course layout has a certain air of grandeur and includes visually arresting holes that are often easier than they look, according to Golf Advisor. Although many are tailored to the surrounding landscape, he has completely transformed others. For example, the Shadow Creek Golf Club in Las Vegas in 1989 involved moving more than 3 million cubic yards of earth to create an isolated golf experience.
The Naples golf courses at Bonita Bay Club East off of Immokalee Road are tailored to their natural environment. They provide 1,000-plus-acres of a pure golf experience on preserved cypress wetlands.
Cypress is the longer of the two Naples courses, leading off with wide fairways punctuated by strategically-placed bunkers on the front nine. The back has tighter landing areas with some holes cut through dense trees.
Generally, the Cypress is considered the course to play for those looking for the ultimate challenge. You’ll find more steep-faced bunkers along with plenty of wetlands and water. Among the big challenges on the Cypress are the slick-running greens.
Sabal is just a little shorter and tighter than its sibling. The course borders a wildlife preserve and features long white sand bunkers flanking fairways and ponds to provide challenge and interest. Holes 9 through 12 play around a 35-acre lake. Named for its abundance of graceful sabal palms throughout the landscape, the Sabal features steep bunkers, multi-tiered greens with false fronts and terraces and sloping bunkers.