One of the Best Florida Golf Resorts Just Got Better

By: Tim McDonald


Way down south, the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort has always been one of my favorite golf resorts in Florida. That's mainly because of its golf course, the Rookery. I've only played it two or three times, and not at all in the last year or two, but it's one of those courses that stays in your mind.

It's a wild place, not so much the course itself – which plays through some development – but because it's perched right on the edge of the Ten Thousand Islands.

The course itself is excellent and nearly always in immaculate shape, and seeing the wild birds and other critters of the great swamps is always a treat.
Well, now the resort has added another terrific golf option, having recently announced its purchase of Hammock Bay Golf Course. Hammock Bay is a Peter Jacobsen and Jim Hardy design, a highly-acclaimed layout that's a 10-minute drive from the Rookery.
Officials said the move was a "direct result of increased demand for tee times from members groups and leisure guests," according to a press release announcing the acquisition. In other words, people wanted more.
The two courses will alternate between private (members only) and resort private (members and guests) every other day of the week. Green fees will be between $79-$179 depending on the season.
"This expansion really accentuates our commitment to becoming a world-class leader in golf experiences," resort GM Rick Medwedeff said in the release.
The Marriott also takes over Hammock Bay's clubhouse, which includes a lagoon pool, three lighted tennis courts and the golf shop. They plan a renovation next year.
A great golf resort just got better.

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