Water, Water Everywhere at The Dunes on Sanibel

By: Tim McDonald


You would expect to find water features on an island golf course, but the Dunes Golf and Tennis Club on Sanibel Island takes it to a beautiful extreme.

Water, water everywhere, and nary a drop to drink, but plenty to avoid with the driver. Nearly every hole features some kind of water carry, whether it's off the tee or into the green. No. 5 has both: You have to clear water off the tee and you must hit over water again into the green.
Now, to the oxymoron: Despite all the water, this is a very player-friendly golf course.
How can that be, you ask? Well, much of the water is lateral, and only one or two of those water carries will make you cry like a little girl. Unless you're the type who is totally intimidated by the sight of water, you should score well out here.
That isn't to say it's a pushover. The green complexes are very active, and some of the greens have radical slopes. My best approach shot of the day at No. 4, rolled off the green and back onto the fairway, for example.
The course plays through a middle-class neighborhood of the same name and, like all the courses on Sanibel and Capriva, you've got that stunning and exuberant southwest Florida flora and fauna to enjoy as you work your way around the course.

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