5 Great Courses in Naples
By Carling Nolan
In Naples, which is known for its beautiful golf courses, it's difficult to choose the very best.
But from fast and furious greens to spectacular water hazards, these five courses have what it takes to make the any list.
Built in 1998 by architect Gordon Lewis, Arrowhead is 6,832 yards from the back tees. Lewis is known as "The King of Southwest Florida Architecture" and it shows at Arrowhead Golf Course. This difficult design will have golfers of all levels working diligently to get through with a low score.
Eagle Lakes is a par 71 playing a whopping 7,150 yards from the back tees. It is another Gordon Lewis design where water comes into play on every single hole. Managing to stay dry and sinking a few putts on the very quick greens is the key to playing well on this golf course.
Forest Glen is an Arthur Hills design that plays 7,081 yards from the back tees. Known for its spectacular layout and perfect turf, this track uses Paspalum Grass that gives the course a lush green look that never goes dormant. Forest Green is semi-private and features wide fairways, big greens, and plenty of chances for birdies.
Heritage Bay is a Gordon Lewis and Jed Azinger design, and features 27 beautiful holes built within Florida's wetlands. The greens are enormous, some over 7000 square feet. They might be tough to read, but the putts run true because Heritage claims to have "The Best Putting Surfaces in Southwest Florida".
Hibiscus plays 6,540 yards from the back tees and is a par 73. In 2007, they underwent and extensive renovation giving the course a whole new look. The fairways are generous and are lined with beautiful Hibiscus trees. Water comes into play on 12 of the 18 holes.