Winter trip to Naples - Sarasota

HI all, this is my first post, as I'm a "newbie" to Golf WRX. My wife, who doesn't play, and I are heading down to Naples Florida for first time, for 10 days in January, and I'm looking for suggestions from people who've been there or are down there year round. I'm a single digit handicap and always looking for challenging, yet beautiful courses.



I'm open for suggestions, and depending on the quality of the course, money shouldn't determine where I play.



Hope to hear from folks.



Matt

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  • scottc25scottc25 Members Posts: 635 ✭✭
    Might want to flip this over to the Florida forum for better responses. I'm in Tampa so I am not super familiar with all the courses there, but:



    - In Naples I would recommend Old Corkscrew. Nothing like 7,300 yards and a 153 slope.

    - Tiburon Black course I liked a lot. Gold (where Shark Shootout and LPGA play) is not as good of a course IMO.



    and oh yeah...



    STREAMSONG. Play all 3 courses.
  • JarlaxleJarlaxle Atlanta, GAMembers Posts: 475 ✭✭
    edited Dec 24, 2018 #3
    I have found the ratings on Golf Now to be pretty accurate. Here is their listing of public courses in the area. If you are trying to get on private courses I’m sure there are some great ones but no idea which or how you would go about trying to get on, especially this time of year.



    https://www.golfnow.com/destinations/39-naples



    You mentioned Sarasota, again lots of good private courses but it doesn’t have much great public golf. One that is supposed to be good is Sarasota National. It’s actually well south of the city of Sarasota in Venice, FL so closer to Naples.



    https://www.sarasotanationalgolf.com



    Hope you have a great trip!
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  • wrigleywrigley Members Posts: 132 ✭✭
    If you want to get your butt kicked, play Old Corkscrew on a windy day!
  • bauer22bauer22 Members Posts: 112 ✭✭
    I love Sarasota National. I'm originally from MA but my inlaws are in Venice. I make it a point to play Sarasota every single time I visit.



    The course is always immaculate, the greens are fast, and the layout is great.
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  • spetzlespetzle Members Posts: 443 ✭✭
    Sarasota National in Venice are/north port excellent course and practice facility Golfnow you get on a weekend 59-69$

    Lakewood National hands down the best course here. Its up near lakewood Ranch Web.com is playing it in February and you can play tournament pins/conds Monday after tourney.

    University Park is another gem. I haven't played in Naples yet but these are my picks for the venice/sarasota area
  • ronnbeeronnbee Members Posts: 1,092 ✭✭
    just got back from Sarasota for the week-on sat drove to Naples to play Calusa Pines---OUTSTANDING **
  • ChunkAndRun2ChunkAndRun2 Members Posts: 27 ✭✭
    Its worth the drive to Streamsong from New York, let alone Naples. If you can get all three in, do that. Personally, I like Blue, but I am admittedly a bit of a Doak junkie.
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  • BargegolfBargegolf Members Posts: 64 ✭✭
    ronnbee wrote:


    just got back from Sarasota for the week-on sat drove to Naples to play Calusa Pines---OUTSTANDING **




    How the heck do you you get on that course?
  • ronnbeeronnbee Members Posts: 1,092 ✭✭
    Bargegolf wrote:

    ronnbee wrote:


    just got back from Sarasota for the week-on sat drove to Naples to play Calusa Pines---OUTSTANDING **




    How the heck do you you get on that course?




    Have a friend that’s lives in pgh Naples, and when I called him from Sarasota to invite him to Sarasota he said no come toNaples and

    Play at calusa
  • ronnbeeronnbee Members Posts: 1,092 ✭✭
    ronnbee wrote:


    just got back from Sarasota for the week-on sat drove to Naples to play Calusa Pines---OUTSTANDING **
  • ronnbeeronnbee Members Posts: 1,092 ✭✭
    rated top 5 in fl
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