2 private Napoli layouts are on the Golfweek list

Good news for Southwest Florida golf fans.

Two golf courses in Naples are on Golfweek’s 2022 Best List of the best private golf courses in the United States

Calusa Pines and Naples National.

Bad news for Southwest Florida golf fans. Private means private. In other words, not all courses on this annual list accept day or resort play. You must either be a paying member of these clubs or be connected to someone who is and can host you as a guest.

Not only did Calusa and Naples National make the list, but in the state-by-state rankings, both courses were in the Sunshine State top-10, with Calusa coming in at No. 2 and Naples National at No. 7.

No. 1 overall in Florida is Seminole at Juno Beach, considered by many to be one of the best golf courses in the world. For more hindsight, the Augusta National Golf Club in Georgiawhich hosts The Masters every April, is on the list.

Last week Golfweek’s list of the best publicly accessible golf courses was released and Hammock Bay, also in Naples, made the list..

Read more:The list of best public golf courses includes this Naples gem: Hammock Bay

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According to Golfweek, courses that achieve a place in the rankings are judged by our international panel of evaluators.

“The hundreds of members of this evaluation committee continuously evaluate the courses and grade them against 10 criteria on a point basis from 1 to 10. They also deposit a unique overall rating for each course. These overall ratings are averaged to produce these rankings.” states the Golfweek story.

SEE THE COMPLETE LIST:Golfweek’s Best Private Golf Courses in the USA for 2022

Here’s a look at two Naples courses deemed worthy by Golfweek’s experts:

Calusa Pines

Location: Naples

Address: 2000 Calusa Pine Walk

Holes: 18 (Par 72 | 7,215 yards)

Architect/Developer: Calusa developer Gary Chensoff, a Chicago venture capitalist, survived a rare form of cancer despite long odds, and his recovery heavily influenced the design and construction of Calusa Pines. Opened for play in November 2001.

Website: calusapinesgolfclub.com

What they say (from the website): “Calusa Pines offers exceptional views generated by broad ridges that influence ten holes of golf. The reliefs are so soft and fluid that they blend well enough to appear natural and unique. Combined with extensive vegetation of native plants, it is hard to imagine that the golf course was built, rather than simply landscaped on this stunning piece of land. Calusa Pines was founded to provide an exceptional golf experience for its members in a relaxed atmosphere that fosters camaraderie among those who truly enjoy the game. The club does not disclose member information, have no hours starting point and offers a strong caddy program as members and guests are encouraged to ride the course.”

Golf great Phil Mickelson played at Calusa Pines Golf Club in Naples on Monday, November 18, 2019.

Did you know: Phil Mickelson came to Napoli and played at Calusa Pines in 2019.

Naples National

Location: Naples

Address: 9325, boul. of the Necklace

Holes: 18 (Par 72 | 7,068 yards)

Architect/Developer: Dr. Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry. They have designed golf courses in several countries, many of which have reached top 100 status, including Erin Hills (site of the 2017 US Open), Calusa Pines, Shelter Harbor and Devil’s Paintbrush.

Website :Click here

Mykhalo Golod (UKR) hits an approach shot on the 18th hole during the final round of the Terra Cotta Invitational amateur golf tournament, Sunday, May 1, 2022, at Naples National Golf Club in Naples, Fla.  Caleb Surratt (USA) has won the event in consecutive years with a score of 14 under par.

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What they say (on the website): “This beautiful course, always maintained in meticulous condition, has allowed us to compete and land other top quality projects whose developers might not have considered us before. But what makes Naples National so special is this are the members who appreciate the attention to detail and the staff who strive to deliver it.From the front door, there is an aura of friendly and shared passion for golf that envelops the entire property and the golf experience.

Also:Terra Cotta Invitational Amateur Golf Tournament at Naples National Golf Club in photos

Did you know: There are approximately 50 acres of grass on the entire course with the rest being sand scrub, but the golf course plays fast and the only balls that go loose are those that go into the water. This golf course conserves water, fertilizers, pesticides and fossil fuels while providing pristine playing conditions.

Michael C. Ford