Black at Tiburón GC: #14The Black Course at Tiburón Golf Club

The Black Course at Tiburón Golf Club
2620 Tiburón Dr
Naples, Florida 34109
Collier County

Phone(s): (239) 593-2201, (239) 593-2200
Fax: (239) 593-1205

Tiburón Golf Club in Naples boasts two championship courses, the Black and the Gold. Greg Norman created both courses, blending traditional and modern elements in the design. Both layouts play like classic links courses with a twist. The Black Course is Tiburón's original layout that is slightly more challenging than the Gold. It features a combination of stacked sod wall bunkers and coquina waste bunkers. Water hazards and tall pines come into play frequently as well. Be prepared to face a few tough carries. Tiburón's Black Course finishes with a tricky par 5. This dogleg-right hole features not only a massive lake that runs the entire length of the right side but also coquina waste areas and greenside bunkers. A birdie on this hole is quite an accomplishment.

The Black Course at Tiburón Golf Club
4.5 stars out of 5 (based on 1 reviews)
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14th green on the Black course at Tiburón Golf ClubAerial view of the 18th hole from The Black Course at Tiburón Golf Club.View of the 1st hole from the Black Course at Tiburón Golf ClubView of the 10th hole from the Black Course at Tiburón Golf ClubView of the 11th hole from the Black Course at Tiburón Golf ClubView of the 13th hole from the Black Course at Tiburón Golf ClubView of the 14th hole from the Black Course at Tiburón Golf ClubView of the 16th hole from the Black Course at Tiburón Golf ClubView of the 17th hole from the Black Course at Tiburón Golf ClubView of the 4th hole from the Black Course at Tiburón Golf ClubView of the 6th hole from the Black Course at Tiburón Golf ClubView of the 7th hole from the Black Course at Tiburón Golf ClubThe rolling 15th green from the Black course at Tiburón is protected by a coquina waste area, greenside bunker and water.#8 on the Black course at Tiburón: guarded by water on the left, trees frame the right side of this hole.Black's course no. 2 provides the most demanding tee shot on the golf course, but also one of the most scenic. Once through the narrow chute of pines, the fairway opens up to an undulating green.Tiburón Black's 10th hole: players must carry the water and avoid the intimidating bunker just in front of the green.A view from the Black Course at Tiburón Golf Club

Golf course details

  • Holes: 18
  • Designed by: Greg Norman, Tad Burnett
  • Public/Private: Resort
  • Year opened: 2001
  • Golf Season: Year round
  • Guest Policy: Open
  • Tee times welcomed: Yes
  • Fairways:
  • Greens: Bermuda Grass


  • Pro in house: Yes
  • Driving range: Yes
  • Rental clubs: Yes
  • Rental carts: Yes

Green fees price ranges

Course policies

  • Metal spikes allowed: No
  • Dress code: Men: Shirts with collars & sleeves, slacks or Bermuda length shorts; Women: Dresses, skirts, slacks or Bermuda length shorts
  • Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed

Length, slope and rating for each tee

Tee Par Yardage Slope Rating
Championship 72 6949 147 74.6
Back 72 6465 144 71.5
Tiburón 72 6049 131 70.2
Middle 72 5590 114 68.6
Forward 72 4878 103 65.3
Middle (W) 72 5590 136 73
Forward (W) 72 4878 117 69.9
Family 72 3975 99 62.2
Family (W) 72 3975 98 64.7

Reader Ratings / Reviews

  • The Black Course at Tiburón Golf Club
    4.5 stars out of 5
    by The Golfin' Guy
    on March 23rd, 2020 11:45
    I lived in Fort Myers, FL for a few years and had the opportunity to play the Tiburón Golf Club on several occasions. There were several memorable holes; the finishing holes on each side and the first hole on the Gold Course, a reachable par five. More on that in a bit. Another memory that stood out in my mind about the course was the rough, or lack thereof. As I recall, the grass was the same length, whether you were in the middle of the fairway or rolling off the side into a palmetto bush. Any type of hook or slice – which was my game at the time – usually meant reaching into the bag for another ball. It also led to long rounds of golf; sometimes 4 ½ - 5 hours. Trust me, you didn’t want to be the group behind us!

    That was about 7 or 8 years and several sets of clubs ago. A few months ago I had the opportunity to spend a couple of days at Tiburón and play both courses and my, how things have changed! There’s now a cut of rough which defines the fairways as well as areas around several greens where deeper Bahia rough has been recently planted and should fill in nicely before the 2020 season officially kicks off. For my money, both courses are a lot more playable and enjoyable.

    In case you’re not familiar with the property, Tiburón Golf Resort is located in Naples, FL and features two 18-hole, Greg Norman-designed golf courses that are consistently rated among the top 20 golf facilities in Florida by Golf Digest and GOLF Magazine. Each year The Gold and The Black Courses play host to the LPGA Tour's CME Group Tour Championship and the PGA TOUR's QBE Shootout (formerly the Shark Shootout). Tiburón – which by the way is Spanish for shark - Golf Club has been designated as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary by Audubon International.

    As you play your way around either course, you’ll encounter numerous and various hazards. Towering pines form the boundaries on several holes and are often surrounded by coquina shell waste areas. You’ll also need to play around or over water on at least 13 holes depending on how bad you spray it. Many of the greenside bunkers have stacked sod walls which look great and can be very penal, although I hit into one on the 9th hole of the Gold Course and it shot around and out the other side like the high banked ovals at Daytona!

    The Black Course in 2001. Both courses follow Norman's philosophy of blending the course in with the natural allure of the land. Tiburón is a semi-private golf club meaning memberships are available and guests of the hotel and the general public are welcome to play. Although Tiburón’s average age is probably in the mid-60s - low for this part of the country - they do cater to a younger crowd by offering Golfboards – a motorized type of skateboard with a golf bag attachment - as an alternative to golf carts.

    Of the two courses, the Gold Course is a little over 400 yards longer and can play a masochistic 7,382 yards, compared to 6,949 yards on the Black. However, the slope rating on the Gold is 137 vs 147 for the Black, making it considerably easier. There are enough sets of tees on each course that you’ll find a comfortable yardage regardless of your ability.

    The Black Course has a very distinctive look with its pine straw-lined fairways, crushed coquina waste areas and undulating greens nestled amidst acres of pine trees and native Florida foliage. The Black Course offers six sets of tees and is similar in design and beauty to the Gold Course. As you make your way around, you’ll find lush playing conditions and wonderful views. The green complexes can be penal and some of the bunker complexes are massive. Play around your way around the layout without finding a trap and you’ve accomplished something.

    The 9th hole is a par 5 that is a three-shot hole for most players. A tee shot that finds the fairway is a great start, but it’s just the beginning. You’ll need to hit a precise second shot, preferably in the middle of the fairway to have the best angle in to the green. Your approach shot will be over a large coquina shell waste area and a lake that protects the left side. Now that you’re skilled at playing over water, you’re ready to take on the par 3, 10th hole, that plays 188 yards from the back tees. A right-side pin placement can be tricky as it leaves only a sliver of green over a bunker. Par both of these holes and you’ve accomplished something!

    Within Tiburón's 27,000 square-foot Mediterranean-style clubhouse you’ll find private locker rooms for members with lounge areas and an award-winning golf shop. There are also three dining rooms including Sydney’s Pub, which has a full liquor bar and features daily drink and happy hour specials. They also offer a rotating selection of local draft beers. The non-member dinner menu includes a wide variety of items including meatloaf, chicken pot pie, and braised short ribs. The Ritz Carlton Golf Resort is located on the property as well. As a Tiburon Club Member, you’ll have access to the tennis courts at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort as well as the fitness center, pool, and spa.

    Becoming a member at Tiburon is easy; they offer several options that will meet anyone’s needs and budget. Medallion, Associate Club and Signature Memberships are available to both residents and non-residents of Tiburón communities and also include the use of Tiburón Golf Club's Member Concierge Program. The Medallion Membership is by invitation only. There’s also a Preview Membership if you’re not 100% sure, but with everything Tiburón has to offer how can there be any doubt?
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