Old Corkscrew Golf Club a beautiful monster in southwest Florida
ESTERO, Fla. -- Old Corkscrew Golf Club plays as a beauty and beast. The Jack Nicklaus course hidden in the middle of nowhere halfway between Fort Myers and Naples is as scenic as any course in southwest Florida.
It's 275 acres of pure Florida outback, where scrub trees, wetlands and waste bunkers -- not houses -- accompany players throughout their round. Environmental restrictions helped the 7,393-yard course, which is managed by Kemper Sports, earn status as a Certified Audubon International Silver Signature Sanctuary from Audubon International.
Old Corkscrew boasts, quite possibly, the highest slope rating from the white tees in the country (144). The layout is littered with heroic shots to greens hanging precariously into ponds and lakes. Players would be better served to play conservatively than try to take on Old Corkscrew. It's a shot-maker's course that can humble even the best of players. Just ask Nicklaus, who shot a 9 on No. 5.