Raptor Bay Golf Club and Hyatt Regency Coconut Point in Bonita Springs: A worthy Lee County base for golfers
BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. -- Just south of Fort Myers, Bonita Springs is one of southwest Florida's great golf meccas. And the best base for golfers seeking both luxury and nature is the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa, which is home to two partner golf courses just steps away.
Set on 26 acres, the property's 454 recently renovated guest rooms occupy a main, 20-plus-story tower. Rooms have views of the Estero bay and preserve. From here, guests can take kayak or boat excursions and explore nearby Sanibel Island or other treasures of the gulf. Those who want to stick to dry land can rent bicycles and explore. Stillwater Spa has a full treatment menu as well as Hyatt's 24-hour fitness center.
Located just steps from the resort is Raptor Bay Golf Club, a semi-private course that was designed by Ray Floyd and opened in 2001. Set beside the nature preserve, the course is a Gold Signature Sanctuary Certification by Audubon International. The most unique aspect of Raptor Bay is that there are no traditional sand bunkers, only large, waste areas that hug fairways and greens. Many greens here are elevated, adding to the challenge of the 6,478-yard course.
Guests at the Hyatt also have exclusive access to The Colony Golf & Country Club, a private golf club that hosted the first annual Olympians College of Life Foundation Premiere Golf Classic, a local fundraiser that attracts Olympians from across the country. Additionally, golfers are minutes away from the Jack Nicklaus-designed Old Corkscrew Golf Club in Estero.
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