Smart and straight beats Spanish Wells Golf and Country Club north of Naples
BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. –- Any combination of the three nines at Spanish Wells Golf and Country Club won't overwhelm players with distance. It is accuracy and smart decisions off the tee that will rule the day.
Spanish Wells, opened in 1979, is a private club that allows limited public play.
"Don't let the scorecard fool you," warns Matt DiMase, the director of golf operations. "I've seen single digits shoot 88 to 90. You get challenged every foot and every yard out here."
Players will be on their heels facing an endless supply of narrow fairways, pinched by water and southwest Florida's jungle-like underbrush.
Ted Culver, visiting the golf course while on vacation from Michigan, calls Spanish Wells a "target" course where, "You've got to manage the course and your shots. It forces you to be accurate. In 18 holes, I used the driver twice. If you are disciplined, you are rewarded. If not, you pay the price."
Spanish Wells' North nine, added in the mid-1990s, features several holes slimmer than a starving cheetah.
Two of the club's best holes reside on the South nine: The third, a 275-yard, drivable par 4, and the seventh, a 152-yard par 3 that plays over water and bulkhead to an elevated green.
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