Best Golf Courses in Naples 

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Naples might just be one of the best spots in the US to retire! Loaded with high-end shopping opportunities, a thriving arts and culture scene, and some of the most beautiful beaches in the country, it’s a lovely place to be… And for golfers, even more so. 

Boasting close to 100 golf courses in varying degrees of difficulty, Naples is a golfer’s paradise! Sun, sand, sea, and golf… What more could you want, retired or not? And while it’s tricky to nail down the best golf courses in Naples, here are some we particularly like and that you should definitely try to play a round on. 

Valencia Golf and Country Club 

One of the best public golf courses in the area, Valencia Golf and Country Club is also one of the few golf courses specifically known to be a great play for beginners. It’s a championship course that stretches to a little over 7,100 yards in length, but it features 5 sets of tees so golfers of all levels can enjoy their round. 

Generous fairways lined with beautiful cypress, palm, and pine trees make the course feel lush and natural. Keep your wits about you on the greens—they’re more contoured than they look! 

TPC Treviso Bay 

This award-winning golf course is a must-play in the area. PGA Tour-affiliated clubs like Treviso Bay are known for their superb service and playability, and this course doesn’t disappoint. It’s fairly flat, but water comes into play on many holes, adding to the challenge. 

While elevation changes are minor, every hole requires precision and strategy to get a good score. Undulations are something you’ll need to deal with on every shot. Being a public golf course, anyone can play here and enjoy a PGA-worthy round! 

But even more than that, the service is something worthy of a professional golfer. An excellent experience that every golfer should have at least once! 

Links of Naples 

If links golf is your favorite, then don’t miss this club! It’s slightly shorter than usual, being a par-61, 18-hole course that measures just over 4,000 yards in total. During the short round, you’ll deal with elevated greens, curvy fairways, and exciting bunkering, with multiple tees to choose from. 

And if you can’t make it during the day, this is the only golf course in Naples where you can enjoy a bit of night golf! From Wednesday through Saturday, you can pay until 11 p.m. Even if you do have time during the day, this is a novelty you want to try at least once! 

Tiburón Golf Club 

This club is often named in “best of” lists, so you can bet it’s one of the favorites in the area. It features two courses—the Gold and the Black. The Black Course is a certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, so you can expect to experience amazing scenery and possibly even wildlife here. 

On the other hand, the Gold course is an expert mix of traditional and modern stylings, plays host to the LPGA CME Group Tour Championship, and is a tougher challenge than the Black. They’re both open to the public, and they’re well worth swinging your clubs on. 

Grey Oaks Country Club 

It’s worth noting upfront that this club is a private club, so you’ll need to join a member on the course unless you decide that you want to become a member yourself. Featuring 3 golf courses, it’s an excellent place to play a round (or a few) because you’ll never get bored here. 

The Pine Course is known as one of the toughest in the state, so bring your A-game if you’re planning on playing it! The Palm Course is less difficult but an exciting, tropical ride from start to finish, and the Estuary Course meanders through the trees in a peaceful way… but don’t get complacent! 

The Country Club of Naples 

Another private club, the Country Club of Naples, is a wonderful course to spend time on. A Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, so you already know it’ll be beautiful and absolutely natural. 

Play your way through the course with just the right amount of challenge, thanks to eight sets of tees. The signature hole is the par-3 15th, which is a narrow, tricky hole that’s split by a waste area and a water hazard before throwing three bunkers your way before you even reach the green. 

Royal Poinciana Golf Club 

The Royal Poinciana Golf Club (often known simply as RP) features two 18-hole golf courses. It’s an invitation-only club, which means you’ll need to be invited for a round by an existing member. If this is one course you’re adamant about playing, best to start searching for members who’d be willing to take you along for the ride. 

Both courses are Audubon International Certified. While both are long and quite flat, the Pines Course is the more difficult of the two, despite being more open and looking more forgiving. Watch out for severely undulating green complexes, deeper, more treacherous bunkers, and frustrating putting surfaces. 

The Cypress Course is narrower, demanding accuracy off the tee. It also features more water, with watery hazards coming into play on more than half the holes. 

Naples Grande Golf Club 

Designed by renowned golf course architect Rees Jones, this course is open to members and guests of the Naples Grande Hotel and the Edgewater Beach Hotel. If you aren’t a member but you want to play a round, your best bet is to spend a few days at one of the hotels. 

It’s a surprisingly forgiving course, with 5 sets of tees to cater to every kind of golfer. Wide open fairways make the course look easy but don’t discount the bunkers that are scattered strategically throughout each hole. Elevated greens add to the excitement and challenge of the course. 

Conclusion

Whether you’re new to the game or a retired senior golfer, these are the best golf courses in Naples for all levels. While these are by no means the only great golf courses in the area, they’re some of the most popular ones, and for good reason. 

If you’re looking to improve your game, tick courses off your bucket list, or just get out and about somewhere beautiful while getting some physical activity in, the golf course is the ideal place to spend a few hours. 

About the Author

Jordan Fuller is a retired golfer and businessman. When he’s not on the course working on his own game or mentoring young golfers, he writes in-depth articles for his website, Golf Influence.