PALMIRA CLUB ( 239-949-4466
Florida Golf Course Review
Palmira Golf Club in Bonita Springs is a premier 18-hole-championship masterpiece designed by architect Gordon Lewis. The area's newest and most
scenic layout is stunning to view and satisfying to play for golfers of all abilities. Manicured fairways, greens and tees compliment a challenging design that
incorporates water hazards, abundant sand bunkers, mounding, waste areas and plentiful wildlife set in a lush tropical environment. Simply put, this is one
of the most beautiful golf courses that the public can play in Florida!
The championship tees here provide a stern test even for scratch golfers, as they measure a whopping 7403 yards with a slope rating of 146 - that is one
of Florida's highest. Those venturing to the tips will find formidable carries over water and doglegs that require accuracy and distance. The second and
fourth holes especially provide risk/reward scenarios that can set the tone for the round. Alternate tees play to yardages and slopes measuring 6492
yards/131 slope, 6005 yards/125 slope, 5396 yards/127 slope and 4699 with a slope of 120. On course golfers will find the layout extremely well marked
with 100, 150 and 200 yard blocks on the fairways, as well as sprinkler heads that are measured to the center of the green. Especially appreciated are the
permanent markings on the cart paths, posted every 25 yards from 200 in. Each tee box is also marked. Pin placement sheets are provided on the carts -
a new fleet that feature efficient club covers plus a golf bag fitting system that keeps bags (for those driving solo) in place.
The clubhouse at Palmira is as special as the golf course. There is a full service pro shop, restaurant/lounge with outdoor patio, meeting and banquet
facilities, a billiard room and snack bar. All are very upscale - as is the beautifully appointed locker rooms for men and women that include showers,
toiletries, and lounge area with a television and comfortable seating. The property is actively soliciting golf, tennis, sports and social memberships, which
provides unique privileges including golf and tennis entitlement, use of all social facilities, plus inclusion of a Renaissance Center Club membership.
Reciprocal play for members includes an extensive list of golf clubs that feature many of the finest courses in SW Florida. For more info on memberships,
contact the main office at 239-949-4466.
Also on property are extensive practice facilities including an aqua range, 2 short games areas with chipping greens and sand bunkers, and a huge putting
green. An additional nine holes was in the process of completion on our December 1004 visit. The current 18-hole layout is stunning in its design and
luxurious in presentation. Lush fairways are flanked by spectacular, tropical landscaping, set in a very upscale residential area. All 4 par fours have water
in play, and could be signature holes on practically any course. In fact, water hazards are in play in some shape or form on every hole, and 79 sand
bunkers of various shapes and sizes are situated along the fairways or greenside. Though sloped highly, Palmira rewards golfers that keep it in play, as
the green complexes as a rule feature open fronts, allowing for bump and runs and simple chips to large, mildly sloped putting surfaces. Exaggerated
mounding and swales that are prevalent in many of the area's layouts are absent, save for a couple holes. The TifEagle greens at Palmira present some
of the best putting experiences in the state, with the stimpmeter rating often reaching eleven or twelve.
Palmira is a first class experience all the way. If you are in the Fort Myers/Naples area, a round here is a "must play"! For more info on the course and
facilities, visit our page for the property on our web catalog of courses to play in the region - with direct link to their website by clicking here.