RAPTOR BAY GOLF CLUB (239-390-4600)
Florida Golf Course Review
Raptor Bay is one of a group of dynamic, upscale golf properties in Southwest Florida that are owned and operated by WCI Communities. The others are Hammock Bay and
Tiburon (2 courses) in the Naples area, Pelican Preserve in Fort Myers, Colony in Bonita Springs, and the Venetian in Venice. Members and guests enjoy playing privileges on
some of the best layouts in SW Florida - with each featuring manicured conditioning and top notch amenities.
Raptor Bay sits adjacent to the Hyatt at Coconut Point - a fine luxury resort featuring stay and play packages with upscale amenities and service. For more info on this fine resort,
visit their website by clicking here. You can also visit our page for the property, with plentiful photo images and text by clicking here.
Raptor Bay is unique in that there are no sand bunkers anywhere on course - instead the layout is lined with crushed stone waste areas, which also serve as partial cart paths.
The sculpted tee areas are landscaped with pampas, tropical foliage and other native plants. Golfers will encounter generally wide, gently rolling fairways and large, mildly sloping
green complexes situated amongst mounds and swales - creating some interesting recovery opportunities. Miss on the approach slightly to either side and the ball will likely end
up in a collection area. Land short and bump and run chips are available.
With 5 sets of tees golfers of all skill levels will be able to find a distance and slope to meet their game. The tips play to 6702 yards/129 slope, while remaining tee boxes
measure 6362 yards/122 slope, 5906 yards/114 slope, 5445 yars/110 slope for men and 124 for women and 5030 yards with a slope of 114 for ladies hitting from the red tees.
Sprinkler heads and yardage blocks at 100, 150 and 200 yards are measured to the center of the green, and pin placement sheets on the carts indicate the day's hole locations.
150 yard stakes are also present on all par fours and fives.
The waste areas are prominent on every hole, and Florida golfers used to playing in the southwest should be accustomed to hitting out of these areas, as they are present on
nearly every course in the region. Water hazards come into play on 15 holes, mostly on the perimeters but with several forced carries from the back tees. Gentle ocean breezes are
usually present and there is an abundance of native wildlife. I saw 3 eagles during my review (unfortunately none of them showed up on my scorecard).
For more information, visit our listing page for this course, with map, directions and all the technical info on the course and property, by clicking here. Also - See our prompt at the
top right corner of this review for a direct link to this course's website.