SHELL POINT GOLF CLUB (239-433-9790)
Florida Golf Course Review
Located on the strikingly tropical doorstep of Sanibel and Fort Myers Beach, Shell Point Golf Club is a challenging and exciting golf course designed by
Gordon Lewis. This 18-hole championship facility opened for public play in 2000, providing golfers with an affordable, high quality experience with attentive
service and numerous amenities. The conditioning and landscaping are also top notch.
On property is a simple clubhouse with pro shop and snack bar/patio, and practice facilities that include a grass range and practice green. UpLink GPS -
one of the best systems available, is standard on all golf carts. Lessons are available, and the course and facilities make this a popular tournament venue.
The best part however are the incredibly competitive rates (green fees including cart top off at $79 in 2005/06) - a great value for a course of this stature in the Sanibel/Fort Myers area.
Five sets of tees mean all levels of golfers will find a set that matches their abilities. The tips measure 6702 yards with a slope of 133. Alternated sets play
to distances and slopes that measure 6102 yards/126 slope, 5657 yards/118 slope, 5212 yards/111 slope for men and 120 for women, and 4496 yards
with s slope of 112 for ladies playing from the forward sets. On course cart paths are marked and yardage indicators are present at 100, 150 and 200
yards, but the UpLink GPS standard on all carts provides all the info one needs to know.
There is a significant amount of sand on the course, with strategically placed bunkers greenside and along the lading zones on the finely manicured
fairways, and with some expansive waste areas as well. Water comes into play on 14 holes, and along with the thick brush, tropical foliage, mounding and
natural areas, helps to define the playing surfaces. Knowing where the water hazards lie (in play on 14 holes in some shape or form) is key to scoring well
here, as many of the ponds creep in towards the playing areas, particularly near the large, sloping putting complexes.
There is a nice variety in hole design, with straight away holes that provide ample landing areas mixed in with interesting doglegs requiring accurate
placement. Partial cart paths make it easy to maneuver the course, and weather covers that are standard on all carts provide protection for clubs during
inclement weather. This is a beautiful course that presents one of the area's top golf values. We highly recommend a round here! For more info, visit our
page for Shell Point on our web catalog of courses to play in the area by clicking here.