Posted by Mark Washburn on Friday, April 15, 2016 at 1:39:35 PM By Mark Washburn / April 15, 2016 Comment
The Fort Myers Country Club has gotten a face-lift, which took six months, but the revamped 18-hole golf course looks magnificent. Opened in 1917 and steeped in a rich history, Fort Myers Country Club is ensconced in palmetto and pine trees. Top golf architect Donald Ross designed its recent renovation. The course is located on historic palm tree-lined McGregor Boulevard in Fort Myers. The Fort Myers Country Club is nicknamed “The Fort” by nearby residents and local golfers, and it is heralded as one of the oldest golf courses on Florida’s west coast. It is just 1 mile south of the memorable Edison and Ford winter Estates in Old Fort Myers. Both renowned men played the golf course back in the roaring 1920’s and set the tone for golf as a premier recreation in this part of Florida. The recent renovation started in 2014 and resulted in upgraded tees, new greens and better drainage. The renovation took place nearly 100 years after the municipal golf course first opened; it was shut down for nearly 6 months while renovation took place and re-opened on Halloween October 31, 2014. The project cost nearly $5.8 million under golf architect designer Steve Smyers, who added greens and bunkers to the original course. Extensive modernization resulted in current upgraded drainage, turf quality and a new Golf Pro Shop. Lakes were also added as well as filter marshes. The new design has improved accessibility for golfers with disabilities and better conditions for all golf skill levels. Now, all players can access tee grounds, putting greens, golf course restrooms and cart rental areas. Fort Myers Country Club provides an accessible golf cart for players with accommodations. The rich history of the club and well-known members provides a stunning backdrop for a much loved recreational sport in the area. It was originally built in 1916 under James B. McGovern, a founding member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects.
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