Saltleaf Golf Preserve Opens in Estero

A newly renovated golf course is now open in Estero, as golfers have just returned to play at the rebranded, Saltleaf Golf Preserve. The 18-hole course was originally the Raptor Bay Golf Club, but it was reimagined into what’s being described as a completely different course.

London Bay Development Group was the force behind the $25 million renovation project, which sits close to the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa. London Bay purchased the original golf club just a few years ago.

Officials from the golf course development team then “broke ground” on construction for a newly designed course in summer of 2022, as the first major construction project in Saltleaf Village. London Bay brought in the same PGA pro and golf course designer who originally built the course more than 20 years ago to focus on the redesign of a new course.

The new course was redesigned to be more challenging than the original course. In doing so, the course grew from a par 71 to a par 72. Like the old course, there are no formal bunkers at Saltleaf. While it was originally hoped the redesign would be finished last season, it was delayed by Hurricane Ian.

The original hole 10 at Raptor Bay is being transformed into a new, nine-hole short course with an extremely casual dress code and a family-friendly vibe. It’s expected to open up for play in the near future.

The Raptor Bay Clubhouse was also renamed and reimagined as part of the process. On the original back nine of Raptor Bay, crews are constructing two high-rise condo buildings and the Saltleaf Marina.

The first tower of the Ritz-Carlton Residences is expected to be completed in 2025. Once that tower is occupied, the marina will likely open. Both golf courses will be available to the public. London Bay’s Saltleaf Village will eventually also include more than 800 residences.

Post a Comment