Thursday, November 20, 2014

LPGA's CME Group Tour Championship kicks off in Naples

Naples once again hosts the LPGA's season ending event, the CME Group Tour Championship, at Tiburon Golf Club at the Ritz Carlton Resort.  The winner of the tournament receives $500,000 and the winner of the Race to the Globe gets a cool $1,000,000.  The three top golfers, Stacey Lewis, Inbee Park, and Lydia Ko would get that million if they win the event.

Last night at dinner the ladies enjoyed entertainment by Colin Powell and Jay Leno.

Park has upped her game lately finishing fourth, first, and third in her last 3 tournaments with the last 8 being top 5's.  Lewis has not played particularly well since her win in June with only 2 top 10's since then.  Ko, at only 17 years old, has won $1.6 million this year with 14 top 10's, in addition to Rookie of the Year honors.

The top 70 players were welcomed with cool and windy weather, part of the cold front that has hit the country.  But today is in the high 70's with 80's forecast for the weekend.

Tiburon Golf Club will host Greg Norman's Shootout in December so much of the infrastructure will remain in place from this week's tournament.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Naples named one of the top 10 golf destinations by USA Today

Naples has been named one of the top 10 golf destinations in the world by USA Today.  With Myrtle Beach taking top honors, Naples is 5th, ahead of Scottsdale, Scotland, and Pebble Beach, among others.  The article stated "...balmy Naples, Florida - where golf is an option 12 months a year - snared 5th."

The full list of winners in the 'Best Golf Destination' contest category for 10 Best Readers Choice' is as follows:
  1. Myrtle Beach, S.C.
  2. Kiawah Island, S.C.
  3. Pinehurst, N.C.
  4. Sea Island, Ga.
  5. Naples, Fla.
  6. Bandon, Ore.
  7. Maui, Hawaii
  8. Pebble Beach, Calif.
  9. Scotland
  10. Scottsdale, Ariz.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Naples News Completes Southwest Florida's "Dream 18" Golf Holes

After months of input by a star studded group of local and national experts, including tour pros, local pros and teachers, and architects, the "Dream 18" has been completely released by the Naples Daily News.

Here are NDN's top 18 golf holes in Southwest Florida.

1.  No. 1, TwinEagles Club, Hole No. 18 Talon

2.  No. 2, Calusa Pines Golf Club, Hole No. 16

3.  No. 3, Talis Park Golf Club, Hole No. 10

4.  No. 4, The Club Pelican Bay, Hole No. 9 Club

5.  No. 5, Hideout Golf Club, Hole No. 4

6.  No. 6, Bay Colony Golf Club, Hole No. 18

7.  No. 7, West Bay Club, Hole No. 16

8.  No. 8, Country Club of Naples, Hole No. 15

9.  No. 9, Imperial Country Club, Hole No. 9 East

10.  No. 10, The Old Collier Golf Club, Hole No. 18

11.  No. 11, Wildcat Run Golf & Country Club, Hole No. 18

12.  No. 12, Quail West Golf & Country Club, Hole No. 2 Preserve Course

13.  No. 13, Calusa Pines Golf Club, Hole No. 3

14.  No. 14, The Hideout Golf Club, Hole No. 11

15.  No. 15, The Old Collier Golf Club, No. 2

16.  No. 16, Naples National Golf Club, No. 14

17.  No. 17, Bear's Paw Country Club, No. 9

18.  No. 18, Imperial Country Club, No. 18 East Course

Friday, May 17, 2013

Rocco Mediate talks Tiger, Naples, and more

Rocco is never afraid to speak his mind and spill his deepest secrets. On the Golf Channel's "Feherty," he talks Tiger, gambling, more Tiger, and Naples. 
Rocco lived at Tuscany Reserve, now Talis Park, and is a member of Calusa Pines.
For more, click HERE.
Please visit Southwest Florida's best golf community guide at

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Is Tiger Hungry Enough to Win the Masters?

Tiger is back to number 1 in the world, astonishing considering he was in the 50's not that long ago.  Is he ready to get back on the Majors train?  Here's a no excuses look at this weekend's Masters and Tiger by Naples sports columnist David Moulton.

For more, click HERE.

Please visit Southwest Florida's best golf community guide at

Friday, March 8, 2013

Golf Holes per Capita - It's Naples - Marco!

Naples’ self-proclaimed title of “Golf Capital of the World” was solidified this week, when it was ranked No. 1 nationally for its abundance of golf holes.
The Naples-Marco Island metropolitan statistical area, which also held the top spot last year, has 1,530 holes for a population of 324,424, meaning there were 212 people per hole, according to the report, Golf Facilities in the U.S. 2013.

For more, click HERE.

Please visit Southwest Florida's best golf community guide at

Monday, February 11, 2013

Rocco Mediate Wins First Champions Event and Comes "Home" To Naples This Week

Part time Naples resident Rocco Mediate birdied the 18th hole to finish 2 strokes ahead of Tom Pernice at the Allianz Championship.  Pernice, who also won his first event as a Champions Tour member, just missed a 5-footer for birdie that would have forced Rocco to make his own putt. 
Rocco comes to Naples this week for the Ace Classic and will no doubt receive a lot of support here.  He owns a home in Talis Park and is also a member of the exclusive Calusa Pines Golf Cours.

The Ace Group Classic is February 12-17 at Twin Eagles.

For more, click HERE.

Please visit Southwest Florida's best golf community guide at
brought to you by John R. Wood Realtors.