(August 2010) – The 18-hole championship layout at The Golf Club at Magnolia Landing facility in Fort Myers, Florida features 7,265 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course was designed by Gordon Lewis and opened for play in 2007. Five sets of tees make this course very playable for everyone.
The Golf Club at Magnolia Landing sits in a master planned community and meanders through natural pine forests and beautiful oak groves. State-of-the-art amenities include a driving range, putting green and chipping area. The 10,000 square foot clubhouse is equipped with men’s and women’s locker rooms, grille room and lounge, plus a fully-stocked pro shop. There is also a newly completed 5,000 square foot fitness center with strength-training and cardio equipment, as well as an aerobics studio. The grille is open daily for lunch and Sunday brunch.
Family, as well as single golf memberships are available and include 6-day advance tee times, no greens fees, charging privileges, reduced guest fees and pro shop discounts. Social memberships are available.
Number 1: Par 4, 371 yards. This medium length par 4 starting hole features mounding on both sides of the fairway as well as palmettos that come into play on the right off the tee. Water can come into play off the tee if you hook it way left. The approach shot is played to a fairly flat green with a ridge in the middle; it is well protected by bunkers with a nasty pot bunker in the back.
Number 2: Par 3, 171 yards. This medium length par 3 has a green which is hidden by the trees on the right although there is a lot more room over there than you might think. Unless you can hit a very high iron, you may want to consider hitting a fade if the pin is on the right. The left side of the green is well protected by bunkers.
Number 5: Par 5, 516 yards. This is the first par 5 on the course and is 516 yards of straightaway golf. Out of bounds on the left side waits anyone who hits a wild hook; trees and palmettos dominate the right side. The key to this hole is to hit it straight; period. You’ll have an easy layup as long as you play short of the water on the right. Approach shot is to a large green that is crowned in the middle, very wide and not very deep.
Number 6: Par 4, 399 yards. Number 6 is a true risk reward hole; this dogleg left over water it is the #1 handicap. Take out as much of the dogleg as you want but be willing to pay the price. A rangefinder comes in handy so you have an idea where to hit it over the water; the fairway is not real deep so distance is critical. Bunkers come into play as well on the far side of the fairway off the tee. Be careful not to hook your approach shot or you will be wet. Mounding in the fairway and on the sides make this a very pretty golf hole.
Number 9: Par 5, 523 yards. This slight dogleg right features rough and environmental wasteland all down the right side. Should you hit a good drive and decide to go for the green in two, beware of the pond short and left of the green. Number 9 offers a good opportunity for birdie…or better.
Number 10: Par 4, 324 yards. This short par 4 will tempt players to go for the green in two but be warned, there is water all down the right side as well as a bunker between the water and the green. Play your drive out to the left and leave a short wedge to this large green that slopes back to front.
Number 14: Par 4 364 yards. On the scorecard, this hole looks a lot like number 10 only slightly longer which eliminates any “go for the green” thoughts off the tee. Take the water on the right side out of play by hitting your drive out between the two fairway bunkers on either side of the fairway and leave a manageable iron shot into a long, narrow green with a hogs back in the middle. Watch out for the pot bunkers on the front right side of the green. There is at least a two club difference between a front and back pin placement.
Number 18: Par 5 492 yards. Standing on the tee box, the landing area looks very narrow. A good drive will let you go for it in two.
Last Word: For such a young course (3 years old), Magnolia Landing is in very mature condition. There is plenty of sand and water; as well as large, true greens. The undulating fairways are something you don’t see on the majority of golf courses in Florida; the odd uneven lie can be a welcome change. The staff is fantastic and informative regarding the golf course. For more information, you can visit them online at www.magnolialandingclub.com or give them a call at (239) 652-0102.