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Shadow Wood Country Club – Membership Does Have Its Priveleges

Shadow Wood at The Brooks is part of a master planned 2,492 acre community of The Brooks of Bonita Springs, Florida. Of the four neighborhoods that make up the Brooks, Shadow Wood is the only community to offer equity golf. Shadow Wood Country Club includes three championship courses designated as Audubon International Cooperative Sanctuaries; an honor bestowed upon only 816 courses around the world.

The North and South Courses at Shadow Wood® at The Brooks were both designed by award-winning course architect Bob Cupp and share a 30,000 square foot clubhouse, complete with restaurant, lounge, private dining room, pro shop, men’s and women’s locker rooms, and a nine-court tennis complex.. The Preserve Course, located just 5 miles north at Shadow Wood Preserve®, was designed by Arthur Hills. A second clubhouse and golf shop are located at Shadow Wood Preserve. Each facility offers a full driving range, short game area and massive practice putting green.

Residents in the Brooks communities have the option to join the Commons Club which includes access to a private beach club with private member parking on Bonita Beach. Members also enjoy an expansive Fitness Center and spa, and Rosie Spoonbill’s®.
Shadow Wood Country Club offers three distinct courses; each challenging while comfortable for every level of play.

North Course

The North Course at Shadow Wood Country Club measures 7067 yards from the longest tees and carries a course rating of 73.9 with a slope rating of 132. Greens and fairways are Bermuda grass. The course opened in 2000. The course opened in 1998 and features mounding and undulating fairways that overlook expansive lakes and scenic nature preserves. The North Course weaves its way through the property which is largely made up of cypress forests and protected wetlands. You won’t find as many fairway bunkers on the North Course as you would on others, but they are strategically placed from the tee boxes, making shot placement a must if you are going to score well.

Memorable Holes
Number 2: Par 4, 317 yards. Far and away not the longest hole on the golf course however the dogleg over water provides a nice twist. This is definitely a risk/reward hole however at only 317 yards off the blue tees, don’t get too greedy. A long iron or hybrid played out to the left will take the water out of play and at the same time leave a short iron into the green. Two pot bunkers on the left of the green and a long narrow beach bunker right can make this short hole a real challenge.

Number 7: Par 4, 394 yards. In order to score well on this hole, you will need to hit it long and straight off the tee. Water comes into play on both sides off the tee and can make for an interesting tee shot. Try and cut the dogleg to shorten the hole and if you don’t find the water you could very well find the sand. Be careful not to hit your approach shot left as both water and sand again come into play. This plays as the number one handicapped hole on the course.

Number 11: Par 4, 438 yards. This long, dogleg right par 4 provides a formidable challenge for the average golfer. At 438 yards from the blue tees, it plays long for sure. And with water in play all down the right side and more coming into play on the right on your approach shot, number 11 requires two well-struck (and well thought out) shots to get on in regulation.

Number 15: Par 4, 393 yards. Another dogleg right that offers water down the right side and more strategically placed fairway bunkers. Play your tee shot left of the fairway bunker on the right; this will offer easier access to the green. You won’t be able to bump and run onto the green on number 15 as a large bunker sits in the middle of the fairway short of the putting surface. Hit your approach shot over the green and a nasty pot bunker awaits.

Number 18: Par 5, 475 yards. Two words come to mind when playing number 18: water and sand! It’s a short, fairly straight par 5 which, if you hit the ball down the left side and get a good roll off the tee, it is possible to get on in two. Most of the trouble on number 18 is on the right side. Par is a good way to finish the round; birdie (or eagle) is even better.

Last Word: The North Course is somewhat of a thinking man’s golf course; you can’t just grip it and rip it. The use of doglegs on several holes creates a great risk/reward opportunity and for most players necessitates the use of all clubs in the bag.

The greens on the North Course are very large and offer many options. The average golfer can run the ball up and play it safe; the better player can take direct aim at the pin, carry water and sand and go for broke. Five sets of tees make Shadow Woods North Course enjoyable for golfers of all abilities.

For more information on becoming a member of Shadow Wood and enjoying everything they have to offer – including 54 of the best golf holes in the country, visit their website at www.shadowwoodcc.com or give Membership Director Danita Osborn a call at (239) 992-6000 ext. 4504 (dosborn@shadowwoodcc.com).