The Colonial Country Club in Fort Myers, Florida features an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Gordon G. Lewis and opened for play 2003. Colonial Country Club plays 7,385 yards from the back tees with a course rating of 75.9 and a slope of 145 on Bermuda grass. There are 5 sets of tees to make the course enjoyable for golfers of all abilities; a combination of blue and white tees creates a yardage that bridges a 400 yard gap. The serene, natural surroundings will provide a relaxing and enjoyable day of golf. Before your round, you can warm up on the club’s putting greens and aquatic driving range.
The clubhouse at Colonial Country Club is quite impressive; it’s a 14,000 square foot structure that features a formal dining room and well appointed facilities making it suitable to host any corporate or private event. There are also full tennis facilities and a health & fitness center that offers members aerobics, yoga, crafts, massage and spa treatments; you can even acquire the services of a personal trainer.
Tee Yardage Rating Slope
Black 7385 75.9 145
Blue 6441 72.1 138
Blue/White 6315 71.0 136
White 5928 69.8 121
Green 5207 66.5/70.9 113/122
Red 4564 67.6 113
Memorable Holes (All yardage quoted is from the Blue tees)
Number 1: Par 4, 345 yards. Number 1 is a short par 4, slight dogleg left. Take advantage of the length of this hole as they get longer; and tougher. A well hit 3-wood with a slight draw is the preferred tee shot. Be sure to avoid the fairway bunkers on either side of the fairway landing area. From there it’s a short pitch shot to a slightly elevated green protected left and long by bunkers. The water on the left should not come into play at all. This is a good hole to get your round started off right.
Number 2: Par 4, 438 yards. Number 2 is a true risk/reward hole; take your chances off the tee and cut off as much of the dogleg as you dare. Anything left is wet. A good line off the tee is just left of the fairway bunker. From there you will have a medium to long iron into a slightly elevated green that is guarded by a large bunker on the right, a nasty little pot bunker on the left as well as more water. Push anything left and your ball is likely swimming with the fishes.
Number 3: Par 5, 578 yards. For most, number 3 is a three-shot hole on this slight dogleg right par 5. You’ll need to play down the left side of the fairway off the tee, but not too far left or you’ll be wet. An accurate, controlled layup shot is necessary as the fairway narrows considerably and the water on the left becomes more prominent. A successful layup will leave a short pitch shot to a slightly elevated green with sand short on either side and the ever present water on the left. Accuracy from 100 yards in at Colonial Country Club can lead to many scoring opportunities.
Number 5: Par 3, 190 yards. The first par 3 is somewhat of a daunting task from the back three sets of tees. Although a left hand pin placement makes the hole play longer, it does take the water on the right out of play. Seven pot bunkers dot the landscape short of the green which is very wide. Playing a left pin placement VS a right pin placement is like playing two different par threes; something to look forward to during your next round.
Number 9: Par 4, 349 yards. Be thankful you’re not back on the championship tees on number 9; it’s almost another 60 yards back! It is truly the difference between driver and three-wood/hybrid off the tee. Anything left of the fairway bunker off the tee will leave a medium to short iron into the green which is long, narrow and undulating; it’s flanked on the right side by two bunkers. It’s a nice hole to finish off the outward nine.
Number 10: Par 5, 501 yards. Number 10 is sprinkled with no less than 15 bunkers that come into play regardless of the tees you are playing. The water on the left side doesn’t really come into play until your layup shot; I suggest favoring the right side of the fairway off the tee. A good drive down the right side will give long ball hitters the option to go for the green in two. For the rest of us, take one club less on your layup shot to avoid the narrowest part of the fairway up near the fairway bunkers. That will still leave a short pitch shot to a large slightly elevated green. Anything pulled left is apt to find the water. Par is a good score here.
Number 11: Par 4, 403 yards. Number 11 is not an overly long par 4; however the necessity for accuracy and distance off the tee, coupled with the need for an accurate long to mid iron into the green makes this the toughest hole on the inward nine. Try to cut too much off the slight dogleg left and you’re bound to find the large fairway bunker or worse yet; the trees. The long, narrow green is guarded in front by large bunkers on either side. Take a par here and run.
Number 17: par 3, 145 yards. The par 3’s at Colonial Country Club are no push over and number 17 lives up to the billing. At only 145 yards and playing slightly downhill, you would think that par is likely; but don’t be too sure. Surveying the hole from the tee, the water on the left shouldn’t come into play, yet somehow it does (or can). Anything mishit or right is likely wet as well. Bunkers guard the front of the green as well as a pot bunker on the short left. The green is fairly large with many undulations. I would be happy with par on any of the par threes at Colonial.
Number 18: Par 4, 299 yards. The length of this hole screams grip it and rip it; however this is a thinking man’s hole. Play a three-wood/hybrid off the tee and short of the bunker on the right side. That will leave around 100 yards to a green that is guarded on the right by water and literally surrounded by sand. The green is an odd shape and is wider than it is deep. A well placed tee shot can lead to a good score on this finishing hole.
Last Word: As a Troon property, Colonial Country Club does not disappoint. The grounds (not only the golf course but within the gated community) are immaculate. Fairways are mowed to perfection, sand traps are well groomed; grasses around the traps and water hazards are hand-trimmed. Although the greens are not the fastest, they do roll true; the speed just takes a little getting used to. The mostly elevated greens are for the most part large and undulating. Some of the breaks are obvious but many take a good solid read. After you play the course a couple of times, you will find that there are certain spots you need to hit on the green in order to get it close. A good 100 yard game will go a long way here in scoring well as that’s what many approach shots seemed to be.
The aqua driving range features pyramids of balls waiting for you upon arrival. There are three grass greens to aim at; allowing you to get not only your chip shots warmed up, but mid and long irons as well. There is also a separate chipping area as well as a large practice green.
The staff is warm and friendly and willing to help in making every aspect of your experience at Colonial Country Club both pleasurable and memorable. It’s a private facility so you’ll either need to befriend a member or have reciprocal privileges in order to get on. However, during the summer when most courses in Florida are starved for play, you may be able to find a coupon that will allow you to play the course.
For membership information, you can visit Colonial online at www.colonialgolfclub.com give them a call at (239) 768-9421.