Crown Colony Golf & Country Club is a private country club that opened for play November 2001 inside a 403-acre gated community. The development of Crown Colony was built by Centex Homes, a nationally recognized homebuilder with a reputation for quality construction. The grounds are impeccably manicured and maintained as is the golf course. Crown Colony offers custom built homes and magnificent amenities in a beautiful southwest Florida location.
Let’s talk about the golf course. Remember I said Crown Colony is a private club? Well, the truth is, they do allow public play from time to time and with the way the economy is, who can blame them for wanting to take in extra revenue? The course at Crown Colony has been rated one of the toughest and most challenging in all of Southwest Florida. Ron Garl designed this 18-hole championship golf course that offers not only the overall character of a classic Florida golf design but also adds in touches of old Scottish links-style courses. Crown Colony offers five sets of tees which create an enjoyable experience for golfers of every level. Crown Colony plays from 5,149 from the ladies’ tees and 7,013-yards from the tournament tees. The course rating is 74.6 with a slope rating of 148 on Paspalum grass.
The fairways are creatively routed around and through the development’s native wetlands. Scrub oaks and mature pines produce a highly strategic layout that offers outstanding variety and keeps the golfer’s interest. The fairways have been created with a fair amount of mounding and roll; not the tradition flat fairways that so many associate with Florida golf. There are a few tree-lined fairways spread throughout the course and at times you will find them to be narrow; however for the most part the fairways are wide open and let you bomb away. Roughly 75 strategically placed bunkers can be found on the course and water comes into play on nine holes For the most part, the greens are medium-sized, well undulated and fast – they are regularly kept around 11 on the stimpmeter.
There is a good size practice facility including a full range with grass tees. And a massive putting green. The well appointed clubhouse features a formal dining room, an informal grille room and terrace, as well as social rooms, a fireplace, piano bar and men’s and women’s locker rooms.
If you are in the Ft. Myers area and want to visit the facility; they are located south of the Winkler Road Extension near Summerlin Blvd. in South Ft. Myers. If you are considering moving to the area, it is conveniently located near the Southwest Regional International Airport and exceptional shopping venues as well as Ft. Myers and Sanibel beaches. The Barbara B. Mann Center for the Performing Arts as well as and many restaurants are also nearby. For membership information or to find out about public play, give the friendly, professional staff at Crown Colony a call at (941) 590-9860. You can also visit them online at www.crowncolonygcc.com.
Number 2: Par 4, 426 yards. A tee shot strategically placed towards the right side of fairway will give you the best angle towards this bunkered green. Be careful off the tee not to hit through the fairway as a bunker lies in wait. A tee shot down the left side will reward you with a shorter iron into the green. The green is surrounded by a variety of bunkers; watch out for the water on the left side. The green is large and features lots of undulation.
Number 4: Par 4, 411 yards. Control off the tee is required here with out of bounds all along the right and wetlands to the left. The ideal drive is just right of the center and sets up the optimum line into the target.
Number 5: Par 5, 499 yards. This relatively short par 5 is easy to reach in two. The fairway is well bunkered with out of bounds left and water right. Be careful on your layup as a large trap looms about 50 yards short of the green. The green is long, narrow, fairly flat and is flanked both left and right by bunkers.
Number 7: Par 3, 193 yards. This very well could be the prettiest hole on the course. An enormous beach bunker at the far end of the lake wraps itself around the right side of the putting surface. The safe shot here is to take aim at the left side of this long, narrow green that features a lot of undulation.
Number 10: Par 4, 355 yards. To be successful on this hole, you’ll need to be conservative off the tee. If you are able to find the fairway off the tee, you’ll have a short approach shot to the green.
Number 11: Par 4, 363 yards. You will develop a love/hate relationship real quick on this relatively short par 4. Hit an an easy 3 wood off the tee and a gentle 8 or 9 iron onto the “island” green which is very wide and shallow. Take a par here and run!
Number 12: Par 5, 540 yards. From the tee, any part of the fairway will do on this medium-length par 5. You’ll want to hit your layup down the left side to avoid the large bunker which defines the second landing area. Successful navigation of your layup shot will leave a relatively easily chip to a well undulating green.
Number 14: Par 3, 209 yards. The longest par 3 on the course; you will need to hit it long and true off the tee. This magnificent par 3 is surrounded by native wetlands giving at a true Florida look and feel.
Number 18: Par 5, 555 yards. This is a spectacular finishing hole that winds its way around a beautiful 15-acre lake. Risking a tee shot over a corner of the lake and a second shot over the creek offers an excellent birdie opportunity.
Last Word: Crown Colony presents a great golf opportunity. The staff is very friendly and attentive; from the guys out front that take your bag at the bag drop to the pro shop staff to the snack bar, everyone has something nice to say. And they have no idea how good or bad you are playing. The course is always in top shape; the tee boxes are moved daily to keep them fresh, the fairways feature a lot of mounding; something not found at a lot of Florida courses. The greens will leave you with several memories; some good, some not. Lots of undulation makes them fun to putt on. For more information on membership at Crown Colony, you can visit them online at or give them a call at www.crowncolonygcc.com 239.590.9044.