The 18-hole The Plantation Golf and Country Club in Fort Myers, FL is a private golf course that was designed by Dr. Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry and opened in 2007. The course measures 7045 yards from the longest tees with a course rating of 74.2 and a slope rating of 143 and features 7 sets of tees to meet the demands of different skill levels.
The Plantation provides its members with extensive practice facilities for all aspects of the game, including a full-length driving range that lets you hit every club in your bag, a large putting green, and a short game area complete with bunker. These facilities are available to members until dusk throughout the year.
Members also enjoy a wide range of both member and competitive golf events throughout the year including specified play days for men and ladies, travel days, couples events, guest days and themed tournaments.
The 38,000 square foot clubhouse – aptly dubbed “The Great House” – features a well-stocked pro shop with a professional golf staff available for lessons, lounges, and pool tables, locker rooms with showers, a grill room and a patio for dining with a beautiful view of the course.
As far as the course goes, you will not find many elevation changes however the fairways have numerous rolls and dips, creating definitive target areas. Rolling mounds along the fairways and around the greens encourage the player to keep the ball in the fairway. The areas around the greens are highlighted with many chipping areas that will truly test your short game skills. The bunkering is in the “Pinehurst” style – not overly deep, but steep faces.
Number 1: Par 4, yards. A slight dogleg left with water on the left side that is reachable off the tee. That said, it is still a wide open driving area off the tee however beware of the large fairway bunker on the right. A good tee shot will leave a medium-iron to a large green protected on the right by a deep bunker. This is a good scoring hole to kick off your round.
Number 4: Par 5, 508 yards. The fairway bunkers on the left side can easily come into play off the tee; water on the right comes into play on your layup shot. Your short approach shot is to a very undulating, oblong green with a nasty little pot bunker front left and two more pot bunkers on the right. This is another one of my favorite holes at The Plantation.
Number 5: Par 4, yards. Saying number 5 is a dogleg left doesn’t do it justice; it’s more like a left turn. You’ll need to carry some water off the tee; anything hit too well off the tee stands a chance of getting wet. A well placed tee shot will leave a short iron approach over water to well-undulating green that slopes right to left.
Number 7: Par 5, yards. This dogleg left par 5 requires somewhat of a carry over water off the tee. Carry the water and avoid the multitude of fairway bunkers off the tee and you’re already a step ahead of the game! You will find that the landing area for your second shot opens up a bit just over the water. Your approach shot will be to a green with a ridge running through the middle and is flanked by bunkers on either side.
Number 9: Par 3, 145 yards. Not many rounds end with a par 3 hole. Number 9 plays all of its 145 yards from the white tees; maybe even a little bit longer. Avoid the water on the left and the pot bunker on the right and you can easily end the round with a par.
Number 10: Par 4, 370 yards. This dogleg left features water all the way down the right side and a well-placed fairway bunker on the left that seems to catch errant tee shots no matter what set of tees you are playing from. A good drive will leave a short to mid-iron approach shot to a large, fairly flat green. Number ten can help get your back nine off to a great start.
Number 14: Par 4, yards. The best possible tee shot is over the trap on the left side. There is no view of the green on an approach shot from the left. It’s a short hole and the bunker on the left does catch a lot of balls from players trying to carry it, so be sure to hit it good if that’s the route you decide to go. The green is long and narrow and crowned in the middle
Number 17: Par 4, 389 yards. This long, narrow par 4 is no easy hole. It’s a dogleg right with water all down the right side and can be particularly tough to drive. You need to be very careful when picking out where you want to land the ball off the tee; it’s a two tiered landing area with water on the right and woods on the left. Hitting what you think may be a good drive can sometimes put you in the woods. Successful navigation off the tee will leave a long to mid-iron to the green. This is one of my favorite holes on the course.
Last Word: As you can see from the course and slope rating, The Plantation is a very challenging golf course. Water comes into play on every hole and large waist bunkers are strategically placed, forcing accurate play from all angles on the course. The Plantation provides an enjoyable round of golf for low to high handicappers alike. Golfers are likely to have both a thought provoking and enjoyable round.
The course conditions at The Plantation are immaculate; here you will find everything from tee boxes decorated with plants and flowers, to a course carved out of open areas, preserving the natural habitat for golfers to enjoy. The Plantation provides everything one would expect from a country club.
Fairway landing zones are wide but are typically surrounded by water, bunkers, and mounding. The large greens feature multiple slopes and undulations and are well guarded by bunkers and grass mounds.
From the moment you reach the bag drop to the time you leave, you will have a great golf experience. Everyone from the staff in the pro shop, to the starters, and the staff in the restaurant will see to it. For more information on joining The Plantation, you can visit them online at www.plantationgolfcc.com or give them a call at 239.561.8650.