A Guide to Public Golf Courses Around Bonita Springs and Estero

A Guide to Public Golf Courses Around Bonita Springs and Estero

  • The Guillette Group
  • 03/1/22

Several golf courses are open for public use near Bonita Springs and Estero. Golfers have the option of multiple courses to choose from, each with unique characteristics and gorgeous, scenic views. Most clubs require attendees to wear appropriate golf attire, and tee times are reserved by phone or online. Clear your schedule and make plans to visit these top golf courses in Bonita Springs and Estero!

Bonita Fairways

Located on West Terry Street, the Bonita Fairways Golf Club offers Bonita Springs residents and guests a par-61, 18-hole course spanning 3,500 yards. The course was designed by Gordon Lewis and features 11 par-3 holes and seven par-4 holes. Golfers may enjoy lunch or a snack at the Bar & Grill before or after their reserved tee times, booked online in advance, or on the same day. The course was renovated to include grass replacement, the Bobcat Café expansion, and new golf carts by the Lifestyle Management Group of Florida. Bonita Fairways offers private lessons and group clinics for those interested in learning the ins and outs of the game.

Raptor Bay Golf Club


With a nearly 6,500-yard, 18-hole course designed by Raymond Floyd in 2001, Raptor Bay Golf Club welcomes the public for a spectacular round of golf outside of Bonita Springs. Raptor Bay Golf Club proudly holds an Audubon International Gold Signature Sanctuary Certification, the first to be awarded to a resort course, for its sustainable design that preserves the local natural environment.

The championship-level course has five sets of tees that allow golfers of all levels to enjoy. Tournaments require a minimum of 40 players if participants want a shotgun start. The course enforces a dress code, so gentlemen guests should wear slacks or Bermuda shorts with a collared polo shirt, mock turtleneck, or turtleneck shirt, while ladies should ensure they wear a skirt, slacks, or Bermuda shorts with a collared polo shirt or a blouse. Golf shoes with metal spikes are prohibited at Raptor Bay Golf Club.

Spanish Wells Golf & Country Club


Considered a semi-private course, the Spanish Wells Golf & Country Club invites the public to play a round at the 27-hole championship course, separated into three 18-hole combinations. Bruce Howard designed the East Course, while Gordon Lewis designed the North and South courses. Interested golfers may reserve tee times on the same day or in advance.

Potential buyers interested in Bonita Springs real estate should note that the Cordova neighborhood is considered a bundled community with the Spanish Wells Country Club and requires residents to maintain a Cordova Club Amenities Membership at a minimum. The club offers the option to upgrade to the Cordova Full Golf Membership. The dress code at the Spanish Wells Country Club requires appropriate golf attire and prohibits metal spikes on golf shoes.

Stoneybrook Golf Club

Located near Estero homes for sale, the Stoneybrook Golf Club is a public, 7,300-yard course featuring 18 holes and a par of 72. This championship course was designed in 1999 by Jed Zainger and Gordon Lewis. The course offers seven sets of tees, ranging from absolute beginner to advanced. Stoneybrook has been certified as a beginner-friendly course—one of about 200 in the country—by the National Golf Course Owners Association. Golfers are welcome to join the 8-session boot camps offered several times a year to improve their game. For those interested in playing at Stoneybrook Golf Club, tee times may be reserved online either on the same day or in advance.

Villages at Country Creek


The Villages at Country Creek Golf Course is a friendly and affordable community offering a gorgeous, semi-private course for an engaging round of golf, dining opportunities, and PGA pro lessons. The course features a par of 61 across approximately 3,800 yards 18-holes and was designed by Gordon Lewis in 1988. The dress code is casual here, but golfers may not use metal spikes on their shoes. If you need attire, clubs, or other accessories, the pro shop is open Tuesday through Sunday and will equip you with all of your first-rate golfing needs.
 
Beginner golfers or those looking to improve their game may book a lesson with the resident PGA professional, John Alfuth. While the course does not allow reservations from the general public in January 2022, interested players should check back monthly to see public play availability. When public play is available, you must reserve your tee-time at least three days in advance.
 
If you’re looking to experience the gorgeous Florida weather, visit these stunning courses in Bonita Springs and Estero. All of the courses mentioned here are public or semi-private, so memberships are not required. Dress codes vary by course, so be sure to check before you go. Most importantly, have fun and enjoy the time outdoors!

For golfers interested in buying or selling Bonita Springs real estate or a home in the village of Estero, reach out to the Guillette Group for assistance navigating the real estate market. Contact them today to start your real estate journey in one of these stunning Florida locations!



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