Eagle Creek Golf & Country Club unveiled its $3 million course renovation that features brand new greens, bunkers, a new driving range and short-game area in addition to a rebuilt putting green area. The eight-month project at the club at 11 Cypress View Drive in East Naples opened to members last month.
“This undertaking marks the cumulation of work dating back to 2015 and specifically this project puts us at the pinnacle,” said Jimmy Alston, director of agronomy at Eagle Creek. “With constructing new greens, we will be able to continue to provide exceptional putting surfaces that Eagle Creek members have been accustomed to. We will continue to use Tif Eagle Ultra Dwarf Bermuda grass on the greens.”
The course still has design elements from original course architect Larry Packard, including the double dogleg which can also be found on the Copperhead course where the PGA’s Valspar Championship is held.
The updated driving range features new target greens with an expanded driving range tee area, grassed with paspalum along with improved drainage. The new short game practice facility, which Alston said has been in the club’s plans for a decade, features a United State Golf Association constructed target green and bunkering for members to practice a 40-yard shot.
Certain areas of the golf course, voted 2020 Best Golf Course by Gulfshore Life magazine readers, received new drainage infrastructure improvements and sections of cart paths were removed and replaced with natural shell. Four tees were reconstructed to improve playability. A 14-foot buffer wall was constructed this summer facing Collier Boulevard. A new paver path was installed from the cart barn to the first tee and behind the clubhouse.
Resident memberships are available and the non-resident golf membership waitlist is commencing. For more information, visit www.joineaglecreek.com or call Laura Pelletier at 239-793-0500.