The Hoffmann Family of Companies has added a third golf course to its ever-expanding portfolio. The Naples-based conglomerate acquired the 18-hole Old Corkscrew Golf Club on 275 wooded acres in Estero for an undisclosed sale price.
The new acquisition comes three weeks after Hoffmann acquired Old Collier Golf Club in North Naples for $45.3 million and announced plans to build a 12-hole championship golf course and wine destination in Augusta, Missouri.
“It’s a great addition to our golf portfolio and a beautiful course. The undulating greens are known to be fast-paced and challenging. It truly is one of the best courses out there,” says David Hoffmann, founder of the Naples-based Hoffmann Family of Companies.
On Thursday, Hoffmann announced the creation of a national golf division to be headed up by Iain Mossman, a former recipient of the South Florida PGA Professional of the Year Award and previous manager of clubs such as Old Collier Golf Club, Pelican’s Nest in Bonita Springs, Gateway Golf Course in Fort Myers, Bighorn Golf Club in California, Piping Rock Golf Club in New York and, most recently, Aurora International Golf Club in the Caribbean.
Old Corkscrew Golf Club, 17320 Corkscrew Road, was established in 2007 about 7 miles east of Interstate 75’s Exit 123. Although it has an Estero address, the stand-alone course is east of Estero in unincorporated Lee County.
The Jack Nicklaus signature course, which promotes itself as “Nicklaus Nature Nirvana,” has made “best courses” lists by Golf Digest, Golf Magazine and the National Golf Course Owners Association. Carved out of a Florida forest, the par-72, 7,400-yard Old Corkscrew offers challenging golf in a secluded area without an accompanying residential development. The lush, semi-tropical course is enhanced by established stands of cypress, oaks and pines.
Players consistently call the award-winning Old Corkscrew one of the nicest and most difficult courses in Florida. The course has proven challenging because of its abundant water features, sand traps, sculpted bunkers and sloping greens.
“We are thrilled that David Hoffmann will be the new owner of Old Corkscrew Golf Club. David has a successful history of buying great assets and taking them to the next level,” says Phil Anderson, the majority owner of Old Corkscrew Golf Club. “We appreciate David’s commitment to and investment in Southwest Florida and look forward to Old Corkscrew joining the Hoffmann Group of Companies.”
On Oct. 1, Hoffmann acquired Old Collier Golf Club, a private 18-hole championship course on nearly 400 acres along the Cocohatchee River west of U.S. 41 in North Naples. The Hoffmanns also are investing $125 million into a Missouri course, designed by golf course architect Rees Jones, and plan to turn the location into a national wine destination.
The Hoffmann family bought Hertz Arena and the Florida Everblades hockey team in 2019 and has plans to build Hoffmann Inn & Suites, a 150-room hotel and small conference center, on land off Ben Hill Griffin Parkway in Estero.
Other sports-related ventures that are part of the Hoffmann companies include Naples Beach Water Sports in Naples and Marco Island Water Sports and Regency Water Sports on Marco Island. In 2019, the Hoffmann family acquired Coral Cay Adventure Miniature Golf in East Naples.
Hoffmann Family of Companies operates 36 companies in Florida and employs about 2,500 people, mostly in Southwest Florida. Hoffmann also has more than 240 total operations worldwide with 6,000 employees.