The Naples National golf course layout was designed by Hurdzan and Fry golf course architects because they had the talent and skill to turn it’s 175 acre flat piece of Florida into a masterpiece. Their philosophy when designing the Naples National golf course was to design a course with a more relaxed spirit in keeping with the tradition of golf’s golden age, to create beautiful settings with unforgettable images.
During the design of the golf course, Hurdzan and Frey believed in the tradition of making the most of the native terrain; in this case, 320 acres of centuries-old stands of cypress and pine, marshland and sand. The end result is that golfers will find a golf course that appears unbelievably mature, yet natural at the same time. One hundred and twenty acres of land have been dedicated as a nature preserve and will remain undisturbed.
Those privileged enough to have played Augusta National and Pine Valley will immediately pick up on striking and often remarkable similarities such as rugged sand scrub waste areas that border meticulously manicured fairways. The overall design is a throwback to the historic courses of 60, 70, even 80 years ago. No island greens. No railroad ties. No gimmicks. Nevertheless, this par 72 course plays at well over 7,000 yards giving even low handicappers a high degree of difficulty and reward.
The golf course is of the highest quality, with state-of-the-art engineering and irrigation.
The golf course layout is traditional, with the following features:
- The holes are presented in such a way that signals how to play them from the tee.
- Elevations of tees and greens are varied, yet never severe.
- Fairways contain strategic mounds with changes of elevation and slope.
- Fairways vary in width, with the longer holes having wider landing areas.
- Greens approach design allow for a “bump and run” shot in many cases.
- Trees guard the entrance to several greens.
- Sand bunkering is strategic, with relatively few bunkers.
- Lakes are positioned for both playing and aesthetic purposes.
- An Old Settler’s property boundary stone wall winds through the golf course, adding a sense of maturity and distinction to the routing.
- Native sand scrub areas, reminiscent of those found at Pine Valley, are featured throughout the course.
- Long approach shots are to comparatively large greens with somewhat less contour.
- Short approach shots are to comparatively small greens with relatively greater contour.
- Five sets of tees provide fair challenges for high handicappers and professionals alike.
- Tees approach the quality and consistency of the greens.
- Greens use contour, and to a lesser degree grain, to create extra speed. Flat cross-grain speeds average between 10 and 11 on the stimpmeter.
- The entire course, from tee to green, and from tree-line to tree-line, is immaculately maintained at all times to a level found only at the finest clubs in the world.
The practice facilities reflect the true essence of the golf experience. There are five target greens and sand scrub areas to provide a glimpse of what the golf course has to offer. The three practice greens cover 12,000 square feet and will provide a variety of opportunities to hone one’s skill. With two practice tees and daily yardage measurements posted, this practice area will give the golfer an exceptional session to prepare for the challenges that the course offers.
Designed by Richard J. Diedrich of Diedrich Architects and Associates, the Naples National clubhouse was designed in the likeness of Andrea Palladio, the Renaissance Italian architect known for his romantic, yet aristocratic villas in Northern Italy. Today, he is remembered as the most influential architect in the history of structural design. Over 450 years ago, Palladio revolutionized the world of architecture with his designs.
Today, the Naples National clubhouse reflects the same beauty as the villas he designed centuries ago. The 33,000 square foot, three-story clubhouse at Naples National is symbolic of the highest standards demanded at the club. It is a perfect destination for members to build and maintain lasting relationships. It provides a relaxed, informal environment, without sacrificing luxury. The ground level features a dramatic, fully-staffed drive-through and is operated on a valet basis. The lower level also houses a wine cellar, golf bag and cart storage and a golf cart drive-up area. Adjacent to this area is a stunning 5,000 square foot garden terrace for outdoor dining and relaxation.
The main floor of the Naples National clubhouse offers a well appointed golf shop, formal dining room, a bar & grill, men’s and women’s lockers, television viewing area with Directv for your favorite games, and a card playing section.
On the third floor are the business and membership offices as well as a board room which can be used when scheduling allows, and the library with a fireplace and card lounge.
Also on this level, the clubhouse provides members and their guests with ten luxury suites, including two deluxe two bedroom suites with living room; three king size bedroom suites; three queen bedroom suites; and two king bedroom corner suites. Each suite is complete with conveniences such as telephones, cable television, WIFI, stereo/CD, and facsimile machine. Several suites have private balconies and fireplaces.