|Golfing at Windstar on Naples Bay|
Windstar on Naples Bay is an impeccably maintained eighteen hole Tom Fazio designed championship golf course. The course layout features seven sets of tees offering a challenge to match players of all skill levels. The Windstar on Naples Bay golf program creates opportunities to compete in many different atmospheres. There are weekly golfing events for Men, Ladies, Ladies 9 Hole players and Couples in competitive as well as social settings and annual major championships that are open to all Windstar on Naples Bay golfing members. The golf events are very well attended and have proven to be a very successful means of making new acquaintances. The golf calendar is designed to accommodate those wishing to test their skills in a competitive atmosphere as well as satisfy those desiring a relaxing non competitive round of golf scheduled at their leisure. The official season is kicked off in early November and runs through late April. The summer months offer fewer daily rounds played along with the opportunity to diversify your experience at a multitude of reciprocating golf and country clubs in the Southwest Florida area through our Summer Reciprocal Golf program. Whatever your golfing aspirations, Windstar on Naples Bay has something for everyone.
Windstar Golf Professionals
Today our head golf professional, Dan Heaslip, holds the Club's course record shooting a 64 in the 2003 Club Pro Am Tournament. Dan is one of the areas best scoring club professionals winning many South Florida events. We at Windstar on Naples Bay are fortunate to have a golf professional of Dan's caliber. Dan's team of professionals include two assistant professionals, Kevin Kohlasch and Karen Nicoletti. These teaching pros take great pride in assisting members in lowering their handicaps but also getting their maximum pleasure from playing this great game. The team conducts individual and group teaching sessions on our bayside practice facility. On-course teaching is also available. They run and manage a first class golf operation to the pleasure of our 350 members!
Tom Fazio ~ Golf Digest's #1 Architect of the Top 100 Golf Courses in America.
Windstar On Naples Bay was Tom Fazio's first golf course design in Southwest Florida. Fazio emphasizes the premise that "golf courses should reflect the natural beauty of their environments." Maintaining that principle, Fazio Golf Course Designers strives to follow design priorities that include creating harmonious transitions from existing topographical conditions. Tom's commitment to environmental design inspired our staff and membership to pursue Audubon accreditation. In 1998 Windstar on Naples Bay was designated a "Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary", a honor only a select group of clubs in the United States have received.To attain certification a course must demonstrate and maintain a high degree of environmental quality in areas such as Environmental Planning, Wildlife & Habitat Management, Outreach and Education, Water Conservation and Water Quality Management.
Fazio attributes his success to maintaining a team concept in design shared by the ten senior associates on his staff. In designing Windstar on Naples Bay, Tom carved out a course which travels around the borders of our Mangrove Preserves and lakes. Like all Fazio course designs there is a game for all skill levels. Each hole has its own personality to ensure each round provides for a different challenge from game to game.
In 2003, the Fazio Team was commissioned to undertake a major course reconstruction. Significant updates were made including a computerized irrigation system, greens reconstruction under USGA spec standards using champion turf grass and laser leveled tee boxes to mention a few.