Golf Coast Magazine: The Ultimate Golf Experience

Naples is home to some of the best golf courses in the state. In fact, there are more golf courses per capita in Naples than any other city in Florida. So when you are looking for the ‘creme de la creme’ of these beautifully manicured venues, it is somethings hard to make a definitive choice.

For me the ultimate golf experience is the magnificent Tiburón Golf Club, home to the the LPGA CME Group Tour Championship and QBE Shootout (formerly Franklin Templeton Shootout). There is a reason these tournaments are played here. The outstanding design of the Black and Gold courses by Greg Norman, and the unbelievable condition of the layouts for professional play, allow golfers to enjoy the elements carefully integrated to produce a playing atmosphere in which to appreciate the finer aspects of the game. Troon took over recently and they are stepping up the quality of the entire facility. Tiburón is Spanish for Shark.

If you have never visited Tiburón Golf Club, just coming in the driveway will impress. The huge yellow clubhouse and the service from the bag drop to the after golf dining at Sydney’s Pub is top notch. The Golf Shop is stocked full of fine choices of clothing, clubs and accessories. Add the luxurious Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples overlooking the Gold Course to the mix and you have the Ultimate Experience.

With all its exquisite amenities, Tiburón’s main attraction remains the two superb golf courses. Golfers enjoy unique stacked sod bunkers, coquina shell waste bunkers and the absence of conventional rough. Designated as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, Tiburón strives to protect and enhance its natural surroundings. Visit for tee times and further information.

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