Equity versus Bundled Golf Courses in Fort Myers
Equity Golf Country Clubs
Equity golf communities are typically more expensive to join, and require a significant upfront initiation fee that is either partially or entirely returned to the member upon their moving out of the community or selling their property. These communities are typically the most expensive around, with membership limited to a much smaller number than most other communities.
It is not uncommon for membership to be capped out between 3oo-500 members or less in order to allow members to get in a game whenever they please without worrying about overbooked tee times or crowded courses. The premium experience offered by equity golf communities demands a premium price tag.
Homes and condominiums in equity golf communities typically run on the higher side of things, with single-family often starting in the $450,000 range and going all the way up into the millions of dollars. The comforts offered by equity golf communities often include golf lessons, gourmet restaurants and bars, state of the art fitness facilities, illuminated clay tennis courts, free cart service, resort-style pools, not to mention top tier service from club staff that make the experience one that is hard to match elsewhere.
On top of golf privileges, the social aspects of these communities cannot be understated -with weekly group meetings that suit those of all interests and hobbies whether they fancy knitting, wine, watching college sports, or collecting classic cars.
Bundled Golf Clubs
Bundled golf communities typically include a golf membership with the purchase of the home, and are less expensive than their equity counterparts. With the membership being included in the purchase of the property, it transfers upon sale so there is no outstanding fee to be refunded when they move and the only ongoing expenses incurred towards the club is wrapped into monthly HOA fees.
The membership is often capped at a higher number, usually in the 600 – 900 range, which allows more members but less frequent play. The amount of playing time afforded to members should not be considered much less though, as most members are still able to play as many as 4 rounds per week as long as they are scheduling tee times in advance and not conflicting with other players’ scheduled tee times.
One of the big draws of bundled communities is the amount of amenities offered to the members, as well as the transferability of the membership which is a huge benefit if the owner makes the decision to lease out their property as an investment. Amenities such as fully outfitted fitness centers, restaurants and on-site shopping, spas, and meeting rooms for residents to take advantage of are just a few of the things that property owners can expect when they purchase a property in a bundled golf community.
Fort Myers has plenty of options when it comes to golfing enthusiasts. There are over 40 golf courses in the city and most are private clubs. Below, find some of the more popular country clubs in Fort Myers, separated into equity and bundled categories.
Equity Golf Community Descriptions
Crown Colony Golf and Country Club
With 520 residences consisting of both single family homes located on estate lots and condominiums (all spread out across a spacious 400+ acres) in this gated community, you can expect to purchase a home for between $400,000 and $750,000 or a condominium for $250,000 to $325,000. With its beautiful and classic Florida-style course design with enough different tee boxes to accommodate any level of golfer, this is the perfect community for those looking to get out and play golf regularly with friends and family alike regardless of their golf proficiency. In addition to the fantastic golfing experience, the member clubhouse has multiple dining options as well as a resort-style pool for relaxing on hot summer days. LEARN MORE
Cypress Lake Golf Club
With homes ranging from $150,000 to $530,000 and condos selling for between $160,000 and $330,000 there are plenty of options available for prospective buyers looking to move into this member-owned equity golf community that is capped at 495 members. With its incredibly walkable course (members are encouraged to walk year round instead of taking carts to take in the full experience of the manicured walking paths), assortment of illuminated tennis courts, and several dining options available on-site, Cypress Lake Golf Club offers everything that golf and tennis lovers appreciate. An added bonus, the club puts on regular tournaments for both golf and tennis (with brackets for different skill levels) to allow members to test their skills against other members. LEARN MORE
Fiddlesticks Country Club
With all of the Fort Myers Florida golf communities, Fiddlesticks, home to two 18-hole championship golf courses, is among the best. It has been rated in the Top 100 courses in the United States by Golf Digest and is limited to 585 golf memberships which is also equivalent to the number of residences in this community. The houses sell for anywhere between $200,000 and $2,250,000 and condos are selling for between $150,000 and $300,000. Additionally, residents have a resort-style pool, tennis courts, fitness and wellness facility, and cabana with a bar at the pool. LEARN MORE
The Forest Country Club
This luxury golf community, situated on 650+ acres of nature preserve that is maintained by the club, features two 18-hole championship courses that will provide plenty of fun and challenge to golfers of all calibers. The community features a renovated clubhouse, bocce ball courts, 6 tennis courts, an elite fitness center, as well as numerous sporting and social activities aimed at bringing the whole community together. Be sure to check out the Cypress Room to finish the day off with a delicious meal and glass of your favorite beverage. With an assortment of single family homes, condos, and villas available, you can expect to purchase a home between $320,000 and $850,000 or a condo for anywhere between $130,000 and $475,000. LEARN MORE
The Club at Gateway
Home to the Golf Channel Academy (known as the Golf Improvement Center) and a private 20-hole course, The Club at Gateway offers an unbeatable experience both on and off of the golf course. One of the highlights is the Griffin Grille & Pub, known statewide for its delicious foods and craft beers. Homes sell for between $200,000 and $800,000 while condos typically sell for anywhere between $105,000 and $310,000. LEARN MORE
Gulf Harbor Yacht and Country Club
This private golf and yacht club features an 18-hole championship course with one of the nation’s leading practice facilities. This member-owned club features 186 private boat slips for the 1600 residences located within, able to accommodate yachts anywhere between 30 and 100 feet long. With these impressive amenities and offerings, buyers can expect to pay between $250,000 and $10,000,000 for a home in the highly-exclusive Gulf Harbor Yacht and Country Club. LEARN MORE
This private neighborhood has a 27-hole championship course, an aqua driving range, practice greens, and practice bunkers so members can practice as much as they would like. The massive clubhouse has an impressive fitness center, spa, restaurant, and bar. For those interested in more than golf, there are also pickleball courts, tennis courts, piers for fishing, multiple pools for leisure or swimming laps, and outdoor bar, as well as a dog park for pet lovers! With both homes and condos for sale here, buyers can find homes for $290,000 to $525,000 and condos from $185,000 to $390,000. LEARN MORE
The Plantation Golf and Country Club
This golf club is surrounded by 1,100 single family homes with homes ranging from $425,000 to $785,000 and condos from $245,000 to $380,000. With 350 golf memberships available on this private course, members have very exclusive access to this premier course and are able to play whenever they please. When club members want to spend an evening shopping and end it with a fine dining experience, The Promenade is only minutes away. Feel like having a day of fun in the sun? The beautiful beaches of Sanibel Island are a short distance away for members to enjoy. LEARN MORE
The Club at Renaissance
With 7 sets of tees, this course is ready to give golfers of all skill levels an experience they will not soon forget. With 338 homes and condos spread out across more than 500 acres (homes costing between $580,000 and $3,000,000 and condos selling between $250,000 and $525,000), there are options for everyone seeking to move into this private neighborhood. Limited at only 225 golf memberships, members are able play as often they please. Additional amenities to be enjoyed are the resort-style pool, red clay tennis courts, fitness center, and spa. LEAR MORE
Verandah Golf Club
Looking for a relaxed, even dog-friendly lifestyle? With its private dog park, two 18-hole golf courses, practice facilities, and River House Restaurant overlooking the Orange River, you are sure to enjoy the exclusive Verandah Golf Club. Single family homes are selling for anywhere from $270,000 to $1,300,000 and condominiums for $150,000 to $250,000, which means that there are options available to golf fanatics in all price ranges. LEARN MORE
Bundled Golf Community Descriptions
Colonial Country Club
This bundled golf community has 1,699 properties spread across the two neighborhoods within (Golf and Lake Village) and all properties in the Golf Village come with golf memberships. With an 18-hole championship course, fitness facility with personal trainers and group classes, and plenty of opportunities to relax around the resort-style pool, this neighborhood has it all. Homes sell between $270,000 and $450,000 and condos sell for between $150,000 and $350,000. LEARN MORE
Heritage Palms Golf and Country Club
With 1662 properties ranging from single family homes and condos to villas, there are homes sure to match anyone’s tastes. Homes typically sell for between $475,000 and $815,000 and condos/villas usually sell between $150,000 and $450,000. Offering more than most, Heritage Palms not only offers golf and tennis lessons, but also has clinics and tournaments for their members to participate in which is a huge bonus for those with a competitive nature. LEARN MORE
Kelly Greens Golf and Country Club
Kelly Greens Golf and Country Club consists of 939 homes and condos ranging from $130,000 to $575,000 with nearly all of them overlooking the golf course. With a variety of tees, the course can be made as easy or as difficult as the members would like so that they never get tired of playing on the course even after years of play. The massive putting green, driving range, and short game practice area make this a great community for golf lovers in Fort Myers. LEARN MORE
The Landings Golf, Yacht, and Tennis Club
The Landings Golf, Yacht, and Tennis Club is host to 1,100 properties consisting of both single family estate and high-rise condos. The homes here sell for between $530,000 and $585,000 and condos sell for between $160,000 and $815,000. This riverfront golf community has an 18-hole championship golf course, 18 stocked lakes for fishing, a private harbor and marina, and the Riverside Yacht Club Estates for those looking to live the Florida yacht life. LEARN MORE
Lexington Country Club
Lexington Country Club has a Golf Village neighborhood and Lake Village neighborhood, with the Golf Village residents being preferred club members of the golf course. There are 807 residences consisting of both single family homes and condos in the Golf Village, with homes selling for $400,000 to $800,000 and condos selling for $185,000 to $380,000. With one of the most scenic locations in all of Southwest Florida, this community is built for those seeking an active lifestyle, with its 6 heated pools, 12 lighted tennis courts, and 24-hour fitness center. Not to mention the members-only Island Club with its Tiki Bar that residents can enjoy after a long day of golf on the 18-hole golf course. LEARN MORE