Old Corkscrew Golf Club, Estero
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I really do hate (I know it's a strong word) Jack Nicklaus designs. His courses are gimmicky and some holes are just unplayable. Old Corkscrew is one of his most unplayable. Greens are ridiculous and ... read more »
This course is difficult and superbly designed. There are no homes on the course---its just golf. Severe greens of varying sizes. Excellent conditions. Much better enjoyed the second time round as sho... read more »
I spent 4 days here in May getting 1:1 lessons with Mary Mills from Bird Golf. Mary was absolutely fantastic and completely improved my game in every way. She customized the lessons just for me. I cam... read more »
Make a note before you play, ask the pro shop about the bugs. We played on June 1st, and I realize this is southern Florida and one might expect a few bugs........but damn they were intolerable. Had we known about the sand fleas (gnats) and flying ants we would have selected another course. After nine holes we exhausted an entire can of deep woods off. I spoke with someone in the pro shop.....who tried to sell us some additional repellent. Of course there're aware of this issue, but elected not to mention it when we booked our tee time. Personally, I won't play there again!! We played Raptor Bay the previous day without any interference from bugs.
I'm from Michigan and I visit the Naples area every winter to play golf. In the past two years, I've made it a priority to play Old Corkscrew both times I went down there. When I played the course in the winter of 2015, it was in good shape. The layout was challenging, but not unfair. Obviously the price was a bit steep (but considering it's a Jack Nicklaus Signature course), it eased some of the pain when I paid my greens fees. I came back down this winter (I played the course on 2-22-16), and was stunned to find the condition the course was in. Everything else was just fine: the range, the short game area, the friendly service, etc. but the conditions were downright deplorable. It's as if management had fired their course superintendent, and hadn't found a replacement for quite some time. Every single green had at least 3-4 significant dead patches (filled in with green sand), and there were a handful of shots around the course (fairways, rough, etc.) where I had to take an unplayable because the lie/conditions were terrible. To my knowledge, there are only three dozen or so Jack Nicklaus Signature courses in the entire world (there are nearly 300 courses designed by Jack, but are not considered "signature courses"). If Jack went their today and played, he'd be appalled. To charge $185 for 18 with a cart, with the current condition of the course, is madness. Needless to say, I will never play Old Corkscrew again. I'm a manager at a golf course in Michigan (named the Best Municipal Course in the State), and our most expensive round is $44 for 18 with a cart, and our conditions are FAR superior to that of Old Corkscrew. Save your money and play elsewhere.
Challenging course, great conditions, staff were extremely friendly and facilities were top notch. Definitely will be back numerous times.
Quite simply this is the best course in the area bar none. Reasonably difficult but rewarding when playing well. Staff are very welcoming and curteous. Drinks buggy seems always on hand which is good when i played as it was 101 degrees. Course was in immaculate condition and the greens run true what more could you ask for.
I have been on holiday here since late September, I am from the UK and I'm 72 years old and my club handicap is 18. I have played here three times in the past two weeks, the first time I played from the white tees at 6222 yards, this I found too much on that day, but still enjoyable and very challenging. The other times I played from the green tees at 5693 yards, these times it was a completely different picture, greens reachable in regulation (maybe not always the right direction). Play from where it can be enjoyable fo9r you........No heroics! There can be some difficult pin positions on every green, three putting is quite easy, none more so than the par five 15th. Reach this green in regulation and you could possibly be in four putt territory, but still a gem of a hole, this is one of my favourites.Though for me there are no weak holes here. When I played here the whole course was in immaculate condition, a credit to the management and green staff. There are no housing developments to distract you, only nature. All the staff i found to be very courteous and respectful. Yes, it can be expensive, but so is a Rolls Royce. You have tried the rest, now come here and play the best! Even my wife who drives the buggy for me say's that this is a beautiful course, the best we have been to.
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