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Calusa Pines Golf Club

Naples, FL Private

Overview

Calusa’s developer, Gary Chensoff, a Chicago venture capitalist, survived a rare form of cancer despite long odds, and his recovery strongly influenced how Calusa Pines was designed and built. Chensoff decided to gamble, instructing Hurdzan-Fry to design the most unique course in south Florida despite a dead flat site. They responded by piling up fill from ponds to form ridge lines up to 58 feet, then planted them with mature oaks, pines and sabal palms. Calusa Pines sports perhaps the firmest, fastest Bermuda fairways and greens in Florida, rivaled only by the turf at Streamsong. Recent removal of overgrown vegetation between holes has returned beautiful long-range views to the course and made it more playable.

About

Holes 18
Length 7203
Slope 143
Facility Type Private
Year Opened 2001
Designer Dr. Michael Hurdzan, ASGCA/Dana Fry, ASGCA

Awards

100 Greatest
Best Courses in Every State

100 Greatest: Ranked since 2007.
2023-'24 ranking: 69th (highest).
Previous ranking: 74th.

Best in State: Ranked third, 2011-'24. Ranked inside the top 5, 2007-'10. Ranked inside the top 10, 2005. Ranked inside the top 15, 2003.

Current ranking: Third.

Panelists

Ratings from our panel of 1,900 course-ranking panelists

4.6

100 GREATEST/BEST IN STATE SCORES

Shot Options
7.6142
Character
7.7457
Challenge
7.7023
Layout Variety
7.658
Fun
7.347
Aesthetics
7.652
Conditioning
7.9087

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