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Valhalla Golf Club



Naples National Golf Club

Naples, FL Private

Overview

You might consider Naples National a test run for Calusa Pines. Built eight years earlier by the same team of architects, Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry, on a site nine miles away, Naples National occupies a similar type of vegetated, swampy non-descript land requiring significant enhancement to make it work. Excavated lakes provided material to create topographical interest, sandscapes and alluring landscaping, just on a smaller scale than at Calusa Pines where a similar approach would create a large dune system 60 feet high that holes could run up and down. Though more modest in scale and elevation change, Naples National is just as unique. A thick layer of coral rock beneath the site that had to be pounded out for necessary irrigation was repurposed as colorful edging support for lakes and hazards, and also for an ongoing motif of rock walls that run along fairways, greens and bunkers.

About

Holes 18
Length 7045
Slope 149
Facility Type Private
Year Opened 1993
Designer Dr. Michael Hurdzan, ASGCA/Dana Fry, ASGCA

Awards

100 Greatest
Best Courses in Every State

100 Greatest: Ranked 100th, 1999-2000.

Best in State: Ranked inside the top 10, 1995-2001. Ranked inside the top 15, 2005. Ranked 16th, 2021-'22. Ranked 19th, 2017-'18. Ranked 20th, 2019-'20. Ranked inside the top 20, 2003, 2007-'09. Ranked 21st, 2011-'12. Ranked 22nd, 2015-'16. Ranked 26th, 2013-'14.

Current ranking: 17th.

Panelists

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

4.3

100 GREATEST/BEST IN STATE SCORES

Shot Options
7.0212
Character
7.2883
Challenge
7.0328
Layout Variety
6.9896
Fun
7.1144
Aesthetics
7.2232
Conditioning
7.6256

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