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Colonial Country Club



The TwinEagles Club: Eagle

Naples, FL Private

Overview

At first glance this course seems typically "south Florida" with the golf holes almost a secondary consideration to the housing masterplan, strung out single-file with little sense of rhythm or connectivity. Upon closer look, it's anything but typical. In 2011, architect Steve Smyers completely remodeled the original mid-2000s design (it's never a good sign when a course needs a complete makeover at only four years of age), revamping the greens and bunkering in more strategic ways. His inspirations were the shapes and ideologies of C.B. Macdonald and Seth Raynor in the 1910s and '20s, though the holes are not replicas of their templates. Instead he examined playing lines and routes into greens and adjusted the more simplified bunkering to create risk and reward options and shades of gray decisions. Most notable he installed one of the state's most unique sets of greens, presenting their slopes, tiers and platforms in geometric shapes: squares, rectangles, arched rectangles and even triangles.

About

Holes 18
Length 7634
Slope 153
Facility Type Private
Designer Steven Smyers, ASGCA

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Best in State: Not previously ranked.

Current ranking: 54th.

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