Golf Course Restoration Scheduled to Begin at ECC

Administrator : January 18, 2018 1:14 pm : Blog

The New Year is here and with it comes opportunity, change, and potential! Estero Country Club is excited to begin the restoration of our golf course.

Estero Country Club’s golf course superintendent T.J. Shine will be working closely with the project and keeping members and guests updated on our Facebook page.

The golf course restoration, scheduled for this summer, is an opportunity to revitalize the golf course and make some much needed improvements.

The original golf course architect, Gordon Lewis, has put together a plan to update the course without changing or compromising the existing layout that is widely considered some of his best work. The renovation work will touch all 18 holes in addition to the practice area, driving range and clubhouse grounds.

The greens renovation will be the key component to the project. Removing the existing putting surface and underlying soil will give the greens and rootzone a fresh start. Certain greens will be shifted slightly, and the undulations softened to allow for additional pin locations.

The type of grass on the greens will not change, Tif-Eagle Bermudagrass has been a staple in Southwest Florida for nearly 20 years and continues to outperform its competition. Celebration Bermudagrass will be used on the tees, fairways, collars and approaches while Bimini Bermudagrass has been chosen for the rough. These grass varieties are able to handle everyday stresses such as drought, heat, wear and pests far greater than their predecessors.

Bunkers will be re-contoured and in some cases moved or even eliminated. A new sand will be installed that provides a better ball lie while in the hazard.

Other improvements that will be made include:

  • Improved drainage
  • Firm landing areas
  • Leveled and expanded tee boxes
  • Cart path repairs
  • New seawall on hole #16

New landscaping will be done throughout the course including trees, native and ornamental plants and annual flowers. The clubhouse grounds will also receive a facelift with new irrigation being installed throughout as well as new landscaping and grass.

The clubhouse landscape plan will be more of a formal design as opposed to the golf course maintaining a natural but beautiful look throughout.

A groundbreaking gold shovel ceremony for the golf course restoration is scheduled for Monday, March 12 at 9am.

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Improving Your Swing with Golf-Focused Fitness

Administrator : December 21, 2017 4:37 pm : Blog

There’s a rumor spreading that golf doesn’t require athleticism.

This is just that; a rumor.

True, golfers don’t spend their time running up and down a field, nor do they attack their opponents—and wouldn’t that be as sight.
Instead, golfers practice for hours and hours, hole after hole, to perfect their golf swing.

Swinging a golf club properly doesn’t come naturally to most. In order to make that perfect swing, golfer engage their core, balance and flexibility to put the power behind the golf ball. A powerful swing requires years of practice, endurance, and consistency.

Is your New Year’s resolution to spend more time out on the course? Great! We can help you make the most of your time out on the green with these golf tips and tricks.

There are plenty of gadgets and gizmos guaranteeing the “perfect swing” and “laser-focus accuracy”. The truth is, the majority of these are gimmicks designed to make money.

The real results come from practice and some simple home exercises.

Golf Exercises for Home

Sports Fitness Advisor has identified some simple, 5-minute exercises that improved results. After completing 5-minute exercises, 5 times a week, golfers increased clubhead speed by 24%. It may not sound like much, but when speed is the majority of the game of golf then the more the better!

For once, these exercises are not limited by age. Golfer from 55 to 75 have reaped the benefits of strength and flexibility training as well as younger golfers. These simple exercises certainly pack a punch.

Golf Weight Training

Looking for a weight training program that fits your lifestyle? Choose from sets, reps, or full exercises routines within these comprehensive programs.

These exercises have been specifically created to emulate similar demands golfers experience.

Strength Training

Swinging a golf club one, two, three…a hundred times is no easy task.

Gradually strengthen your arms and core with these simple exercises that minimize the risk of injury.

Prevent Shoulder & Elbow Injuries

Feeling a twinge in your shoulder or telltale pain in your elbow?

Golfers are often plagued with shoulder and elbow issues due to forearm and rotator cuff muscles that are strained in golf.

Prevent those issues with these helpful exercises.

Stretching for Golf

Increasing your range of motion will improve your swing!

These simple exercises can help!

Golf Stretching Exercises and Pre-Game Warm Up

Don’t forget to warm up!

Stretch and warm up your muscles before hitting the course for a pain-free game!

It’s All About Core

Engage the core and open up your upper and lower body.

The core is where the majority of your swing actually comes from. Improve your core strength and the rest will follow!

Medicine Ball Exercises

Medicine balls can be used to develop exercises that closely mimic the golf swing. They also offer the added advantage of training the body to create maximum acceleration and power – which translates into to greater clubhead speed and longer shots!

ECC Golf Pros

If you’d like to improve your swing consistently, why not stop by our Golf shop. Our pro trainers are adept in the game of golf and would be happy to listen to your concerns and find a helpful solution.

As always, proceed with caution. If your doctor has advised against exertion, these exercises may not be the right choice for you. Always consult with your doctor before beginning any new fitness regimen.

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Your Complete Seasonal Guide to Southwest Florida

Barbara Accardi : November 21, 2017 2:41 pm : Blog

The tastiest time of year is just around the corner and at Estero Country Club we’re putting up our holiday decorations, making sure our place settings are pristine, and getting ready for Turkey Day.

We are so lucky to have a blend of members from so many states, countries, and cultures. Being in southwest Florida, many of our members opt to stay in the Sunshine State for the holiday season and their friends and family come down to take a break from the snow.

We don’t blame them!

If you have guests coming to stay, show them the best side of Estero, Naples, and beyond. Check out our must-see guide for southwest Florida.

What to Do in Southwest Florida

There is a never-ending list of what to do in sunny southwest Florida. In fact, there’s so much to do it can be a little overwhelming.

Not to worry! We are breaking down activities in fun, bite-sized pieces.

Shopping & Dining

Skip on down to Coconut Point, Gulf Coast Town Center, or the Mercato for fine dining and shopping! Choose from designer stores, outlets, and cute boutiques.

Bring back beautiful souvenirs, chocolates, and so much more!

Once you’ve shopped ‘til you dropped, relax with a drink (or two) and enjoy delightful appetizers from award-winning restaurants!

The Great Outdoors

You can’t hear “Florida” without thinking of the beach. Southwest Florida, in particular, has a few of the most beautiful beaches in the country.

Choose between quiet pristine, sandy white beaches or a lively beach on a boardwalk!

Stay Active in SWFL

Playing at 7,072 yards from its championship tees, our par 72 golf course sits on 105 lush acres surrounded by 38 acres of sparkling lakes. Our course features six sets of tees to challenge the skills of players at every level.

When you love a game of tennis, you want to live it. Join our group of players and experience the same passion and drive for the game! Our members enjoy lighted courts, fun competition, lessons, and leagues that have tennis enthusiasts all over southwest Florida eager to join.

The U.S. Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) Professional Staff at Estero Country Club consistently seek to provide the tennis experience that meets and exceeds our member’s and guest’s expectations.

Day Trips

Dare to do something a little different this holiday season!

Southwest Florida is in a prime location for anyone that wants to get out and explore. Take your guests on an excursion they’ll never forget.


Perched across the Atlantic Ocean, Miami has been a vacation destination for decades. With sandy white beaches, historic museums, art, and incredible restaurants, it’s easy to see why!

Show off Florida’s east coast with a day of drinks, sun, and shopping.

Add a dash of history to your day trip and drop into the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens!

Everglades National Park

No trip to southwest Florida is complete without a trip to the Everglades National Park. Located a mere drive from Estero Country Club, the Everglades is the largest subtropical wilderness in North America.

Choose from exciting excursions like:

Sounds like an unforgettable day to us!

Looking Forward to Seeing You

Whether you’ve traveled days, hours, or mere minutes, we are so excited to have you at Estero Country Club.

We have so many fun social program that we’ve built right here in southwest Florida. Many of our members from the northern states have found a home in southwest Florida!

If you’re looking for a fit in southwest Florida, give us a call! Estero Country Club is always looking for more members! When you’re here, you’re home!

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Back in the Swing of Things

Barbara Accardi : October 27, 2017 11:06 am : Blog

“After a storm comes a calm.” — Matthew Henry

It’s so wonderful to get back into the swing of the things post-Irma. This time last month was a whirlwind of restoration, planning, and a few uncertainties. Today Estero Country Club is already seeing incredible changes and a bright future.

As we enter the holiday season, our team is thankful for everything we’ve accomplished this year and how, put to the test, we bounced back seamlessly. We are ready to welcome November and December with open arms!

While we’re still a work in progress after the storm, it’s been wonderful to see our members back on the courts and courses for our scheduled activities.

This month has been slower for events after the effects of the storm, but recently players donned their proverbial lederhosen for a day on the tennis courts! Our Oktoberfest Tennis Mixer celebrated both Oktoberfest and the end of our summer season. It was such a joy to see great swings, swigs, and laughs back out on the court!

We will be back to our regularly scheduled events in November and we cannot wait to dig into all of our big plans!

This month, members will be able to enjoy a social calendar full of fun, friends, and food!

Is your favorite seasonal activity coming back to Estero Country Club? Check out our busy calendar of November events:

November 1: Boost Your Balance, Exercise Class, 3pm
November 1: Prime Rib Buffet
November 1: New Member Mixer, 6:30
November 1: Duplicate Bridge, every Wed. 7pm
November 4: Free Fitness Orientation, 9am
November 7: Book Club, 12:15
November 8: Turkey Buffet
November 8: Reservations open for the Christmas Ball
November 10: 3 Club Challenge w/ hors d’oeuvres to follow
November 11: Veterans’ Day
November 11: Season Opener with Paul & Renata, “Safari Into Season”
November 14: BINGO, 7pm
November 15: Tenderloin Buffet
November 15: Golf Shop Sip ‘N Shop Holiday Party, 4-7pm
November 16: Pumpkin Floral Art Class, 6:30pm
November 17: Tennis Turkey Trot Mixer, 1pm
November 22: a la carte dinner, kids 12 and under eat free
November 23: Thanksgiving Buffet, 1-5pm
November 29: Asian Buffet
November 30: Pickleball Party, 1pm

The pumpkin and Fall leaves are all around us—in decoration of course! Soon, they will be replaced with tiny santas, snowmen, and the only snowflakes southwest Florida will ever see, decorated ones!

We cannot way to dive into the holiday season! This year, more than ever, southwest Florida will count its blessings and rejoice among family and friends.

We’d like to thank the hundreds of people who shared their support after the storm, helped us get back on our feet, and our incredible members for being so patient, supportive, and generous to one another.

This hurricane season was a doozy but it’s over! Now it’s time to focus on what really matters; family, friends, and love! What better place to spend the holidays?

Our golf course and tennis courts may have sustained some heavy rains and winds but they are back up and running! Our tennis courts are fully operational and ready for the swing of the season! Our course had more of a rough patch but our dedicated team has been working tirelessly to restore our gorgeous golf course back to its pristine nature!

We hope to see you at Estero Country Club’s holiday events, mixers, and friendly competitions! Stay up-to-date on events through our Facebook page!

“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
Melody Beattie

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The Road to Recovery Post-Irma

Barbara Accardi : September 21, 2017 11:45 am : Blog

Southwest Florida has had a rough couple of weeks. Before hammering the Gulf Coast, Hurricane Irma left a path of destruction in the Caribbean Islands, the Florida Keys, before slamming our beloved home. While the aftermath was severe, it didn’t reach its initial catastrophic prediction.

That being said, we still have a lot of work today.

Southwest Florida brings so many visitors from near and far. Its natural beauty is what made Irma so devastating. Walking outside to a pile of branches, trees, and water was traumatic. While the beauty of southwest Florida is not destroyed, it has been altered.

As the days pass and become weeks, our teamwork is what will keep us afloat. Estero Country Club has been fortunate to have such a supportive and dedicated staff. We’d like to take a moment to everyone that gave their blood, sweat, and tears to our Club these past few days. It wasn’t just the sacrifice of hard work, it was the time spent away from family and friends. Our team has shouldered the responsibility of the club along with their own. We cannot thank you all enough. Without their hard work, Estero Country Club would still look a lot different.

Thanks to the hard work from our team members, Estero Country Club is thankfully on its way towards recovery. It will take some time to restore our pre-Irma conditions but rest assured, we are on the right track!

The Club had its power restored on the afternoon of Saturday, September 16th. We had never been happier to see our fluorescent lighting! The return of our power has enabled us to make wonderful progress in our cleanup and restoration of services to both the Club and our homes.

We encourage our members to reach out to us if they need anything. We are, above all, a community. God knows, it takes a Village!

The Road to Recovery

While we have sustained damage to our course, we are on the mend! We’re asking members and guests to please stay off the golf course while we clean up. It is still not safe as collateral damage to turf and cart path areas can be expected during tree removal and cleanup. Cart path damage occurred as a result of up-rooted trees on holes 1, 2, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16 and 18, so carts are also forbidden for the time being.

Moving forward you can rest assured that we are doing everything we can to get back on our feet so we can focus on helping the community. We are blessed to be safe, sound, and whole. Things can be replaced; people cannot. Thank you for all of your well-wishes, thoughts, and prayers.

Now, let’s get to work southwest Florida!

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Village with a Vision

Karen Adair : August 22, 2017 11:24 am : Blog

Planning for the Future

It’s hard to believe that it’s only been two years since the Village of Estero was born. On March 17th, 2015 the Village of Estero became Southwest Florida’s ninth municipality.

Estero is still one of the fastest growing areas in southwest Florida. Propelled by Florida Gulf Coast University, Fortune 500 companies like Hertz, and the fun of Fort Myers alongside the relaxation of Naples, Estero is in perfect position to grow.

One of the area’s most defining factors is it’s youth compared to it’s city neighbors Naples, Fort Myers, and Bonita Springs. 65% of all Estero housing units are less than 13 years old and about 80% of all Estero commercial properties are under 10 years of age, according to the feasibility study. The youth of Estero is attracting young couples who are just starting their family, and growing families that are looking for a new place to call home.

It’s no wonder that people are flocking to Estero to take their own slice of paradise.

Today, the Village of Estero is putting their best foot forward, gathering their plans, and paving the way towards their vision that blends history with the future. According to the Village;

“Our current adopted vision for Estero is to establish a community that embraces its historic heritage and protects the environment while carefully planning for future development, offering a high quality of life, expanding economic opportunities, and proximity to Florida Gulf Coast University and the Southwest Florida International Airport.”

Estero’s growth will have several cornerstones to ensure success, including; neighborhoods, diverse economic generators, interconnected mixed-use centers, varied parks, public spaces, recreational facilities, and unique natural environments.

Like the city itself, the blend of old and new will bring residents together to foster a strong community that values history without ignoring the future.

Estero will have high development standards and design guidelines to promote:

  1. Desirable neighborhoods and public amenities
  2. Vibrant economic centers
  3. Attractive landscaping, streetscaping, lighting, signage, and architectural features
  4. An interconnected transportation network

Have an idea? Make your voice heard and have a hand in building the Village of Estero. Visit their website to attend or watch meetings, contact Legislative Officials, check permit statuses, download documents and much more.

Stay involved! This is our city, after all!

A Village with a Vision

The Village of Estero will only be as good as its residents. That’s why we are giving residents, members, and guests a first impression that will last a lifetime.

In southwest Florida, Estero Country Club is “home” in every sense of the word. It’s not just about the house, it’s about the community. We are giving members and guests the tools, events, and friendly competition needed to build strong friendships, golfing buddies, and close-knit group of members.

In fact, we already have tournaments planned! Don your spookiest gear and scare away the competition during our Halloween Havoc, October 30th. If you’re looking for all the game without the costume, then join us for our 3 Club Challenge, November 10th. Last, but certainly not least, December 9th is our Mixed Shoot-Out! The competition is plenty at Estero Country Club!

If you’re not swayed by sports and competition, then perhaps our social events can tempt you.

Friday, October 27, 2017 is our annual Halloween Party. Costumes are optional, but having fun is not! You can even help us give thanks at our Thanksgiving Buffet, Thursday November 23, 2017.

You can also celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with us at our Christmas Ball, Friday, December 8, 2017. If that’s not enough, spend the morning with Santa at our Holiday Breakfast Buffet on December 10, 2017 with, yes, the man in red himself, Santa Claus!

“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!” Spread some joy and join us for our Christmas Carolers, December 15, 2017, and don’t forget to ring in the New Year with us on December 31, 2017.

We are helping residents find their niche in southwest Florida! Between sporting events and social occasions, rest up, cause your calendar is going to be full!

The Best Estero Has to Offer

Why not have a first-class pass to luxurious Estero Country Club activities and amenities?

Experience the exciting and fun-loving Estero Country Club community that’s been voted Southwest Florida’s Best Country Club! With a membership at Estero Country Club, you can enjoy the following amenities, services, and all-around good times!

  • Private Member Owned Club
  • Limited Golf Equity Memberships
  • Championship 18-hole Course complete with Practice Range, Putting Green and Chipping Area
  • Exceptional TifEagle Greens
  • Private Member Owned Golf Carts
  • Diverse Tennis Programming on Five Har Tru Courts
  • State of the Art Fitness Center
  • Casual to Elegant Dining in a Beautiful Clubhouse
  • Diverse and Exciting Social Events

For more information, give us a call at 239-267-7000! We look forward to hearing from you!

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Summer in Full Swing

Barbara Accardi : July 25, 2017 3:51 pm : Blog, Uncategorized

The course is green thanks to our incredible superintendent, our Junior Tennis campers are cool and refreshed, and southwest Florida is sunny and warm. The summer storms haven’t rained on our mood!

Take a peek at what we’ve been up to and what excitement we have to look forward to!

SWFGJA 18-Hole Tournament

We’d like to thank Southwest Florida Junior Golf Association (SWFJGA) and the talented Junior golfers who participated in the SWFJGA 18-Holes 2017 at Estero Country Club!

The day was cut short by lightning so to determine the winners, the team at SWFJGA found the common holes played within each Flight and discovered it was between 10-13 holes. To see how the players fared, please sign-in to visit Golf Genius and enter the code “SUVSTC” for the GGID and click “results”.

“On behalf of the entire Southwest Florida Junior Golf Association, I’d like to thank the members and staff of Estero CC for hosting our event today.” said Michael Chesnover, PGA, Executive Director of SWFJGA.

Every year we are humbled and honored to host incredible young men and women at Estero Country Club. Whether it’s on the golf course or on the tennis court, dozens of Junior players join us at our Club to grow professionally and personally. It is our honor to help players grow in their game.

This summer, we’ve seen the junior golf and tennis community flourish thanks to a dedicated group of young players, our dedicated golf professionals, and the support of southwest Florida! Estero Country Club will proudly continue to support junior golf and tennis!

Walking Through the Wildlife

The fresh air has been fresh at Estero Country Club! Our members and guests have enjoyed the great doors and so have our local wildlife! We have certainly lived up to our “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” title.

“Estero Country Club has shown a strong commitment to its environmental program. They are to be commended for their efforts to provide a sanctuary for wildlife on the golf course property,” said Jim Sluiter, Staff Ecologist for the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Programs.

A little birdie told us that there are a fair share of “tweets” to be shared at Estero Country Club! If you’ve never visited our club

This Downy Woodpecker was captured on video by Brian Beckner of Native Bird Houses spotted an adorable Downy Woodpecker and Nancy Nelms and Beverly Bercaw managed to capture this photo of a bird watching over the golfers!

Fun in the Fall

Missed your chance to shine at Estero Country Club this summer? Don’t worry! We have plenty of fun in the sun planned for the Fall. We believe that sportsmanship and strong character building can start anywhere, even the course!

Whether you’re a junior golfer, tennis player, or you’d like to fill your social calendar, you can perfect your game, improve your swing, and make new friends at Estero Country Club. Take a tour of our course, or give us a call today to learn more: 239-267-7000!

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Spend Your Summer at Estero Country Club

Barbara Accardi : June 15, 2017 1:54 pm : Blog

Summer is in full-swing and at Estero Country Club, we’re welcoming the season with open arms!

The roads are clearing, restaurant wait-times are shortening, and man, is that sun blazing! We’re the Sunshine State for a reason, after all! The team at Estero Country Club and program coordinators have so many fun activities lined up for the next few weeks. There’s everything from junior Tennis and golf events on those bright, sunny days, to card games, socials, and special meals for rainy days.

Take a peek at what the next couple months have in store for you!

Spending the Summer Outside

It’s not summer without the great outdoors! Commit to a happy, healthy life that the whole family will love! We’re offering some special summer programs that will restore your love of the outdoors!

Summer Junior Tennis Camp

Calling all future Wimbledon winners! You’re summer is shaping up to be even more exciting with our summer Tennis camps.

Tennis is an excellent way to stay active, make new friends, and build lifelong character. Work hard while exploring the intricacies of this beloved game.

Beginning June 12th, there will be weekly, Monday through Thursday classes on the weeks of June 12th, 19th, 27th, and July 10th, 17th, 24th. and 21st. Ages 6-16 are invited to spend their summers with us! Whether it be for one day, one week, or all summer long, the summer tennis camp is built around the children’s growth in the game, with a supreme focus on fun!

Each class involves a tennis workout, lunch, and match play games! Contact the club at 239-267-7001 to speak to a member of our program!


Golf at Estero Country Club is about to get even better! We are committed to providing a great game with great people. Golf is not just a game in southwest Florida, it’s part of our lifestyle. While some associate Florida with sandy beaches and non-stop sunshine, at Estero Country Club we associate it with great golf! Visitors from all over the world flock to our sunny coast to hone their skill and swing to their heart’s content. Residents and guests alike will spend their summer out on the green, improving their golf game, and hoping to beat their opponents in a friendly, competitive game.

Estero Country Club offers a pristine, green course for members and guests. With an extensive 7,072 yards to choose from, our par 72 course sits on 105 lush acres surrounded by 38 acres of sparkling lakes. The course features six sets of tees to challenge the skills of players at every level. We also offer an outstanding practice range, as well as large putting and chipping greens.

Feeling Fit in SWFL

Whether you’re looking to maintain your golf swing, exercise your muscles to improve your tennis game, or enhance your strength and cardiovascular health, Estero Country Club’s Fitness Center offers a variety of equipment to promote a healthy lifestyle.

Choose from self-guided workouts, personal training, or have fun in a group fitness class. It is OUR goal to help YOU reach your goals. Stop in for a class or for an introduction to our center! With a private code, members can enjoy 24 hour access to our facilities. Your fitness doesn’t wait for anyone!

Feel like some company? At Estero Country Club, no one works out alone! Browse through our Fitness classes , including Stretch & Flex and Yoga. Stretch & Flex is ideal for the golfer or tennis player that wants to improve their swing without exacerbating shoulder or arm issues. Extend your golf game and focus on strengthening your body and mind. Our fitness team crafts workout to target your core, including abs, gluts, and back, as well as exercises to engage your whole body. Increase your balance, strength, flexibility and range of motion for your game as well as day-to-day life.

Need to focus on stretching? Estero Country Club’s gentle yoga includes classical postures and breathing to improve balance, increase strength, and open you body, mind, and spirit. Yoga is one of the most popular forms of fitness for seniors. The ancient art aims to improve overall mental and physical well-being!

Our classes are held year-round on Tuesday and Thursdays. Fitness has no age limit either! Our classes are open to all ages and fitness skill. Keep an eye out for additional fitness activities as well! We regularly pair fun with fitness!

Keeping it Social

These summer storms are certainly something. Record rainfall and frequent thunderstorms means that it’s not always feasible to take a trip outside. Don’t worry; we’ve planned extensively for stormy days

Painting Classes

Spread your love of color at Estero Country Club! Oil Painting classes are offered at Estero Country Club, taught by renowned artist Regis Bobitski. Regardless of your skill level, you will enjoy this eight week journey, offered year-round. Regis works with students to create amazing works of art with his unique method of teaching. At the conclusion of each session a display of all the art work created graces the hallways of Estero Country Club for the Membership to enjoy.

Card Games

Feeling lucky in southwest Florida? Join us for our exciting card game socials!

Every month we host weekly events for Bridge, Canasta, Gin Rummy, Mexican Train and more! As a country club, we’re all about community, so our Bridge program is designed to welcome all level of players and offers both social bridge and duplicate games on Monday, as well as Couples Bridge on Wednesday evenings.

Day Excursions

Estero Country Club offers monthly trips to its membership such as, evenings at the Barbara B. Mann, Day trips to the Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, FL, Trolley trips to 5th Ave in Naples for an evening of fun, Fisherman’s Village in Punta Gorda for holiday lighted canal tours, Naples Philharmonic events and much more. Recommendations and suggestions from members are always great as no event is ever successful without the support and excitement from our membership!

Summer Specials

Why not have a first-class pass to luxurious Estero Country Club activities and amenities?

For those that are hesitant, we are also offering Summer Trial Memberships! From May 1st to October 31st, enjoy several amenities that only our members receive. Experience the magic and fun-loving ECC community that’s been voted Southwest Florida’s Best Country Club!

With a membership at Estero Country Club, you can enjoy the following amenities, services, and all-around good times!

  • Private Member Owned Club
  • Limited Golf Equity Memberships
  • Championship 18-hole Course complete with Practice Range, Putting Green and Chipping Area
  • Exceptional TifEagle Greens
  • Private Member Owned Golf Carts
  • Diverse Tennis Programming on Five Har Tru Courts
  • State of the Art Fitness Center
  • Casual to Elegant Dining in a Beautiful Clubhouse
  • Diverse and Exciting Social Events

Step Out of Your Comfort Zone in SWFL

We want you to have a fun summer with us! Whether you’re moving to the neighborhood or are sprucing up your summer plans, everyone at Estero Country Club is welcoming you with open arms!

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Measuring Green Speeds

Barbara Accardi : May 26, 2017 1:49 pm : Blog

“Why were the greens fast yesterday and slower today?”

Virtually every superintendent in the world hears this question on a weekly basis. The truth is there is no one answer to this question. Green speeds vary depending on many different factors such as nutrient input, insect and disease pressure, height of cut, rates of growth regulators applied and in my opinion, most importantly, moisture levels.

As Superintendents, we can pretty much control or keep in check most of these factors but when it comes to moisture we are at the mercy of Mother Nature.

Now don’t get me wrong, controlling moisture levels was not a daunting task during the past 4 months of no rain. However, as we come closer to our typical summertime rain pattern here in Southwest Florida, maintaining the desired amount of moisture in the soil profile of the greens becomes more and more of a challenge.

This is not a new concept. I’m sure most of you have heard television commentators talk about the golf course softening up and the greens slowing down from the rain the night before as the Pros are able to take aim at the pins and birdie becomes a more common score. As the Superintendent, it’s my primary goal to provide consistent green speeds on a daily basis. We don’t want to experience ups and downs throughout the week and managing moisture is a major part of that.

One of the most important tools that we use to achieve consistent green speeds are portable moisture meters. These meters measure the volumetric water content of the soil. In other words, they tell us how wet the soil is and provide us with a benchmark that lets us know when we need to add water to them.

By using these tools, we can pin point exact locations on the greens that require water and simply use our hose to provide the water rather than running the sprinklers on the entire green and ultimately affecting the green speed.

At Estero Country Club, hard work, the appropriate tools, and some good ol’ fashioned sunshine makes it a little easier to be green!

T.J. Shine
Golf Course Superintendent

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Livin’ La Vida Social

Barbara Accardi : April 13, 2017 3:17 pm : Blog

The roads are clearing, restaurants have more available seating…

This can only mean one thing—it’s nearly Easter!

In southwest Florida, we anticipate Easter for reasons other than a renewed spirit. Snowbirds return to their home up north and everywhere becomes a little less crowded. If you’re a year-round resident, why don’t you enjoy this newfound freedom!

We don’t mean to brag but we have some pretty exciting stuff to look forward to! From monthly social events, dinners, drinks, and dancing to our daily life including golf, tennis, and fitness, we have something for everyone!

At Estero Country Club, it truly is all fun and games. Fill your social calendar, enjoy the golf course, and relax! Need some inspiration? Check out everything that we’re offering members, guests, friends and families.

Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary

Did you know that Estero Country Club is a “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary”! That’s right! We’re committed to all our members, even the ones that fly and scurry!

“Estero Country Club has shown a strong commitment to its environmental program. They are to be commended for their efforts to provide a sanctuary for wildlife on the golf course property,” said Jim Sluiter, Staff Ecologist for the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Programs.

The green and lush landscape of southwest Florida belongs to all of us, including our wildlife, large and small. We are lucky enough to be sharing our lives in one of the most beautiful places in the world. We believe it’s not only our duty, but our responsibility to do what we can to ensure the sustainability of our course and community. After all, some of the most elegant and rare animals are our next door neighbors!

Check out some of the wildlife that has been spotted at Estero Country Club!

Social Events and Classes

We’re painting the town red (and blue…and purple…and yellow…and—)!

Tap into your creative side with monthly art activities that the whole family can enjoy. Recently, we’ve enjoyed silk painting, card creation, and many other creative activities that have tapped into all of our artistic sides!

We even offer Oil Painting classes from renowned, local artist Regis Bobitski. Whether you’re a seasoned professional or painting novice, everyone enjoys this eight-week journey, offered year round. We are so lucky to have Regis work with our staff and members to create a course that you will never forget. Regis works closely with all students to create incredible works of art. At the end of each session a colordul display of all the art work created graces the hallways of Estero Country Club for our members to enjoy!

Your first steps towards creativity is just around the corner.

It’s All in the Cards

Feeling lucky in southwest Florida? Why not join us for our popular card game nights!

Every month we host weekly events for Bridge, Canasta, Gin Rummy, Mexican Train and more right here in southwest Florida! Every event is eagerly anticipated! In fact, our Bridge nights are one of our most attended activities at Estero Country Club. We welcome all level of players and offer both social bridge and duplicate games on Monday, as well as Couples Bridge on Wednesday evenings. Stay up-to-date with our weekly and monthly activities to join in on the fun!

It’s not just Bridge, our members enjoy many other card games, including Gin Rummy and B.I.N.G.O, our two other most popular card games.

The fun never stops at Estero Country Club! Become a team player or go solo for our card game nights! Make sure to check our Facebook page regularly for updates on events! If you’re a member, check out our weekly newsletter as well to see everything that you have to look forward to!

Day Excursions

Our favorite part of southwest Florida is its vast opportunities! You can search near and far, down every street, curve, and plaza is something exciting to explore.

Find your new favorite spot with us! We host monthly day excursions to some of southwest Florida’s most popular places. Take a trip to the Barbara B. Mann to see professional performances, take a walk on the wild side with day trips to the Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, FL, take a piece of tourism with you on our Florida-famous Trolley trips to 5th Ave in Naples for an evening of fun, get in the holiday spirit with lighted canal tours at Fisherman’s Village in Punta Gorda, or even make the most of local talent at the Naples Philharmonic and much, much more!

If you have a favorite spot that you’d like to share with your local members, we are always eager to hear from recommendations and suggestions from members. Thank you for your support and excitement!

Click the links below and check out some of our favorite places to visit!

Staying Social in Southwest Florida

We are so proud of the social program that we’ve built right here in southwest Florida. Many of our members are from northern states looking to make a change. It has always been our goal to create a country club that feels like home. Our members enjoy regular events and have made friends that feel like family!

If you’re looking for a fit in southwest Florida, give us a call! Estero Country Club is always looking for more members! When you’re here, you’re home!

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