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What’s Happening at Estero Country Club

Administrator : September 28, 2016 11:54 am : Blog

ecc-calendarThe summer may be technically ending but that doesn’t mean we have to say goodbye to the sunshine! In fact, Estero Country Club has plenty events coming up that will keep your calendars full and your social life bursting!

Check out the latest fun that’s coming to southwest Florida.

Mark Your Calendars

Are you a bookworm that would love to discuss your love of all things paperback? Come and join our Book Club for lunch and a discussion at the Club, starting at noon. We will be hosting two, October 6th and November 3rd.

  • October 6th: “Jade Dragon Mountain” by Elsa Hart
  • November 3rd: “The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles & Their Secret World War” by Stephen Kinzer

We are committed to all of our member’s happiness. That means taking care of your health! That’s why we’re offering flu shots! Stop by the Presidents’ Room, Thursday, October 20th, from 10am to 2pm and receive your flu shot. Most insurances and Medicare accepted. Remember, it’s better to get the shot than the flu!

It’s time for the spookiest time of year! Come join us for a night full of tricks, treats, and get ready to boogy! Friday, October 28th, Estero Country Club will be hosting a Halloween Party. Reservations are available from 5:30 to 8:30! Costumes are, of course, encouraged!

Every Day is Great at ECC

When your family and friends come to visit this holiday season, make sure to show them the best sides that southwest Florida has to offer! Estero Country Club has everything in one cohesive and compassionate community.

Join our group of tennis players and experience the same passion and drive for the game that you have! Our members and guests enjoy brightly lit courts, fun competition, lessons, and leagues that have tennis enthusiasts all over the nation eager to get their rackets and start swingin’!

Love swinging more than just a tennis racket? Strut your stuff out on the course! Southwest Florida is home to some of the best golf courses in the country, including our own. Estero Country Club has a year-round sunny disposition and beachfront view, making it one of the biggest names in the golf community.

At Estero Country Club we believe that variety is the spice of life, that’s why we offer Lifestyle Activities including:

  • Painting Class
  • Bridge
  • Gin Rummy
  • B.I.N.G.O.
  • And more!

Become a Member Today!

Feeling out of the loop? Become a member of Estero Country Club today! Contact us to get exclusive services, events, and friendly sport competition by joining our community today!

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Golf’s Mighty Return at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics

Administrator : August 16, 2016 8:02 am : Blog

Golf’s Mighty Return at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics

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After 112 years, golf has finally returned to the Olympics.

Golf was introduced to the Olympic Games in Paris in 1900 and later in St. Louis in 1904. It was removed when there was an eligibility dispute with the Olympic committee. Concerned by the lack of organization and miscommunication, all British players withdrew.

Even after a support committee was formed, it failed to return due to the lack of entries and sadly, golf disappeared from the Olympic games for over a century.

On October 9, 2009, however, the International Olympic Committee voted to reinstate golf as an Olympic sport for Rio 2016 and the 2020 Summer Olympic Games.

According to the official Rio Summer Olympic games, the competition will consist of a circuit of 72-hole stroke play. The winner is determined as the athlete who finishes the circuit with the lowest number of shots at the end of 4 rounds of 18 holes.

This past Sunday, golf proved to belong in the Olympics with a nail-biting game on the green. Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson battled it out. After a two-lead tie, Justin Rose sunk an incredible birdie and claimed the gold for Great Britain.

I felt very inspired this week, very focused, very motivated. I made it a big deal in my schedule, I made it a big deal all year, I made it a highlight. says gold medalist Justin Rose, I don’t know who wouldn’t want to be a part of a great competition.

If Rio 2016 has taught us anything it’s that golf belongs in the Olympics. Viewers from all over the world have watched with unbridled joy as player from different countries have brought the game back to the Summer games with a full swing!

We’ll forgive the 112 golf-free spell if the International Olympic Committee promise to never remove the game again! Just like other Olympic sports, player demonstrate incredible drive (in both senses of the word), passion, and unrivaled athleticism.

Estero Country Club is looking forward to watching golf again in 2020!

It’s Not Over Yet

While the Men’s portion of the games is completed, the Women’s Individual begins tomorrow, August 17th! 16 women from around the world will be competing for the gold! Don’t miss it!

Women’s Individual Schedule

  • Round 1: Wednesday, August 17th at 11:30
  • Round 2: Thursday, August 18th at 11:30
  • Round 3: Friday, August 19th at 11:30
  • Final: Saturday, August 20th at 11:00

Calling All Future Olympians in SWFL

Ready to start practicing for the 2020 Olympics?

Estero Country Club has a pristine, green course for both members and guests. Playing at 7,072 yards from its championship tees, our par 72 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 and every age. We also offer an outstanding practice range, as well as large putting and chipping greens. Play with friends or better your swing with a lesson from our professionals.

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Junior Golfers at Estero Country Club

Administrator : July 12, 2016 9:25 am : Blog

Junior Golfers at Estero Country Club

ECC Blog JulyBuilding Character in Southwest Florida

48 boys and 20 girls teed off at Estero Country Club on July 11th, beginning a bright day filled with friendly competition, fun, and sportsmanship. The Junior Golfers traveled to our lush green with the Southwest Florida Junior Golf Association (SWFJGA), a local organization that is dedicated to spreading the love of the game to young men and women.

The tournament was a group effort between SWFJGA, ECC, and our many incredible volunteers who carted children between holes. We couldn’t have done it without each and every individual involved.

This wonderful organization is really growing the game of golf in southwest Florida, particularly for young women. Seeing the happy, smiling faces during the tournament really drove the importance of social sport for our youth. Golf, in particular, is a great game to grow as an athlete, as well as an individual.

The Next Generation of Golf

Volunteers bring Junior Golfers to their next hole.

Volunteers bring Junior Golfers to their next hole.

As stated on SWFJGA’s website, their mission is “to provide juniors with the opportunity to golf under tournament conditions while learning the Rules of Golf, build individual character, integrity, sportsmanship and meet new friends.”

For four incredible decades, over 3,000 juniors have played in the SWFJGA, a few of those junior golfers going on to be PGA and LPGA touring professionals, local PGA and LPGA club professionals, as well as many local business leaders.

That’s what it’s really about; growing in character and community. Golf is a challenging sport in both body and mind. It’s as Arnold Palmer said, “deceptively simple and endlessly complicated.” That’s why it has been played for centuries. It’s a challenge that is always pushing us to be the best that we can be.

Golfing at a young age propels children into a strong social setting that improves skills, builds friendship, and promotes healthy and fun competition. Together, we are building the next generation of golf!

Junior Golf in SWFL

The benefits of enrolling your children into one of our many Junior Programs is endless. We have the facilities and instruction to offer a fun, green golfing experience.

Estero Country Club offers a pristine, green course for members and guests. Playing at 7,072 yards from its championship tees, 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.

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Top Tips That Will Change the Way You Golf

Administrator : June 23, 2016 10:30 am : Blog

ECC Blog June“Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated.”

Arnold Palmer

Golf is as as ingrained in the southwest Florida lifestyle as the beach and sunshine. 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 is committed to your success out on the green! Try these top tips from the professionals and hone your skills!

It’s All About Drive

“Your posture is very important with tee shots,” Martin Laird, winner of the 2011 Arnold Palmer Invitational, illuminates on some of golf’s best kept secrets. “You want that athletic stance—feet a little wider than shoulder-width apart. it’s not quite as low, but it’s kind of like defense in basketball.”

Think of yourself like a spring; coil tight and release for a long drive. “The power in golf comes from your legs and lower half, not from your arms,” Laird says. Start off strong and put yourself in a good spot before the closer shots.

The Perfect Shot

The most common mistake golfers make is improper alignment. Your shot starts with the club, ensure that you’re reaching your potential by lining up the clubface.

The correct way to align your shots is to always begin by first assessing your target from behind the ball. This will give you a perspective of the entire hole and help you aim right where you want the ball to go. The trick is to align your clubface and ball with the target before you get into your stance. Don’t wait until afterwards because your perspective can be warped.

The next time you’re watching a game, carefully look at the professionals on the green. You’ll see them all lining up their shots the correct way.

Green, Lean, Knowledge Machine

The grass on the course can tell you more than you realize.

“The color and shade of the grass is helpful.” Martin Laird says, “If you turn and look one direction and the grain is darker and you look the other way and it looks lighter and shinier, the darker the color the more into the grain you are. It can make a huge difference on the pace of the putt.”

Knowing and understanding the direction of the grass will help you know where the ball is going to break. Brush up on your observation skills and it will make all the difference in your score.

Master the Putt

The trick to great putt technique is stance and grip. As discussed above, your stance should be shoulder-width apart, with a slight bend of the knees. When it comes to the grip, think toothpaste! Martin Laird explains, “Grip it like a tube of toothpaste with the lid off—you don’t want to squeeze the toothpaste out,” he says.

Practice makes perfect. If you’re not feeling confident about your putt, take some time beforehand for a few practice rounds.

Swing with the Right Club

We’re not talking about Estero Country Club, but your actual club!

Many beginners find club’s confusing and it’s easy to see why. With so many to choose from, it’s difficult to know what club is best for which shot. There are two things that you need to know when determining your shot and subsequent club; distance to the target and how far you hit with various clubs. That means you need to take the time to know how far you hit with each club. This takes time and lots of practice.

While you’re practicing, write down your averages on a sheet of paper for reference. Eventually, you’ll know them by heart. As you improve, you’ll know the difference between swinging with an 8-iron versus a 7-iron. All it takes is practice and perseverance.

Swing Hard in SWFL

Estero Country Club offers a pristine, green course for members and guests. Playing at 7,072 yards from its championship tees, 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.

Perfect your game and improve every swing with ECC. Take a tour of our course, or give us a call today to learn more: 239-267-7000!

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Trading Game Controllers for Tennis Rackets

Administrator : May 17, 2016 9:07 am : Blog

ECC May BlogEstero Country Club is all about fun for the whole family! It’s not just for mom and dad, kids can now enjoy all the fun activities that we have to offer.

After all, future Wimbledon winners need to start somewhere!

Let your child trade controllers for rackets and perfect their form with swing after swing. Tennis is an excellent outlet for energy. Watch your children grow on and off the court through our tennis workshops and/or lessons.

Tennis builds friendly competition and builds sportsmanship, while also being an active alternative to an otherwise cooped up summer. At a young age, children are beginning to develop skills and grow as young people. Tennis is a study in strategy, physical benefits, and personality-building blocks.

Give your child the opportunity to thrive and spend a summer outdoors! Estero Country Club and our engaging tennis team will work on balancing skill and strength, with fun in the sun!

Can’t wait until summer? Your child can join our After School Camp for ages 7-18 years old on Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:30pm-7:00pm. We also offer an open Saturday tennis program from 9:30am to 11am. Don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten about your little ones. On Mondays and Wednesdays from 4pm to 5pm, children aged 5-7 years, are introduced to one of southwest Florida’s favorite sports in our Tot Camp.

Our instructors are dedicated to providing an inclusive, exciting experience for children. As always, private instruction is available upon request.

Fun for the Whole Family

Estero Country Club is dedicated to your whole family’s enjoyment! From May 1st to October 31st, enjoy several amenities that only our members receive. Kids and parents alike can take advantage of our affordable Summer Membership trial. Enjoy the season to its maximum potential with benefits including, unlimited Driving Range and practice facility use, extended tennis privileges, all of our delicious dining, and reciprocal privileges at partner clubs.

Take advantage of this limited offer and make the most of your southwest Florida summer. Estero Country Club is providing these limited time discounts so our guests can enjoy the fun and flavor of life out on the green. For an affordable price, you can experience fun activities, the best golf and tennis in southwest Florida, exquisite dining, and much, much more!

Call 239-267-7000 or email us at memberships@esterocc.com to take your first step towards our community! Find out why Estero Country Club is Southwest Florida’s Best Country Club!

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Fun in the Sun at Estero Country Club

Administrator : April 27, 2016 4:50 pm : Blog, Community

Fun in the Sun at Estero Country Club

ECC PostcardParadise is waiting for you and your family at Estero Country Club!

Estero Country Club is improving the quality of life in Estero, Florida and we are opening it up to residents and guests all over southwest Florida. Choose from exciting Golf, Sport, and Fitness equities and make the most of your favorite pastime! No matter what your interests are we have the membership that’s right for you, your family, and your friends.

Southwest Florida is a diamond on the coast of our beautiful state. Why not enjoy it the way it’s meant to be seen – outdoors! Thanks to our loyal members, we have built a community that’s built on fun, family, and friendship. We love doing what we do and serving you, the community.

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

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 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!

Summer Membership Benefits Include:

  • Unlimited Driving Range and Practice Facility Use
  • Tennis Privileges
  • All Dining
  • Cart fee is $24.00 per person
  • Reciprocal Privileges at our partner clubs
  • Membership dues for the summer period: $495 Single, $595 Family

Take advantage of this limited offer and make the most of your SWFL summer. Estero Country Club is providing these limited time discounts so that guests can enjoy our services and events at an affordable price! Our amenities highlight all of the great things you can find and experience in the Sunshine State.

Interested? Give us a call at 239-267-7000 or email us at memberships@esterocc.com! Become part of our fun, inclusive community today!

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Wildlife at Estero Country Club

Administrator : March 15, 2016 1:38 pm : Blog

Wildlife at Estero Country Club

Photo from Norm Berger.

Photo from Norm Berger

Come enjoy the fresh air and fun environment at Estero Country Club. Did you know, that ECC is a “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, an Audubon International program.

“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; creatures 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!

Here are a few of the wildlife that has been spotted at Estero Country Club! Have you seen any of these critters?

Alligator Snapping Turtle: One of the world’s largest freshwater turtles (22″); occurs in panhandle; has bumpier carapace keels and heavier beak; lacks tail keels.

Bald Eagle: Flies with slow deliberate wingbeats, wings held flat, straight out with primaries spread. Sits on tall trees. Coast, inland waterways. Resident in FL; in summer many disperse northward out of state.

Bobcat: Orange-brown in summer, paler grayish in winter; black spots and bars on legs and rear. Stalks and ambushes small mammals and birds at night. Habitat: woods, scrub, swamps. Activity: nocturnal, year round.

Common Gray Fox: Habitat: Wooded and brushy areas. Activity: day or night, but secretive; year-round.

Corn Snake: Slender, head larger than neck; scales large. Caution: coils like rattler when cornered; will bite. Habitat: woods, open areas, farms, old buildings, trash piles.

Coyote: Runs up to 40 mph. 20th century invader from west United States. Only large carnivore to persist in heavily settled areas. Habitat: woods, brush, fields. Activity: mainly nocturnal, year-round.

Eastern Fox Squirrel: Young remain in leaf nest for 2 months. Habitat: mixed woods, especially oak, pine, hickory, cypress; mangroves. Activity: by day, year-round. Range: all FL.

Great Horned Owl: Owls fly silently; their feathers are delicately fringed and very soft. Habitat: woods, parks. Range: resident in FL.

Louisiana (tri-colored) Heron: Fishes by slow stalking and wild running pursuit in shallow water. Nests in colonies, with other species. Habitat: salt and fresh water mudflats and marshes; swamps; meadows. Range: resident in FL.

Northern River Otter: Swims rapidly, stops with head raised out of water. Eats fish, frogs, turtles, muskrats. Runs well on land; loves to exercise and play. Habitat: clean rivers, wood-edged ponds and lakes. Activity: day and night, year-round

Red-Bellied Woodpecker: Flight reveals large white spot in black primaries, white rump. Habitat: open woods, towns. Range: resident in FL.

Find Wildlife in Your Yard Today!

Are you a resident bird watcher? Do you love seeing critters out in their natural habitat? Become a member of Estero Country Club and never miss another animal! Feel free to contact us and get exclusive services, events, and friendly sport competition by joining our community today!

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Southwest Florida is the Happiest Place in the U.S.

Administrator : February 28, 2016 9:38 am : Blog

Southwest Florida is the Happiest Place in the U.S.

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For those of us that are lucky enough to call southwest Florida “home,” it’s no secret that we live in paradise.

Breaking news, however, may cause a new influx of visitors and residents.

Recently, NBC News named Naples, Florida the happiest and healthiest city in the United States! Out of fifty states and countless cities, Naples was where researchers found smiling faces and nutrition.

“Naples is a high well-being place,” Dan Witters, Research Director of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, told TODAY. “People in Naples really like their communities.”

The top five communities were as follows:

  1. Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, Florida
  2. Salinas, California
  3. North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida
  4. Fort Collins, Colorado
  5. Barnstable Town, Massachusetts

That’s two for Florida! The Sunshine State certainly reflects a sunny disposition!

The Spice of Life

When your family and friends come to visit, why not show them everything that Naples, Estero, and Fort Myers has to offer. Thankfully, Estero Country Club has everything in one cohesive and compassionate community.

Join our group of tennis players and experience the same passion and drive for the game that you have! ECC members enjoy lighted courts, fun competition, lessons, and leagues that have tennis enthusiasts all over the country eager to get their rackets and start swingin’!

Love swinging more than just a tennis racket? Why not try your hand out on the course! Southwest Florida is home to some of the best golf courses in the country, including our own. Estero Country Club has a year-round sunny disposition and beachfront view, making it a big name in the golf community. Players far and wide are taking special trips down to the Naples, Fort Myers, and Estero areas to experience our courses.

At Estero Country Club we believe that variety is the spice of life, that’s why we offer Lifestyle Activities including:

  • Painting Class
  • Bridge
  • Gin Rummy
  • Mah Jongg
  • I.N.G.O.
  • And various Day Excursions!

Become a Member Today!

Feeling out of the loop by not being a member of Estero Country Club? Not to worry! Feel free to contact us and get exclusive services, events, and friendly sport competition by joining our community today!

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Tennis Begins with “Love”

Administrator : January 29, 2016 12:17 pm : Blog

Tennis Begins with “Love”

Love“Champions keep playing until they get it right.” – Billie Jean King

When you love the game, you live it. At Estero Country Club, “Love” is more than just a tennis term, it’s where everything begins. 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.

When you choose our courts to play, you’re choosing fun and friendly competition. Leagues from southwest Florida and beyond come to Estero Country Club to play on pristine courts with familiar faces.

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

From dawn to dusk, our five lighted Har-Tru courts are available for play! Our program is renowned as one of the finest in the area. Choose from any of our experienced tennis professional for lessons and clinics at any skill level.

Our members also have the opportunity to participate in fun activities and competitions, including:

  • Morning open player “Drop in” round robin
  • Monthly Fun Mixers during our summer months
  • Holiday Theme Party Mixers
  • Video Mixer Series
  • Bus Trips
  • October Fest Party
  • and more!

Investing in a healthy lifestyle is more fun with family and friends, so invite them along! The more, the merrier!

Tennis Fitness Programs in SWFL

Estero Country club offers a variety of lessons and clinics to suit your needs! Choose a private or semi-private lesson, or grow with the whole team with group lessons of 4 or more. Our instructors are also offerings clinics to identify and build on your core areas, including; Power Punch Clinics, Team Clinics, specialty clinics: Video Analysis & Stroke Production. When you play at Estero Country Club, you’re never alone.

 

Calling All Future Wimbledon Winners

It’s not just for mom and dad! Estero Country Club promotes healthy, fun, and competitive matches for all ages. We have various junior tennis programs ranging in age and skill level. Children have the opportunity to learn the basic skills of tennis as well as build sportsmanship with fun and friendly competition. Find the best fit for your little ones!

  • After school camp – ages 7-18 years old. Monday and Wednesdays 5:30pm-7:00pm
  • Saturday Tennis- Open to all ages and skill levels. 9:30am-11:00am
  • Tot Camp- Ages 5-7 years old. Monday and Wednesdays 4:00-5:00pm
  • Private and Series Lessons also available

Love where you live, and love where you serve!

 

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Commit to a Happy & Healthy New Year with ECC

Administrator : December 31, 2015 8:44 am : Blog

Commit to a Happy & Healthy New Year with ECC

ecc2016 is just a few hours away. The New Year comes with Resolutions. New Year Resolutions are infamous for being discarded by the time February rolls around. This year, however, Estero Country Club is helping you stay committed to your New Year Resolution.

One of the most common, and understandable resolutions is to have a healthier new year. Whether you’re looking to maintain your golf swing, exercise the 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.

We have personal training available to assist in reaching your goals and teach you how to use equipment safely and efficiently. You will be assigned a private code with 24 hour access to enjoy the facility at any time that fits your schedule.

  • Fitness Equipment
  • Nautilus Nitro Strength Training Equipment
  • Various Fitness & Exercise Amenities

When you exercise at Estero Country Club, you’re never alone. We have several Fitness classes to choose from, including Stretch & Flex and Yoga.

Stretch & Flex is ideal for the golfer or tennis player that wants to improve their swing. It can extend past your game and into your everyday life as well. Stretch & Flex increases your strength, improve your overall flexibility, and improve your balance.

These exercises were created & combined specifically to target the core (abs, back & gluts), upper arm, shoulder, legs and feet for increased balance, strength, flexibility and range of motion needed to improve your game.

Classes are held year round on Tuesdays and Thursdays and open to all ages and levels!

If you want a more involved stretch and improve your health as well as your body and mind, Estero Country Club’s gentle yoga includes classical postures and breathing. Yoga is an ancient art that can improve overall mental and physical well-being!

Classes are held November through April on Mondays and Fridays; all levels welcome!

Combined with one of our lifestyle programs, our Fitness Center is a great way to meet new friends who also enjoy fun and healthy living. The team at Estero Country Club is committed to a healthy lifestyle. Let’s make 2016 a happy and healthy year in southwest Florida!

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