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.


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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Operation Impact Raises the Roof for 3 Veterans

Administrator : November 23, 2015 3:21 pm : Blog, Community

Operation Impact Raises the Roof for 3 Veterans from Estero CC

eccAs Estero County Club at the Vines celebrates its 30 year anniversary, we are reflecting on how thankful we are for such a supportive community. What better way to start the holiday season than with a successful community event that touched the lives of several local veterans.

On October 25, Estero Country Club partnered with Affordable Homeownership Foundation for Operation Impact: Raise the Roof. Not only was the event an incredible success, but it helped raise funds to replace leaking roofs for three local Lee County veterans.

The event started with some words from the first Mayor of The Village of Estero, Nick Batos, and was followed by the Twenty three Guns and Hoses bagpipers and a drum corps and the presentation of the flag by the JROTC from Estero High School. After the opening ceremony, the games began! The day was a whirlwind of fun for a good cause! Activities included a golf scramble, silent auction and dinner!

With your help, we were able to raise $68,500 in in-kind and monetary donations, and over $29,000 the day of the event. This money went above and beyond our expectations! Thanks to your generosity, not only did three local Lee County veterans get new roofs, but the money remaining is going to roof repairs for other local veterans with housing needs. A very special thanks to the Affordable Housing Foundation for partnering with us and creating an event to remember!

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, everyone at Estero Country Club and the Affordable Homeownership Foundation would like to thank the participants, the community, and everyone who supported this generous event. We are so thankful for each and every one of you. The tournament could not have been done without the support of our very own ECC members. Thank you for your continuous support.

Together we were able to provide three, much-needed for three local veterans. Operation Impact: Raise the Roof will return next year so make sure to mark your calendars for October 23, 2016.

Estero Country Club feels so blessed to have such a caring and compassionate community in sunny southwest Florida. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for helping us build a fun, helpful, and bustling community.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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3 Ways to Improve Your Golf Game This Fall

Administrator : October 23, 2015 2:27 pm : Blog

3 Ways to Improve Your Golf Game This Fall from Estero CC

golf swingWe all know the saying, “Practice makes perfect.” However, a little training can go a long way in helping you improve your golf game. Whether you’re an avid player or someone who likes to play casually with friends, your performance can benefit from the guidance of an expert.

Estero Country Club at the Vines is offering 3 unique workshops led by TPI Golf Fitness Certified instructor Rita Pociask during the fall and winter seasons. Not only will it build your confidence, but it also gives you the opportunity to meet people with shared interests and build long-lasting relationships with other members of our fine, friendly community!

Fit “Fore” Golf

We have 3 workshops planned between October and February, and six opportunities to attend them so you can experience them all.

  • October 22 and January 14: Muscle Sense
    Did you know 59% of golfers have poor posture? Muscle Sense is all about improving your alignment, rotation and your ability to stabilize. The right posture will improve your golf swing.
  • November 5 and January 28: Fix Your Miss
    Mobility and stability are crucial to your swing. Fix Your Miss helps you recognize your faults and then guides you through specific exercises that will help correct them.
  • November 19 and February 18: Power Golf
    The final installment in our golf workshop series builds upon your improved posture, mobility, and stability to add POWER! You’ll learn the 10 best exercises that will put the “oomph” behind your swing.

These workshops are all held on the Thursday corresponding with each date at 3:00PM. They last an hour and will include instruction, handouts, and downloadable video clips. The cost is $29 per person per workshop or $69 for a single individual to attend all three. To reserve a spot, participants can sign up online, call the club, or simply drop in!

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Operation Impact: Raise the Roof

Administrator : September 25, 2015 4:53 pm : Blog

Operation Impact: Raise the Roof from Estero CC

Every year America celebrate Veteran’s Day; a time to recognize the servicemen and women who served our country to defend the freedoms and liberties we enjoy today. This year, we have the opportunity to serve them back.

There are several veterans right here in Lee County who are in need of assistance. That’s why Estero Country Club at The Vines is partnering with Affordable Homeownership Foundation Inc. to present Operation Impact: Raise the Roof on October 25, 2015. The fundraiser’s mission is to raise enough money to meet the needs of elderly veterans in Lee County who are living in homes with roofs that are in desperate need of maintenance.

The event starts at noon and will consist of a Putting Contest, Hole-In-One, Team Contests, and a Silent Auction. A dinner and awards reception will be held after the event at 6:00 PM.

Registration fees start at $100 for individual golfers to participate in the events and $50 to attend the dinner. There are sponsorship packages available as well for businesses and individuals who are looking for additional recognition or business opportunities. Click here to register as a participant, sponsor, or both!

If you can’t attend, but feel compelled to help, we have opportunities for that, too! Tax-deductible donations can be submitted directly through the event’s homepage. Any and all support is valued and appreciated not just by ourselves but the veterans your generous offerings will support.

The event will take place right here at Estero Country Club. Our address is 19501 Vintage Trace Circle, Fort Myers, FL 33967.

We hope to see you there!

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Estero Country Club Named Best in Southwest Florida

Administrator : August 28, 2015 2:52 pm : Blog, Uncategorized

Estero Country Club Named Best in Southwest Florida from Estero CC

ECC 25th Annual 1The News Press recently awarded Estero Country Club this year’s title of Best Country Club in Southwest Florida. We’re proud to be considered the number one social club for fun, rest and relaxation in the region, and named as such by the newspaper’s vast readership! Colleen Sowerby and Gina Delevieleuse accepted the award on behalf of the club at the ceremony located at the Hyatt Regency Hotel at Coconut Point on July 22, 2015.

Estero Country Club was created to be a community where you can have fun, stay healthy and build lasting relationships with our staff and members. If you’re a new member or looking to become one, there are so many different benefits that we offer here at the Vines in Estero.

Our golf courses are the talk of the region, but we also feature other sports and forms of entertainment. Our programs include classics like Rummy, Bingo, Mah Jong and Bridge. Our members indulge in the arts through painting and yoga classes, and oh! The places we go! We embark on frequent excursions such as lighted canoe tours, trips to see the Philharmonic and other great locations and events within southwest Florida.

Our dining experience is diverse and exquisite. Depending on your mood, you can relax in the warm, casual atmosphere of Mulligan’s Bar or enjoy dinners in our traditional dining room draped in pristine linens and elegant silver.

Our view is remarkably green with soothing water fountains and memorable, wedding-worthy views, but our most attractive feature truly is the people. Our staff and members are what make us—in your own opinion—the best country club in southwest Florida.

“Estero Country Club at The Vines is very excited about our recent award,” Membership Sales Director Colleen Sowerby said. “We look forward to celebrating with our members this club achievement during our 30th Anniversary celebration season this fall.”

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ECC Celebrates Great Golf in SWFL

Administrator : July 29, 2015 4:48 pm : Blog

ECC Celebrates Great Golf in SWFL


Southwest Florida is home to some of the best golf courses in the country. An area with a year-round sunny disposition and beachfront view has made Estero and beyond a big name in the golf community. Players far and wide are taking a special trip down to the Naples, Fort Myers, and Estero areas to experience our courses.

The golf market in Southwest Florida has seen a significant rise in yearly players, seasonal and regular. Memberships are growing and our course is always being used. Our par 72 course sits on 105 acres surrounded by 38 acres of lakes. Designed by renowned golf course designer Gordon Lewis, the course features six sets of tees to challenge the skills of players at every level. Estero Country Club also offer an outstanding practice range, as well as large putting and chipping greens.

“With more than 80 championship golf courses in the Naples area, Naples is the self-titled Golf Capital of the World, claiming to have more holes per capita than any other community.” says Forbes. The Southwest Florida economy is strong, growing thanks to interest from businesses and organizations from all over the world. The area grows and with it, our prestigious golf market. Whether for sport, pleasure, or to extend your professional good graces and treat prospects to a few rounds, Estero Country Club welcomes members and guests to enjoy our course.

We have more exciting things happening in the world of golf at Estero Country Club. Join us for golf lessons from an esteemed professional! Estero Country Club at The Vines is the winter home of teaching golf professional Bob Prange. He has been 2004 Teacher of the Year in the Indiana PGA Section, and a Top PGA Instructor by Golf Digest and Golf Magazine. Call 267-7003 for appointments and schedules for Bob Prange lessons.

Hone your skills on and off the course. Estero Country Club is home to some of the best golf instructors in the area. They are available for lessons, discussions, or even some helpful tips. Feel good on the course and bring your best game. We have all your needs covered from a pristine green course to a complete Golf shop.

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Southwest Florida is Heating Up

Administrator : June 26, 2015 12:26 pm : Blog

Southwest Florida is Heating Up


Southwest Florida is neck deep in summer and while it’s prime time for some fun in the sun, it’s imperative that you stay safe while doing so. Our afternoons are creeping high up in the 90s, sometimes even getting in the triple digits. While you’re practicing your swing on the course or court, walking around the lake, or just doing some gardening, be mindful of your body and the dangers this excessive heat can cause.

High heat can cause several health complications. One of the most common is heat stroke. Protect your body from heat stroke and be aware of symptoms; this may include:

• Body temperature of 104°F or higher
• Headaches, confusion or trouble thinking clearly
• Hallucinations
• Skin redness and warmth
• Vomiting or diarrhea
• Muscle cramps or weakness

We’re not saying not to get out there and move though! Stay active but stay cautious. When you’re on the green or practicing your swing on the courts remember the following:

• Play sports in the early morning or wait for dusk to avoid the afternoon where the temperatures are at their highest.
• Take frequent breaks to cool your body down.
• Drink plenty of fluids and reapply sunblock as needed.
• Wear loose, light-weight clothes.

Stay safe this summer and spend happy days and nights at Estero Country Club. We are proud to be hosting so many fun summer events including our July 4th Celebration. Make sure you stop by and celebrate with us. Also, don’t forget to look out for the Best of SWFL, winners announced July 23rd. Estero Country Club was lucky enough to be nominated for Best Country Club. We are so grateful for our wonderful members and residents that help us keep Estero Country Club great. Keep your fingers crossed for us southwest Florida!


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