Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Heritage Palms – A Warm, Friendly Golf Community

HeritagePalms1Heritage Palms Golf & Country Club is a member-owned golf club that offers two Azinger & Lewis championship golf courses. The community was established in 1999 and completed in 2006. The 1,662 home community covers over 800 acres with a 38 acre fresh water lake as the centerpiece of the community. The lake also serves as the club’s aqua range.

Heritage Palms Golf & Country Club boasts a 28,000 square foot clubhouse which offers a picturesque view of the lake. The clubhouse has become a favorite setting for weddings, banquets and special events.  The restaurant inside the clubhouse offers both formal and informal dining.  Surrounding the clubhouse are golf & tennis pro shops, heated swimming pools, lighted Har-Tru tennis courts a fitness center, locker rooms, and putting & chipping practice greens.

HeritagePalmsAs if that’s not enough, there is a second clubhouse, amicably referred to as “The Lodge”. This 5,000 square foot clubhouse is a member’s only facility. The Lodge is the venue of choice for community meetings, fitness classes and social activities which can be enjoyed by the whole family.  It is also home to a second library & computer room, a card room, bocce courts, and the community friendly Tiki Bar & Grill. If you are staying at Heritage Palms as a “resort guest”, the Tiki Bar is the place to be on Friday nights; especially in the winter. Heritage Palms has received many accolades from local media including being voted the #1 Country Club in Lee County for both golf course and restaurant for the past three years by the subscribers to the Ft. Myers News Press newspaper.

Royal Course
The 18-hole Royal course plays 6,756 yards from the back tees. The course rating is 72.8 and it has a slope rating of HeritagePalms2134 on Bermuda grass.  Both courses were designed by the team of Gordon G. Lewis and Jed Azinger. Heritage Palms started out with the 18-hole Royal course in 1998, added another nine holes in 1999; and ultimately went one to become the 36-hole facility it is now in 2001. Both courses were named for the lofty palm trees that adorn the fairways.

Memorable Holes

Number 4: Par 4, 340 yards. Although this is one of the shortest holes on the course, it is one of the most challenging. It’s a short par-4 (340 yards from the back tees) and is more of a left turn than a dogleg left. The water the right side of the fairway makes this whole interesting and sees its fair share of balls. A good tee shot to the dogleg will leave about 100 yards to a very undulating green.”

Heritage Palms2Number 6: Par 4, 459 yards. This long par 4 is the number one handicapped hole on the Royal course. There is water on both the right and left off the tee with the pond on the left coming more into play for those trying to cut the dogleg. A good drive will still leave 160 to 180 yards to the hole and plays even longer when the wind blows. More water and sand comes into play on any approach shot hit to the right.

Number 7: Par 5, 524 yards. A long, straight par 5 that offers little resistance; all you need to do is keep it in the fairway. Avoid the water on the left on your layup and you’ll be left with a fairly short approach shot. The green is open in front which allows for a bump-and-run; sand surrounds the green and catches many errant approach shots.

Number 9: Par 4, 298 yards. A slight dogleg left with water down the right side. Unless you are going for it off the tee, favor the left side of the fairway and leave yourself a manageable distance for a short approach. Number 9 offers many birdie opportunities and is a pretty golf hole.

Number 10: Par 4, 383 yards. You can trim a lot of distance off this hole by taking your drive over the tees and waste bunker on the left side. Water comes into play on the right side from about 150 yards out and sand surrounds the green. Another pretty golf hole.

Number 12: Par 3, 205 yards. With the road right, water down the left side and a greenside bunker, this is no easy par 3. The green is huge and a lot wider than it is deep. Nonetheless, par is a good score here.

Number 13: Par 5, 480 yards. A short par 5 that offers a good opportunity to make up a couple of shots. If you can take your tee shot down the right side, slightly past the dogleg, you can leave yourself a manageable second shot that will allow you to get home in two. Anything hit right is likely out of bounds. Water to the left of the green can easily come into play as well.

Number 15: Par 4, 433 yards. Looking at the scorecard, the entire hole looks like an island, not just the green. Number 15 is most definitely one of the signature holes on either course. Off the tee, avoid the fairway bunkers on either side and hit a fairly long approach shot to a green surrounded by water and fronted by large pine trees. Par is a great score here.

Number 18: Par 4, 425 yards. This dogleg right par-4 runs around the side of the aqua range giving you the feeling that water is all around you. On the tees, you have the option of crossing the water to cut off some distance; however this leaves a trickier approach shot to the green. The green has three-tiers to it and is mounded in the middle. It also slopes to both back and front. To make things worse, it is 70-yards deep so be sure to take the right club on your approach.

David Theorethttp://www.thegolfinguy.com
David Theoret has been in the golf and golf travel industry for over 12 years, primarily selling online advertising. For the past seven years, he has also been a golf writer, reviewing golf courses, resorts, destinations, equipment, golf apparel, and training aids – the latter of which never seems to help. What started as a dream years ago, by God’s grace, became a reality in 2015 when The Golfin’ Guy editorial marketing company was founded. Working together with golf course designer Ron Garl; David’s articles and reviews have been posted on many golf travel, equipment, and apparel websites.

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