Shadow Wood at The Brooks is part of a master planned 2,492 acre community of The Brooks of Bonita Springs, Florida. Of the four neighborhoods that make up the Brooks, Shadow Wood is the only community to offer equity golf. Shadow Wood Country Club includes three championship courses designated as Audubon International Cooperative Sanctuaries; an honor bestowed upon only 816 courses around the world.
The North and South Courses at Shadow Wood® at The Brooks were both designed by award-winning course architect Bob Cupp and share a 30,000 square foot clubhouse, complete with restaurant, lounge, private dining room, pro shop, men’s and women’s locker rooms, and a nine-court tennis complex. The Preserve Course, located just 5 miles north at Shadow Wood Preserve®, was designed by Arthur Hills. A second clubhouse and golf shop are located at Shadow Wood Preserve. Each facility offers a full driving range, short game area and massive practice putting green. Five sets of tees make Shadow Wood Preserve enjoyable for golfers of all levels.
Residents in the Brooks communities have the option to join the Commons Club which includes access to a private beach club with private member parking on Bonita Beach. Members also enjoy an expansive Fitness Center and spa, and Rosie Spoonbill’s®.
Number 1: Par 5, 475 yards. There is nothing like a short par 5 with wide open fairways to get your round off to a good start. The fairway bunkers on the right side should not come into play for the most part however push your layup shot left and you can easily fond the bunkers on the left. A good tee shot and decent layup should leave a short iron or wedge to a large green with gentle undulations.
Number 4: Par 4, 410 yards. This is a straight forward par 4 with very little trouble. Players should favor the left side of the fairway to avoid the trees that can come into play and can block the approach. You will need to carry the green on your approach to avoid the heart-shaped bunker in the front right. The green can be tricky depending upon pin placement as it features several subtle undulations.
Number 12: Par 4, 346 yards. This hole pays very different from the back tees at 429 yards. From the blue tees, all you need is a 3-wood or hybrid off the tee to leave a medium iron or wedge to the green. From the blue tees the water on the right looks a lot closer than it is. The large live oak on the left can come into play if you push your tee shot left. The trap left of the green gets a lot of play from golfers not wanting to flirt with the water on the right. The trap can be very penal depending on pin placement as the green slopes steeply away from it. Although a short hole, par is a good score here.
Number 13: Par 5, 546 yards. Number 13 is a good golf hole. A draw off the tee is the preferred shot selection; this will help avoid the bunkers on the right. Favor the left side on your layup; going over the fairway bunkers on the left will leave an open approach to the green and take the water right out of play. The large, elevated green is well protected by three bunkers.
Number 18: Par 5, 510 yards. This is a great finishing hole. An aerial view of the hole will show you just how narrow the fairway gets; setting up the necessity for an accurate layup shot. Favor the right side of the fairway off the tee, just short of the bunkers. Water on the left coupled with a narrow landing area makes for an interesting layup shot. Long ball hitters will want to favor the right side because of water left as well. An approach shot hit left will most likely find the water; anything short will find the sand.
Last Word: The South Course is open and more forgiving, with large landing areas and several distinctive water features. With the renovations on the South Course recently completed, the course has never played better. The course is in pristine condition and the greens are unbelievable. They putt true and with good speed. For most players, the par 5 holes will be three shot par 5s. Many holes require accuracy off the tee or pay the price in the form of penalty strokes. Average players may find the four par 4s of 400+ yards a little much although a good chipping game will go a long way in helping to make par.
Overall, the golfing experience on the South Course at Shadow Wood is very pleasant; all three of the courses here provide a good golf challenge. The staff is wonderful and the practice facilities are outstanding. For more information on Shadow Wood or to become a member, please contact Danita Osborn (firstname.lastname@example.org). You can also give them a call at (239) 992-6000 or visit their website at www.shadowwoodcc.com.