When one thing ends, another commences. Or so it has been the case of the Hammock Bay Golf Club. What was once the Marco Shores Golf Club – a Bruce Devlin/Robert Von Hagge original design – has been completely changed to bring a fresh and welcome change to the Naples, Fl golfing scene. PGA Tour legend Peter Jacobsen and Jim Hardy, created the newest “in-thing” in golf from the remnants of a classic. And the result could not be any less than the best golf vacation destination in the area.
Located near the Marco Island, the Hammock Bay Golf Club is a par-72, 18-hole spectacle that stretches close to 7000 yards from the longest tees. There are five sets of tees, where the longest tees are close to being unforgiving but the middle and shorter tees are a treat to the lower-handicapped players. The course, moved perhaps by the pressure of staying out of its predecessor’s shadow, offers a different flavor to golf vacations hereabouts. It does have the lush tropical landscaping – inspired by the views of the nearby McIlvane Bay, but the terrain is rolling with mild elevation changes, things which are uncommonly found here. To make matters even better, the course holds the Certified Gold Sanctuary certification, the highest of its kind from the Audubon International.
The Hammock Bay Golf Club still has the usual helping of traditional Florida golf features: it has water playing on 14 of its 18 holes, and there are more than 50 shaped and well-placed bunkers spread all over the course. And it is always impeccably groomed, always ready for golf trips all year round. From the looks of it, it is safe to say even its predecessor would be so proud of the way it turned out.