At the Lely Flamingo Island Club, the equation is quite simple. Naples, Florida (all of nature’s goodness in abundance) plus Golf Legend of a designer (Robert Trent Jones Sr, no less) equals one of the best golf vacation destinations any man has ever seen in America. What truly encompasses its being “one of the best” might take some time to find words for it, but the variables are quite a tell all. And the discriminating golfer knows what it says.
The course is pretty long, measuring a good 7,171 yards from the longest tees, par 72. Robert Trent Jones Sr sure did make a lot of good use on an area this huge, incorporating a lot of the traditional Florida golf features. But him being himself, none of these “usual” features will ever register as ordinary to any golfer’s mind. The Lely Flamingo Island Club has water playing on more than a dozen holes. As if that is not daunting a hazard yet, Jones Sr added some huge fingered bunkers in quite ample amounts to complement the water features. The only consolation on this part is the fact that the bunkers are beautiful, hands down. The greens on the course are large and undulating, the fairways are lined with Sabal palms and pine trees. And the fun never stops until the golf vacation comes to an end.
That said, it should not be surprising why this golf course holds a four-star rating from Golf Digest’s Places to Play, and has twice been hailed as one of America’s Best by Golfweek. The Lely Flamingo Island Club has very much perfected the formula for an unforgettable golf trip: great scenery plus superb layout equals golf outings TWICE, sometimes even THRICE the fun.