Pelican’s Nest Golf Club’s Hurricane golf course was recognized for design excellence at the fifth annual American Society of Golf Course Architects’ (ASGCA) 2016 Design Excellence Recognition Program, which recognizes projects that expose excellence in problem solving, innovation and adapting to market needs. Pelican’s Nest Golf Club was among 11 courses honored by ASGCA. Honorees were evaluated and selected by an independent panel of experts, including industry leaders, journalists and representatives of the Club Managers Association of America and the Golf Course Builders Association of America.
The Design Excellence Recognition Program highlights the innovation and problem-solving skills required of today’s golf course designs, a capability demonstrated by Pelican’s Nest Golf Club. The club’s Hurricane golf course was designed by Tom Fazio, beginning in 1985. The club launched renovations to the Hurricane course to rebuild greens and bunkers, recontour fairways, install pipeline for reclaimed water, improve irrigation and drainage systems, install low-input turf-types, reduce irrigated turf grass and create additional scoring tees.
Pelican’s Nest Golf Club embraces a something-for-everyone philosophy, presenting a golfing experience that is fair and enjoyable for players of all skill levels. The addition of scoring tees to the course promotes a more tranquil and jovial game for new or more relaxed players without disrupting golf protocol. The scoring tees concept, established by the Hurricane golf course architect Jan Bel Jan, opens the course to golfers of all ages and capabilities, without the use of exclusionary language, such as “fast tees,” “junior tees” and “ladies tees,” that are commonly associated with formal tees at many other courses. The use of scoring tees provides a fulfilling golfing experience for a wider group of participants, promoting both the development of fundamental golf skills and course etiquette. The course’s total renovations, including the added scoring tees, resulted in more playable, 4,062-yard course, with measurable increases in member satisfaction, playable days, rounds, revenue, guest play and improved handicaps.
“We are honored to receive such high recognition from the American Society of Golf Course Architects,” said David Gillespie, general manager for Pelican’s Nest Golf Club. “Member satisfaction is of the utmost importance to our team, and we are proud to provide our golfers with an unparalleled experience.”
About Pelican’s Nest Golf Club
With roots dating back to 1985, the award-winning Pelican’s Nest Golf Club, offers two 18 hole impeccably maintained golf courses, combining both beauty and shot-making challenges on virtually every hole. A members-only golf club, however residency in Pelican Landing is not required for membership at Pelican’s Nest Golf Club. Pelican’s Nest Golf Club upholds a commitment to protecting and enhancing the natural Southwest Florida environment. The golf club serves as a sanctuary to many different species of wildlife, and courses have been recognized every year since 2001 by Audubon International as a “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.” Pelican’s Nest Golf Club is located at 4450 Pelicans Nest Drive, within the Pelican Landing community in Bonita Springs. For more information on Pelican’s Nest Golf Club, or to learn how to become a member, call 239-947-2282 or visit www.NestGolf.com.