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Sanibel Island Golf Club
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Owner description: Located just off of the shores of Southwest Florida, Sanibel Island is home to some of the area's best resorts, real estate, and recreation. Known for its gorgeous views of the Gulf of Mexico, Sanibel Island's incredible natural setting makes it the perfect atmosphere to enjoy the game of golf. Today's featured course, Sanibel Island Golf Club, plays like a championship course should: challenging each aspect of your game throughout a fabulous 18-hole layout. Rated 69.9, measuring a slope of 129, and lush with indigenous wildlife, it is truly one of the finest playing experiences in the Sunshine State. Playing just over 6,000 yards from the back tees, Sanibel Island Golf Club's semi-private layout is an uncompromising tropical paradise perfect for the player of any skill or ability level. Each hole brings with it picturesque views, natural challenge, and ideal conditions to play your best golf. Proper course management and shot execution are a must on Sanibel Island, as the beauty throughout can quickly turn into hazards and difficulty. With forced carries over water, cleverly placed bunkers, well protected greens, and a vast array of abundant wildlife, a round at Sanibel Island Golf Club is everything you want - and more. Like most great golf facilities, the course at Sanibel Island is just one aspect of this incredible destination. Make sure to check out the golf shop which carries a variety of apparel and equipment that'll help improve your performance and your look. Sanibel Island Golf Club is also home to the Sanibel Island Tennis Club featuring state-of-the-art Hyrdo-Grid Tennis Courts that'll make you feel like a pro. After your day of the fun, the Blue Coyote Supper Club is the perfect place to grab a great meal, a delicious drink, and toast your scores. Beautiful weather, a gorgeous setting, and an tremendous facility, let Sanibel Island Golf Club play host to your next great round of golf.
Reviewed 19 February 2014

We played here a few times this week as the Dunes was booked. It was fun, but not worth the fees. The greens were in terrible shape and the course is just average. If you are a 12 handicap or better you will be frustrated as you feel you are always waiting for fear of hitting into the next group. On one day it took us 4 hours and 40 minutes to play and the course is not long. There were sometimes 4 groups on a hole due to slow play. Clearly you only have a two choices on Sanibel so in the high season you are captive. Could be way better with more attention to the course conditions.

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Reviewed 26 January 2014

My wife and I have just returned from a fortnight in Sanibel and we had the pleasure of playing this course on six occasions. The course is interesting with a wide variety of different holes. Fairways, rough and bunkers were all well-kept and greens were quick and true. I accept that the tees were by no means the best we have played on, but we were both always able to find a flat spot from which to tee.

Do not be fooled into thinking this is an easy course. My wife hits shortish but straight and seldom lost a ball. On the other hand, I off a 6 handicap managed to find plenty of water, particularly on a number of tight second shots and off one-or-two tricky tees. Recovery shots around the greens are not easy either. This is a good test of golf without being a course that destroys your confidence or spoils your holiday!

This is an excellent place for relaxing holiday golf in interesting surroundings. In particular it was good to see that the ladies' tees (and the gold ones for those men who wanted forward tees) were far enough forward to ensure ladies could play without having ferocious carries over rough or water to fairways - something which always spoils the experience for most couples.

We played around 8.00 am each time and we were never rushed or in the midst of heavy traffic. Consequently we could enjoy the tranquility and early-morning sun and we had time to take in, not just the lovely views, but also the bird and general wildlife - including numerous pelicans, sea eagles, alligators and a particularly startling large green iguana!

Everyone we met on the course was friendly and helpful and on occasions we joined with other couples for parts of rounds. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff who went out of their way to make us welcome. The "new owners" are working hard to develop the course and we have no complaints about what they are doing. We hope to return to Sanibel and when we do, we will certainly enjoy playing the course again.

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Reviewed 5 January 2014

I have been playing this golf course for more than 25 years and I have no idea what people are talking about when they say how much improved the course is. In all the courses I have played, around the world, I have never seen tee boxes in such dreadful condition. At nearly 90 dollars per round the condition should be far better. The greens are almost as bad, nearly dried out, sandy and inconsistent from hole to hole. If you can find a rake for the trap, most are with badly broken handles and missing tines. Much improved? If there is a greens keeper here he should be ashamed. The owners should be encouraged to work a little harder on proper course management.

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Reviewed 4 January 2014

While the professional staff working in the pro shop were very friendly and helpful, the quality of the golf course was pretty poor. The tee boxes were in especially bad condition. They were not level and the turf was in poor shape. I did not bring clubs on the trip so I rented them. The total cost to play 18 holes and rent clubs (which were decent) was nearly $150. Given the poor quality of the golf course, I thought that was too high for the value experienced. I don't think they should charge more than $50 in greens fees.

1  Thank Bruce L
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Reviewed 26 December 2013

Sanibel Island Golf Club (formerly Beachview Golf Club, and still called that on your GPS!) was a very nice course, recently with upgrades that could be readily seen on a course that was pretty good to start with. Yardages range from 4336 Womens, to 4813 to 6006 for men. Nice layout, in pretty good shape and improving, with enough challenge to make the better golfer think about shot placement as well as length. Greens were interesting to putt on. They looked and felt slow, but were not when played. There is a multitude of birds, lizards, gators and other wildlife around, as the Sanibel River winds thru the course. It's well worth the greens fees, and if you stay at the Sundial Resort, there are reduced rates for guests there. The employees (perhaps owners/managers) were very friendly, responsive and helpful. Course yardage and layout books were provided free if you had not previously played the course. We thought $62 in December was pretty cheap in comparison, and found it well worth that price. An enjoyable golf experience, not as manicured as the neighboring Dunes course, but half as expensive! And if the progress is an indication, the course will soon be in very good shape also.

1  Thank MatureTravelers778
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