Worthington Country Club
- A Whole New Look and Feel !
By David Theoret
Worthington Country Club is a big part of the Worthington community in Bonita Springs, Florida. It's a "bundled" community meaning your membership is included with every home purchase. Worthington is dedicated to offering quality golf, distinctive service, outstanding social and recreational activities and providing its residents and members with quality lifestyle opportunities.
At Worthington Country Club, membership does in fact have its privileges. As a Worthington member, you're entitled to take advantage of all golf and tennis facilities, the resort style pool with full cabana service and bocce courts. There's a lot going on outside of golf and tennis including fitness classes, Mahjong, bingo and walking to name a few. There's also a myriad of card playing groups.
In addition to a bevy of physical activities, Worthington offers several casual and fine dining venues. Members can choose a casual dining experience poolside in the Cabana or move indoors to the Pub or Windsor Dining Room for great food, drink, and camaraderie. If you're looking to host an intimate Private Party, check and see if Worthington's Crown Room is available.
Over the years, Worthington has played host to the FSGA Women's Senior Amateur, FSGA Junior Match Play, and numerous other FSGA, and South Florida Junior Events.
The Course offers 6 sets of tees from which men and women can enjoy the course, with yardage ranging from 4,574 to 6,730 yards. Also, there are 3 additional "Combo" yardages listed on the scorecard, bringing a total of nine different yardage options.
The course will test the skills of even the most seasoned professional golfer, and at the same time provide high handicappers and those that are new to the game the opportunity to enjoy all of the pleasures the game of golf has to offer.
In 2018 a major golf course renovation was completed by Golf Course Architect Ron Garl. During the golf course renovation, a new chipping area, bunker, practice green and putting green were all enlarged. The tee area on the aqua driving range was also expanded and new synthetic turf was installed along with a paver border in the back of the range to improve the aesthetics. Greens and bunkers were reconstructed to USGA specifications; all greens were regrassed with TifEagle Bermuda and the fairways regrassed with Celebration Bermuda. A new state of the art irrigation and pumping system was also installed.
As for changes to the course, Holes # 11, 15 and 17 were made a lot more playable; especially where water was present in front of the green. These areas were filled in and flattened so golfers of all levels can run the ball onto these greens making their round more enjoyable. Also, for the high handicappers, several greens were enlarged, while the skilled player will find that several bunkers have been angled, requiring more thought when approaching the green. On Holes #1, 4, 10, 17 and 18 rolling Florida natural sand areas were added creating a more tropical look. Lastly, the front shelf of the two-tiered 18th green was lowered two feet, creating a split-level green with a "Sunday" pin on the upper level on the back right.
Regardless of your talent level, if you're a golfer who appreciates a day on the course, you'll be rewarded with all that Worthington has to offer. The course is meticulously maintained, and the grounds are well manicured, giving Worthington a look and feel that will rival any private country club in South Florida. What's more, they offer the kind of service you'd expect from a private country club. Worthington is truly a first-class operation in Southwest Florida.
With the improvements Garl made to the practice facilities, it is one of the area's best. The full-length aqua range will let you hit every club in your bag. There's also a chipping green with bunker and large practice putting green. In case you're a beginner looking to take the game up or your game could use a tune-up, Worthington's staff of PGA Professionals are at your service. Their pro shop is also stocked with tons of logoed apparel, equipment and accessories to keep your wardrobe and golf bag up to date.
Tennis is another popular sport at Worthington Country Club. Three of their five Har-Tru Clay courts are illuminated for night play and the windscreens around the courts allow for play in less than favorable conditions. Worthington's tennis program includes activities for all levels of players from beginners to advanced players and includes clinics, team practices, doubles leagues and daily round robins. There's also a ball machine available to practice by yourself. If it has been a while since you've played or you're new to the game, stop by the Tennis Center and find out the best way to get involved.
Bocce is big at Worthington County Club and their bocce facilities include three bocce courts, two of which have canopies on both ends and are lit for approved night play. The bocce area has men's and ladies restrooms, a water cooler, bleachers, chairs, benches, and tables. Parking is available for golf carts and vehicles.
Worthington has a large Activity Center complete with state-of-the-art fitness equipment, an exercise room, locker areas, and plenty of options for fitness classes and personal training. Worthington Country Club invites its Members to embark on a personal journey of fitness and enjoy a lifestyle change that will improve one's quality of life. Worthington has partnered with Fit Forever to provide fitness classes, personal training, and spa services at Worthington.
After your workout, relax by Worthington's resort-style swimming pool and enjoy the beautiful Florida weather. The Cabana offers a casual dining experience like no other, with a bar, screened-in outdoor dining area and a fireplace for those chilly Florida winter evenings.
Each year, Worthington Country Club hosts its fair share of social events including The Snowflake Ball, New Year's Eve Gala, Valentines Dinner Dance, Las Vegas Style Comedy and Magic Shows as well as their daily a la carte dining. It's a great way to renew acquaintances with old friends and strike up some new conversations. You never know who you'll see there. It's also a popular place to hold a wedding, business meeting or special event. Their professional staff of event coordinators will help you plan an event that fits into your budget and makes all of your wishes and dreams come true. They can handle groups from 10 to 200 and offers both private intimate settings or a beautiful dining room.
If you're looking to relocate to the area or are looking for a winter residence, consider Worthington Country Club; it's a community with everything you need. Check out their website at www.worthingtoncc.net.
Article Tags: Worthington Country Club, Golf Southwest Florida, Ron Garl, Golf in Naples, Resort Style living
Revised: 05/15/2019 - Article Viewed 583 Times
About: David Theoret
David Theoret has been in the golf and golf travel industry for over 10 years, primarily selling online advertising. For the past seven years, he has also been a golf writer, reviewing golf courses, resorts, destinations, equipment, golf apparel, and training aids - the latter of which never seems to help. David's articles and reviews have been posted on many golf travel and equipment websites.
Growing up in Southwestern Ontario, Canada, it was naturally assumed he would play hockey. Beginning at the age of 3 and continuing into his late 30's, he did just that. However, after one too many pucks to the head, he realized that golf was a lot easier on the body (whoever said hockey players were slow) and took the game up.
After moving to Florida and accepting a position with TravelGolf Media (now part of GolfNow) his love for the game grew exponentially. Most Saturdays you will find him on a course somewhere in Florida or on the practice range reinforcing his bad habits. David plays to a 10 handicap - unless there is money involved in which case it goes considerably higher. He currently resides in Lakeland, FL with his wife Belinda and their two "kids", Madyson and Molly.
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