Golf Course Review: Old Corkscrew Golf Club
One of the Top Southwest Florida
There is nothing Old about the Old Cork Screw Golf Club. The Jack Nicklaus designed course was recently built (in 2007) and it is named after a nearby river.
This course is maturing into one of the best Southwestern Florida courses. The 18 hole course plays just under 7400 yards from the tips and 6617 and 6262 from the blues and whites respectively. Choose your teebox wisely as this is a shot makers haven. You will need to manage the course or the course will manage to add a few double bogeys (or higher) to your scorecard.
There are numerous par fours that offer some tremendous risk versus reward situations. If you are hot off the tee you can nearly drive a few par fours and reach some of the par 5s in two. One will realize quickly the layups/setups are smarter plays to avoid a mixture of hazards from water protected greens to fairway lined sand bunkers.
What is truly unique about the property (in comparison to most Floridian courses) is that there are no homes visible from the course. Moreover you rarely can you see another hole from the one you are playing. While the layout is amazing what you will most remember is the natural setting of the course. Old Corkscrew is built to Audubon International standards and reflects its original natural setting of tall mature pines, wild terrain and numerous lakes.
In late 2010, ground will be breaking to build a few golf cottages on the property otherwise there are quite a few lodging options in nearby Estero and Fort Myers. The course is located just seven miles east of I-75 in Estero and minutes away from Southwest Florida International Airport.