Funny name, serious golf course near Naples

    Elliot deBear is one of our most faithful correspondents.  We rely on his excellent photos of courses we haven't played (in some cases we'll use his photos of courses because they are better than ours), as well as his enthusiastic commentary.  Well, Elliot didn't have his camera with him during a recent round at Old Corkscrew Golf Club in Estero, FL, but his words paint a nice picture of the course.  Here they are:
    "Old Corkscrew Golf Club was designed by Jack Nicklaus and his son, Steve.  The job was originally offered to another high-end designer who turned it down due to the location.  Nicklaus saw the land and knew what he could do with it.  WOW! A beautifully designed track and one of the nicest and certainly most interesting and challenging I have ever played in Florida.  It runs 7,393 yards from the tips with a 76.9/148 slope rating; and 6,617 yards from the blue tees with a rating of 73.4/140 slope.
    "The course has everything -- wild terrain, multiple lakes separating holes, tall pines framing most holes, wild flowers, fescue and the most multi-tiered, undulating greens I have ever seen. So far, no housing development so there are no buildings in sight bordering the course, with the exception of one hole where you see a large equipment shed.  At $80 for the round with cart and access to the practice facilities, it was a bargain; compared to Tiburon at the Ritz Carlton in Naples, this was half the price and twice the course.
    "If you are traveling to Naples, play this course which is located just south of Ft. Myers Airport, the airport used to fly into Naples, FL. The course is about eight miles inland from the highway in the middle of nowhere. What a find!  You will not be disappointed.  The staff is great and takes great pride in how you enjoyed yourself.  Mark in the pro shop helps in any way.
    "Wish I had my camera with me."
    Elliot added that the cart girls are among the most attractive and friendliest anywhere.  Also, for those contemplating a visit, house prices have plummeted in the Naples area and never were that high to the east of the city, in the neighborhoods near Old Corkscrew.  As always, if you want to consider house options in the area, or just want more information, contact me and I will be happy to put you in touch with a knowledgeable local agent.  There is no cost or obligation for the service.
    For a few nice photos at the Nicklaus Design web site, click here.