Naples has over 70 golf courses. There are private clubs both within and outside of residential communities, and there are a handful of public play courses.
Over 50 golf courses are located within residential communities. In most cases, the residents within these communities have no connection to the club, unless they joined as a member.
A golf community is a community that has a golf club within, and each resident has to be a social member of the club, or in most cases, a social and golf member. Naples has these options:
There are many great advantages to bundled golf communities:
The main disadvantage to bundled golf is tee time pressure in the Peak Season. Traditionally, private golf clubs have memberships in the 300 member range and members are able to golf nearly every day if they desired.
Bundled golf communities average 800 memberships for 18 holes. There are more members in residence during the season than available tee times. As such bundled clubs use a system called Chelsea to allocate tee times to its members. Each club tweaks how Chelsea allocate tee times, along these lines:
Each time a member plays, they get a point.
If a member plays with a guest, then they receive a point for each guest.
The more points accumulated, the lower the tee time request priority.
Point roll off after a certain time period.
Naples has several communities where new owners have the option of choosing between either a social or golf membership, and pay the related initiation fees. They include: