Consistently rated as one of Naples’ most prestigious golf destinations and named the Collier Building Industry Association’s Community of the Year on eleven occasions, the Mediterra community on Livingston Road in North Naples showcases two distinctly different golf courses designed by Tom Fazio.
Set against the splendor of Mediterra’s spectacular tableau, the courses weave their way along sparkling lakes, wetlands, and nature preserves. As beautiful as they are playable, each of the courses presents distinctive design characteristics and unique challenges for golfers of every skill level. Members also enjoy the benefits of the Golf Learning Center that offers the latest in swing analysis technology and personalized instruction. Membership opportunities at Mediterra are limited to just 225 members per 18 holes, allowing for abundant tee times. Golf Members are treated to a well-rounded program built upon a robust tournament and instructional offering, a staff focused on genuine service and hospitality, and world-class amenities. Purchasers of homes built by London Bay are eligible to secure a full golf membership immediately rather than being placed on the membership waiting list as a Limited Golf Member. London Bay Homes, an award-winning homebuilder and developer in the Southwest Florida luxury home market for more than three decades, manages all new home construction sales and marketing for Mediterra.
The Club at Mediterra has been certified as the world's first 36-hole Audubon International Silver Signature Sanctuary. Known as the “master of environmentally-sensitive golf course designs,” The Fazio Design Team took every precaution to ensure that the golf courses at Mediterra not only supported, but nurtured the surrounding environment and habitat. Fazio incorporated rolling bunkers and natural land forms into both golf courses to compliment the Mediterranean countryside ambiance of the community. The fairways’ firm Platinum Paspalum turf provides fast playing conditions that is complimented by the Tiff-Eagle Bermuda grass on the greens. Both courses were designed with golfers of all skill levels in mind and feature nine tee options and no forced carries.
The North Course blends naturally with the topography and features subtle doglegs that angle away from the golfer’s line of play. Members are particularly captivated by the 7th and 17th holes on the North Course. The 7th hole is a hole unto itself with a natural tree line, a beautiful water feature, and not a home in sight. The setting has a northern feeling and conjures a sense of being totally removed from the day-to-day and connecting with the surroundings in a uniquely personal way. A nice scoring hole, the 17th hole is a gentle boomerang par 5 with a natural setting that includes a unique bent leaning pine tree that provides an appealing memory point. There are no home intrusions on the 17th hole.
The South Course challenges the golfer with elevated greens, fast chipping areas, and strategically placed bunkers with beautiful flashing. The signature of the South Course is a corridor that showcases views of holes 11 through 14. The 11th hole is a beautiful straight par 4. On the horizon, golfers will also see the 12th tee, the 13th green, and the 14th hole in the distance. The setting offers striking sunset views in the late afternoon. Like the North Course, the South Course features beautiful water features. Fazio has incorporated bunkering on both courses that includes low entries and steep exits on the green sides. The bunkers are vast in size and while it may be relatively easy to exit them, advancing the ball all the way to the green may be another story. While both courses can offer a stern challenge depending on tee selection, higher handicapped golfers will appreciate that neither course has a hole with a forced carry over a water hazard.
While the golf staff’s commitment to impeccable service is extended to all members, great care is taken to welcome those who are new to the game, particularly for ladies who are not only interested in learning the game of golf, but also enjoying the socializing that is part of the Mediterra golf experience. “Get Golf-Ready” programs for ladies are held on Monday afternoons from 2:30 until 3:15 p.m. The programs focus on the fundamentals of the game, getting new lady golfers comfortable with coming to the golf course, visiting the pro shop and locker room, and getting on the carts and going to the driving range. Participants typically play in the Club’s ladies’ 9-hole events on Wednesday afternoons that offer opportunities to socialize.
After golf, Mediterra’s European Chic-style clubhouse is a favored gathering place. Phase I of a two-phase 24,000 square-foot clubhouse expansion has been completed. In addition, 7,000 square feet of existing clubhouse space will be enhanced as part of the initiative that is being undertaken without a member assessment. As part of Phase I, the awning structure over the popular cypress bar and tavern was replaced with a permanent roof structure featuring a clerestory element that allows the space below to be illuminated with natural daylight. The roof and clerestory element blend with the building’s architectural style, colors and finishes in a way that makes the new addition feel like part of the original building. At the same time, the covered outdoor tavern space was expanded by nearly 1,400 square feet. New, more efficient wind/rain/bug/sun screens between the columns on the newly expanded perimeter contribute to a more enjoyable outdoor dining experience. The space is furnished in various seating arrangements that provide numerous options for different size parties. The timber joist with tongue and groove ceiling structure with ceiling fans, radiant heaters, and recessed can lights will add to the all-weather flexibility of the outdoor dining venue.
A new 1,850 square-foot outdoor covered bar terrace was created and provides unfettered views of one of the community’s two Tom Fazio-designed golf courses. The bar features a permanent roof, 70 seats, 23 bar stools, and over-bar mounted televisions. The outdoor covered bar offers direct access to a new 680 square-foot outdoor covered grille terrace and to the expanded outdoor tavern. New enlarged folding glass doors open to an indoor bar lounge.
The new outdoor covered bar terrace is situated adjacent to a new west-facing dedicated fire pit terrace that capitalizes on golf course views during the day and colorful sunset views that can be enjoyed in the late afternoon and early evening. With its proximity to the new outdoor covered bar terrace and soft seating for more than 60 people, the fire pit terrace has already become a popular gathering space before and after dinner. Two water features flank a large, centrally located fire pit. The fire pit’s floor level has been gently lowered from the previous outdoor terrace level to create a more intimate and jovial space.
Never stuffy or ostentatious, the clubhouse offers an engaging atmosphere where informal attire, including jeans, is always welcomed. The clubhouse offers formal and informal dining. Whether dining indoors or outdoors, Mediterra’s clubhouse offers an outstanding dining experience. Under the direction of the General Manager/COO Carmen Mauceri, CCM, the clubhouse’s dining options offer a varied menu with unique concepts that include a “doctors’ orders” menu with a selection of healthy items.