Fort Myers Country Club course set for extensive renovations


Fort Myers Country Club course set for extensive renovations
Sean Dudley
By Sean Dudley

One of the oldest courses in Florida, the Fort Myers Country Club, is to undergo a US$5.2 million renovation project.

Designed by architect Donald Ross in 1917, the course will close next April and is scheduled to reopen in October 2014.

The project at the public course, which hosted last year’s Coors Light Open tournament, will receive US$1.3 million in tax-increment funding from the city of Fort Myers community redevelopment agency. The rest will be borrowed and green fees will be used to pay the money back.

Extensive work will take place on the course’s tees, fairways, bunkers and greens, and two detention basins will be added to limit flooding and standing water on the back nine holes.

No architect or construction company has been named for the project as of yet, but Saeed Kazemi, public works director for Fort Myers, confirmed to local media that one would have to be appointed soon if the project is to begin in April as planned.