South Seas resort on Captiva Island in Florida will open The Clutch, a new 12-hole course by Beau Welling Design, in 2023.
Built on the site of the resort’s previous nine-hole course, The Clutch is designed to appeal to both novice and seasoned golfers, with undulating greens that encourage experienced players to focus on precision, angles and shot values, while also having beginner-friendly short-cut surrounds that are playable with a putter. The coastal breeze will add to the challenge.
“We are extremely proud of the course we have created at South Seas and look forward to unveiling The Clutch,” said architect Beau Welling. “The site is spectacular, and we were able to create a strategic and challenging, yet playable golf course that complements the beautiful surroundings with unobstructed water views on every hole. Working with South Seas, we were also able to create a unique and relaxed golf experience that promotes friends and families coming together through the game of golf to enjoy the stunning setting.”
The course is walking-focused and holes have views of Pine Island Sound, Red Fish Pass, North Captiva and the Gulf of Mexico.
The Clutch is part of an ongoing rebuilding process at the 330-acre resort following the devastation of Hurricane Ian in September 2022, which closed South Seas for almost a year. The course has been designed to improve storm water management for the north end of the resort and can withstand 20 inches of rain in a compressed time. The course’s three ponds provide water retention and the irrigation system is designed to minimise water usage.
The Clutch has been landscaped with native plant species, including palm trees rescued from Hurricane Ian, nurtured at a tree nursery and replanted.
The course, named after a turtle’s nest to represent the island’s diverse wildlife, has been laid out by Welling and his senior design associate Chase Webb. Clark Construction Company carried out the construction work during the seven-month project.
“We’re thrilled to introduce our guests to this new golf experience,” said Shawn Farrell, South Seas general manager. “Our goal is to offer more than just a game; it’s about enjoying the popular sport in the most beautiful setting imaginable.”