Golfing on Marco Island

Golfing culture is stronger than ever on the coastlines of Marco Island. Vacationers and golf enthusiasts come far and wide to see some of the state’s most impressive courses for themselves.

There are dozens of golf courses and clubs on and near the island in total, with a range of special features. Considering Marco Island, FL, is just under 23 square miles, it’s a staggering feat and a display of how valuable golf is in the area.

Golf culture is ingrained in Marco Island. Though there are no public courses on the island, nearby Naples, Fort Myers, and Bonita Springs hold a treasured collection of private as well as public courses.

Below is a guide to some of Marco Island’s top highlights for golfing.

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Hibiscus Golf Club

Hibiscus Golf Club in Naples is one of the closest public courses to Marco Island, making it a fun and accessible getaway for golf enthusiast visitors. It features 6540 yards across 18 intense and fun holes.

The course is freshly renovated and new. Hibiscus has a 125 slope rating, the course has recently undergone a series of impressive and ambitious landscape adjustments including adding 400 shrubs and 125 new trees.

Guests can utilize the amenities of the nearby clubhouse, including daily lunch specials and Sunday brunch.  Hibiscus is open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day. Guests are expected to wear proper golf attire (no denim) and bring their own clubs. Lakes, streams, tough bunkers, and more make Hibiscus one of the most attractive golf courses in the area, with reasonable prices each day for your choice of 18 or 9 holes.

Eagle Lakes Golf Club

Just about 20 minutes from Marco Island is the Eagle Lakes Golf Club, offering over 7,100 yards and a par 71 18-hole course that will challenge even the most experienced golfers. Enjoy views of the abundant local wildlife and views of the surrounding scenery. This is another accessible public course near Marco Island with reasonable prices, a restaurant, pro shop, locker rooms, and a 11,300 square foot clubhouse.

Flamingo Island

Flamingo Island Club in Naples, FL, the twin sister to Mustang, is a championship level course with some jaw-dropping scenery designed by master architect Robert Trent Jones Sr. Both are open to the public. This golf course is a local treasure.

While visitors can pay to play on any course during opening hours, members receive annual access to 54 championship holes, including the special Classics Course. An assortment of tournaments for fundraising, building membership loyalty, and corporate marketing, keep the course and its community ever-evolving and growing.

Hammock Bay

This course in the border of Marco Island and Naples is an expressive 18 holes of challenging play. The course was designed by golf experts Peter Jacobsen and Jim Hardy. Its status as a 72 championship course is well-known, attracting key players to the area throughout the year.

Hammock Bay is a private course. Players can practice in the chipping green, putting green, or driving range. Many players utilize the convenient showers and club rentals accommodating all size needs and play styles.

Island Country Club

Island Country Club is the only 18-hole course on the actual island itself. The club is member-owned and private. It is a highly desirable place to play, with extensive features on a USGA Championship Course. But, the play is worth it. Water views are at every angle.

The course is famous for its Florida White bunkers, creating an environment for a captivating and challenging game of golf. Players can also take advantage of a gorgeous fitness area, a top-tier seafood diner, and bombastic semi-annual parties.

The area is surrounded with plenty of local pro shops and other resources. The Island Country Club pro shop is one of the most readily-stocked in the region. The annual membership cost is well worth it for those who can justify it and plan on staying on Marco Island for an extended period of time.

Hideaway Beach Club

Hideaway Beach Club is a private alternative to the Island Country Club. This course, located on 250 South Beach Dr., is private and offers a 9-hole layout. It is smaller, but still packs impressive views and a focused challenge compared to other local country clubs.

The Hideaway Beach Club currently contains a large concentration of protected native Florida live oaks mixed with sable and coconut palm trees. The huge trees and impressive wetlands elevate the game and create a brilliant backdrop to some of Marco Island’s best golfing.

A Top Destination for Golf in South Florida

Next to fishing, and other ocean sports, golfing may be the most popular activity on the island. You can experience it for yourself while staying at one of our Marco Island rentals. In the meantime, explore the rich local golf culture of Naples-Marco Island-Bonita Springs online.

Our page on golf courses covers some basic details of the island’s myriad number of places to play. The majority of courses are on the island and in the surrounding communities of Naples and Bonita Springs.