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What’s Going On With Naples Golf Courses?

Agnes Zak

Agnes Zak is an award-winning Realtor with Premier Sotheby's International Realty who is passionate about helping her clients accomplish their goals a...

Agnes Zak is an award-winning Realtor with Premier Sotheby's International Realty who is passionate about helping her clients accomplish their goals a...

Feb 8 4 minutes read

Since 2016, and into spring of 2017, golf courses have shut down, gone up for sale, and been a source of worry for plenty of homeowners in and around Naples. Are these golf courses being converted, and what does that mean?

From a recent meeting, here’s what we know right now.

Golf Course Changes

Collier County is home to 69 golf courses which covers more than 13,500 acres of land. Some of those golf courses in and around Naples are zoned specifically as golf courses which has its own restrictions and requirements. A few golf courses are zoned AG. Others, though, are outside of planned urban development (PUD) zoning. If developers purchase these golf courses, they could request zoning changes in order to drastically change the golf course into a different kind of development.

Currently there are four golf courses that have started the process to potentially convert from a golf course to something else:

  • Riviera Golf Club of Naples
  • Golden Gate Country Club
  • Evergreen Golf Course
  • Lakewood Country Club

There are several other golf courses who are affected in the same way by their current zoning, although no requests have been made or plans shared regarding any possible conversion:

  • Country Club of Naples
  • Glades Golf and Country Club
  • Hibiscus Golf Club
  • Imperial Golf Club
  • Palm River Country Club
  • Quail Creek Country Club
  • Quail Run Golf Club
  • Quality Inn and Suites Golf Resort

As of early 2016, these golf courses went on the record saying they had no plans to go through any conversion.

What Do Golf Course Conversions Mean for Homeowners?

Until recently, these potential golf conversions and rezoning requests were a source of great worry for many homeowners.  When you live on a golf course, generally, you expect it to stay a golf course. Plenty of homeowners were concerned a developer would come in and rip up the green and put down homes, lowering property values and hurting the view, amenities, and other reasons people had for living where they do.

County Commissioners voted, unanimously, at the end of March to make some changes to protect homeowners.

  • If a golf course is converted, the developer will have to leave a 100 foot greenway buffer around the perimeter of the entire property before tearing up the fairways.
  • Developers will have to put the golf course up for sale to the neighborhood associations or county to keep the golf course or convert the space to a park.
  • Meetings must be held between developers and homeowners - in season - to discuss any zoning change requests that are planned. 
  • Commissioners will have final say over any zoning change requests. They could deny the request if property values will be negatively affected for nearby homes.

It’s still early in the process for golf course conversions, though. Until developers hold meetings, make suggestions, and present plans, it’s difficult to know what will happen. 

Living on a golf course is a lifestyle that you might not understand until you experience it for yourself. It makes sense that homeowners are protective not just of their property values, but the lifestyle they love. Don’t let these conversions make you think you can’t find a home on a golf course, though. For golfers or people who simply love the atmosphere, there are homes to be found. 

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