Wor­thing­ton Coun­try Club

Bonita & Estero Magazine - - FEATURES - Craig Gar­rett is Group Ed­i­tor-in-Chief for TOTI Me­dia.

Talk about busy.

Wor­thing­ton Coun­try Club av­er­ages about 50,000 an­nual golf rounds, a tes­ta­ment to the qual­ity, playa­bil­ity and sheer en­joy­ment of the 18-hole tract in Bonita Springs. A so-called “bun­dled com­mu­nity” shaped in 1991 that quickly blos­somed and was turned over to its res­i­dents in 1994, Wor­thing­ton has ma­tured and al­lowed for reinvention dur­ing its mod­er­ate life­span. It has also wel­comed ama­teur and ju­nior events at the course that can stretch over some 6,700 yards from the farthest tees. Wor­thing­ton, PGA head pro­fes­sional Don Tracy says, “is a very nice golf course, a nice tract. Pin place­ment is the chal­lenge.”

Play at Wor­thing­ton is com­ple­mented by the ob­vi­ous pop­u­lar­ity of the housing op­tions. By ev­ery ac­count, Wor­thing­ton housing has ma­tured with the lush trop­i­cal land­scap­ing and com­mon area ameni­ties. It’s close to ma­jor shop­ping, the air­port, beaches and other Florida attractions. And there are dozens of ac­tiv­i­ties out­side golf; ten­nis, fit­ness, bocce, group and in­di­vid­ual events, a pool and spa.

But the golf is im­mensely pop­u­lar, Tracy says. Golf mem­ber­ship is part of the as­so­ci­a­tion fees upon lo­cat­ing to Wor­thing­ton. Nearly 800 liv­ing units mean many play­ers of vary­ing skills mak­ing tee times, prac­tic­ing, putting and al­to­gether stay­ing ac­tive in a sport that car­ries well into ad­vanced age. Not everyone, of course, plays golf, but the 50,000 rounds at­test to its sta­tus within Wor­thing­ton.

Wor­thing­ton holes are sit­u­ated to ac­com­mo­date play­ers of ev­ery skill, mean­ing drive dis­tance and shot ac­cu­racy are im­por­tant, but there’s room for ball place­ment. The key is lay­ing up on longer holes, con­fi­dent that con­sis­tent and mem­ber-friendly greens will keep scores man­age­able. Still, dis­tances and dif­fi­culty from the first cou­ple of sets of tees are chal­leng­ing, with many of the par 4 holes stretch­ing close to 400 yards, the par 5 holes nick­ing 500 yards and the par 3 holes from 160 to 180 yards. Wor­thing­ton’s final hole is re­garded as its most ap­pre­ci­ated; short and wide with a broad green screened by wa­ter and bunkers bermed in stone.

The term “mem­ber friendly” al­lows for dis­tance ac­com­mo­da­tions off the tee, which can and should give golfers ad­e­quate chal­lenges, yet pro­vides con­fi­dence and en­joy­ment af­ter a sat­is­fy­ing round. Sum­mer re­cip­ro­cal golf is al­lowed, Tracy says.

Wor­thing­ton Coun­try Club also of­fers one of those rare treats in life―a vi­brant com­mu­nity, es­pe­cially with sec­ond- and third-gen­er­a­tion fam­i­lies com­ing aboard, Tracy says. “I have been in this busi­ness for nearly 30 years,” he says, “and the ca­ma­raderie is un­be­liev­able. There’s the golf, of course. But there’s din­ner and danc­ing. And the younger gen­er­a­tions are play­ing golf. It’s re­ally like a mini-re­sort.”

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