Pal­metto-Pine Coun­try Club

Cape Coral Living - - Cape Features -

Some things should stay the same. Pal­metto-Pine Coun­try Club in Cape Co­ral is one of them, a pleas­antly land­scaped and chal­leng­ing Arthur Hills course dat­ing back five decades, an old-timer in Florida when the Cape had just a few thou­sand full-time res­i­dents. “We are al­ways seek­ing ways to im­prove the golf course from a playa­bil­ity, main­te­nance and beau­ti­fi­ca­tion stand­point to en­hance your golf ex­pe­ri­ence,” says Tal Buchanan, Pal­metto-Pine gen­eral man­ager and PGA life mem­ber. While not overly long from the black tees at about 6,700 yards (av­er­age for the Tee It For­ward ini­tia­tive), Pal­met­toPine is beau­ti­fully de­signed and splen­didly gifted with nat­u­ral fea­tures; the tract was orig­i­nally cov­ered with South Florida slash pine and Pal­metto brush. Much of that re­mains, iso­lat­ing play­ers in tree-lined fair­ways, a sort of co­coon of nat­u­ral won­ders. Six tee boxes gives play­ers of all skills the con­fi­dence to smoothly jet around the course with a fa­vor­able scorecard, which, ul­ti­mately, is the goal. While hold­ing to tra­di­tion with rich land­scap­ing and man­age­able hole dis­tances, Pal­metto-Pine has made sig­nif­i­cant in­fra­struc­ture and course im­prove­ments in the last cou­ple of years, in­clud­ing ir­ri­ga­tion re­pairs and sys­tem up­grades, re-grass­ing of the short-game prac­tice tee with TifEa­gle Ber­muda, in­stal­la­tion of PGA Fam­ily Course tees, the re-sod of col­lars, in­clud­ing prac­tice putting greens with Cel­e­bra­tion Ber­muda, other changes to mod­ern­ize and to keep rel­e­vant at the mem­ber-owned, eq­uity club off Sky­line Boule­vard in the south­west Cape. Pal­metto-Pine dates to Novem­ber 1969. The story is that seven play­ers de­vel­oped a pri­vate course in South­west Florida’s new­est city. The course was so named due to dense pine and pal­metto. The first ball was struck in De­cem­ber 1970. Along with an 18-hole course de­signed by ar­chi­tect Arthur Hills, the club has other ameni­ties such as a pro shop, a club­house with locker rooms, a prac­tice green/prac­tice range, pri­vate/ju­nior and play­ing lessons with a PGA pro, club fit­ting/re-grip and re­pair, golf equip­ment and ap­parel and out­ing pack­ages. There’s also a restau­rant/bar for post-round re­fresh­ments, a spe­cial-events/ban­quet fa­cil­ity. Un­der new man­age­ment since 2016, Pal­metto-Pine is avail­able to mem­ber and non-mem­ber play­ers.

Craig Gar­rett is Group Ed­i­tor-in-Chief for TOTI Me­dia.

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