Golfing in Fort Myers
With an average annual temperature of 70.3 degrees Fahrenheit (21 degrees Celsius) and sunshine nearly 365 days a year Florida has ideal weather for playing golf. It is therefore no surprise that golf courses and country clubs are springing up across the state.
Southwest Florida has over 130 public and private golf courses, with over 50 in the Fort Myers area (Estero, Cape Coral, Lehigh Acres, Sanibel Island, Bonita Springs and Venice). This region has earned a reputation of having some of the most sought after golf courses in the world. It is advisable to book in advance, especially in the winter months (Florida’s peak tourist season) when availability is limited. Many courses will only allow members of the public to book up to 10 days in advance. Green fees also tend to be higher during peak season. From May to October there is more chance of a leisuely round of golf since courses are rarely crowded.
In addition to the great weather Florida golf courses are scenic, challenging, and they cater to every level of player. Although some courses are for members only, the majority are open to the public. Many private courses are open to all golfers too in the summer months.
Some points to note about the weather:
- Winds of up to 25mph are common in the winter, particularly on those courses located close to the coastline;
- Thundershowers are frequent in summer months, but these can usually be avoided by booking Tee times in the mornings when the skies are clearer.
Popularity of the sport in Florida has given rise to the construction of many golfing communities. Over a quarter of the residential communities in the area have been built around golf courses, making this sport even more accessible to both local residents and to those owning vacation homes.
If you are a golfing enthusiast, be sure to visit Southwest Florida for year-round golfing fun.
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