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Rotonda Golf & Country Club, 99 Holes - Open to the public for daily-fee golf
Rotonda Golf & Country Club, 100 Rotonda Circle, Rotonda West, Florida 33947, (941) 697-2414, rotondagolf.com


Pictured here, one of the five clubhouses of Rotonda Golf & Country Club is located at the Hills Course in Rotonda West, Florida. It is also the home of the famed Hills Restaurant.

        Rotonda Golf & Country Club is an amenity rich semi-private country club located near the Gulf of Mexico in beautiful Rotonda West, Florida. The unique circular master planned community has 99 holes of championship golf including: Pinemoor, The Hills, The Palms, The Links and 27-holes at Long Marsh, all with memberships like no other in the south, one that gives members playing privileges to all five courses and memberships starting at $2,200 annually.

 


Pictured here, Rotonda, Florida is what many people would consider the “core community” of the Cape Haze Peninsula. Consisting of seven separate and distinct communities, Rotonda Golf & Country Club is a golfers paradise. Offering 6 courses with 99 holes, you’ll always be able to find a tee time! Golf membership is very affordable, but not required, and all courses are open to the public. All homes and home sites back to either a golf course, greenbelt or body of water. See Rotonda Golf & Country Club on page 21.

Hills Golf Course, Par 72 - 941-697-2414
100 Rotonda Circle, Rotonda West, Florida 33947

        Located in the Oakland Hills section of Rotonda West, the 18-hole, par 72, Hills course is the oldest of the five championship golf courses. Designed by Jim Petrides, the Hills opened in 1972 and features the largest of Rotonda Golf & Country Club’s five clubhouses.
        Rotonda Golf & Country Club’s main clubhouse at the Hills is also home to the popular Hills Restaurant which is a full-service restaurant and banquet facility.

The beautiful 165 yard seventh hole of the Hills Course at Rotonda Golf & Country Club is by far the members’ favorite par three on the course.

 

Pinemoor West Golf Course, Par 70 - 941-697-7006
80 Clubhouse Road, Rotonda, Florida 33947

        Located in the Pinehurst section of Rotonda West , the 18-hole, par 70, Pinemoor course at the Pinemoor West Golf Club facility features all the hallmarks of an “Old-Florida” style golf course. Originally laid out by Pete Dye, ASGCA, the Pinemoor golf course opened in 2004.
        With its fairways winding through woodlands and nature preserves, Pinemoor is a real shotmaker’s course.

The 205 yard, world class par three 5th hole of the par 70, Pinemoor Course originally laid out by Pete Dye at Rotonda Golf & Country Club in beautiful Rotonda West, FL.

5th Hole - Pinemoor
        One of the members’ favorite holes is Pinemoor’s beautiful par three fifth hole. From the back tees it stretches to 205 yards, with the right side of the green guarded by water.
        Playing at only 134 yards, the forward tees are much closer to the front left of the green, taking the water pretty much out of play. If you hit the green, you still have work to do because this green is tricky and features lots of undulations and difficult pin placements with the right side of the putting surface slightly sloped toward the water.
        The fifth hole of the Pinemoor golf course is a world-class par three.

 

Links Golf Course Par 63 - 941-697-8877
4055 Cape Haze Drive Cape Haze, Florida 33946

        Designed by John LaFoy, ASGCA, the Cape Haze Links course opened in 1989. This beautiful and very popular short course features nine par fours and nine par threes on the Cape Haze peninsula. This links-style par 63 layout is one that every golfer will enjoy and remember.
        Close to the coast, the Links course also offers gulf breezes and abundant wildlife throughout its protected wetlands and nature preserves.

11th Hole - Links
        One of the members’ favorites on the Links course is the 329 yard, par four 11th hole. Though it might be considered drivable, it is a very strategic hole with water in front of the green.
         The conservative play is to hit your drive over water to the island landing area avoiding an all-too-inviting sandtrap, and then hit your second shot past the large oak tree and onto the green.


You have to cross water twice on the 329 yard, par four 11th hole of the “Links Course” at Rotonda Golf & Country Club in Rotonda West, Florida.


The beautiful rolling fairways of the par five 9th hole of the “Palms Course” at Rotonda Golf & Country Club.

Palms Golf Course Par 72 - 941-697-8118
266 Rotonda Circle, Rotonda, Florida 33947

        Located in the Pebble Beach section of Rotonda West, the 18-hole Palms course has long been one of the most popular golf courses in Charlotte County.
        With homes situated only around the outside perimeter of the Palms, it can be called a “core course” meaning there are no homes that run through the center of the course.
        The Palms course is a favorite with the Rotonda Golf & Country Club, members. Perhaps because it is rated as being more difficult from the Mens (Black) back tees, yet is also rated as being easier from the Womens (Red) forward tees.
        Six of the Palms' 18 greens are distinctly multi-tiered. They can be challenging, but they can also be a lot of fun. For golfers looking to better their handicap, the Palms course is also very forgiving with its generously wide fairways.


The view from behind the green of the par four 15th hole of the 6,511 yard 18-hole “Palms Course” at Rotonda Golf & Country Club.

        The scenery is very nice at the Palms especially the natural estuary on #15 where so many indigenous birds can be observed roosting.
        The last four finishing holes are the members’ favorites, but be warned about 15, 16, 17 & 18. The last four holes of the Palms can be very challenging from the back tees.

15th Hole - Palms
        The par four 15th is rated as the second hardest hole on the Palms course, primarily because it has water along the entire right side of its 441 yard long fairway. The 15th green is fast and can be hard to hit in two. If you stick it on the green in two from the tips, you deserve a par.
        Reaching the multi-tiered 15th green is only half of the battle, though. With all of its undulations, this beautifully shaped 6,000 square foot green has several challenging pin placements.
        The final three finishing holes of the Palms are also very challenging from the back tees. The 521 yard par five 16th hole is a long dog-leg right that also has water up the right side. The par four 17th hole also can be intimidating with its island green requiring a forced carry over water. The beautiful 415-yard par four 18th hole leading back to the clubhouse has strategic bunkering throughout, making for a memorable yet still very challenging finishing hole.

 

Long Marsh Golf Club, 27 Holes - 941-698-0918
20 White Marsh Road, Rotonda West, Florida 33947

The 27-hole Long Marsh Golf Club is comprised of three nine-hole courses; Long Meadow, White Marsh, and Pine Valley.
Designed by Ted McAnlis, the Long Marsh golf course opened in 1999.

        Long Marsh is the newest of Rotonda Golf & Country Club’s five courses and also encompasses the largest area. At Long Marsh there are 27 holes throughout 750 acres of environmentally protected wetlands and woodlands.


Sand dominates the far right of the fairway on the 382 yard, par four 13th hole of the Long Marsh “Long Meadow” nine at Rotonda Golf & Country Club.

        The Long Marsh clubhouse is located in the center nine which is called “White Marsh.” The newest nine is called Pine Valley and Long Meadow is the third nine holes.


Mid-fairway on the 501 yard, par five 5th hole of the Long Marsh “White Marsh” nine at Rotonda Golf & Country Club in Rotonda West, Florida.

        One thing unique about Long Marsh, is that the original 18-holes, which was comprised of White Marsh and Long Meadow has no greenside bunkers, only waste bunkers in the fairways.


The view from the Forward Tees of the 6th hole of the Long Marsh “Pine Valley” nine at Rotonda Golf & Country Club in Rotonda West, Florida.

        The newest and most popular nine-hole course at Long Marsh is called Pine Valley and it has greenside bunkers throughout. Carved out of woodland, Pine Valley is very secluded.

6th Hole - Pine Valley
        Photographed above, the sixth hole of the Pine Valley course is a stunning example of thoughtful golf course architecture. Very much Audubon friendly, this 400 yard long dogleg-right par four is built around a vibrant estuary and protected wetlands teaming with indigenous wildlife and water fowl.
        Long Marsh is Rotonda Golf & Country Club’s premium golf course, and is also rated as its toughest.
        From the back tees White Marsh to Long Meadow is rated 73.8, Long Meadow to Pine Valley is rated 73.6, and Pine Valley to White Marsh is rated 74.0.

Rotonda Golf Academy
        Long Marsh is also the home of golf instructor, John Elser and the Rotonda Golf Academy, which is open to the public and provides daily lessons. Their new golf boot camps are also very popular with the area golfers. Whether you have a group or just yourself, there is an opportunity to "Stay, Play & Learn." at Long Marsh.

Community Overview
        Located in southwest Charlotte County less than a mile from the Gulf of Mexico, Rotonda Golf & Country Club is a beautiful community noted for its friendly outgoing atmosphere and its proximity to beaches that are consistently rated as some of the best in the world, and to Boca Grande Island which hosts the world’s richest tarpon fishing tournament. Rich with world-class resort-style amenities, the community’s centerpiece will always be Rotonda Golf & Country Club’s magnificent 99 holes of world-class championship golf.

99 Holes - Open to the public for daily-fee golf
Rotonda Golf & Country Club, 100 Rotonda Circle
Rotonda West, FL 33947, Phone: (941) 697-2414
For more info see www.rotondagolf.com

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