Golf News for Tuesday, July 30, 2013 | Courses

Florida's Bonita Bay Club launches major Vision 2013 renovation

Member-owned Bonita Bay Club has launched the next phase in a major multiyear capital improvements initiative.

The $11.5 million project, "Vision 2013," includes major modifications to the west clubhouse, the construction of a new golf shop and cart-storage building, renovation of the golf course irrigation system and replacement of cart paths on the Marsh course.

Work is scheduled to be completed by late fall 2013. Peacock and Lewis Architects of North Palm Beach is providing the planning and design services; D. Garrett Construction of Naples is the contractor.

"Our vision is to be among the most attractive and well-rounded private social and sporting clubs in Southwest Florida," said Cynthia White, president of the club's board of directors. "The improvements are the result of a two-year study by our board and general manager with valuable input from club members; our goal is to ensure the club's long-term success in a very competitive environment by properly reinvesting in club facilities."

Clubhouse renovations include the construction of a new 4,700-square-foot open-air members bar and casual grill. The location will provide panoramic views to the west, including the golf courses and Bonita Bay's natural environment. The new bar and grill will be complemented by large wraparound terraces and an adjoining lower patio and fire pit.

Plans for the main clubhouse include a full reconstruction and enlargement of the club's kitchen and the addition of a casual display production kitchen complete with an open-hearth stone oven.

An impressive new Golf Super Center, measuring approximately 30,000 square feet, will consolidate all golf operation activities at the club's west campus. This new building will accommodate more than 2,900 golf bags and underground storage of 240 golf carts.

The "Vision 2013" improvements include the first of a three-phase golf course irrigation renovation that will provide the most efficient use of water and electricity through the most sophisticated technology in the industry. The asphalt cart paths on the Marsh golf course are being replaced and upgraded with a combination of concrete and crushed coquina shells. The Marsh course was designed by Arthur Hills and debuted in 1985.

Members took ownership of Bonita Bay Club in the spring of 2010. Under the leadership of Dan Miles, general manager and chief operating officer, an expansive program to restore the club's legendary amenities and service was launched.

"No club in Southwest Florida offers a wider variety of recreational and social opportunities than Bonita Bay Club. The club has 90 holes of golf, 18 Har-Tru tennis courts, a resort-style swim facility, a 10,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art fitness center and spa, and two clubhouses, all complemented by a great tradition of member camaraderie and environmental stewardship," said Miles.

Bonita Bay Club has three Arthur Hills-designed golf courses within the 2,400-acre Bonita Bay community and two courses by Tom Fazio at nearby Bonita Bay Club Naples, which features a pure golf experience in a natural setting with no residential development. The club's tennis and swim center has one of the most active tennis programs in Southwest Florida, directed by a United States Professional Tennis Association Master Professional.

To learn more about Bonita Bay Club, visit For information about current membership opportunities, contact Membership Director Dianne Rambo at 239-949-5036 or